Health benefits of Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates are one of the three main macro nutrients that your body requires to function effectively. Despite what you may think about them, carbs can give your body numerous health benefits. In this article I am going to be discussing four of the top carbohydrate health benefits.

1) THEY PROVIDE YOUR BODY WITH ENERGY:- The main role of carbohydrates is to give your body the energy it needs. When you eat carbs your body breaks them down into glucose. This glucose is then transported to the cells that reqyure energy via your bloodstream. Although your body can use fats and proteins for energy this process is very inefficient. Therefore, one benefit of eating carbohydrates is that they provide your body with an efficient, easy access energy source.

THEY ARE RICH IN PHYTONUTRIENTS:- Phytonutrients are protective chemicals that can be found in many plants. Different phytonutrients have different characteristics. Some act as antioxidants which protect your body from free radicals (harmful by-products that are released when your body uses oxygen) whilst others help protect your body from bacteria and disease. Plant based carbohydrates such as fruits and vegetables often contain these protective phytonutrients making them a very worthwhile addition to your diet.

THEY ARE A GOOD SOURCE OF FIBRE:- Fibre has many health benefits. The most well known of these is that it promotes regular bowel movements and prevents constipation. However, fibre also promotes good bowel health, protects you from a variety of diseases, keeps your blood glucose levels stable and helps you fully absorb the nutrients from your food. Certain carbohydrates such as fruits, vegetables and wholemeal products contain high levels of fibre and by eating these you can enjoy all the benefits listed.

THEY ARE A GOOD SOURCE OF VITAMINS:- Vitamins are micronutrients that help your body perform vital functions. They help your body break down food for energy, assist with cell production, support a strong immune system and more. Fruits and vegetables are rich in a variety of vitamins. Therefore, by eating natural carbohydrates (such as fruits and vegetables) you can realise multiple health benefits.


What it does?
Promotes good eyesight and has the same immunity-boosting properties as vitamin C.

Should you supplement?
Most guys get enough from food, and taking a pill could result in an overdose of A, which could lead to liver damage. But if you've been catching colds more frequently or if your eyesight seems weaker, try cod-liver oil—it's what ancient mariners used to boost night vision.

Best food sources
Liver from chicken, beef, and pork, sweet potatoes, spinach, cantaloupes, carrots, kale, collard greens.


What it does?
This family of eight vitamins enhances energy levels, regulates mood, and boosts your immune system.

Should you supplement?
They often come together in a B-complex, along with claims that they cure wrinkles, fight muscle fatigue, and relieve hangovers—none of which are backed by science. More to the point, men should avoid B-complex vitamins because it's easy to get too much of B9, which has been linked to prostate cancer. The exception is for vegetarians, who should take B12.

Best food sources
Chicken, eggs, turkey, tuna, salmon, beef, lentils, peas, Swiss chard, spinach, black beans.


What it does?
Promotes healthy skin, protects against bladder and prostate cancers, and is vital for brain health.

Should you supplement?
Pop an E and you can amp up your sperm count and reverse aging, according to manufacturers' claims—which aren't backed by science. In fact, some studies link the supplement to lung cancer.

Best food sources
Eggs, sunflower seeds, almonds, olives, spinach, Swiss chard, turnip greens, whole grains.

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