understanding genetic deficiencies with genefit performance
Supplementation is a major tool to use when working towards your goals, knowing which will benefit you the most and provide the greatest addition to your routine can be highly effective.
Our performance is influenced by a wide range of factors including equipment, nutrition, personal training and bespoke training plans, and by understanding your genetic deficiency risks you can make small unique additions that will have far reaching effects upon your performance and health.
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*Supplementation is a major tool to use when working towards your goals, knowing which will benefit you the most and provide the greatest addition to your routine can be highly effective. Your performance is influenced by a wide range of factors including equipment, nutrition, personal training and bespoke training plans, and by understanding your genetic deficiency risks you can make small unique additions that will have far reaching effects upon your performance and health.
Vitamin B12 is one of the most commonly deficient vitamins, affecting your whole body, from brain to bone, and is well-known to be the sole vitamin that is absent from plant-derived food sources. Some people also need a lot more B vitamins than others. In adults, typical deficiency symptoms include loss of energy, tangling, numbness, reduced sensitivity to pain or pressure, blurred vision, abnormal gait, sore tongue, poor memory, confusion, hallucinations and personality changes.
Omega-3 fatty acids are polyunsaturated fatty acids that are essential nutrients for health. We need omega-3 fatty acids for numerous normal body functions, such as controlling blood clothing and building cell membranes in the brain, and, since our bodies cannot make omega-3 fats, we must get them through food.
Omega-3 fatty acids are also associated with many health benefits, including protection against heart disease and possibly stroke.
Iron is an essential nutrient required by every human cell. One of the main functions of iron is oxygen transport to our cells and tissues for energy production. Iron deficiency is the most common nutritional disorder in the world and the leading cause of anaemia. Iron deficiency without anaemia is associated with inefficient energy metabolism and reduced muscle strength and endurance.
Vitamin A is a fat-soluble compound essential for the function of retinal pigments for vision, and for growth and differentiation of cells and tissues, such as mucosa and immune cells. Limited intake of vitamin A sources causes absorptive disorders of the intestines, and inflammatory diseases.
Vitamin B6 is a water-soluble essential nutrient and must be obtained from the diet because humans cannot synthesize it. Vitamin B6 is an important vitamin for: red blood cell production; carbohydrate metabolism for good energy levels throughout the day; neurotransmitier production for healthy nerves, brain health and good mood; and to support liver functions.
Bone Mineral Density and Ca Intake
Bone Mineral Density (BMD) is a measure of the amount of calcium (Ca) and other minerals in bones. The minerals give the bones strength, making them less likely to break. BMD is clinically used as an indirect indicator of osteoporosis and fracture risk. Calcium is the best known mineral needed for strong bones, and inadequate dietary calcium is associated with increased risk of a number of diseases.
Magnesium is a required mineral and cofactor for over 300 metabolic reactions in the body. Magnesium is needed in energy production and vital tissue functions (blood, muscle etc.). Magnesium deficiency is widespread in the modern diet. Low magnesium consumption, particularly against a background of high calcium intakes, worsens the risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease. Optimal calcium-magnesium ratio should be 2:1.
Vitamin D is needed for strong bones, by helping the body absorb calcium. It has other roles in the body,including modulation of cell growth, neuromuscular and immune function, and reduction of inflammation.
Vitamin D deficiency is a widespread problem in developed countries. Environmental factors such as diet, intake of vitamin D supplements and exposure to sunlight are known to influence serum vitamin D concentrations.
Vitamin B9 (folate)
Folic acid, also called folate or folacin, is a B-complex vitamin which is most well known in the prevention of pregnancy defects. Folate is a crucial nutrient that supports important physiological functions such as DNA synthesis, cell division and substrate methylation. Adequate folate intake is also helpful in lowering the risk of some forms of cancer, especially in genetically-susceptible individuals, and may lower the risk of cardiovascular diseases by keeping homocysteine levels low.