ABSCESS   
ACID/ALKALI   
ACNE   
ADRENAL
AGE SPOTS   
AGING   
ALCOHOLISM   
ALLERGIES   
ALUMINIUM TOXICITY   
ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE   
AMINO ACIDS   
AMOEBA   
ANEMIA   
ANOREXIA   
ANTHRAX   
ANTI-AGING   
ANXIETY   
APPENDICITIS   
ARTHRITIS   
ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS   
ASPARTAME   
ASTHMA   
ATHEROSCLEROSIS   
ATHLETES FOOT   
ASTIGMATISM   
BACK PAIN   
BAD BREATH       
BED SORES   
BEE STINGS   
BELLS PALSY   
BLEPHARITIS   
BLOOD PRESSURE   
BODY ODORS   
BRAIN HEALTH   
BREAST CANCER   
BREAST PAIN   
BRONCHITIS   
BRUXISM   
BULIMIA   
BURNS   
BURSITIS   
CANCER   
CANDIDIASIS   
CANKER SORES   
CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASES
CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME   
CATARACT   
CELIAC DISEASES   
CHELATION THERAPY   
CHEMICAL ALLERGIES   
CHEMICAL POISONING   
CHICKEN POX   
CHLAMYDIA   
CHOLESTROL   
CHRONIC FATIGUE   
CHRONIC PAIN   
CIRCULATORY PROBLEMS   
CIRRHOSIS   
COLD SORES   
COLOR THERAPY   
COMMON COLDS   
CONCENTRATION   
COUGH   
CROHNS DISEASE   
CROUP   
CONSTIPATION   
CUSHING SYNDROME   
DANDRUFF   
DEHYDRATION   
DEMENTIA   
DENTAL HYGIENE   
DEPRESSION   
MENTAL DISORDERS   
DERMATITIS   
DIABETES   
DIARRHOEA   
DIGESTION   
DIVERTICULITIS   
ADDICTION   
DRY SKIN   
EFT   
ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION
EMPHYSEMA   
Endometriosis
ENVIRONMENTAL TOXICITY
EPILEPSY   
EYE HEALTH   
FAINTING   
FAT BURNING   
FATTYFATTY ACIDS   LIVER   
FEVER   
FIBROMYALGIA   
FLU   
FRACTURES   
FRIGIDITY   
GALL BLADDER   
GANGRENE
GASTRITIS   
GLAUCOMA
GOUT   
GINGIVITIS
HAIR LOSS   
HANGOVER   
HAPPINESS   
HAY FEVER   
HEARING LOSS   
HEART DISEASE   
HEART ATTACK   
HEMOPHILIA   
HEMORRHOIDS   
HEPATITIS A   
HEPATITIS C
HIATAL HERNIA   
HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE   
HIVES   
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HYPERACIDITY   
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IMMUNE SYSTEM   
IMPETIGO   
IMPOTENCE   
INDIGESTION
INFERTILITY
INCONTINENCE   
INSECT ALLERGY
INSECT BITES   
INSECT REPELLENTS
INSOMNIA   
IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME   
JAUNDICE   
JOCK ITCH   
JOINT PAIN   
KIDNEY DISEASE
KIDNEY STONES
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LACTOSE INTOLERANCE   
LARYNGITIS
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LUPUS   
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MEMORY LOSS   
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MENINGITIS   
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MOLES   
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MOOD   
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MINERALS

LINKS TO DISEASES

The results of a study printed in Archives of Toxicology indicate that most of illnesses that are debilitating in nature may be the result of poorly-bound iron which could be the reason why dangerous toxins are produced.  These dangerous toxins, known as hydroxyl radicals, causes a reaction with tissues and cells inside the body leading to the development of degenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis and Alzheimer’s disease.

The review was authored by Douglas Kell, a Bioanalytical Science professor of the University of Manchester.

Kell said that his work highlighted a crucial area which warrants further investigations in order to fully establish the association between having the wrong form of iron inside the body and the development of degenerative diseases. The role of iron in the prevention and treatment of some forms of degenerative diseases should also be looked into since this would obviously be of great benefit to people of all ages.

Professor Kell said that each disease pathway is, in some way, connected to the others.  He presented evidence which indicates that toxicological insults and the degenerative effects of numerous disease conditions are joined together by the dysregulation of iron. This finding specifically emphasizes the importance of iron metabolism and the need for iron chelating substances to inhibit degenerative disease progression. In order to protect the body from the dangers posed by poorly-bound iron, Kell underlined the vitality of taking in certain nutrients that has the capacity to tightly bind with iron.  These substances are also called iron chelators.

Vegetables and fruits that are brightly coloured, such as blueberries, are known to be rich sources of iron chelators.  Green tea also contains iron-chelating substances.

