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Essential Trace Minerals That Are Important For Your Health

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The body requires an abundance of minerals to function optimally; it’s just that plain and simple. Minerals fall into two categories: macrominerals (known as major minerals) and microminerals (known as trace minerals). Both of these mineral groups are of equal importance, but the body needs smaller amounts of trace minerals than major minerals; however, the amount that the body needs doesn’t indicate their importance.

 

What Do Minerals Do For The Body?

Minerals are necessary for the billions of chemical reactions that occur in the body every single day. Working with enzyme systems and vitamins, minerals help to release energy from the macronutrients that you eat, i.e. carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. Minerals activate enzymes, which catalyze the various reactions in the body, in order for each bodily movement to occur. Enzymes need the help of vitamins and minerals, both of which need to be present for the complex biochemistry at work in the body.

 

If we there are not enough trace minerals and essential nutrients in the body, cells cannot grow properly, or produce sufficient hormones and enzymes that are necessary for everyday life. This brings up the point that essential minerals are not manufactured in the body; rather, we obtain them through our diet. Originating in rocks, soil, and water, plants absorb these minerals during the growing process, proving that fresh fruits and vegetables are the best sources of essential trace minerals. Despite knowing this, many people resort to pills or powders for mineral supplementation.

 

The Five Major Minerals:

There are five major minerals, also classified as electrolytes, that are necessary for maintaining nerve and muscle health, balanced blood pH levels, and healthy blood pressure. They form chemical reactions when mixed with water, which comprises about 66% of the body. These five major minerals are:

Potassium: Found in bananas, avocados, beets, spinach, sweet potatoes, white beans, and a variety of other fresh foods, potassium works to naturally lower blood pressure and balance fluid levels in the body.

Magnesium: Magnesium is the one of the most abundant minerals in the body, working to strengthen the immune system, combat stress hormones, build stronger bones, and maintain a steady heart rhythm. This mineral can be found in spinach, pumpkin seeds, avocados, almonds, bananas, kale, cashews, quinoa, and Brazil nuts.

Sodium: The body needs sodium for healthy fluid balance, muscle contraction, and nerve transmission. Processed foods are rich in sodium, but they typically contain table salt and other chemicals that are extremely unhealthy. It’s advisable to obtain sodium from celery, spinach, artichokes, turnips, chard, and sweet potatoes instead.

Calcium: Calcium is responsible for bone growth, healthy muscle function, blood clotting, and is essential for proper kidney function. Believe it or not, there are much healthier calcium sources than milk! Some great calcium-rich foods include kale, butternut squash, okra, blackstrap molasses, spinach, mustard greens, oranges, and almonds.

Phosphorus: This mineral is often overlooked, but it contributes to the optimal health of the circulatory, nervous, and digestive systems. It is also required for healthy cellular function. You can obtain phosphorus by eating foods like chickpeas, pumpkin seeds, spirulina, sunflower seeds, lentils, quinoa, tahini, and adzuki beans.

 

It’s fairly easy to satisfy your recommended daily intake of minerals when you eat a healthy, balanced diet. Remember, those five macrominerals need to be consumed in higher quanities than microminerals. This isn’t to say that trace minerals are less important because they work to distribute oxygen and other nutrients throughout the body. The trace minerals to focus on include manganese, iron, zinc, copper, iodine, boron, silicon, chromium, molybdenum, chloride, and cobalt.

 

Sources:
https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/precious-metals-and-other-important-minerals-for-health

https://www.uofmhealth.org/health-library/ta3912

https://juicing-for-health.com/essential-minerals

2019-05-29T11:25:33+00:00

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    Q: Can you please list the vitamins and minerals in your MULTI-VITAMINS AND MINERALS FORMULA?

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    All 102 minerals, all vitamins, and all B-Vitamins.

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    Q: How does taking too many minerals cause stones? I thought minerals were good for you? I went to the website and looked under 'Articles' but there was nothing about them.

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    Not natural minerals! Only chemical (synthetic) minerals cause stones. Read our article entitled "CALCULI: KIDNEY, BLADDER, AND GALL STONES"as well as "MINERALS AND VITAMINS".

