Minerals hold equal significance to Vitamins, as a deficiency in any Mineral can have detrimental effects on our overall well-being. Much like the impact of a Vitamin deficiency on our physical and mental health. Key Minerals, such as Chromium, Iodine, Magnesium, MSM, and Silica, are essential in promoting numerous health benefits within the body.
Chromium should be naturally present in various unrefined whole foods, such as brewer’s yeast, broccoli, vegetable salads and whole grains. Unfortunately, the amount of chromium in the food greatly depends on the quality of soil which in most cases is very poor. Chromium deficiency, therefore, is very common today and becomes worse with age. Chromium helps insulin attach to cell’s receptors increasing cellular glucose uptake (helps reduce insulin resistance). It is required for proper glucose metabolism and blood sugar levels. It supports weight loss by reducing sugar cravings and enhanced metabolism of sugar and fat. Chromium benefits heart health, cholesterol levels and helps maintain normal blood pressure. It is required for maintaining strong blood vessels, lean muscles, healthy nervous system and good mood. Chromium deficiency is most often associated with a sugar craving.
Iodine is one of the important essential nutrients, which means that it must be consumed in our diet. It is necessary for the production of the thyroid hormones thyroxine and triiodothyronine responsible for proper metabolism, regulating heartbeat and controlling body temperature. Iodine deficiency, which is very common in the UK, could be responsible for many underlying conditions such as goitres or the swelling of the thyroid gland, hypothyroidism (thyroid produces too little thyroid hormone) leading to fatigue and difficulty losing weight, cold intolerance, dry skin, sleepiness, muscle pain, joint pain, constipation, low mood, mental impairment, forgetfulness, menstrual disturbances, impaired fertility, cognitive decline, inability to concentrate, etc. Pregnant women are particularly susceptible to possible negative effects of iodine deficiency as adequate levels of this essential mineral are critically important for the proper neural development of the foetus.
Due to the severe soil depletion, poor dietary habits, use of popular stimulants, and chronic stress millions suffer from magnesium deficiency without even knowing it. It is estimated that 80% of us are deficient in this most vital mineral. Magnesium contributes to normal muscle, brain and nervous system function, maintenance of healthy bones and teeth, blood sugar levels, reduction of tiredness and fatigue, normal energy yielding metabolism, electrolyte balance, and protein synthesis. Magnesium is important to support immune system and cardiovascular health. It is also required for the production of serotonin, which apart from being a happy hormone, also regulates peristalsis of the colon, thus preventing constipation. Due to its ability to relax muscles and blood vessels magnesium supplements can be highly beneficial for people who wish to maintain a healthy blood pressure, avoid muscle cramps including spastic colon, stomach cramps, headaches, and women with excessive uterine contractions. In human body Magnesium is necessary to activate all the enzymes that convert Vitamin D into its final form. For this reason, a well-absorbed form of supplemental magnesium, should be recommended for all people who take Vitamin D.
MSM is a naturally occurring organic sulphur compound. Sulphur is present in every cell of the body and is necessary for the proper functioning of vital organs, respiratory and immune systems. MSM is a vital building block of joints, cartilage, skin, hair and nails, and methyl groups, which support many vital biochemical processes in the body, including energy production and detoxification. HealthAid MSM tablets are formulated using superior raw material powder to provide a product that is easily and readily absorbed by the body for maximum effect.
Silica is a vital Trace mineral required by human body for strong hair, flexible joints, glowing skin, and strong bones. It also increases the overall benefits of Vitamin D, glucosamine, and calcium. In the past it was believed that silica was just a Trace mineral and that we only needed a very small amount of it to maintain health. However, with further research, silica is now considered one of the top 12 elements necessary for life. Silica has been proven to benefit the health of our bones, joints, blood vessels, hair, skin and nails. Human hair contains 90 micrograms of silica per every gram. Only our bones contain more of this mineral, and that is the reason why we must make sure we have enough of silica to have healthy bones and hair.