Mineral Deficiencies

>> Friday, March 6, 2009

Minerals are important nutrients, proteins, enzymes, amino acids, fats, and carbohydrates are required minerals for activity. Mineral deficiencies are common in children who eat high carbohydrate diets, and processed foods.

Zinc is required for at least 25 enzymes involved in digestion and metabolism. The deficiency is associated with growth retardation, impaired development of bone and cartilage, poor wound healing, hair loss, night blindness, impaired immune function and delayed sexual maturation. Zinc is important for the eyes because it is present in high concentration in the ocular tissue and is also a cofactor for vitamin A. Adequate zinc protects against adverse affects from heavy metals, including lead, cadium, and copper. That sounded interesting since autism patients ten to have high metal counts. Could Zinc be a key in protection?

If children demonstrate weak night vision, poor eye contact or slow adaptation between light and dark, consider recommending taking chelated zinc along with vitamin A. Just remember to consult your doctor first.

Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the body. Adequate calcium enhances detoxification as it neutralizes excess aluminum. Hmmm...? The deficiency may cause irritability, hyperactivity, sleep-disturbed, inattentive, have stomach and muscle cramps, tingling in the arms and legs. Children require 800-1000 mg per day up to age 10.

Magnesium, the eighth most plentiful element on the planet and the fourth most abundant mineral in the body. It is essential for over 300 biochemical bodily reactions many of which have gone awry in individuals with autism, attention issues, and other developmental delays. The mineral ensures proper electrical balance, facilitating smooth metabolism, and stabilizing cell membranes. Magnesium also ensures the health of the digestive system and the kidneys. Signs of the deficiency include constipation, hypersensitivity to loud and high pitched noises, irritability, muscle cramps and twitches, cold hands and feet, insomnia, carbohydrate cravings, numbness and tingling , and the inability to inhale deeply. Right up my alley I do believe. WOW!

Magnesium deficiency is most to cause the person to eat many processed foods, over-cooked food, and drinking soft water. Deficiencies increase when taking many medications like diuretics, birth control pills ( I do), corticosteroids, and anti-psychotics (me too); as well as alcohol, caffeine, and sugar. Colicky babies may also be magnesium deficient because their stress hormones trigger the excretion of greater than normal levels of magnesium in their urine. Using Epsom salt in bath tub water every day for 30 minutes will help increase the magnesium in your body.

I want to give special thanks to Patricia Lemer for her book, "Envisioning A Bright Future" for the wonderful information.
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