What are trace minerals? They are minerals we need in small amounts. Around 1 to 100 mg per day, that is. They are essential to the production of certain bodily compounds. Glutathione is among these compounds, and it greatly benefits from trace minerals. Dr. Stephen Smith gives an overview of how important trace minerals are in the video below.
What are Trace Minerals? | Glutathione Formation
In This Article:
- What are Trace Minerals?
- How do Trace Minerals Help Glutathione?
- What are the Benefits of Trace Minerals in General?
- Where do we Get Trace Minerals From?
What are Trace Minerals?
Trace minerals, also called microminerals, are the type of minerals we need in small amounts. We may only require a few micrograms of trace minerals per day but they have a significant impact on our health. Trace minerals act as catalysts for important compounds and water-soluble vitamins that form in our bodies. Examples of trace minerals are:
How do Trace Minerals Help Glutathione?
Selenium, one of the trace minerals, is crucial to glutathione activity. Glutathione is an essential compound that prevents damage to our cells. In a nutshell, it is an antioxidant.
The human body produces glutathione on its own but with selenium, you may maintain or even increase its levels. With adequate selenium, we have more protection against oxidative stress, which speeds up aging and leads to diseases when left unchecked. A deficiency in this trace mineral affects antioxidants badly. It may cause weaker immune function, age spots, cataracts, and liver cirrhosis, among others.
What are the Benefits of Trace Minerals in General?
Trace minerals help in:
- Regulating thyroid
- Forming tissues
- Absorbing glucose
- Repairing tissue
- Transporting oxygen
- Maintaining nervous system function
All these lead to the following benefits:
- An increase of energy levels
- Fortification of the immune system
- Rejuvenation of cells
- Improvement of concentration
- A balance in hormone levels
Where do we Get Trace Minerals From?
We get trace minerals from a well-balanced diet. Sadly, we are not always sure about the quality of our food sources. We may need to consume a large amount of food before we even get the recommended amount of each trace mineral.
According to Dr. Stephen Smith, he has tested hundreds of patients for trace mineral levels. But he has yet to find one who has a normal level of essential minerals. The good news is that we can boost the number of trace minerals through supplementation.
Learn more about trace minerals in this video by Agape Nutrition:
Despite needing trace minerals in small amounts, they perform important functions in the body. Maintaining a well-balanced diet always counts. Tie it up with regular exercise, a healthy lifestyle, and trace mineral supplements to ensure the best results.
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Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. None of the nutritional products mentioned is intended to Diagnose, Treat, Cure, or Prevent Any Disease.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on April 18, 2017, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.