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Key Elements

Silicon - Why you need it:
•    Strengthens joints
•    Strengthens connective tissues
•    Strengthens bones

What it does:
Silicon is a trace mineral required for the formation of healthy connective tissues, bone, skin, hair and nails.
Silicon is essential for collagen formation, healthy arteries and regulates calcium deposition in bones.
Found in: beer, bananas, string beans, white bread

Boron - Why you need it:
•    Boosts vitamin D production
•    Helps the body absorb Calcium & Magnesium

What it does:
Boron is needed for healthy bones because it helps boost the production of vitamin D.
Vitamin D is needed for the absorption of Calcium and Magnesium in the intestines, both are essential for strong bone formation.
Found in: apples, grapes, pears, avocados

Zinc - Why you need it:
•    Helps make new cells and enzymes
•    Helps us process carbohydrate, fat and protein in food
•    Helps with the healing of wounds

What it does:
Zinc is an essential trace element that is vital for growth and development.
Zinc is instrumental for the immune system, brain function and the ability to reproduce.
Found in: red meat, whole grains, eggs, cheese

MSM Sulphur - Why you need it:
•    Keeps joints healthy
•    Helps to build cartilage
•    Keeps tendons and ligaments healthy

What it does:
Sulphur is essential to health.
It helps with all the above but is also vital for healthy connective tissues that contain collagen.
Found in: eggs, meat, fish, garlic

Selenium - Why you need it:
•    It is an antioxidant
•    Boosts cell growth
•    Regulates thyroid function

What it does:
Selenium is needed for cell growth and the immune system asit helps to produce anti-bodies.
As an antioxidant it helps protect against a wide range of degenerative diseases, including arthritis.
Found in: broccoli, mushrooms, cabbage, nuts

Calcium - Why you need it:
•    Builds strong bones and teeth
•    Regulates muscle contractions, including heartbeat
•    Ensures blood clots normally

What it does:
Calcium is absorbed in the small intestine.
Most of the Calcium absorbed here goes straight into bones and teeth to keep them healthy and strong. The rest has acrucial role in blood clotting, muscle contraction, nerve conduction, the smooth functioning of the immune system and the production of energy.
Found in: dairy products, salmon, eggs, nuts and seeds

Magnesium - Why you need it:
•    Good bone health
•    To turn the food we eat into energy
•    For the growth, formation and function of muscles

What it does:
Magnesium regulates Calcium transport in the body & is important to prevent osteoporosis.
Magnesium also helps to maintain healthy tissues, especially those in muscles, blood vessels & nerves.
Found in: nuts, brown rice, wholegrains, bananas