Mineral therapy refers to the prescribing of minerals to people who are deficient in them. Some of the main presenting symptoms of mineral deficiency are nervousness, irritability, leg cramps, sugar cravings, heel spurs, circulation problems, restless legs, trouble getting to and or staying asleep, brittle nails, anxiety and nasal congestion. I am not going to go into detail about the "trace" minerals, of which we only require small amounts, but instead will concentrate on the more important ones I commonly see as deficiency problems.
Boron activates Vitamin D through it's action in the kidney, and more is required by the body when there is associated Magnesium deficiency or excess Fluoride in our body. Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) and Vitamin D work well in combination with Boron.
Foods that are naturally higher in Boron include soy milk, prunes, raisins, almonds, peanut butter, hazelnuts, apple and pear.
Calcium needs Magnesium in a 2:1 ratio. If you are lacking Magnesium you can't absorb calcium. Calcium is essential for:
Foods that are naturally higher in Calcium include dairy products, almonds, sardines, egg yolk, soybeans, molasses, green leafy vegetables.
RDA 800 - 1,400mg
Chromium is for sugar utilization. Sugar is brain food. If you can't absorb the sugar that results from the breakdown of complex carbohydrates in your diet, then you will crave a simple sugar such as lollies and chocolate. Eating a simple sugar isn't going to help you utilize it any better however, and you may need to supplement with Chromium.
Foods that are naturally higher in Chromium include oysters, egg yolk, peanuts, grape juice, cheese, wheat, yeast, molasses, pepper, liver, shrimp, lobster, mushrooms, prunes, raisins, nuts, asparagus and beer.
RDA 50 - 200mcg
Iodine is essential for making thyroid hormones and deficiency may be associated with:
Foods that are naturally higher in Iodine include cod, oysters, sunflower seeds, mushrooms, iodised salt, dairy products and lima beans.
Iron is essential to our immune system. It is for fighting infection and inflammation, synthesis of neuro-transmitters and respiration. If you lack Vitamin B12 or stomach acid you will find it more difficult to absorb Iron.
Symptoms of Iron deficiency can include:
Foods that are higher in Iron include liver, oysters, clams, pine nuts, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, parsley, soybeans, wheatgerm, yeast and oysters.
RDA 10 - 20mg
Magnesium is the biggest mineral deficiency I see by far. There is a greater demand for magnesium in people who drink alcohol. It is an electrolyte and lost in sweat so if you are an athlete or exposed to a lot of heat you will have an increased need to supplement it. Magnesium is for:
Foods that are higher in Magnesium include almonds, cashews, soybeans, parsnips, wholegrain cereals, brewer's yeast and molasses.
Phosphorus is a component of our DNA and is utilized to metabolize energy, with most B group vitamins requiring Phosphorus for their activation and demands are increased during Pregnancy and Lactation.
Deficiency may be associated with:
Foods that are naturally higher in Phosporus are tuna, salmon, sardines, offal, seed grains, sesame, almonds, cashews, garlic and chickpeas.
People who enjoy their tea, coffee or alcohol in excess are more likely to need supplementing with Potassium. The body has a higher need for Potassium following a bout of diarrhoea, if you have a liver or kidney disease and if you are under prolonged stress. It may be indicated or in fact CONTRA-INDICATED in people with high blood pressure and kidney disease, so please consult your physician before taking supplements containing Potassium if you have high blood pressure or kidney disease. Conditions often requiring Potassium supplementation include:
Foods that are naturally higher in Potassium are all vegetables, citrus fruit, apricots, banana, potato, almonds, cashews, pecans, sardines, herrings, avocado, dates, raisins, milk and sunflower seeds.
RDA 2 - 5gm
Selenium is a trace mineral, but I have included it because it is very often implicated in dealing with cancer and the ill-effects of smoking. There are also increased demands for Selenium in people suffering from Cirrhosis of the liver, alcoholics, ageing and people with higher levels of heavy metal exposure.
Foods that are naturally higher in Selenium are oysters, tuna, mackerel, liver, kidneys, cashews, peanuts, wholegrain cereals, garlic, yeast, human breast milk, fish, eggs, crab and alfalfa.
RDA 50 - 200mcg
Silica is best known as being the important mineral associated with hair, skin and nails. It is essential for wound healing, calcium absorption, bone calcification and synthesis of collagen and elastin. I find silica prescribed in the correct dosage ideal for breaking up heal spurs and kidney stones.
Deficiency of Silica may be associated with:
Foods that are naturally higher in Silica are oats, wholegrain cereals, barley and root vegetables.
RDA 9 - 14mg
Sodium supplementation is more indicated in people who sweat heavily, have ongoing diarrhoea disorders or dehydration - in other words, any condition where there is more fluid going out than being ingested. People who drink carbonated waters, including soda water, are more likely to suffer from cramps due to sodium deficiency.
Foods that are naturally higher in Sodium include tuna, clams, sardines, brains, liver, celery, olives, cheeses, pickles, table salt and peas.
BECAUSE SODIUM AND POTASSIUM WORK TOGETHER IN A FINE BALANCE AND ARE GOVERNED BY THE SODIUM/POTASSIUM PUMP IN THE KIDNEYS, IT IS IMPORTANT TO CONSULT A PHYSICIAN BEFORE COMMENCING SODIUM SUPPLEMENTATION IF YOU HAVE A KIDNEY DISORDER OR HAVE ELEVATED BLOOD PRESSURE.
RDA 1.1 - 3.5gms
An easy to detect sign of Zinc deficiency is white spots in your fingernails. Oysters are the richest source of zinc hence the old saying about men and oysters, as every time a man ejaculates he loses Zinc. Men with Benign Prostate Hyperplasia (prostate enlargement) have an increased need for Zinc supplementation. Zinc is the first consideration when dealing with skin disorders of any kind.
Conditions often requiring additional Zinc supplementation include:
Foods that are highest in Zinc include oysters, herring, beef, liver, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, milk, ginger, yeast and whole grains.
RDA 15mg (elemental zinc)
Supplementation with minerals should be done under strict practitioner support, and NOT taken upon yourself. If you take mimerals without having been first prescribed them, you run the risk of throwing out the balance of all the other minerals naturally occurring in your body. So, please consult your practitioner before taking Mineral Supplements.
Date posted: 2013-11-14 | posted by: debras