Bevko offers a powerful supplement called Bone & Minerals Complete with extra Chromium and Selenium that helps supports strong bones. How do these vital elements affect how your body works?

What Are Minerals and Who Needs Them?

Everyone (men, women, and children) needs minerals. Most people think minerals are just for bones and that calcium is the only one that is important. That statement could not be further from the truth! Minerals affect thousands of chemical reactions in your body! Every time you use a muscle, every time your heart beats, every time you breathe -- minerals are being used.

Bevko's Bone & Minerals Complete has all of the minerals and nutrients you need to ensure formation and maintenance of healthy bones.


Are We Getting Enough? -- Diet, Absorption, and the Need for Minerals in the Body

How Much Do We Need?

The government has laid out general standards for the intake of nutrients. These standards are arrived at through a number of ways, but they do not generally take into account for the differences in people. Some people may have a higher need for certain minerals than others.

For example, the recommended daily amount for magnesium a person should get in the diet is 300-400 mg. per day. However, athletes or people who perspire a lot need more magnesium and other minerals because of the loss of minerals in the sweat. Diabetics have a higher need for magnesium and other minerals because they lose a lot more in their urine. If a person’s body pH level is very acidic due to the foods you eat and other factors, he or she will have a even higher need for minerals.

When the need for minerals is higher than the intake, the body will steal minerals from the bones. The abduction of minerals from the bones creates a loss of bone density and leads to osteoporosis as well as a host of other diseases.

Are We Getting Enough?

Scientific studies show that most of us, from children¹ through adulthood and including the elderly ², are deficient in minerals. The majority of people have an inadequate dietary intake of minerals. Some studies show that adolescents may have poorest diet.¹ Minerals are present in a number of foods, including leafy green vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, fruits, and dairy products. However, much of our food these days is grown in soil that is depleted of minerals and other nutrients. So the food we do eat contains much less of these nutrients than we expect and require.

¹ Suitor, CW and Gleason, PM. Using dietary reference intake-based methods to estimate the prevalence of inadequate nutrient intake among school-aged children. Journal of the American Dietetic Association. 102(4):530-6, 2002 Apr.² Vaquero, MP. Magnesium and trace elements in the elderly: intake, status and recommendations. Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging. 6(2):147-53, 2002.

Where Minerals Are Used and Medical Problems Associated with Deficiency:


When a person is deficient in magnesium, resulting problems can include:

  • serious heart rhythm disturbances
  • kidney stones
  • high blood pressure
  • heart disease
  • insomnia
  • PMS
  • menstrual cramps
  • fatigue
  • irritability
  • muscle weakness
  • nerve conduction abnormalities
  • muscle cramping
  • leg cramps
  • asthma
  • COPD
  • angina
  • congestive heart failure
  • diabetes
  • fibromyalgia
  • fatigue
  • kidney stones
  • osteoporosis
  • thyroid conversion


A zinc deficiency can cause:

  • recurrent severe infections
  • sleep problems
  • delayed wound healing
  • skin problems of all types
  • sleep and psychiatric illnesses
  • loss of sense of taste and smell
  • infertility
  • dandruff
  • hair loss
  • sexual dysfunction


A chromium deficiency can result in:

  • diabetes
  • insulin resistance
  • elevated cholesterol
  • elevated triglyceride levels
  • weight loss
  • acne


A deficiency in selenium can lead to:

  • Keshan disease (severe heart disorder associated with deficiency)
  • Kashin-Beck disease (severe arthritis associated with selenium deficiency)
  • increased cancer risk
  • low functioning of the immune system
  • heart disease
  • thyroid conversion


A deficiency of vanadium can result in problems with:

  • blood sugar control
  • high cholesterol
  • bone loss


Manganese deficiency can result in:

  • epilepsy
  • diabetes
  • strains
  • sprains
  • bone loss
  • loss of hair color
  • decreased growth of hair and nails


Calcium deficiency can result in:

  • bone loss
  • high blood pressure
  • colon cancer


Boron deficiency can lead to:

  • bone loss
  • decreased hormone levels needed for vitamin D to help absorb calcium.


A molybdenum deficiency can lead to:

  • sulfite sensitivity
  • reduced protection from cancer
  • increased risk of cavities
  • Wilson’s disease


A deficiency in copper affects:

  • the synthesis of collagen
  • blood vessel integrity
  • bone integrity (deficiency leads to bone loss)
  • joints (various problems can occur)

Osteoporosis Is a State of Mineral Deficiency

You need much more than calcium to build bone. Bone building actually requires a whole list of nutrients. For instance if you just take in calcium and not enough (or any) magnesium, the body will waste calcium to hold on to the magnesium! Nutrients needed for bone formation include magnesium, vitamin K, vitamin D, manganese, boron, zinc, silicon, and calcium. All of these vitamins and minerals plus other essential nutrients are included in Bevko’s Bone & Minerals Complete formula.

What Makes Bevko's Bone & Minerals Complete So Special?

As we age, it becomes more difficult for our bodies to absorb minerals. Reduced stomach acid, digestive problems, and anti-ulcer medications all reduce your ability to absorb minerals into the body. Therefore, it is very important for the minerals you take in to be in the most absorbable and usable forms.

Studies suggest that inorganic forms such as magnesium oxide, zinc oxide, and calcium carbonate are harder to absorb and use, and they are more poorly tolerated. Minerals that are chelated with (attached to) amino acids or Krebs cycle intermediates (glycinates, apsartate, citrate, fumarate, methionine, malate, and so on) are superior in their absorption and the body’s ability to use them.

Bone & Minerals Complete is a superior formulation that uses chelated minerals, which make it a highly absorbable supplement. The formula contains all of the minerals needed for bone formation, plus other cofactors (such as vitamin K and vitamin D) that the body needs to absorb and use the minerals. The formula also incorporates extra minerals, (including chromium and selenium, which are also important in many activities in the body). At the time of this writing, this formula is unique to Bevko Vitamins.