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    Q: What foods can I juice to get the proper daily amount of minerals, vitamins? I dont want to take supplements. Feel free to direct me to a link or website etc. Thank you for your time! Peace!

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    You can juice fruits and vegetables for nutrition, Beloved. Jucie fruits and vegetables separately though! They all provide nutrition. Fruits and vegetables are the best

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    Q: I purchased the Multi vitamins and minerals because I'm trying to go all natural with majority of the products that I use. anyhow, my question is how can this formula provide every essential vitamin that most otc vitamins if the ingredients don't specify which vitamin they represent and its mg or IU (amt per serving).

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    OTC minerals don't provide all 102 minerals even in oxide form let alone organic form. We use plants, various plants, considered nutritive in that they contain a FULL spectrum on nutrients. Full spectrum means encompassing all and because you use different herbs, the nutrients one herb lacks the other contains. Also, Dherbs doesn't deal in RDA levels for nutrients, i.e. mg, grams, etc.

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    Q: Is there anyway possible that you can tell me what 102 minerals, vitamins are in the your multivitamin, so I can be aware of what I'm getting? Is it listed on the bottle of the vitamins?

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    We are unable to list all 102 minerals on the bottle (of course), but the formula provides a full spectrum of nutrients (102 minerals). Not the RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) created by government. The balance of minerals, and vitamins are safe and optimal. You're getting a full spectrum of vitamins, B-vitamins, minerals, trace elements, amino acids, etc. Read our article on MINERALS in our article section.

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    Q: I'm interested in knowing if there are any supplements, vitamins, minerals of sort that your website offers as a product in aiding hyperhidrsosis. It’s generally (every where) especially the face. Any suggestions?

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    Detoxify your body (FULL BODY DETOX) - 4 times per year. Modify your diet (preferably raw foods diet). Apply OZ OIL daily.

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    Q: I ordered the MULTI-VITAMINS AND MINERALS FORMULA, and I can't wait to receive them!!! However, I want a supplement that is "complete". (I guess that's what I mean) So I am asking should I order supplements like vitamin c, zinc, or magnesium to compliment the multi vitamins, or is that enough to cover all areas?

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    The more the merrier! Order the additional products for more 'completion.'

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    Q: Please reply to this (I will not buy from you unless you reply to my email; I want to check some things with you before I buy): 1- Please tell me if the following products in your website can be taken by pregnant women: folic acid, iron phosphate, bioflavonoid formula, iodine phosphate, multi vitamins and minerals, vitamin c formula, b-vitamin complex, iron phosphate tea? 2- I want to buy all the nutrients (vitamins, minerals, etc.) that I need for my baby (I'm 3 months pregnant). If I buy the multi vitamins and minerals, do I need to supplement any additional products that I mentioned above (esp. folic acid, vitamin c, iron, b-vitamin complex)? 3- I also want to buy Eklampein formula, prenatal laxative, prenatal formula, healthy pregnancy, and prenatal tea. Since I can't buy all the products that I mentioned in this email; I need your help to buy less. Because the ones that I will buy; I will buy enough to last me about 5/6 months (so I will still be buying so many from you even if I buy 3 or 4 different products). I don't have enough money; please work with me and tell me which ones I need for complete prenatal care and since I will be buying too many; please give me discount (so I can afford it and take good care of myself and my baby in the same time).

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    Folic acid, iron phosphate, bioflavonoid formula, iodine phosphate, multi vitamins and minerals, vitamin c formula, b-vitamin complex, iron phosphate tea can all be taken by a pregnant woman. You could delete bioflavonoid and B-vitamin complex though and still get necessary nutrition for your pregnancy. And yes, Dherbs.Com will give you a nice discount on a large order. Now here's what I would personally suggest for a great pre-natal regimen: PRE-NATAL FORMULA ELECTRIC GREENS CELL FOOD VITAMIN C FORMULA IODINE PHOSPHATE FOLIC ACID IRON PHOSPHATE FORMULA PRE-NATAL TEA PRENATAL LAXATIVE (optional)

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    Q: Many vitamins and minerals websites indicate that their products have been tested and actually contain what they claim to contain; what are your protocols on manufacturing? Are your herbs organically grown? Thank you.

