Health Essentials: Minerals 101
Minerals are inorganic elements that provide the compound for our bones and teeth. They regulate our metabolism, cardiovascular system, muscle system, nervous system, acid/base balances, and cellular fluids. Consumed in small amounts, they help us maintain homeostasis. Any good product or label should explicitly tell the consumer how much is the recommended daily allowance and to not go over the daily allowance.
The following is a quick general overview of common minerals:
· Calcium – Mineral for bones and teeth, helps support muscle contractions and relaxation, nerve functions, blood clotting and pressure, and immune system.
· Chloride – Support and balances nerve and muscle functions.
· Chromium – Helps support the release of energy and glucose (often associated with insulin).
· Copper – Supports the absorption of iron and the formation of hemoglobin.
· Fluoride – Helps support formation of bones and teeth, and strengthen teeth to fight against decay.
· Iodine – Help support thyroid hormonal functions.
· Iron – Supports the proteins in hemoglobin and myoglobin, and aids in the utilization of energy.
· Magnesium – Supports bone mineralization, muscular contractions, never impulses, the building of protein, and the maintenance of teeth.
· Manganese – Enzyme that helps support bone structure and metabolism.
· Molybdenum – Helps support energy metabolism in the cells.
· Potassium – Helps support nerve and muscle functions.
· Selenium – In partnership with Vitamin E, the antioxidant properties helps fight free radicals and regulates cellular membranes.
· Sodium – Helps maintain fluid and acid-base balance; supports nerve impulses.
· Zinc – Supports immune reactions, the making of genetic proteins, and is part of the insulin hormone.
· Electrolytes – They are a combination of salt and minerals ions in bodily fluids, to help maintain proper hydration.
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