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Mineral supplements are a controversial topic since many consider them to be chemical in nature and therefore an unnatural way to good health. But the growing demand for these supplements indicates that there is a large section of people who believe that they are beneficial to health. These people see mineral supplements as important substitutes for individuals who are unable to eat balanced, healthy meals on a daily basis. Some also opine that these supplements should only be available by prescription. But why does the body require minerals?
Liquid minerals supplements are specially formulated for those who cannot consume adequate food to fulfill their nutritional needs. Such people include the elderly and hospital patients. There are different purposes for each such supplement. There are supplements available for poor appetite, swallowing difficulties, weight loss and glycemic control. Liquid minerals supplements are generally composed of sugar, corn syrup, protein, water, milk and certain vitamins and minerals. There are certain minerals which are needed in larger amounts, and some that are needed in smaller amounts. Minerals present in large amounts in the body are magnesium, potassium and calcium. Those which are required in small amounts are called trace minerals. These include selenium, copper and chromium among others. Colloidal minerals supplements consist of trace minerals. These are supposed to be negatively charged and hence are attracted to the intestinal walls. These trace minerals are beneficial for functions such as digestion, absorption of other nutrients and enzyme activation. Many people take a multivitamin mineral supplement in order to prevent nutritional deficiencies. Not consuming a balanced diet on a daily basis can lead to such deficiencies and may also lead to certain types of cancers. Many doctors recommend multivitamin minerals supplements for building muscle.
When buying vitamin and mineral supplements, it is important to do so after proper research and consultation. Reading the labels carefully is another essential step in buying the right supplements. The best vitamin and mineral supplements are not very cheap. The quality of nutrition contained in any supplement is determined by the way in which they are manufactured. Some supplements may contain certain additives which are not healthy for the body. The best thing to do before buying any vitamin and mineral supplement is to consult a doctor. Also one should not rely completely on these supplements since they are not a substitute for healthy food.
|Submitted on January 16, 2014|