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How much do you know? By Milan Frohlich, MSc., A.Sc.T., R&D Scientist Akuna Regulatory Affairs Coordinator

We have all heard at some point or another that minerals are important to our health.  However, not all of us are sure of why this is the case.  This lack of information may be a factor why an estimated 90% of North Americans suffer from a mineral deficiency or imbalance. 

Thanks to the extensive research conducted regarding the relationship between minerals and our health, it has become evident that sustaining a balanced level of minerals in every organ, tissue and cell of the human body may be prominent key to maintaining a healthy existence.  Unfortunately in today’s world, naturally occurring, nutrient-rich foods are becoming a thing of the past.  Fortunately, thanks to all this research and development, we can turn to nutritional supplements to support our health.

We tend to hear a lot about minerals such as calcium and magnesium but are often not familiar with the importance of some of these minerals which our bodies also require.  Trace minerals or trace elements are generally, uncommon minerals that practically all organisms need in minute quantities in order to trigger the production of enzymes and hormones for growth, reproduction and health maintenance of the animal or plant body. 

Nutritionally speaking, trace minerals by definition are those which are required by the human body in micro amount, i.e. in 100 milligrams (mg) dosages per day, or less.

Below is a closer look at three trace minerals, their function and their importance to the human body.

Manganese

The natural importance of manganese was discovered in 1936-37, when researches reported the development of bony malformation in poultry fed on a manganese-free diet.  Later studies also demonstrated the relationship of manganese to growth, bone development, reproduction, and the functioning of the central nervous system.

Manganese is an essential trace nutrient in all forms of life.  The human body contains about 10 to 20 mg of manganese, which is widely distributed throughout the tissues, stored mainly in liver and kidneys.  It plays an important role in a number of physiological processes as a constituent of some enzymes and an activator of their enzymes which are involved in the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins.  In combination with choline, it helps in the digestion and utilization of fat.

Manganese helps to nourish the nerves and brain and assist in the proper coordinative action between the brain, nerves and muscles in every part of the body.  It is also involved in normal reproduction and function of mammary glands.

On the other hand, manganese deficiency has been observed in a number of animal species.  Signs of manganese deficiency include impaired growth, impaired reproductive function, skeletal abnormalities, impaired glucose tolerance, and altered carbohydrate and lipid metabolism.  In humans, demonstration of a manganese deficiency syndrome has been less clear. 

A child on long-term total parenteral nutrition (fed intravenously) lacking manganese developed bone demineralization and impaired growth that were corrected by manganese supplementation.  However, the human body obtains sufficient manganese through normal dietary intake, so a deficiency syndrome is rare. 

It has been documented that women with osteoporosis have increased plasma levels of manganese and also an enhanced plasma response to an oral dose of manganese. Estimated average dietary manganese intakes range from 2.1 – 2.3 mg/day for men and 1.6 – 1.8 mg/day for women. 

People eating vegetarian diets and western diets emphasizing whole grains may have manganese include whole grains, nuts, leafy vegetables, and teas.  Foods high in phytic acid, such as beans, seeds, nuts, whole grains, and soy products, or foods high in oxalic acid, such as cabbage, spinach, and sweet potatoes, may slightly inhibit manganese absorption.

 

To be continued…

 

Until next time…Stay healthy

Katarzyna

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What you need to know about bones and joins with Dr. Jari Bertlik

In addition to ensuring a pain-free and fully mobile life, maintaining our bones and joints in good health allows us to enjoy and extended youth. For this reason the importance of maintaining a healthy bone density and proper joint function must not be undermined. Well, what is the best way to take care of our bones and joints?
Just as with any other body organ of body system, proper nutrition – plays a major role…

 

Question: What are the most common forms of bone disease?
Dr. Bertlik: When it comes to bones we are not really talking about disease but rather about their strength and consistency. First of all, when we are young and growing, proper development and healthy growth of bones is vital; later, once we reach our 20’s and from then on, it is essential to continue maintaining our bone health, meaning their strength and density.

