Adequate minerals can save your health or even your life

Dr. Lawrence Wilson, a physician who these days focuses exclusively on nutritional consulting, states that “almost everyone alive today was born deficient in vital minerals…because mothers are deficient!” He advises any woman pregnant or contemplating having a baby to do the research and learn why the mineral content of modern food is declining or nonexistent, what essential minerals are missing–and then to get busy replenishing those vital nutrients.

Linus Pauling, the only person ever to win two unshared Nobel prizes said: “You can trace every sickness, every disease, and every ailment to a mineral deficiency.”

Contemplate just a few (micro) minerals you probably never thought about and how they help build healthy, properly functioning bodies.

*Lithium–the brain protection mineral has a balancing and protective effect on the brain and the entire nervous system.

* Chromium–is an energy mineral essential for insulin metabolism. It can also help lower cholesterol. Chromium deficiency is very common, especially in middle-aged and older people.

* Selenium–is required for the development of certain higher brain centers. Selenium is vital for detoxification, for thyroid activity, antioxidant production and protein synthesis, among many other functions. Selenium deficiency is common in the modern world, leading to a higher risk of cancer, cataracts and cardiovascular problems.

* Vanadium–works with calcium for bone and tooth-building, helps balance blood sugar and supports cardiovascular function.

* Molybdenum–metabolyzes carbohydrates, helps detoxify sulfites, has antioxidant functions and helps produce uric acid by breaking down proteins.

* Copper–required for healthy arteries, pigments in hair and skin, blood formation, energy production and for neurotransmitter substances such as dopamine. Copper is considered a ‘female element,’ and is important for women’s fertility and sexual function.

* Manganese–is another ‘female’ mineral and regulator. It is involved in cholesterol synthesis and bone growth, and is also needed for healthy tendons and ligaments, and for fat and sugar metabolism.

* Sulfur–is a vital element for digestion and detoxification in the liver. It is needed for the joints and in all connective tissue, including hair, skin and nails.

* Zinc–a ‘male mineral,’ so-called because it is more essential for men, though it is important for everyone. It is required for hundreds of enzymes in the human body, including the sense of taste and smell, vision, growth, sexual development, digestive enzyme production, male potency, prostate gland health, blood sugar regulation and processing of alcohol.

Those are just a few of the (trace) minerals important for healthful soil, plants, animals and humans. Remember, the body does not manufacture minerals. Basically, minerals have to come from DIRT, which feeds the plants grown in that dirt, which in turn passes on the minerals or lack thereof to the animals and humans which consume the plants. The more home grown, local and organic food from mineral-fed soils you eat, the more minerals you are benefiting from.

However, according to Dr. Joel Wallach, it is all but impossible in today’s (chemical, mineral-destroying) world to get the nutrients we need for optimal health–which is why he recommends assessing your own diet and learning what you need for your age, circumstances and lifestyle.

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