nutrition-itsu Part 4: Micronutrients

In Part 4, we’re going to talk about the MICRONUTRIENTS, which include:

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  • Vitamins
  • Minerals
  • Phytonutrients
  • Bacteria (probioitics)
  • Enzymes
  • Fats (while it’s a macronutrient, I’ve included it here to discuss the different types)[/green_plus_2_list]

Here are some links to the different supplements I talked about:

Probiotics: BioTrust | Garden of Life

Digestive Enzymes: BioTrust | Garden of Life

NOTE: I make a referral commission from BioTrust, but not the Garden of Life stuff. With respect to any supplements I take including these, fish oil and protein powders, I always switch brands to avoid becoming intolerant to a brand, which can happen over time, which is why I typically always recommend 2 or 3 different brand names.

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7 years ago

Hey Eric — I’m one of your MMA fighters following your ultimate MMA workout / advanced MMA workout (we had an email exchange a few weeks ago regarding the timing of those plans in relation to my upcoming fight on April 26th). I’m writing because I have some concerns about my weight — while following your workout plans (in the strength phase of the 8 week ultimate MMA program now, 2nd time through — previously completed the 16 week plan in December), I have gained considerable strength, endurance, and everything else that I could have hoped for from a strength and conditioning standpoint, but I have also increased my weight from 190 lbs to 200 lbs. I am a very disciplined eater — whole natural foods, focus on “me as an eater”, carb cycling — 6 days a week taking in only 60 / 120 g of carbs per day… Read more »

Sufian Ahmed
Sufian Ahmed
7 years ago

You say that you don’t eat soy because of isoflavon which is a type of phytoestrogen. Isn’t phytoestrogens good for us? I have heard that they have 0,001% effect of real estrogen and that when they connect to the estrogen receptors in our bodies, its takes away the place of the natural estrogen. And then you have less estrogen in your body because phytoestrogens are 0,001% of real estrogen.

Many sides on the internet like this one:
Tells people to eat flaxseeds because of the phytoestrogens in them to reduce estrogen in your body.

whats your take on this?

7 years ago

Hi Eric,

How does grape seed oil measure up in terms of omega 3 : omega 6?

7 years ago
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Check this site out for all your food analysis needs:

But I will chime in – it’s mostly Omega 6, little to no Omega 3.

What does this mean?

Avoid it. And the fact that it has a high smoke point and is supposedly good for cooking is hogwash – just because it doesn’t smoke, doesn’t mean it’s healthy.

Any oil high in polyunsaturated fats will oxidize when heated. That’s why you never cook fish oil and have to keep it in the dark in the cold – to avoid it oxidizing and going bad.

When cooking, stick to coconut oil and olive oil.