MINERALS THAT HELP LOSE WEIGHT

Minerals are contained in the soil and are absorbed by plants and, in turn, anything that eats those plants which includes us and the animals we eat. Unfortunately, over time the soil has been depleted of some of these minerals and so there are now much fewer in the plants we eat than a generation ago.

Mineral supplements like calcium should be in the form of citrates, ascorbates or polynicotinates which are more easily absorbed by the body. Chlorides, sulphates, carbonates and oxides should be avoided since they are not so easily assimilated and therefore mineral supplements in this form may pass through the body without being absorbed. The other way minerals are made more digestible is by chelation (pronounced Chelated minerals allow three to ten times greater assimilation than the non-chelated ones, so watch out for that word on labels.

ZINC


Zinc is an important mineral in appetite control and a deficiency can cause a loss of taste and smell, creating a need for stronger tasting foods including saltier, sugary and/or spicy foods. Zinc also functions together with vitamins A and E in the manufacture of thyroid hormone.


Chromium

Chromium has been the most widely researched mineral with regard to its effectiveness as an aid to weight loss. Chromium is needed for the metabolism of sugar and without it insulin is less effective in controlling blood sugar levels. It is the major nutrient in glucose tolerance factor (GTF). It also helps to control levels of fat and cholesterol in the blood. One study showed that people who took chromium picolinate over a ten-week period lost an average of 1.9kg (4.21b) of fat while those on a placebo lost only 0.2kg (0.41b). If you are diabetic, then you need to speak to your doctor before supplementing with chromium.

Manganese

This mineral helps with the metabolism of fats and helps to stabilize blood sugar. It also functions in many enzyme systems including enzymes involved in energy metabolism and thyroid hormone function.

 

Minerals that help weight loss and where to find them

Zinc
Function
Necessary for correct action of many hormones including insulin, so important in balancing blood sugar. Also necessary for fertility.
Good sources Oysters, pumpkin seeds, whole wheat, rye, oats, almonds, peas

Chromium
Function
Active component of glucose tolerance factor (GTF). Maintains blood sugar balance. Controls cravings and reduces hunger.
Good sources
Whole wheat bread, rye bread, potatoes, apples, eggs, parsnips, carrots

Manganese
Function
Balances blood sugar and is important for metabolism and healthy thyroid function which is essential in maintaining a healthy weight.
Good sources
Almonds, rye, whole wheat, oats, Brussels sprouts, carrots