Talking Mineral Deficiencies With Rossco

Dr Sandra Cabot explains how deficiencies in important minerals such as iron, iodine, magnesium and zinc can cause fatigue.

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ROSSCO: Wednesday Wellness Day. Dr Sandra Cabot, good morning!

DR CABOT: Good morning, Rossco! Well, it’s good to have the rain.

ROSSCO: Oh, yes. Because they help nurture and foster the minerals in our soils, which then can come into our plants.

DR CABOT: We’re talking about minerals today because they’re so important for energy. And a lot of people are tired and they don’t know why. And they go to the doctor and they have the regular blood test and nothing serious shows up, hopefully. But the most common cause of fatigue in women is low iron.


DR CABOT: Iron is the mineral that is in the red blood cells that carries the oxygen to the rest of your body.


DR CABOT: So, if you’re low in iron, even a little bit, you are going to be low in oxygen delivery to the cells. So, you can have a blood test, check all your iron levels. And if they are low, you definitely need to take an iron supplement and to eat red meat, is the best source of iron. And even liver, you know lamb’s fry, the good old lamb’s fry liver capsules, the beef liver capsules. So, if you are an iron, you need to find out why, of course. We need to know the reason and that needs to be investigated.

Now, another common mineral deficiency that causes fatigue is that of iodine. And a lot of people are low in this mineral and to measure the concentration of iodine in urine. And if that is less than 100, that’s not optimal. So, you need to take an iodine supplement or eat some seaweed or some kelp.

ROSSCO: Oh, I love it. Yes.

DR CABOT: Add your kelp powder in stir fries as a condiment. Or you can take an iodine supplement, and that’s going to help the energy, particularly if you’re low in iodine, because the thyroid makes thyroid hormones from iodine.

ROSSCO: Wow, yes, of course.

DR CABOT: So it’s very,very important mineral, iodine. And then, of course, the next one is our great relaxer mineral, magnesium.


DR CABOT: So, it’s important for our nervous system to function and to balance the electrical activity in the nervous system. So, if we’re stressed, we need more magnesium. Or if we’re epileptic, or if we have a lot of cramps. But magnesium is also important for energy because it’s required for over 300 enzyme systems in your body. That’s a lot.


DR CABOT: Yeah. And you can’t really tell if you’re magnesium deficient from a blood test. So, I say to people, “Look, if you’re tired and stressed and you’re not sleeping well and you have aches and pains, try a magnesium supplement.” And you can get a good one in a powder form called Magnesium Ultra Potent. It’s very good. And that can make a big difference.

And then the other mineral that’s important for energy is zinc. You can have a blood test to check your zinc levels. But if you feel that your immune system is not as strong as it should be, you can take zinc supplements.

Then the other mineral we should mention is selenium, which we often talk about in the context of finding viruses.


DR CABOT: Selenium is excellent for reducing the severity and frequency of all types of viral infections. And once again, the blood test doesn’t really tell you if you have enough selenium. But selenium is also very important for the liver. And of course the liver is the energy factory of your body. It manufactures so many different things.

ROSSCO: Of course!

DR CABOT: So, if you’re low in selenium that could impact on your energy. So, I love minerals, Rossco. So many people are mineral deficient and they don’t realize it and it could be because of the soil. It could be because they’re eating processed food, refined food.


DR CABOT: Could be because they have a leaky gut and they’re not absorbing the minerals.


DR CABOT: It could be because they got parasites in their stomach and their small intestines that are stealing the minerals. So, no wonder the deficiencies are so common.

ROSSCO: Yeah. The way that you explain everything, you see how the connection to all of our natural living and natural feeding of our body is so important.

DR CABOT: Holistic medicine! It takes into account everything and balances the whole body. And for more information you can listen to some podcasts at


DR CABOT: And send us an email!

ROSSCO: And all of our chats that we have together on Wellness Wednesday.

Alright the beautiful, the wonderful, Dr Sandra Cabot. Thank you.

DR CABOT: Thank you, Rossco! Thank you, all you lovely listeners. Stay energized!