Minerals

94% of Americans don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables to get an adequate amount of minerals in their diet, and even when we do, our soils are so depleted that even organic foods are lacking in mineral content.

Minerals are imperative for health, and a marked deficiency in any one of the important minerals actually results in disease, according to a well-publicized report published by the Department of Agriculture entitled Document 64. Nobel Prize winner Linus Pauling traced the cause of all disease to a deficiency in minerals. And, since many minerals work synergistically, a deficiency in one mineral can be enough to cause a domino effect in the body.

Unfortunately, vitamins depend on adequate minerals in the blood to function. Because so many of us are mineral deficient, it is no wonder why many of the vitamins we supplement with do not have the desired effect.

Albion laboratories, the world’s leader in patents on supplemental minerals, published a conservative estimate of mineral deficiencies in the United States:

  • Magnesium: 75%
  • Iron: 58%
  • Copper: 81%
  • Manganese: 50%
  • Chromium: 50%
  • Zinc: 67%

So, how do we get depleted? In addition to virtually all soils in the United States being mineral deficient, poor digestion and absorption is a leading cause of not getting all the minerals we need.

One of Ayurveda’s strongest points is the resetting of waning digestive strength. From this perspective, we can optimize our digestion so that we can pull the maximum amount of nutrients out of the fruits and vegetables we eat, as well as digest supplemental minerals and vitamins better.

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