Do you feel tired? Are you wondering where your "lost" energy is? Most people often suffer from fatigue problems. We feel our strength is abandoning us or we are not in the mood to do anything but just sit on the bed or couch for hours watching TV. The nutritionist, Mr. Konstantinos Zervos explains how we can recover our lost energy and which ingredients can help us to be …”unstoppable”.
The causes of general fatigue and exhaustion can be attributed to the intense pace of life, to a strict diet, to a recent cold/ virus or, more simply, to the fact that we are not consuming on a daily basis the essential vitamins and necessary nutrients. Don’t worry... There is a solution and it can be found in nutritional supplements.
"The nutrients of food (carbohydrates, proteins and fat) is basically what give us energy. The human body converts carbohydrates into glucose, the main source of energy. Protein may also be converted into energy, but is less effective compared to carbohydrates. Although fat is the most concentrated source of calories, it is actually a less efficient source of energy than carbohydrates, because it takes more time to be digested and metabolized by the body. Moreover, contrary to what most people think, vitamins do not provide energy. They are necessary though, in order to activate many of the metabolic processes that lead to the production of energy, "explains Mr Zervos.
So what should a nutritional supplement contain in order to provide us with the energy we need?
► Coenzyme Q10
Coenzyme Q10 is an extremely useful ingredient of almost all cells in the body. Firstly, it is necessary for the production of energy by the cell in order to perform its operational mission, to meet all needs and multiply, as well as to offer valuable protection to our cells from the harmful effects of certain "toxic" factors, called free radicals. In other words, coenzyme Q10 has a dual role: it is involved in energy production, but also provides a shield from the oxidative action of free radicals.
Almost all of our body cells contain a special organelle, called mitochondrion, within which several complex processes are performed that aim to transform the chemical energy of food (i.e. calories) into another form of energy: the organic energy. Coenzyme Q10 is a necessary "link" in this chain. The mitochondrion takes coenzyme Q10 endogenously by the cells themselves and exogenously through nutrition and supplements. The coenzyme is contained in some fish species (sardine and mackerel), in the germ of soya and secondly, into chicken.
It has been proven that elderly people have much lower levels of coenzyme Q10, while people with an increased metabolic rate (due to increased physical and mental activity or intense anxiety) also demonstrate increased needs. Moreover, those who are on medication to lower their cholesterol, also have lower levels of coenzyme Q10. In all these cases, the use of a nutritional supplement containing this beneficial ingredient, can prove useful.
Carnitine is an amino acid that performs many vital functions in the human body and helps the body produce the energy we need in our daily life. In the process of energy production, carnitine carries fatty acids usually in the "factory part" of the cells. There, the fatty acids are converted into energy used by the heart, muscles, and other tissues of the body.
Carnitine also plays a vital role in the metabolism of a number of other important substances. That is why carnitine seems to hold the key to the prevention of various diseases. It also enhances the strength of people weakened by an illness and enhances muscle recovery after exercise.
Although carnitine is frequently found in dairy products and meat, some people take carnitine as a supplement. Why? To enhance their vitality, since carnitine is able to give us energy and vitality. Finally, carnitine plays an important role in the metabolism of fat.
► Vitamin Β12
Vitamin B12 or cobalamin, is a water soluble vitamin that has a very important role in ensuring the normal function of the brain and nervous system; among others, it helps in the synthesis of myelin, i.e. the protective membrane that surrounds nerve endings and helps nerves to "communicate" effectively with each other, as well as in hematopoiesis.
B12 is very important for the body, which is why it is no coincidence that it is also called "the vitamin of energy": it helps in the synthesis of DNA (through the substance folic acid), it is involved in many metabolic processes and it is essential for the creation of erythrocytes.
It is found in most animal foods, including fish and shellfish, meat (especially liver), poultry, eggs, milk and dairy products. One of its major advantages is that it can be stored in the body, although it is water soluble. The storage takes place in the liver and whenever there is insufficiency, this stock is consumed. Hence, the deficiency, even though it may be existent for a long time, occurs only when those stored quantities are exhausted, after many years.
Also, there is increased probability to experience a shortage for those who follow a pure vegetarian/vegan diet (since B12 is found mainly in animal foods) and women or men who have stomach-related problems, resulting in a difficulty of vitamin B12 absorption.
When the "inventories" are exhausted, people experience weakness, unexplained fatigue, exhaustion, trembling, tingling extremities, unsteady gait, hypotension, disturbances of mood (depression, sadness, even depression), loss of vision and poor memory.
Ashwaganda is a herb that has strong tonic and adaptogen properties and helps in chronic fatigue syndrome and the strengthening of the immune system.
► Korean Ginseng
It improves resistance to physical, mental and environmental stress. It is a general tonic (fatigue and weakness) and especially useful to athletes and active people. It also helps in strengthening the central nervous system.
► Royal jelly
It is rich in sugars, amino acids, vitamins and minerals and is a natural source of energy for the body. It strengthens the body's defenses in cases of illness, it has a positive effect on the metabolism and growth, it helps maintain health and beauty, it rejuvenates debilitated organisms, increases and it increases and maintains libido, while it has antiseptic and antioxidant properties.
Whether due to a vitamin deficiency, or because you just have... to give your organism a boost, look, with the help of experts, for the ideal supplement that will give you vitality and energy. The solution exists and it is at... your nearest pharmacy.
ZERVOS KONSTANTINOS, Nutritionist, MPEDO, Health and Wellness Coach
11 Niovis, Galatsi, Tel.: (+30) 210 612 1961, Mob..: (+30) 693 703 8543 , Ε-mail: k.zervos@nutritiontreatment