Saturday, April 18, 2015
The Importance of Minerals
First of all, I have a correction. I went back over old blog posts and realized I mis-spoke mathematically about how much selenium I took. At most I was taking 600 mcg and then dropped that amount to 400. The upper safe limit is 600 per day and more is not likely to help and may hurt. I am currently looking into what difference the form of selenium supplement makes and will report. Also, it needs to be taken with some Vitamin E as they work together.
I've run into information recently that zinc also plays a role in cancer prevention--probably other health issues. Bottom line, all the minerals are extraordinarily important for our long term wellness. I'd like to find a mineral supplement that is good. All formulations I've so far looked at, are heavy on calcium and low on magnesium for a start. We need at least as much magnesium per day as calcium, and a glass of milk is 300 mg of calcium. If you drink milk, that Ca needs to be factored in. None of the formulation I've looked at, has anything close to enough iodine or selenium, either, considering that nearly everyone is dangerously low in those.
Vitamins matter. But vitamins are fairly easy to get. Because they are so depleted in soils, I can almost guarantee you are low in many minerals and they matter big time. They are extremely critical to all body processes, all the chemical reactions that constitute the complexity of our biology.