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Minerals for Good Health

Minerals for Good Health

Minerals are required for a healthy, fit body and are present in fresh food. Processed foods are often lacking in something, and minerals and vitamins can be dramatically reduced from fresh food in processing. By eating as much fresh food as possible, there is more chance of absorbing the vitamins and minerals we require every day. The major minerals we require are calcium, potassium, sodium, magnesium, and phosphorus.

An important mineral especially for the bones, which is where 99 percent of the calcium in our bodies is stored. Itís also important for healthy teeth and gums. The best source of calcium is dairy products. Good sources of calcium in garden vegetables include: Turnip greens, broccoli, and kale.

Required by almost every cell in the body, with 85 percent of it stored in the bones. Phosphorus helps keep cells, bones and teeth healthy. The best sources of phosphorus are normally high protein foods such as dairy, produce, fish and meat. Good sources of phosphorous in garden vegetables include: Sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, mushrooms, broad beans and globe artichokes.

Plays a role in energy and metabolism and is important in controlling calcium in the blood and processing fat. The best sources of magnesium are wheat germ, dairy products and chocolates. Good sources of magnesium in garden vegetables include: Spinach, broad beans, green beans, broccoli, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds.

Keeps the water balance in our bodies under control. In addition to keeping water levels correct, sodium plays a part in nerve impulses and muscle contractions. It also helps keep the acid alkaline levels balanced. The best source of sodium is salt. Other sources include cheese, canned olives and packaged cereals. There is only a trace of sodium in fresh garden vegetables. If no processed foods are consumed on a daily basis, it is enough to add just a little salt when cooking.

Along with sodium, potassium helps keep the acid/alkaline balance in the body. It also helps store sugar and is essential for muscle function. The best sources of potassium are whole grains, dairy products and red meats. Good sources of potassium in garden vegetables include: Asparagus, spinach, tomatoes, broad beans and potatoes.

Read more: Diet & Nutrition, Eating for Health, Food, Health

Adapted from Grow Your Own Pharmacy by Linda Gray (Findhorn Press, 2007).

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1:18AM PDT on Oct 6, 2013

What this article fails to explain is that animal products create a negative nutrient balance because of their acidity. Yes dairy products have a lot of calcium, that's why the marketing of the dairy industry which this author buys into works. But the acidity of animal flesh and secretion products is just ripe with health problems like osteoroposis. The industrys wants people to believe that dairy products are absolutely necessary for health when they are in fact telling people that is is ok for them to poison themselves with something that belongs to baby calves. Where do cows get their calcium? from plants? This article is just industry propaganda.

5:47AM PDT on Apr 26, 2013


8:48PM PDT on Apr 25, 2013

I appreciate this info...thank you!

3:20PM PDT on Apr 25, 2013


1:59AM PST on Jan 14, 2013

Thank you :)

3:22AM PST on Jan 12, 2013


3:22AM PST on Jan 12, 2013

As for magnesium, they have forgooten cucumbers.

3:21AM PST on Jan 12, 2013

As for calcium, I'd be sceptical. My mother is a doctor. She says she has patients who drink a lot of milk in accordance with the predominant advice and who have osteoporosis anyway. Vegetable sources are probably better.

9:28PM PST on Jan 11, 2013

ok all are found in greeny leafy vegetables

6:55PM PST on Jan 11, 2013


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