Why is there a need for Iron Chelators?

Iron chelators have the responsibility to “bind” with iron so that iron can perform its intended function well.  A loosely bound, or free, iron will be deposited in the blood stream and body tissues.  High numbers of free iron will start to accumulate in the tissues and in the blood, and this may prove toxic to the body by stimulating the formation of highly injurious compounds such as hydroxyl radicals.  These hydroxyl radicals attack DNA, proteins and lipids.

Iron chelators function by removing excess iron found inside the body. As soon as the toxic iron is removed, the body can start repairing the damage that may have occurred.

The Function of Iron inside the Body

A properly-functioning circulatory system is essential in order to ensure the proper functioning of the rest of the organs in the body.  The circulatory system delivers blood, which carries the much-needed nutrients and oxygen needed by cells and tissues to survive.  The oxygen is found inside haemoglobin – an important component of red blood cells (RBCs).  Iron is needed in order for the formation of haemoglobin. Without the presence of iron, haemoglobin production is greatly compromised.  When this happens, the oxygen-carrying capacity of red blood cells is compromised as well.  Without oxygen, body cells and body tissues will die.

Aside from haemoglobin formation, iron is also essential in promoting proper brain function and development; in enhancing muscle activity; in catecholamine metabolism; and also in the regulation of body temperature. A lack of iron compromises a person’s immune system by decreasing antibody production and diminishing T-cell numbers.

The Health Benefits of Iron

The different stages of development in a person’s life could greatly benefit from iron consumption.  From infancy to late adulthood, based on Erik Erikson’s Developmental Stages theory, iron plays an important role in the promotion of overall health.

Here are some of the health benefits of iron:

  • For infants, iron is extremely important during the first eight months of life.  Iron plays an important role in promoting brain growth and development.  Iron also helps prevent anaemia, which may be directly linked to both cognitive and motor developmental delays.
  • For pregnant women, iron is needed to ensure that the placenta is properly developed.  The placenta provided nutrients and oxygen to the growing fetus inside the mother’s womb. Iron is also important to prevent pre-term babies, and those with low birth weight.  Despite it being one of the most abundant minerals in the world, approximately 58 percent of pregnant women are still deficient of iron.
  • During the periods of adolescence, young adulthood and middle adulthood, where performing exercise is at its peak, or in periods where a person engages in increased physical activity, iron is lost in the process of sweating. This is makes it important to replace iron losses to ensure healthy levels inside the body.
  • For people who are in the stage of late adulthood, iron helps prevent fatigue by producing blood rich in haemoglobin.  Iron is also essential for the production of adenosine triphosphate, an enzyme needed for proper cell functioning and cell energy.

Food Sources that are rich in Iron

There exists a variety of foods that are rich sources of iron.  Some of these foods are beef liver, mussels, chicken liver, oyster, pork liver, clams, turkey, sardines, shrimp and beef are rich sources of iron.  However, I'm not a fan of most of those sources so I don't consume them.  For example, beef, chicken liver and pork liver are all high in cholesterol content.  Although these foods contain vitamins and minerals, I still suggest taking an iron supplement over consuming these foods.

Food sources of iron chelators include fruits such as grapefruits, pears, apples, bananas, dates, watermelons, figs, tomatoes, strawberries, blueberries, cantaloupe and oranges help enhance the absorption of iron inside the body.  Vegetables like pinto bean, red pepper, green pepper, potato, green beans, brussel sprouts, kidney beans and leafy greens such as spinach and broccoli also exert the same effects.

Herbs like dried rosemary, dried chervil, dried terragon, fenugreek seed, anise seed, ground savory, ground turmeric, dried basil, dried basil, bay leaf, dried oregano, cumin seed, black pepper and dried thyme are also rich sources.
Other sources include blackstrap molasses, dried apricots, sunflower seeds, caviar, almonds, roasted squash and pumpkin seeds, and many more.

Recommended Dietary Allowance for Iron

To ensure healthy levels of iron inside the body, the table below by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences lists the recommended dietary allowance for Iron:


Age

Females
(mg/day)

Males
(mg/day)

Lactation
(mg/day)

Pregnancy
(mg/day)

7 to 12 months

11

11

N/A

N/A

1 to 3 years

7

7

N/A

N/A

4 to 8 years

10

10

N/A

N/A

9 to 13 years

8

8

N/A

N/A

14 to 18 years

15

11

10

27

19 to 50 years

18

8

9

27

51+ years

8

8

N/A

N/A

When it comes to learning how to combat and prevent any disease in our lives, more often than not we discover that the key to this problem is something from nature that we are currently not getting enough of. The same goes with the connection found between cancer and the mineral Selenium. The recommended dosage of Selenium is 200 mg but the Life Extension Foundation's Disease Prevention and Treatment states that the average person consumes only 60-100 mg per day, which is not nearly enough to reap the benefits this mineral can provide.

