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When you reach for that bowl of whole grain cereal or a slice of whole grain bread, consider the health benefits. Those who eat whole grains as part of their diet are at a reduced risk for some chronic conditions. This is because they contain nutrients that are vital to optimal health, and that includes how well our bodies function.

What Makes Whole Grains Beneficial to Your Health?

Grains have fiber, thiamin, folate, iron, selenium, riboflavin, magnesium and niacin.

  • Fiber. Not only can fiber be used to treat constipation and diverticulosis, it decreases blood cholesterol levels and lower one’s risk of obesity, heart disease, colon cancer and type-2 diabetes.
  • B vitamins. These vitamins play various roles in our health. In general, they are critical for maintaining a healthy nervous system. However, riboflavin, niacin and thiamin, in particular, are all B vitamins that help the body convert food into energy. Folate, also a B vitamin, assists the body’s development of red blood cells.
  • Iron. Our blood requires oxygen, and iron is a mineral our body uses to transport oxygen in the blood.
  • Magnesium. This mineral is one of the building blocks for strong, healthy bones and muscle function. Those who have had a spinal injury — say due to an automobile accident or vertebral subluxation complex — can benefit from magnesium, as it, along with chiropractic treatment, will help fortify the bones and strengthen the muscles that support them.
  • Selenium. A healthy immune system is one that can fight off disease and repair itself — selenium can aid in this way. It also helps guards our cells from oxidation (loss of electrons).

Additional benefits include:

  • Weight management
  • Lower chance of gum disease and tooth loss
  • Improved blood pressure levels
  • Reduced risk of colorectal cancer and inflammatory disease
  • Healthier arteries
  • Less risk of asthma

How Much Whole Grains Do You Need, and by How Much Are Your Risks Reduced?

Getting at least one serving of whole grains per day — from wheat, rice, oats, rye, corn, barley, sorghum, spelt or quinoa — may be enough to reduce your risk of certain chronic diseases, but according to the Whole Grains Council, consuming at least three servings a day is even better. While percentages may vary, studies show that by making whole grains part of your daily diet, you can reduce your risk of:

  • Stroke by up to 37 percent
  • Type-2 diabetes by up to 30 percent
  • Cardiovascular disease by up to 36 percent
  • Cancers that affect the digestive system by up to 43 percent
  • Hormone-related cancers by up to 40 percent

Talk to your chiropractor today about combining a diet rich in whole grains with your treatment.

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3930 STADIUM DR
SIOUX CITY, IA 51106
Phone Number: (712) 276-4325

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