Mineral deficiency – health and wellness problems
The alarming fact is that food … now being raised on millions of acres of land that no longer contain enough … minerals are starving us, no matter how much of them we eat….
Lacking vitamins, the system (body) can make use of minerals, but
lacking minerals, vitamins are useless!
– USA Senate document 264, 74th Congress, 1936
Deficiency — U.S. Population
It has been recorded that 40% of the people who say they "feel good” actually suffer from some kind of a chronic disease. It is a well-known fact that more than 99% of Americans to some extent are deficient in minerals that are required for the maintenance of a healthy body.
The body needs various minerals for health, survival and wellbeing. Mineral deficiency means a condition where the concentration of any of the minerals essential to human health is abnormally low in the body. In some cases, low mineral concentration is defined as that which leads to an impairment in a function dependent on the mineral.
Minerals are essential to the functioning of organ systems and our entire body. Some of these minerals exist in large amounts in our body such as calcium. Others such as manganese exist in trace amounts but are, nonetheless, critical to our health and well- being.
Minerals are inorganic substances that regulate processes within the body. Minerals are in different structures within the body to create enzymes, hormones, skeletal bones, skeletal tissues, teeth and fluids. Calcium and phosphorus are the two most common minerals found in the body. Some of the other prevalent minerals found in the body are: iron, zinc, sodium, potassium, magnesium, sulfur, copper, chloride and others.
Inadequate diet can lead to mineral deficiency, or at least to insufficient minerals. Some of the more common deficiencies are iron, iodine, calcium etc deficiency. For example, iron is needed by the blood and iron deficiency leads to anemia and various other symptoms; iodine deficiency leads to goiter…
As many as a third of the world’s people do not meet their physical and intellectual potential because of vitamin and mineral deficiencies, according to a report released in New York today by UNICEF and The Micronutrient Initiative.
If one eats moderate-size meals every four hours, it is usually very rare to get a mineral or vitamin deficiency. This is because some inadequacies only become apparent after several months of none or little consumption. However, there is another problem: modern farming methods, using massive amounts of artificial fertilizers to get high yields, denude the soil of vital minerals. This means that some foods usually have little real goodness in them.
Repeating information about high levels of mineral depletion in agricultural soils worldwide has raised the question about the quality of the food we eat. Avoiding mineral deficiencies appears to be a difficult task, but fortunately there are ways around it:
Take mineral supplements. When mineral intakes do not meet dietary recommendations, supplements can make an important contribution.
Select fortified foods. Many foods are now fortified with calcium, iron, and other minerals, as well as with vitamins and other essential nutrients. Unfortunately, all fortifying has been performed with synthetic vitamins etc.
Grow your own. Soils can be analyzed and deficiencies corrected by adding missing elements to restore balance. Amend the soil and grow your own mineral-rich, healthy vegetables and fruits.