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Importance Of Minerals & Trace Minerals
In Human Nutrition

by Sonni Alvarez, I.D., M.N.

Minerals are the nutrients that exist in the body, and are as essential as our need for oxygen to sustain life. Minerals are also found in organic and inorganic combinations in food. In the body only 5% of the human body weight is mineral matter, vital to all mental & physical processes & for total well being. They are most important factors in maintaining all physiological processes, are constituents of the teeth, bones, tissues, blood, muscle, and nerve cells.

Acting as catalysts for many biological reactions within the human body, they are necessary for transmission of messages through the nervous system, digestion, & metabolism or utilization of all nutrients in foods. Vitamins cannot be properly assimilated without the correct balance of minerals. For example; calcium is needed for vitamin "C" utilization, zinc for vitamin "A", magnesium for "B" complex vitamins, selenium for vitamin "E" absorption, etc.

Minerals are very important in keeping the blood and tissue fluids from either becoming too acid or too alkaline, and they allow other nutrients to pass into the bloodstream, and aid in transporting nutrients to the cells. They also draw chemicals in & out of the cells. A slight change in the blood concentration of important minerals can rapidly endanger life.

Many times, minerals are discussed separately, but it is important to note that their actions within the body are interrelated; no single mineral can function without the others, since they are synergestically related. They are the electrolytes to the body, that is; they carry the electrical current through the body. There is much proof that the body is run electrically, and minerals are the conductor of these currents. They provide the necessary charge or "ionization" of positive or negative electrical molecules. Ions keep the "human battery" charged. If a person is lacking in minerals or deficient in any one particular one, they can become run down very rapidly.

A diet rich in green vegetables and fruits, and whole grains grown in fertile soil may afford some assurance of minerals, but much of our soil today is depleted and lacking in essential nutrients. Adding mineral-trace mineral supplements to the diet, will provide some insurance. If there is a problem with poor digestion & assimilation, the best method might be to add liquid minerals to the diet, to afford easier absorption & rapid assimilation. Liquid minerals from the sea, a natural source, have shown beneficial results in the shortest length of time. Sea water has been shown to have the same chemical balance as the human blood, so may be used quite adequately in the human body. Having the proper balance of minerals in the body can make the difference between disease or sickness and optimum health.

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