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MoonDragon's Health & Wellness
Nutrition Basics

MINERAL INTRODUCTION
Mineral Supplements


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  • The Function of Minerals
  • Purchasing Dietary Supplements
  • Mineral Supplement Products




  • THE FUNCTION OF MINERALS

    Every living cell on this planet depends on minerals for proper function and structure. Minerals are needed for the proper composition of body fluids, the formation of blood and bone, the maintenance of healthy nerve function, and the regulation of muscle tone, including that of the muscles of the cardiovascular system. Like vitamins, minerals function as coenzymes, enabling the body to perform its functions, including energy production, growth, and healing. Because all enzyme activities involve minerals, minerals are essential for the proper utilization of vitamins and other nutrients.

    The human body, as all of nature, must maintain its proper chemical balance. This balance depends on the levels of different minerals in the body and especially the ratios of certain mineral levels to one another. The level of each mineral in the body has an effect on every other, so if one is out of balance, all mineral levels are affected. If not corrected, this can start a chain reaction of imbalances that leads to illness.

    Minerals are naturally occurring elements found in the earth. Rock formations are made up of mineral salts. Rock and stone are gradually broken down into tiny fragments by erosion, a process that can take literally millions of years. The resulting dust and sand accumulate, forming the basis for soil to plants. The plants are eaten by herbivorous animals. We obtain these minerals by consuming plants or herbivorous animals.

    Nutritionally, minerals belong to two groups: bulk minerals (also called macro-minerals) and trace minerals (micro-minerals).

    MACRO MINERALS (BULK MINERALS)

    Bulk minerals are needed in larger amonts than trace minerals. Macro- or Bulk minerals include:
    MICRO MINERALS (TRACE MINERALS)

    Although only minute quantities of trace minerals are needed, they are nevertheless important for good health. Trace minerals include:
    Because minerals are stored primarily in the body's bone and muscle tissue, it is possible to develop mineral toxicity if extremely large quantities are consumed. Such situations are rare, however, because toxic levels of minerals generally accumulate only if massive amounts are ingested for a prolonged period of time.





    PURCHASING DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS

    As with vitamins, it can be difficult, if not impossible, to obtain the amounts of minerals needed for optimum health through diet alone. Mineral supplements can help you make sure you are getting all the minerals your body requires.

    Minerals are often found in multi-vitamin formulas.
    Minerals can also be sold as single supplements. These are available in tablet, capsule, powder, and liquid forms. Some are available chelated form, which means that the minerals are bonded to protein molecules that transport them to the bloodstream and enhance their absorption. When mineral supplements are taken with a meal, they are usually automatically chelated in the stomach during digestion. There is some controversy over which mineral supplements are best, but chelated preparations are usually preferred. In experiences with the various chelated formulas available, it has been shown that, in general, arginate forms of minerals make the most effective supplements.

    Once a mineral is absorbed, it must be carried by the blood to the cells and then transported across the cell membranes in a form that can be utilized by the cells. After minerals enter the body, they compete with one another for absorption. For example, too much zinc can deplete the body of copper; excessive calcium intake can effect magnesium absorption (and vice versa). Consequently, supplemental minerals should always be taken in balanced amounts. Otherwise, they will not be effective and may even be harmful. The absorption of minerals can also be affected by the use of fiber supplements. Fiber decreases the body's absorption of minerals. Therefore, supplemental fiber and minerals should be taken at different times.




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    MINERAL SUPPLEMENT PRODUCTS

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  • Chromium Supplement Products
  • Copper Supplement Products
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  • Gold Supplement Products
  • Iodine Supplement Products
  • Iron Supplement Products
  • Lithium Supplement Products
  • Magnesium Supplement Products
  • Manganese Supplement Products

  • Molybdenum Supplement Products
  • Multi-Mineral Supplement Products
  • Phosphorus Supplement Products
  • Potassium Supplement Products
  • Selenium Supplement Products
  • Silicon Supplement Products
  • Sodium Supplement Products
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