Minerals in The Human Body
Everyone knows that we need
calcium to keep our bones strong and healthy and that Iron is an
essential component in blood, but there are many other minerals needed
by a healthy body, some of them, the 'trace elements' are just as
important but are are needed in tiny amounts.
As with Vitamins, health
experts have calculated a recommended daily intake or RDA for some
Essential, works in
conjunction with Potassium in the process of conversion of food intake
into muscle energy and the functioning of nerves and brain.
Defficiencies are rare as sodium is present in many foods.
Functioning with Sodium is an
essential part of the electrolyte system of the body. Present in
bananas and other fruit and vegetables.
Needed for bones but also
other tissue and biochemical functions.
Also essential for bone health
and as an electrolyte
Required for the elimination
Chlorine is a critically
important component of many of the compounds found in the body, e.g.
salt is sodium chloride, our nervous system needs sodium and potassium
to be able to function. We all tend to consume more than we need.
Bones,Teeth and energy
storage, every type of cell requires an adequate supply. Found in Dairy
Products Red Meat and whole grains.
Liver, beef and red meats,
vegetables sources include soya and oatmeal. A deficiency of iron
causes weakness and fatigue, brittle hair and fingernails. Because of
the menstrual cycle it is mostly women who suffer from anemia due to
Sulphur (USA spelling sulphur)
is vital to all living things. It is not considered a nutrient, but
eggs cabbage, garlic
for many functions
including one of the basic life processes - in conjunction with
selenium. Deficiency causes a loss in mental faculties and in extreme
cases Hyperthyroidism. A trace element, it is needed in very small
quantities. It seems that many people, these days do not get enough
iodine, so make sure that you and your family get at least the daily
Another trace element required
in very small quantities
Along with iodine an essential