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Unearthing necessary minerals

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 By Richard Drucker, ND, PhD

While it’s safe to say people have heard the word minerals before, the exact meaning and purpose may still be a mystery to many.

People typically tend to think of minerals as small particles of matter in soil or rock and in essence that description would be correct. But this image does not really represent their beneficial function to the human body.

Why are minerals, as opposed to vitamins, so important for excellent health and well-being?

Webster’s Dictionary defines minerals as “inorganic substances occurring naturally in the earth and having a consistent and distinctive set of physical properties and a composition that can be expressed by a chemical formula: sometimes applied to substances in the earth of organic origin, such as coal.”(1) Even the official definition leaves questions regarding the vital role of minerals in the body. 

Because of the extensive number of minerals, there is not a complete list available; however, there are a known limited number of minerals critically necessary to the body. These trace minerals include zinc, iron, magnesium, calcium, selenium, and copper.

Essential for function

Minerals are essential for all the chemical processes that occur in our bodies in order for them to function properly. All nutrients, such as vitamins, proteins, enzymes, amino acids, carbohydrates, fats, sugars, oils, etc., require minerals for proper cell utility. In fact, minerals play a more important role in health than vitamins.

While vitamins are required for every bodily biochemical process, they are useless without the presence of minerals. Minerals are also essential for healing. When it comes to mineral supplements, most are not easily incorporated into the body.

It’s important that mineral supplements be water soluble (liquid form is best), not in rock form, and the elements be absorbed readily and fully — bringing more oxygen to the blood cells and thereby releasing toxins from the body.

Misconceptions and buildup

In addition to general, limited knowledge regarding the necessity and function of minerals, a few mineral misconceptions exist.

One such misconception is the fear of mineral or metal buildup in the body, which has been documented to cause various health problems. With toxicity-related disorders and talk about heavy metal accumulation, there’s an overlying anxiety that metals (minerals) are harmful, which is both true and false. 

There’s no doubt the absorption and storage of too many heavy metals such as mercury, cadmium, lead, and others have been proven to be unsafe, but other metals or minerals, such as beryllium, copper, florine, nickel, silver, and aluminum, also raise red flags. The result of all this negative hype can be an obsession about avoiding metals in any form. 

Many do not realize the metal itself is not necessarily the problem; but rather the form. It is important to know that the previously mentioned minerals, along with other trace minerals, are essential for proper health — and you cannot survive without them.

The difference lies in the distinction between organic trace minerals and metallic minerals, as well as quantities.

Different distinction

Essential trace elements are “essential” only when used in

trace amounts. When used in excess, they can become toxic. Understand, however, the consumption of plant-derived mineral fulvic complexes over a period of years has shown to not build up in the body tissues as do metallic minerals. 

A good example of the difference between organic trace minerals and metallic minerals is metal aluminum. Aluminum makes up 12 percent of the Earth’s crust and is one of the most abundant metallic elements.

Even though there are arguments that a large amount of aluminum in the body may be responsible for cognitive disorders such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, it’s rare these same arguments mention the form or benefits of aluminum.

Aluminum is a major component in all soils and enters the food chain at every level, be it plant or animal, and is profitable for health. If natural compounds of organic aluminum were toxic or hazardous to humans, life as we know it would cease.

The known biological function, and thus benefit, of aluminum is to activate the enzyme Succinic Dehydrogenase. According to Professor Gerharkt Schrauzer, head of the department of chemistry at UCSD, Succinic Dehydrogenase increases survival rates of newborn infants and is an essential mineral for human nutrition. Even arsenic, in trace levels, is an essential element for optimal health and longevity.(2)

Utilizing those minerals

No discussion of minerals would be complete without including a vital aspect of mineral utilization: fulvic acid. Fulvic acid is one of two classes of a natural acidic organic polymer that can be extracted from humus (the healthy result of decaying organic matter), soil, sediment, or aquatic environments.

According to the Britannica Encyclopedia, fulvic acid is believed to originate as a product of microbial metabolism.

Because minerals are absorbed through the soil into plant material that man and animals consume, fulvic acid is absolutely essential for the assimilation of minerals into a small enough form to be completely dissolved and used by the body.

Fulvic acid is so powerful that a single molecule is capable of carrying 60 or more minerals and trace elements into the cells. Unfortunately, the humus deposits rich with fulvic acid have been missing from diets for decades. They are quite rare in this generation and can only be found in very limited areas of the world.

Since fulvic acid allows such an increase in mineral absorption, it has the ability to make a profound impact on a wide variety of health issues and diseases that have arisen in the last several decades due to mineral depletion in foods and humans.  

In order to ensure you are getting all the minerals, vitamins, and nutrients your body needs, it is crucial you supplement with the right kinds of vitamins and minerals.

Only then can you be certain you are getting the life-giving minerals your body and your patients’ bodies need.

Richard Drucker, ND, PhD, is the CEO of Drucker Labs, who manufactures and distributes health, wellness, and nutritional products. He can be contacted at 888-881-2344, info@druckerlabs.com, or through www.druckerlabs.com.

References

1Webster’s Dictionary. Second College Edition. Prentice Hall Press. 1986 p. 904

2Kehoe, R.A., et al.: Manganese, lead, tin aluminum, copper and silver in normal biological material. J. Nutr. July, 1940. Pages 85-98.

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