When talking about health, you may have heard the term trace minerals mentioned before. The term trace minerals usually refers to minerals that are necessary for the proper functioning of the body but are needed in very small amounts.
Most trace minerals are often found in extremely small amounts in the human body. Amounts so small that they are measured in the “parts per million” range.
Some macro minerals such as potassium and calcium are required by the body in large amounts. Not so with trace minerals.
An example of essential trace minerals would include chromium, copper, manganese, cobalt, zinc and selenium. These are just a few. There are many more. Just because these minerals are not needed in large amounts doesn’t mean that they are not important.
Trace minerals are absolutely essential for the proper functioning of the body’s enzymes system, muscle function and nerve conduction. Trace minerals also assist in transferring nourishment to the cells. Another important benefit of an adequate supply of trace minerals is maintaining a proper pH level in the body. Many health problems and diseases are thought to be caused by a system that is too acidic.
How important are trace minerals? Here is just one example. A very well known trace mineral is fluoride. It has been shown that a small amount of fluoride promotes strong, healthy teeth.
Today, we probably need to take a trace mineral supplement more than ever. As our soils get depleted over time, their levels of trace minerals diminish. This leads to lower amounts of trace minerals in the foods we eat.
An easy way to make sure you are getting enough trace minerals is to take an algae supplement such as kelp. Sea vegetables are a rich source of trace minerals. You could also take an inexpensive alfalfa supplement. Alfalfa roots grow up to 30 feet long and pull trace minerals from deep in the soil.
I personally think it best to get your trace minerals in an all natural whole food form such as algae. I think it best to let nature provide the perfect balance of trace minerals rather than take a chance with a man-made combination.
Even though fruits and vegetables don’t contain as many trace minerals as they used to, they are still important for good health. I eat a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables but supplement my diet with trace minerals from the blue-green algae called spirulina. Hawaiian Spirulina is said to contain up to 96 trace minerals.
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