The subject of trace minerals can get rather sticky since the utilization and balance of every mineral in our body is connected to all the other minerals in our body. I am not aware of any recognized minerals that are not important for our teeth. Minerals left out of the discussion here are still important. We have discussed the two essential minerals to remineralize teeth, calcium and phosphorus. Dentist and researcher Ralph Steinman recognized that magnesium, copper, iron, and manganese could all significantly influence tooth decay.
Iron deficiency is the most common nutrient deficiency in both less-developed as well as industrialized countries worldwide. This deficiency is explained by the iron binding effects of phytic acid from grains and beans.
Iron Content of Some Foods
|Food (100 gram servings, about 3.5 ounces)||
Iron in Milligrams
|beef / lamb spleen||
|chicken / turkey liver||
|sun dried tomatoes||
In general mollusks and organ meats are high in iron. Certain herbs like nettles are said to be high in iron. People eating diets containing grains are going to be much more susceptible to iron deficiencies due to the iron-binding qualities of phytic acid. Interestingly enough, cocoa powder is high in iron and copper.
This may explain people’s addiction to chocolate, in particular people who do not eat meat.
Copper supports iron utilization in your body. Copper is the glue that holds tooth and bone together. Liver and mollusks are high in copper. Mushrooms have small amounts of copper.
Vitamins B12 and folic acid work together to help iron function properly in your body. Green leafy vegetables that are high in folate include asparagus, seaweed, spinach and okra. Animal sources of folate are clams, livers from a variety of animals, octopus, poultry giblets, kidneys, fish eggs and fish. I have found liver to be an almost magical cure for tooth decay. It is also a well known solution for anemia. Liver can be consumed cooked, seared or raw.
Zinc is necessary to produce enzymes and aids in controlling our blood sugar levels. Typically the factors inhibiting iron absorption such as phytic acid often have an even more pronounced negative effect on zinc absorption. Oysters are very high in zinc, with lesser amounts found in liver, red meats (beef, bison and lamb), shellfish, and turkey.
Manganese helps control blood sugar levels and aids in tooth mineralization. Mussels, nuts, sweet potato, liver, kidney, blueberries, pineapple, and green and black tea, are more concentrated in their manganese content than other foods. Somewhat smaller amounts of manganese are present in most vegetables, berries, beans and sea foods. Phytic acid inhibits the absorption of manganese.
Iodine is helpful for fat metabolism and is found in sea foods, sea weeds, fish broth, butter, pineapple, artichokes, asparagus and dark green vegetables.
Liver Stops Cavities
Liver helps your body live. It contains nearly every vitamin and mineral needed to build healthy teeth and bones except for fat-soluble vitamin D, magnesium and calcium.