We get phosphorous in our diet from the DNA, RNA and phospholipids in the foods we consume. Since all living cells have these cellular components, phosphorous deficiency is very rare and is only found in people who have conditions that limit phosphorous uptake.
Fluorides were added to drinking water after World War II as an experiment to see if it helped reduce teeth cavities. It didn’t seem to, so what happened? Flourides became widespread in drinking water!
Molybdenum is needed by a range of enzymes such as sulfite oxidase, nitrite oxidase and xanthine oxidase. It can combine with certain amino acids to trap excess copper, and this is thought to help prevent cancers growing their own blood supply.
Vanadium was once the wonder-drug in the treatment of diabetes. Today, vanadium compounds may be of help to type 2 diabetics.
Boron is needed in tiny amounts by our body for interaction with vitamins & DNA. It also helps with a number of other processes.
Silicon is important for overall human health though there are no pubished daily requirements.
Cobalt is a metallic element that is a structural component of vitamin B12. It may also help make an enzyme called METAAP2 that might help fight certain types of cancer.
Tin is possibly used in the action of heme oxidase – an enzyme involved in immune cell activation.
Aluminum can cause problems in higher doses, so we don’t recommend specifically juicing for aluminum.
Our bodies actually need ultra-trace amounts of arsenic to help with enzyme formation and as a cofactor. However, arsenic can be toxic in high doses and despite the fact you can buy arsenic supplements in Asia, we don’t recommend them.
Chromium is an essential trace element, but nitritionists are not really sure what it does. You therefore won’t find it on the ingredient lists, or daily recommended amounts printed on packaging.
Ultratrace mineral selenium is required in very small amounts in our body. It not only acts as an antioxidant, but is also very important in the activation of thyroid hormone.
Copper is a metalic substance that is a vital component of hundreds of enzymes in our body. It is also an essential component of our blood.
Zinc is an essential part of many enzymes in our body. It is also commonly used in lozenges for early treatment of colds. However, in high doses, it can be toxic.
Iodine is an important mineral for the production of thyroid hormones T3 and T4. Too much or too little iodine can cause problems.
About 50% of the Magnesium in our bodies is found in bone. In the body, it has vital roles in muscle and nerve function, as well as heart rhythm, immune system and bones. It may help reduce blood pressure and may have a role in a whole host of medical problems when we are deficient, and most people probably are.
Potassium is an essential mineral that often works with sodium to help the transport of nutrients across the cell membrane and into the cell. It’s essential for good heart, muscle and nerve function.
Sodium chloride is the chemical name for common table salt. Despite being told we eat to much, sodium chloride is essential for our bodies, and is involved in the transport of nutrients into cells.
Iron is essential to our health as an oxygen (and carbon dioxide) carrier in the blood cell protein hemoglobin. Iron is one of those substances that can be dangerous if too much, or if too little.
Besides the obvious bones and teeth, calcium is essential in other processes in the human body such as muscle contraction, hormonal regulation and blood pressure regulation. Read for full details.