5 Key Minerals, 7 Trace Elements, What about the 49 others?
Many professional in the medical field believe that all you need is a balanced diet and perhaps a multi-vitamin. Even in the field of natural therapies it’s often said that you only need 12 – 20 minerals for good health. In our experience, this is far from the truth. Without a broad range of over 90 plus nutrients your body can become sickened and begin to suffer from a myriad of symptoms and syndromes.
Minerals are essential nutrients for every living cell in the human body, and every other living thing. Defined in the study of human nutrition as all the inorganic elements or molecules required for life, minerals assist in body functions such as producing energy, growing, and healing. They are required for fluid balance, blood and bone development, maintaining a healthy nervous system, activate digestive processes and regulating muscles, including heart muscles.
They are essential ingredients, necessary for every metabolic and hormonal activity of the body, and when you think about it – isn’t that just about everything that keeps us alive?
When you take our recommended naturally derived, organic and plant-based source, you’ll see an instant improvement in mental acuity, clarity of thinking as well as short-term and long term memory improvement. Not only that, you’ll get better rest whilst sleeping and feel more alert over the whole day.
When your body runs out of minerals, you feel exhausted, cranky, you age faster and you fall asleep in front of the TV and think it’s ‘normal’!
In fact many people tell us how their sleep patterns have regulated and and how they suddenly wake in the morning looking forward to the day, often something they had never before experienced. Plus, they can work longer hours without feeling exhausted, and are still alert to enjoy the family when they get home after work. When you run your car longer, it uses more fuel, and you have to refuel more often.
What minerals do . . .
Fuel, that’s just what minerals are to your body, essential elements that act like fuel and give you the most amazing get-up-and-go! And when you run out of any mineral whether it be a macro mineral you need more of, or a minor trace element that you perhaps need for the absorption of the macro minerals, you feel sluggish, collapse into the lounge after work thinking it’s because you work so hard, you feel stressed, you can’t think clearly, can’t sleep properly and generally feel exhausted all of the time.
As we said, minerals, like vitamins, are essential, and like vitamins they function in the body as coenzymes. Another role they play, apart from digestion, fluid balance, blood and bone development, maintaining a healthy nervous system, and regulating muscles reactions, minerals participate in all enzyme reactions within the body. When the body gets a broad range of these trace elements, assimilation and use of all the vitamins and other nutrients is improved.
It’s important to understand that minerals were never meant to be taken in isolation, and to increase your uptake of any one mineral, you require many others as partners in the assimilation process. That’s why broad spectrum supplementation is essential.
Minerals occur either as bulk minerals (macrominerals) or trace minerals (microminerals). The body needs more bulk minerals than it does trace minerals, although both are essential for health. Minerals are consumed in food from plants and plant-eating animals. These sources of minerals have developed in a sequence that takes millions of years, beginning with rock formation, the breakdown of rocks into mineral salts, and the assimilation of these salts into soil that nourishes edible plants.
For our optimal wellbeing, we must get these essential elements from high quality plant sources for ease of assimilation, and unfortunately today’s foods no longer contain adequate levels for health. The Savvy team utilise a source of ancient plant deposits in a colloidal form, that contain up to 95 of the known trace elements required for optimal health, plus other tableted forms of ionic sources to get more of the required macro minerals.
We recommend you talk to the person who referred you to this site about trying the range we recommend, because we have had over two decades of experience wand we can really tell the difference. If you are unsure whether your body is lacking in any essential nutrient, we can always help you with a Bio-Influence hair analysis, that will give you clear indications as to what may be missing nutritionally, and what other factors may be impacting your health in a negative way.
Recommended daily allowances exist for a number of minerals, such as calcium. However, minimum daily requirements for some minerals such as boron, chromium, and molybdenum, do not exist.
The essential bulk minerals include:
Calcium —essential for strong bones and teeth, healthy gums, and bone growth and mineral density in children. Calcium helps regulate the heart rate and nerve impulses, lower cholesterol, prevent atherosclerosis, develop muscles, and prevent muscle cramping. Calcium is an important component of blood clotting.
Calcium and phosphorus are closely related minerals that should be balanced, and calcium cannot be absorbed with Boon being present. About 99 percent of calcium and 85 percent of phosphate occur in the skeleton as crystals of calcium phosphate. Both nutrients occur in a variety of foods such as milk, eggs, and green, leafy vegetables.
Calcium deficiency due to lack of dietary calcium occurs only rarely and is often due to vitamin D deficiency, because vitamin D is required for efficient absorption of dietary calcium. Significant depletion of calcium stores can lead to osteoporosis.
Magnesium —assists in the utilization of calcium and potassium, and functions in enzyme reactions to produce energy. Magnesium protects the lining of arteries and helps form bones. It helps prevent cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, and some cancers. By acting with vitamin B6, magnesium can help prevent or dissolve calcium oxylate kidney stones, the most common kind of stones. Dietary magnesium deficiency is uncommon, but may occur in chronic alcoholics, persons taking diuretic drugs, and as a result of severe, prolonged diarrhea.
Sodium —sodium deficiency (hyponatremia) is a serious deficiency, arising most often after excessive losses of body fluid (dehydration) during prolonged and severe diarrhea or vomiting. Sodium and potassium are electrolytes that must be balanced in the body. Since most people get more than enough salt in the diet, potassium may be needed to balance it. Together, these minerals control fluid balance through a mechanism called “the sodium/potassium pump.” Prolonged imbalances in sodium and potassium can contribute to heart disease.
