What are Trace Minerals? How do they benefit your health?
Most people know that minerals are important to their health (calcium, magnesium, potassium, etc.) but what about the minerals that are only needed in very small amounts.
There is a difference between minerals and trace minerals (also called -trace elements) The difference is how much does the body require daily for optimum performance.
If the body requires more than 100 milligrams the substance is called a mineral. If the body requires less than this, it is called a trace mineral. Trace minerals are generally needed in quantities of only a few milligrams (mg) or micrograms (mcg) per day.
There are 7 essential Minerals are: calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, sodium, potassium, chloride & sulfur
There are many more trace minerals.
Trace minerals are crucial for many body functions including the transporting of oxygen to the cells, normalizing the nervous system and the growth, maintenance and repair of tissue and bones. Trace minerals provide the foundation of DNA, all proteins and even enzymes.
Here are a few examples of the value of trace minerals:
Chromium aids in glucose metabolism regulates blood sugar and is part of the glucose tolerance factor.
Cobalt is needed in the formation of red blood cells and vitamins B-12
Copper is essential to the formation of red blood cells and connective tissues. It contributes to nervous system function.
Iodine is needed to support metabolism.
Iron is necessary to red blood cell formation and for the transport of oxygen. It is important to brain function.
Manganese is needed for the enzymes and supports brain function. It is part of the bone structure.
Selenium is important in the detoxification of heavy metals, such as mercury. it is needed for the production of antibodies by the immune system. It is needed for teeth.
Zinc: Essential part of 200 enzymes involved in digestion, metabolism, reproduction, wound healing and the immune response.
What are the benefits of trace minerals?
Trace minerals can increase energy levels, improve concentration, increase mental clarity, promote an increased sense of well being, and promote anti-aging due to recovery nutrients. They balance, restore and rejuvenate cell life. They support a healthy thyroid gland. They boost the immune system, increase circulation, increase endurance, and acts as a catalyst for enzymatic reactions. They cleanse, neutralize and help in liver detoxification. They help oxygenate the blood. They support balanced hormone levels.
What trace mineral supplement should you take?
Not all trace minerals are the same. You don’t want rocks that your body can’t absorb or use. You want plant-based trace minerals.
Rocks (minerals) in the soil break down so the plants can absorb them turning them into something your body can absorb and use. They are called organic minerals or plant minerals. The plant-based minerals are 10,000 times smaller than rock minerals and thus can be absorbed by the body.
A lot of minerals sold today are rock-based. You want plant-based minerals.
Most soil is depleted of these minerals thus you don’t get it in the food you eat. In countries with mineral-rich soils, we see lower disease rates and low obesity.
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