This is where’snake oil salesmen’ from the market seem, and science leaves the point. There’s discussion of minerals from ancient lakes; and there’s talk of people living for 150 or more years. Don’t we wish it were true? What we need is verifiable information regarding minerals and trace minerals.
Copper is used by enzymes and proteins which perform essential metabolic functions; this trace mineral is essential for bones, connective tissues, the brain and the heart. Zinc is present in each cell. It’s necessary for the immune system, for reproduction, growth, taste, vision, and smell, blood clotting, insulin and thyroid function. The value of minerals in the diet has been downplayed for roughly half a century with the development of vitamin research. By the 1950’s, after the discovery of several vitamins, focus returned to minerals when it was found that they were the vital co-factors in order for vitamins to work.
Indeed, minerals are co-factors for many biological reactions. Today, there’s absolutely no argument concerning the value of minerals in the diet. As an example, selenium is vital for antioxidant activity, which neutralizes free radicals which are a cause of many cancers. In one particular study of selenium on cancer patients, 1312 sufferers were divided into two groups. One was given selenium while another was given a placebo. There was a gigantic 63% decrease in prostate cancer, and a 46% reduction of lung cancer in the selenium group. The issue with these sorts of ‘eye-opening’ findings is they effectively sabotage the colossal pharmaceutical sector.
A affordable alternative to expensive chemotherapy can not be permitted, can it? That simply will not be tolerated! Mineral deficiency obviously suggests that some of those functions won’t work. When that occurs, disease sets in and we get sick. The body is able to adapt and scrimp when there’s a nutrient deficit, but eventually things will break down. Without minerals, vitamins won’t work. Minerals trigger thousands of enzymatic reactions in the body. Without enzyme reactions the degree of calorie consumption will make no difference.
The same holds for fat, protein, and carbohydrate metabolism. Minerals are very important to life. That farmland soils are mineral deficient is now well documented. Soil nutrient depletion has been recorded since the 1930’s. Most of us are suffering from particular diet deficiencies that won’t be remedied until minerals are put back in depleted soils. That won’t happen overnight. The alarming reality is that food currently being grown on millions of hectares of land no longer containing sufficient amounts of minerals are virtually starving us, no matter how much of them we eat.
The body is able to cope with a lack of vitamins, but without minerals, vitamins are useless. Most of us are deficient in minerals, and a marked deficiency in some of the important minerals leads to disease. We then pay a visit to the local doctor’s surgery to look for a cure. Most medical doctors live with the mistaken opinion that the typical recommended diet of 2,000 calories somehow actually provides ALL the nutrients essential for a healthy life. When you consider it, minerals are bound to play a major role in our lives. All things considered, rocks are the parent material for soil, that’s the principal source of nourishment for plants, animals, and ultimately people.