If you want to stay healthy, you have little choice but to supplement your diet with calcium minerals. We’ve known since 1936 that our topsoil, coast to coast, is depleted of minerals. That was the conclusion of a Congressional hearing held in that year. There has been no campaign since then to re-mineralize the soil. So the minerals we need are not in the soil; therefore they cannot be in the plants and animals raised on that soil. It’s that simple.

The trouble is, minerals are the foundational building blocks of our health. If we are deficient in any of them, we leave ourselves open to illness and diseases of all kinds.

We need at least 74 minerals and trace elements that exist in nature, not just calcium, but calcium gets a lot of attention because of its place in our teeth and bones. Calcium is also a vital buffer that our bodies use to keep us from becoming too acidic – which happens mainly as a result of eating too much sugar and animal protein. So the way we choose to live, our “acidic lifestyle”, increases our need for calcium minerals at the same time as our food supply becomes less and less able to provide them.

That’s why, no matter how good your diet, you need to supplement it with minerals. It is not a matter of whether you need a supplement or not, it’s a matter of which calcium mineral supplement is the best one for you to take.

The minerals in our bodies exist in complex relationships with each other. If you add to one of them without taking into account its effect on the others, you can sometimes do more harm than good, and you certainly will not get all of the benefit from it that you need. Calcium, for instance, is known to have close relationships in our bodies with nine other minerals.

For this reason, I do not favor “isolated” minerals. Isolated minerals do not exist in nature. Nature does not work that way. Foods that occur in nature are already balanced with respect to their constituent minerals. The best calcium minerals, therefore, will exist in a natural form.

Although minerals exist in rocks and other natural formations, these minerals are not absorbable by humans – they are not “bio-available”. We cannot just powder them up and eat them! So we need our calcium minerals to be both natural and bio-available.

We’ve already shown that there is not a plant solution available, but fortunately, there is an ideal form of whole food, bio-available minerals that comes to us courtesy of a sea creature. Coral is a sea polyp that pulls in all of the minerals in the ocean and digests them and turns them into a protective casing, or house, in which it lives. It converts metallic minerals (indigestible to humans) into ionic minerals (which are easily digestible by humans) – just like plants do only, unlike plants, the coral polyp has access to all of the minerals that we need. And coral is 87% calcium.

It is important to use the right kind of coral. There are two choices: “fossilized stony coral” and “marine coral”.

Fossilized stony coral is found in land quarries. It was formed tens of thousands of years ago when today’s land was under the water. Most importantly, it was formed when the oceans were pristine - free of the pollutants that contaminate the waters of our current oceans. This land-based coral is a whole food, bio-available mineral complex that contains all of the minerals that we need. It is the only mineral supplement that I recommend to my patients. I even provide it to them in a product called “Coral Blend”.

In contrast, marine coral is harvested from our current oceans, so even though it contains all the minerals we need, it also contains a lot of things that we absolutely do not need, including mercury, arsenic, lead, cadmium, and much more. In fact, the federal government requires that marine coral be processed to destroy the contaminants it contains. This is done by heating the marine coral to very high temperatures. When you heat coral to that degree, you change the crystalline structure of the minerals that are left behind. For this reason, I advise my patients to avoid marine coral in favor of fossilized stony coral.

Minerals are the number one supplement that my patients need. For the reasons I’ve already stated, I believe everyone would be very well advised to pay close attention to their mineral needs. Mineral deficiency is a major health hazard that is easy to avoid. Fortunately, coral calcium minerals are inexpensive. I can think of few better investments you can make in your health and longevity than to supplement your diet with them.

Author's Bio: 

Dr. James Chappell is known for his work with chronic, severe and supposedly terminally-ill people. His website provides clear self-help tools to enable people to improve their health using natural means: drjims-natural-cures.com.
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