Chromium was first discovered as an essential trace element in 1955. In 1959, the mineral was identified as an active component in human nutrition. We now know that chromium is an essential partner to efficient insulin action. The body of an average healthy individual contains only several milligrams. However, this small amount plays important roles in the enhancement of insulin’s effectiveness, regulation of blood sugar levels, and the activation of various enzymes for energy production. It is thought that most North Americans have some degree of chromium depletion in their bodies, and that the North American diet and eating habits frequently fail to supply sufficient chromium for daily needs. Good chromium food sources include whole grain breads and cereals, lean meats, cheeses, and some condiments, such as black pepper and thyme. Nutritional yeast is also rich in chromium.
Iron is an essential mineral and an important component of proteins involved in oxygen transport and metabolism. Almost two-thirds of the iron in the body is found in hemoglobin, the protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen to the body’s tissues. Smaller amounts of iron are found in myoglobin, a protein that helps supply oxygen to muscle, and in enzymes that assist biochemical reactions in cells. About 15% of the body’s iron is stored for future needs and mobilized when dietary intake is inadequate. The remainder is in the body’s tissues as part of proteins that help the body function. Adult men and post-menopausal women lose very little iron except through bleeding. Women with heavy monthly periods can lose a significant amount of iron. Your body usually maintains normal iron status by controlling the amount of iron absorbed from food. Iron is necessary for the transport of oxygen through the body via red blood cells. It is also involved in the conversion of blood sugar to energy. It provides a crucial building block for the production of enzymes that are involved with making new cells, amino acids, hormones, and neurotransmitters.
Other important activities requiring iron include liver detoxification, the metabolism of fatty acids, and the synthesis of carnitine and the neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine. Iron is essential for the production of collagen and elastin, which provide structural integrity and elasticity for organs and tissues. Liver is by far the richest iron-containing food; other good sources of iron-rich foods include organ meats, fish, and poultry. Dried beans and vegetables are the best plant sources, followed by dried fruits, nuts, and whole grain breads and cereals. Fortification of cereals, flours and bread with iron has contributed significantly to daily dietary iron consumption
Magnesium is essential for hundreds of chemical reactions in the body. It functions as a coenzyme (participating in over 300 enzymatic reactions) for proper function of nerves and muscles, formation of bones, and energy metabolism. Recent studies suggest that is of particular importance for healthy heart function. It also may help to lower blood pressure and improve cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Magnesium works synergistically with calcium by increasing its absorption and may increase bone density as well. In fact, the body stores 60% of its magnesium in the bones, 26% is in the muscle tissues and the remaining magnesium is stored in the soft tissues of the body.
Until the late 1950s, selenium was thought to be toxic but is now known to be an essential trace mineral and powerful antioxidant mineral. Although it can indeed be toxic at high doses (more than one milligram a day), it is now recognized as an important element of nutrition. Selenium is an important part of the antioxidant enzyme glutathione peroxidase. It helps protect cells against the effects of free radicals that are produced during normal oxygen metabolism. Our Selenium 100mcg, derived from selenomethionine, is available in 60 and 120 count vegetarian capsules.
Our comprehensive formula contains an array of minerals for optimal health. Minerals are inorganic elements composed of only one atom and contain no carbon. Approximately 5% of every cell is made up of minerals; these minerals support the function and structure of the cells. Minerals, just like vitamins, are coenzymes and essential to the activation of enzymes. Nutritionists classify minerals that are essential to life as either major minerals or trace elements. Major minerals are needed in larger amounts (hundreds of milligrams per day) and trace elements are required in much smaller amounts (typically micrograms). As minerals are required for nearly every bodily function, it is of the utmost importance to get the proper amount of minerals for two reasons: to prevent disease and to maintain normal body function. Many nutritionists and researchers believe that the farm soils in the United States, as well as many other regions of the world are considerably depleted of minerals compared to what they had merely 100 years ago. Therefore, supplementation of minerals is a logical option for people seeking optimal health.
Below is the list of ingredients in our Multi-Mineral.
Vitamin D (Cholecalciferol)
SUSTAINED RELEASE POTASSIUM
Potassium is the third most abundant mineral in the body (calcium and phosphorus are the most abundant). Moreover, potassium is one of the major electrolytes in the body, along with sodium and chloride. Electrolytes are electrically charged minerals critical to proper fluid balance in the body. They are necessary to the regulation of blood pressure and muscle contraction; they also ensure proper function of nerves and kidneys. In fact, these three electrolytes together are important to every chemical process in the body. Potassium also aids in converting blood sugar into glycogen. Our time-released Potassium 99mg is available in 100 count vegetarian capsules.
USES: Potassium iodide is used to loosen and break up mucus in the airways. This helps you cough up the mucus so you can breathe more easily if you have long-term lung problems (e.g., asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema). This medication is known as an expectorant. Potassium iodide is also used along with antithyroid medicines to prepare the thyroid gland for surgical removal, to treat certain overactive thyroid conditions (hyperthyroidism), and to protect the thyroid in a radiation exposure emergency. It works by shrinking the size of the thyroid gland and decreasing the amount of thyroid hormones produced.In a radiation emergency, potassium iodide blocks only the thyroid from absorbing radioactive iodine, protecting it from damage and reducing the risk of thyroid cancer. Use this drug for a condition that is listed in this section only if it has been so prescribed by your health care professional.This drug may also be used to treat a certain type of fungal skin infection (sporotrichosis).
FOR EDUCATIONAL INFORMATION ONLY. Always consult your doctor prior to taking this product.
Zinc and copper are considered essential trace minerals. Our Zinc 15mg is formulated with copper because it is important to take additional copper when using zinc for longer than a month because zinc may interfere with copper absorption. copper imbalances may lead to anemia and various other problems.
The zinc in this formula is chelated and easy for the body to absorb because we utilize zinc from zinc arginate, zinc histidinate and zinc glycinate. The copper comes from copper lysinate and copper glycinate. Our Zinc 15mg is available in 60 and 120 count vegetarian capsules.