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Trace Minerals: Facts You Should Know

If you do not know much about minerals, you are not alone. Most people in fact know that minerals are important, but they do not know much after that. Minerals could be described as biochemical elements, which are not organic and not attached to a C atom.

The types of minerals that you need are macro minerals and trace minerals. A macro mineral is one that your body needs in higher amounts. A mineral that is needed at a quantity higher than 100 milligrams is called a macro mineral. Minerals that are needed in quantities lower than that are called trace minerals.

Trace minerals are most of the time needed in quantities of less than a few milligrams every day. Although the requirement is small it is still essential that a person keeps the healthy balance of the minerals and trace minerals for their overall health. That has been known for some time, that even a small change in the mineral composition inside the cell can have big consequences.

Minerals may be a small portion of the body and the total weight, but they are of extreme importance to many of the functions of the body. Some of the examples are; the oxygen distribution in the body, the repair of cells, tissues and bones, growth simulation and nervous system stabilization.

Individual Benefits

A few of the most common and the most useful minerals are the ones that everyone knows. Calcium for example is the essential mineral for bone health, but that is not all that it does. It helps with the oxygen distribution as well as secretion of fluids from the cells, nerve transmission, muscle contraction etc. The reduced amount of calcium can place a person at risk of osteoporosis.

Chromium helps regulate the amount of sugar in the blood, and it also helps with the metabolism of glucose. Cobalt is a part of vitamin B-12 and helps the growth of red blood cells.

Copper is absolutely needed in the formation of red blood cells as well as connective tissue formation. It also functions as storage and the release of iron to form hemoglobin. Another important function of copper is the help it gives to the function of the nervous system.

Phosphorous is a partner of sorts of calcium with the main function of giving the body a healthy and strong bone structure as well as teeth. Other nutrients are also benefited, because phosphorous is essential in the way that energy is processed by the human body.

Potassium is one of the big four and you can see why. It regulates your heartbeat and helps maintain a healthy fluid balance which helps in muscle contraction.

Iron is absolutely necessary for the body to form red cells as well as the transportation and distribution of Oxygen throughout. Brain function is also linked to iron levels.

Magnesium does a lot of work, activating well over a hundred enzymes. Muscle and nerve function are also part of the job of Magnesium. Molybdenum helps with muscle and bone growth. It also helps detoxification of the body by assisting enzymes. Zinc is required for metabolism, digestion, healing and even reproduction with over two hundred enzymes affected by Zinc.  It’s not a bad idea to consider getting a supplement for the above minerals because incorporating enough fresh fruits and vegetables into your diet to meet these needs is quite difficult.

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