Minerals are naturally occurring substances found in soil and rocks. They are essential nutrients required to carry out key functions each day for your child’s optimal health. We get minerals from our diet when we eat plant foods that have absorbed the nutrients directly from the soil. Minerals are also found in meat from plant-grazing animals.
If a growing child is deprived of any one of the important minerals, various functions may be impaired and therefore a contributing and underlying factor in many common childhood illnesses
Minerals play the following roles in Children’s Health
✅ Bone and teeth health
✅ Energy production
✅ Nerve and muscle function
✅ Immune health
Minerals can be depleted in food
✅ When produce is grown in poor top soils, which are naturally low in minerals.
✅ If fruit and vegetables are not allowed to ripen on the vine; this being the critical stage when minerals are released into food.
✅ When fresh produce is stored for extended periods before it reaches the supermarket shelves.
✅ If the minerals get bound up in the chemicals stored in the top soils and not released into the food.
Molybdenum promotes normal cell function and works with vitamin B2 to incorporate iron into red blood cells and therefore supports the optimal energy levels. This mineral also helps improve three essential enzymes that play a vital role in metabolising carbohydrates.
Food Sources for Kids Health
✅ Cereal grains
✅ Leafy green vegetables
Deficiency Signs that impacts Children’s Health
The amount of molybdenum required by the body is relatively small and therefore deficiency states do not occur.
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