Potassium —important for a healthy nervous system and a steady heart rate, helps to prevent stroke, and, with sodium, is critical in maintaining fluid balance. Potassium, an electrolyte, must be balanced with sodium. Potassium deficiency is usually associated with sodium deficiency and both are associated with dehydration stemming from excessive losses of body fluid.
Phosphorus —helps form bones and teeth, supports cell growth, and regulates heart muscle contraction and kidney function. Phosphorus converts food to energy and supports the utilization of vitamins. Deficiency is rare because phosphate is plentiful in plant and animal foods and is efficiently absorbed from the diet.
Phosphorus is closely related to calcium and the two minerals should be in balance with each other and with magnesium. Deficiency in one will affect all and will ultimately have an unwanted effect on body function. Calcium and phosphorus are stored in the bones as crystals of calcium phosphate. Milk, eggs, and green, leafy vegetables are rich in calcium and phosphate.
Trace minerals essential for human health include:
Boron —required for healthy bones, brain function, alertness, and the metabolism of bulk minerals such as calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium.
Deficiencies are rare in children, however as we age supplementation may help absorb calcium.
A deficiency in boron is associated with vitamin D deficiency. Boron supplements can improve calcium levels as well as vitamin D levels, and can help prevent osteoporosis in postmenopausal women by promoting calcium absorption.
Chromium —required for maintaining energy levels. Chromium helps metabolize glucose and stabilize glucose levels. It helps the body manufacture and use cholesterol and protein.
Copper —helps form healthy bones, joints, and nerves as well as hemoglobin and red blood cells. Copper contributes to healing, energy production, taste, and hair and skin color. It is essential in forming collagen for healthy bones and connective tissue, and helps prevent osteoporosis. Except in osteoporosis, copper deficiency is rare, although dramatic changes in copper metabolism occur in two serious genetic diseases, Wilson disease and Menkes’ disease.
Germanium —helps improve the delivery of oxygen to tissues and remove toxins and poisons from the body. Germanium gives garlic its natural antibiotic properties.
Iodine —helps promote healthy physical and mental development in children. Iodine is required for thyroid gland function and metabolizing fats. Iodine deficiency is a public health problem in parts of the world that have iodine-deficient soils. Iodine is needed to make thyroid hormone, which has a variety of roles in human embryo development. A deficiency during pregnancy can cause serious birth defects. Deficiency in adults can result in an enlarged thyroid gland (goiter) in the neck.
Iron —critical in the production of hemoglobin, the oxygen-carrying protein in red blood cells, and myoglobin found in muscle tissue. Iron is essential for important enzyme reactions, growth, and maintaining a healthy immune system. In the blood, iron is found in larger amounts than any other mineral. Iron deficiency causes anemia (low hemoglobin and reduced numbers of red blood cells), which results in tiredness and shortness of breath because of poor oxygen delivery.
Manganese —essential for metabolizing fat and protein, regulating blood glucose, and supporting immune system and nervous system function. Manganese is necessary for normal bone growth and cartilage development. It is involved in reproductive functions and helps produce mother’s milk. Along with B vitamins, manganese produces feelings of well-being. Deficiency can lead to convulsions, vision and hearing problems, muscle contractions, tooth-grinding and other problems in children; and atherosclerosis, heart disease, and hypertension in older adults.
Molybdenum —found in bones, kidneys, and liver. Only extremely small amounts are needed to metabolize nitrogen and promote proper cell function. Molybdenum is present in beans, peas, legumes, whole grains, and green leafy vegetables. A diet low in these foods can lead to mouth and gum problems and cancer.
Selenium —an important antioxidant that works with vitamin E to protect the immune system, heart, and liver, and may help prevent tumor formation. Selenium deficiency occurs in regions of the world where soils are selenium-poor and low-selenium foods are produced. Premature infants are naturally low in selenium with no known serious effects.
Silicon —helps form bones and connective tissue, nails, skin, and hair. Silicon is important in preventing cardiovascular disease.
Sulfur —disinfects the blood and helps to rid the body of harmful bacteria and toxic substances.
Vanadium —vital to cell metabolism, and helps reduce cholesterol and form healthy bones and teeth. Vanadium functions in reproduction. Deficiencies may be associated with heart and kidney disease and reproductive disorders. Vanadium deficiency may be associated with infant mortality.
Zinc —important in the growth of reproductive organs and regulation of oil glands. Zinc is required for protein synthesis, immune system function, protection of the liver, collagen formation, and wound healing. A component of insulin and major body enzymes, zinc helps vitamin absorption, particularly vitamins A and E. Deficiency is rare.
An abnormally low mineral concentration is usually defined as a level that may impair a function dependent on that mineral, so make sure you and your family are protected at all times, but supplementing with these vitally important substances . . . but be warned. Not all supplements are equal – many contain metalic forms of minerals, that are impossible to digest. Check out this ‘Chelated Mineral Chronicles‘ test.
Mineral deficiency is a reduced level of any of the minerals essential to human health. It’s said we need more than 60 key and trace elements… so how do we find these? Contact your Savvy Support person for more information or email [email protected]
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