Trace Minerals: Overlooked Nutrients
Trace minerals are extremely important for health, and are sadly overlooked.
Where are Trace Minerals Found?
Trace minerals are found in oceans, salt based lakes such as the Great Salt Lake in Salt Lake City, in the soil and in small amounts within our body.
Although we only need trace minerals in small amounts, when deficiencies occur it can be quite destructive to our health.
Moreover, trace mineral deficiencies are far more common than once thought.
What are Trace Minerals and Why do we Need Them?
Trace minerals are important for nearly all metabolic functions within the body because they work co-dependently with other substances. If the body is deficient in certain trace minerals, then other substances and enzymes will not work properly. This could impede major systems such as our nervous and musculoskeletal systems.
For example, research has shown that a deficiency of the trace minerals chromium and vanadium may play a major role in the development of Type 2 Diabetes.
Other roles trace minerals play in health are:
- Iodine needed for thyroid function
- Iron needed for red blood cell hemoglobin production
- Zinc needed for normal immune function
- Chromium needed for blood glucose metabolism and cholesterol metabolism
- Manganese is needed for cell growth
- Boron is vital to prevent arthritis
Although trace minerals are considered to be micro-nutrients, meaning we only need them in small amounts, they are far too important to dismiss.
Many multi-vitamin and multi-minerals supplements on the market 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 light.
- Adding a few drops of trace minerals to filtered water is a great way to get them into your diet.
- Simply using sea salt with trace minerals has helped many people recover from minor deficiencies.
For more suggestions as to how you can incorporate more trace minerals into your diet refer to the article Are You Drinking Clean Water.