Why Trace Minerals are the Key to a Healthier Diet

plant-based nutritionIf you eat a diet full of healthful plant-based foods, odds are you are getting a pretty good dose of nutrition everyday. Plants are the best source of fiber, protein, calcium, iron, magnesium and tons of other vitamins and minerals necessary for a healthy, vibrant body. But even if you’re eating a great diet full of lots of variety and color, there may be benefits to adding vitamin and mineral supplementation into your routine.

Though years of chemical-intensive agriculture, our soils have become depleted of microorganisms that boost the health of the soils. Depleted soils lack minerals, and growing food in nutrient-poor soils yield nutrient poor foods. In fact, studies show that magnesium deficiency, iodine deficiency, B12 deficiency, iron deficiency and a host of other nutrient deficiencies are quite common. Check out this chart from the Environmental Working Group shows the most common deficiencies and the foods to solve it.

{Another key nutrient missing from our diet is fiber: read more about healthy fiber supplements from Trace Minerals}

But the good news is that soils can be restored with regenerative agriculture and organic farming methods, boosting both our health and the health of our planet. Restoring our soils to health is a key to climate change, but also a key to our own wellness.  But until the farms around the world become organic and our foods have pre-industrial levels of nutrition in them, vitamin and mineral supplementation is a pretty great solution. Not only do we need macro minerals, we need to ensure we’re getting trace minerals into our body everyday.

Trace Minerals vitaminsTrace minerals are those that we need in tiny amounts, but are vital to healthy functioning of our body. Research shows that: “Consumed in proper ratios, minerals and trace minerals have a profound effect on human health: they transport life-giving oxygen to the body; aid in the assimilation of other nutrients; form building blocks such as amino acids, hormones, and proteins; and can even act as antioxidants. Basically your entire body—including your hair, nails, bones, blood and nerves—relies on major and trace minerals for its proper function.”

I was recently gifted some awesome Trace Minerals Research products to sample to help boost our mineral levels, and I’m super happy with the products. The most potent, and perhaps most accessible product is the Concentrace Mineral Drops, which is an easy liquid form of minerals that can be added to any drink. It has a very slightly metallic taste, one that I find works best if I take as a supplement, rather than adding to a water or tea to be sipped. The minerals found in the Mineral Drops, harvested from Utah’s Great Salt Lake, are extensive:

Aluminum, Antimony, Arsenic (Inorganic), Barium, Beryllium, Bismuth, Boron, Bromide, Cadmium, Calcium, Carbonate, Cerium, Cesium, Chloride, Chromium, Cobalt, Copper, Dysprosium, Erbium, Europium, Fluoride, Gadolinium, Gallium, Germanium, Gold, Hafnium, Holmium, Indium, Iodine, Iridium, Iron, Lanthanum, Lead, Lithium, Lutetium, Magnesium, Manganese, Mercury, Molybdenum, Neodymium, Nickel, Niobium, Osmium, Palladium, Phosphorus, Platinum, Potassium, Praseodymium, Rhenium, Rhodium, Rubidium, Ruthenium, Samarium, Scandium, Selenium, Silicon, Silver, Sodium, Strontium, Sulfate/Sulfur, Tantalum, Tellurium, Terbium ,Thallium, Thorium, Thulium, Tin, Titanium, Tungsten, Vanadium, Ytterbium, Yttrium, Zinc, Zirconium, plus other naturally-occurring trace minerals found in seawater.

They also offer a multivitamin infused with these trace minerals, so you can get your macro- and micro-nutrients in one go. I use vitamins every few days to add to my already super clean and super healthy diet; I think of multivitamins as an insurance policy for regular use and I boost my intake if I’m really stressed, not eating well, or feeling a cold coming on (which is rare, thankfully!).

trace minerals dropsTrace Minerals Research has been creating health-boosting products for over 35 years, and have created nearly 80 products that all contain these health-promoting elements. These products pair minerals with other vital nutrients because the minerals prepare the body to absorb those additional nutrients more easily. Check out their website full of awesome information about why trace minerals are so important, and how important individual minerals are to our vital functions. Take a peek, and learn more about their exhaustive research into mineral balancing.

Find all their products, including a huge range of vegan product options online (vegetarians beware: some of their products contain shellfish for minerals). Many of their products are Non-GMO Verified, along with being kosher and halal.  You can purchase online or at your favorite local natural food stores.

Many thanks to Trace Minerals Research for the generous sample packs.


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A vegan chef, cookbook author, educator, writer, surfer, and yogi based in San Francisco, Andrea is also the Accounts Manager for Important Media. Follow her foodie adventures at AndreaBertoli.com, Vibrant Wellness Journal, Green Living Ideas and Eat Drink Better. Find more from Andrea on Facebook and Instagram