Catalysts in Action
MINERALS: As important as vitamins are, they can do nothing for you without minerals. Vitamins cannot be assimilated without the aid of minerals. And though the body can manufacture a few vitamins, it cannot manufacture a single mineral. All tissues and internal fluids of our body contain varying quantities of minerals. Minerals are constituents of the bones, teeth, soft tissue, muscle, blood, and nerve cells. They are vital to overall mental and physical well-being.
Minerals act as catalysts for many biological reactions within the body, including muscle response, the transmission of messages through the nervous system, the production of hormones, digestion, and the utilization of nutrients in foods.
Builds and maintains bones and teeth; regulates heart rhythm;
eases insomnia; helps regulate the passage of nutrients in &
out of the cell walls; assists in normal blood clotting; helps
maintain proper nerve and muscle function; lowers blood pressure;
important to normal kidney function and in current medical
research reduces the incidence of colon cancer, and reduces blood
DEFICIENCY SYMPTOMS: May result in arm and leg muscles spasms, softening of bones, back and leg cramps, brittle bones, rickets, poor growth, osteoporosis ( a deterioration of the bones), tooth decay, depression.
IMPORTANCE: Plays an
important role in regulating the neuromuscular activity of the
heart; maintains normal heart rhythm; necessary for proper
calcium & Vitamin C metabolism; converts blood sugar into
DEFICIENCY SYMPTOMS: May result in calcium depletion, heart spasms, nervousness, muscular excitability, confusion; kidney stones.
Its major function is to combine with protein and copper in
making hemoglobin. Hemoglobin transports oxygen in the blood from
the lungs to the tissues which need oxygen to maintain basic life
functions. Iron builds up the quality of the blood and increases
resistance to stress and disease. It is also necessary for the
formation of myoglobin which is found only in muscle tissue.
Myoglobin supplies oxygen to muscle cells for use in the chemical
reaction that results in muscle contraction. Iron also prevent
fatigue and promotes good skin tone.
DEFICIENCY SYMPTOMS: May result in weakness, paleness of skin, constipation, anemia.
Aids in the development and functioning of the thyroid gland;
regulates the body's production of energy; helps burn excess fat
by stimulating the rate of metabolism; mentality, speech, the
condition of the hair, skin, & teeth are dependent upon a
well-functioning thyroid gland.
DEFICIENCY SYMPTOMS: May result in an enlarged thyroid gland, slow mental reaction, dry skin & hair, weight gain, loss of physical & mental vigor.
Necessary for the absorption & utilization of Iron; helps
oxidize Vitamin C and works with Vitamin C to form Elastin, a
chief component of the Elastin muscle fibers throughout the body;
aids in the formation of red blood cells; helps proper bone
formation & maintenance.
DEFICIENCY SYMPTOMS: May result in general weakness, impaired respiration, skin sores.
an antioxidant nutrient; necessary for protein synthesis; wound
healing; vital for the development of the reproductive organs,
prostate functions and male hormone activity; it governs the
contractility of muscles; important for blood stability;
maintains the body's alkaline balance; helps in normal tissue
function; aids in the digestion and metabolism of phosphorus.
DEFICIENCY SYMPTOMS: May result in delayed sexual maturity, prolonged healing wounds, white spots on finger nails, retarded growth, stretch marks, fatigue, decreased alertness, susceptibility to infections.
MANGANESE IMPORTANCE: An
antioxidant nutrient; important in the blood breakdown of amino
acids and the production of energy; necessary for the metabolism
of Vitamin B-1 & Vitamin E; Activates various enzymes which
are important for proper digestion & utilization of foods; is
a catalyst in the breakdown of fats & cholesterol; helps
nourish the nerves and brain; necessary for normal skeletal
development; maintains sex hormone production.
DEFICIENCY SYMPTOMS: May result in paralysis, convulsions, dizziness, ataxia, loss of hearing, digestive problems, blindness and deafness in infants.
with insulin in the metabolism of sugar and stabilizes blood
sugar levels; cleans the arteries by reducing Cholesterol &
Triglyceride levels; helps transport amino acids to where the
body needs them; helps control the appetite; medical research has
shown that persons with low levels of Chromium in their bodies
are more susceptible to having cancer and heart problems and
DEFICIENCY SYMPTOMS: May result in glucose intolerance in diabetics; atherosclerosis, heart disease, depressed growth, obesity, tiredness.
Works with sodium to regulate the body's waste balance and
normalize heart rhythms; aids in clear thinking by sending oxygen
to the brain; preserves proper alkalinity of body fluids;
stimulates the kidneys to eliminate poisonous body wastes;
assists in reducing high blood pressure; promotes healthy skin.
DEFICIENCY SYMPTOMS: May result in poor reflexes, nervous disorders, respiratory failure, cardiac arrest, muscle damage.
SELENIUM IMPORTANCE: A
major antioxidant nutrient, protects cell membranes and prevents
free radical generation thereby decreasing the risk of cancer and
disease of the heart and blood vessels. Medical surveys show that
increased selenium intake decreases the risk of breast, colon,
lung and prostate cancer. Selenium also preserves tissue
elasticity; slows down the aging and hardening of tissues through
oxidation; helps in the treatment and prevention of dandruff.
DEFICIENCY SYMPTOMS: May result in premature aging, heart disease, dandruff, loose skin.
TRACE MINERALS Minerals that occur in tiny amounts or traces. They play a major role in health, since even minute portions of them can powerfully affect health. They are essential in the assimilation and utilization of vitamins and other nutrients. They aid in digestion and provide the catalyst for many hormones, enzymes and essential body functions and reactions. they also aid in replacing electrolytes lost through heavy perspiration or extended diarrhea and protects against toxic reaction and heavy metal poisoning.