Body Minerals

Minerals are inorganic elements that are used in trace amounts daily form tissues and various chemical substances in the body. They assist in nerve transmission and muscle contraction and help regulate fluid levels and the acid/base balance of the body.

Mineral are needed in the diet in different amounts from zinc, selenium, copper, cobalt, and manganase, all of which are “trace minerals,” are needed in only tiny amounts (a few micrograms) daily. The body needs much larger quantities of the major minerals such as calcium, phosphorus, potassium, and magnesium. Since minerals are aborbed, used and excreated by the body, they must to continually replaced.

Mineral are contained in almost everything we eat, and most people can obtain sufficient quantities of the essential minerals by eating a variety of foods, particularly fruits and vegetables.

Iron is one of the bodys most important nutrients, essential for hemoglobin production in the red blood cells, yet it is alos the most frequently deficient nutrient in the diet. Only about 10 percent of the average person’s iron intake is actually used, because iron cannot be absorbed in the small intestine. Iron-deficiency anemia is thus a fairly widespread health problem in the United States, who regularly lose considerable amounts of iron requirement is almost twice that of a man’s, and this is the one nutrient that frequently requires supplementation. Such supplements, however, should be recommended onl by a physician.

Both men and women should attempt to include some iron-rich in their diet every day, liver, meat, selfish, dried beans, and dried fruits.


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