Microelements and Health

Microelements and Health

The fact that diseases may be caused by the deficit or excess of certain macro- and microelements was known to the mankind several thousand years before the discovery of the proper elements. More than 4000 years ago endemic goitre in India and China was treated with preparations from sea algae and animal thyroids. The great physician Avicenna recommended taking different salts of iron and zinc for therapeutic purposes more than 1000 years ago. Both Avicenna and Galen described copper as a medicine, whereas Aristotle, pointing out the general tonic effect of copper on the body preferred falling asleep with a copper ball in the hand


Dr. Henry Schroeder said that minerals (macro- and microelements) are even more important than vitamins because the body can produce a lot of vitamins but cannot produce the required mineral substances and withdraw toxic substances.


So, what are microelements and why do they play a key part in the human health? Mineral substances are necessary for numerous metabolic functions at every stage of the vital process, they affect metabolism, regulate more than 50,000 biochemical processes in the human being.


Our body consists of 81 elements – four basic ones (C, H, O, N), eight macroelements contained in relatively large quantities (Ca, Cl, F, K, Mg, Na, P, S) and 69 microelements (we will remind you that until now physicists have discovered 92 elements on the Earth).


Microelements are a group of chemical elements contained in the human body in trace quantities, in the range 10-3-10-12% (hereby, microelements with the contents lower than 10-5% are sometimes referred to as ultramicroelements). It is this fact which determines their names: “Trace elements” in German and English, “oligoelements” – in French authors, “dissipated elements” – in the works by V.I. Veradsky.


In terms of their usefulness for the body, the elements may be split into the following groups:


Essential, i.e. vitally important elements: structural elements (H, O, N, C; Ca, Cl, F, K, Mg, Na, P, S) and microelements (Cr, Cu, Fe, I, Mn, Mo, Se, Zn).


Условно-эссенциальные, жизненно-важные, но вредные в определенных дозах микроэлементы: Ag, Al, Au, B, Br, Co, Ge, Li, Ni, Si, V.


Conditionally toxic microelements and ultramicroelements: As Ba Be Bi Cd Ce Cs Dy Er Eu Ga Gd Hf Hg Ho In Ir La Lu Nb Nd Os Pb Pd Pr Pt Rb Re Rh Ru Sb Sc Sm Sn Sr Ta Tb Te Th Ti Tl Tm U W Y Yb Zr.


Mercury (Hg) deserves a special mentioning: it is believed harmful for a human being in any quantity, therefore, it may be called unconditionally toxic element.


Imbalance of most of these elements may result in a most complicated disease. For example, chronic hair shedding is often linked to the iron deficit but taking iron preparations only seldom yields positive results. This is due to the possible copper level disturbance which plays a key part in the iron absorption by the body. Table Clinical Symptoms and Deviations in the Contents of Different Elements shows the connections of various diseases with the contents of microelements in the human body.


At our center we perform the Body Mineralogram Study by the Hair or Nail Test (IMOPAVIN). The study result is a mineralogram – full macro- and micro-element portrait of the body made up by the results of the patient’s hair or nail analysis. Based upon the study results our clinical physicians prescribe individual therapy targeted at the normalization of the element balance and correction of the disease root cause. The treatment methodology applied at Microelement Scientific and Medical Center has several patents and awards confirming its unique nature and efficient nature.


For more information of the biological role of macro- and microelements see "Publications" --> "Microelements".