The musculoskeletal system is composed of bones, joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, and connective tissue. It supports movement and body weight as well as provides a framework for soft tissue and muscles. Proper nutrition, exercise and a healthy weight support a healthy system.
Mineral support is essential for a properly functioning skeletal system, after all bones are composed of calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium- and muscle contraction is controlled by calcium and magnesium.
While diet plays a large role, it does not always provide the necessary absorption and quantities of minerals required for an efficiently functioning system. Often times additional mineral supplementation is needed to complement your diet, especially in cases of muscular injury, diseases causing pain and limited movement as well as in congenital anomalies.
Calcium, magnesium, zinc, sulfur, potassium are a few of the essential minerals for health. There exist two categories: macrominerals and trace minerals.
Macrominerals include: calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, sodium, chloride and sulfur.
Although trace minerals are needed in smaller amounts both categories are essential for health, keeping the brain, muscles, bones and heart functioning properly. They are also required for the formation of enzymes and hormones in the body.
Minerals are required for much more than just bone health. They contribute to the health of the nervouse system by maintaining healthy nerve function, the cardiovascular system by controlling inflamation ,and regulating muscle tone. They can also help with water balance, metabolism and ofcourse bone health.
As calcium is essential for bone maintenance, its absorption may be enhanced by combining it with other minerals and vitamins. For example, magnesium and vitamin D enhances calcium absorption. Combining minerals is important as often times certain foods limit or suppress the absorption of calcium by competing for the same pathways in the body.
Foods like nuts, cereals, sweet potatoes and many green vegetables contain chelating agents that prevent calcium from being absorbed. Unfortunately, it is only when osteopenia or osteoporosis is diagnosed that low calcium absorption is discovered.
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