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    Organic/Wild-crafted Herbs? Dherbs.Com only utilizes organic and wild-crafted herbs in its formulas and compounds. Although organic herbs are always not available, we order our herbs in advance to make sure we keep our products full of 100% organic herbs as well as 100% wild-crafted herbs. At Dherbs.Com, we go the extra mile for our customers and we stay on top of our game to bring the customer the best product available! No other herbal company uses as many herbs as we use in our formulas nor does any other herbal company or business use the degree of rare and exotic herbs as we use in our formulas. At Dherbs.Com, without a doubt, you get the BEST and for LESS! Gelatin Capsules? Dherbs.Com only uses vegetarian (vegan) capsules made from 100% plant fiber as Dherbs.Com has a policy to not use animal or animal byproduct ingredients in the manufacturing of its products. Gelatin capsules are derived from animals (mostly pig) and are thus not vegan or even halal or kosher. Also, gelatin capsules do not fully dissolve in the stomach like vegetarian capsules. Most herbal companies use gelatin capsules because they are cheap, costing 2-3 times less than vegetarian capsules. Dherbs.Com does not let high prices or expenses stand in our way of bringing people the Best, the Safest, and the Soundest! Dherbs.Com is people first! Tablets? Dherbs.Com does not use tablets because tablets require the mixing of too many additives in order to make the tablet stick together or bind and come out a certain way, i.e. dense, smooth surface, etc. Capsules allow us at Dherbs.Com to give our customers 100% pure herbal ingredients held together in a 100% digestible vegetarian capsule for maximum absorbency in the body. Preservatives? Dherbs.Com uses absolutely no preservatives in any of its products as the only thing that needs to be preserved are “dead†things and herbs are not dead, but living (living foods), therefore that which is alive does not need to be preserved so Dherbs.Com does not and will not use preservatives in any of its formulas. Fillers? Many herbal companies use fillers in their formulas as a way to cut down on giving the customer 100% herbal content. Dherbs.Com is against this custom. Fillers may help the encapsulation process by making a formula more dense for encapsulation, but fillers have no nutritional content so when you add them to herbal compounds, they take away from the compound. Fillers help the encapsulation company and herbal company, but not the customer. Fillers water down the product! Dherbs.Com is against this process and custom. Binders? Dherbs.om does not use binders as we have no need for binders. Many herbal companies use binders to help certain ingredients bind together, but at Dherbs.Com, we use 100% herbal content and so our ingredients naturally bind together. Additives Dherbs.Com does not use any additives in any of its formulas. Additives water down the product and take away from the efficacy of a product that utilizes natural compounds. Additives help herbal companies save money by giving the customer less herb per capsule or tablet. Solvents? Dherbs.Com uses absolutely no chemical solvents in the use of its liquid herbal extracts or crystal elixirs. Our extracts are uniquely made via natural agitation (by human hand) and natural sunlight (solar energy) and our elixirs are also made by human hand and exposed to moon and sunlight. It takes us approximately two (2) weeks to produce a liquid extract compound because Nature requires time to produce what she produces. However, other herbal companies are like major fast food restaurants and need a quick supply of products for their standard of convenience and thus use harmful chemical solvents to quickly produce their herbal liquid extracts. At Dherbs.Com, though convenience is important to us, however, we won’t compromise the integrity of our products to help people get a quick fix and to make a quick buck. Patience is a requisite of Nature and Dherbs.Com is in tune with Nature. Dherbs.Com will NEVER use chemical solvents in the production of its herbal liquid extracts or crystal elixirs. Standardization? Dherbs.Com does not utilize standardization in any of its formulas. Standardization is an unnatural process whereby a standardized herb provides uniformity of a single plant chemical. A standardized extract delivers a quantified and measurable level of the targeted active ingredient (major alkaloid) in every serving and in which this active ingredient is considered by science to be the key ingredient responsible for the herbs health benefits. Other herbal companies trust man-made science, but Dherbs.Com trusts in and relies upon Nature. Other Ingredients? The phrase “other ingredients†is simply an umbrella term for “additives†and other herbal companies use other ingredients (i.e., magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, silica, rice powder, stearic acid, etc.) in their formulas to simply cut the volume of herbs in their formulas. Other ingredients take up space or room in the capsule or tablet and this allows the company to save money while giving their customers a watered down product. Are Dherbs.Com Herbs Safe To Take? Absolutely! It’s like asking, “is real food (i.e. fruits and vegetables) safe to eat? Herbs are noble foods in powdered or liquid form. They are 100% organic, digestible, and assimilable by the human body (unlike harmful, man-made pharmaceutical drugs which toxify the human body). People should actually ask their doctors “are these drugs safe to take?†instead of asking about herbs being safe to take. It is drugs (legal drugs, O-T-C) that kill hundreds of thousands of people per year whereas 0% herbs are killing people per year. Can You Take Other Dherbs.Com Products Together? Of course (unless you are performing one of our kits and regimens)! That’s like asking can you eat lettuce with tomatoes and carrots in a salad! If you are not performing one of our kits and regimens, i.e. Full Body Detox, Anti-Viral, or Weight Release, you can take our formulas together. You can drink our teas before or after taking our capsule formulas. It’s actually best to space out the formulas, but if you need to take everything together, you can. You have free will here and it will not hurt you or mess up the efficacy of the herbs. 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    Q: Thanks for the great web site! MY question is what's the best way to get sodium. I thought un-refined sea salt was the best, but the salt article says "eat this salt only if you must." The great thing about pure sea salt is that it all or almost all the minerals the body needs! So what's the best way to get all the mineral and to stay in balance? Also is there a way to get Epsom salt that is sodium sulfate not magnesium sulfate? Is it a good idea to bath in the "good" Epsom salt.

