Mineral Deficiencies, The Problem With Mineral Supplements & More!

My guest on this podcast is Barton Scott—chemical engineer, nutritionist, and the founder of Upgraded Formulas, a wellness nanotech company for performance and longevity with a focus on correcting mineral deficiencies. Barton pioneered a new category of supplementation to increase healthspan, focus, blood sugar management, reduce the impact of chronic health issues, and improve sleep quality.

As a young chemical engineer who always had sharp cognitive function, Barton began to suffer memory loss and mental fatigue. How could this be, at such an early age? To make matters worse, tragedy struck at the same time when he lost his mother.

After taking many supplements during this time frame, nothing was working. Faced with adversity and looming health issues, this is when Barton decided that he must pursue solutions himself. He grew frustrated with how mineral supplements lacked effectiveness and absorption into the body, rendering most products in the market useless. Barton set out to fix the problem; and using his background in chemical engineering and experience as a nutritionist, he was able to identify the issues with the current offerings and applied a solution based on sound science.

Through research, and many trials and errors, Barton realized if you can get mineral particles small enough to absorb into your cells, that was going to be the winning formula for effectiveness. That’s where he applied nano minerals to his formulations and developed a solution that supposedly makes the minerals up to 99.9% bioavailable for measurable absorption. It was then that he set out to create what today is Upgraded Formulas, founded to ensure maximum bioavailability and measurable absorption for proven results.

In addition, Barton created a hair testing kit that identifies mineral deficiencies and verifies that his products work. His test also identifies heavy metal toxicity.

During this discussion, you’ll discover:

-How sports and endurance events totally deplete your body of nutrients and minerals…6:20

  • Ben lost twice the amount of sodium during Ironman events
  • 6-7g of salt per day during training
  • Cells don’t create as much energy in this state
  • Barton exhausted his body while wrestling in high school
    • Noticed degradation of memory due to decreased energy in his cells
  • Body’s requirements of mineral intake go way up during periods of stress

-Why vitamins are of no use without minerals…12:55

  • Aldosterone is a steroid hormone, regulates electrolytes in the body
  • Maintains osmotic balance and blood pressure
  • Decreased electrolytes cause a rise in blood pressure
  • Maintenance of extracellular fluid volume depends on sodium
  • Minerals will maintain electrochemical gradients
  • Book: The Salt Fix by James Di Nicolantonio
  • Book: The Body Electric by Robert Becker
  • Book: Healing is Voltage by Jerry Tennant
  • Minerals, not vitamins, affect longevity and memory the greatest
  • Minerals activate the vitamins
  • Magnesium activates over 800 pathways in the body

-The best way to avoid mineral deficiency…18:15

  • Minerals need to be absorbed into the bloodstream
  • A process is needed to solve the issue
  • Minerals from animals absorb better than from plants
  • Diet alone will never completely reverse a deficiency
  • Thyroid and adrenal glands produce vast majority of energy in the body (do they have what they need to produce what you need?)
  • A functional digestive tract is rare among Americans
  • Stress is a huge factor
  • Create a product that can allow the minerals to be digested without the help of the digestive tract

-Why the electron driving force and size of individual cells are important for the absorption of minerals…29:25

  • Electron driving force is what allows minerals to be absorbed into the mitochondria
  • Interference (defense) mechanisms in plants that affect absorption (but absorbed well once past the gates)
  • Minerals in nature are sometimes too big (molecularly) for the body to absorb naturally
  • Plants have the capacity to ionize minerals themselves
  • The plants’ strength is derived from minerals that are ionized within them
  • A steak today has a fraction of iron it did a generation ago
  • There are minerals with the proper size for absorption in soil, plants, animals
  • Poor farming practices have affected the volume of properly sized minerals deleteriously
  • Optimize the size of the particles

-How a hair analysis reveals your mineral levels and lifestyle factors…37:20

  • EPA uses hair analysis to test for heavy metal levels
  • Certain minerals can mitigate excessive heavy metals exposure
  • Bloodwork is a snapshot of the immediate past
  • Blood tests are often based on an unhealthy population
  • Test for 15 different minerals, 8 heavy metals
    • Minerals:
      • Calcium
      • Magnesium
      • Sodium
      • Potassium
      • Copper
      • Zinc
      • Phosphorus
      • Iron
      • Manganese
      • Chromium
      • Selenium
      • Boron
      • Cobalt
      • Molybdenum
      • Sulfur
    • Heavy metals
      • Antimony
      • Uranium
      • Arsenic
      • Beryllium
      • Mercury
      • Cadmium
      • Lead
      • Aluminum
  • Ratios between some minerals are more important than individual levels
  • Hair dyes may register false positives of heavy metals
  • Blood pH levels are vital; small change can be fatal
  • Hair is much more resilient than other testing methods such as blood
  • BGF podcast with Dr. Andrew Weil
  • SpectraCell Mineral Analysis
  • Significant ratios are the most important thing to look for in the hair analysis

-The most common mineral deficiencies, and how to replenish them…48:05

  • Magnesium
  • Potassium
  • Manganese – RDA is too low
  • Start with supplementing magnesium, potassium, zinc, iodine
  • Peak Thyroid
  • Many have an imbalance of zinc and copper
  • Too much zinc results in pushing out copper, which sets up a bacterial infection
  • Lowers immune system, more susceptible to contracting a virus
  • Megadosing Vitamin C may lower copper levels
  • More women have an elevated copper level, more men have an elevated zinc level
  • Copper related to creativity; zinc to philosophy
  • Black Ant Extract is high in zinc

-The best way to ingest Barton’s nano mineral products…59:50

-And much more…

Click here for the full written transcript of this podcast episode.

Here’s the audio of Barton going over Ben’s hair mineral and toxin analysis results (along with a PDF of the results below):


Greenfield, Ben


Resources from this episode:

Barton Scott:

  • Click here for a test kit and/or consultation with Barton (use my link to save up to 41%)
  • Click here for any of the Upgraded Formulas (use code BEN15 to save 15%)

BGF podcast with Dr. Andrew Weil

– Books:

– Supplements:

– Lab Tests:

– Other resources:

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