Like vitamins, minerals are crucial for proper body function. Obtained from the food we eat, they're typically divided into two categories: major minerals (macrominerals) and minor minerals (trace minerals). Both are equally important, but trace minerals are needed in much smaller amounts.
Due to the standard American diet, soil depletion and other concerns, many people experience mineral deficiencies.
As the Nobel Laureate, Linus Paulings said in summing up his life's work: "You can trace every sickness, every illness, and every condition to a mineral deficiency."
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A Brief List of Mineral Functions Within the Body
Boron – Bone health, memory and brain function, supports appropriate hormone function.
Calcium – Used in almost every bodily function. Important for pH balance, tone, power, strength, longevity, vitality and endurance.
Chromium – Liver synthesis, regulates metabolism, maintain healthy insulin and blood sugar levels.
Cobalt – Maintain/repair myelin sheath, transport glucose from the blood into body cells, and manufacture/absorb B-Complex vitamins.
Copper – Iron assimilation, formation of hemoglobin & red blood cells, enzyme reactions, protein metabolism, vitamin C oxidation, beneficial for graying and thinning hair.
Germanium – An antioxidant and supports a healthy immune system.
Gold – Sleep aid, feeling of well-being (relaxation), supports immune system, vitality and longevity, glandular functions, raise energy level, joint comfort and movement.
Iodine – Thyroid regulation, hormone regulation that controls digestion, heart rate, body temperature, nervous system, reproductive system, body weight, and metabolism.
Iron – Supports healthy red blood cell production. Involved in food metabolism, digestion, elimination, circulation, and normal-ranged blood pressure.
Magnesium – Aids in relaxing nerves, relieving daily tension. Assists digestion, activates enzymes important for protein and carbohydrate metabolism. Magnesium is important in muscle contraction and relaxation, the production and transfer of energy, assists nerve conduction. Aids regularity, restful sleep, keeps vertebrae in proper position, and purifies/purges body tissues of impurities.
Manganese – Important for all mental functions. Aids memory, promotes natural resistance and restorative functions. Strengthens tendons, tissues, ligaments, and linings in and outside of organs.
Molybdenum – Regulates pH, supports a healthy metabolism and the fat-burning process, promotes general well-being, aids in normal carbohydrate metabolism, and promotes good sleep.
Potassium – Neutralizes acids, restores alkaline salts in bloodstream, assists in metabolic processes, critical to cardiovascular and nerve function, assists in muscle energy, regulates water balance, vital in elimination of wastes.
Selenium – Promotes normal body growth, supports fertility, encourages tissue elasticity, potent antioxidant, reduces the retention of toxic metals in the body, and crucial for the proper functioning of heart muscle.
Silver – Potent natural antibiotic.
Sulfur – Aids in elimination of toxins, supports blood circulation, scavenges free radicals, beautifies the skin, flexible bond connects cells, the lubricant found between joints, and may support myelin sheath for nerve protection.
Vanadium – Supports circulatory system, helps maintain cholesterol and blood sugar levels.
Zinc – An antioxidant and aids in assimilation of vitamins, normal growth and development, maintenance of body tissues, immune system function, and synthesis of DNA.