The benefits of minerals in water

Bottled water aisle

The bottled water market is saturated with options. 

You can have your water with carbonation or without. It may be bottled in plastic, aluminum or glass; in single servings or 5-gallon jugs to be shared with the family. You can have it purified or from an artesian well or purely sourced from a protected, all-natural spring fed by thousands of years of rainfall and snowmelt deep in the heart of the Ouachita Mountains of the southern U.S. — as we have done at Mountain Valley Spring Water for more than 150 years. 

Yet another option: minerals. 

Trace minerals such as magnesium, potassium and calcium are what give Mountain Valley Spring Water its delicious, rounded and refreshing flavor. They also give our water a boost of healthfulness that’s wholly natural. 

The benefits of minerals in water: Defining mineral water

To be clear, Mountain Valley Spring Water is spring water not mineral water. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration classifies mineral water as water that “comes from an underground source and contains at least 250 parts per million of total dissolved solids.” Per the FDA, these minerals and trace elements must come from the water’s source and cannot be added later.

Mountain Valley Spring Water, according to our most recent Water Quality Report, has 220 parts per million of total dissolved solids — most notably in the form of calcium (67 ppm), magnesium (7.3 ppm) and potassium (1.4 ppm). While this level of total dissolved solids doesn’t make Mountain Valley a “mineral water,” it does make our spring water some of the most balanced and healthful on the market. Tasty, too. 

Woman drinking water as part of a healthy lifestyle

The benefits of minerals in water: Sip healthfully

The U.S. population has a glaring deficiency in vitamins and minerals. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, more than 40% of Americans eat a diet that is deficient in magnesium and calcium, while a whopping 97% Americans are lacking in potassium. 

These deficiencies aren’t merely statistics, they’re negatively impacting health and wellness for people across the United States. 

Magnesium and health: Found in spinach, avocadoes, seeds and beans, magnesium plays many crucial roles in the body. Magnesium supports muscle and nerve function, and it helps our bodies create energy. Chronically low levels of magnesium put people at risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and osteoporosis. The recommended daily allowance of magnesium is 400-420 milligrams for adult males and 310-320 mg for adult women.

Calcium and health: While calcium is widely known to be critical for bone health, this mineral plays many important roles in the body. Calcium helps with blood clotting and muscle contraction. It also regulates the rhythms of the heart and aids in nerve functions. In addition to dairy products, such as milk, yogurt and cheese, tofu, kale and bok choy are good sources of calcium. The National Institute of Health recommends 1,000-1,200 mg of calcium per day for adults. 

Potassium and health: Raisins, lentils, beans, squash and potatoes are naturally rich in potassium, a mineral almost all of us aren’t getting enough of. Potassium’s main role is to maintain healthy fluid levels in our cells. It also helps muscles to contract and supports healthy blood pressure. The National Academy of Medicine recommends 2,600 mg of potassium per day for women and 3,400 mg for men. 

While drinking a bottle of mineral-rich Mountain Valley Spring Water won’t necessarily cure such deficiencies, it’s a start. Studies have shown that our bodies are better at absorbing calcium from mineral water than they are at absorbing calcium from dairy products.

The benefits of minerals in water: Drink better, feel better

Consuming mineral-rich waters such as Mountain Valley Spring Water could have myriad health benefits. 

Bone health: By boosting calcium intake and absorption, mineral-filled waters may help with bone health and could stave off osteoporosis. A study of 255 postmenopausal women found that those who regularly consumed calcium-rich water had significantly better bone density than those who drank water with less calcium. 

Blood pressure: Magnesium and calcium play important roles in regulating blood pressure and reducing the risk of heart disease. As both nutrients are found in many mineral-rich waters, drinking those waters may help maintain healthy blood pressure levels. 

Heart health: Magnesium is crucial to heart health, and the magnesium in mineral-rich waters may reduce the risk of heart disease in consumers. 

Digestive health: Water rich in magnesium may help prevent and treat constipation as well as other digestive issues. Magnesium’s role in digestion is two-fold: It draws water into the intestines to help soften stools. It also relaxes the intestinal muscles, making stools easier to pass. 

Glass of water in nature

The benefits of minerals in water: Where our minerals come from

While some bottled-water brands infuse their waters with additives and nutrients at the factory, Mountain Valley Spring Water comes by its trace minerals the old-fashioned way: Mother Nature and her thousands of years of hard work. 

Our water fell from the skies more than 3,500 years ago. It filtered deep into the rich earth beneath the Ouachita Mountains of Arkansas, through layers of shale, sandstone and limestone and into granite-lined aquifers. 

With time and pressure, our water filters back to the surface through sheets of quartz and Ordovician marble. As the water moves through these striations, it picks up those natural minerals our bodies crave and need. Those minerals give our water a 7.3 to 7.7 pH, making it slightly and naturally alkaline. 

Pouring Mountain Valley Spring Water into a glass

The benefits of minerals in water: It’s delicious

Those trace minerals also give our water its outstandingly refreshing taste, a flavor profile that has earned Mount Valley Spring Water the title of America’s most award-winning bottled water. Mountain Valley has garnered 19 honors from the esteemed judges at the Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting, often referred to as the Academy Awards of Water. 

It’s a lot easier to get your daily dose of nutrients when they come in the form of crisp and award-winningly delicious Mountain Valley Spring Water. 

Mountain Valley Spring Water delivery

The benefits of Mountain Valley Spring Water: We deliver

This isn’t just any bottled water. Mountain Valley Spring Water delivers on purity, flavor and healthfulness. It’s packed with nutrients that can help you live a balanced and hydrated life. Mountain Valley also delivers direct to you. 

From our 2.5 and 5-gallon reusable glass jugs (gently) dropped off at your office or home doorstep, to packs of our bottled spring and sparkling waters, we deliver in every way that matters. Taste for yourself. Get started with Mountain Valley Spring Water’s home or office delivery by clicking here.

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