Minerals are like precious stones. They serve vital biological tasks in the body and without minerals, neither the soul nor the body can be healthy and healed in case of disease.
For instance, to function normally, your body needs 25 minerals, seven of which are the main macronutrients – potassium, calcium, sodium, magnesium, sulfur, chlorine and phosphorus. Even more, your body needs these minerals in large quantities, more than 0.1 g daily.
However, your body needs less microelements, only in milligrams or micrograms. Iodine, copper, zinc, chromium, selenium, manganese and silicon are at the top of the list of the vital microelements. It is these minerals that cause severe metabolic disorders and congenital malformations.
Although people need small amounts of minerals, the human body does not have sufficient mineral reserves to survive their long-term deficiency. Mineral need also depends on age, gender and other conditions. For example, women have an increased need of iron during pregnancy and menstruation, and due to high sweating, athletes have higher need of sodium and magnesium.
To clarify, all macro and microelements are interrelated and interdependent. Because in the body, the balance of these elements has evolved over hundreds of thousands of years through evolution.
For vital activities, the body receives the minerals it needs from food and stores them mainly in the muscles and bones. In case the body is functioning normally, some elements such as calcium, phosphorus, iron and iodine are not removed by organism, but are in constant circulation and reuse.
Microelements and Macroelements are Indispensable Nutrients for Our Body’s Cells, Organs and Organ Systems
Biophysicist and biochemist, Dr. Carey A. Reams, found that the human body needs 84 (out of the known 106 elements) of the basic elements to maintain good health.
However, their presence depends on the uptake of all other minerals, the activity of vitamins and enzymes, etc.
Specialists say: “We have no real idea of how many physically and mentally retarded children can be brought back to normal, how many arthritis, skin diseases, heart attacks and other” incurable “diseases due to circulatory disorders can be prevented and removed with the help of the microlements.”
Moreover, evidence reveals that increasing deficiencies of minerals, especially the rare trace minerals, are the largest cause of aging and physical problems.
In addition, research has shown direct link between mineral deficiencies and illnesses. For example, diabetes or hypoglycaemia involve chromium, zinc, and vanadium deficiencies, but cancer and heart disease involve selenium and copper deficiency. It is well known fact, that osteoporosis involves a calcium deficiency, but few know about the need for magnesium and boron as well. The list of similar links goes on and on.
That is to say, that even marginal deficiencies of essential nutrients can significantly weaken the immune system. However, small amounts of natural elements are more efficiently absorbed than large amounts.
Our grandparents had a much better, mineral-rich diet than we have today. So, they did not had the same need to intake food supplements as we do. However, you should choose dietary supplements from well recognized manufacturers, who make natural quality products, like for example Ecosh Mineralex which consists 100% pure deep ocean water minerals.
- Belong in composition of many enzymes and vitamins
- Participate in a huge number of chemical reactions in the body
- Ensure the normal functioning of the organs
- Participate in the regulation of physiological functions
- Take care of the metabolic balance
- Help to transmit nerve impulses
- Minerals are important to our body in the composition of bones, body fluids and enzymes
- Manganese (Mn) involves in functioning of the nervous system
- Potassium (K) sends oxygen to the brain
- Sodium (Na) and potassium (K) are involved in nerve and muscle function
- Zinc (Zn) in brain function, attention, smell, taste, prostate and hormones
- Calcium (Ca) and phosphorus (P) are needed for bones and teeth
- Iodine (I) in thyroid function
- Copper (Cu) in lung function
- Magnesium (Mg) for heart function and muscle relaxation
- Manganese (Mn) and boron (B) are involved in providing strong bones
- Selenium (Se) and sulfur (S) help cleanse the body
- Sulfur (S) is needed for healthy skin, hair and nails
- Potassium (K) lowers blood pressure
- Iron (Fe) involves in the production of blood
Foods that Contain The Most Minerals
Good sources of micronutrients are:
- Sea salt
- Cereal grains
- Sunflower seeds
- Green plants
- Unrefined oils
- Fruits, etc.
What Causes Mineral Deficiency?
