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Top 5 Energy Nutrients

Thursday February 22, 2018
Top 5 Energy Nutrients

There are many different reasons why you may feel tired. These include poor sleep, lack of exercise, excess weight, unhealthy eating, and chronic stress. Within the body, poor cellular energy production may be an important part of the picture.

The term ‘Qi’ pronounced ‘chi’ refers to the circulating life energy that in Chinese philosophy is believed to be inherent in all things. In traditional Chinese medicine the balance of negative and positive forms of Qi in the body is believed to be essential for good health.

 

 



In modern practice, efficient cellular energy production is considered to be dependent on a daily supply of nutrients that are required by your mitochondria. Mitochondria are referred to as your "cellular power factories" because they create the energy that fuels your brain and body. This is where the transformation of food into energy occurs. With nutritional deficiencies so common, it is possible that your body isn’t getting the nutrients required to make the energy it needs. 

Research has shown that when your cells are low on energy and you feel run down, taking
specific nutrients once or twice daily can restore cellular energy production and improve your energy levels within just a few weeks. They may also improve your sleep patterns, mood, mental clarity, while reducing muscle pain and overall well-being. Below is a list of nutrients which can support you on your journey back to abundant energy.


D-Ribose

D-Ribose is a five-carbon sugar found in the structure of adenosine triphosphate (ATP). ATP is the energy molecule produced in the mitochondria. Supplementation with D-Ribose helps speed up the rebuilding process of depleted energy pools increasing the “Energy Charge” of our cells. Research on ribose has shown promising effects with supplementation significantly improving energy, sleep and mental clarity .


Acetyl-l-carnitine

Acetyl-l-carnitine is an amino acid that naturally produced by the body and plays a fundamental role in transporting fatty acids into mitochondria to use for the production of energy. Without carnitine, fatty acids cannot easily enter into mitochondria and therefore cells can only use sugar as an energy source. Supplementation with acetyl-l-carnitine was found to reduce symptoms such as fatigue and pain as well as improve cognitive function .


Co-Enzyme Q10

Co-enzyme Q10 (CoQ10) has gained popularity as a dietary supplement for fatigue because of its established role in cellular energy production. CoQ10 is a co-factor for the synthesis of adenosine triphosphate (ATP). Early studies on CoQ10 focused on its ability to reduce fatigue from exercise .


B Vitamins

B vitamins can help with mood and energy because they are vital for energy production in your
body, and are important for your brain. A recent scientific analysis of eight studies found that
multivitamin and mineral products, especially supplements containing higher amounts of B vitamins,
reduced feelings of fatigue, stress, anxiety and confusion and also improved mood and general wellbeing .


Magnesium

This mineral is essential for the activity of the enzyme which is responsible for the formation
of energy in cells. Where previously magnesium deficiency was rare due to adequate intakes of green leafy vegetables, nuts, seeds and grains, current over-processing of food means that magnesium intakes have significantly decreased in recent years.


Magnesium plays a key role in the processes that influence exercise including muscle
function, oxygen delivery, energy production and electrolyte balance. Deficiency in magnesium is
linked to tiredness and fatigue.


Author: Aimée Benbow, BSc (Hons) ANutr. is Head of Technical Services at Viridian Nutrition.



The information contained in this article is not intended to treat, diagnose or replace the advice of a health practitioner. Please consult a qualified health practitioner if you have a pre-existing health condition or are currently taking medication. Food supplements should not be used as a substitute for a varied and balanced diet.


 

TAGS: Energy and FatigueEnergy Nutrition Nutrients Co-Enzyme Q10

 

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