Douglas Laboratories Basic Minerals
Minerals play a variety of essential roles throughout the body. Some of the primary roles of each mineral include: Calcium is a principal mineral constituent of bones and is thus essential for strong bones. Magnesium is involved in energy metabolism, and is notably important in the heart, skeletal muscles,and nervous system. Iodine is necessary for the synthesis of thyroxin,the thyroid hormone that regulates the body's metabolic rate. Zinc is important for growth, immune system function, protein synthesis, antioxidant mechanisms, and wound healing. Selenium is an essential cofactor of glutathione peroxidase, a potent antioxidant. Copper regulates iron metabolism and activates superoxide dismutase, a powerful endogenous antioxidant. Manganese is essential for antioxidant systems in the body, bone growth, fat metabolism, and protein, nucleic acid, and cartilage synthesis. Chromium is required for normal blood sugar and lipid metabolism; it is an integral component of glucose tolerance factor (GTF). Molybdenum is involved in copper and iron transport, nucleic acid synthesis, and sulfur metabolism. Potassium is involved in normal muscle tone, nerve function, and many enzymes. Vanadium is active in lipid and glucose metabolism. Boron is involved in steroid hormone metabolism,cell membrane stability, and bone health.
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