The Victim Nutrients: Weak Points of Nutrient Intake

by Jon Sasmor RCPC (Mineral Guide, MinBalance LLC)
Updated December 12, 2023

Generally, thinking of oneself or others as a victim doesn't help. (See Wilson, 2019. Though this linked article presents some controversial material, it offers helpful guidance on how and why to escape victim thinking.) Nevertheless, I'm taking the liberty here of calling certain nutrients "Victim Nutrients".

The Victim Nutrients are the nutrients most easily lost under conditions of stress. The most important Victim Nutrients include: copper, retinoids (Real Vitamin A), vitamin K2-MK4 the Grass-Fed Vitamin, magnesium, and the alkali metals (lithium, sodium, potassium, and rubidium).

When the human body is placed under stress, including aging, the Victim Nutrients are the weakest links that run out first. The most effective nutrition programs will replenish and restore the Victim Nutrients.

In contrast, many popular nutritional supplements and food and water fortifications will place further strain on the Victim Nutrients and cause further depletion and imbalance. This will be true even when there seem to be short-term benefits.

Let's call those nutrients "Predator Nutrients" that cause depletion of the Victim Nutrients.

Predator Nutrients, when given in amounts larger than normal dietary amounts, include: fluoride, iron, zinc, molybdenum, Semi-Vitamin D, ascorbic acid (synthetic vitamin C), and synthetic B vitamins.

Synthetic supplements of Predator Nutrients usually should be reduced to zero, or otherwise tapered to the lowest possible level that achieves benefit. In contrast, replenishment of Victim Nutrients will lead to long-term benefits.

Food sources are safest for all nutrients to avoid inducing imbalances. However, some Victim Nutrients may require additional supplements to reverse hazardous effects of stress and prior Internal Pollution.

Origin of Term "Victim Nutrients"

To my knowledge, the idea of a "Victim Nutrient" was coined by Dr. Raul A. Wapnir, who stated about copper:

In general, because of its electron configuration, its lower proportion in human food sources, and its susceptibility to being tightly bound to certain macromolecules and to some low-molecular-weight ligands, copper tends to become displaced, its intestinal absorption easily inhibited, and its bioavailability decreased. In these elemental confrontations, copper appears to be a "victim" nutrient. The most relevant cases involve divalent cations.

(Wapnir, 1998.)

How to Balance Victim and Predator Nutrients

Personalized mineral balancing can help. You can restore your Victim Nutrients! And you can monitor your progress with hair tissue mineral analysis (HTMA) and blood testing.

In most cases, it's helpful to STOP processed foods, supplements, and drinking water that contains excessive amounts of Predator Nutrients. These ingredients, though they may be touted for their own benefits, tend to deplete the Victim Nutrients, and worsen your stress and energy.

The Victim Nutrients can be replenished with whole foods in the Diet for Minerals as well as with appropriate nutritional supplements, such as the Root Cause Protocol STARTs.


  1. Wapnir, R. A. (1998). Copper absorption and bioavailability. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 67(5), 1054S-1060S.
  2. Wilson, L. D. (2019, June). Victimhood. The Development Science and Nutritional Balancing Website.