ma8gnesium MEASURE YOUR MESOS
2018 was all about measuring your macros, with the IIFYM (If It Fits Your Macros) movements gaining major traction in the hashtags of fitness bloggers’ avo-toast Instagram posts. But if you’re still battling to wrap your head around macros, you’re out of luck and time. 2019 is all about meso-nutrients.
In Greek, “macro” means large, “micro” means small and “meso” means middle. What we actually want to know, on top of the nutritional value, is the active compounds that make up the foods we’re eating.
Think of melatonin, the hormone produced in the pineal gland that helps regulate our circadian rhythm. A 2011 study in Critical Reviews In Food Science And Nutrition found that melatonin is also present in edible plants. Another study found that cherries contain melatonin as an active ingredient, and that when study participants ate cherries, they generally slept better. So if you’re battling insomnia, add foods that contain melatonin (or check out the sleep specs in point 9 on the next page).
But what’s the takeout? Although it sounds complicated, the principle is simple: we want to function at optimum capacity, and we’re even turning to our diets and supplements to help us do that. And with the rise of nootropics, and more pharmacies stocking the pure active compounds on their shelves (melatonin, magnesium, curcumin, etc.), the health sector is placing importance on this too.