Today I want to answer two important questions about minerals: What are minerals? And where do they come from?
What Are Minerals?
Minerals are inorganic compounds that cannot be manufactured by the human body: they must come from food or supplements or both. There are two categories of minerals: macro-minerals and trace minerals.
Macro-minerals are minerals that your body needs in large quantities. Examples of these include: sodium, potassium, chloride, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and sulfur.
Trace minerals are minerals that your body needs in smaller amounts. Some examples include zinc, manganese, copper, iodine and chromium.
Where Do Minerals Come From?
While the human body is capable of producing some of the nutrients it needs, such as a host of amino acids and Vitamin D, the human body cannot produce minerals. Minerals can only come from plants, which derive their minerals from soil. When our soil is rich in minerals, so is our food. Likewise, when our soil is depleted of minerals, our food supply will be depleted as well.
The problem we face today is found in the depletion of our soil, and thus, the quality of our food supply. In the words of Dr. David S. Dryer: “Our soils are becoming more and more depleted of necessary minerals. Many fruits and vegetables now have less than 12 minerals out of the 70 plus minerals that humans need for proper functioning – and which were present in our foods only one hundred years ago.”
A study titled “Nutrition Under Siege” examined data published by the USDA ARS (Agricultural Research Service) Nutrient Data Laboratory and, upon comparison of the data, concluded “a sharp decline in minerals, vitamins, and other nutrients in many foods since the last comprehensive study published over twenty years ago.” This decline in minerals, vitamins and other nutrients was attributed to “a steady deterioration in soil, air and water quality.”
We need, in proper quantities and proportions, over 70 minerals for peak performance of every cell in the body. Many of us are not getting the minerals we need from our diet, and without a mineral supplement, we tend to be deficient!
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Elizabeth Shepard, BS
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