Q: How do we maintain proper bone health?
Dr. Bertlik: Nutrition is of course central to the maintenance of healthy bones. A balanced diet is the best method; foods that are abundant in minerals – nuts and seeds should not be forgotten. Some of the most important minerals when it comes to bone health are: magnesium, calcium and phosphorous. Since we do not live in ideal world and these minerals are not obtained from the foods we eat, supplementing our diet is a smart opinion. Not meeting our required daily intake of minerals can lead to and imbalance in our bodies which when not corrected, eventually leads to a loss in bone tissue and bone density.

Q: What else is essential to maintaining good bone health?
Dr. Bertlik: Also important, is maintain a proper hormonal balance. An estrogen deficiency, for example, can and will eventually result in an impaired absorption of calcium from our gastrointestinal system. The kidneys also become less efficient in conserving calcium. As a result, there is a relative decline in the available calcium in your blood. The body works at all costs to try and maintain the normal calcium levels. The human skeletal system is the major organ for calcium storage; and estrogen deficiency will cause the body to compensate for the relative decrease in available calcium from the gut and kidney by leaching calcium from our bones. Thus not only do bones become weaker because of the estrogen deficiency, they in turn lose more calcium. The best way to reduce the loss of calcium from our bones is to increase our calcium intake from either our diets or through calcium supplementation.

Q: Do women suffer more from osteoporosis then men? Why so?
Dr. Bertlik: Yes, statistically this is true. Men do not require or produce as much estrogen as women do. Therefore, they also tend to be less affected by an estrogen deficiency. Please note however that this is not to say that men cannot and do not suffer from Osteoporosis.

Q: What are some of the problems we experience with our joints?
Dr. Bertlik: Most often the problems we have with our joints, such as arthritis and rheumatism, begin with the accumulation of toxic materials, especially acids in our joint fluid. This causes our joints to become inflamed and eventually damages our joint structure and impairs our joint function. Joint problems and join conditions are more commonly experienced with age because as we get chronologically older, so do our joints.

Q: Is there any way to prevent or reduce the risk of these conditions?
Dr. Bertlik: A healthy way of life including good nutrition and regular exercise are of course key. Avoiding inflammations and infections in our bodies is also very important; therefore, we need to tend to our immune system by keeping our body clean of toxins. And of course maintaining the recommended intake of calcium, magnesium and phosphorous, as well as zinc and other trace minerals in our daily diets is of essence. All these essential minerals are contained in Onyx Plus but let me remind you once again, that unless your gastrointestinal tract is clean, no minerals will be absorbed properly.

Until next time…Stay Healthy

Katarzyna

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What is Onyx Plus?

Onyx

Natural health products and supplements are an integral part of living today. Onyx Plus plays a crucial role in today’s diet, and lifestyle. Each nutrient in the highly enriched mineral drink co-exist and work together to provide you with the best possible results. Supplements are no longer a compensation for inadequate diets. They are a means of eliminating toxins in your body while gently cleansing your system.

Today’s society is very much fixated on healthy eating habits. Onyx Plus delivers results for our organ system that ultimately helps with better functioning of our entire body.

Calcium, magnesium and a variety of minerals are amongst the many nutrients our bodies’ lack. Onyx Plus helps rebuild and reform early stages of bone loss due to deficiencies.

While empowering your fast paced lives, along with everyday mishaps comes anxiety causing stress. Like anything in life, there will always be problems or situations which cause your heart to beat rapidly.

The one thing we all can do to help reduce feeling overwhelmed is embracing a healthy, pro-active lifestyle.

Onyx Plus is just the answer. It helps reduce stress on the cellular level and helps increase defensive functions against prone to stress areas.

What Onyx Plus offers?

Major and trace minerals Major and trace mineral deficiencies can lead to health problems. Improper diet, digestive problems, and agricultural soil exhaustion contribute to the overall mineral deficiencies in the body.

Increased mineral absorption  Onyx Plus is prepared from the most advanced organic sources of calcium and magnesium. Because they are highly water soluble, they have an excellent intestinal absorption, which makes them ultimately available for biological activity in the body.

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