Clearing the Confusion About Minerals

Minerals are important for your body to stay healthy. Your body uses minerals for many different jobs, including building bones, making hormones and regulating your heartbeat.

Eating a wide variety of foods is a great way to consume minerals through a food source. However, it can be difficult to obtain all the minerals that your body needs by diet alone. A mineral supplement is another option for those who prefer a simple but effective alternative.

Humans require phosphates of minerals that are balanced and stable for purposes of absorption, assimilation and nourishment.

Macro Minerals

The most important type of minerals is called macro minerals. Macro minerals are needed in large amounts because they are very important for many aspects of your health. These are the familiar macro minerals that your body needs:

  • Calcium
  • Magnesium
  • Sodium
  • Potassium
  • Chloride
  • Sulfur
  • Phosphorus

Trace Minerals

Another type of minerals is called trace minerals. Trace minerals are essential for good health but only needed in small doses. These trace minerals have been known to improve immunity, energy and metabolism.

  • Iron
  • Copper
  • Zinc
  • Iodine
  • Cobalt
  • Manganese
  • Fluoride
  • Selenium

Inorganic Nutrients

There are two kinds of calcium carbonate, both of which are inorganic. There is calcium carbonate that is naturally occurring deep within the Earth and there is another calcium carbonate produced in a laboratory and derived from various sources and manipulated at the molecular level to match the molecular level of the naturally occurring calcium carbonate.

Whether the calcium carbonate is derived from the Earth’s crust or made in a laboratory, both sources are inorganic and cannot be absorbed and assimilated by the cells of the human body.

The minerals of the calcium carbonate must be organic. Only plants can convert inorganic minerals into organic minerals so that the cells of the human body can absorb and assimilate them.

Organic Nutrients

Sulfur, a beautiful yellow-colored rock, is naturally occurring in the Earth but it is toxic in its inorganic state. In order to digest, Sulfur must be organic and derived from a plant source, not a rock source.

Vitamin C is also naturally occurring but it derives from ascorbic acid, which is not naturally occurring in its organic source as a plant. Thus, the human body cannot absorb or assimilate ascorbic acid.

If the nutrients are not from plant or fruit sources, then they are not organic and cannot be digested, absorbed or assimilated. They will be expelled from the body through urination, though some residues will still stay. Urine may be a bright yellow or orange color.

If the organic nutrients are from herbs, fruits and vegetables, then the urination will be clear.

Beware of misleading names attached to minerals such as picolinate, carbonate, gluconate, and acetate. Instead, opt for plant-based sources of nutrients.

Synthetic Substances

Corporations have created minerals, vitamins, B-vitamins, and amino acids from synthetic sources in order to match the original or organic version of minerals, vitamins, and amino acids. By law, they are allowed to claim whether organic or inorganic, that the synthetic substances are real.

Just because calcium carbonate is found at the Earth’s crust, it doesn’t mean that calcium carbonate created in a laboratory is the same exact same substance. For example, toothpaste companies typically use calcium carbonate that is made in a laboratory.


In order to assure that the body is absorbing calcium, is best to take calcium derived from green plants and fruits. Avoid pills of calcium carbonate or liquid of calcium gluconate because they may contain gluconate, acetate or carbonate.