Category Archives: minerals

boron

Functions Positive effect on calcium metabolism Required for: Hormone production (e.g. estrogen) Conversion of Vitamin D to potent form (D3) Source and function notes Preventing osteoporosis and arthritis due to role in facilitating calcium metabolism, vitamin D conversion and estrogen … Continue reading

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molybdenum

Functions Co-enzyme for enzymatic reactions involved in alcohol detoxification, uric acid formation, detoxification of sulphite Key component of enzymes involved in sulfur metabolism Source and function notes Deficiency causes sulfite toxicity leading to symptoms include tachycardia, headache, disorientation Soil quality … Continue reading

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iodine

Functions Thyroid hormone manufacture Source and function notes Best sources are sea food Excess cruciferous vegetables causes depletion of iodine Vegetable sources Lettuce; spinach; green peppers Fruit sources Pineapple, Raisins Nut and seed sources Peanuts Absorption factors Absorption by thyroid … Continue reading

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chromium

Functions Recovers/ Enhances / increases sensitivity to insulin – helps insulin bind to receptors Effects lipid metabolism – increased HDL with increased Chromium intake and may help reduce body fat¬†assisting to: Lower body weight Increase lean body mass Improve Glucose … Continue reading

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iron

Functions Central role in hemoglobin and red blood cells leading to effective O2 and CO2 transport Energy production and metabolism enabling growth, development and physical work capacity Needed for thyroperoxidase (TPO) activity and creation of T4 and T3 by thyroid … Continue reading

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zinc

Functions Skin – skin oil gland function Critical for healthy male sex hormone and prostate function Critical for immune system function Protein synthesis and cell growth leading to wound healing Hormone synthesis (adrenal hormones) and hormone activity and receptor site … Continue reading

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copper

Functions Manufacture of hemoglobin Collagen structures, especially joints and arteries Energy metabolism Important for enzyme systems such as SOD (superoxide dismutase) Source and function notes Best sources are shellfish, nuts, seeds and grains Problems with excess can be offset by … Continue reading

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manganese

Functions Anti-oxidant defense – co-factor in production of oxidative enzyme superoxide dismutase (SOD) which disarms free-radicals produced in cell mitochondria SOD deficiency leads to strains, sprains and inflammation Anti-inflammatory aid for people with rheumatoid arthritis and chronic inflammatory disorders Enhances … Continue reading

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potassium and sodium

Potassium Sodium Functions Maintenance of water balance and distribution in body Used by muscles for nerve conduction, muscle contraction and energy Needed for conversion of blood glucose into storage form glycogen (in muscles and liver) Water balance and distribution Kidney … Continue reading

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magnesium

Functions Activates many enzymes Muscle relaxation Protein synthesis Energy production reactions Plays role in enzyme ATPase which activates cellular energy metabolism, transport across membranes and vascular tone Metabolism (saturation) and synthesis of fat acids Helps control sodium potassium pump in … Continue reading

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