Trace minerals are those minerals which are needed in only trace, or very small, amounts in the body. If there is a need for so little of these trace minerals, why would they be so necessary as to necessitate supplementation of them?
The fact is that while these trace minerals are only needed in tiny amounts by the body, even that tiny requirement is not being fulfilled by our diets. Think about the typical American diet: high in fat, such as beef and fried or greasy foods, high in purely chemical foods, such as soda and candy, and high in chemical-laden, high-fat, nutritionally-void foods, such as prepackaged donuts and pastries, fast food, and salty snacks. If an American does happen to eat a fruit or vegetable on occasion, it has been grown in ground which has been depleted of all minerals. If the plants are not getting the nutrients from the ground, how can we get nutrients from the plant?
The sad fact is that we can't, and are not. It is for this reason-the horrible eating habits that we have adopted-that it is absolutely necessary that we supplement with the right mineral supplements-preferably liquid ionic minerals that have been shown to have a high absorption rate when compared to other mineral supplements in pills or powders.
Minerals are not often spoken of when it comes to nutrition. We are always reminded to take our vitamins, and the fact that amino acids are necessary to build muscle is common knowledge, but minerals? No one speaks of those. What are they even good for?
Truthfully, without minerals, you would die. Simple as that. And without minerals, vitamins can not be utilized by the body; cells cannot function; enzymatic reactions will cease. Minerals help cells to maintain fluid balance, are key in bone formation, are absolutely necessary for the electrochemical signals to be sent from nerves to the brain, and regulate all activity in the body performed by muscles-the beating of your heart, the ability to pick up a cup, or walk, or breathe.
When it comes to bone formation, you likely have heard of a mineral-calcium. Calcium is the mostly commonly spoken of mineral; well, it is probably the only mineral most people even hear about. Yes, it is necessary for bone formation, but without boron and magnesium, calcium will just build up in your tissues and joints and cause calcification problems such as arthritis and kidney stones.
Minerals work synergistically. In other words, one mineral alone cannot do much for the body. It needs at least one other nutrient to help, and most of the time, more than one other mineral, such as calcium needing boron and magnesium. For this reason, it is not wise to only take one mineral supplement; as chances are that will not be enough, and may even cause other problems. Minerals always work together, and with other vitamins, to help your body be as healthy as possible. Magnesium and calcium work together to help muscle and bone function; potassium and sodium work together as electrolytes; and molybdenum and fluoride work together to prevent cavities. It is important to study up on minerals, and know what to take when. Some minerals can actually decrease absorption of another; for example, Zinc and copper should never be taken together, but rather, at opposite times of the day.
When it comes to mineral supplements, taking the correct form of the mineral is just as important as taking the correct mineral. It is important to find a mineral supplement with the smallest possible particle size available. In this way, you will have advanced absorption rates. Mineral supplements that come in powders and pills often have an extremely low absorption rate. Think about it this way: Can you see a single blood cell? No, they are much too small to be seen with the naked eye. Therefore, if you are taking a mineral supplement, and can see the individual particles, you know that they are not being absorbed as well as possible. How do you know this?
Is it easy to push a large beach ball through a basketball goal? Not quite. In the same way, trying to push large minerals through a tiny cellular wall is nearly impossible. If you find a mineral supplement with tiny mineral ions, however, they can easily fit through the cell wall. Can a bouncy ball you bought for a quarter out of a machine fit through the same basketball goal? Quite certainly, and quite easily. This is exactly the same principle that should be applied to your mineral supplements. Choosing the smallest possible particle size will result in faster absorption and greater utilization of the mineral.
As with any supplement, you should research mineral supplements and choose the best possible supplement, in the best possible form. You should also research exactly which minerals you should be taking, and if possible, be tested either through a blood test or hair tissue test to determine your personal mineral levels.
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By Shelby Conques
|Shelby Conques is a medical researcher and freelance writer who currently resides in Colorado Springs where she works for Mineralife LLC and continues her research in nutrition and natural therapies.|