We continue our series on minerals this week by looking at what exactly minerals do for you?
We all grow up hearing commercials saying a food has essential minerals and vitamins. But what does that truly mean? Why should I care about those essential minerals anyway? Do they make a difference?
I am a big promoter of mineral supplements. I take them. I think everyone is healthier with them. Here is what I see clinically that makes me such a big fan of high quality mineral supplements.
Many of the benefits I see in my clients, when they take minerals, involve things in the nervous system that start working better. We talk about our nervous system as an electrical system, but it is actually an electro-chemical system. The transmission of electrical impulses along the nerves in the brain, eye, spinal cord, leg or anywhere else occurs as the result of metal ions with electrical charge being transported across membranes.
Deficient in minerals? Then things in the nervous system don’t work right. Please don’t fall into the trap seen in modern nutritional thinking that says you need only be concerned with a few minerals like magnesium, calcium, sodium and potassium. All of the essential minerals need to be present in balanced amounts.
Here is a short list of problems that I see improve or disappear after a month or two on a balanced and complete mineral supplement:
- Unexplained heart arrhythmias, for example supraventricular tachycardia (SVT), or atrial fibrillation in someone who has a normal-sized and otherwise normal heart.
- Poor sleep.
- Low exercise tolerance and low energy.
- Peripheral neuropathy of unexplained cause.
- Brain fog.
- Benign essential tremors.
- Restless Leg Syndrome.
And more. Many more.
This is a poorly researched area in medicine. We recommend minerals because we see such clear clinical benefits. Plus they are safe, easy, simple to use and cheap. Much of the literature that does exist has studied single minerals, and in those studies the results are compelling. So imagine taking a mineral supplement that contains multiple essential minerals?
That is the way to go.
(For a study example, see "Effect of oral magnesium supplementation on physical performance in healthy elderly women involved in a weekly exercise program: a randomized controlled trial." By Veronese, N, et.al., American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2014; 100:974-81.)
Our next post will describe the actual mineral supplements we recommend. It will answer the question of what we mean when we refer to “high quality mineral supplements”.
Ready to start with a great mineral now? Well this is what we recommend. Good stuff. (Vitality Boost Minerals). We talk about it in the next article.
Till then, we salute your health.
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