Mar 11, 2015
The body gets its energy from the foods you eat through the process of healthy metabolism of fats, carbohydrates and proteins. Energy metabolism is one of the most important aspects of good health. Metabolism is the term used to describe the sum of all chemical processes which take place in the body.
There are quite a few nutrients essential for energy production within the body. Here are a few that I use in my formulas. Pantothenic acid is one such nutrient because it is involved with the creation of energy metabolism. Other nutrients involved in energy production are Folic acid and vitamin B-12. These last two nutrients are known to be essential in certain types of anemia.
Pantothenic Acid is a component of acetyl coenzyme A (CoA). Coenzyme A serves as a carrier molecule in the Krebs cycle, a series of enzyme reactions which yield energy for cellular functions. Pantothenic acid is also essential for the production of antibodies and the maintenance of the central nervous system.
Because Folic Acid is necessary for the process of cell division, it is required for growth of all types of cells in the body, including white blood cells and the growth of glands, including the thymus.
Vitamin B-12 helps form normal red blood cells and nourishes the nervous system. It helps the body metabolize fats, carbohydrates and proteins.
Herbs that I like to use are Rhodiola Rosea Root. Whenever an extract is used it is best when combined with the whole herb. The reason for this is that there may be constituents in the whole herb that make the extract function better. Rhodiola Rosea Root is known to level out blood sugar, and when the blood sugar is level so is the energy. There are no spikes and no dips.
Licorice Root has a long history of being effective in supporting the adrenal glands.
What are your energy levels like? Do you have enough to handle everything you need to do?
- Michael Schwartz, N.M.D.