Natural minerals are the spark plugs of life because they are required to activate thousands of enzyme reactions within the body. In a way they are more important than vitamins since plants manufacture vitamins but minerals must be obtained from the soil. If the mineral is not in the soil, it cannot possibly be in the plant. Decades of farming has left large amounts of our farmland depleted and therefore you may have to take some form of natural mineral supplements to make up the deficit. Since our very existence is dependent upon the body's ability to utilize minerals, because minerals activate enzymes, some discussion of enzymes is appropriate.
What are enzymes?
Enzymes are chemical substances produced in the living organism. They are marvellous organic catalysts which are essential to life as they control all the chemical reactions that take place in a living system. Enzymes are part of all living cells, including those of plants and animals.
It has been estimated that there are over 20,000 enzymes in the human body. This estimate is based on the number of bodily processes that seem to require action. However, so far only about 1000 enzymes have been identified but their essential role in nutrition and other living processes has been firmly established.
How do enzymes work?
Enzymes form part of the food we eat. Raw foods contain enzymes in abundance. Cooking, pasteurizing, pickling, smoking and other processing destroys enzymes. It is, therefore, essential to include in our diet, substantial amount of raw foods. Studies have revealed that the body without sufficient raw materials from raw foods may tire and produce fewer enzymes year after year. This may lead to wearing out of body processes and consequently worn-out appearances.
Back to minerals
We just discussed the importance of natural minerals to our bodiesâ€™ ability to produce enzymes. However, minerals do not work alone. They must work in balance with one other as well as with the metabolism of proteins, carbohydrates, fats and vitamins. When one mineral is excessive, it steals from others, thereby causing a chain-reaction of deficiencies.
Calcium – Builds bones and teeth, muscle contraction, heart action, nerve impulses, blood clotting Magnesium – Bones, liver, muscles, transfer of intercellular water, alkaline balance, neuromuscular activity Sodium – Electrolyte balance, body fluid volume, nerve impulse condition Potassium – Cell membrane potential, nerve impulse conduction, heart rhythm, acid base balance Copper – Haemoglobin formation, production of RNA, elastic tissue formation, cholesterol utilization, oxidase enzyme activator Zinc – Protein synthesis, carbon dioxide transport, sexual function, insulin storage, carbohydrate metabolism, wound healing Iron – Haemoglobin formation, electron transport, oxygen transport, enzyme activator Manganese – Carbohydrate metabolism, protein metabolism, connective tissue, joint fluid production, nerve tissue, Vitamin B1 utilization Chromium – Glucose utilization, insulin activity, heart muscle, cholesterol utilization Phosphorus – Builds bones and teeth, energy production, acid-base balance, necessary in metabolism and cell membranes, calcium absorption Molybdenum – Enzyme activator, uric acid formation, oxidative enzymes Selenium – Peroxidase scavenger, glutathione peroxidase, anti-carcinogenic, Vitamin F synergist Silicon – Bone formation, collagen formation, cartilage formation, elastic tissue Boron – Reduces calcium loss Vanadium – Strength of bones and teeth, lowers blood lipids, inhibits cholesterol synthesis Tin – Growth, protein synthesis Nickel – Activates some liver enzymes
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