2.5 billion people worldwide suffer from severe vitamin and mineral deficiencies.
For instance, the World Health Organization and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations have described this situation as “the hidden hunger.”
Significant deficiency of minerals (microelements) can be caused by:
- Pregnancy or breastfeeding
- Working or living in noisy surroundings
- Harmful working and environmental conditions
- Age (children and elderly belong to the risk group)
NB! Excessive drinking of coffee, alcohol consumption, smoking, some medications and birth control pills can also inhibit the absorption of minerals.
What causes nutrient deficiencies in food products (vegetables, fruits beef and poultry, etc.):
- Environmental pollution (factories, industries, etc.)
- Insufficient amount of micro and macro elements (nutrients) in soil
- Food processing (cooking, frying, refining)
- Early harvest (raw)
Can a person get all the necessary minerals from food?
Academician P.A. Avtsyn has said that the living organism receives the microelements it needs from air, water and food. Because our body cannot make minerals, so these nutrients must be consistently replaced. However, studies have shown that most of these necessary microelements are no longer found in soil, plants or food.
For example, about 80% of people suffer from an inadequate amount of minerals in the body. It`s because even with a balanced diet, it is not possible to provide your body the necessary amount of minerals it needs.
Even more, studies confirm that in 83 years (1914-1997), the average mineral content of vegetables has fallen from 400 milligrams to 50 mg.
In conclusion, this results in abnormalities and health problems. However, you can avoid these health problems, if you add dietary supplements in your daily menu.
Common Signs of Mineral Deficiency
- Acne, eczema and edema
- Birth defects
- Cardiovascular disease
- Digestive problems and constipation
- Depression, memory loss, chronic fatigue, nervousness
- Diabetes, low blood sugar (Hypoglycemia)
- Goitre (Low Thyroid)
- Hair loss, graying hair and brittle nails
- Immune system weakness
- Impotence, sexual dysfunction, infertility
- Liver dysfunction
- Muscular Weakness/Dystrophy (also Cystic Fibrosis)
- Receding gums (Periodontitis, Gingivitis)
- Wrinkles and sagging (Facial/Aging)
Do blood and urine tests show a deficiency of minerals?
Blood and urine tests show a shortage of minerals with a great delay and do not reflect the actual presence of minerals in your body. Moreover, blood and urine tests show the end stage of the process, which has already leaded to the disease.
Even more, our body loses minerals daily for example because of sweating or long-term processes, which can be caused by stress, parasites and a lack of microelements in the food we eat.
In conclusion, blood and urine tests do not reflect the real situation in your body or lack of microelements.
Minerals and diseases resulting from their deficiency cannot be treated with chemical drugs
Treatment with medicinal drugs only removes the symptoms of the disease temporarily, but no drug can eliminate the worsening micronutrient deficiency. For example, a person started to have headaches, and he took a painkiller. But the real cause of the pain is blood vessel spasm caused by chromium deficiency.
So, until this person does not treat chromium deficiency, the painkillers only hide the true problem.
In addition, when the body tries to expel this chemical drug as a non-natural substance, it also uses microelements in the process. Therefore, failure to understand the true causes of the disease will lead to the progressing of the disease. Moreover, the disease might become resistant to the traditional medicinal drug treatment.
In other words, the use of antibiotics and other drugs does not compensate for the deficiency of the minerals in the body!
For instance, in the doctor’s office, most attention is paid to iodine and iron only. Iodine, because its deficiency is associated with a decrease in thyroid hormone production and iron is labeled as deficient in hemoglobin. In reality, however, low levels of thyroid hormone may be the cause of selenium deficiency and a low level of hemoglobin (anemia) can hide a copper deficiency.
Everybody is unique and results may vary, so please check with your doctor or other qualified health care professional before taking any nutritional supplements or starting any exercise program or other self-care practices.
Compiled by Maria-Helena Loik
Sources: Ruslekar.info/Drozhzhi-opasnoe-biologicheskoe-oruzhie, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1963 and 1997, Dr. John Switzer, Lindlahr, 1914; Hamaker, 1982,