Many years ago, scientists predicted a future when human can live on powder and drinks containing finite number of nutrients, just enough for human body to operate as a machine. As years passes, we realized that our human body, is much more complex than we think. The body needs around 55 different types of nutrients (USANA Essentials has 45 different types of essential nutrients) , of which are micro nutrients and macro nutrients. Micro nutrients contains vitamins, minerals and antioxidants while macro nutrients contains water, protein, carbohydrate, essential fat and fiber. These nutrients all work with each other to maintain, protect and repair our body. This is called “Synergy”.
By knowing the synergy work inside all nutrients, we could say that, there is no way to prevent or treat any diseases for the human body with only one type of nutrient. For example. Anemia is related to the deficiency of zinc, magnesium, vitamin B6, B12 and folic acid. (Which can all be found in USANA Essentials or HealthPak)
In some situations, introducing a nutrient for our body can increase the deficiency of another nutrient. For example, over dosage of iron can suppress the absorption of zinc. Since Iron is an antagonist for zinc.
Known by many dietitians, zinc is an important element for fetal development, over dosage of iron will have negative impact for pregnant woman.
Working together is better than working separately
Many nutrients, in fact, does not work without their synergistic friend. Vitamin B6 will not be used by our body until it is reformed as pyridoxal-5-phosphate. This task is achieved by a special enzyme, which depends on the existence of magnesium and zinc. (Two key minerals in USANA Essentials or HealthPak) When our body lack of the two above mentioned minerals, supplying it with vitamin B6 is NOT going to help.
Nutritional therapy is all about synergy, unlike many western medicines which only provides only one type of chemicals.
Antioxidants work the same way inside our body. Vitamin C, vitamin E, Beta-carotene, glutathione, Coenzyme Q10, lipoic acid, and anthocyanidins (antioxidants in USANA Essentials or HealthPak) can all protect us from free radical attack. Surprisingly, when they work with each other as a team, the battling power increases 10 folds or more.
For example, a free radical from fast food, is eliminated by vitamin E, which will be recovered by vitamin C. Vitamin C then will be recycled by glutathione, which will be restored by anthocyanidins. Coenzyme Q10, beta-carotene, and lipoic acid also helping each other. This is the true power of synergy – The ultimate team work.
Free radicals, are the bad bugs inside our body. They are produced by rubbish food, stress, pollution from the air and the contaminated water we drink. It is the sparks for our body, (The body is like a mattress.) Antioxidant network is the fences, protecting our body free from the sparks so the mattress will not be burned with little holes everywhere. The better the synergy, the stronger the fences. That’s why we often recommend people not to take one of few types of nutrients, but focus on the completeness of vital nutrients supplementation.
The idea of synergy is a cornerstone of the optimum nutrition approach. You may achieve better results by eating the right foods and taking the right combination of nutrients like the USANA Essentials or HealthPak, which is the best multivitamins with complete essential nutrients.
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1. <<The New Optimum Nutrition Bible>> – By Patrick Holford
2. <<The hidden miracle>> by Dr Myron Wentz