Category: Functional medicine

Functional medicine

7 Important Vitamins and Minerals You Need Everyday

A healthy nutritious diet involves six (6) classes of nutrients—carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, minerals, and water. Vitamins and minerals maybe considered as micronutrients (because our body only needs them in smaller amounts) but they help carry out the physiological processes our bodies need like metabolism.

If you might wonder, vitamins are chemical organic compounds found in all types of fruits and vegetables. They help in releasing energy from the food, maintaining healthy skin, hair, and eyes. All vitamins are equally essential to keep the body healthy and active.

On the other hand, minerals are chemical inorganic elements found in liquids, soil, and sometimes plants. They are important for the body’s bone formation, muscle contraction, blood coagulation, and acid-alkaline balance. Similar to vitamins, they help the body perform its normal processes and activities immediately.

Mattos Medical Group, a trusted provider of stem cell therapy in Armenia Avenue Tampa Florida, recognizes the problem that most adults in the U.S. do not typically get enough vitamins and minerals they need every day. Hence, here are the seven (7) important vitamins and minerals you should have in your diet every day.

1. Vitamin A (Retinoids)
Source: Orange foods—carrots, sweet potato, pumpkin, cantaloupe, all of which get their hue from the carotene pigment; green leafy vegetables, squash, bell pepper, eggs, beef, peaches, Chinese cabbage.

Benefits: Overall growth and development, healthy eyes, teeth, and skin

2. B Vitamins
Source: Whole unprocessed foods—potatoes, lentils, beans, molasses, bananas, chili peppers, yeast; eggs, fish, dairy, beef, pork, beets, dark leafy greens, milk

B1 helps make body make healthy new cells.
B2 works as an antioxidant to help fight free radicals
B3 boosts good cholesterol
B5 produces sex and stress-related hormones
B6 regulates mood and sleep patterns and reduce inflammation
B7 promotes healthy hair, skin, nails
B9 prevents memory loss and reduces risks of depression
B12 produces red blood cells with B9, creates oxygen with iron

3. Vitamin C
Source: Oranges, guava, kiwi, red and green peppers, Brussels sprouts, cantaloupe, strawberries, grapefruits

Benefits: Strengthens blood vessels, provides elasticity in the skin, acts as an anti-oxidant and iron absorption, contributes to the health of teeth and gums, required for production of collagen, necessary for proper functioning of the immune system

4. Vitamin D
Source: Few minutes out in the sun, eggs, fish, and mushrooms

Benefits: Makes teeth and bones strong and healthy, regulates metabolism of calcium and phosphorus

5. Calcium
Source: Yogurt, cheese, milk, tofu, and black molasses

Benefits: Strengthens teeth and bones; essential for muscle contraction and heartbeat

6. Iron
Source: Oysters, organ meats—liver; beans, spinach, pumpkin seeds, beans, cereal, soybeans

Benefits: Builds muscles, maintains blood healthy; essential for transportation of oxygen through the blood

7. Zinc 
Source: Seafoods—oysters; cashews, spinach, dark chocolate

Benefits: Helps in carbohydrate metabolism, protein and genetic material synthesis; helps in the proper functioning of the immune systems; involved in the normal function of the prostate

There are still vitamins and minerals that your body needs! If you think you cannot acquire all of these minerals in your daily meals, get IV Nutrition Therapy at Mattos Medical Group, a reliable source of  therapy in Armenia Avenue Tampa Florida! Call us today for more information and assistance!

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Baja Testosterona

Que debería saber el hombre sobre la testosterona baja? Si los niveles de testosterona caen por debajo del rango normal algunos de los síntomas típicos puede incluir:

*Deseo sexual bajo
*Disfunción eréctil
*Irritabilidad o depresión
*Reducción de masa muscular
*Inhabilidad para concentrarse y retener buena memoria
*Ostopenia y Osteoporosis

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TOP 9 Supplements for Heart Health


  1. Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a substance that helps convert food into energy. CoQ10 is found in almost every cell in the body, and it is a powerful antioxidant.
    • After Heart Attack
    • Heart failure (HF)
    • High blood pressure
    • High cholesterol
    • Diabetes
    • Heart damage caused by chemotherapy
    • Heart surgery

2. Digestive Enzymes
You can’t obtain the nutrients from food if you do not absorb them. You can’t absorb the nutrients if you can’t break down the food. Enter digestive enzymes: As we get older, our amount of stomach acid actually decreases, as do our digestive enzymes. The gut is the source of the majority of inflammation. If food is not digested appropriately, large food particles remain and irritate the lining of the intestines. This leads to a leaky gut, a situation where food and bacteria are able to get into the body where they do not belong. Now the immune system is activated and inflammation becomes rampant. All of this serves to increase cardiovascular risk.

