Minerals work synergistically with vitamins to regulate hundreds of essential functions within the body. Like most vitamins, minerals come from the world around us. Our bodies are not capable of producing them so we need to aquire them through a combination of supplements and food.
You may wonder why we just can’t get them ALL from food but things like soil erosion, chemical fertilizers, and poor crop management have all contributed to a depletion of minerals in the soil, which translates to fewer nutrients in food. You will likely need supplements to pick up the slack. So which minerals do you need the most?
Iron – It is a cofactor in energy production and it plays a central role in transporting and storing oxygen and in creating a healthy immune system.
Chromium – It enhances the function of insulin, a vital hormone that regulates blood sugar. It also plays a positive role in bodies suffering from obesity, arterial plaque buildup, glaucoma, and elevated cholesterol levels.
Magnesium – This mineral is required for more 300 functions in the body. It supports muscle and nerve function, a steady heartbeat and blood pressure, immunity, healthy bones, energy production, and protein synthesis.
Zinc – It is necessary for more than 300 different enzyme functions and a strong immune system.
Tuesday, March 13th, 2007