Documented 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 brief synopsis of the most important minerals including references to research articles, empirical studies, clinical trials, analysis and reviews.
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… [ Read More… ]
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… [ Read More… ]
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… [ Read More… ]
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… [ Read More… ]
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… [ Read More… ]
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… [ Read More… ]
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 … [ Read More… ]
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… [ Read More… ]
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… [ Read More… ]
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… [ Read More… ]