This is part six 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. In this article, I will discuss the following minerals along with what they contribute to a healthy diet: fluoride, silicon, nitrogen and selenium. Fluoride is known for helping to strengthen bones and teeth. Silicon is not only known as the beauty mineral, but it also provides numerous health benefits. Nitrogen is present in all living things, as well as making up part of the earth’s air. Selenium helps to protect the blood cells from certain damaging chemicals.
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Fluoride is an element that the body uses to strengthen bones and teeth. Fluoride has a direct effect on the calcium and phosphate metabolism and in small amounts may reduce osteoporosis. Trace amounts of fluoride produce stronger tooth enamel. It is also valuable in helping the body strengthen the bones in our bodies. Fluoride is the most important trace element in the body that affects the bones and teeth. Fluoride, along with a large quantity of calcium, is a large part of what makes our bones strong. When one’s body does not receive enough fluoride, bones start to lose calcium, and then become weak and brittle. However, too much fluoride has been known to cause heart disease and aggressive behavior in children.

Silicon is the cement that holds the brain together and is high in our genetic sequencing. It is necessary for normal growth and bone formation. With calcium, silicon is a contributing factor in good skeletal integrity. Silicon is a main component of osteoblasts, the bone forming cells. Silicon may help to maintain youthful skin, hair, and nails. Silicon is also known as a beauty mineral and thus, there are many health benefits of silicon. It not only causes the strengthening of connective tissues and bones, but is also useful in taking care of nails, hair, and skin. The health benefits of silicon also play a vital role in the prevention of atherosclerosis, insomnia, skin disorders and tuberculosis. Silicon is a vital trace mineral required by the body for strong and flexible joints, glowing skin and stronger bones.

Well-researched data on ovarian cancer reveals that a simple broken gene is responsible 87percent of the time. This is the most prevalent cancer among women. The one mineral needed to keep the ovarian cancer-connecting gene functioning is silicon. A telling symptom to observe is fingernail integrity. When fingernails have ridges from front to back, that is a good indicator of low silicon levels. Chicken skin is high in silicon. The horsetail herb contains high levels of silicon.

Unfortunately, selenium has received a bad reputation as a toxic heavy metal; but this element is actually very important to good human health. Selenium is an important part of a molecule in the body that protects blood cells from certain damaging chemicals. Together with vitamin E, selenium helps our immune system produce antibodies, which is obviously an immensely important task. Selenium helps keep the pancreas and heart functioning properly. A deficiency of this vital trace element has been linked to the development of leukemia, arthritis, and other diseases. Researchers have also found that the lower the concentration of selenium in the blood stream, the higher the risk of developing many types of cancer. Selenium has a profound effect on the stabilization of DNA strands of tumor-suppressing proteins, proteins that keep tumors from growing in the body.

Selenium is a nutritionally essential trace element that naturally occurs in soil. It enters our bodies through our food (both plant and animal products) and, to a lesser extent, water sources. Plants absorb selenium from the soil into their leaves, stems, seeds, and fruits. Animals eat plants containing selenium and this is stored in their tissues. Some foods that are good sources of selenium are grains grown in the Midwestern United States and animal meats. Certain foods like Brazil nuts are especially high in selenium.

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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.

Author's Bio: 

Kelley Curl 7 is the author of the book, "My Curly Hair Self: Living with a Visual Processing Disorder