3 Mighty Minerals Put More Pep in Your Step



Want to feel invigorated all day, every day? Check out what these three amazing minerals can do for you.


How zinc zaps fatigue.
This important mineral helps boost your immune system and make thyroid hormone. Plus, zinc charges up your energy level. Not enough zinc and your muscles lose strength and tire quickly, and your energy gets zapped during physical activity.

Turn to the ocean for foods with lots of zinc like oysters, crab, and lobster. Or if you like meat, reach for beef, pork chops, or dark meat chicken.


Can iron rev up your energy?
Iron is like a delivery truck, transporting oxygen from your lungs to the rest of your body. Not enough iron and your cells start to suffocate, leaving you without energy to get through the day.

Experts say people have a hard time absorbing iron, so they suggest getting it from animal sources like meat, fish, and poultry. Iron from these sources is easier to absorb than iron from plants like legumes and spinach. But one way you can boost your iron absorption from plants is to eat them with foods high in vitamin C like citrus fruits and sweet red peppers.


Magnesium — why you need it to power up your pace.
Kick your activity level into high gear with beans, whole-grains, nuts, and leafy greens — foods loaded with magnesium. This magnificent mineral boosts your ability to perform physical activities like walking, suggests an Italian study of elderly women. Your body uses magnesium in over 300 biochemical reactions within your cells, triggering everything from physical energy to healthy brain function.

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  • FC&A Staff Writer