The RA, Vitamin, Mineral, and Food Connection - Part 3

"The RA, Vitamin, Mineral, and Food Connection - Part 3" is part 3 of a 4-part article. If you have not done so, I highly encourage you to read “The RA, Vitamin, Mineral, and Food Connection", parts 1 and 2. These articles lay the necessary groundwork to prepare you for this article.

In this article, we are going to continue to explore the exact role that each of the vitamins and minerals commonly affected in RA patients, plays in the dance that happens in our body.

The dancers we are going to focus on are vitamins and minerals: how well they perform directly impacts how well our bodies perform its everyday dance. It is key to understand the role vitamins and minerals play in helping our body to continue its dance of life.

It is also important for us to recognize that when we are deficient in specific vitamins and minerals, how we can adjust our nutritional intake. That could be through increased intake of foods that are high in those vitamins and minerals. It could also be accomplished through and in combination with physician guidance and use of supplements. Vitamin’s specific dance role in the human body dance, continued: the dancers.

Foods sources of vitamins and minerals

Vitamin B9 (Folate)

Vitamin B9’s role in the body’s dance is large. It is crucial for our heart health. It also plays an important role in the development of the neurologic system in the fetus. Vitamin B9 and the B vitamins help convert food into fuel and energy for our body. Please note that folic acid is a synthetic form of vitamin B9. It is used in supplements.

Foods high in vitamin B9: Strawberries, pomegranates, avocados, leafy and non-leafy green vegetables, beets, beans,

Minerals

Minerals, along with vitamins, are essential in helping our bodies to function properly. These elements are found in the earth and in the foods we eat. Mineral’s specific dance role in the human body dance: the dancers.

Calcium

Calcium helps us to build and makes our bones stronger. It partners with our body by letting our hearts know when to contract or beat.

Foods high in calcium: sardines, squash, dark green vegetables, sesame seeds, and dairy products.

Magnesium

This dancer’s role is necessary for cell life. It dances with our bodies and helps us to control inflammation. Also, it helps to provide balance to our body's nervous system.

Foods high in Magnesium: avocados, beans, green vegetables, fish, nuts and seeds. Zinc has a lead dance role in almost all cellular functions in our body. It helps maintain our sensory organs involved in taste and smell. Foods high in zinc: red meat, beans, nut and seeds, poultry, and oysters.

Selenium

Selenium, like vitamin C, is an antioxidant. It has a major role in helping to protect our body from damage from toxins. It helps our body to maintain normal thyroid functioning. When your body is deficient in this mineral, you can experience fatigue, hypothyroidism, and mental fatigue and fog.

Foods high in selenium: poultry, fish, shellfish, mushrooms, and brazil nuts.

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