Like Your Body, It Only Lights Up With "Ionic" Trace Minerals
Every second of every day your body relies on ionic minerals and trace minerals to conduct and generate billions of tiny electrical impulses. Without these impulses, not a single muscle, including your heart, would be able to function. Your brain would not function and the cells would not be able to use osmosis to balance water pressure and absorb nutrients. In fact, "many vital body processes depend on the movement of ions across cell membranes."2 "recent research indicates that minerals may play a significant role against a variety of degenerative diseases and processes. They may also prevent and reduce injury from environmental pollutants and enhance the ability to work and learn. They can also protect the body from the effects of toxic minerals."1
The form of different minerals also plays a key role in how well they are transported through the circulatory system and the aqueous microenvironment of the cells.1
"Whatever the nutritional potential of a food, its contribution is nonexistent if it does not pass the test of absorption."1 Those minerals that your body is unable to break down to their ionic form are likely to pass completely from the body unassimilated, and for all nutritional intents and purposes, were never eaten. Authors Rosenberg and Solomons offer the following insight:
"Insofar as minerals in the diet are often bound to proteins, complexed with organic molecules in food, or otherwise imbedded in the matrix of food-stuffs, the mechanical processes of mastication, dissolution, dispersion, and often digestion are important preparative steps to absorption Moreover, at the conclusion of the aforementioned reductive processes, minerals generally emerge in the intestinal lumen as charged ions , e.g. Fe**, Zn**, PO4, SeO3."3"Minerals should be ionic to be readily absorbed through transfer in the small intestine."1
Minerals that are absorbed in their ionic form are in true liquid solution and have either positive or negative charges. They also have unique properties that distinguish them from each other and allow them to freely take part in biochemical communication throughout the body. These communications help nutrients move to those areas of the body that are in most need of their help. "Imbalances of any of these ions or certain trace ions in the body . . . can lead to dysfunction in the conduction of electrical messages. This dysfunction quickly leads to a general body disturbance and loss of ability to maintain somewhat stable internal conditions."4
The light bulb demonstration that Trace Minerals Research uses is a simple yet effective scientific experiment to show how well different minerals break down into ionic solution in water and their concentration in that form. The experiment uses a broken circuit form the electrical cord that is connected to two probes which are then inserted into distilled water. When a mineral is placed in the water, it will connect the circuit and light the bulb in direct relation to how well it breaks down into ionic solution s and it's concentration in ionic form. If a mineral does not break down in water, it will not light the light bulb.
Some people have tried to debunk the demonstration by pointing out that simple table salt will light the bulb in the experiment. That is true and is still in keeping with the demonstration. Table salt will break down and go into liquid solution producing both sodium and chloride ions . We also know that table salt is readily absorbed by the body and if people were deficient in sodium, table salt would be a highly effective and inexpensive way to supplement their diet. The main problem with using table salt as a nutritional supplement is that it is refined to only contain two minerals and through interactions once in the body, can throw off the delicate balance of other minerals and trace minerals.
This demonstration is only one experiment that show only two of many important aspects of a mineral supplement: it's ability to break down into ionic form and its concentration in solution . It does not show what minerals are present in the product or their overall balance. This information is gathered for Trace Minerals Research through independent analysis by some of the world's best analytical laboratories and presented on the label of their products.
ConcenTrace® from Trace Minerals Research is a natural mineral and trace mineral supplement that is very low in sodium, yet rich in magnesium, boron, selenium, lithium, chloride and other trace minerals. Most importantly, it is in ionic form. Because of these qualities coupled with the fact that minerals and trace minerals act as catalysts for other nutrients, vitamins, hormones and neurological functions5, Trace Minerals Research uses Low Sodium ConcenTrace® Trace Mineral Drops as a base ingredient in all of their products. Through special proprietary processes developed from over 27 years of experience, Trace Minerals Research is able to produce tableted products that quickly break down in water and release their minerals and trace minerals back into liquid solution , i.e. ionic form.
The rapid bioavailability of Trace Minerals' ConcenTrace® has helped create a superior line of products with superior results--results that give you the confidence to recommend our trace minerals products.
1. Schauss, Alex. Minerals and Human Health: The Rationale for Optimal and Balanced Trace Element Levels. Life Science Press: 1995, pp. 1,3.
2. American Medical Association. The American Medical Association's Encyclopedia of Medicine. Ed. Charles B. Clayman. Random House: 1989, p. 605.
3. Rosenberg, I.H., Solomans, N.W. Absorption and Malabsorption of Mineral Nutrients. Alan R. Liss: 1984, p. 2.
4. Nielson, Mark T. Ions: The Body's Electrical Enegry Source. 1993, p. 3.
5. Watts, David L. Nutrient Interrelationships: Minerals-Vitamins-Endocrines. Reprinted from Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine. Vol. 5, Number 1. 1990, p.1.