Benefits of Minerals in WaterWhat are the Benefits of Minerals in Water? Most minerals we get comes from the variety of fruits and vegetables we eat, and we need these minerals to maintain good health.
For twenty five years, research has been trying to prove the benefits of having minerals in our water. They have done continually studies of people in hard water areas and in soft water areas.
They concluded that people living in hard water areas have fewer occurrences of cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, respiratory diseases, and other health problems. Almost all minerals in water are dissolved, which means they have liquefied and merged with the water.
The standard measure for dissolved minerals in water is called TDS, which stands for "total dissolved minerals." The studies in populations of high TDS water, show less prevalent diseases, and also moderate levels of TDS shows the same results.
However, when compared to areas with low TDS it didn't seem to make a difference either, the conclusion was, that after you consumed the amount of minerals needed in your body, the body would not absorb any more minerals.
Water from Spas
Dating back to the miracle cures in Lourdes, France in 1858, spas have enjoyed the reputation of producing superior (health promoting) drinking waters. And if high mineral content were the sole criterion for drinking water quality, this reputation would still be deserved. Spa water, which generally has high levels of beneficial minerals, should be superior water.
Unlike spas in the United States, European spas are closely regulated, and any potential sources of pollution are prevented by law from operating near them. In spite of this, there have been several instances of toxic pollutants discovered in spot checks of European spa water.
The likely source of the pollution is the machinery and the chemicals used in the bottling process. The discovery of pollutants in spa water has occurred enough times to suggest that these are not isolated incidents, but that they are a recurring problem.
Naturally Occurring Minerals in Water
This map of the United States shows the amount of naturally occurring minerals in water, measured in parts per million of total dissolved solids (TDS).
The water in the gray and black areas has an adequate mineral content, the area in the white does not.
Pollutants versus Beneficial Minerals
In the process of removing harmful pollutants from water, the beneficial minerals are sometimes removed as well. When pollutants are present, it is more important to remove them than it is to save minerals. Beneficial minerals can be supplied by diet or by or by mineral supplements.
Most important, the beneficial effects of water minerals on health are less significant than the potential harm that can be caused by pollutants.