The body is incapable of manufacturing minerals on its own and therefore minerals need to be obtained from the dietary sources or supplementation. Virtually none of the nutrients such as antioxidants, fibre and protein can assert their benefits without the assistance of one or more key minerals.
Minerals are involved in every metabolic reaction that takes place in the body. They are non-organic components of enzyme systems that initiate the metabolism of proteins, carbohydrates and lipids. They are involved in regulation and maintenance of water and electrolyte balance, skeletal construction, and nerve and muscle function.
DAVIDS Mineral Complex provides a variety of minerals to achieve maximum absorption in the body. The formula is nutritionally balanced to provide correct elemental values for maximum utilisation and benefit.
There are many people who manage to balance their diet and lifestyle, enabling them to live a very healthy existence. However, for many of us, the extra support and assistance of a high quality multi-mineral formula is of great benefit.
DAVIDS Mineral Complex has been designed to provide extra support in times of increased demand, as well as to meet the specific nutritional needs of the whole family.
Chromium is a trace element found in brewer's yeast, organic meats, whole grains, cheese and nuts. It is a nutrient required for good health. Chromium is also an essential cofactor for the hormone insulin, which regulates the metabolism of protein fat and carbohydrates...practically everything we eat. In 1982, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) discovered and patented a biologically active form of chromium called picolinate. The USDA then licensed the patent, to provide the benefits of this discovery to consumers.
Chromium picolinate, a yeast free form of chromium, has been found to enhance the absorption of certain trace elements and is useful in energy production within cells.
Chromium is essential for energy production in cells. Blood sugar (glucose) provides nearly 100% of the energy needed for both body and brain; it's transported to 60 trillion cells via the bloodstream. In order to provide energy, glucose must enter the cells where it is "burned". The hormone insulin and trace element chromium are essential for this purpose.
Extensive research published in scientific and technical journals shows that daily supplementation with at least 200mcg. of chromium picolinate can:
- reduce body fat
- retain and lean muscle
- lower elevated blood sugar
- reduce cholesterol levels
- extend the lifespan of laboratory animals
"It has been proposed that chromium picolinate's positive effect on body composition is through its ability to improve insulin utilisation, thereby reducing fat deposition and resulting in improving entry of glucose and amino acids into muscle cells," the researchers write.
Like other minerals, chromium is a nutritionally essential mineral. Its most biologically available form chromium picolinate (found to be ten times more assimilated than inorganic chromium) can have nutritionally helpful effects on your health and fitness.
Selenium is an essential mineral that possess strong antioxidant enzyme properties. It's primary role in the human body is as a component of glutathione peroxidase, an antioxidant enzyme that protects blood cells from the ravages of highly reactive oxygen compounds called free-radicals. Working synergistically with vitamin E, another potent antioxidant, selenium aids in the production of antibodies, and in protecting the immune system. Selenium is required to maintain tissue elasticity, and to support the healthy functioning of the pancreas and the heart.
A deficiency of this vital trace element has been linked to the development of leukemia, rheumatoid arthritis, and fibrocystic breast disease. Researchers have also found that the lower the concentration of selenium in the blood stream, the higher the risk of developing cancers of the breast, lungs, ovaries, pancreas, cervix, uterus, colon, rectum.
Elemental Iodine is found in varying amounts in the earths crust and soils, and, in larger amounts, in the oceans. Iodine, as iodide or iodate salts, is therefore especially concentrated in the seas and in seafoods, both plant and animal. Human nutritional needs are minute. We require only trace amounts of iodine to help metabolise fats, produce energy, and keep our thyroid glands healthy. 60% of the iodine we eat is stored in thr thyroid gland and used in the manufacture of thyroid hormone. These hormones, in turn, regulate, metabolism, energy levels, and the burning of fat.
Among reported claims for the use of iodine are to relieve pain associated with fibrocystic breasts. Too little iodine can result in hypothyroidism, weight gain, lack of energy, and reduced mental focus.
Potassium is an important mineral that plays a vital role in the transmission of electrical impulses through the central nervous system, and in regulating the smooth, natural rhythms of the beating heart. It mediates important cellular chemical reactions required for the nutrients to pass into cells, and it helps to maintain the body's water balance. Potassium also helps regulate stable blood pressure levels and may help in the prevention of strokes. Person with higher intake of potassium evidence fewer cases of hypertension, and when potassium-rich foods are consumed, blood pressure rates drop.
