Essential and Trace Minerals
What are minerals and why are some essential and some only needed in the smallest quantities? Let’s answer the first question: A quick google search defines minerals as a naturally occurring inorganic solid, with a definite chemical composition, and an ordered atomic arrangement. Well that is nice but what does that mean to me and you? Minerals are essential to keep our bones, muscles, organs and internal energy fields working properly.
There are 16 essential minerals that are needed to make the above happen. Seven of them (Potassium, Chloride, Sodium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Sulfur, and Calcium) are considered “macromolecules” and we need higher amounts of them. Nine of them (Zinc, Iodine, Iron, Selenium, Copper, Molybdenum, Chromium, Fluoride, and Manganese) are “trace minerals” meaning we only need these in small amounts in order for them to perform their functions.
This is all well and good but how do we get them if they are essential? See, being essential means that our bodies can’t make them and we need to consume them. Sourcing is very important to insure you are getting exactly what you need. A lot of our minerals can come from the foods that we eat. Research has shown that since the advent of the industrial revolution, bulk grown crops can have a lower amount of nutrients (i.e. minerals) than home grown foods. If we are exclusively purchasing our food from stores then there is a chance that they aren’t as nutritious as our bodies need.
Sodium-Needed for proper fluid balance, nerve transmission, and muscle contraction
Chloride-Needed for proper fluid balance, stomach acid
Potassium-Needed for proper fluid balance, nerve transmission, and muscle contraction
Calcium-Important for healthy bones and teeth; helps muscles relax and contract; important in nerve functioning, blood clotting, blood pressure regulation, immune system health
Phosphorus-Important for healthy bones and teeth; found in every cell; part of the system that maintains acid-base balance
Magnesium-Found in bones; needed for making protein, muscle contraction, nerve transmission, immune system health
Sulfur-Found in protein molecules
Iron-Part of a molecule (hemoglobin) found in red blood cells that carries oxygen in the body; needed for energy metabolism
Zinc-Part of many enzymes; needed for making protein and genetic material; has a function in taste perception, wound healing, normal fetal development, production of sperm, normal growth and sexual maturation, immune system health
Iodine-Found in thyroid hormone, which helps regulate growth, development, and metabolism
Copper-Part of many enzymes; needed for iron metabolism
Manganese-Part of many enzymes
Fluoride-Involved in formation of bones and teeth; helps prevent tooth decay
Chromium-Works closely with insulin to regulate blood sugar (glucose) levels
Molybdenum-Part of some enzymes
Other trace nutrients known to be essential in tiny amounts include nickel, silicon, vanadium, and cobalt.
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