Following my intro post here and my post on vitamins here, this post will explain minerals into a bit more details.

Minerals can be split into 2 categories: Trace Minerals and Major Minerals


1. Trace minerals as their name implies are needed in smaller quantities compared to other minerals, but are equally essential to health

  • Chloride – This works with potassium in balancing fluids
  • Chromium – This is essential for controlling blood sugar levels
  • Fluoride – This reduces tooth decay and strengthens bones
  • Iodine – This is required by the thyroid gland to produce hormones
  • Manganese – This is essential for the production of sex hormones
  • Selenium and Sulphur – Both these minerals stimulate the immune system

Selenium is only required in tiny amounts by the body – just 4 brazil nuts contain your daily requirements


2. Major Minerals like vitamins, minerals are a vital component in essential body processes. The body can synthesize some vitamins, but it cannot manufacture a single mineral, so they must all be obtained from your diet

  • Calcium – There is more calcium in the body than any other mineral, most of which is found in the bones and teeth. It is also important for the nerves, brain and muscles
  • Iron – is essential for manufacturing red blood cells and carrying oxygen
  • Magnesium – works with calcium and phosphorus to maintain healthy teeth and bones, and is also involved in energy production, and nerve and muscle function
  • Phosphorus – present in the skeleton and also plays a role in producing energy
  • Zinc – needed for repair, growth and a strong immune system. It is also required for fertitlity
  • Sodium and potassium – these work together to balance body fluids


A balanced diet will supply all the minerals you require



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