Why Does The Body Need Minerals?
Apr 12, 2012
Minerals act as the major transmission junctions and switches for the electrical message impulses that flow from the brain to the muscles. These impulses use the nervous system as the transmission lines.
The nervous system, like a “telephone” line, carries messages to and from the brain. Minerals are the switches that allow the electric impulses to flow without disruption or disturbance.
Minerals are engaged in almost every physical reaction in the body. You could not breathe, eat or drink without them. They are absolutely essential for health.
Minerals are directly involved in multiple systems, including:
- immune function
- protein synthesis
- skeletal health
- blood sugar regulation
- energy production
- transmission of nerve impulses
- muscle contraction and relaxation
Their impact on these systems are through their role in thousands of enzyme reactions. These reactions drive cell activity.
Why take Mineral Supplements?
Adequate daily mineral intake is vital, including both macro minerals and trace elements. Ideally, people would be able to obtain their daily intake from diet alone. But in reality, many foods are lacking in mineral content.
Additionally, many diets are of low nutrient content. People turn to supplementing their diet to get those needed minerals. For many people the choice is a multivitamin. However, most commercially available multivitamins contain very low amounts of minerals. Levels can be as low as 20 mg of calcium and 15 mg of magnesium. The best solution is taking a mineral supplement, along with a multivitamin.
When is the best time to take Minerals?
The best time of day to take minerals may be at night. There are two basic reasons for this. First, the body does much of its repair and restoration work while we are sleeping. Minerals are crucial to these processes. Second, the roles of calcium and magnesium in muscle activity can help the body to relax and that may make falling asleep easier.
For optimizing daily cellular activities and bodily functions in every aspect of our health, minerals are an indispensable component.
- Michael Schwartz, N.M.D.