Mineral supplements can be important for our health, especially if we don’t eat a well-balanced diet. In order to stay healthy, our body needs certain trace minerals and macrominerals (electrolytes). They’re responsible for keeping our heart, brain, bones, and muscles working properly and are important for enzyme and hormone production.
Iron - supports the gastrointestinal processes, the immune system, general energy and focus, and the formation of red blood cells.
Copper - assists with iron absorption and maintaining healthy immune function, as well as the overall health of bones, nerves, and blood vessels. It also works with iron to form red blood cells.
Iodine - just like we can only get omega-3s from fish, cod liver oil, and certain other foods, the body cannot make iodine. Supplementing our diet with iodine can help support thyroid health.
Zinc - provides a boost to the immune system and promotes a healthy heart and blood vessels.
Manganese - supports a healthy metabolism, and bone and brain health.
Cobalt - involved in the metabolism of fats and carbohydrates and works with vitamin B12 to support the nervous system.
Fluoride - promotes healthy teeth in infants, children, and adults.
What’s the difference between a mineral supplement and vitamin supplement?
Minerals are inorganic substances and maintain their chemical structure even when exposed to air, heat, or other elements. Vitamins, on the other hand, are organic compounds that are made by plants and animals. This means that they can be broken down by heat, air, water, fat, and even light.
Are minerals safe?
Our body requires various digestive enzymes, vitamins, and minerals in order to function properly and stay healthy. When taken within the recommended daily values, especially in coordination with our physician's recommendations, minerals are generally safe.
How do I choose a mineral supplement?
Just as we should when choosing joint supplements or anything new, we should pay special attention to the ingredients, country of origin, if the product is third-party certified, and if the potency is guaranteed. Buying from a reputable source can help ensure the quality and purity of the product.