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Do you need to consume iodised salt?

Iodine is absolutely an essential mineral, and is required for proper functioning of your body. It is a component of the thyroid hormone triiodothyronine (also known as T3) and its precursor form T4 (...
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Are minerals in salts (e.g. Himalayan) overrated?

There are many benefits associated with Himalayan rock salt. Looking into the first hit from the still favourite search engine one lands on a journal from an otherwise respectable publisher in the ...
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Cloves and potassium intake

The revised Adequate Intake values for potassium are 2.6 g/day for adult women and 3.4 g/day for men (National Academic Press, 2019). The old value was 4.7 g/day for all adults (National Academies, ...
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Do we really need as much calcium as the government recommends?

Humans are strange among mammals in making dairy products such a large proportion of their adult diet. It reminds me of this amusing quote by Henry David Thoreau: One farmer says to me, 'You cannot ...
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Calcium and iron absorption

Stomach acid helps to get iron absorbed from food. Calcium supplements in the form of calcium carbonate will lower stomach acid levels and thereby impede iron absorption. One can avoid that problem by ...
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Do we really need as much calcium as the government recommends?

According to this review article, adults need a bit more than 1 gram of calcium per day. However, it may be the case that the natural vitamin D levels for the human body should be a lot higher than ...
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Can we re mineralize our teeth?

Yes. It is possible to remineralize teeth without cavitation. I am unsure what you mean by corroding, but cavities cannot be fixed by remineralization. Products can inhibit damage and harden intact ...
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What are the dangers of breathing minerals that are dispersed into the air by a humidifier?

Pathologies due to mineral inhalation are a broad spectrum of diseases called pneumoconiosis. You can read about it here in Wikipedia. The type of disease is different regarding different minerals, ...
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Supplementing potassium to get my 4.7g RDA - is it safe?

1) Multivitamin-mineral supplements in the US do not contain more than 99 mg of potassium per serving to avoid overdose. Linus Pauling Institute: Oral doses greater than 18 grams taken at one time ...
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Hard water and cardiovascular problems

Nothing much new. Potential Health Impacts of Hard Water (PubMed Central, 2013) Although, there is some evidence from epidemiological studies for a protective effect of magnesium or hardness on ...
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Calcium and iron absorption

There doesn't seem to be a problem when you look at iron status so there may be other mechanisms at play that compensate for the effect of calcium on iron absorption. Studies on human subjects have ...
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Is there bromide insufficiency and if so, how does it treated without causing bromism?

Recently, it has been considered that bromine might be an essential nutrient for humans. This article: Bromine is an essential trace element for assembly of collagen IV scaffolds in tissue development ...
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How can people supplement minerals when they have IBD?

Supplementation of vitamins and minerals in the context of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) should be specific to existing deficiencies in each patient (1). There is little evidence in this context ...

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