Mineral supplements play a crucial role in our metabolic processes. They are central in helping the body produce energy, growth, and the reproduction and health of our cells. A deficiency in even one mineral can lead to serious health problems because they often work synergistically with other minerals and also vitamins.

 
 
 
 

Constituents of Sea Buckthorn

Calcium

This mineral is famous as a bone protector, but it plays other important roles, too, helping your nerve cells communicate, your muscles contract, and your blood clot. It also appears to lower blood pressure and help prevent colon cancer and premenstrual syndrome.

If you don’t get enough calcium from the food you eat, your body automatically takes the calcium needed from your bones. If your body continues to tear down more bone than it replaces over a period of years in order to get sufficient calcium, your bones will become weak and break easily.


Iron

Important for the production of hemoglobin, the part of red blood cells that carries oxygen around your body, and a lack of iron can cause fatigue. But many foods are fortified with iron, and too much increases your risk of heart disease and certain cancers.

Most at risk of iron deficiency are infants, adolescent girls and pregnant women.


Magnesium

Magnesium is essential for the proper functioning of the body in many ways: it is required for nerves, muscles, the immune system, cellular function, 90 different enzymes require magnesium in order to metabolise energy.Magnesium also assists in the absorption of calcium, vitamin C and potassium. If cells become deficient in magnesium, the permeability of their walls changes, leading to the loss of both potassium and megnesium, these being replaced by sodium and calcium.

Manganese

Manganese plays a part in the development of strong bones, nerves and muscles. It is vital in controlling growth rates, ensuring the proper function of many enzyme reactions concerning blood sugar, metabolism, and thyroid hormone function. Manganese also enhances the killing ability of macrophages (white blood cells). Macrophages are one of the types of somatic cells released into the mammary gland to help protect it against bacterial infections.

Phosphorus

Phosphorus is needed by the enzymes that metabolise fat, protein and glucose. It is essential for the processes by which the body produces and stores energy, and it helps in the formation of nucleic acids for cell division. In combination with calcium, phosphorus is necessary for the formation of bones and teeth and of the nerve cells.

 

Selenium

Selenium is a part of several enzymes necessary for the body to properly function. Generally, selenium functions as an antioxidant that works in conjunction with vitamin E.

A study at the University of Arizona in Tucson in 1996 found that people who took 200 mcg of selenium a day for four and a half years reduced their risk of cancer by 32 percent and their risk of death from cancer by 50 percent. Selenium, an antioxidant, appears to regenerate vitamins E and C so that they can continue to fight free radicals.


Zinc

It is necessary for a healthy immune system, and is also of use in fighting skin problems such as acne, boils and sore throats. It is further needed for cell division, and is needed by the tissue of the hair, nails and skin to be in top form. Zinc is further used in the growth and maintenance of muscles.

Perhaps one of the most important nutritional factors that men who wish to maintain their fertility should consider, is zinc. Although zinc is essential for both men and women, it plays a particularly important role in the production of testosterone, the main male hormone. “A low zinc level leads to a reduction in the production of testosterone, which can lead to impaired fertility.


Chromium

This mineral helps the hormone insulin work more efficiently, making it an especially important nutrient for people who have type 2 Diabetes or are at risk for it. Insulin usually helps lower blood sugar levels, but if you have type2 Diabetes, your insulin is less effective. In fact, some cases of type z diabetes are triggered by a chromium deficiency.

Ongoing studies using up to 1,000 mcg per day have shown no toxic effects.


Cobalt

Human bodies need essential minerals to grow, cobalt is one that forms an essential part of vitamin B¹². It also seems to trigger production of a glycoprotein hormone, erythropoietin, when the body is short of oxygen - but this process is not yet properly understood.

Copper

Copper is involved in the absorption, storage and metabolism of iron and the formation of red blood cells. It also helps supply oxygen to the body. The symptoms of a copper deficiency are similar to iron-deficiency anemia.


Potassium

Potassium is essential for the body’s growth and maintenance. It is necessary to keep a normal water balance between the cells and body fluids.

Potassium plays an essential role in proper heart function. Deficiency may cause muscular cramps, twitching and weakness, irregular heartbeat, insomnia, kidney and lung failure.


 

Iodine

Iodine helps regulate the rate of energy production and body weight and promotes proper growth. It also promotes healthy hair, nails, skin and teeth. Its not toxic up to 2,000 mcg daily, but may exacerbate acne.


Sodium

As you might expect, sodium deficiency is very rare - but it can occur, either when sodium recycling is impaired by kidney problems, or when heavy sweating is caused by hot conditions or hard work. Symptoms include low blood pressure, dizziness, muscle weakness, respiratory problems, mild fever, weight loss and a general feeling of unwellness.

Molybdenum

Molybdenum functions as a component in several enzymes that are involved in alcohol detoxification, uric acid formation, and sulfur metabolism. Researchers have also found a that low molybdenum levels is an associated condition accompanying cancer.

Silicon

All the publicity about the toxicity of silicon breast implants should not be confused with silicon as a nutrient. Silicon (the nutrient) is important for normal bone growth, and for proper integrity of the skin.

One study of 50 women with signs of aging skin, hair and nails produced very significant results. After 90 days of taking daily oral doses of 10 milliliters of colloidal silicic acid and applying colloidal silicic acid twice daily to the face, improvements were made in the thickness of skin, strength of skin, wrinkles, and health of the hair and nails. It is also used by alternative therapists as a treatment for atopic eczema.


Vanadium

According to an article in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, vanadium has an essential role in human nutrition. Vanadium research has shown that this nutrient improves insulin action and even mimicks the functionality of insulin.

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