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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
Prunes, 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
Cereals, Fresh fruit, Nuts, Wholemeal flour, Brewer's yeast.
Properties of Copper
Copper keeps up your energy by aiding Iron absorption.
Sources of Copper
Cocoa, 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
Sea 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
Green (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
Green leafy vegetables, Nuts, Wholemeal flour.
Properties of Manganese
Manganese helps prevent fatigue.
Manganese aids muscle reflexes.
Sources of Manganese
Avocados, 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
Beans, dark green leafy vegetables, legumes, peas, beans, cereals, rice, yeast, whole grains.
Properties of Phosphorous
Phosphorous helps the body repair itself.
Sources of Phosphorous
Most Fruits, Pulses, Vegetables(esp.leafy green).
Properties of Potassium
Potassium assists in reducing blood pressure.
Sources of Potassium
Cereals, Coffee, Fresh Fruits, Vegetables, Whole-grain flour.
Properties of Selenium
Selenium helps the tissues retain its elasticity.
Sources of Selenium
Garlic, Whole-grain flour.
Properties of Sodium
Sodium helps your muscles to function.
Sources of Sodium
Table 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
Garlic, cabbage, brussels sprouts, onions, turnips, kale, lettuce, kelp, seaweed and some nuts.
Properties of Zinc
Zinc governs the contractility of muscles.
Sources of Zinc
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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