What about minerals? Do Reverse Osmosis systems remove them, and if so, aren’t they needed for health?

Many home water devices claim they leave so called “beneficial” minerals in, considering it an advantageous feature. Distillers, on the other hand, claim they remove all “objectionable” minerals and consider it an advantage. Sounds confusing, doesn’t it?

The subject of minerals in water is one over which there is much controversy. There is even disagreement among health authorities. To help you decide for yourself, consider the following information:

a. Minerals in water exist as mineral salts or so called inorganic minerals. Minerals in this form may not be as biologically acceptable to the human body as are the organic forms of minerals found in all food and quality mineral supplements.

b. Some inorganic minerals are harmful to human health and no water treatment process can differentiate them from inorganic minerals that are not harmful. Examples of inorganic minerals that are harmful are nitrates and toxic metals (lead, mercury and arsenic).

c. Excess inorganic minerals in water may be responsible for bad tastes, salty tastes and metallic tastes.

d.¬†Excess inorganic minerals may interact with almost every food and beverage, detracting from its flavor. That’s why virtually all packaged beverages, including soft drinks and beer, are made with controlled levels of inorganic minerals to insure the best flavor possible.

e. The mineral content in water may be much less than the mineral content found in foods. An 8-ounce glass of milk typically contains more calcium and magnesium than 5 gallons of water.

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