Plant based mineral supplements are available from various sources, some as colloidal (liquid) minerals and others are whole foods rich in organic minerals - such as blue green algae or the ancient but newly popular acai berry that grows on palm trees in the Amazon rain forest in Brazil.
The Importance of Organic Minerals
USDA statistics show the average American diet is significantly lacking in the essential minerals needed for energy production and protection from free radical damage as well as other vital functions. This is according to statistics from the USDA's 19934-96 Continuing Survey of Food Intakes by Individuals and 1994-96 Diet and Health Knowledge Survey. Additional information is from The Council For Responsible Nutrition Recommended Intakes of Vitamins and Essential Minerals. www.crnusa.org/benefits.html
The importance of minerals in the diet is often overlooked. Life-sustaining minerals are necessary for 95% of the body's daily functions. Although the body can function without vitamins, it will die without minerals.
We naturally produce vitamins from our inherent mineral supply, so when that supply is depleted, the body suffers. Soil depletion, poor crop rotation, and loss of valuable topsoil due to flooding and over-irrigation has eliminated much of the natural trace mineral content from our modern food supply.
In fact, many of the fruits and vegetables we consume today contain only 8 to 12 minerals (organically grown produce may contain up to 20.)
Plant based mineral supplements - whole foods
When we improve our nourishment by eating quality food packed with the full spectrum of trace minerals, the body has a chance to be as healthy and energized as it is designed to be.
According to Dr. Charles Northern, MD, "In the absence of minerals, vitamins have no function. Lacking vitamins, the system can make use of minerals, but lacking minerals, vitamins are useless."
Blue Green Algae contains almost every organic mineral in trace amounts, which is what the body needs to function well. Trace minerals can literally mean the difference between buoyant good health and serious disease.
They are absolutely vital to our health and well-being.