This is part seven in a series of articles about trace minerals.
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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. In this article, I will discuss the following minerals along with what they contribute to a healthy diet: Phosphorus, Iodine, Chromium and Iron. Phosphorus is known for maintaining healthy blood sugar levels. Iodine helps control the function of the thyroid gland. Chromium helps the body store energy from food, while Iron helps with carrying oxygen to our cells.

Phosphorus is an important constituent of human bones and thus, one can’t imagine making a move without the adequate amount of this mineral in the body. In fact, Phosphorus is considered as the second most profuse mineral in the human body, second to calcium. Apart from providing strength to bones and teeth, other health benefits of Phosphorus are important in helping our body perform essential activities for different body parts like brain, kidney, heart and blood. Thus, Phosphorus is important. It is also a part of the body’s storage system, and helps with maintaining healthy blood sugar levels. The regular contractions of the heart are dependent upon Phosphorous, as are normal cell growth and repair.

Iodine controls the functioning of thyroid glands in the human body, which in turn has a significant influence on the metabolic processes in the body. The thyroid gland uses Iodine to make chemicals that affect our growth, the way we develop and how we burn the energy that we get from the food we eat. The health benefits of Iodine help in the optimum utilization of calories thereby preventing its storage as excess fats. Other benefits of Iodine are removal of toxins from the body and assistance for the system in utilizing calcium and silicon. If we don’t get enough Iodine in our diets, we can expect to have a loss in energy and to gain weight.

Chromium, in fact, is an element that is essential to good human health. It does many important things in the body. Most significantly, it is a vital component of a molecule that works with insulin to stabilize blood sugar levels. In other words, it helps our bodies absorb energy from the food we eat and stabilizes the levels of energy that we feel throughout the day. Our bodies need sufficient quantities of Chromium to make many of the large biological molecules that help us live. This vital element can also help increase muscle mass while reducing fat mass in our bodies. It helps cells, such as heart muscle cells to absorb the energy they need to work properly.

The element, Iron, has many functions in the body. Iron is used by the body to make tendons and ligaments. Certain chemicals in our brain are controlled by the presence or absence of Iron. It is also important for maintaining a healthy immune system and for digesting certain foods we eat. Iron is necessary for cell function and blood utilization. Blood loss is the most common cause of iron deficiency. Pallor and extreme fatigue are the symptoms of Iron deficiency anemia. The health benefits of Iron mainly include carrying life-giving oxygen to human blood cells. About two-thirds of the bodily Iron is found in hemoglobin. Other symptoms of Iron deficiency are chronic disease, cough, anemia in pregnancy, predialysis anemia, and many more.

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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

Author's Bio: 

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