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October 9, 2013 at 8:00 AMComments: 0 Faves: 0

Oligotherapy: What Experts Say

By Erin Froehlich More Blogs by This Author

Recent studies by the United States National Institutes of Health have found that the vast majority of people - from both emerging and affluent countries- do not get even 50% of their minimum RDA (Recommended Dietary Allowance) of nutrients and this is very bad news.

New research is constantly discovering new ways in which minerals (or a lack of minerals) can affect health. Recently, firm ties between minerals and protection from a variety of degenerative disease have been found. Some minerals have been suggested as a way to prevent and reduce the effect of environmental pollutants on human health. Others may be useful for work and learning ability.

Though oligotherapy itself is just beginning to gain recognition, studies regarding the effect of trace mineral supplementation are many.

Important to Cognitive Function

Alexander G. Schauss, Ph.D., Boron, AIBR Life Sciences Division

"For many centuries healers gave people who were excited the "sedative salt" boric acid, another compound containing boron. Today it has been scientifically demonstrated that boron is important to brain function, especially in enhancing memory, cognitive function, and hand-eye coordination."

Increased Growth, Improved Reproductive and Immune Health

Jerry W. Spears, Department of Animal Science, North Caroline State University

"The addition of one or more organic trace minerals to cattle diets has increased growth, milk production, reproduction and/or immune response in some studies."

Protects the Heart

Alexander G. Schauss, Ph.D, Chromium, AIBR Life Sciences Division

"Tissues of humans who have died of heart disease have been found to have less chromium than tissue of humans who died of accidental causes. Also, in those patients with atherosclerotic plaque who died of heart disease, no detectable concentrations of chromium were found in their tissue."

Prevents Birth Defects and DNA Damage and Behavioral Issues

Carl L. Keen, Lynn A. Hanna, Louise Lanoue, Janet Y. Uriu-Adamas, Robert B Rucker and Micheal S. Clegg Developmental Consequences of Trace Mineral Deficiencies in Rodents: Acute and Long-Term Effects

"...marginal zinc diet during pregnancy can result in persistent deleterious effects on immune function in the offspring even after zinc repletion.Infants of monkeys fed low-zinc diets are characterized by higher levels of DNA damage...These infants can also be characterized by persistent alteration in behavior...

The feeding of a copper-deficient diet beginning in mid-gestation through lactation results in diminished auditory startle response, which indicates persistent neurobehavioral abnormalities despite copper repletion...Nutritional deficiencies during early development can result in malformations that are evident at birth and in biochemical abnormalities that persist into adulthood..."

Promotes Healthy Hormonal Balance

Alexander G. Schauss, Ph.D, Selenium , AIBR Life Sciences Division

"The is evidence that in males, maintaining adequate selenium levels may reduce the risk of prostate cancer, since it has been reported that males with prostate cancer have significantly lower levels of selenium. In females, evidence suggests that it may reduce menopausal symptoms, such as hot flashes, resolve dandruff, and help maintain a more youthful appearance of the skin."

Prevents Cancer

Bruce N. Ames, Patricia Wakimoto, Nature Reviews Cancer

"Diet is estimated to contribute to about one-third of preventable cancers... about the same amount as smoking. Inadequate intake of essential vitamins and minerals might explain the epidemiological findings that people who eat only small amounts of fruits and vegetables have an increased risk of developing cancer.

Recent experimental evidence indicates that vitamin and mineral deficiencies can lead to DNA damage. Optimizing vitamin and mineral intake by encouraging dietary change, multivitamin and mineral supplements, and fortifying foods might therefore prevent cancer and other chronic diseases."

Prevents Obesity and Anorexia

Alexander G. Schauss, Ph.D., The Rationale for Optimal and Balances Trace Element Levels, AIBR Life Sciences Division

"Recently it has been shown that there is an inverse relationship between morbid obesity and zinc, meaning that the more morbidly obese the individual the lower their zinc status. This suggests that zinc plays an important role in the entire continuum of eating disorders, from obesity to anorexia nervosa."

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