THE ROLE OF TRACE MINERALS IN THE BODY
We know that trace minerals are important for your body to stay healthy, that they are continually being used in hundreds of enzymatic reactions and are also involved in making certain hormones. Let’s look at the primary jobs that each of the trace minerals perform and where you can find good food sources of these minerals.
Plays a critical role in DNA production, thyroid hormone metabolism, reproduction and protecting the body from damage caused by infection or free radicals.
Food source: Seafood, meat, poultry, eggs, bread, cereal and dairy products
The body needs zinc during pregnancy, infancy and childhood to promote growth and development. Zinc also helps make proteins and DNA, heal wounds, boost the immune system to fight of infections, and support taste and smell.
Food source: Oysters, crab, lobster, red meat, poultry, nuts, whole grains, beans and fortified cereal
Helps turn fat, protein and carbohydrates into energy, and plays a role in breaking down insulin.
Food source: Whole grains, oatmeal, mushrooms, broccoli, potatoes, garlic, basil and grape juice
Helps form red blood cells and keep the Immune system, blood vessels, nerves and bones healthy.
Food source: Shellfish, organ meats like liver, whole grains, nuts, beans, potatoes, dried fruit and dark, leafy green vegetables
Plays a role in connective tissue and bone formation, calcium absorption, fat and carbohydrate metabolism, blood sugar control, and normal brain and nerve function
Food source: Whole grains, nuts, seeds, legumes and pineapple.
THE ROLE OF TRACE MINERALS AS SUPPLEMENTS
Most people get the minerals they need by eating a wide variety of the food sources as described above. There are however some instances where a good quality supplement could be helpful, some of these situations include the below
You might be suffering to eat regular balanced meals
Some foods may not always contain adequate quantities or good quality trace minerals
Excessive stress and exercise may increase your need for trace minerals
Certain medications lower your ability to absorb trace minerals and utilize them for health
Certain health conditions may require trace mineral supplementation