Minerals and DNA

DNA, or deoxyribonucleic acid, is carrying genetic instructions for the development, functioning, growth and reproduction of all known organisms. Nearly every cell in a person’s body has the same DNA, with most DNA being located in the cell nucleus. Our DNA is mostly made up of sugars, amino acids, and minerals. A small amount of DNA can also be found in the mitochondria, mitochondria are structures within cells that convert the energy from food into a form that the cell can use. So truly when you are eating you are feeding your cells and when we eat unhealthy foods we are robbing our body of the nutrients the cells need to have healthy DNA functions. A damaged DNA is a damaged body.

Sugars, Protein (amino Acids), and Minerals are the foods needed for a healthy DNA, out of these three the one that most people are deficient in, that is minerals. The top 3 minerals that most people are deficient in are Iron, Iodine, Calcium, and Magnesium.

Here are some healthy ways of getting these minerals in your body for a healthy DNA.

Iron deficiency

  • Leafy Greens

  • Beans

  • Seeds

Iodine deficiency

  • Seaweed

  • Prunes

  • Lima Beans

Calcium deficiency

  • Dark Green Leafy Vegetables

  • Seeds

  • Almonds

Magnesium deficiency

  • Whole grains

  • Nuts

  • Dark Green Leafy Vegetables