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What Essential Nutrients For Optimal Health?

Your Body Depends On You For Survival…

Each human being has been given a body that sustains life through a series of actions and interactions.

There are over 10 Trillion cells in your body each containing your specific DNA. DNA is a complete map of your body that lists the purpose, placement and function of all cells. DNA synthesis is not possible without the proper amounts of essential nutrients – so naturally, you would not want it to become damaged or hindered.

To function optimally, remain disease free and reverse ageing –  humans need Over 100 essential nutrients:

  • 70+ Minerals (the nuts and bolts that hold your body together)
  • 16 Vitamins (essential for normal cell function, growth, and development)
  • 21 Essential Amino Acids (the building blocks of life)
  • 2-3 Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) (the building blocks of cell membranes – needed for energy, the skin, heart, eyes and the brain.)

Even though the body does produce some vitamins (vit D), it produces absolutely zero minerals and essential fatty acids.

Appropriate combinations of natural supplements are extraordinarily valuable for counteracting forces of disease.

When used properly – in the right dosage and frequency –  they can be lifesaving.


Minerals

Enormous amounts of research have been building for decades – showing the connection between trace mineral deficiencies and serious debilitating diseases.

  • “You can trace every sickness, every disease, and every ailment to a mineral deficiency.” – Dr Linus Pauling, two-time Nobel prize winner
  • “The lack of minerals is the root of all disease.” Dr Gary Price Todd

 

Trace minerals are critical to human health and mental wellbeing.

They are considered the most important missing link in nearly everyone’s health supplementing decisions and critical to any solution to health problems.

Without trace minerals other health supplementing remedies are rendered virtually useless. Trace mineral are proven to be indispensable to every organ, gland and muscle in the body. Trace minerals are essential to all life functions.

Modern agricultural practices within the last 75 years have nearly eradicated all naturally occurring minerals in farming soil –  depleting previously naturally found minerals in food that are indispensable life force elements.

Farming practices rely on chemical fertilisers and focus on yields, not nutrition. Chemical fertilisers only replace a handful of trace minerals.

There are over 5,000 clinical studies confirming this:

The United Nations confirms this. “Trace elements are not regularly applied to the soil by the use of the common fertilisers. Their removal from the soil has been going on for centuries without any systematic replacement.”


Consider this report

The situation is so serious that the United States senate in 1936, 74th Congress, 2nd Session warned the American people of major mineral depletion due to “modern” farming methods. The Senate Report was based on a study conducted by Dr. Charles Northern. It was further supported by research completed at Yale, Rutgers, John Hopkins, Columbia and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Dr. Northern demonstrated “that countless human ills stem from the fact that impoverished soil of America no longer provides plant foods with mineral elements essential to human nourishment and health.”

Other excerpts from this eye opening report;

“Our physical well-being is more directly dependent upon minerals we take into our systems than upon calories or vitamins, or upon precise proportions of starch, protein or carbohydrates we consume.”

“Do you know that most of us today are suffering from certain dangerous diet deficiencies which cannot be remedied until depleted soils from which our food comes are brought into proper mineral balance?”

“Laboratory test prove that the fruits, the vegetables, the grains, the eggs, and even the milk and the meats of today are not what they were a few generations ago”

“It is not commonly realized, however, that vitamins control the body’s appropriation of minerals, and in the absence of minerals they have no function to perform. Lacking vitamins, the system can make some use of minerals, but lacking minerals, vitamins are useless.”

The 1992 Earth Summit Report documents declining mineral values in farm and range soils over past 100 years: North America 85% South America 76% Europe 72% Asia 76% Africa 74% Australia 55%.

 

Most minerals are considered essential and comprise a vast set of micronutrients.

There are macrominerals (required in amounts of 100 mg/day or more) and microminerals (required in amounts less than 15 mg/day).

When minerals are derived from food sources you absorb them in a charged state (ionic state). Minerals will be in either a positive or negative state and reside inside or outside your cells.


Vitamins

Vitamins are organic compounds that are essential in very small amounts for supporting normal physiologic function.

You need vitamins in your diet, because your body can’t synthesise them quickly enough to meet your daily needs.

Vitamins have three characteristics:

  • They’re natural components of foods; usually present in very small amounts
  • They’re essential for normal physiologic function (growth, reproduction, etc).
  • When absent from the diet, they will cause a specific deficiency

Vitamins are generally categorised as either fat soluble or water soluble depending on whether they dissolve best in either lipids or water.

