Vitamin and mineral supplements.
The relatively few studies that have explicitly investigated the role of vitamin and mineral supplements in promoting health and preventing disease have generally found benefits from the supplements.
In fact, evidence is increasing rapidly for a beneficial role of supplementation with a number of nutrients, including vitamins B6, C, and E; beta-carotene and other carotenes; folic acid; calcium; magnesium; and other factors.
Although there is little dispute about the importance and functions of many vitamins and nutrients, questions arise regarding the levels necessary to produce optimum health. Many contend that the optimal levels of these compounds can be obtained in a normal diet and that the effect of additional amounts is negligible. Most enzymatic functions depend on minute amounts of these bio available trace minerals. The major minerals are instrumental in all kinds of life-sustaining activities in your body. Such as iron, calcium, magnesium, selenium, and zinc, essential for preventing deficiency diseases. For example, magnesium is required for the activation of more than 300 enzymes in the body and for the use of some vitamins and minerals, is required for normal function and structure of the arteries, heart, kidneys, bone, and for the neuromuscular system. Magnesium is also needed for calcium absorption, Iodine for thyroid function, iron in blood oxygen exchange, and chromium in blood sugar regulation.
The decline in the minerals content of many plants is the result of a steady deterioration in soil, air, and water quality. Environmental changes that have lead to a
increase in depletion of minerals and other inorganic compounds from our food. The
importance of the minerals present in sea vegetables is increasing and now more important to humans and animals than ever before. The 1997 edition of Food Composition Handbook shows a 25-50% decline in the vitamin and mineral content of foods since the last survey done in 1975.
Most enzymatic functions depend on minute amounts of bio available trace minerals.
The major minerals are instrumental in all kinds of life-sustaining activities in your body.
The use of some vitamins and minerals, is required for normal function and structure of the arteries, heart, kidneys, bone, and for the neuromuscular system. Magnesium is also needed for calcium absorption, iodine in thyroid function, iron in blood oxygen exchange, and chromium in blood sugar regulation.
People consider themselves healthy unless they are ill or overweight but you could call it borderline health. For optimum health you need to achieve vitality and lots of energy, mental clarity, improved digestion, most of us weight loss and a reduced risk for development of serious diseases. Our modern civilization is starving for
nutrients lacking in our food chain.
Comparisons of population groups have demonstrated a close and consistent relationship between the adoption of this affluent diet and the emergence of a range of chronic, noninfectious diseases, such as coronary heart disease, cerebrovascular disease, various cancers, diabetes mellitus, gallstones, dental caries (cavities), gastrointestinal disorders, and various bone and joint diseases (World Health Organization, 1990).
In Traditional Chinese Medicine our bodies and our selves reflecting the natural world, our
lifestyle the food we use. The power of the Earth (plants) to be combined with products of
the Sea (flexibility) and variation (spices and herbs), Key to a long and healthy life.
The craving for salt, despite the fact that most food are heavily salted, with sodium chloride,
home- cooking, restaurant meals, and preserved foods is a strong indication of potassium
deficiency. Potassium is essential for even minimal nerve and muscle functioning , cross-
membrane transport, for neurotransmitters and hormones.