I’ve shown you how important minerals are, yet multiple mineral deficiencies have been found in a large percentage of the world’s population. This is not too surprising when you consider our current soil quality and recall from your previous reading that our food has a number of nutrients, including minerals, processed right out of it.
Here are some of the alarming deficiencies that have shown up:
If you’re concerned about getting all the nutrients you need, I recommend you take a supplement that provides you with the RDA of the minerals listed in the chart. And if you have spent time looking for just the right mineral supplement, you’ll be familiar with the word ‘chelated’. Chelation is the process by which minerals are absorbed and simply means that they are attached to a protein molecule that carries them into the bloodstream where they can be put to good use. The word ‘chelate’ comes from a Greek word that means ‘claw’. In the chelation process, the protein molecule actually surrounds the mineral like a claw and helps to make it available to the body.
Some mineral supplements cost more because they’re in chelated form. But there’s no need to pay extra. The truth is that your body automatically chelates minerals during the absorption process anyway – as long as there is also a source of protein. So take your mineral supplements with a meal that contains protein and save yourself some money.
Now let’s take a close look at the role of certain minerals in your health.