Fat soluble vitamins are mostly absorbed passively and must be transported with dietary fat. These vitamins are usually found in the portion of the cell which contains fat, including membranes, lipid droplets, etc. Fat soluble vitamins can be excreted via facies, but can also be stored in fatty tissues. If you don’t eat enough dietary fat, you don’t properly absorb these vitamins. A very low-fat diet can lead to deficiencies of fat-soluble vitamins.

Water soluble vitamins are absorbed by both passive and active mechanisms. Their transport in the body relies on molecular carriers. Water soluble vitamins are not stored in high amounts within the body and are excreted in the urine along with their breakdown products.

Vitamins and their derivatives often serve a variety of roles in the body – one of the most important being their roles as cofactors for enzymes – called coenzymes


Amino Acids

Twenty percent of the human body is made up of protein. Protein plays a crucial role in almost all biological processes and amino acids are the building blocks of it.

A large proportion of body cells, muscles and tissue is made up of amino acids, meaning they carry out many important bodily functions, such as giving cells their structure. They also play a key role in the transport and the storage of nutrients.

Amino acids have an influence on the function of organs, glands, tendons and arteries. They are furthermore essential for healing wounds and repairing tissue, especially in the muscles, bones, skin and hair as well as for the removal of all kinds of waste deposits produced in connection with the metabolism.

Jones and Erdmann explain the changes in medical opinion in the following way: “Unfortunately, in the real world countless factors are working to prevent our bodies from receiving a full and balanced supply of these all-important substances. Among these factors are the pollution caused by burning fossil-fuels, the hormones fed to cattle, the intensive use of fertilisers in agriculture, and even habits such as smoking and drinking, all of which can prevent our bodies from fully using what we eat. Worse still is the amount of nutrition that is lost from our food through processing before we actually get to eat it…By providing the body with optimal nutrition, amino acids help to replace what is lost and, in doing so, promote well-being and vitality.”

“If the body is lacking in the minimum energy and nutrients, the body cannot carry out its bodily and mental functions. Without the necessary vitamins, proteins (amino acids), trace elements and minerals, there is a risk of debilities and metabolic disorders which can have serious consequences.”

Jones believes that almost every disease caused by civilisation is a result of imbalances in our metabolism. The amino-acid pool is jointly responsible for achieving a balanced metabolism.

The amino acid pool describes the entire amount of available free amino acids in the human body. The size of the pool amounts to around 120 to 130 grams in an adult male. If we consume protein in the diet, the protein in the gastro-intestinal tract is broken down into the individual amino acids and then put back together again as new protein. This complex biological process is called protein biosynthesis. The entire amino acid pool is transformed, or ‘exchanged’ three to four times a day. This means that the body has to be supplied with more amino acids, partly by protein biosynthesis, partly by the diet or through consumption of suitable dietary supplements.

The objective is that the amino acid pool is complete and maintained in the correct combination. If the one or more amino acids are not available in sufficient quantities, the production of protein is weakened and the metabolism may only function in a limited way.

Sources

  • Amino-Acid Studies.com
  • Erdmann, R. & Jones , M., (1987) The Amino Revolution, First Fireside Edition, p2.
  • DAK-Studie: Immer mehr Senioren mit Mangelernährung in Klinik, Hamburger Abendblatt (Dezember 2011)

Essential Fatty Acids (EFA)

Fat plays a role in just about every aspect of health, right down to the very cells that make up your body. Fortunately, it’s easy to get the fat that you need, and your body is even able to create its own fatty acids to prevent deficiency.

There are certain types of fatty acids, however, that you must get through your diet as your body is not able to produce them linoleic acid (omega-6 fatty acid) and alpha-linolenic acid (omega-3 fatty acid).

Known as essential fatty acids, getting enough of these healthy fats in your diet is crucial to maintaining optimal heath and preventing deficiency.

Alpha-linolenic acid is converted in the body to the active forms of omega-3 fatty acids, docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA).

Functions of essential fatty acids include improving immunity, cell signaling, mood and brain health, plus decreasing inflammation.

Some research shows that increasing your intake of essential fatty acids could enhance mental and physical performance, help treat some diseases, promote mental health, and improve body composition.

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