It’s hard to ignore when two time Nobel Prize Winner Dr. Linus Pauling stated “You can trace every sickness, every disease and every ailment back to a mineral deficiency.” Less than four percent of Americans eat sufficient fruits and vegetables to account for minimal mineral requirements, according to the RDAs. The main causes of mineral deficiency are poor digestion, depleted soils, malnutrition, and malabsorption.
Vitamins depend on minerals to function. As such a large percentage of us are mineral deficient, it’s no wonder that the vitamins we ingest often don’t deliver the vitality we expect. Minerals are responsible for thousands of bio-chemical processes in the body. Magnesium for example is involved in over 300 chemical processes that activate enzymes. It is also integral in the production of ATP, or energy in the body. Zinc is a co-factor in over 70 enzymatic processes and is responsible for skin, immunity, growth, muscular-skeletal issues and tissue repair. As many minerals work synergistically, a deficiency in just one mineral can have a devastating impact on the body. From 1040 to 1991, trace minerals in fruits and vegetables have declined by up to 76%! Even the trace minerals in organic foods are depleted. So even if you are eating a perfect diet you are probably deficient in one or more minerals.
Perhaps most important is the health of the digestive tract. Minerals attached to proteins in the gut and are transported through healthy villi into the blood. If digestion is weak and the villi are damaged, the proper proteins won’t be available to attach to a mineral and be transported across the gut wall.
A simple hair analysis test can determine which minerals you are deficient in. Wouldn’t you like to know?