I recently learned about mineral balancing while taking nutritional supplements for my health.
Most of us get nutrients from our food, which typically provides nutrients in a balanced manner. But sometimes we take supplements.
The problem comes when supplements contain nutrients in values much higher than what you would typically find in nature. And nutrients interact with each other. For example, iron supplementation can cause a depletion of vitamin C.
In fact, almost every nutrient can either enhance or hinder the absorption of other nutrients. This is especially true of minerals like calcium and zinc.
While doctors have been slow to understand mineral balancing, plant biologists have understood it for a long time, as the mineral compositions of different soils produce different results.
Here’s an example to the right of what’s known as a “mineral wheel.”
Each arrow points to possible interactions between each chemical. An overabundance of one chemical can create deficiencies in others.
While this chart is specifically for plant soil, the same relationships can be found in humans as well.
If you take vitamin and mineral supplements, make sure you’re not balancing yourself off of good health.
And remember, this is why it’s best to get your nutrients from food.