The Healing Powers Of Minerals

The lack of certain minerals in our diets can cause everything from cancer to heart problems. Below is a list of some necessary minerals.

Not many people could put up a convincing argument that minerals aren't good for you. More and more people are becoming aware of the benefits of taking mineral supplements. Our normal diets contain vitamins and minerals but sometimes not in doses large enough to be of much help. Supplements make it easy to consume a healthier dose of minerals on a daily basis.

Some people have a little trouble understanding which minerals play what role in our health. Here's a run down of some important minerals and what role they play in our bodies:

Chromium helps to keep our blood sugar levels at a normal level. It also works along with insulin in our bodies to take in glucose and release energy. It is also said to increase muscle mass. Chromium is found in meat, fats and vegetable oils.

Fluorine helps to protect teeth from acidic decay. Fluorine is found in many water supplies as an additive. It is also found in seafood and liver. If you don't eat these foods regularly it's a good idea to take a fluorine supplement to protect your teeth.

Copper is an important mineral that aids in the production of red blood cells. In addition, copper assists in the formation of connective tissues. It is claimed that copper helps prevent abnormal heart rhythms, lowers cholesterol and helps to prevent certain cancers. Meat, seafood and nuts container copper.

Zinc is necessary for the synthesis of RNA and DNA in our bodies. Zinc supplements help to reduce the amount of time a person suffers from a cold and protects from some vision problems. Seafood, milk and egg yolks contain zinc.

Selenium is vital for the protection of cell membranes. It has been linked to the lowering of colon cancer. Broccoli, cucumbers, chicken, garlic, milk and seafood are just some of the places you can find selenium.

Manganese also helps with RNA and DNA synthesis along with bone growth. Fruits, vegetables and grains are wonderful sources of manganese.

Calcium is one of the most important minerals from childhood to maturity. Calcium helps us keep healthy bones and teeth. Dairy products including milk and cheese are excellent sources of calcium.

Iodine is important for the prevention of thyroid problems. Goiters are only one sign that the thyroid is having problems. Iodine deficiency is one of the world's leading causes of mental retardation in children. Iodine can be found in iodized salt, seafood and some types of vegetables.

Iron is a common mineral that most of us have at least heard of. It helps transport oxygen in the blood and prevents anemia. Red meat and iron-fortified grains or cereals are good sources of iron.

Phosphorous, along with calcium, helps to prevent rickets and build strong bones.

Potassium helps hearts to beat normally, attacks depression and regulates fluid levels in various cells. It helps to combat fatigue, calms nerves and improves memory.

Check with your physician before beginning any dietary supplement. Blood tests can indicate which minerals your body is lacking and the doctor can prescribe a supplement regimen especially for you.

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