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Liquid Vitamins, Study On Use Of Colloidal Minerals With Vitamins
Institute of Nutritional Science June 1993
Trace Mineral Supplementation and
STEVEN E WHITING, Ph.D.
Department of Research and Product Evaluation, The Institute of Nutritional Science, San Diego, CA, USA 92103 April - September, 1993
The role of trace minerals in human biochemistry is well documented. The trace minerals germanium, chromium, iron, iodine, selenium, zinc and even lithium, have received much public attention through the works of leading nutritionists and medical researchers The trace mineral spectrum however, is much wider than these better known minerals. In fact it encompasses over 50 individual minerals.
It is established that these trace minerals mentioned above act as catalysts for a wide variety of biochemical activities necessary in the sustaining of human life. Protein metabolism, glucose metabolism, oxygen uptake, immune functions, sexual functions, growth and even metabolic rate are all governed by the proper amounts of trace minerals
Nutrient dependency, the concept that vitamins and minerals do not work in isolation but rather are dependent upon each other for their actions, lead us to question if the presence of certain nutrients could enhance the retention of some or all of the others. Since trace minerals provide the foundation for countless biochemical functions and hence are the basis of human nutrition, upon which all other nutrients are based, we elected to determine the effects of adequate, broad spectrum trace mineral supplementation on the serum levels of all nutrients.
For testing we used a liquid trace mineral formula derived exclusively from colloidal sources. To this we supplemented a customized vitamin / mineral formula best suited to the need of each individual participant.
No dietary restrictions were imposed, rather each participant was instructed to continue with the same eating habits as they were accustomed.
The test program consisted of 96 participants. Age of participants ranged from 23 to 81 years of age with the mean age being 42 A broad cross section of individuals participated in this testing; some had no physical complaints whatsoever, while others suffered from minor complaints.. Still others indicated that they are or had been suffering from a variety of chronic conditions
After a physical and dietary profile was taken on each participant they were instructed to make no changes in their dietary intake and that they were to stop taking any and all nutrient supplementation for three days prior to the testing. Further, they were to make no changes in their physical activities.
Each participant was given a customized vitamin mineral formula in tablet form and instructed to take two tablets with each of three meals daily. Blood samples were drawn and serum nutrient levels for 43 nutrients were measured at varying times throughout the day to determine the serum nutrient levels from the vitamin mineral source. These levels were measured for ten consecutive days to establish a mean level for each of 7 specific times during the 24 hour day.
With this pattern established for each participant, we added one ounce of a liquid colloidal trace mineral supplement to the nutrient supplement program of each participant. Again we measured the levels of serum nutrients at the same times during the 24 hour day.
Every 10 days we added another ounce of the concentrated colloidal mineral supplement and continued to measure the serum levels of the 43 individual nutrients. This pattern was continued until we reached the level of 6 ounces of the trace mineral supplement.
The results of this controlled study clearly indicated that the presence of broad spectrum trace minerals together with proper nutrient supplementation provides a marked increase in the overall nutrient retention of all nutrients tested..
The most dramatic increase in retention was observed in the B-complex group and in Ascorbic Acid, water soluble nutrients that are typically lost rather rapidly via the urine. As we increased the level of trace mineral supplement, the time between ingestion and dissipation of these water soluble nutrients increase proportionately. This was observed up to the level of 4 ounces a day of the colloidal mineral base, after which higher doses did not seem to make any marked difference.
While further testing is necessary, it would seem that trace mineral supplementation not only provides the human biochemistry with the catalysts of life but somehow assists the body in regulating the nutrient levels of all essential vitamins and minerals.
Further we feel that by using specialized nutrient formulas for each of the individual participants, we were able to increase the initial availability of those nutrients specifically needed by that participant.
Physiological effects observed by a majority of the participants included increased energy, lack of fatigue at typical hours during the day, sharper cognitive response later in the day than typical, and in some cases, an improvement or cessation of some or all of their physical complaints.
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