By Cat, Jan 14, 2021
The following information is from an email I received from Ocean Robbins. He opens his discussion with the following:
“A predominantly plant-based diet can be a nutrient powerhouse. Filling your plate with a wide array of nutrients can help protect you against illnesses like cancer, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, dementia, and many other health issues.
But even the healthiest plant-based diets — and non-plant-based diets, for that matter — are often missing a few key nutrients. Nutrients that your brain and body need in order to thrive.”
See below for his list of nutrients that are hard to get enough from foods – especially for vegans – and why they are important.
Important nutrients that are hard to get enough from foods.
This list is from Ocean Robbins’ email. I include links to pertinent articles of mine, for more information:
- The Big 3:
- Vitamin K2 “plays a critical role in helping metabolize calcium. Research now tells us that vitamin K2 is crucial for bone health. But it’s only available in a few foods, and most people aren’t getting enough of it.“
- Minerals (see also my article: Minerals (About)):
- Selenium (Se) “which helps to protect against neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.” The best supplemental form is chelated selenium like selenomethionine. Avoid salt forms such as sodium selenite, as salt forms of selenium are toxic.
- Iodine (I), such as from kelp and sea food. A good supplemental form is Lugols solution.
- Zinc (Zn); I take a zinc picolinate supplement (recommended by my current naturopath in Montana.
- Magnesium (Mg); I take a 30% solution of magnesium chloride (Mg Cl2) as recommended by my former naturopath in Oregon.