Cellular health is a popular term in the health industry right now. The theory is that both your good health and your poor health is determined by the trillions of cells inside your body. This means that nutrients such as vitamins and minerals can help maintain good health if they are kept at the proper levels. The problem is that not all vitamins and minerals can be kept at the right amount through diet alone. Supplements are needed to achieve the results needed for optimal health.
The supplement industry has never been bigger. The number of brands that are currently producing supplements are immense. Be careful when choosing the right brand to go with. Make sure you do your research. It’s important to buy a quality product, especially when we are discussing your health.
Magnesium is a nutrient that all your cells need to stay healthy. It regulates muscle, nerve function, blood sugar levels, blood pressure, makes protein, strengthens bones, and works with your DNA. Beans, nuts, and leafy green vegetables all contain magnesium. If you are not big on eating those types of food, luckily, there are many supplements you can purchase that will provide you the daily allowance needed.
Protein is often an overlooked macronutrient that contains important amino acids that our body needs in abundance. In fact, taking in a ⅓ of a gram of protein per pound of bodyweight a day is a good amount to be ingesting. We all know that protein combined with an exercise program can build lean, quality muscle. But also, protein performs on the cellular level. Protein builds bone and muscle tissue cells, helps with energy production, supports DNA repair, and helps to with the integrity of the cell membrane.
Protein is easy to find in meats, dairy, and nuts. It is most prevalent in meats, though, out of the three. If you aren’t sure you are taking in enough protein everyday, then add a protein shake or two to your daily routine. Protein shakes have evolved over time and they are now quite tasty. Some think of protein shakes as an actual treat nowadays.
Antioxidants are found in fruits, vegetables, and other plant-based foods. Also, vitamins A, C, and E are antioxidants. Basically, they prevent cell damage from oxidants. Think of antioxidants as your missile defense system inside your cells, keeping your DNA safe. If you feel you are not getting enough antioxidants in your diet, find a good supplement and be sure to take it with food to increase absorption.
Potassium is found in many fruits and vegetables, but a simple banana has more than most. Potassium is an electrolyte that is essential for cellular function and the electrical processes within blood cells. It works with sodium to keep water balance in your body and the acid-base balance for blood and tissues in your cells. A lack of potassium will leave your body cramping up and in pain. Many drink Gatorade or something similar to help with a depletion of potassium. However, fresh orange juice has much more potassium in it than those types of workout drinks.
Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide, or NAD+, is a much talked about coenzyme when discussing the topic of cellular health. NAD+ is present in many key cellular functions, from metabolic processes to circadian rhythm regulation to energy production. However, as we age, our levels of NAD+ tend to decline, thus affecting the functions where the coenzyme is present. While certain methods of raising NAD+ levels have been known for a long time—eating specific foods, for example—the availability of NAD+ supplements is a relatively new development, but one that is key to maintaining cellular health.
There is a supplement called Basis (which we’ve written about here) offered by the company Elysium Health that was designed specifically to raise NAD+ levels in adults. The science behind the supplement is not only based on Elysium Health’s own rigorous research and development processes, but on 25 years of prior research on the coenzyme. Basis is a pill with two primary ingredients, nicotinamide riboside and pterostilbene, and is gluten-free and vegan.
What’s more, Basis has been proven to work in a clinical study conducted in 2017. Elysium Health funded the clinical study in order to ensure the safety and efficacy of their product. The results of the study indicated that the participants who took Basis regularly for four weeks saw an average increase of 40% in their NAD+ levels, which was sustained as regular intake of the supplement was maintained.
Zinc is a part of every living cell. Foods that contain a good amount of zinc are red meat, poultry, beans, and nuts. Surprisingly, oysters contain more zinc than any other food out there. Zinc is a mineral that strengthens the immune system, assists with DNA protection, and facilitates normal growth. If you doubt that you are receiving enough zinc, there are supplements. However, be careful because there is the possibility of a zinc overdose if you overdo it.