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What are Minerals ?
Dietary minerals are vital for our nutrition and the healthy functioning of the human body. Minerals in our diet are necessary chemical elements that are divided into two types - macrominerals and trace minerals.
What are Macrominerals ?
The human body needs macrominerals in large quantities - as opposed to trace minerals. They include calcium (Ca), magnesium (Mg), phosphorus (P), potassium (K), sulfur (S), chlorine (CI) and sodium. Calcium is the most plentiful macromineral found in the body and it is in our bones that 99% of the calcium resides.
What are Trace Minerals ?
As the term trace suggests these minerals are required in the body in very small quantities. Trace minerals include the following; iron, copper, iodine, zinc, manganese, cobalt, fluoride, and selenium. Experts do not fully agree on the precise levels of these minerals that are required, and indeed are healthy, for the body.
Minerals cannot be produced in the body so they must be ingested through our diet or via dietary supplements. Some modern farming methods and food production methods lead to mineral depletion in the food produced which consequently may lead to mineral deficiency in people. To avoid this, dietary therapists recommend a balanced diet of fresh foods and preferably foods that have been produced organically. Nutritional therapists will recommend mineral supplements to enhance the usual diet.
The following is a list of minerals that are required by the human body. It includes the name of each mineral, the health benefits for the body, good sources of the mineral and the recommended daily allowance (RDA).
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