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    You're welcome, Beloved!

    The best way to get sodium is via vegetables (i.e. celery).

    Sea salt is great source of sodium, but its a secondary source as it has to be processed from ocean water. Absent the process, it would not be available.

    But it does provide minute amounts of trace elements.

    In re Epsom salt, I haven't been able to find the sodium one.

    I stopped using Epsom salt many years ago.

    You could bath in the good Epsom salt, but sea salt is far better and more natural.

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    Q: Is clay water good for the body system? I've been told that it has minerals that the body needs. Is this true?

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    Clay water is good to drink for health purposes. It really doesn't have minerals for absorption as it mostly pulls harmful elements from your body. For minerals, take herbs. Visit our on-line store to get an idea or on our site do a SEARCH for minerals.

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    Q: You mention in an article that your vitamins/minerals are phosphate (organic). I am confused. Phosphate is inorganic. Are you referring to organophosphates? Please explain why I should buy your magnesium phosphate or Vitamin C phosphate, they are inorganic?

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    Phosphate is ORGANIC! Oxide is INORGANIC!

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    Q: I recently heard you comment on the ill effects of colloidal mineral supplements. What would you recommend as way for my family (two adults, two children 6 & 4) to receive the recommended amount of minerals to sustain our active life and support the healthy growth of our children?

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    In place of colloidal minerals, we would recommend any mineral supplement that is IONIC in nature or herbal like Electric Greens or our Children's MultiVitamin.

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    Q: Can I Supplement Vitamins and Minerals While Performing Any of the Kits?

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    Answer: All herbs contain nutrition and thus feed the body so you don’t need to supplement the body with anything, including vitamins and minerals. You will be receiving the necessary nutrition you need from the herbs and foods you consume while performing any of the various kits.

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    Q: I've been taking all the hair vitamin's, minerals, and oils you recommended, but my hair is still thinning. Also, I've noticed that my pubic hair was also thinning. What can I do? Why is this happening?

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    Sounds like your hormonal system is impaired. Feed (nourish) your ovaries. Consider performing the Total Woman Cleanse and then afterwards, take 3 capsules of Female Hormonal Formula and Electric Greens Cell Formula each, daily.

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    Q: First off, let me say, I am soooo happy to have caught the DHERBS advertising while listening to WVON radio in Chicago, IL. This is a very professional, informed and wholistic website. Kudos to the DHERBS team! Secondly, I currently don't take a vitamin/mineral supplemant, but was leaning to the Green Vibrance powder product (are you familiar with this brand), as I've talked to several health food reps, and they spoke of it's popularity within the health industry, the need for vitamins/minerals from a natural green source, and it's potency over pills, being that it's a powder and will digest better, versus pills which come from potentially harmful, scientific sources and, since they're in pill form, aren't absorbed by the body 100%. I was hoping to get a DHERB rep's opinion on GREEN VIBRANCE versus your mineral/vitamin supplemants. I hope you'd be unbiased, as you'd be commenting on a competitor product, as I truly am searching for the best product. I thank you in advance for your time and reply!

