Mineral and Vitamins - an introduction to their story and many gifts to us

Mineral and Vitamins - an introduction to their story and many gifts to us

September 29, 2023

The nutrients that we gain from food are only as good as the quality of the soil in which the produce is grown.  The essential nutrients in food can also be depleted by things such as freezing, processing, refining, storage, and even exposure to the air.  Think an apple you have taken a bite out of while talking or working and it is a while before you finish the apple - it starts to oxidise and go brown.

Green apple sliced in half and starting to oxidise with contact to the air.

We each require a different amount of vitamins and minerals depending on our lifestyle, environment and individual activities - thinking of how you access quality vitamin and mineral supplements in your day is the key to living your best life and simply being in a state of health not dis-ease. This is especially true in modern times as stress, environment, drugs, and pollution are all unavoidable and can easily deplete our vitamin and mineral levels. Elements like vitamins, minerals, and proteins provide the essential building blocks the body and your beautiful skin requires to heal and repair making a balanced diet rich in these nutrients essential for a lifetime of health and wellness!

Antioxidant Supplements

Levels in the body need to be consistently within certain parameters in order to optimise health and wellbeing, and to help fight against disease. Choosing complete antioxidants as these contain more than one antioxidant nutrient is important.  Antioxidants tend to work better when they are combined which is why natural sources of antioxidants are the optimal source - in Nature all things are found in balance!

When you consider including Mayella Wheatgrass capsules, or any of our Nutritional Blends for that matter, into your daily menu, you are benefitting from optimal combinations of natural vitamins, minerals, enzymes, fatty acids, fibre and phytonutrients a body can thrive on. 

Myella Sunshine & Hemp Protein blend in a basket with assorted fruits including pineapple, black and orange carrots, bananas, kiwifruit, kale and mango - all found in this nutritional blend

Colloidal Minerals

Plants absorb metallic minerals from the soil through their roots and convert them into colloidal minerals.  These minerals are highly absorbable into the body and they help to facilitate the absorption of vitamins. Alfalfa, found in Mayella Alkalise Green & Go, Green Harmony and Nourish Blends, has a tap root that can grow metres down in to the soil (up to 20 - 49 feet or more depending on the soils) to access ground water and tapping into deep sources of nutrients. Often our surface soils are nutrient and microbiome depleted due to erosion, over planting and harvesting cycles, chemical herbicide & pesticide sprays and so on. 

Diagram showing an Alfalfa plant growing on the surface and its tap root reaching far down into the soil to reach nutrients and ground water in arid climate.

Alfalfa has high protein, minerals (calcium, magnesium, sulfur, potassium, and zinc), and vitamins content along with low cellulose percentage. Alfalfa also has a high content of bioactive plant compounds, including saponins, coumarins, flavonoids, phytosterols, phytoestrogens, and alkaloids. Alfalfa contains vitamin K and multitude of many other vitamins and minerals. It is also high in many bioactive plant compounds including vitamin C, copper, manganese, and folate.

Just by connecting with Alfalfa you are starting to get a feeling how our plants are our best source of balanced nutrients and life force!


Calcium is usually identified with strong bones. What many people are not aware of is that calcium plays an important role in other bodily processes such as blood clotting, cell division, muscle contractions, brain function, hormonal balance and a regular heartbeat. Research has also shown that calcium may lower blood pressure and decrease a person's risk of developing colon cancer.

Your body stores calcium in the bones and maintains a certain level of it in your blood stream. When your blood calcium level drops, your body leaches calcium from your bones to restore your blood calcium level to normal. As your bones lose calcium, they can become brittle and susceptible to breakage. This can lead to a condition - Osteoporosis. To prevent bone calcium from leaching into your blood stream, having a diet that ensures a daily supply of calcium from the food you eat (or from supplementation) is essential.

While calcium is largely responsible for building and strengthening your bones, it is only effective when your body is able to absorb it and when it is not excreted in urine.

A natural source of calcium such as found in Mayella's organic Australian grown Barley is divine! Barley has many health benefits because of its nutritional properties. It is rich in minerals, vitamins, and other nutrients. In addition, it contains protein, fat, and fibre. It also has a significant amount of iron, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, Vit C and niacin.

Young girl sipping on a green smoothie made with Mayella Green Harmony blend through a bamboo straw

The following factors either prevent calcium absorption or promote the excretion of calcium:

  • A diet with too much protein, fat and sodium.
  • Calcium-phosphorous imbalance that may arise from consuming too much soft drinks, red meat and poultry. The right balance between calcium and phosphorous is believed to be necessary in calcium absorption. When your body has too much phosphorous compared to calcium, your body may not be able to use the calcium that is found in your blood and may just excrete it in urine.
  • Aluminum intake coming from the use of aluminum food wrap and antacids.
  • Caffeine in coffee, tea and soft drinks that doubles the excretion of calcium in urine.
  • Cigarette smoking.
  • On the other hand
  • Vitamin C and D increase calcium absorption while Vitamin K increases bone density, making your bones strong. These are found in harmony in leafy greens and grasses.


  • Magnesium & Calcium - Magnesium helps transport calcium into bones and soft tissue while preventing the formation of calcified deposits in your kidneys.


  • Oestrogen & Calcium - In women, oestrogen hormones work by increasing calcium absorption and decreasing its secretion in urine. This is why women who experience menopause can suffer from osteoporosis or have thinner bones. 

Woman with long wavy dark hair sitting on her verandah looking out to the garden with a wry smile

  • Exercise & Calcium - Strong bones are not built overnight. It takes many years of calcium banking to develop your bones before bone building completely stops when you reach the age of 35. Ideally, you should start storing calcium in your bones at childhood and continue until adult age when bone loss starts.In the meantime, you need to do weight bearing exercises to keep your bones from deteriorating. Exercise not only builds muscle but it also strengthens your bones because of constant use. A bone that is not being used will lose calcium and can become brittle. As you exercise, you build and strengthen the muscles that surround your bones. These muscles protect your bones from injury.To complement your calcium intake, exercising at least three times a week by doing any weight bearing activity such as brisk walking, jogging, running, tennis, skiing, lifting light weights, jumping rope, and aerobic dancing.

  • Simply dancing is a wonderful exercise that is not only great exercise but also uplifting and joyful to mind and emotions - think those lovely happy chemicals endorphins!

Mature woman in fitness clothing outside in nature stretching to her right side exercising

Multivitamins - trying to wrap your nutrition up in to one serve or tablet?

Multivitamins come in a variety of forms when looking at supplements. BUT why not think about natural sources of multivitamins such as found, yes you guessed it, in NATURE! 

 A smoothie such as made to these recipes is such an easy way to nourish and nurture your cells with a multiple variety of complimenting vitamins. It is also an absolutely delicious way to enjoy your food!

NB: Be aware that the cost of the supplement multivitamin is highly likely to be an indicator of its quality.  A cheaper vitamin is usually full of fillers such as starches and silica, while a high quality multivitamin is all natural and does not contain filler.

Mayella Acai Berry Beautiful container sitting on a bench next to a smoothie bowl made with Acai Berry Beautiful and topped with an abundance of fresh fruits


Why not download our free eBook here with 7 simple steps to better health and with seven bonus, nourishing smoothie recipes.

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