What Are Heck Are Minerals?

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Minerals:

First a definition: Minerals are inorganic elements that originate in the earth and cannot be made in the body. They play important roles in various bodily functions and are necessary to sustain life and maintain optimal health, and thus are essential nutrients.

Part of the chemical fuel in food that helps keep our bodies healthy are called food minerals, even though you are not actually eating bits of rocks. You are eating just chemicals that contain traces of elements. They are also called dietary minerals or mineral supplements. Minerals perform vital functions in the body.

Food minerals can be found in all of the amounts you need to stay healthy if you eat a balanced and varied diet, including a lot of fresh fruit, vegetables and protein sources like meat or beans. Unfortunately, in today’s age of processed foods, many if not most of the minerals are just not in our foods anymore. Therefore your diet is not as balanced as you need and taking a mineral supplement is more than likely necessary. Some people have bodies that have trouble absorbing some kinds of food minerals, such as iron, and have to take supplements of that mineral.

Foods that contain the Essential Minerals and their Importance:

Calcium

Calcium is important for building strong bones and teeth. Shortage of calcium, especially in children, can lead to weak bones.

Almonds, figs, beans, carrots, pecans, raisins, brown rice, apricots, garlic, dates, spinach, sesame seeds, Brazil nuts, cashews, papaya, avocados, celery.

Chromium

This works with insulin to metabolize glucose.

Brewers yeast, clams, cheese, corn oil, whole grains.

Copper

It is a component of many enzymes. Copper is essential for making red blood cells, skin pigments, some tissues and nerve fibers. It helps in the absorption of iron in the body.

Soy beans, Brazil nuts, bone meal, raisins, legumes, sea-foods, black strap molasses.

Iodine

The body needs small amounts of Iodine. This trace mineral is required in the thyroid gland to produce a hormone called thyroxin. A shortage of iodine can cause all kinds of health problems, for example goiter (a swelling in the neck due to an enlarged thyroid gland), extreme fatigue, and mental slowing.

Kelp, dulse, beets, celery, lettuce, Irish moss, grapes, mushrooms, oranges.

 Iron 

Iron is important for the blood. The blood contains red blood cells. In these red blood cells is a substance called hemoglobin, which is needed to transport oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body. If the body has not enough iron you become anemic; you become weak, pale and listless, and your are short of energy.

Kelp, raisins, figs, beets, soy beans, bananas, asparagus, carrots, cucumbers, sunflower seeds, parsley, grapes, watercress.

Magnesium

There is about 28 mg of magnesium in the body. More than half of it is stored in the bones and the rest circulates in the blood or is stored in muscle tissues. It is needed for bone building and proper functioning of muscles

Honey, almonds, tuna, kelp, pineapple, pecans, green vegetables.

Manganese

This is a component of many enzymes and is needed for good metabolism, for the growth of bones and tendon formation.

Celery, bananas, beets, egg yolks, bran, walnuts, pineapples, asparagus, whole grains, leafy green vegetables.

Phosphorus

The role of phosphorus is similar to that of calcium. In fact, it works along with calcium in developing strong bones and teeth. Like calcium, it is absorbed only with the presence of vitamin D. Another important function of phosphorus is that without it, vitamin B cannot be absorbed by the body.

Mushrooms, cashews, oats, beans, squash, pecans, carrots, almonds.

 Potassium

The body needs Potassium or proper functioning of muscles and the nervous system (brains and nerves). It also plays a role in the water balance in the body

Spinach, apples, tomatoes, strawberries, bananas, lemons, figs, celery, mushrooms, oranges, papaya, pecans, raisins, pineapple, rice, cucumbers, Brussels sprouts.

Sodium

Sodium works with potassium to regulate fluid balance and promotes muscle function. But excess sodium is a major health hazard. Common salt is a major source of sodium.

Turnips, raw milk, cheese, wheat germ, cucumbers, beets, string beans, seafoods, lima beans, okra, pumpkins.

 Sulfur

Sulfur is an integral part of the biological cement that forms skin, hair, nails, and the cartilage that shapes your nose and pads your joints.

Bran, cheese, eggs, cauliflower, nuts, onions, broccoli, fish, wheat germ, cucumbers, turnips, corn.

 Zinc

Zinc plays an important role in the immune system of the body. It helps the body to protect against diseases and infections, and it is needed or healing wounds. Zinc is also needed or proper cell

Mushrooms, seafood, soy beans, sunflower seeds, brewers yeast.

So what happens if you are lacking the essential minerals?

Calcium – Lack of calcium weakens bones and teeth, and causes osteoporosis.

Phosphorus – Lack of phosphorus causes weakening of the bones and teeth, and loss of weight.

Potassium – The deficiency of potassium may cause weakness of the muscles, even paralysis. It may also cause brittleness of the bones, sterility and heart ailments.

Sulphur – Some metabolic processes in the body are hindered by a deficiency of sulfur.

Iodine – Lack of iodine impairs the function of the thyroid gland, resulting in goiter.

Magnesium – Bones, teeth and muscles weaken due to the deficiency of magnesium. Insufficient supply of magnesium may even give rise to heart ailments.

Chlorine – Bones weaken and joints stiffen if there is a deficiency of chlorine.

Sodium – Lack of sodium can cause headache, nausea, slower development of the body, and disorders of the muscles.

Iron – Anemia is the principal symptom of iron deficiency.

In summary, unfortunately we can no longer count on our food to provide the minerals we need due to food processing, agricultural techniques and chemicals in our foods which deplete vitamins and minerals. There, it is a good idea for everybody, people with Fibromyalgia and people without Fibromyalgia to take a mineral supplement daily.

Be aware that not all supplements are created equal, therefore it is important to choose high quality products. This can usually be found in better health food stores or Vitamin stores. Don’t buy according to how inexpensive the product might be, buy quality, after all, it is your health we are talking about.

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