bodies work in synergy with what we put into it. If were lacking any one mineral or
vitamin our bodies process’s will be greatly impaired. We have to remember that minerals like
iodine or selenium which we only need 1 thousandths of a gram are just as
important as calcium which we need in gram amounts. Deficiency in either will have drastic
effects on our health and well being.
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is essential in providing the body with biochemical’s called hydroxyl
groups which are needed to produce the active forms of some steroid
Dosage- 400-1500 mg.
average person (154 lbs / 70kg) will have 2.85 lbs or 1.3 kg of calcium
found mostly within his or her bones.
The approximate 1% outside the bones is used for a variety of
process’s including the conduction of impulses along
nerve fibres and contraction of muscles.
If a person takes a deficient amount of calcium in one day, the body
will steal the needed calcium from our skeleton (cannibalize ourselves) to make
up the deficit. The biggest source of calcium are dark leafy green vegetables.
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has to work in synergy with magnesium, silicon, fluoride, zinc, copper,
boron, manganese, phosphorus and vitamin D in order to save our bones from
cannibalizing ourselves for these nutrients.
is the main negative charged electrolyte (anion) found outside of the
bodies cells. It controls fluid and
electrolyte balance when combined with sodium and potassium (cations).
Chloride if found in heavy doses in salt and deficiency is rare.
is essential for normal glucose metabolism, insulin metabolism, fatty acid
metabolism and muscle growth. The
most effective form of chromium is in the form of picolinate. Most successful studies with chromium are
done with chromium picolinate. The most abundant sources of chromium are
whole grains and shellfish.
Dosage- 3 mg.
is used for many enzymes, most importantly it is
used to produce nor-adrenalin. Noradrenalin is used to give us energy. Copper is most abundant in organ meats
Dosage- 10-25 mg.
the main element in the production of haemoglobin (red blood cells - the
red pigment in blood). Iron is also
needed for many other enzymes which are essential to our survival. Foods which iron levels are high in are
whole grains, vegetables, meats and eggs.
Vitamin C helps the
absorption of iron, therefore deficiency of Vit. C may
cause Iron deficiency. People can
overdose with iron which can increase the risk of infections and have many
other toxic side effects.
Dosage- 150 mcg.
is one of the main nutrients needed in the upkeep of the thyroid
hormone. The thyroid hormone
controls all energy in the body which makes iodine an extremely important
mineral. If iodine becomes deficient
the thyroid gland enlarges giving rise to goiter
or can create other diseases like cretinism or retardation. The best sources of iodine is seafood,
even breathing in sea air every day will give you sufficient iodine to
Iodine becomes toxic over 2,000 mcg
in most people but may exacerbate acne in lower doses.
Dosage- 400 mg.
bodies magnesium levels are made up of 60% in the skeleton and 40% in the
soft tissue making up the 20-30 grams found within the body. Magnesium forms part of over 300 enzymes
in the body and is essential for burning glucose for energy. It also plays a role in the transmission
of the genetic code and muscle contraction.
Magnesium is found in high quantities in legumes and whole grains
but over 80% is lost by the removal of the germ and outer layers of cereal
grains. So much for “enriched”
Dosage- 2 mg.
is used in our bodies in the formation of bone and cartilage, for glucose
metabolism and as a part of the antioxidant superoxide
The best sources of manganese are whole grains and black teas.
Dosage- 150 mcg.
Molydbenum is needed in your daily intake of minerals as it forms part of
three essential enzymes (xanthine oxidase, aldehyde oxidase and sulfite oxidase). It is
mainly found in whole grains and legumes.
Toxicity symptoms usually arise after taking more than 10 mg per day
and will give gout-like disease.
average person has 700 grams of phosphorus inside their bones and another
100 grams floating around being used in various other process needed for
our survival. Some of these
essential processes using the 100 grams of phosphorus floating outside our
skeletal system are the production of adenosine triphosphate
(ATP) and Creatine phosphate. The best sources of phosphorus are meats,
milk, fish and whole grains. The
most common people experiencing phosphorus deficiency will also regularly
use antacids containing aluminum hydroxide which
inhibits phosphorus absorption.
Dosage- 100 mg.
is the main positively charged electrolyte (cation)
found inside the bodies cells. It
interacts with sodium and chloride in the conduction of nerve impulses as
well as many other essential functions.
Dosage- 200 mcg.
has many function but it acts mainly as an
antioxidant in conjunction with vitamin E.
It helps form glutathione peroxidase which helps destroy damaging free
radicals. The best sources of selenium is seafood and meats but grains and
produce are poor sources. Toxicity
of selenium occurs at levels above 1,000mcg per day.
potassium and chloride make up the three main electrolytes in the human
body. Together they perform
essential functions, without this our bodies would stop working immediately. Sodium is the main positively charged
electrolyte (cation) found outside the cells
within the body. On average the
intake of sodium per day is 5 grams, this is 10 times the amount
recommended by the RDA handbook.
used in thousands of essential enzymes within our bodies involving
themselves in cell
growth and testosterone production.
Deficiency of zinc will decline muscle growth and weaken the
immunity. Zinc is most commonly
found in meats, eggs and seafood.
Because zinc is essential for testosterone levels and sperm counts,
zinc may be the cause of some cases of impotence.