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Benifits of Magnesium, Zinc & DIM


i'm just wondering if someone can tell me the benifits of the 3 above?



First hit on Google:
DIM (Diindolylmethane) helps reduce the bad metabolites of estrogen and the risks associated with them.

Zinc can aid in recovery, and intense activity (and tight diets) can reduce levels of zinc. In theory, zinc plays some role in pretty much all the enzymes in your body.

Magnesium is the 4th most abundant mineral in the human body, it's presence is essential for lots and lots of stuff, in serum and in cells.

For more info, consider a google on ZMA, or head to one of the various gotv't agencies on nutrition & health - like:

As with anything, too much can be a bad thing. I don't recall off the top of my head, but I do know there's some unusual sides with heroic doses of zinc (people have a tendency to eat zinc lozenges like gumdrops when they feel a cold coming on)




what are the top 3 most abundant minerals in the body?


Top 3 (in a 70 kg person):
1. oxygen 43 kg
2. carbon 16 kg
3. hydrogen 7 kg

Next 11:
4. nitrogen 1.8 kg
5. calcium 1.0 kg
6. phosphorus 780 g
7. potassium 140 g
8. sulfur 140 g
9. sodium 100 g
10. chlorine 95 g
11. magnesium 19 g
12. iron 4.2 g
13. fluorine 2.6 g
14. zinc 2.3 g



I'll take my data from the NIH, thanks.

Gases aren't minerals (unless I missed that day in school)

1) calcium
2) phosphorus
3) potassium
4) magnesium

A google of "(insert number here) most abundant mineral in the human body" will bear this out repeatedly...


Thanks. I was thinking elements. But how do you classify carbon?


Hmm - that's actually an interesting point given that we're all carbon-based. Dunno - I've never seen a molecular breakdown of a human in those terms, but I would have to think it's a high number as well given it's the base element in acids, sugars, alcohols, and esters...

On a mildly morbid / mildly interesting note, a cremated (adult) human is generally reduced to about 3.5% of their original body weight, and all that is left is almost completely calcium phosphates from the skeletal mass - so I dunno, perhaps carbon itself is not that abundant - but I've not seen hard-core science on cremation to venture further speculation.


The carbon is burnt and is released as carbon dioxide.

On a more positive but still morbid note, why have your loved one's carbon go up the stack? Have it turned into diamonds (for a price):


Wow - that is some crazy stuff. Still, as one guy said - beats laying around in a field of dead people....

Surprised no one is making remains into bicycle seats :wink: