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Calcium 

Builds bones and teeth, muscle contraction, heart action, nerve impulses, blood clotting

Magnesium 

Bones, liver, muscles, transfer of intercellular water, alkaline balance, neuromuscular activity

Sodium 

Electrolyte balance, body fluid volume, nerve impulse condition

Potassium 

Cell membrane potential, nerve impulse conduction, heart rhythm, acid base balance

Copper 

Hemoglobin formation, production of RNA, elastic tissue formation, cholesterol utilization, oxidase enzyme activator

Zinc 

Protein synthesis, carbon dioxide transport, sexual function, insulin storage, carbohydrate metabolism, wound healing

Iron 

Hemoglobin formation, electron transport, oxygen transport, enzyme activator

Manganese 

Carbohydrate metabolism, protein metabolism, connective tissue, joint fluid production, nerve tissue, Vitamin B1 utilization

Chromium 

Glucose utilization, insulin activity, heart muscle, cholesterol utilization

Phosphorus 

Builds bones and teeth, energy production, acid-base balance, necessary in metabolism and cell membranes, calcium absorption

Molybdenum 

Enzyme activator, uric acid formation, oxidative enzymes

Selenium 

Peroxidase scavenger, glutathione peroxidase, anti-carcinogenic, Vitamin F synergist

Silicon 

Bone formation, collagen formation, cartilage formation, elastic tissue

Boron 

Reduces calcium loss

Vanadium 

Strength of bones and teeth, lowers blood lipids, inhibits cholesterol synthesis

Tin 

Growth, protein synthesis

Nickel 

Activates some liver enzymes

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Why are minerals important?

Minerals are the spark plugs of life because they are required to activate thousands of enzyme reactions within the body. In a way they are more important than vitamins since plants manufacture vitamins but minerals must be obtained from the soil. If the mineral is not in the soil, it can not possibly be in the plant. Since our very existence is dependent upon the body's ability to utilize minerals because minerals activate enzymes, some discussion of enzymes is appropriate.

For more information on the relationship between minerals and enzymes, be sure to log in to altmedangel.com for rest of this article including the related topics below:

  • What are enzymes?

  • Why are Enzymes Important?

  • How do enzymes work?

  • How does cooking, pasteurizing, pickling, smoking and other processing destroy enzymes?

  • Why minerals do not work alone.

  • What happens when one mineral is excessive?

  • Examples of minerals out of balance

  • What about diet and nutrition?

  • How do our systems get out of balance?

Minerals are the bodies electrical transmitters... sending electrical signals to every cell. Brain signals are transmitted through bodily fluids. Intestinal disorders, particularly leaky gut and diarrhea, cause deficiencies of minerals. Since minerals are stored primarily in the bodies bone and muscle tissue, the absorbed mineral must be carried by the blood to the cells and then absorbed by the cell membrane to be utilized.

Individuals with inflammatory and circulatory disorders like fibromyalgia, peripheral neuropathy, diabetes and hypothyroidism, especially experiencing muscle spasms, tingling, numbness and/or brain-fog should know that these symptoms can be caused or accelerated by a deficiency of minerals and the compromised ability for absorption. Proper testing by a qualified alternative doctor should be done to pinpoint the cause of the problem. See Blood Type Test in the Product Guide.

It is inadvisable to take isolated mineral supplements because of the synergistic balance issue discussed above. One can not know that the isolated mineral being taken is actually being absorbed. It can also do more harm than good by pulling it's counterparts out of your system causing deficiencies in other areas as discussed earlier. It is often better to take minerals in a food based form, such as Capra Mineral Whey Powder, which can be mixed with water or juice or sprinkled on cereal. It is made from goats milk and processed without heat to maintain the natural enzyme and mineral balance.

It has become clear that, due to environmental pollution and the exploitation of the once mineral-rich soils on our planet, eating right just isn't enough any more. Diet alone can not substitute for good nutrition. The only way we can be sure that we are getting the right raw materials to build strong bodies is to test for such and, if necessary, eat foods or food-based supplements that are easily assimilated by our bodies.

 

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