Minerals are a organic substances necessary for a proper functioning metabolism. These minerals can be found in very small quantities throughout our bodies (4% of our body consists of minerals). Minerals are necessary for numerous activities in our bodies, such as the formation of bones and teeth. Moreover, minerals are essential ingredients of body fluids (electrolytes) and components of enzyme systems, tissues and hormones. Just as with vitamins, we ingest minerals from our food and they are needed for many processes in our body to function well. Minerals can be subdivided into two groups: the micro and macro minerals. The macro minerals or macro elements group consist of the following: calcium, magnesium and phosphor, which we need in large quantities in our daily nourishment. The biomarker project ‘biomarkers for depression’ showed that a lot of patients suffering from depression have reduced magnesium levels in their cells. Stress is an important reason of the loss of magnesium in cells. Minerals, chrome, selenium and zinc have a direct effect on the intracellular magnesium levels. These are micro minerals from which we only need a small amount a day. In order for our bodies to function properly we need sufficient amounts of about 20 minerals. However, there’s some indications that the mineral supplies in our nutrients are reducing which will result in deficiencies. Unhealthy food intake, an unhealthy lifestyle and the use of medicine can cause mineral deficiencies. Fatigue is one of the first indicators here. Although many people have accepted fatigue as part of life, it is though an important signal of deficiencies and upcoming health issues. These animation videos give insights in scientific research regarding the role of minerals in certain diseases and symptoms.
Magnesium is also known as the anti-stress mineral. This specific mineral has a beneficial effect on the immune system and is known to relieve stress, depression, tension and mental fatigue. Furthermore, magnesium improves memory and concentration. Brainlabs research of ‘biomarkers for depression’ showed that biomarkers for magnesium deficiencies have the strongest correlation with depression Magnesium deficiencies in cells often remain unnoticed in regular healthcare check-ups in serum, more information on this can be found here. For the scientific studies go to the page minerals under the subdivision ‘minerals and depression.’
Chrome is involved in the HDL-cholesterol production in the liver. HDL-cholesterol is capable of removing LDL-cholesterol in the blood vessel walls. Chromes helps converting carbohydrates into energy. It also promotes insulin sensitivity. Additionally, people with low blood sugar levels (patients suffering from diabetes) benefit from the intake of extra chrome, for scientific studies go to the page minerals under the subdivision ‘minerals and depression.’
The 15 milligrams of selenium in our bodies can be found primarily in the liver, pancreas, blood and kidneys. Selenium is the co-factor of the enzyme glutathionperoxidase, which has a strong anti-oxidizing effects. Moreover, selenium improves the regulation of our blood pressure, raises immunity and helps transport of poisonous metal out our bodies. Lastly, selenium is of importance for the proper functioning of thyroid hormones and plays – together with the co-oënzyme Q10 – an important role in converting nutrients to energy.
The mineral zinc can be found mainly in our brains, in the area of the brain we call the Hippocampus. This area that is called the hippocampus- is named after a sea horse, which you might understand if you look more closely. Every human being has two of these, a left and a right one. The hippocampus plays a part in forming our memory and in our orientation . This organ relieves stress whenever you encounter an anxious or stressful situation by lowering the cortisol levels in your blood. With Alzheimer and depression, the hippocampus is one of the first areas to be affected. Zinc works curative with depression, for scientific studies on this go to the page minerals under the subdivision ‘minerals and depression.’ Furthermore, zinc plays a crucial role in our immune system and numerous neurologic diseases. Zinc is also a vital part in about 300 enzymes in our bodies. This because zinc takes part in quite a few metabolic processes, the mobility of vitamins A, the synthesis of hormones and the control of gen expressions. Zinc is also involved in forming heritable genetic material, proteins and defense mechanisms. Lastly, zinc is important for our taste development and the production of insulin.
Hieronder vindt u links naar wetenschappelijke artikelen (PDF) over het belang en de rol van mineralen.
Magnesium algemeen en diagnostiek
Mineralen en voeding
Mineralen en depressie / achteruitgang cognitieve vaardigheden
Mineralen en Diabetes
Mineralen en hart- en vaatziekten