Mineral Deficiency Symptoms

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The natural health researchers at Institute for Vibrant Living (IVL) have investigated the natural remedies available for mineral shortages in the diet. Here is their report:


What exactly are minerals?

Minerals are inorganic substances that are essential for a healthy body, as they help to create hormones, enzymes, bones, tissues, teeth and fluids.  


Minerals are divided into two categories: 

1. macro minerals

2. trace minerals


The body needs larger amounts of the macro (meaning "large" in Greek) category. 


The macro mineral group is composed of:









The trace mineral group is composed of:









Other trace minerals: molybdenum, selenium, phosphorus, iodine, and sodium.


The Bone Builders

Calcium and Vitamin D are essential for maintaining bone density and reducing the risk of fracture. 


As women are particularly prone to calcium deficiency, it is important that they have a bone scan by age 60 and take a daily calcium supplement – (ionic and monatomic liquid vitamins and minerals such as L Minerate 528 are now available from Institute for Vibrant Living).


These ionic and monatomic minerals have the best bio-absorbable characteristics. They are so molecularly small - they go directly into the cells when ingested.


In elderly adults, supplementation of calcium and vitamin D can markedly enhance bone density and reduce fractures.  To learn more, visit IVLProducts.com and use search term: L Minerate 528.


Effects of Mineral Deficiencies on the Body:


Calcium is a well known mineral. If deficient, it can produce:

Improper brain function

Low bone mineral density

Muscular symptoms like aches, pains, twitching, spasms and cramps


Magnesium  is important for maintaining energy levels.  A deficiency in magnesium triggers:

Retention of sodium

Muscular symptoms such as tremors and spasms

Loss of appetite



Personality changes

A calcium deficit (which results in low blood potassium levels)


Potassium keeps the muscles and nervous system working properly.  Because of its alkaline properties, it helps the body maintain pH levels and regulates the amount of water in the blood and body tissues.  The most important function of potassium is in helping to regulate blood pressure.

A deficiency in potassium triggers:

Hypokalemia  (a super-low level of potassium in the blood, which can be fatal)


Muscular weakness



Memory loss.

Iron which the body uses to produce hemoglobin, a substance in red blood cells that transports oxygen from the lungs to body tissues. When there is a deficit in iron, the red blood cells are fewer and smaller than usual, and anemia results. 

Iron-deficiency anemia will likely cause :





Difficulty concentrating

Pale appearance

Brittle nails

Cracked lips

Note - Supplementing with iron can increase risk for diabetes in women.

Some of the best iron sources are dietary, in the form of clams, oysters, beef, shrimp, turkey, enriched breakfast cereals, cooked beans and lentils and pumpkin seeds.


Zinc is essential for healthy growth in humans, animals and plants, for mental development in children and proper functioning of the immune system. 

Symptoms of zinc deficiency include:

Hair loss

Skin lesions



White spots or lines on the fingernails


Chromium is essential in the use of glucose for energy and for the metabolism of amino acids and fats.  

Symptoms of chromium deficiency include:

Glucose intolerance

Elevated cholesterol

Unexplained weight loss


Note - Folks over age 55 who exercise regularly may lose chromium through the urine and will probably need supplementation.  Some chromium supplements contain yeast, which can interfere with certain prescription drugs, and chromium is unsuitable for pregnant or breast-feeding women and for epileptics.


Taking Preventative Measures

A good diet is the foundation of a healthy body, but to ensure proper nutrition and to stave off symptoms of deficiency, make sure to take high-quality liquid vitamins and minerals on a daily basis.


Natural mineral supplementation is more important than ever. When you consider the risks, it only makes good sense to start taking a quality mineral and vitamin supplement TODAY!


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David Flores is a natural health researcher for Institute for Vibrant Living, a leading source for all-natural supplements, vitamins, and minerals for many health and nutrition challenges.  To learn more about the products offered by the Institute for Vibrant Living visit http://www.ivlproducts.com


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This article was published on 2010/11/12