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Minerals Needed for Mitochondrial Function

Mitochondria, the powerhouses of the cell, require several minerals to function properly:

  1. Magnesium (Mg): Essential for ATP production, as it acts as a cofactor for ATP synthase, the enzyme that produces ATP.
  2. Calcium (Ca): Plays a crucial role in regulating mitochondrial functions, including ATP production and the release of mitochondrial enzymes.
  3. Iron (Fe): Integral part of the electron transport chain (ETC) complexes, particularly cytochromes and iron-sulfur clusters, which are essential for electron transfer and ATP synthesis.
  4. Copper (Cu): Vital for the function of cytochrome c oxidase, a component of the ETC.
  5. Zinc (Zn): Involved in protecting mitochondria from oxidative damage through its role in antioxidant enzymes like superoxide dismutase.
  6. Phosphorus (P): A component of ATP, the main energy carrier in cells, and also involved in the formation of mitochondrial membranes.
  7. Manganese (Mn): Acts as a cofactor for superoxide dismutase, which protects mitochondria from oxidative damage.

Minerals Needed for Adrenal Function

The adrenal glands produce hormones like cortisol, aldosterone, and adrenaline, and require specific minerals for optimal function:

  1. Magnesium (Mg): Essential for the production and regulation of adrenal hormones, particularly in stress responses.
  2. Sodium (Na): Regulated by aldosterone, which helps control blood pressure and fluid balance.
  3. Potassium (K): Works in tandem with sodium to maintain fluid balance and is crucial for the function of aldosterone.
  4. Zinc (Zn): Important for the synthesis and release of adrenal hormones.
  5. Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid): Though not a mineral, it is vital for adrenal health and the production of cortisol and other adrenal hormones.
  6. Copper (Cu): Necessary for the synthesis of catecholamines (e.g., adrenaline).
  7. Selenium (Se): Protects the adrenal glands from oxidative damage and supports overall adrenal function.
  8. Chromium (Cr): Helps regulate blood sugar levels, which can affect adrenal health and hormone production.

Ensuring adequate intake of these minerals through diet or supplements can support the optimal functioning of both mitochondria and adrenal glands.

Humic vs. Fulic Minerals

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The secret to the effectiveness of BEAM Products is in the completely natural, plant-based fulvic and humic complexes.

Fulvic complexes provide important transportation for nutrients into the cells and bio-waste and toxins out of the cells. Fulvic complexes boost the metabolism and provide exceptional immune system support.

Humic complexes are the champion of antioxidants! They collect free radicals and bio-waste, bind with heavy metals and provide important detoxification support by carrying these unwanted elements out of the body.

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You may be wondering how to incorporate your BEAM Minerals products into your health routine? We recommend the following best practices:

  • BEAM Minerals are so gentle that they can be taken on an empty stomach and during intermittent fasting. As always, you need to determine what works best for you.
  • BEAM Minerals can be taken at any time of the day. Most people prefer taking the products as part of their morning supplementation practices.
  • For the first week, do not change your other supplementation. It is usually best to make changes gradually to give your body some time to adjust.
  • Start by taking 1 fl. oz. (approximately one capful) of Electrolyze™ and Micro-BOOST™ daily. BEAM Minerals is 100% bio-available and most people feel a boost very quickly! Do not worry if you don’t feel anything right away, just keep taking them! Everyone’s body is unique and yours may need a little more time to respond.
  • Listen to your body! If you think you need more electrolytes and minerals, take an extra half to a full ounce of Electrolyze™ and Micro-BOOST™.
  • During the second week you can begin to taper off on your other electrolyte supplementation – this is optional of course! Once your system has adjusted, you may not need any other electrolyte or micronutrient supplementation.
  • After two weeks you can move to a maintenance mode and take 1/2 oz (approximately 1/2 capful) of Electrolyze™ and Micro-BOOST™ daily.
  • If you are super active or engage in intense workouts, you probably burn more electrolytes. Try adding an extra 1/2 oz (approximately 1/2 capful) of Electrolyze™ before your workouts and experience the difference.
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Why Minerals Are Essential for Stress Reduction

Usually, stress reduction routines focus on changing your behavior. You hear about eating right, going to the gym, meditating, trying to sleep better, and other external activities that lower your stress and improve your health.

This kind of self-care is great. I’d even say they’re necessary to create a balanced life. If you want to feel your best, you have to build healthy habits that nurture your body and mind.

But those external stress reduction activities all require discipline, and sometimes it feels impossible to start them—especially if you’re exhausted, anxious, stressed, or otherwise struggling to make changes in your life. You WANT to live better, but you just can’t quite find the energy or courage to do so.

If you’re experiencing that right now, you have my sympathy. I’ve been there and I know how hard it is. It can feel like you’re stuck in a hole—trying to improve your life, failing, feeling discouraged, and trying to find the energy to start again, over and over. All the while, the hole seems to be getting deeper, and each attempt seems to take more out of you. It’s an awful place to be.

Stress Can Start on the Inside

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What many of us don’t realize is that stress can start at a very micro level . . . inside your cells.  When cells don’t have the mineral co-factors they need, they struggle to generate the energy necessary to gain and maintain mental, physical and energetic health.  Think of it this way, how do you feel when you’re hungry, maybe also thirsty and it’s the end of a long day?  You feel “Hangry”, am I right? Now multiply that 30 billion times and you can begin to understand why you might be feeling stressed.

So providing effective mineral replenishment to your body can be your first, best, step towards stress reduction and self care.

