Eating for energy

January can be a tough month to get through and it can be hard to get back into the swing of things especially after the excesses of the festive season. Nutrition is a powerful tool in boosting energy levels so changing the way you eat can be an easy way to beat the January blues.

Everything we eat and drink will be used to provide fuel for energy and nearly every nutrient is involved in the process of making energy somewhere along the line. Many factors can help with maintaining energy levels including regular exercise and consistent sleep patterns. However others can interrupt the process, notably caffeine and refined sugar which might help in the very short term but the benefits can diminish with overuse.

There are a few key nutrients that you might focus on when eating to promote energy levels;

Chromium, the trace mineral, can help with managing blood sugar levels and metabolising carbohydrates. Chromium isn’t widely available in the diet compared to some other nutrients although it is found in raw onions, tomato, black pepper, broccoli and pulses.

The B group of vitamins are utilised in the whole process of making energy. No one B vitamin is more important than others and most are found in a wide range of foods including wholegrains, avocado and dark green vegetables. However vitamin B12 is found in animal sourced foods and so can be lacking in a vegan or vegetarian diet.

Iron is one of the more familiar nutrients but according to the World Health Organisation, ‘iron deficiency is the most common and widespread nutritional disorder in the world’. Iron is required for the formation of red blood cells and so closely associated with energy production. Dietary iron comes in two forms – heam and non-heam. The former, found in animal flesh, is very easily absorbed whilst the latter, found in vegetables and dairy, less so but can be found in chickpeas, beans, peas, Beetroot, chard, spinach, dried apricots, tomato paste and ginger.

Within the Vertese® range there are two standout products that are ideal for supporting energy levels;

Multivitamin & Mineral offers B vitamins, including B12 as well as chromium and iron together with calcium, magnesium and copper, all of which contribute to normal energy yielding metabolism.

Beetroot, B12 and Iron Complex, a supplement specifically designed to support energy levels, offers B12, iron and vitamin C to help iron absorption and support normal energy yielding metabolism.