Why is Mineral Complete useful as a basic supply?
Contrary to popular belief, the intake of certain supplements is not only important for competitive athletes.
Below we list a few examples of what the micronutrients contained in Mineral Complete are important for:
- Thyroid gland
- Energy metabolism
- Skin, hair, nails
- Immune system
Selenium deficiency in Germany
The selenium deficiency in Germany is increasing due to climate change. There is hardly any selenium left in the soil, which is why it has been proven that there is hardly any selenium left in our food.
The Federal Center for Nutrition (BZfE) pointed this out a few years ago following a study by ETH Zurich. Unfortunately, this has not been reported.
Selenium is essential for thyroid function. Without an optimal supply of selenium, the inactive thyroid hormone T4 cannot be converted into the active T3 and therefore cannot work. The effect of selenium on thyroid function has been scientifically confirmed by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).
This also applies to people with an underactive thyroid, as they only receive inactive T4 via the medication.
Unfortunately, doctors very often do not take selenium as a nutrient into account and continue to increase the dosage of the thyroid medication L-thyroxine, which only contains the inactive form T4. Instead of increasing the dosage of L-thyroxine, it can make sense to optimize the selenium intake in consultation with your doctor.
Also very important for people with Hashimoto's: selenium has been scientifically proven and confirmed by the EFSA to help protect thyroid tissue from oxidative damage and regulate the immune system.
Iodine deficiency in Germany
Not only selenium is absolutely essential for the thyroid gland, iodine is too. The supply of iodine in Germany has declined alarmingly. Even the Federal Office for Risk Assessment (BfR), which is always too late to warn of nutrient deficiencies, has warned of a declining iodine supply and the health problems it causes.
Attention should also be paid to iodine intake in the case of Hashimoto's. Unfortunately, many general practitioners are not up to date with the latest scientific findings and wrongly issue blanket warnings about iodine.
Only a long-term, very high iodine intake (> 500 μg iodine per day) in combination with a selenium deficiency is suspected of having negative effects on Hashimoto's. This can happen if you excessively combine very iodine-rich algae products (often in "greens powders") or unsafe food supplements or food supplements.
That's why Mineral Complete covers everything important and contains more selenium than iodine in relation to requirements. Just scientifically sensible doses and perfectly balanced.
Further benefits for skin, hair, nails and immune system
In addition to the important benefits for the thyroid gland, Mineral Complete provides much more thanks to the micronutrients it contains.
The European Food Safety Authority has scientifically confirmed the following health-relevant effects of the nutrients it contains:
- Important for skin, hair and nails
- Essential for a functioning immune system
Each mineral fulfills a very individual task, but only in combination can the body function as it should - namely healthy. In Mineral Complete, essential micronutrients including minerals, trace elements and vitamins are carefully combined for the body. The concentrated power of important minerals - iron, calcium, magnesium, zinc - and even selenium, rounded off with important vitamins such as vitamin A, vitamin B12 and folic acid, contribute to many metabolic processes and prevent a mineral deficiency of the minerals contained. It should not be forgotten that some minerals and vitamins are proven to be interdependent. For this reason, we have combined vitamin A, iron and zinc, for example. Vitamin A contributes to normal iron metabolism. Zinc, in turn, contributes to normal vitamin A metabolism.
Minerals & trace elements
Iron: has been shown to contribute to normal cognitive function and normal energy metabolism. Iron also contributes to the normal function of the immune system and to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue (source). Our mineral supplement also contains vitamin C, which has been shown to improve the absorption of iron in the body (source).
Calcium: has been shown to contribute to normal blood clotting. It also contributes to normal energy metabolism and normal muscle function. Calcium also contributes to the normal function of digestive enzymes and is required for the maintenance of normal teeth (source).
Magnesium: the effect has been sufficiently scientifically confirmed. The mineral contributes to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue as well as to normal energy metabolism. Magnesium has also been shown to contribute to the normal functioning of the nervous system and normal muscle function (source).
Zinc: plays an important role in the body. The mineral has been shown to contribute to the maintenance of normal nails, hair and skin. Zinc also contributes to the maintenance of normal bones and normal vitamin A metabolism (source).
Selenium: primarily helps to protect cells from oxidative stress. It has also been shown to support the thyroid gland, hair and nails and contributes to the normal function of the immune system (source).
Copper: has been shown to play an important role in the maintenance of healthy connective tissue and normal hair and skin pigmentation. It also helps to protect cells from oxidative stress (source).
Vitamin A: has been proven and scientifically confirmed by the EFSA to contribute to normal iron metabolism, the maintenance of normal mucous membranes and normal vision. Vitamin A also contributes to the normal function of the immune system (source).
Food supplements often mainly contain beta-carotene, but this is only a precursor of vitamin A and must first be converted by the body. We use both active vitamin A and beta-carotene in our Mineral Complete. Two thirds of the vitamin A (400 micrograms) is supplied by the active form and one third (200 micrograms) by the beta-carotene. There are two main reasons for this:
- Beta-carotene, as provitamin A, is a precursor of vitamin A that can be converted into active vitamin A when needed. This further reduces the risk of overdosage, which is already very low at this dosage, as the 1.2 milligrams of beta-carotene are only converted into 200 micrograms when required.
