Guest Post: Elliot Harvey’s Natural Health Column:
For a long time, vitamins have been the dominant conversation piece. However; without proper minerals, all enzyme activity, vitamin and amino acid synthesis would cease. Minerals are the chemical reactor for many biological functions including formation of bone and blood cells, nerve function, muscle tone, cellular fluid balance (acid/alkaline balance), hormone production, energy, tissue growth and assimilation of nutrients from food. Minerals essentially come from one of two sources, either inorganic, being from rocks, clays, sea beds (coral calcium has essential minerals and trace minerals-those from prehistoric dead coral reefs are preferred) etc., or organic-naturally processed through plant metabolism.
Minerals and Function:
Calcium– 99% of calcium is contained in the bones, with the remainder serving as a catalyst for muscle contractions.
Deficiency- improper digestion, poor bone growth, anemia, tooth decay, eczema, elevated blood cholesterol levels
Sources- dulse, kelp, green leafy vegetables, coral, oyster shell, aloe vera, barley juice powder, chia, parsley
*Avoid Calcium Carbonate-very poor absorption and may contain metallic aluminum or lead. Chelated forms such as gluconate, citrates are preferred.
Boron– Manufacturer of hormones- helps maintain normal testosterone levels.
Deficiency- bone pain, mineral uptake, arthritis
Sources- sardines, salmon, dark leafy vegetables
Copper– Important in forming collagen and elastin- this is the connective tissues of skin, muscles, heart, blood vessels and taste.
Deficiency- weak heart, osteoarthritis, low energy, anemia, loss of hair, joint problems, degraded immune function
Sources- beef liver, organ meats, green leafy vegetables
Phosphorus– Metabolism of Red Blood cells with direct actions in brain, nerves, teeth, cell growth, vitamin uptake, muscles.
Deficiency- poor eating, low energy, nerves, irregular heart action, body dynamics
Sources- fish, eggs, poultry, whole grains
Potassium– Has direct action with blood, heart, kidneys, muscles, nerves, skin, and irregular growth.
Deficiency- fatigue, degraded muscles, irregular heartbeat, diabetes, colic, diarrhea, kidney damage, dry skin
Sources- poultry, green leafy vegetables, tomatoes, whole grains, squash, spirulina
Iron– Allows oxygen transport from lungs to body tissue, including muscles and brain.
Deficiency-stressed breathing, anemia, obesity, reduced white blood cell count
Sources- desiccated liver, meat, poultry, green leafy vegetables, whole grains, kelp
Zinc– The most abundantly utilized mineral in the body and is constantly being used in the system. Effects of Zinc range from cell growth to immunity to enzymes to body fitness. Zinc needs to be replenished constantly.
Deficiency- impaired growth, poor immune system, poor vision, poor taste and appetite, dermatology problems
Sources- dulse, kelp, lamb, poultry, whole grains
Manganese– Aids in bone and cartilage growth and health.
Deficiency- arthritis, ear problems, weak tissues, glandular disorders, impaired reproductive functions
Sources- parsley, carrots, blueberries, green leafy vegetables, whole grains, spinach, kelp
Magnesium– Utilized in more than 275 enzyme actions. Helps with the biological conversion of Vitamin D into a form that helps allow proper absorption of calcium. Additional actions: heart action, hearing loss. Very important mineral for essential body functions.
Deficiency- nerves, digestive disorders, muscle stiffness, soft bones, epilepsy, diabetes, aggressiveness
Sources-green vegetables, apples, dulse, aloe vera, barley, wheat
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