To Your Health
July, 2008 (Vol. 02, Issue 07)
Prior to the 1930s, farmers fertilized their crops with organic substances. Unfortunately, modern, economic-based agriculture has virtually replaced all the critical organic complexes with inorganic (synthetic/toxic) fertilizers, which cause toxicity in water runoff and further imbalance the delicate nature of our soil.
In the 1930s, when farmers began to add inorganic fertilizers to the soil, it was presumed that biological organisms could assimilate minerals in any form. Unfortunately, this is not the case. We are now discovering inorganic minerals can't be assimilated easily by plants; they must first be combined with organically complex matter before they can be used. No wonder our food is less and less nutritious. No wonder it lacks taste, and no wonder modern farmers have to apply more and more toxic pesticides, herbicides and chemicals every year just to get their crops to market.
Organic vs. Inorganic Trace Minerals
Let's look at a similar dilemma. The human body is intended to derive minerals from organic complexes supplied in the foods we eat. Unfortunately, these critical, disease-preventing, organic nutrients aren't present when our food is grown in depleted soil. And, just like the farmer who has attempted to alter the soil with inorganic toxic chemicals and fertilizers, we have tried to add inorganic trace minerals to our diet in the form of colloidal supplements, with even worse potential consequences. It's important to reiterate that most trace minerals are not recognized, absorbed or utilized by living tissue unless they're carried in organic complexes.
Even the best inorganic trace minerals (e.g., coral, colloidal and/or ionic) are extremely large and insoluble, with high atomic weights and large sizes ranging from 1-100 nm. These molecules are giant compared to organically complexed minerals, and might be rejected at the cellular level due to their synthetic composition, size or weight. Moreover, they eventually might accumulate in the body, as they are stored in extracellular spaces, outside the cell's interstitial fluid and fatty tissue. Over the course of time, this can lead to severe toxicity and disease.
How different are organically complexed minerals compared to colloidal minerals? Organically complexed trace minerals are definitively different in that they are naturally chelated - ultra tiny - and they have ultra-low molecular weight. They are approximately 50 to 100 times smaller and much lighter in weight. They are physically small enough that they easily can be carried into the cells of our bodies. They are bound by carbon (living matter) and have innumerous health benefits, aiding in both intracellular and extracellular detoxification. Thus, when trace minerals are combined with organic matter, they become an enriching meal of living minerals rather than a toxic plate of inert, dead rocks.