Trace Element

Definition of Trace Element:

A mineral or element that is essential, in small amounts, for good health.  Nutritionists prefer to call minerals either minerals or trace minerals depending on the amount needed by the body, while analytical chemists prefer to call minerals 'trace elements'.

Also: Trace Elements, Trace Mineral, Trace Minerals

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Alfalfa a treatment
“...Because its deep root system reaches where other plants can not, Alfalfa is a rich source of the minerals calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, iron, potassium, and trace minerals.  Alfalfa lives from three to twelve years and is a cool season perennial legume, growing to a height of 1 meter (3 feet)...”

Alzheimer's Disease

...recommendation Zinc
“...[Reduction of Zinc and Selenium in Brain Alzheimer's Disease: Corigan, et al., Trace Elements in Medicine, 91;8(1): pp.1-5]”
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Bentonite Clay a treatment
“...Bentonite in ages past was blown into the sky by volcanic action, which sifted down to help impregnate the soil with its 25 to 35 trace minerals.  When hydrated, Bentonite generates and maintains a very strong electromagnetic field, which allows it to attract and hold unwanted, non-nutritive substances such as pesticides and...”

Boron a treatment
“Boron is a trace mineral found in very low amounts in the earth's crust...”

Chelation Therapy a treatment
“...Chelation is one mechanism by which such common substances such as aspirin, antibiotics, vitamins, minerals, and trace elements work in the body...”

Chromium a treatment
“Chromium is an essential trace element involved with proper metabolism of carbohydrates and lipids in the body...”

Copper a treatment
“...Copper is an essential trace mineral needed for good human health...”

General Mineral Requirement

...the condition
“...More than 70% of other essential trace minerals such as manganese, boron, chromium and selenium also are lost...”

Germanium a treatment
“...Germanium is not classified as a trace mineral but as an ultratrace element in human nutrition and is said to possess a variety of health benefits...”
...related topic
“A trace mineral.”

Hair Analysis a treatment
“...If proper collection protocols for obtaining hair samples for mineral testing are not followed, the clinical validity of the trace element results can be markedly compromised...”


...recommendation Increased Fruit/Vegetable Consumption
“Fruit contains several things that are of benefit, including a sugar (fructose) that does not cause wild glucose swings, trace minerals, and fiber which slows glucose absorption.”

Intestinal Malabsorption Syndrome

...the condition
“...The main purpose of the Gastrointestinal tract is the digestion and absorption of major nutrients (fat, carbohydrate, and protein), essential micronutrients (vitamins and trace minerals), water, and electrolytes...”

Iodine a treatment
“...Sea vegetables have lots of B-vitamins and lots of minerals, particularly the trace minerals such as iodine...”

Iron Requirement

...the condition
“...Iron is one of the most important trace elements required by the body and is widely distributed throughout it...”

Kelp a treatment
“...Rich in iodine, iron, copper, magnesium and calcium, kelp is also an excellent source of many trace minerals.  One of the more common kelp sources is the Atlantic kelp (Ascophyllum nodosum), although sometimes bladderwrack (Fucus vesiculosus) is sold as kelp...”

Liver Detoxification Phase II Support a treatment
“...However, even simple nutrients like the B-vitamins, calcium, and trace minerals are critical in the elimination of heavy metals and other toxic compounds from the body...”

Manganese a treatment
“...Manganese is a metal that occurs widely in plant and animal tissues; it is called a trace element because it is only found in very small quantities in the human body...”

Manganese Requirement

...the condition
“...Manganese is an essential trace mineral that plays and important part in normal brain functioning...”

Molybdenum a treatment
“Molybdenum is an essential trace mineral and may be useful in the treatment of certain cardiovascular conditions, asthma, allergies and mercury toxicity...”
...related topic
“An essential trace element.  It helps regulate iron stores in the body and is a key component of at least three enzymes: xanthine oxidase, aldehyde oxidase and sulfite oxidase...”

Molybdenum Need

...the condition
“Molybdenum is an essential trace mineral.  It is needed for the proper function of certain enzyme-dependent processes, including the metabolism of iron...”

Montmorillonite a treatment
“...It is often added to multiple vitamin formulations to add small levels of trace minerals.”
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Multiple Mineral Supplementation a treatment
“...Nutritionally, minerals belong to two groups: bulk minerals and trace minerals.  Bulk minerals include calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium, and phosphorus...”

Multiple Vitamin Supplement a treatment
“...Some principles for supplement selection ... The best multiple vitamins should contain a broad range of vitamins and minerals, particularly vitamins A, D, K, all of the B vitamins, and trace minerals, like boron, chromium, copper, iron, manganese, selenium, and zinc...”

Myeloproliferative Neoplasm

...the condition
“...The following supplements may help: A daily multivitamin containing the antioxidant vitamins A, C, E, the B-complex vitamins, and trace minerals such as magnesium, calcium, zinc, and selenium; Omega-3 fatty acids such as fish oil, 1 – 2 capsules or 1 – 3 tablespoonfuls oil, 1 – 3 times daily, to help decrease inflammation and...”

Nutritional Deficiency

...relationship to Osteoporosis - Osteopenia
Trace minerals are necessary for the transport and absorption of calcium.”

Osteoporosis - Osteopenia

...recommendation Copper
Trace minerals (zinc, copper, manganese, and boron) are required for strong bone formation.”

Particulate Matter Avoidance a treatment
“...These fine and ultra fine particles may be composed of elemental carbon with adsorbed compounds such as organic matter, sulfates, nitrates, metals and other trace elements.  The most common means of exposure is breathing air that contains diesel particulate matter...”

Propolis a treatment
“...It also contains minerals and trace elements such as calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, silica, potassium, phosphorous, manganese, cobalt and copper...”

Rheumatoid Arthritis

...recommendation Boron
“There is increasing evidence that boron is an essential trace element for both man and animal...”

Selenium a treatment
“...Selenium is considered a trace mineral.  Found in minute amounts in soil, selenium is considered essential to health...”

Selenium Requirement

...relationship to Hepatitis
“...Biol Trace Element Res 1989;20: pp.15-20]”


...relationship to Zinc Requirement
“Levels of zinc and other trace minerals were determined in 66 men before and after a five-day period of sustained physical and psychological stress...”

Syndrome X / Metabolic Syndrome

...recommendation Chromium
“This is an essential trace element for fat and carbohydrate metabolism...”
...recommendation Manganese
“This trace mineral is needed for various enzymes to work, and is essential for nerve health and normal insulin function.”
...recommendation Zinc
“This trace mineral is instrumental in glucose regulation, the proper function of insulin and weight control...”

Tardive Dyskinesia

...relationship to Manganese Requirement
“Administration of the trace mineral manganese (at 15mg per day) may prevent the development of tardive dyskinesia and higher amounts (up to 60mg per day) may reverse tardive dyskinesia that has already developed...”

Test Copper Levels a treatment
“...Elevated results from noncertified trace element-free tubes may be due to contamination...”

Vanadium a treatment
“Vanadium is an essential trace mineral, used in glucose (sugar) metabolism...”

Vitamin CoQ10 Need

...the condition
“...This complex production process requires at least seven vitamins and several trace elements.  It is argued that suboptimal nutrient intake in man is almost universal and that there is subsequent secondary impairment in CoQ10 biosynthesis...”

Zinc a treatment
“Zinc is an essential trace mineral that occurs in greater amounts than any other trace mineral except iron...”
...related topic
“An essential trace mineral.  The functions of zinc are enzymatic...”

Zinc Requirement

...the condition
“...Zinc is an essential trace element.  It is one of the most important of the trace elements needed by the body...”
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