What are Minerals?
Minerals are well known and everyone knows that they are important for life but not many people actually know what an important role they play in the body. Minerals are important as they support the biochemical processes in the body which are needed for correct body functioning. They are required for human nutrition; mineral deficiency can cause a number of health problems. The minerals present in bovine colostrum are in a unique balance with all the other components for optimal nutrition.
List of minerals naturally present in bovine colostrum:
- Calcium (Ca)
- Iron (Fe)
- Magnesium (Mg)
- Manganese (Mn)
- Phosphorous (P)
- Potassium (K)
- Selenium (Se)
- Sodium (Na)
- Zinc (Zn)
What is their function?
Calcium is essential for the normal growth and maintenance of bones and teeth, for muscle and digestive system health, neutralizes acidity, clears toxins, helps blood stream. Calcium requirements must be met throughout life.
Iron is a trace element which is needed by the body for the formation of blood. More than half of the iron present in our body is in the form of haemoglobin, the red pigment in blood. Haemoglobin transports oxygen from the lungs to the tissues.
Magnesium is essential for good health. It is needed muscle and nerve function, it keeps heart rhythm steady, supports a healthy immune system, and keeps bones strong. Magnesium also helps regulate blood sugar levels, promotes normal blood pressure, and is known to be involved in energy metabolism.
Manganese is essential for correct functioning of the body. It is concentrated mainly in the liver, bones, pancreas, and brain. It is considered important because it is used to make several key enzymes in the body and activates others.
Phosphorous is involved with bone and teeth formation as well as most metabolic actions in the body, including the functioning of kidneys, cell growth and the contraction of the heart muscle.
Potassium is needed for growth, building muscles, transmission of nerve impulses and heart activity. Together with sodium it plays an important role in making sure the muscles contract correctly.
Selenium has anti-ageing properties, it helps the body to get rid of toxins and free radicals. It is helpful in fighting infections because it stimulates antibody response against infections.
Sodium in the body is required in the manufacture of hydrochloric acid in the stomach, which protects the body from any infections that may be present in food.
Zinc is important for our bodies as it helps to maintain a healthy immune system. It is also needed for cell division, tissue of hair, nails, skin and for growth of the muscles.