Trace minerals and health
IndexImbalance in Minerals (on the cellular level) is one of the basic causes of diseases. Imbalance in fats and essential fatty acids is another cause. Imbalance in simple / complex carbohydrates is another cause. Saying that Diabetes is caused by Chromium and Vanadium deficiency is oversimplification of the much more broader subject of mineral balance. But there is a lot of truth in this statement. Chromium and Vanadium are found in :
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Trace Minerals: Natural Balance, Perfect Solution Balance is important to all areas of our lives and nutrition, but it is particularly crucial when it comes to minerals and trace minerals: There are 92 elements found in nature and an additional 22 theoretical and/or observed elements. In addition, there are hundreds of isotopes of the elements, any one of which may play an as yet undiscovered role in human health. . . It becomes increasingly evident when studying the relationship of minerals to human health that keeping the level of minerals in balance in every tissue, fluid cell and organ in the human body may be the key to maintaining human health. 1 Keeping minerals in proper balance throughout the body while providing all of them in sufficient quantities needed for optimal health is complex. This is further complicated when using a bullet approach based on the latest research that finds specific deficiencies and then supplements the diet with just that particular nutrient: The complexity of the mineral imbalance problem is apparent. It is apparent that our understanding of the mechanisms of mineral imbalances is fragmentary. New inter-relationships are constantly being discovered. We are presently recognizing and correcting only a small fraction of the mineral imbalance problems plaguing animals and men. 2 Imbalanced interactions cause many problems when we consistently consume single processed or refined minerals that are out of proportion with the other minerals and trace minerals. This is particularly evident when it comes to the most commonly refined mineral that Americans take into their diet, sodium chloride and it's effects on hypertension: Clearly, nutrients function interactively both in the body and in their impact on blood pressure regulation. Whenever the consumption of a single nutrient is significantly altered, an entirely new dietary pattern is created.. Nutrients occur in clusters in the diet and may therefore act synergistically to alter physiologic variables such as blood pressure. 3 These relationships can, however have an equally profound benefit on human health when minerals are consumed in proper ratios. Certain minerals and trace minerals, when found in proper balance, can serve additional non-classical roles such as acting as antioxidants.
Minerals and trace minerals can also help each other in the process of assimilation and add additional safety buffers for minerals that have the potential of being toxic to human health. 1 However, inter-relationships of minerals and trace minerals are not nearly as evident when they are found in a dry or a non-soluble form.
For instance, powdered copper and zinc could be mixed up in ratio of a billion parts of copper to just one part of zinc. Additionally, other minerals and trace minerals in powder form could be mixed up in similar ratios without causing a reaction to occur, but if they made it into the blood stream in those same ratios, the results would be devastating to the body. Within the blood stream, lymphatic fluid, cells and extracellular fluid, minerals and trace minerals can be found completely dissociated into solution , which can also be called electrolyte or ionic form. 4 In this state, they all have specific positive or negative electrical signatures that cause a dynamic equilibrium to take place. The body can use minor changes in this equilibrium to create proper osmotic pressure and move nutrients to the areas that need them most and create electrical impulses that run the entire nervous system. 4 This same equilibrium can also be found in the seas around the world where minerals and trace minerals have collected and concentrated in liquid ionic form for millions of years. It is astounding to realize that the dynamic equilibrium that takes place with liquid ionic minerals and trace minerals has created the same basic balance in sea water that is found in healthy blood plasma and lymphatic fluid.
As you can tell, the dynamic equilibrium of minerals and trace minerals found in sea water is incredibly complex and has worked itself out over millions of years using natural forces which as of yet are not fully understood by scientists. Scientists, working in the laboratory have never been able to create sea water from scratch and even if it were possible it would cost thousands of dollars a bottle.
Utah's Great Salt Lake, where Trace Minerals Research harvest Low Sodium ConcenTrace Trace Mineral Drops, is the largest body of concentrated sea water in the world and is particularly rich in certain minerals and trace minerals like magnesium, selenium, lithium, and boron which are vitally important to human health. "The Great Salt Lake [has] concentrated many of the same minerals found in the sea through geothermal and evaporative processes.
These natural sources of the elements can provide a rich source of minerals compatible to human physiological needs." 1 Also, because of it's high concentration, the dynamic equilibrium has caused the Great Salt Lake to be uniquely low in certain toxic, heavy metals: . . . The total soluble concentrations of heavy metals in the water are extremely low.
The heavy metals in the lake, along with clays, organic materials and carbonates, are precipitating to the sediments and deep brines where anaerobic conditions and sulfides formed by sulfate reducing bacteria immobilize the metals.
