Consuming Sufficient Cobalt

Cobalt is a trace mineral that forms part of the structure of vitamin B12. The total amount of cobalt in your body is 1.1 mg. It is readily absorbed from your small intestine, and your liver stores most of your body’s cobalt. Cobalt is essential to humans as well as to animals. It is the main […]

Reflecting on Chromium

Chromium is an essential trace mineral. French chemist Louis-Nicholas Vaquelin discovered it in 1797. Many years later, Walter Mertz, an American physician and research scientist, discovered that chromium played a key role in carbohydrate metabolism. Later researchers agreed that chromium may be the most active component in a group of nutrients that play an important role […]

Taking Note of Nickel

Nickel is an essential trace mineral. Although a number of cellular effects of nickel have been documented, no deficiency disease has been described in humans. Nickel is found in highest concentrations in your lungs, kidneys, and some hormone-producing tissues. Nickel can activate or inhibit several enzymes that usually contain other elements. Nickel may play a […]

Mollifying Concerns About Molybdenum

Molybdenum is a trace mineral required by almost all living organisms. It works as a cofactor for enzymes that carry out important chemical reactions involving carbon, nitrogen, and sulfur. It is involved in many important biological processes, possibly including development of the nervous system, waste processing in the kidneys, and energy production in cells. Molybdenum assists in […]

Investigating Iodine

Iodine is a trace mineral that your body uses to synthesize the thyroid hormones, thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). T4 contains 4 iodine atoms. When the amount of thyroid hormone in your blood drops, your pituitary gland secretes a hormone called thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH). As its name suggests, TSH then stimulates your thyroid gland, located in the […]

Getting the Right Amount of Zinc

Zinc is a mineral that you need on a daily basis, but only in very small amounts (50 milligrams or less), which makes it a micromineral. People don’t get sufficient amounts of zinc can have impaired overall growth as well as impaired sexual maturation. Zinc can: Regulate genetic activities: Most of your cells contain a nucleus, […]

Managing Your Intake of Manganese

Manganese, a trace mineral that your body uses in many enzyme systems, is found widely in nature, but occurs only in trace amounts in your tissues. Your body contains a total of 15-20 milligrams of manganese, most of which is located in your bones, with the remainder found in your kidneys, liver, pancreas, pituitary glands, […]

Pumping Iron

Iron is a mineral that is vital to your health. It is in every one of your cells, primarily linked with protein in the oxygen-carrying molecule hemoglobin. Your body contains approximately 4 grams of iron. Iron is vital for: Oxygen distribution: Iron is the core of hemoglobin molecules, which are the oxygen-carrying components of your red […]

Building Strong Bones With Boron

Boron is a trace mineral that is critical to your health. It affects a broad range of biological processes involving macro-minerals, energy molecules such as glucose and triglycerides, amino acids and proteins, free radicals, bone mineralization, prostate health, mental function, estrogen metabolism, and numerous body systems. Boron can: Build strong bones: One of the first recognized […]