So you’re tracking your macronutrients (proteins, fats and carbs) and making sure you get plenty of micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) but what about your mesonutrients? Yes, they’re a thing, and they’re about to become the next big thing in the world of health and fitness.
In Greek, ‘macro’ means big, ‘micro’ means small and ‘meso’ means literally inside. This correlates to our growing desire to obtain more of the nutritious benefits from the active compounds in our food.
So for example, curcumin is the active ingredient in turmeric, and when you look at all the research, it’s the curcumin that delivers the anti-inflammatory and anti-ageing benefits that the super-spice is famed for.
Most studies on turmeric have been done on subjects receiving around 400mg of curcumin. But to extract 400 grams of curcumin from turmeric root, you would need to consume around 100 kilos of it. Likewise, to get the optimum therapeutic curcumin dose from dried turmeric powder, you would need to add about 10kg to your food.
Another mesonutrient we’ll be looking for is EGCG, short for epigallocatechin gallate, one of a group of plant phenols also known as tannins which in green tea have powerful and proven antioxidant benefits.
Other macronutrients include anthocyanins in red and purple foods such as cherries and lycopene in tomatoes – both heavily researched as antioxidants.
Saffronal, which as the name suggests come from the spice saffron and researched for its antidepressant, appetite suppressing and libido-boosting benefits.
The rise of the mesonutrient is indicative of the rising trend to be more aware of what we need from nutrition and supplementation; giving new meaning to the idea of plants as medicine.
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