take mineral supplements?
differ on exactly how many essential minerals there are (the general
consensus is around 60), but they all agree that a diet which lacks
enough of these minerals can eventually lead to disease and death.
minerals don't occur in a uniform blanket around the crust of the
Earth, but rather, are found in veins and patches. Since different
minerals appear in different concentrations from place to place,
there have always been a wide variety of deficiency-related diseases.
eliminate random mineral-deficiency diseases in livestock, the agricultural
industry adds minerals and trace minerals to animal feed so that
every mouthful delivers optimal nutrition. By contrast, humans have
historically been told that "you can get everything you need
from your four food groups." Today, people are beginning to
realize that this just isn't true.
over 100 years, American farmers have used the simple fertilizer
NPK to achieve the maximum yield per acre possible. As a result,
our farm and range soils are exhausted of organic material and depleted
of essential minerals. It is more important now than ever before
to supplement our diets with minerals.
are the basic building blocks of all things, both living and non-living.
Their functions in our bodies are critical and are essential for
good health. The body utilizes over 60 minerals for maximum function.
Because our plants and soils are so nutrient depleted, even if we
eat the healthiest foods, we are not getting all the minerals we
need. Evidence of mineral malnutrition are various minor and serious
health conditions such as energy loss, premature aging, diminished
senses, and degenerative diseases like osteoporosis, heart disease,
many cases, these could be prevented with proper mineral supplementation.
The more you learn about the benefits of minerals, the more control
you will have over your own health!
living cell depends on minerals for proper structure and function.
Minerals are needed for the formation of blood and bones, the proper
composition of body fluids, healthy nerve function, proper operation
of the cardiovascular system, among others. Like vitamins, minerals
function as co-enzymes, enabling the body to perform its functions
including energy production, growth and healing. Because all enzyme
activities involve minerals, they are essential for the proper utilization
of vitamins and other nutrients. Nutritionally, minerals are grouped
into two categories: bulk or essential minerals, also called macro-minerals,
and trace minerals or micro-minerals. Macro-minerals such as calcium
and magnesium are needed by the body in larger amounts. Although
only minute quantities of trace minerals are needed, they are nevertheless
important for good health. Micro-minerals include boron, chromium,
iron, zinc, and many others.
basic classifications of minerals exist. They are "metallic
minerals," "chelated minerals," and "colloidal
minerals are found in their pure elemental form or as salts
such as sodium chloride and zinc sulfate. They are the most commonly
used form in nutritional supplements, especially for the essential
minerals, because larger amounts are indicated. They are generally
the least expensive form of minerals but their primary disadvantage
is that their degree of absorption is the least of all three forms.
Although they have their place, metallic minerals do not represent
the full spectrum of all the trace minerals that are known to be
of value in human nutrition.
minerals are the next step up the ladder in so far as the
body's ability to assimilate. The term "chelate" originates
from a Greek word that means "claw". In this process,
be it either in the laboratory or in nature itself, a metallic mineral
is "chelated" with an amino acid. The amino acid actually
surrounds the metallic mineral like a claw and thereby helps to
solubilize it, making the "mineral chelate" more bioavailable
or useful to the body. Examples of chelated minerals are the magnesium
aspartate (magnesium chelated with the natural aspartic acid) and
chromium picolinate (chromium chelated with picolinic acid). In
many cases, chelated minerals are about 40% more efficient in regards
to absorption and assimilation into the body than metallic minerals.
minerals are those that occur in nature in the colloid
state. That is, they are minute particles that either are or can
be easily dispersed in a medium such as water. In that they are
made up of such small particles, there is a major increase in surface
area giving them greater exposure to the liquid or solvent they
are to be distributed in. This results in increased solubility,
bioavailability, absorption, and usefulness to the body. Plant-derived
colloidal minerals provide the best of all forms of minerals
not only because of this increased solubility but also because they
are associated with natural plant tissue. This gives them all the
advantages of chelated and metallic minerals and more!