Have you been eating useless powdered rocks? If you’ve been taking inorganic minerals, whether in powdered or pill form, you may have. Minerals taken from soil and rocks have the same chemical composition as the minerals found in plants, but many cannot be absorbed properly by the human body until they have been converted into organic minerals through photosynthesis.

Inorganic MineralsWhat’s the Problem with Inorganic Minerals?

Inorganic minerals take the form of stones, dirt, and metals in Earth’s crust and in sea water. Iron, as you know, is a metal. If you grind up an iron nail and eat it, your body will not be able to absorb it or produce hemoglobin with it. The same is true of inorganic calcium, zinc, and many of the other major and trace minerals used by your body every day.

Because of the similarity in composition between inorganic minerals and their organic counterparts, many makers of multivitamins use inorganic minerals to create dietary supplements. While they are technically made from a pure form of the mineral, these supplements are usually formulated by powdering an inorganic substance, or through a chemical processes, or by dehydrating sea water. Minerals derived from rocks or seawater cannot be easily digested or implemented by your body, and they do not contain the Fulvic acid or electrical energy necessary for health.

How Plants Convert Minerals

While humans cannot convert inorganic minerals, plants can. Plant life takes in minerals from the soil and converts them using the photosynthesis process. This process uses oxygen and hydrogen to transform the minerals, and the resulting compounds can be used by the plant as food and energy. These same organic mineral compounds are also vital nutrients required by the human body.

Most organic forms of minerals can only be created through photosynthesis. This process cannot be replicated in a laboratory. Chemical processes are often used to create mineral supplements, but there is no substitute for the organic, natural minerals that are found in plants and vegetables.  A few exceptions do exist, as in the case of  methylsulfonylmethane (MSM). This bioavailable compound of sulfur is one of a rare few minerals that can be accurately recreated in a lab environment. Minerals from coral are another example, having been previously digested by the coral polyp, and easily going into an ionic (extremely small particle) form on contact with moisture.

Where to Find Organic Mineral Compounds

As you’ve probably guessed, the very best way to take in sufficient vitamins and organic minerals is to eat a wide variety of raw fruits and vegetables. In some cases, merely cooking your food can strip away its mineral content. If you do choose to take health supplements, make sure to buy the all-natural variety, preferably those that are derived from vegetables and plants.

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