Minerals are in the first place extracted from the soil by plants. Like vitamins, they may be obtained directly from eating these plants or from eating the meat of the animals that ate the plants. Again like vitamins they are frequently deficient in our modern diets. The primary reasons are: declining mineral levels in natural foods, essential minerals are refined out of food and our mineral needs are increasing.
Certain vitamins and minerals are regarded as anti-oxidants, they slow down the aging process and protect the body form cancer, heart disease and pollution. Anti-oxidants such as the vitamins A, C, E, plus beta-carotene, the precursor of vitamin A and the minerals selenium and zinc protect the body’s cells from oxidation by free radicals. Free radicals come from many sources they are primarily derived from oxygen but also from stress, food additives, alcohol, drugs, smoking, junk foods, industrial pollution and big city smoke.
Oxygen is the basis of all plant and animal life. It is our most important nutrient, needed by every cell every moment of the day. As oxygen is processed a small percentage of unstable oxygen radicals is formed. In the process of achieving balance, by looking for the missing electron, the free radicals tear apart cell membranes and genetic material causing irreversible damage. You can see with your own eyes how free radicals work, by cutting an apple in half and than leave it on a plate. Within a short period the apple turns brown. These are the free radicals at work, oxidizing the apple. Foods and nutritional supplements containing anti oxidants help deactivating the free radicals in providing them with the electrons necessary for their stability.
Nowadays the use of a high-dose sustained release multi vitamin/mineral product is widely accepted in sports as well as in daily life. A vitamin & mineral complex must have the right combination of ingredients and be well balanced. Not every binding results in an optimal absorption in the physiological system.
Betaine is a proteolytic (protein digesting) enzyme which initiates protein transformation into amino acids which are the building blocks of the body. Glutamic acid is a non-essential amino acid that is an important part of the central nervous system. It plays a role in the metabolism of carbohydrates and lipids. Glutamic acid is able to be converted to glutamine by picking up nitrogen atoms. This way the brain is detoxified of ammonia (the only way the brain is detoxified).
Some of the minerals in our product are chelated. This means that a mineral has been coupled with an amino acid to promote the uptake in the body.
Boron(B): needed for healthy bones, enhances brain function, promotes alertness, contributes to health of cell membranes and aids in some enzyme reactions, helps against postmenopausal osteoporosis and builds muscle
Calcium(Ca): promotes a healthy heart, nerves, skin, bone, teeth, clots blood, contracts muscles, relieves aching muscles and bones, maintains correct acid-alkaline balance, reduces menstrual cramps and tremors.
Chromium(Cr): helps to balance blood sugar, helps to normalise hunger and reduce cravings, improves lifespan, helps protect DNA and RNA, essential for heart function.
Copper(Cu): necessary for and assists in the production of haemoglobin and red blood cells, increasing iron absorption, important for the production of collagen, antioxidant, enhances immune system, prevents heart and vascular diseases.
Iodine(I): essential component of the thyroid hormones that guard our energy levels, prevents struma, natural anti inflammatory agent.
Iron(Fe): is as a component of haemoglobin essential for oxygen and carbon dioxide transportation to and from cells. Component of enzymes, vital for energy production
Magnesium(Mg): strengthens bones and teeth, relaxes muscles, important for heart muscles and nervous system, essential for energy production, involved as a cofactor in many enzymes in the body.
Manganese(Mn): helps to from healthy bones, cartilage, tissues and nerves, activates more than twenty enzymes including an antioxidant enzyme system, stabilises blood sugar, promotes healthy DNA and RNA, essential for reproduction and red blood cell synthesis, important for insulin production, reduces cell damage, required for brain function.
Molybdenum(Mo): essential part of the enzyme responsible for the usage of iron in our body, essential for optimal health, can prevent schizophrenia and impotence.
Potassium(K): enables nutrients to move into and waste products to move out of cells, activates enzymes that control energy production, prevents and treats high blood pressure, important for nerve conduction, heartbeat, energy production, protein production and muscle relaxation
Selenium(Se): helps to protect against free radicals and carcinogens, reduces inflammation, stimulates immune system to fight infections, promotes a healthy heart and helps vitamin E’s action, required for male reproductive system, needed for metabolism.
Zinc(Zn): component of over two hundred enzymes in the body, component of DNA and RNA, essential for growth, important for healing, controls hormones which are messengers from organs such as testes and ovaries, aids ability to cope with stress effectively, promotes healthy nervous system and brain especially in the growing foetus, promotes healthy skin, aids bones and teeth formation, helps hair, essential for constant energy
Also added to the formula are the following components:
The following table can be used as a reference table showing the various systems in the body which utilize minerals. Research is showing that imbalances or deficiencies in mineral nutrition can affect these systems.
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . …Cu, Zn, Fe, Se
Energy Production. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mg, P, Mn, Cr
Hormone System . . . . . . .. . . . Fe, Mn, Zn, Cu, Mg, K,Cr
Vitamin Production. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Co
Blood Production. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cu, Fe
Enzyme Systems . . . . Zn, Cu, K, Mn, Mg, Fe, Ca, Mo,Cr
Skeletal System . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ca, Mg, Zn, Mn, Bo, P
Reproduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . P, Cu, K, Mn, Zn, Mg