Due to factors like modern-day stress and nutrient-depleted soil, even the healthiest of eaters can face mineral shortfalls. Here, an update on common deficiencies, that can help safeguard wellbeing.
Minerals serve life-sustaining functions in the body and can support optimal health when supplemented. Foods grown on soils that are depleted of minerals do not contain adequate levels to maintain human health, meaning that even though we eat fruit and vegetables daily, we are in fact undernourished.
Here’s an update on a few of the essential minerals we may be missing out on.
CALCIUM: Everyone is familiar with it—but people are still lacking, and that’s a problem. Calcium provides nutritional support for the proper function of the heart, muscle contraction and relaxation, nerve transmission, hormone functions, blood pressure, healthy bones and teeth, and colon health.
CHROMIUM: An essential trace mineral that can improve insulin sensitivity and enhance protein, carbohydrate, and lipid metabolism. … Chromium supplements may enhance muscle mass, weight loss, and glucose control. This mineral has become crucial with today’s sedentary lifestyle and the increased consumption of processed foods and access to high carb foods.
IODINE: Necessary for thyroid hormone production, and we are in a thyroid crisis. Crops contain up to 50% less iodine than they did in the 1970s. People are also exposed to far more fluoride, chlorine, and bromide than in the past, which competes with iodine in the body. Iodine is necessary for both brain function and a healthy metabolism.
IRON: It helps to transport oxygen around the body, making it essential for life! It is also important for producing energy, optimal immune function, and storing oxygen in our muscles (this is what gives muscles their red colour!)
MAGNESIUM: It is suspected that over 46% of the general population doesn’t get the dietary magnesium they need to stay healthy. Elemental magnesium is found in high concentrations in our bones, our heart, our muscles, and throughout our network of nerves, but you can also find it working away inside every cell of our bodies. Magnesium has multiple, evidence-based uses in dietary supplements including applicability for constipation, glucose levels and insulin response, hearing, kidney function, headaches, mitral valve health, memory/cognitive function, bone health, PMS, and healthy blood pressure.
ZINC: Adequate zinc intake is essential in maintaining the integrity of the immune systems, but also plays an important role in controlling healthy inflammation response and supporting cognitive function. It is also useful for children, as zinc supplementation in infants and early childhood can increase growth outcomes.
The above information is a general guide only and not intended as medical advice. Please consult a Health Professional for further information.