Trace minerals get their name because our bodies only need smaller amounts of them in comparison to other minerals. Did you know that trace minerals are an essential part of a healthy, balanced body? Mineral deficiency can have a dramatic effect on your mood, blood pressure, memory, pH balance and much more. Mineral composition has significantly lowered in our soils over the last 100 years, leaving our foods, and ultimately us, mineral deficient.
Reasons why we need trace minerals:
95% of the body’s daily functions require minerals.
Provide electrolytes to the body, preventing low energy, muscle cramping, restless legs and more.
help maintain pH balance.
Fight chronic infections, bone loss and more.
Without minerals, vitamins have no function.
Improve anxiety and depression.
Essential to bone formation and support healthy hair, nails, skin, teeth, muscles, nerves, ligaments and tendons.
Increase energy, vitality, and improve overall health
Supports youthful aging
Why just eating food might not be enough:
Our soils are very depleted of minerals, meaning that our food doesn't have as high number of minerals as it once did
The water we are drinking is mineral deficient
Excessive toxins and chemicals in the body are depleting minerals
Processed foods lack minerals
Here are some trace minerals that the body needs to function properly:
Iron is an essential part of hemoglobin, the protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen from the lungs to the tissues. It’s also needed for energy metabolism.
Zinc is necessary for normal growth and development in children, proper functioning of the immune system, many neurological functions, nucleic acid metabolism, tissue repair, cell replication and reproduction. Zinc is found in over 200 enzymes and plays a role in hormone regulation.
Iodine is a key component of the thyroid hormones. It also reduces the risk of goitre, a condition marked by abnormal thyroid growth.
Selenium acts as a potent antioxidant that prevents cell damage caused by free radicals and plays critical roles in reproduction, thyroid hormone metabolism, DNA synthesis, and protection from oxidative damage and infection.
Copper is involved in energy production, iron metabolism, healthy connective tissue, neurotransmission, and the making of hemoglobin.
Manganese is vital to carbohydrate metabolism and is found in a large number of enzymes which have anti-oxidant benefits for a multitude of metabolic functions, support bone development and wound healing.
Chromium helps to regulate insulin function and glucose metabolism, stabilising blood sugars.
Molybdenum acts as a cofactor for four enzymes. These enzymes are involved in processing sulfites and breaking down waste products and toxins in the body.
FOOD AS MEDICINE
Legumes- beans & lentils
Potatoes & sweet potatoes
Always consult your health care provider before starting any new supplements or herbs