Why Take A Mineral Supplement?
According to available data, almost no matter where we live, our food supply is deficient in minerals. So if you don’t supplement, your body is most likely malnourished. Here is just some of that data.
The Food and Nutrition Board currently recommends that supplements or fortified foods be used to obtain desirable amounts of some minerals.
Most multi-vitamins contain very few minerals.
Boron used to be in the fruits and vegetables you eat. But commercial farming has depleted our soil from many of the minerals you need to stay healthy. And boron is a big player. The prostate needs it to stay happy and healthy. A man who lives to age 80 has a 90% chance of having an enlarged prostate gland. Boron helps to maintain your prostate gland at the normal size. Especially as a guy, it’s just one mineral you don’t want to miss out on!
This is not new news! 80 years ago, in 1936, the 2nd Session of the 74th Congress of the United States Senate was warned that the American people faced major mineral depletion due to “modern” farming methods. The Senate Report was based on a study conducted by Dr. Charles Northern. It was further supported by research completed at Yale, Rutgers, John Hopkins, Columbia and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Dr. Northern demonstrated “that countless human ills stem from the fact that impoverished soil of America no longer provided plant foods with mineral elements essential to human nourishment and health.”
The Senate report made the following points.
“Our physical well-being is more directly dependent upon minerals we take into our systems than upon calories or vitamins, or upon precise proportions of starch, protein or carbohydrates we consume.”
“Do you know that most of us today are suffering from certain dangerous diet deficiencies which cannot be remedied until depleted soils from which our food comes are brought into proper mineral balance?”
“Laboratory tests prove that the fruits, the vegetables, the grains, the eggs, and even the milk and the meats of today are not what they were a few generations ago.”
“It is not commonly realized, however, that vitamins control the body’s appropriation of minerals, and in the absence of minerals they have no function to perform. Lacking vitamins, the system can make some use of minerals, but lacking minerals, vitamins are useless.”
As mentioned in the Senate report, lack of minerals in our soil even affects our vitamin intake. Organ meats were once high in B12. Not so any more. In 1989 and 1990 nutritional researcher, Sylvia Ruth Gray, commissioned lab tests which showed zero B12 in beef liver, Swiss cheese and chicken breast and only 2.19 micrograms in beef heart. The tests done in 1960 showed 122, 1.71, .5 and 14.2 mcg respectively. The sharp decline in B12 was attributed by Gray to pollution and mineral depleted soil. The mineral cobalt promotes B12 synthesis.
Now if the 1936 projections for an increase in degenerative disease as a direct result of nutrient depletion were not motivating enough for you to be racing for a mineral supplement, digest this! Recent tests prove conclusively that the vitamin and mineral content of food today is far lower now than it was 50 years ago. Compared to crops raised 50 years ago a Canadian study found that potatoes have lost:
100% of vitamin A
57% of vitamin C
57% of iron
28% of Calcium
A US study found similarly. From the start to the end of the 20th century the average mineral content declined 75% from 400mg to 50 mg in cabbage, lettuce, tomatoes and spinach.
Compared to a human body, a car engine is extremely simple. It runs on petrol or diesel. If you put petrol in a diesel engine or diesel in a petrol engine it just doesn’t run and you could destroy it. If you have a high performance car and you put low octane fuel in it, it will still run but three things will happen:
you won’t get as much power from the engine
you’ll hear the engine knock
it will not last as long
Human bodies are remarkable things. Each cell in the body has its own engine. Like a car, to deliver maximum power, this cell engine requires the right fuel. In the case of the cell, optimum nutrition. Because they are self-monitoring and self-regulating, bodies will do the best they can with whatever you feed them, good or bad. The normal person is putting very low octane fuel in their potentially high performance body. Their body does with this low octane fuel what it can, but like a car engine it:
delivers less energy
gets sick and develops diseases
ages faster and dies earlier than it should
Compared to bodies, cars are far simpler and far easier to maintain. A car has a fuel gauge so we can see when it is running on empty. If we put low octane fuel in it, we hear the engine knock.
Our body does not have a fuel gauge for its vitamin and mineral content. We don’t get a blood test done to check the mineral levels. We can’t tell if we are running on empty. We are not taught to recognise the source of or respond appropriately to our body’s equivalent of engine knock. Most doctors are not trained in nutrition. If you have a problem with your body, the normal handling is to feed it drugs. All most drugs do is put masking tape over the fuel gauge! They do not address the underlying causes - inflammation, glycation, oxidation, toxification and nutrient depletion.
Is it any wonder we are suffering degenerative diseases in far greater numbers than our grandparents? All this contributes to an early death for large numbers of the population.