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Author: susan_szczesny

More Than Just Bones

Mastering Calcium

InterClinical eNews August 2020, Issue 109 Characteristics of calcium Calcium ranks fifth, after oxygen, carbon, hydrogen and nitrogen, in the mineral composition of the human body. It makes up 1.9% of the body by weight. We require an average daily positive calcium balance of 180 mg during the first 20 years of growth. Around 99% of total body calcium is located in the skeleton. The remaining 1% is distributed evenly between the...

Mastering Sodium

InterClinical eNews July, Issue 108 Characteristics of sodium In this article we look at the latest research on sodium, including storage, and an individual’s ability to absorb and utilise it independent of intake. Sodium is the sixth most abundant element in the earth’s crust and the second most abundant element in seawater. An adult human body contains about 250g of sodium and any excess is naturally excreted by the body. About 85% of...

Mastering Chromium

InterClinical eNews June 2020, Issue 107 Characteristics of chromium Chromium is the eighth largest classical element in the earth’s crust.1 The human body’s total content is approximately 6 milligrams. 8 It is widely distributed in the atmosphere, soil, water, animals and plants in the form of chromite. Chromium is a biologically active element that is at its highest in body tissue at birth and declines with age. 8 The first major research on...

Mastering Selenium

Selenium is a naturally occurring metalloid element that is essential to both humans and animal in trace amounts. Of all the elements, selenium has one of the narrowest ranges between dietary deficiency and toxic levels.  Selenium status of populations, animals and crops varies markedly around the world.17 Selenium is a trace element that until 1957 was thought to be only toxic. Gradually, it became clear that selenium plays an important role...

Mastering Magnesium

Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral and is essential for good health. Approximately 600 enzymes depend upon its presence in our body in sufficient amounts.1 It affects many cellular functions including the transport of potassium and calcium ions. It modulates signal transduction, energy metabolism and cell proliferation. Magnesium has a huge role in bone mineralization, cardiovascular health and the nervous and neuromuscular systems. It participates in the metabolism of carbohydrates,...

Immune System Patterns in Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis

InterClinical eNews March 2020 Special Edition The wonder of our immune systemOur immune system is miraculous and complex. Research into how it functions reveals a sophisticated security system that constantly scans the body to identify and remove any threat to our well being. Receptors associated with the immune system are concerned with interrogating the environment for evidence of danger, infection or abnormal cell death. They are also present inside the cell where they play...

Nutrients and Herbs Supporting Immune System Health

InterClinical eNews March 2020 Special Edition What is a virus?  Viruses vary widely in shape and complexity. They do not contain the chemical machinery needed to carry out chemical reactions for life. Instead a virus carries only nucleic acid, with a set of genetic instructions, and a coat of protein to protect it. Enveloped viruses have an extra surrounding covering made of a lipid membrane. A virus must have a host...

Mastering Copper

InterClinical eNews March 2020, Issue 102 The characteristics of CopperCopper is an essential micronutrient. The human body contains approximately 100 mg. It is a co-factor for many redox enzymes with ceruloplasmin being the most abundant Cu-dependent ferroxidase enzyme (with an important role in iron metabolism). Copper is involved in a myriad of biological processes including haemoglobin synthesis, iron oxidation, oxidant defense, neurotransmitter synthesis, cellular respiration, pigment formation, connective tissue and bone...

Mastering Manganese

InterClinical eNews February 2020, Issue 101 In this issue we examine one of the lesser known nutrients, Manganese. Although this is a trace element and is needed by the body in very small quantities, it is critical for good health. What is manganese’s role in good health? How do we know when to prescribe it? ‘A well-known professional basketball player was a devout vegetarian. He felt he performed better if he kept to a strict...

Reclaim your vitality with Carotenoids

InterClinical eNews January 2020, Issue 100 There are at least 600 known natural carotenoids but only those possessing a 3-hydroxy-epsilon end group have vitamin A activity. Beta carotene is a part of that group. Beta-carotene is the precursor of vitamin A - an essential vitamin for retinal function and mucosal protection in the body. Beta carotene also provides significant antioxidant support to the skin and the eyes where it is able to neutralise reactive oxygen species (ROS)...