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Nutrition: The Properties of Minerals and Vitamins

A knowledge of the minerals, vitamins and other substances needed for the human body to function at optimum levels is very useful and worthy of deep study. It has been shown that, probably due to modern intensive farming methods, the levels of vitamins and minerals found in fresh vegetables etc is significantly lower now than they were in the past. These initial lower levels along with over cooking, processing + microwave cooking etc means that it is a challenge in the modern age to eat healthily. Residual pesticides and chemical addictives that increase shelf life or "improve" flavor etc further reduce the nutritional value of the food generally available. For this reason the wise person, avoiding morbid obbsession, takes an interest in the quality of food that they consume.

Nutritional supplements, whilst largely unnecessary in past ages as a general rule, now have a place in the modern diet. Apart from any physical symptoms a diet lacking essential vitamins can effect the mental/psychological and emotional well being as well leading to depression, laziness, agression and poor memory etc etc. On this page I will collect a list of properties for the wide range of minerals and vitamins that are relevent to human wellbeing.


Properties of Boron:
Boron helps the body retain minerals, such as Calcium and Magnesium.
Boron can help raise low testosterone levels back to normal levels.

Sources of Boron:
bulletPrunes, Raisins, Parsley Flakes, Apples and Almonds.


Properties of Calcium:
Calcium maintains strong bones and healthy teeth.
Calcium helps metabolise your body's Iron.
Calcium keeps your heart beating regularly.

Sources of Calcium:


Properties of Chlorine:
Chlorine helps keep you to stay supple.

Sources of Chlorine:


Properties of Chromium:
Chromium helps to control the blood's cholesterol levels.
Chromium helps control fat levels.

Sources of Chromium:
bulletCereals, Fresh fruit, Nuts, Wholemeal flour, Brewer's yeast.


Properties of Copper:
Copper keeps up your energy by aiding Iron absorption.

Sources of Copper:
bulletCocoa, Peas, Raisins. Nuts (particularly walnuts, peanuts, Brazil nuts and cashews), pumpkin, sunflower and sesame seeds. Breads and cereals.


Properties of Fluorine:
Fluorine strengthens bones.

Sources of Fluorine:


Properties of Iodine:

Sources of Iodine:
bulletSea plants such as kelp and seaweed. Fruits and vegetables grown in coastal regions. Iodized salt.


Properties of Iron:
Iron promotes resistance to disease.
Iron prevents fatigue.

Sources of Iron:
bulletGreen (leafy) vegetables, Nuts, Peas, Whole grains, Oat Bran, Apricots.


Properties of Magnesium:
Magnesium promotes a healthy cardio-vascular system.
Magnesium is needed to retain and utilize Calcium in the body.

Sources of Magnesium:
bulletGreen leafy vegetables, Nuts, Wholemeal flour.


Properties of Manganese:
Manganese helps prevent fatigue.
Manganese aids muscle reflexes.

Sources of Manganese:
bulletAvocados, Nuts, Pulses, Tea, Vegetables, Whole-grain cereals.


Properties of Molybdenum:
Molybdenum helps in the fight against dental cavities and tooth decay.
Molybdenum helps keep a person alert.
Molybdenum can help prevent impotence.
Molybdenum plays a role in the body's ability to keep blood sugar levels in balance.

Sources of Molybdenum:
bulletBeans, dark green leafy vegetables, legumes, peas, beans, cereals, rice, yeast, whole grains.


Properties of Phosphorous:
Phosphorous helps the body repair itself.

Sources of Phosphorous:
bulletMost Fruits, Pulses, Vegetables(esp.leafy green).


Properties of Potassium:
Potassium assists in reducing blood pressure.

Sources of Potassium:
bulletCereals, Coffee, Fresh Fruits, Vegetables, Whole-grain flour.


Properties of Selenium:
Selenium helps the tissues retain its elasticity.

Sources of Selenium:
bulletGarlic, Whole-grain flour.


Properties of Sodium:
Sodium helps your muscles to function.

Sources of Sodium:
bulletTable Salt etc.


Properties of Sulphur:
Sulphur keeps hair, fingernails and skin strong and healthy.
Sulphur helps the body rid itself of toxins.

Sources of Sulphur:
bulletGarlic, cabbage, brussels sprouts, onions, turnips, kale, lettuce, kelp, seaweed and some nuts.


Properties of Zinc:
Zinc governs the contractility of muscles.

Sources of Zinc:
bulletWhole-grain flour.

Nutrition is a complex subject as the various substances interact with each other. It is possible to overdose on some vitamins and minerals and caution must be used.

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