Selenium is a powerful antioxidant, which plays a vital role in protecting and enhancing the immune system as well as preventing the growth of certain types of tumors throughout the body. When Selenium is combined with Vitamin C and Vitamin E together they can become even stronger and prevent free radicals from taking over the body from the inside out. Many people are not aware of the dangers of free radicals and how they can be the cause of the beginning of many different types of cancers. The free radicals can damage the DNA and create changes in our cells, which then can lead to deformed cells, creating the onset of cancer.

Selenium can actually help prevent the spreading and duplication of these damaged cells. This quite literally means that this mineral can stop the spread of cancer tumors when they are in your body and for many people this is the defining moment between life and death. Not only can Selenium help prevent the onset of many different types of cancer but according to the Life Extension Foundation, this mineral can also make the treatment of chemotherapy that much easier on your body.

Combined with Vitamin A and E, Selenium can actually reduce the toxicity of chemotherapy and make the treatment easier for every cancer patient to endure. Many people have wondered in the past what Selenium can really do and more and more its benefits are being published for the public to learn about. Now it is important to understand that you should not take more than 200 mg of Selenium a day and there are natural ways to consume this mineral before leaning towards supplementation.

  • Brazil nuts
  • Grains
  • Broccoli
  • Brown rice
  • Chicken
  • Garlic
  • Kelp
  • Vegetables
  • Onions
  • Mushrooms

Consider adding these foods to your healthy diet in order to make sure you are getting all the Selenium you need to combat the free radicals that may be trying to harm your body. Take action when it comes to fighting cancer and reduce your risks the natural way.

As you already know, calcium is a vital component when it comes to the strong formation of your bones and teeth. On a more serious level calcium also contributes to the proper regularity of the heart beat and nerve impulses. Calcium is a mineral that is needed to help lower cholesterol levels and can prevent cardiovascular diseases in both men and women. This essential mineral can be found within almost everyone’s diet today and therefore everyone is potentially lowering their risk for cancer and blood clotting. You may be now thinking that the only benefit of calcium you were aware of before today was that of strengthening bones and teeth. However there is much more to calcium than this.

Many people believe that the best way to receive calcium through your diet is through dairy products but this is not always the case. Many dairy products are high in fat and can be more dangerous to our health than beneficial. You will want to consider other sources of calcium such as:

  • Kale
  • Cabbage
  • Dark green leaves
  • Almonds
  • Broccoli
  • Prunes
  • Tofu
  • Oats
  • Salmon
  • Watercress

These are much safer for your health and you are still receiving the calcium requirements your body needs within a day. If you find that you cannot or do not like to eat these suggested foods you can use a calcium supplement and herbs as an alternative as well. Calcium can be found in the herbs alfalfa, eyebright, chickweed and fennel seed just to name a few. Keep in mind that food sources are always best. Calcium deficiency can lead to conditions such as aching joints, eczema, high blood pressure, rickets, tooth decay and insomnia just to name a few. These are all conditions that can alter our lives and our health for the long term.

Calcium has the potential to protect your teeth and bones from absorption of lead that can enter your system through the environment and the foods that we eat. If you are experiencing a calcium deficiency you can absorb this type of toxic metal and this can create another set of conditions that can harm your health. It is important to take calcium with magnesium and vitamin D, which increase the uptake of calcium. The company Nature's Way manufactures a high quality formula that contains calcium, magnesium, and vitamin D.

Another thing to take into consideration is the lifestyle that you are living because all it takes is moderate exercises to promote the intake of calcium. If you increase your exercise to intense levels you are actually hindering the intake of this essential mineral. Regular intense exercise requires a higher intake of calcium.

As you're now aware, calcium has a great deal of health benefits especially when consumed from the right resources. Eliminate the myths and traditions that milk and dairy products are the best resource and start utilizing alternative resources that are more beneficial for your overall health.

Chromium is a vital component when it comes to our energy levels today. This mineral is involved in the metabolism process of glucose and therefore is a vital component that cannot be replaced. Chromium maintains stable blood sugar levels through the proper utilization of insulin and therefore this mineral can be very important in relation to those suffering from diabetes and hypoglycemia. Additional amounts of chromium are required for pregnant mothers because the developing fetus requires a high demand for this mineral.

This is why so many pregnant mothers are advised to take chromium supplements in order to maintain proper blood sugar levels during the pregnancy as well.

