Minerals are Mother Earth molecules found in soil. They are designed to be absorbed by plants, then passed on to animals, and finally to humans, providing many health benefits for us as humans.
When you digest food, minerals are absorbed from the food and transported to your body's tissues. Natural organic trace minerals plays an important role in maintaining the optimal functioning of your body.
After absorption, minerals are distributed in body fluids and tissues and makeup about four percent of your total body weight. They then work together with vitamins, enzymes, hormones, and other substances to play important roles in many biological functions.
These include growth and maintenance of bones and teeth, muscle contraction, nerve transmission, hematopoiesis, energy production, fluid regulation, macronutrient metabolism, acid-base (pH) balance, and various other enzymatic reactions.
Dietary minerals are classified according to their total weight. Macrominerals make up at least 0.01 percent of body weight, while micro or trace minerals make up less than 0.01 percent. An adequate supply of macro and micronutrients is equally important for optimal health.
The macro minerals are calcium, chloride, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and sodium while the trace elements are chromium, cobalt, copper, iodine, iron, manganese, molybdenum, selenium, sulfur, and zinc.
Although more is known about macrominerals than micronutrients today, more information about microminerals is emerging every day. Although these minerals are only needed in the body in "trace" amounts, they are essential for many important body functions. So let's first look at the macro minerals that are important for our health.