Important Minerals For Your Healthy Body
Along with vitamins, minerals are essential to the body's good health. They are inorganic elements that the body doesn't make; instead, we obtain
them from the foods we eat or through supplements.
It's been reported that some 56 percent of adults in the U.S. use some kind of nutritional supplements, fueling an industry that sells more than $1.5
billion in products every year. If you're spending money on supplements, you should know what you're getting.
There are two kinds of minerals: trace minerals and macrominerals. The category of trace minerals includes iron, zinc, copper, selenium, iodine,
fluoride and chromium. Trace minerals are only found in tiny, trace amounts in your body. Macrominerals are needed in larger amounts in your body -
these are sodium, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, sulphur, cobalt and chloride. Each mineral works in different ways to
contribute to the body's health and wellbeing.
The following is a list of each mineral, the foods in which it can be found, and what it does for your body. In future articles, we'll discuss the various
minerals in more detail.
Calcium is the most important macromineral for bone and teeth health. Without it, we couldn't stand up and chew our food. Foods rich in calcium are
dairy products, such as milk, yogurt and cheese. Canned fish, such as canned salmon or sardines, and green vegetable such as broccoli also provide
us with needed calcium. Calcium is so important that some foods, such as cereals and juices, are fortified with it.
Iron helps oxygen get from the lungs to the rest of the body. It is also essential in the production of hemoglobin. Iron can be found in red meats, tuna,
salmon, eggs, beans, potatoes, raisins and green leafy vegetables.
Potassium is essential for keeping the nervous system working. Foods such as bananas, tomatoes, broccoli, potatoes, citrus fruit, legumes and nuts
are rich in potassium.
Zinc strengthens the body's immune system and wards off illness and infection. Zinc