3. Vitamin E has been touted as a supplement critical to health. It is necessary for skeletal, cardiac, and smooth muscle maintenance.
• Improves vascular endothelial function.
• Protects cell membranes from free-radical damage.
• Contains anticlotting properties.
• Defends against oxidative damage, which can cause heart disease.
• Reduces CRP, an inflammatory protein linked to heart disease.
• May prevent atrial fibrillation.
• Vitamin E supplements may reduce Alzheimer’s disease progression.
• low levels of vitamin E can lead to increased bone fracture risk.

4. Alpha-lipoic acid (ALA) has been identified as a powerful antioxidant found naturally in our diets, but appears to have increased functional capacity when given as a supplement in the form of a natural or synthetic isolate. ALA and its active reduced counterpart, dihydrolipoic acid (DHLA), have been shown to combat oxidative stress by quenching a variety of reactive oxygen species (ROS). Not only have the antioxidant qualities of this molecule been studied, but there are also several reports pertaining to its blood lipid modulating characteristics, protection against LDL oxidation and modulation of hypertension. Therefore, ALA represents a possible protective agent against risk factors of cardiovascular disease (CVD).

5. Probiotic literally means “pro-life,” and antibiotic means “anti-life.” Doctors use the term probiotic to encompass the trillions of bacteria that colonize our intestines. Cardiovascular disease is a result of toxins leading to inflammation, and a major source of inflammation is the gut. Heal the gut and heal the heart. A study in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition found those patients randomly assigned to probiotics increased their HDL from 50 to 62. Probiotics may also reduce blood pressure.

6. Omega-3 oil is part of a healthy diet and supplement regimen. Your body does not make omega-3 fatty acids on its own. You need to get them from your diet. Certain fish are the best sources of omega-3s. You can also get them from plant foods. Omega-3 fatty acids should make up 5 to 10% of your total calories. Omega-3s are good for your heart and blood vessels in several ways.

  • They reduce triglycerides, a type of fat in your blood.
  • They reduce the risk of an irregular heart beat (arrhythmias).
  • They slow the buildup of plaque in your arteries.
  • They help to slightly lower your blood pressure.

These healthy fats may also help with cancer, depression, inflammation, and ADHD. Health experts are still discovering all the possible benefits of omega-3 fatty acids.

7.  Spirulina and Your Cardiovascular Health. Diabetes and cardiovascular health are intimately connected, so it’s no surprise that spirulina shows great potential for people with cardiovascular disease, in terms of creating better lipid profiles, controlling hypertension, and increasing blood vessel elasticity.

8. L-Arginine & L-Citrulline
There are cardiovascular benefits of L-citrulline. A study was done on 35 heart failure patients randomized into two groups: an experimental group, with oral L-citrulline supplementation (3 g/ day) and a control group. In the experimental group, the left ventricular ejection fraction (measure of heart function) increased by 20%. In addition, heart failure symptoms markedly improved in 35%.296 Another study found a combination of the amino acids citrulline and arginine improves endothelial function and blood pressure in patients with congestive heart failure.

9. Clinical use of antioxidant vitamin supplementation may help to prevent coronary heart disease (CHD). Epidemiologic studies find lower CHD morbidity and mortality in persons who consume larger quantities of antioxidants in foods or supplements. Clinical trials indicate that supplementation with certain nutrients is beneficial in reducing the incidence of CHD events. Recent studies show that supplementation with antioxidant vitamins E and C have benefits in CHD prevention

You can find all these  TOP 9 HEART HEALTH supplements over the counter (OTC) at Mattos Medical Group. Come visit us and ask  our knowledgable staff.

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