266 – Trace Minerals Research – My Interview with Dr. Darrin Starkey

Our bodies need 72 major and trace minerals.


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Most people don’t know a lot about the importance of minerals in human health. The average person may only know about calcium or perhaps a few of the other major minerals. Even consumers who know a fair amount about nutrition are often clueless when it comes to the trace minerals. Most are surprised to learn that there are 72 trace minerals that are beneficial for human nutrition. How many can you name? (See list below)

One of the challenges facing all of us is the declining nutritional minerals in our soil. Just for a moment, ponder where do the elements that make up a healthy body come from? Of course the answer is food. Where does food get the minerals? From the soil. Where does the soil get it’s minerals? They are part of the earth. What happens to the minerals in the soil? They become part of the plants that we consume. It’s the life cycle. 

The emerging concern is that minerals are not being regenerated or replaced in our soil. It is clear that our soils and the foods grown in them have less mineral nutritional value than in the past. We are more able now the understand the role of these trace minerals in human health and we can understand more about how the shortage of these important nutrients can affect us.

In this interview with Dr. Darrin Starkey we will discuss the role of minerals in human health and the growing problem of depleted soils. We will explore the minerals from Trace Minerals Research and their mineral products which are derived from Utah’s Great Salt Lake. The world’s minerals eventually wash into lakes and  oceans. The Great Salt Lake has the 72 trace minerals in perfect balance and you can take these minerals to assure that you are getting these important trace minerals. This is the core purpose that drives Trace Minerals Research.

ConcenTrace Trace Mineral Drops (the following excerpt is from Trace Minerals Research)

Great Salt Lake, Utah

ConcenTrace is extracted directly from a natural source that took thousands of years to create. Over these thousands of years, the minerals in ConcenTrace have been broken down to their most natural state where they have become naturally charged, living minerals that are bioavailable and soluble in water. In addition, the solution is in precisely the same proportion as healthy human fluids without synthetically produced compounds or deadly heavy metals.


  • Bone, Joint & Health
  • Re-Mineralize Distilled Water–1/4-1/2 teaspoon per gallon for fresh spring water taste.
  • Electrolyte Replacement–Increased energy, vitality. Soluble minerals are the electrolytes which conduct the body’s electrical energies.
  • Maintain pH Balance in the Body
  • Hair and Skin.
  • Helps Normalize Bowel Functions
  • Calcium Assimilation.
  • Circulatory Health
  • Vitamin Enhancement–Vitamins without minerals DO NOT work.
  • Gardens and Plants.
  • Pets-Pet owners add ConcenTrace® to their pet’s food and water.
  • Body Building.
  • Athletic Performance
  • Add to Carbonated Beverages–A recent study has shown that a few drops per glass balances soda pop to greatly reduce the potentially harmful effects of carbonation.
  • Magnesium Supplement–One of the highest quality, least expensive, most assimilable magnesium supplements on the market.
  • Cooking–Studies show mineral depletion in our soils. We frankly are not getting the minerals in the foods we eat. ConcenTrace remineralizes these foods and adds flavor. (End excerpt)

Trace Minerals Research
Trace Minerals Research has over 100 products that include ionic trace minerals as part of the formula. The ConcenTrace drops are the flagship product and are very versatile. They also produce a great variety of products such as Multi-Vitamins and Stress Formulas. Explore the ConcenTrace drops and expand from there. You may be pleasantly surprise at how well you feel when you augment these important and often missing trace minerals.

Trace Minerals Research maintains a library of research and articles and you can explore much more on their site.

Minerals in your body and found in ConcenTrace:
Aluminum, Antimony, Arsenic, Barium, Beryllium, Bismuth, Boron, Bromide, Cadmium, Calcium, Carbonate, Cerium, Cesium, Chloride, Chromium, Cobalt, Copper, Dysprosium, Erbium, Europium, Fluoride, Gadolinium, Gallium, Gold, Hafnium, Holmium, Indium, Iodine, Iridium, Iron, Lanthanum, Lead, Lithium, Lutetium, Magnesium, Manganese, Mercury, Molybdenum, Neodymium, Nickel, Niobium, Osmium, Palladium, Phosphorus, Platinum, Potassium, Praseodymium, Rhenium, Rhodium, Rubidium, Ruthenium, Samarium, Scandium, Selenium, Silicon, Silver, Sodium, Strontium, Sulfate/Sulfur, Tantalum, Tellurium, Terbium ,Thallium, Thorium, Thulium, Tin, Titanium, Tungsten, Vanadium, Ytterbium, Yttrium, Zinc, Zirconium.

When we consider this list of minerals as important in human health, it is easy to see how much we don’t know about their functions in human health. Most of us will never know what most of these minerals do in the body, but we can assume they are there for a purpose. Nature is very efficient that way. When you realize that many people are nutrient deficient it makes sense to supplement. ConcenTrace is an easy way to put these minerals back into your life.

About Dr. Darrin Starkey
Dr. Darrin Starkey has been a board certified naturopathic physician since 2000 and is a member of the American Alternative Medical Association (AAMA). He has worked for Trace Minerals Research (TMR) since 1991 and is currently the Director of Training and Education. He is considered an expert in the field of mineral and trace mineral nutrition, balance, and deficiency, and focuses his training and education on the building blocks of a healthy diet and the important role trace minerals play in health and nutrition.

Dr. Starkey is also an advocate of adequate hydration and proper nutrition and focuses his seminars on the fact that most of the world’s soil has been stripped of minerals due to pollution and over-farming, causing the soil and our food to be depleted of the necessary minerals and trace minerals that ensure optimum health and wellness. He has educated and trained tens of thousands of consumers and retailers throughout the United States, Canada, and Indonesia. He continually searches for new ways to educate people about the benefits of mineral and trace mineral supplementation and their role in health and nutrition. 

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