This is part eight in a series of articles about trace minerals. My goal has been to share what I have discovered about the importance of trace minerals and how necessary they are in one’s diet.
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In this article, I will discuss the following minerals along with what they contribute to a healthy diet: Manganese, Rubidium, Cobalt and Copper. Manganese is a coenzyme to assist in metabolism. Rubidium helps to keep cells from aging. Cobalt helps with digestion, while Copper is essential for a number of important body functions.

Manganese is essential for glucose utilization, for lipid synthesis and for lipid metabolism. Manganese plays a role in cholesterol metabolism and pancreatic function and development. Manganese is involved in the normal skeletal growth and it activates enzyme functions. Health benefits of Manganese ensure healthy bone structure, bone metabolism, helps in building essential enzymes for building bones. It acts as a coenzyme to assist metabolic progression in the human body. Apart from these, there are other health benefits of Manganese actively involved in forming connective tissues, absorption of calcium, proper functioning of thyroid, sex hormones, regulating blood sugar level, and metabolism of fats and carbohydrates. Manganese is a mineral form, found in our human body in a very minimal amount. Manganese is an actual component of manganese super oxide dismutase enzyme. It is a powerful antioxidant that searches out the free radicals in the human body and manages to neutralize these damaging particles and prevent any potential danger they may cause. The body may contain at the most 20 mg of Manganese concentrated in our kidneys, pancreas, liver and most importantly in our bones. Manganese is very important for normal functioning of the brain and nerve areas of our body.

Rubidium has a close physiochemical relationship to potassium and may have the ability to act as a nutritional substitute for it. Although Rubidium is not considered essential, some evidence suggests that Rubidium may have a role in free radical pathology and serve as a mineral transporter across defective cell membranes, especially in cells associated with aging. So, in my book, it is important!

Cobalt is another required element for good health. It forms the core of Vitamin B-12. Without Cobalt, vitamin B-12 could not exist. The body uses this vitamin for numerous purposes. Vitamin B-12 is necessary for the normal formulation of all cells, especially red blood cells. It also helps vitamin C perform its functions, and is necessary for the proper digestion of the food that we eat. Additionally, vitamin B-12 prevents nerve damage by contributing to the formulation of the protective sheath that insulates nerve cells. A deficiency of vitamin B-12 can cause our red blood cells to form improperly. This can prevent our red blood cells from carrying enough oxygen from our lungs to the different parts of our bodies, thus causing a condition called anemia.

Copper is an element that is very important for good health. Cooper is critically important for dozens of body functions. The health benefits of Copper include proper growth, utilization of iron, enzymatic reactions, connective tissues, hair, eyes, aging and energy production. Apart from these, heart rhythm, thyroid glands, arthritis, wound healing. RBC formation and cholesterol are other health benefits of Copper. The health benefits of Copper are crucial for healthy existence, as this mineral enables normal metabolic process in association with amino acids and vitamins. Copper cannot be produced within the body and hence needs to be sourced from external sources. Copper is the third most prevalent mineral in the body and it is mostly carried by the blood plasma protein, ceruloplasmin. Copper facilitates in the absorption of iron and supports vitamin C absorption. Copper is also involved in protein synthesis and is an important factor in the production of RNA. Copper is a required component of many redox enzymes, including cytochrome c oxidase.

Disclaimer: I am an avid reader with a craving for learning about life itself, especially when concerns health, happiness, outer and inner beauty. I am not a medical professional. I am just someone having a need to share what I’ve learned and discovered.

My Sources
Trace Elements and Other Essential Nutrients, by David Watts
Minerals For the Genetic Code, Charles Walters, Jr.
Dead Doctors Don’t Lie, by Joel D. Wallach and Ma Lan
Minerals, Trace Elements, and Human Health, by Alexander G. Schauss

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Author's Bio: 

Kelley Curl is the author of, “My Curly Hair Self: Living with a Visual Processing Disorder.”