For Good Health
Dietary minerals are needed for proper composition of body fluids, formation of blood and bone, and to maintain healthy nerve function. Minerals are necessary for good health. Mineral supplements enable the body to quickly and accurately perform its activities.
Dietary minerals are stored primarily in the body’s bone and muscle tissue. It is possible to overdose on dietary minerals. Toxic amounts will accumulate only if large doses are taken over a long period of time.
Dietary minerals are usually found in vitamin supplements; (and herbal nutrition supplements) but, can be purchased separately as a single supplement in the forms of tablet, capsule, powder, and liquid.
Dietary minerals belong to two groups;
(1) Essential Minerals - Essential minerals are needed in larger amounts than the trace minerals; which include calcium, chloride, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and sodium. Though minute amounts of trace minerals are needed; they also are essential to good health.
(2) Trace Minerals - Trace minerals include cobalt, copper, fluorine, iodine, iron, manganese, molybdenum, nickel, selenium, silicon, sulfur, and zinc. The best herb source for trace minerals is kelp.
Once dietary minerals are absorbed, they must be carried by the blood to the cells and then transported across the cell membrane in a form that can be utilized by the cell. After the mineral enters the body, it must compete with other dietary minerals for absorption, therefore, dietary minerals should always be taken in balanced amounts.
For example, too much zinc can deplete the body of copper and an excessive calcium intake can effect magnesium absorption. Always use a balanced mineral supplement. Anything else will not be effective.
In addition, fiber decreases the body’s absorption of dietary minerals. Therefore, take supplemental fiber and dietary minerals at different times of the day.
Other dietary minerals needed for good health are:
Chloride - Turns Food Into Energy
Molybdenum - Helps Us Use Iron
As a component of various enzyme systems, it plays essential roles in the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats, proteins, amino acids that contain sulfur, iron and genetic materials.
It is also needed to build strong tooth enamel and may help prevent dental decay.
Phosphorus - For Contraction Of The Heart Muscle
Phosphorus is a component of DNA and RNA and an essential element for all living cells. It is needed for bone and tooth formation, cell growth, contraction of the heart muscle, and kidney function. It also assists the body in the utilizations of vitamins and the conversion of food to energy. A balance of magnesium, calcium, and phosphorus should always be maintained.
The best herbal source for phosphorus is alfalfa, caraway, cayenne, chickweed, dandelion, garlic, irish moss, kelp, licorice, parsley, pokeweed, purslane, raspberry, rose hips and watercress.
Sulfur - Disinfects The Blood
The best herbal source for sulfur is alfalfa, burdock root, cayenne, chaparral, coltsfoot, comfrey, fennel, garlic, kelp, mullein, parsley, raspberry, sage, shepherd's purse, stinging nettle, and thyme.
Make sure you have an adequate amount of dietary minerals.