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Articles on research, clinical trials, analysis, reviews and empirical studies

clincial trials and studies on mineral supplementsDocumented scientific mineral research is actually quite extensive and informative, yet it is frequently ignored in the mainstream media. We wanted to provide our inquiring public with some good sources of independent research supporting our information and facts on minerals and their roles in the body.

It is very important to understand the function of minerals and how they work in the body. Minerals are enzyme catalysts. They activate enzymes. They do not do anything in isolation and therefore require a full compliment of good protein, fats, and carbohydrates to create the well functioning organic system we know of as our body.

The following is a short synopsis of the most important minerals along with references to research articles.

Calcium Research
Calcium is well known as a component of bone and is recommended as the supplement of choice for those with bone and joint ailments. The truth is that while calcium gives our bones rigidity, it is only 20% of total bone mass and provides no flexibility to bone. Bone is the storehouse for calcium. Equally important metabolic roles for calcium are blood clotting, nerve transmission, and energy production. The body recognizes the essential need for calcium and will hold on to whatever it can absorb. When taken in excess and without the other elements necessary to properly store calcium in bones, where 99% of it is supposed to be, our body will store it wherever it can. This can lead to many problems including: arteriosclerosis, stones, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, and osteoporosis. [ Read More... ]

Chromium Research
Chromium is an essential element necessary for sugar metabolism via the production of insulin. We also believe it plays a role in the breakdown of protein and fats for energy. Chromium is virtually always lost in the process of refining foods like whole grains and natural sugars. Therefore, eating refined foods does not give one the essential minerals to properly process these foods. The body rapidly converts refined sugar and grain (white flour) to glucose. Any unused glucose will be converted to fat. This is the main cause of the obesity epidemic in this country. In any refining process we essentially removed most of the elements from our foods that nature intended we have in order to properly metabolize them. Chromium is one such mineral lost in the refining process. [ Read More... ]

Copper Research
Copper has many diverse roles in the body. It works closely with iron in the synthesis of blood, is involved in the production of energy and most reactions that consume oxygen or oxygen radicals. Copper, along with Zinc and Selenium, is a free radical scavenger. Copper helps in the manufacturing of collagen and is also a wound healer. Maintaining proper copper levels is essential for good health. [Read More... ]

Iodine Research
Iodine is a catalyst for the enzymes which manufacture T4 & T3 - a thyroid hormone. It is stored primarily in the thyroid. Thyroid hormones regulate body temperature, metabolic rate, cellular reproduction, growth, blood cell production, nerve and muscle function, and much more. A lack of Iodine can create goiter or enlargement of the thyroid gland. A malfunction of the thyroid (insufficient production of the thyroid hormone as measured by a blood test) is many times the result of toxic overload or heavy metal toxicity - especially Mercury. [ Read More... ]

Magnesium Research
Magnesium is a fascinating element which plays a role in many different body functions. Magnesium is found throughout the body. It is believed to be essential for calcium deposition into bone. It is required for energy production and muscle relaxation. It has been shown to be very effective in stopping nervous twitches, muscle cramping while at rest, and nervous leg syndrome. More important, it is absolutely essential for proper heart function. Without magnesium, the heart cannot relax. Sudden heart attacks are many times the result of a lack of Magnesium. Alcohol consumption impedes the availability of Magnesium to the cells. [ Read More... ]

Manganese Research
Manganese is an element which should be maintained in very close tolerances in the body. It is involved in the metabolism of fats, sugars, and protein. It is important in bone formation and energy production. A study of a criminal population done at U.C. Irvine demonstrated that violent criminals have five times as much Manganese in their systems as do law-abiding citizens, implying that excessive Manganese may cause or promote abnormally violent behavior. Also, in study on rats at Oxford University in England, researchers where able to duplicate behavioral patterns similar to mad cow disease by administrating excessive amounts of Manganese. [ Read More... ]

Potassium Research
Found primarily within the interior of our cells, Potassium is an essential electrolyte. A major role is in the maintenance of fluid and electrolyte balance and cell integrity (size and shape). It is essential for nerve transmission and muscle contraction. It is the counterbalance of Magnesium. Potassium has little if any toxicity. It is very important to maintain adequate tissue levels. We should be consuming 5 times more Potassium than Sodium. Our present dietary patterns have reversed this ratio due primarily to increased sodium content in prepared foods. [ Read More... ]

Selenium Research
Until recently this element was thought to be non-essential and toxic at quite low levels. Recent research is now showing some extraordinarily important roles for Selenium in human metabolism. Selenium has now been identified as a very important anti-oxidant. It appears to be a major catalyst to the activation of the enzyme glutathione peroxidase which is a major preventer of free radicals. It is also important for proper thyroid function. As an anti-oxidant, having an adequate tissue level of Selenium may be protective for heart disease and cancer as oxidative imbalance has been implicated in both diseases. Recently, an important study showed the capability of Selenium to inhibit the ability of a viruse to mutate once imbedded in its host. Selenium is also an important heavy metal chelator. [ Read More... ]

Silica Research
Silica is the combination of the 2 most common elements on the planet – Oxygen and Silicon. Some scientists hypothesize that we could just as easily have been a Silicon based organism as a Carbon based organism. Two functions have been identified for Silicon. It is the primary Calcium management element and is responsible for making sure calcium is not stored in any locations other than bone. Without Silica, the body will store calcium (of which most of us get too much of ) in areas like, artery walls, joints, organs and soft tissue. The second Silicon role is in collagen formation. The physical manifestation of aging is the inability of the body to reproduce collagen the way we could in our 20’s and 30’s. This leads to wrinkles, loss of flexibility, porosity of bones, digestive problems, arthritis and many other issues associated with aging. We feel Silica is the most natural and effective supplement on the market today to reverse or eliminate, arthritis, GI tract disorders, and osteoporosis. Silica is also known to enhance appearance of hair, skin and nails. [ Read More... ]

Sulfur Research
Often in course work on Clinical Nutrition, Sulfur is mentioned only in passing as a qualifying macro mineral. It is in fact the 4th most prevalent element in our body after Calcium. The comment in the books suggest that the body does not use Sulfur as a nutrient but that it only occurs in essential B vitamins and some amino acids. In fact, Sulfur acts like all the other minerals- as a catalyst for enzyme activation. Sulfur is found in every cell in the body. It is a potent anti-inflammatory, an anti-oxidant, and is essential for collagen formation and protein synthesis. Sulfur is an underrated yet essential element. This fact was much more understood and appreciated in times past. “Taking the waters” was common rhetoric for using Sulfur baths for health issues. [ Read More... ]

Zinc Research
Zinc’s most important role is in maintaining the immune system. Zinc is important for the production, storage, and release of insulin. It is active in blood clotting, thyroid function, and influences behavior and learning. It is essential for vision, sense of taste and smell, wound healing, sperm production and a healthy prostate. Other roles are proper early development and health of the reproductive organs. The body will usually react very quickly to Zinc supplementation. [ Read More... ]

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