Plant mineral supplements come from ancient deposits of mineral-rich plant matter. One source is Senonian vegetate in Utah. (“Senonian” is a geological term for a prehistoric time period.)
Carolyn Dean, MD, ND, author of and a member of the medical board of the Nutritional Magnesium Association (nutritionalmagnesium.org), recommends viewing plant minerals much like green drinks and using serving sizes as a guide. “Start slowly and keep track of how you feel—really use your own intuition,” she says. As your body becomes re-mineralized, metabolism revs up, she says, and over time, you’re likely to require higher dosages.
People have reported a variety of benefits, such as more energy or sleeping through the night without needing to go to the bathroom. But Dean emphasizes that because trace minerals are essential for the human body’s overall function, they can produce many therapeutic effects that are unique to each individual.