- Many major and trace
minerals are involved in cellular energy production
Our Mineral and Vitamin Sources are Disappearing
We need 50+ nutrients daily to
Sadly, we no longer receive the
necessary nutrients from our food supply
The Earth Summit Report reported that the levels of soil-based minerals in North
America have dropped over 85% in the last 100 years -A 1996 U.S. soil analysis detected only 20
minerals, compared to 60 minerals in 1940.Typically today,ONLY3 MINERALS ARE REPLACED
in the soil: Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium.
The following practices greatly degrade mineral and vitamin content:
Post-harvest storage treatments (e.g. chemical spraying),
A study of 30 fruit and vegetable truck transit miles to Chicago, showed most
traveled on average 1000 - 2000 miles
Pirog et al, 1998, with the expected impact on both produce
freshness and the environment (e.g. carbon monoxide from exhaust fumes, wear and
tear on roads).
Many other factors also affect mineral levels in produce, including:
●Soil health (humus content, fertility, microbial
activity, fertilization - e.g. green manuring / composting),
Weather and climatic conditions (temperature, rainfall, flooding, drought),
♦Increased drinking of demineralized, purified
water - produced by
distillation, deionization, reverse osmosis, or other processes, removes an
otherwise substantial dietary mineral source.
♦Poor “Food” Choices –90%
of money spent on American food is for processed foods, which have poor
Why are Minerals and Vitamins so Important in the Body?
Mineral levels determine the number of Oxygen-carrying red blood cells – Oxygen
levels affect energy production.
♦Hormones are ineffective without proper minerals
and vitamins –Hormones regulate energy production.
Minerals energize and fuel the body's electrical system –Minerals are charged
electrolytes. They provide the charge for our cell “batteries” for cellular
energy production, and by their distribution
either side of the cell membrane maintain cellular water balance. Minerals
conduct electricity in the body for cellular communication. The majority of
minerals participate as electron carriers.
Eg. Iron, Zinc and copper are electron
carriers in proteins, during the most energy-producing
part of theCellular respiration cycle.
♦Minerals are your body's building blocks -Eating food is ultimately a
mineral delivery system. Minerals provide structural integrity to the
skeletal system and proteins. Eg. Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Iodine, and
Flourine are integral to bones and teeth.
Does the FDA care
AMERICANS are NUTRITIONALLY deficient?
In 1912, Dr. Elmer Nelson, director of the Bureau of Chemistry
(precursor to the FDA) was quoted as saying:
”It is wholly unscientific to state that a well-fed body is more
able to resist disease than a poorly fed body. My overall opinion is
that there hasn’t been enough experimentation to prove that dietary
deficiencies make one susceptible to disease.”
One would like to think that this is no longer the foundational
thinking of today’s FDA!
Enzymes and their necessary coenzymes both require minerals for their production
- Every metabolic
function of the body (digestion and absorption of food) depends upon enzymes.
♦Minerals play a critical role in the manufacture
of your DNA(cellular blue-prints)–Eg. Zinc
provides structural integrity to proteins involved in DNA replication (called
vitamins are necessary to control the free-radicals produced by the body -and also to neutralize free
radicals produced as a result of stress or environmental toxins entering the
body. There are many food-source antioxidants, but the “Big 4” are Vitamins
C, E and
D, all in short-supply by being
processed out of today’s typical Western food sources. Processors do sometimes
attempt to add them back in with synthetic replacements. E.g. Vitamin A
and D added Milk, enriched bread.
is best obtained by exposure to the sun’s UV-B radiation – allowing scare tactics to deter us,
we no longer partake of the sun’s natural, multi-faceted therapy as we should.Vitamin D3 production is only one of the benefits.
Vitamins A and D are not only catalysts
for protein utilization, but minerals simply can not be absorbed without them.Vitamin A and D are both naturally found in cod liver oil and butter from
Vitamins are worthless unless your body is minerally balanced!
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