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Minerals and Trace Elements for Cardiovascular Health and Sports Nutrition

Minerals and Trace Elements for Cardiovascular Health and Sports Nutrition

There are a few minerals the general public knows all about but there are other less known minerals and trace elements, including selenium, boron and lithium.

There are a few minerals the general public knows all about: calcium helps maintain strong bones; magnesium helps regulate muscle and nerve function, blood sugar level and blood pressure; iron is involved in oxygen transportation; sodium and potassium are critical electrolytes, maintaining the balance of the body’s blood chemistry and muscle function. But there are other less known minerals and trace elements, including selenium, boron and lithium.

Various minerals and trace elements have been shown to help lower cholesterol levels and impact the gut microbiota in hamsters with hypercholesterolemia1. Magnesium has been shown to help reduce total cholesterol, but a clinical study2 discovered magnesium is not the crucial factor in reducing total cholesterol, rather minerals and trace elements make an impact together. The study invited 42 volunteers with hypercholesterolemia and divided them randomly into three groups: RO water, D-MINNERALZ® water, and MgCl2 water. The subjects drank 1050mL of water daily for six weeks with the results indicating the group drinking D-MINNERALZ saw a significant reduction in total cholesterol and LDL-C levels compared to the other groups. In another study, the same results were seen alongside a reduction in systolic and diastolic blood pressure in spontaneous hypertensive rats3.

The beneficial effects of deep sea minerals are seen in sports nutrition as well. A randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled crossover human study investigated fatigue-recovering performance4. Subjects were required to run on a motorised treadmill at 40 percent VO2max at a room temperature of 30°C until a body mass decline of 3 percent was recorded. During recovery, subjects consumed a sports drink or D-MINNERALZ water. The results showed the group consuming D-MINNERALZ significantly recovered aerobic power within four hours, increased muscle power by 10 percent and reduced muscle damage marker (P<0.05). Moreover, D-MINNERALZ significantly reduced the retention number at different speeds on treadmill exercise, suggesting D-MINNERALZ improved exercise performance5. The results were more prominent at higher speed exercise.

Scientific studies indicated minerals and trace elements from D-MINNERALZ benefit health. These minerals and trace elements act as important cofactor in the body and each plays various roles to promote body health.

References:

  1. Lin CH et al., Appl Microbiol Biotechnol. 2017 Jan;101(1):321-329. doi: 10.1007/s00253-016-7868-y. Epub 2016 Oct 5.
  2. Fu ZY et al., J Med Food. 2012 Jun;15(6):535-41. doi: 10.1089/jmf.2011.2007. Epub 2012 Mar 16.
  3. Shue MJ et al., Mar Drugs. 2013 Jun 17;11(6):2183-202. doi: 10.3390/md11062183
  4. Hou CW et al., J Int Soc Sports Nutr. 2013 Feb 12;10(1):7. doi: 10.1186/1550-2783-10-7.
  5. Wang ML et al., Biol Sport. 2014 Mar;31(1):69-72. doi: 10.5604/20831862.1086735. Epub 2014 Jan 22
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