- Beta-carotene has independent functions and can therefore be regarded as essential for humans. In addition to being broken down into retinal (vitamin A), it can be partially absorbed in unchanged form. It can therefore have an antioxidant effect in the cell.
Vitamin B12: is contained as methylcobalamin as well as hydroxo- and adenosylcobalamin. The combination of both active forms of B12 and hydroxocobalamin, which can be stored and converted into the two active forms by the body as required, ensures a direct and long-term supply of vitamin B12 for your body. This so-called MHA complex has an advantage over high-dose isolated cobalamin forms: If you take one cobalamin alone, your body may not utilize all of it and excrete the water-soluble vitamin. Vitamin B12 has been shown to fulfill a number of important functions to support the entire organism and contributes to the normal formation of red blood cells.
Folic acid: is contained as the active (6s)-5- methyltetrahydrofolic acid glucosamine salt. This also has the advantage that the vitamin is directly available and does not have to be activated first. B vitamins, which include folic acid, are water-soluble and are used immediately.
Vitamin B2: supplements the mineral Complete. Riboflavin (vitamin B2) has been shown to contribute to the maintenance of healthy skin and a healthy iron metabolism, among other things (source). According to NVS Il, over a quarter of women and a fifth of men do not reach the recommended daily intake of vitamin B2. In contrast to other B vitamins, the storage capacity of vitamin B2 is very limited, which is why a continuous and regular intake is important. Although vitamin B2 is found in both animal and plant foods, these are not very common. Relevant amounts of vitamin B2 are found, for example, in offal such as liver or in cereal sprouts, which most people are unlikely to eat regularly.
Vitamin B6: the recommended intake is primarily based on protein intake. As the latest scientific findings show that the outdated official protein intake recommendations are too low for the health benefits of protein, it makes sense to adjust vitamin B6 intake, as vitamin B6 has been proven and scientifically confirmed by the EFSA to have a key function in protein and glycogen metabolism (source). Vitamin B6 also influences the regulation of hormonal activity and the function of the immune system. In Mineral Complete, vitamin B6 has been supplemented in its active form to meet the requirements of a high protein diet and to provide a safety buffer so that vitamin B6 does not become a limiting factor in protein metabolism.
B vitamins B2, B5, B6, B12: have been shown to support energy metabolism and reduce fatigue - scientifically confirmed by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) (source 1, source 2, source 3, source 4, source 5, source 6).
However, food supplements are no substitute for a varied and balanced diet. If you want to buy and take minerals, you should not only avoid a deficiency, but also an overdose. For these reasons, Mineral Complete pays particular attention to a balanced and sensible amount of the minerals and vitamins it contains.
Mineral Complete FAQ
Is carotene in Mineral Complete safe for smokers?
There has been some evidence that beta-carotene supplementation among heavy smokers (one pack or more a day) can increase the risk of cancer. However, follow up studies and analyses of the early research suggests that beta-carotene carries much lower risk than initially suggested. This is due to the fact that the early studies were done with very high doses of beta-carotene and did not have sound study design or methodology. Furthermore, when beta-carotene was considered in combination with other antioxidative nutrients such vitamin C and vitamin E, there was no increased risk from beta-carotene.
In fact, Dr. Shao (vice president, scientific and regulatory affairs of the CRN) also commented on the study at the time, saying, "This study merely adds to the extensive evidence already showing that smoking causes lung cancer. The conclusion is simple and has nothing to do with dietary supplements: smoking increases the risk of lung cancer."
Mineral Complete contains only 1.26 mg of Beta Carotene (~15 times lower than early study doses) and is combined with vitamin C. Mineral Complete is 100% safe, even for smokers. However, we also recommend consulting with your healthcare provider.
Does zinc inhibit the iron in Mineral Complete or how can I prevent zinc overdose?
Under most circumstances zinc does not inhibit the absorption of iron. The only reported conditions of zinc meaningfully inhibiting the absorption of iron is when zinc is fed in high concentrations at the same time with iron in liquids. This does not happen in a mixed meal. This is likely due to mixed meals having nutrients absorbed along different parts of the GI tract so there are insufficient zinc concentrations available to inhibit iron absorption.
Additionally, we use bisglycinates, which means our zinc is bound to a compound of two glycine amino acids, which does not inhibit absorption.
Overdosing zinc occurs very rarely as the upper limit of zinc is 40 mg. The average intake in Germany is about 10 mg, which means the average person can consume their normal daily diet and two servings of Mineral Complete before they reach the upper limit. When taking Mineral Complete, limit the use of other dietary supplements with high concentrations of zinc.
Mineral Complete and Hashimoto
The product Mineral Complete includes vitamin D and selenium and provides enough iodine to support thyroid function without supplying too much. As excess iodine may cause issues, one should additionally take care not to supply a particularly large amount of iodine through the diet.
More Mineral Complete and Priorin
Priorin can also be combined with a daily dose of Mineral Complete without any problems. There are no known interactions between the ingredients in the two products with the only over overlap being pantothenic acid (vitamin B5). There is currently no defined tolerable upper limit (TUL) known for pantothenic acid due to it being water soluble and there being no reported adverse events at high doses. However, some people report diarrhea at doses above 1 gram.