It can be overwhelming when you start researching which nutrition and health supplements are right for you. Let’s start with the basics, the major and trace minerals your body needs to function daily and how you can supplement them.
Major Minerals in the body
Everyday your blood cells carry nutrients and oxygen all over the body, and send nerve signals to the brain. These chemical messengers essentially run the show, making sure all your organs are working efficiently and at optimum levels. To do all the above, your body requires major minerals such as;
- Sodium and;
Minerals are inorganic and hold their chemical structure. This means that your intake may need to fluctuate depending on your daily activities. If you are more active or play sports, you will need to supplement your body in higher doses than the average person. In most cases your diet will not entirely fulfil your mineral needs.
Plants accumulate minerals by absorption from the soil however, thanks to fertilizers and other modern day farming chemicals, the soil in which crops are grown can be depleted of nutrients. This means that the plants have less nutrients to absorb. You can read more about this process here (LINK: https://trilogynutrition.com.au/why-you-should-take-nutritional-supplements/)
What do these major minerals do?
The above list of minerals travel through the body in various ways and maintain assigned bodily functions. Sodium, Chloride and Potassium primarily work to maintain your body’s water levels, while Calcium, Phosphorus and Magnesium are important for healthy bones. Finally, Sulphur helps to stabilise protein structures such as those that make up our hair, skin and nails.
Magnesium is essential in metabolic functions and can also boost your exercise performance by aiding in the creation of proteins. This major mineral helps move blood sugar into your muscles and dispose of lactic acid.
Our special Magnesium formula GABAMAG, features a combination of three different form of magnesium to help absorption and utilisation of magnesium in the body.
Trace Minerals in the body
As well as major minerals, your body also requires a list of trace minerals. Although they are found in such small amounts, they are just as important as your major minerals. Trace minerals required include;
- Selenium and;
What do trace minerals do?
Like major minerals, trace minerals carry out their own set of tasks. Zinc helps aids the immune system, digestion and wound healing. It also contributes to healthy skin and energy levels. This is one of the most overlooked trace minerals as it is only required in small amounts but it is still one of the most essential in looking and feeling good.
The other trace minerals in summary:
- Iron is best known for transporting oxygen around the body.
- Fluoride strengthens bones and fights off tooth decay.
- Copper services the formation of several enzymes. One of these aids in iron metabolism and the creation of haemoglobin, which also carries oxygen in the blood. It is also necessary for strong bones and healthy blood vessel walls.
- Manganese and Molybdenum help to form parts of key enzymes and enhance their activity in the body. Molybdenum also helps to break down amino acids, drugs and toxins in the body.
- Chromium plays a role in healthy metabolism and is essentials for the metabolism of proteins and fats.
- Iodine is required for normal thyroid gland function and works to ensure healthy immune system functionality.
- Selenium is required for protecting the cells in your body against antioxidant reactions.
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