Dr. Dave's Magic Minerals (120 caps)
This is singly the most important supplement that a person can take. Deficiencies in micronutrients lead to adult onset diabetes, obesity, neuropathy, hypothyroidism. Best taken on an empty stomach, the minerals should be taken apart and separately from other nutrients.
Pharmaceutical Grade Purity and Assay. One of the best bargains in nutraceuticals. Balanced chelate, intended to prevent or minimize competition for GI absorbance. That is, you get more 'bang for your buck.' GMP formulated to be free of soy, peanut, dairy, gluten and yeast. This formula contains all of our Albion® minerals in one capsule. We have included all the vital minerals and trace minerals with additional HCI for the best balance and absorption.
Magic Minerals is a 'Balanced Chelate' - These minerals work best if ingested as 'chelates.' A chelate is an organic salt. In the chelated form, the gastro-intestinal tract is more easily able to absorb these minerals. Without being chelated in a balanced manner, the minerals will compete for absorbance, and in some cases, cross-chelation can occur, and absorbance is enhanced when the minerals are properly balanced relative to each other. For this reason, these trace minerals should be taken separately from other minerals, such as calcium and magnesium (in the commonly used dosages.)
Mineral deficiency is the product of decades of high-production agriculture whereby the micro-nutrients have been depleted from the soil. These missing nutrients are essential to the maintenance of proper and healthy metabolism. Our ability to absorb these nutrients diminishes as we age. Deficiencies develop and chronic disorders of metabolism develop.
Zinc - The most common mineral deficiencies involve Zinc, which is necessary as an enzyme co-factor involved in over 100 different enzymatic reactions. The most sensitive aspect of human biology to become affected with zinc deficiency involves the immune system.
Taking zinc at the first sign of a cold, flu or other respiratory ailment has been demonstrated over the years to be very effective in shortening the duration of the infection. Zinc does not act as an anti-biotic. It is permissive with regards to the immune system, allowing the body to fight the infection more efficiently. That is, using zinc treats an existing zinc deficiency, thereby allowing the immune system to work better.
It makes sense to treat the zinc deficiency first, permitting the immune system to work the way it is intended to, and thereby reduce the likelihood of infection in the first place. Additionally, adrenal insufficiency results from chronic zinc deficiency, further inhibiting the immune function.
Selenium - Selenium deficiency arises from dietary inadequacies that have developed in the same manner as with zinc. Important for the proper performance of an enzyme 3-3',5' deiodinase, selenium deficiency results in sub-clinical hypothyroidism. Weight gain results, body temperature drops, and a variety of symptoms develop. Depression, Syndrome X, Fibromyalgia (FMS), and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) commonly develop.
Care must be taken with selenium supplementation, in that too much of this nutrient can be dangerous. Low quality products, those that are not properly assayed, and those of questionable origin can result in unhappy situations.
Chromium + Vanadium - Chromium and Vanadium deficiencies develop insidiously over time. The biological importance of chromium and vanadium is becoming better understood. Necessary for insulin receptors to work properly, and chromium and vanadium deficiencies result in 'insulin-sensitivity.'
Deficiencies in these minerals results in conformational changes in the insulin receptor. This renders the receptor less sensitive to insulin, and the pancreas has to secrete more and more insulin to keep blood sugars stable.
Insulin has another action other than that of glucose control. Elevated Insulin levels push triglycerides into the fat cell, with the net result of weight gain.
As time goes on, these elevated levels of insulin result in chronic pancreatic stress, and this results eventually in adult onset diabetes and obesity. As with selenium, chromium and vanadium must be taken very carefully. The body is poorly adapted to overload by these trace minerals, and too much of a good thing can rapidly become a very bad situation, indeed.
Chromium, in particular, is commonly available as 'chromium piccolonate.' The piccolonate salt may be dangerous, and for this reason, chromium polyniccotinate is the prefered chelate.
Other Trace Minerals - Manganese, molybdenum, copper, calcium and manganese contribute to a number of body systems, the musculoskeletal system being the most commonly influenced. Copper deficiencies can result in connective tissue disorders, including hernia, osteoarthritis, aneurysm, hemorrhoids and varicose veins. Copper and manganese should be taken in a balanced ratio with zinc.
Calcium - Essential to the integrity of bone structure, and calcium loss results in osteopenia, osteoporosis and fracture. Ingestion improperly prepared or chelated calcium is unhealthy. Taking too much calcium results in competition for absorbance, inactivation of digestive enzymes and does more harm than good. Too much of a 'good thing' very quickly results in harm, when it comes to calcium supplementation. If calcium is taken with boron, absorbance is enhanced, and much less is needed to maintain bone health.
Recommended dosage in adults is 2 capsules twice, daily.
Children should take 1 capsule twice daily.
The elderly may require 2 capsules three times daily, due to diminished capacity to absorb.
NOTE: Start off with 1 capsule 30 minutes before breakfast. After a few days, increase to 2 capsules before breakfast, and then increase to 2 capsules, twice daily.
It is not uncommon to experience slight stomach upset, at first. This is temporary. Some experience a 'burst of energy' or 'agitation.' This, too, is temporary.
This mixture is most effective if taken on an empty stomach, or at least 30 minutes before eating.