Did you know that minerals play an important role in our health? Did you know that they are actually more important than vitamins? Why? Let me explain.
When you think about it, minerals are bound to play an important part in our diets. After all, rocks are the source material for soil that is the main resource of nutrition for plants, animals and ultimately humans. While deficiencies of a single mineral are quite common, just think of how many people are iron deficient and suffer from anemia. But what happens if we are marginally low in a number of minerals?
We end up low in energy, feeling rundown, we have headaches, and we are a target for every virus and bacteria going around. These effects are apparent in those people who exist mainly on fast foods or poor diets low in fresh fruit, vegetables and quality protein.
It is also a known fact the absorption of many minerals and synthesis and absorption of vitamins declines with old age. As the body ages, the assimilation process slows down. Additionally, extreme exertion, stress and exposure to environmental pollution raises our requirements for minerals, especially zinc, calcium and iron. I have found in my 19 years as a natural practitioner that most people are unaware of just how vital minerals are for our health. Worse still most people still believe that we can get all we need from our food as long as we eat healthily.
Now I believe we should eat as much fresh food as we can, but I also understand that most of our soils and therefore our food is much lower in nutrients than we need. Regrettably, millions of years of erosion and centuries of unwise farming practices have made good, mineral rich soil a scarce commodity. Soil tests from all over the world have revealed that our soils are severely lacking in minerals. This in turn produces mineral deficient plants with greatly reduced food value for us humans and the animals we eat.
Maybe this is the reason nutritional experts who represent world governments point to only 12 or 13 minerals as being necessary for average health and to another 8 or 10 minerals as possibly providing some benefit. I have always wondered why they have never studied the probable necessity of the other 70 or more minerals on earth!
Have you ever looked at the full list of minerals in a full spectrum mineral supplement, rather than the few listed on many of the so-called mineral supplements available?
Most everyone has heard of calcium, magnesium, iron, and zinc, and a few have heard of manganese, selenium, copper, chromium and potassium. But how many of you have heard about the health benefits of all of these minerals:
Metallic Solids (64) aluminum, arsenic, barium, beryllium, bismuth, boron, cadmium, calcium, cerium, chromium, cobalt, copper, dysprosium, erbium, europium, gadolinium, gold, hafnium, holmium, indium, iodine, iridium, iron, lanthanum, lead, lithium, lutetium, magnesium, manganese, mercury, molybdenum, neptunium, neodymium, nickel, niobium, osmium, palladium, platinum, plutonium, potassium, praseodymium, rhenium, rhodium, rubidium, ruthenium, samarium, scandium, silver, sodium, strontium, Tantalum Wire, technetium, terbium, thallium, thorium, tin, titanium, tungsten, uranium, vanadium, ytterbium, yttrium, zinc, and zirconium.
Metalloid (6) silicon, germanium, antimony, selenium, tellurium and polonium.
Non-Metallic (4) boron, carbon, phosphorous and sulfur.
Yet all of these minerals were available in our soils once for uptake into our food sources and ultimately by our cells, which require minerals to synthesis our vitamins, neuro-chemicals, enzymes and hormones to name just a few of the compounds our cells manufacture.
Minerals are by far more important than vitamins for good health. Approximately 99% of the body is comprised of minerals yet minerals are generally overlooked when nutrition is considered. Did you know vitamins are basically useless in the absence of minerals? Gary Price Todd, M.D., says the human body needs at least 60 trace minerals in order to maintain a disease and ailment free state. If this is true, its’ easy to understand why sickness is so prevalent throughout the world. Foods we raise or purchase today contain, on average, no more than 16 to 18 minerals. This small number of minerals in plants is due to a mineral deficiency of the soils around the world. Dr. Linus Pauling, two times Nobel Laureate, said “one could trace every sickness, every disease and every ailment to a mineral deficiency”.