Stress is Fueled from the Inside

But there’s a way to take better care of yourself without so much struggle or discipline. It can help you turn the light back on in your body, providing the energy you need to get started on your wellness goals and actually follow through with them.

Stress reduction can certainly start from the outside, with discipline, but it can also start from the inside—with minerals. I believe replenishing your mineral stores is one of the most overlooked (and most fundamental) components of stress reduction and self-care. Your whole body runs on minerals, and if you want to care for yourself, you should start with nourishing your system at a foundational level.

Here’s a look at why minerals are so fundamental to stress reduction (especially if you’re having trouble building healthy habits) and how you can use minerals to take better care of your body and mind.

How healthy are your mitochondria?

~90% of our cellular energy is produced by mitochondria

Mitochondria are our cellular powerhouses. The trillions of cells that comprise our body tissues run on the energy created by them.

Mitochondria are the bedrock of good health

Healthy cells rely on healthy mitochondria. Their optimal function leads to incredible health benefits, and is particularly essential to heart, kidney, eye, brain, skin and muscle function. Our clinical science to date has focused on muscle health as muscle cells have a very large number of mitochondria and on skin health, as the largest organ in our body.

As we age, mitochondrial function declines

Our mitochondria are constantly renewed to produce energy and fulfill the vast energy demands of muscle, skin and other tissues. As we get older, mitochondrial renewal declines and dysfunctional mitochondria accumulate in the cells, resulting in significant issues.

Insufficient energy supply

Production of harmful molecules

Reduced cellular health

Healthy cells rely on a powerful recycling process

A process called mitophagy cleans up defective mitochondria and allows the mitochondria to repair themselves and improve their performance. This recycling and cleansing mechanism is proven to provide valuable health benefits.

Better mitochondria quality

Improved cellular health

Improved muscle strength

Improved skin health

Step 1: Fission

Mitochondria are broken down into smaller fragments and any that are damaged are separated so that they can be targeted by mitophagy.

Step 2: Mitophagy

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A process that takes place when new healthy mitochondria are regenerated by our cells and then fused with existing healthy ones.

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How does Mineral Health relate to Mitochondrial Health & Metabolic Health?

Mineral health is intricately linked to mitochondrial function and mitochondrial health.

Mitochondria, the powerhouses of the cell, are responsible for producing adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the primary energy currency of the cell, through oxidative phosphorylation. Several minerals play critical roles in various aspects of mitochondrial function, including ATP production, antioxidant defense, and overall mitochondrial integrity. Here’s an overview of the key relationships:

Magnesium (Mg)

ATP Synthesis: Magnesium is essential for ATP synthesis. ATP exists in cells as a complex with magnesium (Mg-ATP), which is necessary for its biological activity.

Enzyme Cofactor: It acts as a cofactor for various enzymes involved in the Krebs cycle and oxidative phosphorylation.

Iron (Fe)

Electron Transport Chain (ETC): Iron is a key component of cytochromes and iron-sulfur (Fe-S) clusters in the electron transport chain, which are crucial for electron transfer and ATP production.

Hemoglobin Function: Iron in hemoglobin helps transport oxygen to mitochondria, where it is used in oxidative phosphorylation.

Copper (Cu)

Cytochrome c Oxidase: Copper is a critical component of cytochrome c oxidase, the terminal enzyme in the electron transport chain, which facilitates the final transfer of electrons to oxygen.

Antioxidant Defense: Copper-containing enzymes like superoxide dismutase (SOD) help mitigate oxidative stress by neutralizing superoxide radicals.

Zinc (Zn)

Antioxidant Enzymes: Zinc is a component of superoxide dismutase (SOD), which protects mitochondria from oxidative damage.

Mitochondrial Membrane Stability: Zinc helps maintain the structural integrity of mitochondrial membranes.

Calcium (Ca)

Mitochondrial Signaling: Calcium ions are involved in signaling pathways that regulate mitochondrial function, including the activation of certain dehydrogenases in the Krebs cycle.

Apoptosis Regulation: Calcium plays a role in mitochondrial-mediated apoptosis, which is crucial for cellular health and turnover.

Selenium (Se)

Glutathione Peroxidase: Selenium is a component of glutathione peroxidase, an enzyme that reduces hydrogen peroxide and lipid hydroperoxides, protecting mitochondria from oxidative damage.

Thyroid Hormone Metabolism: Selenium is involved in the metabolism of thyroid hormones, which influence mitochondrial biogenesis and function.

Manganese (Mn)

Mitochondrial Superoxide Dismutase: Manganese is a cofactor for mitochondrial superoxide dismutase (MnSOD), which is crucial for protecting mitochondria from oxidative stress.

Phosphorus (P)

ATP and Phospholipids: Phosphorus is a key component of ATP and phospholipids in mitochondrial membranes, playing a critical role in energy storage and membrane structure.

Implications for Mitochondrial Health

  • Adequate mineral intake is essential for maintaining mitochondrial health.
  • Deficiencies or imbalances in these minerals can impair mitochondrial function, leading to reduced ATP production, increased oxidative stress, and compromised cellular energy metabolism.
  • This can contribute to various health issues, including fatigue, muscle weakness, neurodegenerative diseases, and metabolic disorders.
  • Maintaining optimal levels of essential minerals is crucial for supporting mitochondrial function and health.
  • A balanced diet rich in these minerals, along with appropriate supplementation when necessary, can help ensure that mitochondria operate efficiently, thereby supporting overall cellular and physiological health.

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