WHAT ARE ‘TRACE’ MINERALS?
Minerals can be divided into 2 groups: Macro minerals and Micro minerals. If the body needs more than 100 milligrams (mg) we categorize it as a MACRO mineral whereas if it needs less than 100 milligrams – it’s a micro-mineral. Another name for micro minerals are TRACE MINERALS.
Trace minerals are needed in only very small amounts of just a few milligrams (mg) or micrograms (mcg) per day.
Here is an example of a trace minerals list. Note the very small amounts in micrograms (mcg) listed next to each one.
WHAT DO TRACE MINERALS DO FOR YOUR HEALTH?
These trace minerals are absolutely essential for so many body functions like transporting oxygen to cells, controlling nerve transmissions as well as growth, maintenance and repair of tissues and bones. They are the foundation of DNA.
Because of their support functions, trace minerals can really contribute to an over-all feeling of well-being.
WHY WE NEED TRACE MINERALS
Many soils in which our food is grown are depleted of trace minerals. Because of this fertilizers are used to put back some essentials, like Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium. The result of this is that our food is not as mineral rich as it should be, leading to deficiencies in our body.
Deficiencies which persist over a long time have been found to contribute to health problems.
Aging also often results in decreased hydrochloric acid in the stomach which inhibits our ability to absorb minerals and other nutrients.
EXAMPLES OF TRACE MINERALS
Here are some examples of trace minerals and their functions in our body:
CHROMIUM: Essential for maintenance of bones and teeth. Assists with blood clotting, muscle contractions, nerve transmissions and oxygen transport.
COBALT: Promotes formation of red blood cells.
COPPER: Another aid to forming red blood cells as well as connective tissue.
IODINE:Needed by the thyroid to support your metabolism.
IRON: Yet another trace mineral needed for red blood cell formation and oxygen transport throughout your body.
MANGANESE: Absolutely essential for enzyme function, brain function and reproduction. Helps regulate blood sugar. Part of bone structure.
MOLYBDENUM: Used for normal growth and development. Key for enzyme function.
PHOSPHORUS: Works with calcium to develop strong bones and teeth. Helps with cell membrane integrity and intercellular communication.
POTASSIUM: Regulates heartbeat and fluid balance. Helps muscles contract.
SELENIUM: Another mineral used for growth development. Helps to detoxify body of heavy metals such as mercury. It’s a component of teeth.
SULFUR: Part of structural material for muscles and hair. Very important in liver detoxification.
ZINC: Very important component in more than 200 enzymes involved in digestion, metabolism, reproduction and wound healing.
WHAT ARE’IONIC’ TRACE MINERALS?
An ion is an electrically charged atom or group of atoms formed by the loss or gain of one or more electrons. This enables them to interact with each other by giving or receiving electrons.
To “ionize” means to change a molecule or atom so that it ends up with a positive or negative charge by removing or adding an electron. This extra electron will have the ability to now attach to another atom or molecule.
Some of the most essential macro minerals and trace micro minerals have shown themselves to be ionic so that they can be absorbed by the intestines. The digestive process also breaks others down to their ionic form so that they can be absorbed.
Our body fluids are largely ionic. Our bodies use the movement of ions through these fluids and across all cell membranes to carry out many body processes such as nerve conduction, muscle contraction, heart action, blood clotting, protein metabolism and bone and tooth formation. In fact EVERY body process depends on ions!
WHAT ARE ‘COLLOIDAL’ TRACE MINERALS?
This is a suspension of tiny non-soluble trace mineral particles in water. Most are held in suspension by an electrical charge.
Our product, Life Leader Dietary Mineral Supplement contains both macro and micro trace minerals. Macro meaning they are needed in amounts of 100 milligrams or more, and Micro (trace) because they are needed in amounts less than 100 milligrams See list of both Macro and Micro (trace) minerals on our box