Last week we looked at the importance of micro-nutrients in protecting and maintaining our health. Everything starts with a good, varied diet. The benefit of a well formulated multi-micro nutritional supplement is that this will guarantee your cells always have sufficient minerals, vitamins and other compounds your body needs.

Each second there are countless billions of chemical reactions in all our trillions of cells. Almost all of these require minerals and vitamins. Vitamins are organic compounds and minerals inorganic that must be obtained from food or supplements. These are the co factors that power everything. It is no wonder that most diseases have been linked with insufficient micro-nutrients.

When it comes to micro-nutrients like vitamins and minerals there is an optimum intake level.  While actual deficiencies (especially vitamin D) are becoming more common in most cases people have less than optimum levels rather than outright deficiencies.

Minerals are critical for the health and development of every cell in our body. They are essential for the function, growth and maintenance of all body tissue. Minerals are divided into major minerals, trace minerals and ultra-trace minerals.

Major minerals are those we need in greater amounts including calcium, phosphorous, potassium, sulphur, sodium, chloride and magnesium.  Of these it is usually the calcium, magnesium and potassium that are insufficient in many diets.

A good multi should have all these in chelated form. This means they are bound to amino acids for better absorption as they stay in suspension as they move from the acidic environment of our stomach to a much more alkaline small intestine.

Our real focus here though is on the trace minerals especially zinc, copper, iron, selenium and manganese. These minerals are absolutely critical. Minerals come from the sea or soil.  If they are missing or deficient in our diet then our health will suffer.

We use these minerals to make a group of antioxidant enzymes. The 2 most important are superoxide dismutase (SOD) and glutathione peroxidase (GPx). We make SOD from zinc, copper, iron and manganese. We make GPx from selenium. While these may sound like obscure chemicals they are the front line of our cell defences against free radical damage.

Low levels of SOD and GPx have been linked to pretty much any disease you pick from osteoarthritis to cancer. Most people have less than optimum levels of these key trace minerals.

This is why any good multi-nutritional supplement will have these minerals at the right levels and in a form our body can absorb. My Cell-X formula attempts to replicate optimum levels of trace minerals. Click here to read more about Cell-X.

Cell-X has 3 mineral complexes. It has a major mineral complex of calcium, magnesium and potassium.  We then include all the important trace elements including selenium, zinc, copper, manganese, iron, chromium, molybdenum, vanadium, silicon and iodine. Finally we add a fossil ultra-trace mineral complex. These include those minerals that we need only in tiny amounts.

Taking a product like Cell-X can have quite profound effects on our health. Most people comment how well they feel taking it. The reason is quite simple. The way we feel in ourselves is a good indicator on how well our complex cell chemistry is working. Not only do we feel better but more importantly our complex disease defence systems are working better.

Feel free to contact me for personalised advice. Click here to and scroll down to the “Get Advice” area and send me your details. I will then get in touch with you and together we will create a personalised programme to get your health where you want it to be.

John Arts (B.Soc.Sci, Dip Tch, Adv.Dip.Nut.Med.) is a nutritional medicine practitioner and founder of Abundant Health. If you have questions or need help you can contact John 0800 423559.  You can email John at

Please note that the health advice given through this column is for general educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any health problem. © John Arts 2018


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