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Minerals that are Essential to your Body, Mind and Longevity

We all know that Calcium and Magnesium are critical minerals that are absolutely essential to grow and maintain healthy bones and teeth, yet very few people get nearly enough in the combination of their regular diet and their multivitamin. The ideal ratio would be to supplement a healthy diet with 1000mg calcium to 500mg of magnesium (2:1).

These two essential minerals are also extremely important for maintaining muscles and nerves and something that may surprise you, your brain function! As we age, our bones, teeth, muscles, nerves and brain function are some of the most important areas of our mind and body we will all want to maintain as much as possible.

Now there is even more exciting news about Calcium. In the American Journal of Epidemiology, February 2010 researchers from Stockholm, Sweden reported that the men that were the top calcium consumers had a 25 percent lower risk of dying from any cause and a 23 percent lower risk of dying from heart disease, relative to men that had the least amount of calcium in their diet. The researchers concluded and I quote: “Intake of calcium above that recommended daily may reduce all-cause mortality.” This should not be surprising, since calcium has been shown to help support healthier blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels.

As calcium helps contract muscles, Magnesium helps relax muscles. My patients with low magnesium level often suffer from asthma, muscle cramps, constipation, higher blood pressure, menstrual cramps, Charlie horses and cardiac rhythm issues.

Zinc is critical for growth and to nourish the tissues that make up your body. It is crucial for wound healing, immune function, antioxidant support, overall healthy complexion, bone integrity and also a myriad of other significant cellular functions. For men, zinc is especially important for fertility and also prostate health, as the prostate has been reported to have the highest concentration of zinc of all glandular tissues. And teenagers like zinc because it helps with acne.

Vitamin D is a superstar that has recently returned from obscurity. We were all told to stay out of the sun, cover up when outside and slather our bodies with SPF of 15 or higher. I agree that skin cancer needs to avoided, but you should have also been told that as a result, your vitamin D levels will drop dramatically, and this will create higher risks of cancer, heart disease, depression and autoimmune disease. There is even growing evidence that sufficient vitamin D may help support a leaner, healthier body weight and help control blood sugar as well.

Betaine HCl and Glutamic Acid have also been added to this powerful supplement as it has been estimated that upwards of 50 percent of people at the age of 60 have inadequate amounts of stomach acid to optimally absorb their minerals, protein and many other critical nutrients. A little Betaine HCl and glutamic acid can often help my patients enhance their mineral absorption to help achieve their goal of mineral repletion.

The vast majority of us need a solid mineral supplement that augments our diets and basic multivitamin. Calcium, magnesium, zinc and vitamin D all help fuel vital pathways that sustain your health and life. When your body is optimally nourished, it is only then that it will optimally perform!

Recommended Supplement: Calcium, Magnesium & Zinc with Vitamin D

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