We all know that Vitamins are essential for good health, energy, vitality, and tissue repair.
What you may not know is that trace minerals, the building blocks of the body, are essential in the absorption of vitamins and nutrients- without them, vitamins cannot be utilized properly.
Important Facts About Trace Minerals:
- They are necessary in the transport of oxygen, cell and nerve protection, growth, and metabolism.
- They act as catalysts for hormones, enzymes, and bodily functions and reactions; as well as aid in digestion.
- Even small portions affect health greatly.
- They protect against heavy metal poisoning and toxic reactions.
- They aid in replenishing electrolytes lost through sweating, diarrhea, and/or vomiting.
- Deficiencies of certain minerals like copper and manganese are directly linked to weaker bones and joints.
- In addition, malnutrition, bacterial, fungal and viral infections, obesity ,and the onset of degenerative diseases are all linked to mineral deficiencies.
Essential Trace Minerals:
Boron: Enhances brain function, improves alertness, and is required in the activation of certain hormones.
Calcium: Helps metabolize your body’s iron, normalizes blood clotting, and is needed in the development of strong bones and healthy teeth.
Chloride: Contributes to digestion and elimination.
Chromium: Works with insulin to regulate the body’s use of sugar and is essential to fatty-acid metabolism.
Cobalt: Helps maintain nerve tissue and assists in the formation of red blood cells.
Copper: Fundamental to human health! Assists in the formation of hemoglobin in the blood, promotes fertility, and normal skin and hair pigmentation. Protects tissue from damage by free radicals, support the body’s immune function, and contributes to preventing cancer. Helps prevent high blood pressure, arthritis, spinal deformities, and transports oxygen to tissues. Strengthens bones, nerves, tendons, and blood vessels.
Fluoride: Essential for healthy teeth and bones. In addition, it helps protect teeth from cavities and decay.
Germanium: Improves oxygen in the cells and immune function in the body.
Iodine: Aids in the prevention and treatment of an enlarged thyroid gland. Helps convert beta carotene into Vitamin A, influences nutrient metabolism, nerve and muscle function, nail, hair, skin and tooth condition, and physical and mental development.
Iron: Found in the protein of red blood cells and helps transport oxygen from the lungs to the tissues of the body.
Magnesium: Key substance in the functioning of nerves and muscles, and needed in the healthy maintenance of bones. Magnesium helps in the absorption of Calcium.
Manganese: Helps produce energy from food, acts as an antioxidant and assists in normal blood clotting, as well as glucose metabolism.
Molybdenum: Assists in the mobilization of stored iron for the body to use, and detoxifies sulfites (chemicals used as food preservatives). Essential to normal growth and development, particularly of the nervous system. It is also an ingredient of tooth enamel and may help to prevent tooth decay.
Phosphorus: A key component of DNA, RNA, bones, and teeth, and many other compounds required for life. In addition, it stimulates muscle contraction and contributes to tissue growth and repair, energy production, nerve-impulse transmission, central nervous system health, and proper heart and kidney function.
Potassium: Helps regulate blood pressure, maintain pH balance and fluid distribution along with sodium and chloride. Regulates muscle contraction, needed for protein synthesis and insulin secretion.
Selenium: Acts as an antioxidant to protect cells and tissue from free radical damage. Stimulates metabolism and supports immune function.
Sodium: Sodium maintains fluid distribution and pH balance.
Sulfur: Assists in Vitamin B metabolism, helps regulate blood sugar levels and regulate blood clotting. Sulfur is also known to convert some toxic substances into nontoxic substances.
Vanadium: Needed for cellular metabolism, aids in reproduction and growth, and protects against diabetes and certain cancers.
Zinc: An integral part of many functions of our body. From RNA and DNA synthesis, to cellular function, growth, and structure. Also aids in immune system function, tissue repair, digestive enzymes, bone development and growth, and liver function.
Obtaining your Trace Minerals:
The problem with obtaining trace minerals through the food we eat has more to do with the land it is grown on and not so much the actual food product.
The soil our food is grown in is depleted from trace minerals, due to today’s farming practices. A tree’s deep root system is what allows it to reach and absorb trace minerals far underground. These trees have been removed from today’s farm lands.