What Minerals Do

In order to make the hemoglobin found in red blood cells, the body needs iron. In order to build strong teeth and bones, the body needs calcium. Calcium is also crucial for the proper functioning of the kidneys, muscles and nerves. Without adequate levels of Iodine, the thyroid gland cannot perform its most important task which is to produce energy. Manganese, selenium and zinc are antioxidants and some of their responsibilities include helping to heal wounds, helping the skeletal system develop properly, and protecting cell membranes. Chromium helps keep arteries clear.

The minerals the body needs are divided into two categories. These two categories are: Major minerals and Trace Minerals.

The difference between the categories mainly has to do with the amounts the body requires. The body must have a minimum of 100 milligrams per day to carry out the bodily functions associated with the Major minerals. In the case of Trace minerals, on a per day basis, less than 100 milligrams are required.

Major Minerals

Calcium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Sodium, Potassium, Sulphur, Chloride

Trace Minerals

Chromium, Copper, Fluoride, Iodine, Iron, Manganese, Molybdenum, Selenium, Zinc

The Benefits of Potassium

Potassium is responsible for healthy muscle and nerve function. Within our body, the intracellular and extracellular potassium concentrations are closely monitored and managed by multiple feedback mechanisms. These mechanisms maintain an electrical potential, which is the main force for transmission of nerve stimulus, muscle contraction and most functions of your heart.  Low potassium intake may result from lack of certain food groups such as fish, fruits and vegetables.

The Beniftits of Selenium

Selenium is an antioxidant that is believed to help control cell oxidation. The antioxidant enzymes and the immune system protect the cells against the impacts of free radicals that are produced during normal oxygen and waste metabolism*(only found in our  “Balance Your pH” & “Selenium)

The Benefits of Zinc

Zinc is found in cells throughout the body. It helps the immune system fight off invading bacteria and viruses. The body also needs zinc to make proteins and DNA, the genetic material in all cells. … Zinc also helps wounds heal and is important for proper senses of taste and smell.

The Benefits of Magnesium

Magnesium is an essential mineral for staying healthy and is required for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body. Multiple health benefits of magnesium include transmission of nerve impulses, body temperature regulation, detoxification, energy production, and the formation of healthy bones and teeth.

Food Sources of Minerals

 

All Minerals come from the ground but as few of us eat dirt and rocks, how does our body get the minerals it needs from the food that we eat? Minerals primarily make their way into our bodies by way of the foods that grow from the ground and the animals that survive off the land. Fruits, vegetables, lean meats, poultry, dairy products, grains, legumes. These and others are the primary sources of the minerals our bodies need to survive.

What’s also interesting is that individuals who eat a lot of processed foods or who fail to consume a nutritionally-balanced diet often suffer from diseases that have been directly attributed to vitamin and mineral related deficiencies.

Minerals are used for creating automobiles, building, pots, pans and many other durable products. But most importantly for humans, minerals are essential for body and health in order to build and maintain strong bodies capable of functioning as designed!