Unfortunately the average American diet is chromium deficient. Not enough foods within our diet have the required amount of chromium within them and our bodies do not easily absorb this mineral. This is because a great deal of the chromium within the foods we consume are lost throughout the processing and manufacturing procedures. Some of the foods that contain the highest levels of chromium include:

  • Brown rice
  • Whole grains
  • Turkey
  • Broccoli
  • Eggs
  • Green beans
  • Mushrooms
  • Corn
  • Chicken

As you can see many of these foods are incredibly common in our everyday diet and therefore you may be receiving the proper amounts of this mineral after all. Did you know that if you are an avid athlete that your body requires a higher amount of chromium than the average person? With this information in mind it is a good idea to visit your physician and be tested for your chromium levels so you can have a realistic idea of what your levels are like in relation to what they should be considering the type of lifestyle you live.

A deficiency of chromium can lead to fatigue, glucose intolerance. On the other hand excessive intake of chromium can lead to chromium toxicity, ulcers and kidney and liver impairment. This is why it is vital that you are maintaining and consuming the proper and healthy amount of this mineral in order to utilize its health benefits safely. Many naturopathic professionals will tell you that chromium is best absorbed by the body when taken in the form of a supplement and depending what your levels are like this is an option to consider.

Zinc is an essential mineral when it comes to the proper functioning of the prostate gland as well as the reproductive organs of the body. Aside from these most commonly known benefits of this mineral, Zinc has been shown to prevent acne as it can regulate the performance of the oil glands beneath your skin; therefore eliminating acne altogether. Zinc also has the ability to promote a healthy and strong immune system while healing wounds at a faster pace. Most importantly, Zinc has the unique ability to protect the liver from chemical damage and create healthy forming bones simultaneously. This is just a small taste of the benefits and essential properties Zinc can provide for us today and many people do not even realize it.

There is a fine line between the amount of Zinc that our bodies need in order to function properly and receive these benefits and too much Zinc that can actually harm us further. You do not want to intake more than 100 milligrams of Zinc per day. This is the perfect amount to receive all the benefits we listed above but any more than this can actually harm your immune system function. There are many different situations in life that can extract your perfect levels of Zinc, which makes it necessary for you to understand how and when to replenish these levels. Diarrhea, kidney disease, diabetes and cirrhosis of the liver are common conditions and health problems that can actually take the Zinc away from your body.

Some of the most common sources of Zinc you can utilize on a day-to-day basis include:

  • Fish
  • Kelp
  • Mushrooms
  • Pecans
  • Poultry
  • Legumes
  • Lima beans
  • Pecans
  • Whole grains

This is only a small list of the different foods that can be consumed on a daily basis in order to help you maintain the perfect levels of Zinc, but not higher. Start by having your doctor test your Zinc levels so you can have a good idea as to where you currently stand and know where to go from there.

Zinc natural supplements are also available if you find your taste buds do not like the foods listed above and supplementation will help prevent a Zinc deficiency. The minerals in our bodies are there for a reason so it is important to make sure we always have enough to maintain our healthy system for the long term.

Magnesium is a mineral that is vital to the production of enzymes, especially when it comes to energy production. Not only this, Magnesium also takes part in the calcium and potassium absorption processes. This is a mineral that cannot be overlooked or brought to levels of deficiency because it can lead to quite serious conditions and health problems. Some of the symptoms of a Magnesium deficiency include irritability and nervousness. This type of mineral deficiency directly affects the transmission of nerve and muscle impulses as well. By choosing to supplement your diet with Magnesium, a "miracle mineral" as I like to call it can help you eliminate dizziness, depression, twitching and also help you maintain a normal PH balance throughout the body.

Studies have shown that taking a Magnesium supplement during pregnancy can significantly decrease the risk of birth defects. A study that was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association stated that there was a 70% lower occurrence of mental retardation in children whose mother’s took Magnesium during the duration of the pregnancy. Also the occurrence of cerebral palsy was an even greater 90% lower. This is only one example to show you today just how important Magnesium is to our bodies and how greatly a deficiency can harm us over time.

Magnesium deficiencies have been found at the root of several different life threatening problems today including cardiovascular disease, hypertension, cardiac arrest, asthma, depression, chronic pain, IBS and chronic fatigue. Several of these conditions are quite serious and if all you have to do is begin supplementing your diet to raise your Magnesium levels to avoid these types of health problems in your future, why not? It can be hard to know just what your Magnesium levels are at and because of this there is test you can ask your trusted physician to perform in order to know exactly where your levels are and what you can do to raise them.

If you are not interested in taking supplements let’s look at some of the healthy foods you can consume in a day that contain higher levels of Magnesium.

  • Fish
  • Apples
  • Apricots
  • Avocados
  • Bananas
  • Brown Rice
  • Cantaloupe
  • Green vegetables
  • Garlic
  • Tofu
  • Watercress
  • Whole grains

As you can see there is a wide variety of foods you can get your Magnesium from and there is a good chance some of these foods are already in your daily diet!

 

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