Trace Minerals: Overlooked Nutrients
Trace minerals are extremely important for human health and are sadly overlooked.
Where are Trace Minerals Found?
Trace minerals are found in our oceans (or salt based lakes such as the Salt Lake of Salt Lake City), as well as in our soil.
In fact, trace minerals are found in small amounts within our body. But when they are depleted, the deficiencies can be very destructive.
Moreover, trace mineral deficiencies are far more common then once thought.
What are Trace Minerals and Why do we Need Them?
Trace minerals are important for metabolic functions in the body. If trace minerals are deficient in the body then other substances and enzymes will not work properly. This could impede major systems such as our nervous and musculoskeletal systems.
For example, there has been much research done regarding how the deficiency of trace minerals such as chromium and vanadium may play a major role in the development of diabetes.
Other roles that trace minerals play in health are:
- Iodine needed for thyroid function
- Iron needed for red blood cell hemoglobin production
- Zinc for normal immune function
- Chromium needed for blood glucose metabolism and cholesterol metabolism
- Manganese is needed for cell growth
- Boron vital to prevent arthritis
Although trace minerals are considered to be micro-nutrients, meaning we only need them in small amounts, they are by far too important to dismiss.
Many multi-vitamin and multi-minerals supplements on the market today seem to forget the importance of these trace minerals.
Luckily there are companies such as Trace Minerals Research that are in the forefront of bringing the importance of these minerals into the light.
Even a simple fix such as using sea salt with trace minerals has helped people suffering from minor deficiencies recover.