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Roles of Minerals
information is simply a summary of the actions of certain minerals.
Please consult with a health professional before taking any supplements
As important as vitamins are, they can do nothing for you
without minerals. Vitamins cannot be assimilated without the aid of minerals. And though
the body can manufacture a few vitamins, it cannot manufacture a single mineral. All
tissues and internal fluids of our body contain varying quantities of minerals. Minerals
are constituents of the bones, teeth, soft tissue, muscle, blood, and nerve cells. They
are vital to overall mental and physical well-being.
Minerals act as catalysts for many biological reactions
within the body, including muscle response, the transmission of messages through the
nerve system, the production of hormones, digestion, and the utilization of nutrients in
- Builds and maintains bones and teeth regulates heart rhythm
- Eases insomnia helps regulate the passage of nutrients in and
out of the cell walls
- Assists in normal blood clotting
- Helps maintain proper nerve and muscle function
- Lowers blood pressure
- Important to normal kidney function
- Reduces the incidence of colon cancer
- Reduces blood cholesterol levels
- Deficiency Symptoms: May result in arm and leg muscles
spasms, softening of bones, back and leg cramps, brittle bones, rickets, poor growth,
osteoporosis ( a deterioration of the bones), tooth decay, depression.
Aids in the formation of red blood cells
Helps proper bone formation and maintenance.
Deficiency Symptoms: May result in general weakness,
impaired respiration, skin sores.
Cleans the arteries by reducing
Cholesterol and Triglyceride levels
Helps transport amino acids to where
the body needs them
Helps control appetite
Medical research has shown that persons
with low levels of Chromium in their bodies are more susceptible to having cancer and
heart problems and becoming diabetic.
Deficiency Symptoms: May result in glucose intolerance
in diabetics; atherosclerosis, heart disease, depressed growth, obesity, tiredness.
- Works with insulin in the metabolism of sugar and stabilizes
blood sugar levels
Helps oxidize Vitamin C and works with
Vitamin C to form Elastin, a chief component of the Elastin muscle
fibers throughout the body
- Necessary for the absorption and utilization of Iron
Aids in the development and functioning of the thyroid gland
which is essential in :
Hemoglobin transports oxygen in the blood
from the lungs to the tissues which need oxygen to maintain basic life functions.
Iron builds up the quality of the blood and
increases resistance to stress and disease.
Necessary for the formation of myoglobin
which is found only in muscle tissue.
Myoglobin supplies oxygen to muscle cells
for use in the chemical reaction that results in muscle contraction.
Prevent fatigue and promotes good skin
Deficiency Symptoms: May result in weakness, paleness
of skin, constipation, anemia.
- Combines with protein and copper in making hemoglobin.
Maintains normal heart rhythm
Necessary for proper calcium and
Vitamin C metabolism
Converts blood sugar into energy.
Deficiency Symptoms: May result in calcium depletion,
heart spasms, nerveness, muscular excitability, confusion; kidney stones.
- Plays an important role in regulating the neuromuscular
activity of the heart
Necessary for the metabolism of
Vitamin B-1 and Vitamin E
Activates various enzymes which are
important for proper digestion and utilization of foods
A catalyst in the breakdown of fats
Helps nourish the nerves and brain
Necessary for normal skeletal
Maintains sex hormone production.
Deficiency Symptoms: May result in paralysis,
convulsions, dizziness, ataxia, loss of hearing, digestive problems, blindness and
deafness in infants.
- An antioxidant nutrient Important in the blood breakdown of
amino acids and the production of energy
Aids in clear thinking by sending
oxygen to the brain
Preserves proper alkalinity of body
Stimulates the kidneys to eliminate
poisonous body wastes
Assists in reducing high blood
Promotes healthy skin.
Deficiency Symptoms: May result in poor reflexes,
nerve disorders, respiratory failure, cardiac arrest, muscle damage.
- Works with sodium to regulate the body's waste balance and
normalize heart rhythms
Medical surveys show that increased
selenium intake decreases the risk of breast, colon, lung and prostate cancer
Preserves tissue elasticity
Slows down the aging and hardening of
tissues through oxidation Helps in the treatment and prevention of dandruff.
Deficiency Symptoms: May result in premature aging,
heart disease, dandruff, loose skin.
- A major antioxidant nutrient, protects cell membranes and
prevents free radical generation thereby decreasing the risk of cancer and disease of the
heart and blood vessels
Necessary for protein synthesis and wound
Vital for the development of the
reproductive organs, prostate functions and male hormone activity
Governs the contractility of muscles
Important for blood stability
Maintains the body's alkaline balance
Helps in normal tissue function
Aids in the digestion and metabolism of
Deficiency Symptoms: May result in delayed sexual
maturity, prolonged healing wounds, white spots on finger nails, retarded growth, stretch
marks, fatigue, decreased alertness, susceptibility to infections.
- Is an antioxidant nutrient
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