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The ABCs of minerals The ABCs of minerals
Every living cell depends on minerals for proper structure and function... The ABCs of minerals

Every living cell depends on minerals for proper structure and function. Minerals can help in the regulation of muscle tone, the formation of body fluids, the formation of blood and bones and the maintenance of a healthy nervous system.  Like vitamins, minerals functions as a coenzymes which enables the body to perform its functions, including healing, growth and energy production. Minerals are crucial for the proper utilization of vitamins and other important nutrients in our bodies. Our bodies must maintain its proper chemicals balance in order to function properly.  This balance depends on the levels of different minerals in the body and especially the intake of minerals in your diet.

If you can include a healthy amount of cheeses, wall nuts, salmon and seeds to your plate you will be adding more calcium to your diet.  This calcium is crucial for the formation of strong bones and teeth and in the maintenance of healthy gums.  It is also important in the maintenance of a regular heartbeat and in the transmission of nerve impulses.  Calcium is needed for muscle growth and is great for the prevention of muscle cramps. This critical mineral is also essential in blood clotting and aids in the prevention of cancer, and can also help in lowering your blood pressure and can help prevent bone loss associated with osteoporosis.

Chromium got a bad rap after the movie Erin Brocovich came out in early 2000, but there is one type of this substance that is really good for the body.  Chromium or GTF (glucose tolerance factor) is involved in the metabolism of glucose and is needed for energy for the body.  It is also important in the synthesis of proteins, fats and cholesterol. This essential mineral helps maintain a stable blood sugar level through proper insulin utilization and can be very helpful for people with diabetes and hypoglycemia. It’s sad to not that the average American diet is chromium deficient and the consequences of such is very problematic.  A deficiency of chromium can lead to fatigue, anxiety, glucose intolerance (especially in those with diabetes), inadequate metabolism of amino acids and an increase in arteriosclerosis.  Chromium can be found generally in brown rice, cheese, meat, whole grains, brewer’s yeasts and of all things, beer.

Almonds, avocados, beans, beets, garlic and broccoli are great sources of Copper which has many functions as a mineral. Copper strongly aids in the formation of bone, hemoglobin’s, and red blood cells and works in balance with zinc and vitamin c. to form elastin which is an important skin protector. It is powerfully involved in the healing process, the metabolism, hair and skin coloring and also affects our tastes sensitivity.  One of the first early signs of copper deficiency is osteoporosis.  Copper is important in the formation of collagen, one of the fundamental proteins that make up skin, connective tissue and bones. Other possible signs of copper deficiency are baldness, diarrhea, skin sores and impaired respiratory functions.

Among all the benefits of calcium the important ones are the ones that aid in maintain good healthy bones, good dental care, prevents colon cancer and reduces obesity.  We need calcium right from our birth to our old age.