The lake thus avoids accumulation of heavy metals in the lake water and is non-toxic and self-cleansing. The unique saline condition of [the] Great Salt lake determines the precipitation and immobilization of heavy metals in the lake." 5 Today, Trace Minerals Research uses the naturally balanced, naturally occurring minerals and trace minerals from Utah's Great Salt lake as the basis for all of their products. These products have been developed to work with the body and its natural balances to provide many nutrients that may be lacking in modern diets.
1. Schauss, Alexander. Minerals and Human health: the Rationale for Optimal and Balanced Trace Element Levels. Life Sciences Press: 1995, pp. 1,5.
2. Hoekstra, W.G. Federation Proceedings. National Academy of Sciences: Washington, D.C. (Sept./Oct., 1964).
3. Reusser, M.E., McCarron, D.A. Nutrition Review, 1994: 52; 367-375>
4. American Medical Association. The American Medical Associations's Encyclopedia of Medicine. Ed. Charles b. Clayman. Random House: 1989, pp. 396,605,752.
5. Utah Geological and Mineral Survey. Bulletin 116., University of Utah: 1980, p. 198. __________________________________________________
Every second of every day your body relies on ionic minerals and trace minerals to conduct and generate billions of tiny electrical impulses. Without these impulses, not a single muscle, including your heart, would be able to function. Your brain would not function and the cells would not be able to use osmosis to balance water pressure and absorb nutrients. In fact, "many vital body processes depend on the movement of ions across cell membranes."2 "recent research indicates that minerals may play a significant role against a variety of degenerative diseases and processes. They may also prevent and reduce injury from environmental pollutants and enhance the ability to work and learn.
They can also protect the body from the effects of toxic minerals."1 The form of different minerals also plays a key role in how well they are transported through the circulatory system and the aqueous microenvironment of the cells.1 "Whatever the nutritional potential of a food, its contribution is nonexistent if it does not pass the test of absorption."1
Those minerals that your body is unable to break down to their ionic form are likely to pass completely from the body unassimilated, and for all nutritional intents and purposes, were never eaten. Authors Rosenberg and Solomons offer the following insight: "Insofar as minerals in the diet are often bound to proteins, complexed with organic molecules in food, or otherwise imbedded in the matrix of food-stuffs, the mechanical processes of mastication, dissolution, dispersion, and often digestion are important preparative steps to absorption Moreover, at the conclusion of the aforementioned reductive processes, minerals generally emerge in the intestinal lumen as charged ions , e.g. Fe**, Zn**, PO4, SeO3."3
"Minerals should be ionic to be readily absorbed through transfer in the small intestine."1
Minerals that are absorbed in their ionic form are in true liquid solution and have
either positive or negative charges. They also have unique properties that distinguish
them from each other and allow them to freely take part in biochemical communication
throughout the body. These communications help nutrients move to those areas of the body
that are in most need of their help.
"Imbalances of any of these ions or certain trace ions in the body . . . can lead to dysfunction in the conduction of electrical messages.
This dysfunction quickly leads to a general body disturbance and loss of ability
to maintain somewhat stable internal conditions."4
The light bulb demonstration that Trace Minerals Research uses is a simple yet effective scientific experiment to show how well different minerals break down into ionic solution in water and their concentration in that form. The experiment uses a broken circuit form the electrical cord that is connected to two probes which are then inserted into distilled water. When a mineral is placed in the water, it will connect the circuit and light the bulb in direct relation to how well it breaks down into ionic solution s and it's concentration in ionic form. If a mineral does not break down in water, it will not light the light bulb. Some people have tried to debunk the demonstration by pointing out that simple table salt will light the bulb in the experiment.
That is true and is still in keeping with the demonstration. Table salt will break down and go into liquid solution producing both sodium and chloride ions . We also know that table salt is readily absorbed by the body and if people were deficient in sodium, table salt would be a highly effective and inexpensive way to supplement their diet.
The main problem with using table salt as a nutritional supplement is that it is refined to only contain two minerals and through interactions once in the body, can throw off the delicate balance of other minerals and trace minerals. This demonstration is only one experiment that show only two of many important aspects of a mineral supplement: it's ability to break down into ionic form and its concentration in solution . It does not show what minerals are present in the product or their overall balance. This information is gathered for Trace Minerals Research through independent analysis by some of the world's best analytical laboratories and presented on the label of their products. ConcenTrace© from Trace Minerals Research is a natural mineral and trace mineral supplement that is very low in sodium, yet rich in magnesium, boron, selenium, lithium, chloride and other trace minerals.
Most importantly, it is in ionic form.