Are Minerals The New Nutrients?
Trending in the mineral world are four heavy hitters. You've read and heard about them, you’ve just been selective as to when you’d need them. Let's take a look!
Copper - It's being praised as a savior to your immune system. It's actually a trace mineral that’s important in the formation of your red blood cells. It also means you only need a small amount of it in your body to achieve optimum health. It helps provide energy and contributes to the normal functioning of muscles. Copper plays an important part in the formation of melanin. Melanin gives your skin its color. In the world of skin care, Copper is used in creams and serums for anti-aging, anti-inflammatory and brightening effects.
Selenium - This is your inflammation fighter. It's an antioxidant mineral that supports your immune system and encourages elasticity in your skin. It's been used in products for healthy heart function as well. Athletes operate under high oxidative stress levels, selenium is often provided as part of their dietary intake. Food choices would include spinach, tuna, salmon and pineapple for selenium intake.
Manganese - This helps to process cholesterol, carbohydrates and protein in your body. You only need a small amount of it. Manganese has been known to help strengthen memory issues that can occur with age. We’d better slip some of this to the twenty year old, they're forgetting more than a lot of mature ones. Manganese has gained the title as a Brain Booster. So a hand full of nuts, whole grains and leafy green vegetables on a daily basis will be good for you.
Chromium - Praised as The Weight Loss Mineral, Chromium is a mineral that helps regulate hormone insulin. It's critical to your body’s metabolism and storage of carbohydrates and fats. Chromium is said to work because it improves the way carbohydrates get into your cells to be used as energy. Otherwise they remain in your bloodstream and increase your body fat.
It's important to consult with your physician and nutritionist. Food and the vitamins and minerals it provides it extremely important to your health. While the minerals listed are not as well known as others, they represent a growing trend in taking responsibility for your well being.
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