Minerals are divided into two types. There are organic minerals found in living matter and inorganic minerals found in the soil, rocks, ashes and other earthly elements that do not possess life. The iron, calcium, phosphorous and other minerals found in lettuce, oranges, grapes etc and other plant foods are organic. All minerals found in animal flesh and products like milk and eggs are also organic. The word organic means living.
The word inorganic is the crude elements of the Earth found in the dead, inert mass. Inorganic minerals are also those created in a laboratory by reducing foods to ash and then separating the mineral compounds. Minerals in plants and animals are organic as long as the material retains its living cell structure. After death, as it decays, broken down to ash, the minerals are released to soil and become once again inorganic. A cycle of life and death.
Structural Differences between organic and inorganic minerals
It is impossible to isolate an organic mineral for analysis. All life exists in a complex mixture. The organic minerals of a plant are inseparably combined with each other as are the vitamins of the plant. As long as the plant is not broken down to ash these minerals remain combined and cannot be isolated.
You can only isolate an individual mineral after the plant structure is completely broken down and by then the mineral is no longer organic.
It is possible the only difference between the two is the composition in how they are found. Organic minerals support animal life but not plant life and inorganic minerals support plant life and not animal life.
The effects of inorganic minerals
The human body has 16 main mineral elements. There are many more in the body in just trace amount, these are called trace elements. All of these elements exist in the body in their organic form and they were obtained by plants and animal foods in their organic form. The transference of minerals from plants and animal foods to people shows the indispensability of minerals in their organic form. If we could be supported by inorganic minerals we could live on soil, rocks or ash as these contain all the minerals in the human body. The inorganic sources of minerals when used as animal/people food will not support life, but will tend to destroy it. As a food source inorganic minerals are designed for plants only.
Pure uncombined inorganic minerals will cause disease symptoms or worse even if taken in small amounts. Inorganic phosphorus, inorganic potassium, inorganic iodine can be deadly in small doses. Most of the other inorganic minerals are less harmful although all inorganic minerals are harmful to animals/people.
People are quite often advised to take inorganic calcium with Vitamin D, which can cause calcification of our kidneys. We do need Calcium and Vitamin D but not inorganic. Eating plants that contain Calcium can give us 10 times as much organic Calcium.
Another damaging inorganic mineral is Fluoride added to drinking water. The teeth can become in part translucent stained and mottled, loosing the bright white teeth colour, or the teeth can become pitted. Fluoride also affects the bones, connective tissues. Our body only needs organic fluoride.
The inorganic mineral chlorine is added to our drinking water to kill many kinds of bacteria, it also kills humans slowly. Organic chlorine found in foods is great for our health.
The most deadly inorganic mineral is iodine. It is in our salt and is sold as iodized. It causes gastric distress, skin rashes, eczema and in high doses death. The only source of harmless iodine is natural food. Organic iodine as found in food is more effective than inorganic iodine as a preventative of a goiter with no toxic symptoms even when eaten to excess.
Inorganic minerals are treated as toxins by the body and the body goes to work to try and dispose of them. Do not take mineral tablets, pills or concentrations. Get your minerals from the plant kingdom or at second best the animal kingdom. These will not poison you.