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    I am delighted you enjoy the Dherbs website. Thank you for your words! Green Vibrance is a pretty good product and would supply you with much needed nutrition as mostly all green foods will. My only concern with the product (Green Vibrance) is the mixing of ingredients. I don't believe in mixing fruits with greens due to the mixture of acids and alkalines. A green food product should be TOTALLY "green foods" only and nothing else. Green Vibrance mixes citrus/acids i.e. grape seed extract, acerola berry juice powder with green foods in addition to bee pollen, royal jelly, wheat germ, etc. Also, as a vegan (strict vegetarian), I object to BEE POLLEN and ROYAL JELLY being used. These are from living entities (insects/animals). I also object to SOY as well which is in the product! Other than this, Green Vibrance is a great product that I would endorse as a source of organic nutrition and dietary fiber. Dherbs MULTI-VITAMINS AND MINERALS FORMULA and other products that are in pill form are in VEGAN capsules that dissolve 100%. At Dherbs.Com, we only use the BEST! Our product is 100% botanical! However, as far as absorption, NOTHING absorbs better than liquid and nothing is better as a source of minerals, vitamins, amino acids than FULVIC ACID which we sell as KHEMETIAN GOLD. This stuff is POWERFUL! 1000% pure nutrition! Do your research on Fulvic and Humic Acid and you'll see why I'm saying what I'm saying! So basically, Beloved, either way (Green Vibrance or VITAMIN B COMPLEX and/or KHEMETIAN GOLD) you'll be getting much needed nutrition! It's your choice! We value and respect free will and we don't believe in competition nor do we have to belittle, negate, or condemn another product or company to make a sale. Our primary concern is that people get what they need nutrition-wise and it doesn't have to come from us. Our goal is not to just sell products, but to properly educate people about human health and that's why we offer 175+ free articles in addition to 100+ products! Peace and Love --- and thank you for your interest in Dherbs.Com! p.s. - read our testimonials on our site and listen to (read about) the American people on what they are experiencing with Dherbs.Com products!

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    Q: I've also read that when detoxing, yes you are ridding the body of the nasty toxins, but during that process you also loss vital vitamins and minerals that your body has in storage. Is this true?

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    Not if the vitamins and minerals are organic (plant-based)!

    You only lose vitamins and minerals derived from oxide sources (i.e. carbonate, sulfate, etc.), not plant-based sources. Plant-based minerals are absorbed by the body, oxide ones are not which is why they are expelled during detoxing.

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    Q: It was suggested that one should take supplements along with a detox program in order to not deplete the body of essential vits/minerals.

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    The herbal formulas you consume during a cleanse contain naturally occurring vitamins and minerals. There is no need to add additional supplements when on a cleanse.

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    Q: I've adopted many of the suggestions that you offer through your extremely informative articles, Sir, especially those regarding the consumption of meat and the key role that minerals play with respect to amino acids. I was wondering about your thoughts on the the "miracle mineral" chlorine dioxide ion?

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    If the product is derived from plants it's good. This is the key! If a thing is plant-derived, it is okay to consume. Chlorine Dioxide is not one of the 102 minerals. Man made this so beware!

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    Q: I heard about your website listening to Kiss98.7 NY..I have a question. If I ordered the following items do they all work well together??? INTESTINAL JANITOR, MULTI-VITAMINS AND MINERALS FORMULAand ENZYMES FORMULA?? See I was diagnosed with eosinophile gastroentenitis and I don't like being on prednisone but that is what they tell me is the only thing that can keep it in remission, and I don't like being on medication. I would like to try natural herbs to get my body back to health instead of killing it with all these medication with horrible side effects. Thanks and I look forward to hearing back from you.

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    You could take them all together and yes, they work together. I'd suggest that you first perform the FULL BODY DETOX Cleanse to cleanse the body.