Manganese Manganese Manganese is a mineral that is given little publicity and yet it is very important to our health. Whilst it is known to be essential, many think that shortages of it are unlikely. Yet this is almost certainly not the case. Manganese, like magnesium, is a cofactor for a great number of cellular enzymes. When deficiency occurs, it Read More


Potassium Potassium Adequate intake of potassium is very important. It is a macromineral, meaning that the dietary requirement for it is substantial and is measured in grams per day. The human intake of this mineral was undoubtedly high in pre-civilisation diets (e.g. the so-called “stone age diet”). Modern diets have diverged away from this historic norm so that outright or Read More


Selenium Selenium is known first and foremost for its antioxidant properties. Antioxidants inhibit damaging reactions occurring from the presence of so-called “free radicals” in the body. The free radical damage is thought to induce an increased susceptibility of chronic ailments in general and to accelerate the processes of ageing. Selenium appears to play a significant role in the body’s Read More


Zinc It is difficult to say that one mineral is more important than others when they are all essential, but zinc stands out for its very wide range of functions and the connection of these functions to vital processes. The key areas for zinc have long been regarded as reproduction, brain function and immunity. So important are these that Read More

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