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Mighty Minerals: The Ultimate Nutritional Supplement

23 November, 2015 0 comments Leave a comment

By: Jason Riley

5 REASONS MINERALS ARE A MUST

  • Poor farming practices and soil erosion have allowed our soil to be devoid of essential nutrients
  • Research directly supports the notion that the human body is dependent upon the ingestion of at least 23 minerals to sustain life.
  • Minerals act as catalysts for many of the chemical reactions that occur within our body and aid in the formation of blood and bones, healthy nerve transmission, as well as enabling the body to increase energy production, growth and healing.
  • Mineral supplements should be plant derived, full-spectrum, organically sourced trace minerals, which can be delivered to the cells for immediate uptake.
  • Minerals are not only fundamental for performance before, during and after athletic events, but they are essential for optimal health.

Minerals for Athletic Performance and Quality of Life

      In order to achieve optimal health, we must provide our bodies with all the raw materials required to function, perform and repair.  However, these raw materials can be challenging to find in todays society. Years of poor farming practices and soil erosion have allowed our soil to be devoid of these essential nutrients. Poor nutrient quantity in the soil equates to poor nutrient content in our food, which means you, the consumers’ health and performance suffers.

     Minerals are the basic building blocks of all things, and they are involved in nearly every metabolic function within the body. They act as catalysts for many of the chemical reactions that occur within the body, as well regulate and manage the normal function of all our organs, muscles, and tissues. They ward of disease states, combat fatigue as well as a myriad of other major bodily functions. Many medical and nutritional specialists have concluded that minerals may be even more important than vitamins. The health benefits associated with proper mineral consumption cannot be exaggerated.

     Vitamins and minerals are two very different types of substances, yet they work synergistically to promote good health and wellness. The body cannot process vitamins without a sufficient supply of minerals. Likewise, minerals will be largely ineffective if not supplemented with a vitamin rich diet. For this reason, it is important to ensure that you consume a diet that is high in both vitamins and minerals.

     Traditionally minerals have been broken down into two categories, macro minerals and trace minerals. Macro minerals are generally known to act as either electrolytes in nerve transduction and/or as crystal like structures to strengthen bones. Trace minerals are commonly known to function as co-factors for enzymes involved in biochemical pathways. To help illustrate how important minerals are to the function of the human body we can look at one of the essential minerals. Zinc is an essential cofactor for at least 70 different enzymes, essential for regulation of gene expression, essential for protein folding, and essential for immunity.[i],[ii] Evidence of mineral malnutrition can be seen in several health conditions such as energy loss, premature aging, diminished senses, and degenerative diseases like osteoporosis, heart disease, and cancer. What is interesting is that many plants can grow on less than 2 handfuls of minerals, while the body needs a full spectrum of minerals to optimize health.

     Research directly supports the notion that the human body is dependent upon the ingestion of at least 23 minerals to sustain life.[iii] However, over 60 different types of minerals have been found in certain tissues of the body. This suggests that the body may need more than the 23 minerals that research literature has established as essential to life. A missing mineral or vitamin will put the body into a state of imbalance, requiring it to “steal” those nutrients from somewhere else so that we can maintain “normal” living. This will lead to a cascade of deficiencies that the body will continually have to compensate for. This delicate balance affects your health, wellness, energy levels, athletic performance, brain function and immune system. What we need to understand is that not all minerals are alike.

     Plant derived minerals, which have not been destroyed by heat or altered my man-made chemicals are considered living minerals. They are natural, making them easier for your body to absorb and assimilate. These minerals function as the catalysts to enzymes throughout the body. The best minerals are sourced from pre-historic fresh water humate deposits. Humate is a mineral that is mined from the earth. Humate is actually an early stage in the development of coal from organic matter. Humate is rich in humic and fulvic acids, which are active components of soil humus. Fulvic acid increases the availability of nutrients and makes them more readily absorbable. It allows nutrients to work together with one another, breaking them down into the simplest ionic forms chelated by the fulvic acid electrolyte.

     So when looking to maximize your health and performance, make sure your mineral supplements are plant derived, full-spectrum, organically sourced trace minerals, which can be delivered to the cells for immediate uptake. These types of minerals are not only fundamental for performance before, during and after athletic events, but they are essential for optimal health.  Minerals are required for formation of blood and bones, healthy nerve transmission, as well as enabling the body to increase energy production, growth and healing. Although athletes should eat a balanced diet, there are several minerals that are very difficult to obtain in sufficient levels from even a balanced diet since almost all athletes and those exercising require more nutrients than are supplied by the established allowances.[iv]

 Benefits of Plant Derived Fulvic Mineral Supplements:

  • Powerful Electrolyte
  • Powerful Antioxidant
  • Powerful Energy Enhancer
  • Powerful Alkalinizer within body
  • Powerful Immune Enhancer
  • Anti-Viral / Anti-Bacterial properties
  • Aids Nutrient Bio-Availability
  • May Decrease Healing Time

 Here are some examples of Mineral Functions in the body:

 

MINERAL

FUNCTION

Magnesium

Aids in muscle relaxation and lowers anxiety, stress and can lower blood pressure and can help alleviate insomnia

Chromium

Important for glucose uptake which stimulates fatty acid and cholesterol synthesis

Iron

Key element in hemoglobin formation which aids in the circulation of the blood and oxygen

Phosphorus

Integral in reducing muscle weakness, boosting brain function and optimizing body metabolism

Copper

Improves brain function, helps boost immunity and helps iron uptake

Potassium

Can increase water flow in the body, alleviate muscle cramps and ensures proper oxygen distribution

 

Research:

Ashmead, Harvey, PhD— “Tissue Transportation of Organic Trace Minerals” J Appl Nutr, 22:42 1970

Motyka, Max, MS— “Minerals, Trace Minerals, Ultra Trace Minerals” Albion Research Notes vol.5 no.2 May 1996

[i] Saper, R. B. and Rash, R. Zinc: an essential micronutrient. Am Fam.Physician 5-1-2009;79(9):768-772.

[ii] Prasad, A. S. Zinc: role in immunity, oxidative stress and chronic inflammation. Curr Opin.Clin Nutr Metab Care 2009;12(6):646-652.

[iii]O'dell B & Sunde, R.A. Handbook of Nutritionally essential Mineral elements. Page 4  Marcel Dekker, New York, 1997.

[iv] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22774482

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