Minerals, vitamins, and phytochemical assist the body to function properly and repair itself. They regulate the body’s pH to prevent acidosis, an increase in acidity in the body, and maintain the body’s proper cellular alkalinity. Because of modern farming practices and our modern diets, people are usually not getting the nutrition they need for optimal health. I like to look towards herbs and superfoods to assist in giving my body the building blocks of good health and to achieve a homeostatic balance of the body’s chemistry. Taking supper food drinks or green shots daily is a wonderful way to assist the body in getting the proper nutrition it needs.
We should understand the importance of minerals. Every living cell on the planet, plant or animal, depend on minerals for their proper structure and function. Vitamins often outshine minerals, but minerals truly are the life-sustaining elements. We could not live without minerals and trace minerals. Getting the proper mineral supplementation assists us in living a long, healthy, and active life. Minerals have two main functions:
1. As an actual constituent of the body in both hard and soft tissue.
2. As buffers and catalysts necessary to perform all body functions.
Some important roles minerals play in the body:
Needed for energy production, cellular maintenance, and function.
Necessary for bone formation and tooth development.
Ideal for muscle function.
Vital for enzyme systems, acting as inorganic cofactors which regulate cellular metabolism.
Required for nerve transmission throughout the body.
Crucial for hemoglobin production, protein synthesis, and the production of hormones.
Through Dr. Linus Pauling research he came to the conclusion, “You can trace every sickness, every disease, and every ailment ultimately to a mineral deficiency.” It is believed that most all people are mineral deficient because of modern eating habits. Sadly most of the supplements and processed foods on the market today have been fortified with minerals in the improper form and size for our cells to be able to absorb and use. These supplements and foods are actually harmful for our bodies. For the average person, it is vital to take supplements that actually work.
When larger mineral particles are taken, the blood eventually absorbs them, but because they are too large to be absorbed by the individual cells, they stay in the bloodstream and are eventually deposited in various locations resulting in toxic or “heavy metal” build-up. To get the proper ionic minerals, vitamins, and phytochemical in your diet you need to look for them in the plants and superfoods you eat.
By eating or supplementing with plenty of vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, sprouts, berries, and herbs, we are actually assisting our bodies to get the proper ionic size minerals as well as eliminating the build-up of heavy metals. Not getting enough vital nutrients causes acidosis. In Dr. Baroody’s book “Alkalize or Die,” he states, “The countless names of illnesses do not really matter. What does matter is that they all come from the same root cause… too much tissue acid waste in the body!”
There are many high quality greens, superfoods, and supplements in nature’s pharmacy. Here are a few of my favorites:
Dandelion Greens: Rich in vitamins and minerals A, B1, B2, B3, C, E, calcium, chromium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, selenium, silicon, and zinc. The therapeutic properties of the dandelion leaves assist to regulate blood sugar levels, cleanses the kidneys and liver, stop allergies, fix skin conditions, is considered a diuretic, laxative, choleretic, tonic, antioxidant, and is anti-inflammatory.
Watercress: Contains beta-carotene and vitamins B1, B2, B6, C, and E. High in minerals such as copper, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium and sodium. Watercress has antioxidant and anti-cancer properties, protects the eyes, assists to maintain the skin, promotes healing of wounds, burns, or tendons, and promotes bone formation.
Broken Cell Wall Chlorella: Has large amounts of chlorophyll, enzymes, vitamins B-complex, C, B-carotene, B1, B2, B6, B12 and K. Includes minerals such as niacin, pantothenic acid, folic acid, biotin, choline, lipoic acid inositol, phosphorus, calcium, zinc, iodine, magnesium, iron, and cooper. The therapeutic properties include stimulating the immune system to protect from infections and cancers, stimulates the production of interferon, tissue repair, and the production of red blood cells, increases oxygen to the cells, increase brain function, aids in digestion, cleanses the bloodstream, liver, kidneys, and feeds the friendly flora in the bowels.
Royal Jelly: High in vitamin B, A, C, D E, and K, minerals, and 18 amino acids and 15% Aspartic acid (α-amino acid). The therapeutic properties include accelerating healing, strengthening the immune system, is antibiotic and antiviral, lowers cholesterol, builds tissue and muscle, and regenerates cells. Also beneficial for chronic fatigue, liver disease, kidney problems, insomnia, stomach ulcers, skin disorders, nervous disorders, and arthritis.
Sulfur: All cells need sulfur. It is beneficial for skin conditions, allergies, asthma, emphysema, arthritis, diabetics, kidney problems, and high blood pressure.
Turmeric: Rich in fiber, iron, manganese, potassium, and vitamin B6. The therapeutic properties of turmeric include detoxification of the liver, reduces inflammation and cholesterol levels, improves blood circulation, and encourages the growth of digestive flora.
Wild Native American Apán: The 3-beta-D-glucans, which make up part of the cellular structure of Apán, cause a pan-systemic modulation of T-Cells. Apán contains bitter triterpene compounds that support the thymus and spleen (essential to insuring that immune cells are properly programmed), anti-tumor polysaccharides, blood pressure-reducing angiotensin re-uptake inhibitors, and perhaps the highest source of germanium in nature. Germanium is an oxygen catalyst and one of the most powerful free-radical scavengers found in nature.
If your looking for a supplement to assist your mineral intake, look into the Defense supplement from Siahus.