Everyone knows that good health is associated with getting enough vitamins & minerals, but do you know about Trace Minerals? These special substances are often over looked because you only need them in such small amounts. However, it's a BIG mistake to leave them out of your diet because as you'll soon see, trace minerals may be small, but they're super effective at keeping you healthy.
Which minerals are trace minerals?
Trace minerals include iron, manganese, zinc, copper, iodine, chromium, boron, & selenium. You'll find some of these on the periodic table, but you can also find them in many healthy foods. The amounts you need are very small, only milligrams or micrograms, and it's important to not get too much, as well. Maintaining a balance is important, especially for minerals. For example, getting too much zinc will interfere with your ability to absorb iron & copper, and too much iron results in free-radicals and oxidative damage. (Free radicals help cause premature signs of aging)
Where do trace minerals come from?
Trace minerals can be found in many foods, including raw vegetables, some fruits and certain meats. However, it is important to keep in mind that many foods today are NOT as healthy as they once were! Beef that's factory-farmed is often nutrient deficient. Cows who feed on a proper natural diet of grasses (and not expired candy, saw-dust, corn, meat & cheap grain and you'll often find used today) have much better quality and healthier meat. They pass on the nutrients found in the grass to you, so choosing grass-fed meats are a big advantage. You'll find trace minerals like iron & manganese here.
Vegetables & fruits suffer similarly, as the land used to grow them may be depleted from years of repeated farming, and use of chemical fertilizers. Food labels aren't required to document the soil history of, say, a tomato or your fresh broccoli. The items will look the same, but something important may be missing! It's important to ask your doctor about your own personal mineral levels, to see if they're where they should be for optimal health.
What do trace minerals do for you?
Iodine- Helps make thyroid hormone. You'll see salt is 'fortified' with iodine. Some natural crystal salts (which are becoming popular today!) even have it already included from the earth.
Chromium & Manganese - Work together to help you properly process carbohydrates. Manganese also works with bone formation and keeping bones strong.
Copper - Helps you use iron properly, as well as aiding with cartilage growth and repair.
Zinc- This is important for immune & reproductive health. However, too much zinc can actually interfere with your ability to fight off disease.
Iron - Important for blood formation (if you have suffered blood loss) and blood function (carrying nutrients around to different parts of the body, and supplying oxygen. Iron is even the reason that blood is red.
Boron - Works together with calcium to build and maintain bone mass. It's especially important for all people later on in life to help avert arthritis and the symptoms of menopause & andropause.