In short, trace minerals are minerals that appear in natural ecosystems in trace amounts.
In the human body, numerous beneficial effects of supplementation with trace minerals have been observed. This includes credible peer-reviewed research on many levels.
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Here is a commercial link to the makers Algae-Cal calcium, who have partenered with the Dr Oz show to publicize their message. (This is provided strictly for informational purposes and is not necessarily an endorsement of the product).
On the above Algae-Cal website they note “In spite of the relatively low concentrations of these minerals, scientists are discovering that they play an increasingly vital role in our health, including the health of our bones and joints.” They provide a stunning 19 references to support this statement.
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