Mineral Supplements...

Do You Really Need Them?

How important are mineral supplements anyway?

To better understand the potential benefits of these minerals, a brief review of their attributes - as well as some of the problems associated with their deficiencies - is compiled herewith. It should be noted that Life Minerals offer trace amounts of these elements combined in natural complexes which are able to provide optimum positive results from their use without any of the dangers of consuming large amounts of any one element.

Sodium

Is an essential mineral that plays a critical role in normal electrolyte metabolism.
Excessive fatigue, muscle cramps, and mental confusion are characteristics of sodium deficiency.

Potassium

Is an important electrolyte in the body which is intimately associated with sodium metabolism. In severe potassium deficiency, muscle weakness and paralysis may develop, leading to difficulties in breathing and changes in the heart.

Chlorine

(chloride) is essential in maintaining fluid and electrolyte balance and is a necessary component of gastric juice.

Calcium

Is an essential chemical element largely concerned with the structure of bones and teeth; a small portion is involved in blood clotting and transmission of impulses from nerve to muscles. Lack of calcium in the diet leads to a form of "leaching out" of bone mineral content (osteoporosis) and when vitamin D is deficient, the condition known as rickets occurs.

Phosphorus

Is an essential component of bone mineral. It also plays an important role in many and varied chemical reactions in the body. Phosphorus deficiency results in bone loss and is characterized by weakness, anorexia, malaise, and pain.

Magnesium

Is important to calcium and potassium homeostatis. Numerous biochemical and physiological processes require or are modulated by magnesium. Extracellular magnesium concentrations are critical to the maintenance of electrical potentials of nerve and muscle membranes and for transmission of impulses across neuromuscular junctions.

Iron

is a constituent of hemoglobin, myoglobin, and a number of enzymes and, therefore, is an essential nutrient for humans. There are reports of reduced physical performance in iron deficiency even before anemia is present. Iron deficiency also has been associated with decreased immune function.

Copper

Is an essential nutrient for all vertebrates. There are a number of copper-containing proteins and enzymes, some of which are essential for the proper utilization of iron. Elevated cholesterol levels, impaired glucose tolerance, and heart-related abnormalities have been observed in some subjects with below-average copper consumption.

Iodine

Is unevenly distributed in the environment. In large areas, often mountainous, environmental levels are inadequate for humans and animals. Iodine deficiency can lead to a wide spectrum of diseases ranging from severe cretenism with mental retardation to barely visible enlargement of the thyroid.

Manganese

Has been shown to be an essential element in every animal species. Signs of deficiency include poor reproductive performance, growth retardation, congenital malformations in the offspring, abnormal formation of bone and cartilage, and impaired glucose tolerance.

Cobalt

The only known nutritional, but very vital, function of cobalt is as an integral part of vitamin B-12. Because all vitamin B-12 is derived from bacterial synthesis, organic cobalt is considered essential.

Zinc

Enhances the immune system - specifically the functions of the thymic gland and the spleen. Zinc can prevent toxemia. The signs and symptoms of dietary zinc deficiency include loss of appetite, growth retardation (including dwarfism), skin changes, and immunological abnormalities.

Molybdenum

Plays a biochemical role as a constituent of several enzymes, such as aldehyde oxidase, xanthine oxidase, and sulfite oxidase. Consequences of molybdenum deficiency are retarded weight gain, decreased food consumption, impaired reproduction, and shortened life expectancy. The concentration of molybdenum in food varies considerably, depending on the environment in which the food was grown. Experts agree on the need for trace intake of molybdenum on a daily basis.

Selenium

Is an antioxidant that works closely with vitamin E. Selenium enzymes protect the cell machinery that generates energy. Selenium protects against heart disease and reduces the risk of cancer.

Chromium

Is required for normal glucose absorption and is best absorbed when taken in compounds (complexes). In the majority of all chromium supplementation studies in the United States, at least half the subjects with impaired glucose tolerance improved with the addition of chromium, suggesting that the lower ranges of chromium intake from typical U.S. diets are not optimal with regard to chromium nutriture.

Arsenic

Is essential in trace amounts. Arsenic deficiency depresses growth and impairs reproduction.

Nickel

Is another element which has been shown by substantial evidence to be necessary in trace amounts. Nickel deficiency results in decreased growth.

Silicon

Also falls in the "trace requirement" category. Silicon deficiency leads to structural abnormalities of the long bones and the skull.

Boron

Appears to affect calcium and magnesium metabolism and may be needed for membrane function. Boron deficiency signs may be related to the level of vitamin D and possibly other nutrients in the diet.


*Deficiencies in trace intake of cadmium, lithium, tin, and vanadium may result in depressed growth, impaired reproductive performance, and other changes in the human body.

 

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