Nature's Mighty Micro-nutrients: Minerals

While humans have been consuming minerals for thousands of years, researchers are just beginning to understand their significance to health. The human physiology is unable to manufacture minerals. Iron, magnesium and other minerals can be found only in the soil. Plants absorb them directly from the soil and we acquire them through the various steps of the food chain.

Minerals are constituents of the bones, teeth, muscles, blood, and nerves. They are vital to our overall mental and physical well-being. They take part in digestion, assimilation, muscle response and the production of hormones. If the body becomes deficient in one or more of these essential nutrients, a variety of symptoms can occur. Calcium deficiency, for example, may result in the softening of the bones and osteoporosis, while iron deficiency is commonly linked to anemia. In order to prevent mineral deficiencies and the resulting symptoms, the body needs to maintain the correct balance of minerals. Since they are synergistically related, no single mineral can function without the others.

According to The Council of Maharishi Ayurveda Physicians, a proper balanced diet should provide all minerals and nutrients required by the body, provided the body can digest and assimilate all these nutrients efficiently. If the digestion and absorption isn't optimal, many nutrients will not get to the tissues where they are needed. For this reason, supplements can be useless if their mineral content cannot be assimilated. And minerals that are not absorbed can be dangerous to the body.

Maharishi Ayurveda is a health system that combines minerals with herbs that assist the assimilation and delivery of the ingredients. Ayurveda has employed minerals for thousands of years, and the science of mineralogy was developed in India. The ancient sages had deep knowledge of minerals and their biological needs. They used iron, calcium, zinc and copper, and the ancient texts of ayurveda recognized their clinical deficiencies as well.

Ayurvedic mineral preparations are called bhasmas. These are created by heating the minerals again and again with herbal decoctions, using specific methods, temperatures and tools. Preparing these formulas takes months and in some cases years to produce the final product. Maharishi Ayurveda does not include heavy metals in their US products. Maharishi Ayurveda products contain a combination of natural minerals and herbs that support assimilation. Interestingly, each mineral requires a different delivery system. For example, copper is well absorbed through water, so drinking water from a Copper Cup will deliver the mineral to the cells of the body.

In the age of fast, canned and processed foods we get fewer minerals and nutrients from our diet. To get the most from natural mineral sources of vegetables, dairy and grains, eat organic fresh foods whenever possible. Organic agriculture does not use artificial fertilizers, chemicals, GMO's or pesticides, so the soil is not so depleted of minerals and trace elements. Whole grains such as quinoa, bulgur and millet contain more minerals than processed cereals and flours. Seeds and legumes are also a great source of minerals and vitamins.

To make sure you obtain all the minerals, add a diverse variety of fruits, vegetables, grains, lentils and nuts. To increase calcium in your diet, consume more green leafy vegetables, sesame seeds, walnuts, fresh coconut, milk, ricotta cheese and panir, a homemade cheese.

Additionally, make the most of the minerals in food by taking the Maharishi Ayurvedic herbal formulas for calcium, iron and multi-mineral absorption. A nutrient-rich organic diet that favors vegetables and fruit lightly cooked, along with these natural formulas, can help provide you with the minerals your body needs.

The calcium source of Calcium Support is Pearl Bhasma and is of very high quality. Its molecules are small and easy to absorb. The herbal components in the formula also enhance your body's ability to assimilate the calcium from the foods you eat.

DISCLAIMER: These results may not be typical. Results with products may vary from individual to individual. Information in this newsletter is presented for the sole purpose of imparting education on ayurveda, and neither the information nor the product is intended to diagnose, treat, mitigate, cure or prevent any disease. If you have a medical condition, or are pregnant or lactating, please consult a health professional. Before making changes to your diet or routine, it is recommended that you speak with your physician.


Disclaimer
The sole purpose of these articles is to provide information about the tradition of ayurveda. This information is not intended for use in the diagnosis, treatment, cure or prevention of any disease. If you have any serious acute or chronic health concern, please consult a trained health professional who can fully assess your needs and address them effectively. If you are seeking the medical advice of a trained ayurvedic expert, call or e-mail us for the number of a physician in your area. Check with your doctor before taking herbs or using essential oils when pregnant or nursing.