Diuretics and laxatives can lead to a deficiency of potassium, resulting in retarded growth and development, muscle weakness, heart and kidney damage, mental confusion, and apathy.
Copper to say copper is an essential trace mineral barely does justice when one considers the wide range of vital human bodily functions dependant upon this mighty mineral. To begin with, copper is a major component of haemoglobin, the protein responsible for oxygen transport in blood cells. Copper, along with vitamin C, forms elastin, a protein required to keep skin, blood vessels, and lungs supple and elastic. As an antioxidant, copper plays a strong dual role. First as a central component of both the superoxide dismutase molecule, which protects us from cellular free-radical damage. Secondary, copper helps form the protein ceruloplasmin, which protects us against free-radical damage caused by iron. Copper is also required by the central nervous system as a component in the production of noradrenaline the brain's version of adrenaline and the neurotransmitter that keep us alert. Copper is also involved in the production of prostaglandins, hormone-like chemicals that regulate blood pressure, pulse, and healing.
Current research is looking into deeper aspects of the role copper plays in human health, from protecting against cancer and heart disease, to boosting th immune system.
Maganese is a mineral that is required in small amounts to manufacture enzymes necessary for the metabolism of proteins and fats. It also supports the immune system, regulates blood sugar levels and is involved in the production of cellular energy, reproduction, and bone growth. Manganese works with vitamin K to support blood clotting, aids in digestion and as antioxidant, is a vital component of Super Oxide Dismutase, a large molecule that is the body's main front-line defence against damaging free radicals. Working with the B-complex vitamins, manganese helps control the effects of stress while contributing to ones sense of well being.
Magnesium is a mineral that is required for the proper growth and formation of human bones, muscle tissues, and enzymes. It is used to convert carbohydrates, fats, and proteins into energy. It is involved in the transmission of the nervous system impulses, assist in the uptake of calcium and potassium. Higher intake of magnesium has also been linked to lung function, according to a study published recently in England. Researchers found that adults consuming an average of 380 milligrams of magnesium per day exhibited increased lung function, and benefits were consistent regardless of whether or not the subject smoked.
The body's relative balance of magnesium and calcium has a profound impact on health, as these two minerals must work smoothly together to insure proper muscle control. Calcium is involved in stimulating muscle contraction, and magnesium is required to allow the muscles to relax. Both an excess intakes of calcium or a magnesium deficiency can result in poor muscle coordination, irritability and nervousness. Magnesium also helps to prevent depression, muscle weakness and twitching, heart disorders, and high blood pressure.
Sodium is a vital though often over consumed mineral found throughout the body, usually in the form of sodium chloride or table salt. In liquid solution along with the minerals potassium and chloride, it forms part of the blood, lymph and intracellular fluids that bath and feed all human cells. Together these nutrients maintaining the body's proper water balance and blood chemistry. Sodium is also required for digestion, muscular functions, and smooth functioning of the nervous system.
The human body maintains strict control of the concentration of sodium within a very narrow range.
When sodium levels become elevated, as in the case of eating a salty meal, the body's first response is to stimulate thirst. This leads to the increased consumption of water, which then dilutes the sodium levels back to normal, allowing the kidneys to excrete the excess.
Zinc is an essential mineral that is involved in over 200 different enzymatic reactions in the body, ranging from the synthesis of proteins and collagen, to the production of cellular energy. This vital metal helps to support the immune system by regulating thymus glands' production of T cells. Adequate amounts of this nutrient metal are also vital for the body to manufacture the antioxidant enzyme Super Oxide Dismutase, a large molecule that serves as our main line of defense against free radical damage. Zinc also helps in protecting the liver from damage, and promotes the rapid healing of wounds. Because it's involved in the production of prostaglandins, special hormone-like substances that regulate the reproductive organs, zinc also plays an important role in maintaining healthy prostate function.
Silica is an essential trace mineral source required for total body health. Most visible is its role in maintaining the health of the outside appearance of our body - our skin, hair and nails. By acting as a glue-like substance, Silica holds together and strengthens connective and supportive tissue, which in turn adds firmness and elasticity to skin, luster and body to hair and hardness to nails. Because skin levels of Silica decline with age, it is likely that other tissues may have higher Silica needs over a lifetime.
On the inside, Silica strengthens bones by facilitating the deposition of Calcium, Magnesium and Phosphorus within our bones. Without this essential trace mineral, our bones and joints would soften, weakening our body's entire structural support system. Silica is also responsible for maintaining the health of the blood vessels and in preventing the body's accumulation of aluminium.