The Importance of Minerals

The Importance of Minerals

What role do minerals play in our bodies?

In short: Every tissue in the body has a specific affinity for certain elements and mineral compounds but cannot function properly without them. This is true of vitamins too, but it is the mineral that activates the vitamin. Without the right quantity and balance of minerals, vitamins cannot carry out their functions. The importance of minerals to our health has been overlooked for generations. Without minerals – vitamins, enzymes and proteins would do us little good as minerals act as catalysts to enable these nutrients to carry out their tasks. Plant derived minerals are in the form of tiny particles in suspension in a liquid, solid or a gas know as “a colloid.“ It is in this form that minerals are present in every cell in our bodies and it is therefore in this form that we absorb minerals most efficiently into our bodies. Due to continuous cropping and the ravages of pollution, the soils used to grow fruit and vegetables are seriously deficient in minerals which equals to a lack of minerals in the whole food chain that feeds us. Without essential minerals in our diet we age before our time – so in order to stay healthy, young and for us to enjoy long, active lives we need minerals.

Today's Diet

Minerals then are essential to the proper functioning of the body, but are we getting sufficient minerals in our everyday diet? Most certainly not. As far back as 1936, Senate Document 264 warned Americans that the soils for vegetation were severely depleted of minerals. Over farming and pollution were robbing the soils of the minerals needed to sustain life even back then.

We get our minerals in organic form from the plants and animals we eat and plants get them in metallic form from the soil, so our mineral intake is dependent on the mineral content of the soil. The introduction of artificial fertilizers at the beginning of the last century greatly increased crop yields but put back into the soil only three nutrients:- nitrate, phosphate, potassium, (NPK), sufficient for crops to flourish but nowhere near enough for humans because according to many nutritionists we require around 70 minerals in our bodies for optimal performance.

Furthermore, different mineral deficiencies will result in different symptoms since each type of mineral is responsible for specific enzymatic functions. You can read more about the benefits of a few particular minerals here.