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					An Overview of Trace Minerals
The knowledge that minerals are good for the health isn’t new. For centuries, the
most popular destinations in Europe have been those places with natural springs
fortified with trace minerals. While our bodies need some minerals, like calcium, in
large amounts for bones and teeth, there are other minerals, called trace minerals,
that our bodies require in minute amounts for the processes of metabolism,
digestion and more.

While the focus in health supplements is often on vitamins, many of the trace
minerals are necessary in order for our bodies to actually absorb vitamins and other
nutrients properly. Various trace minerals serve as catalysts or necessary
ingredients in electrical or chemical reactions in the body. These trace minerals
include iron, manganese, copper, iodine, zinc, cobalt, fluoride, and selenium.
Despite the minute amounts needed by the body, their lack can cause serious health
conditions. A deficiency of iron which helps transport oxygen in the blood, for
instance, causes anemia, and low levels of zinc impairs the function of the immune
system.

Once upon a time, it was easy to get all the trace minerals your body requires just
from food. Unfortunately, it’s far more difficult today. Because the levels of
minerals found in foods are dependent on the amount of minerals in the soil, and
modern methods of farming have stripped much of the mineral content of the soil
away, even whole, fresh vegetables and fruits have fewer trace minerals in them
than they did fifty to a hundred years ago. Add to that the fact that processing fresh
foods destroys the mineral content in them, and that most American rely on canned
and processed foods for their nutritional needs, and you begin to understand how
one of the wealthiest nations in the world can have a large population with sub-
clinical levels of mineral deficiencies.

The lack of quality minerals in food is one compelling reason to consider taking a
multivitamin, whole health supplement that includes trace minerals in its formula.
According to the most recent research, the minerals that should be included in a
nutritional supplement for total health benefit include:

Chromium
An essential trace mineral that works with insulin to control and metabolize blood
sugar. Low chromium levels may contribute to hyperglycemia, high cholesterol and
heart disease.
Magnesium
Magnesium is a trace mineral that promotes healing in conditions as diverse as
fibromyalgia, migraine and menopause. Low levels of magnesium may result in
irritability, anxiety, nausea, vomiting and insomnia, among other conditions.

Manganese
Manganese is necessary for the proper metabolism of vitamins B-1 and E, and helps
break down fats and proteins. It also is necessary for normal skeletal development
and helps nourish brain and nerve cells. Deficiencies in manganese can cause
digestive problems, blindness, deafness, dizziness and ataxia.

Selenium
The trace mineral selenium is a major antioxidant that may help prevent colon,
breast, lung and prostate cancer. It also helps preserve skin elasticity, thereby
fighting the effects of aging.

Zinc
Zinc is currently being studied for its antiviral properties, but it has been used for
some time to promote skin health and wound healing. It is an essential trace
mineral that’s required for the development of the reproductive organs and for
prostate health. It also is vital in maintaining blood alkaline balance and promoting
muscle contractility.

				
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