What are minerals?
Minerals are inorganic substances found in nonliving things like water, rocks and soil. They also occur naturally in plants and animals. The body often gets its share of minerals through consuming plants and drinking water.
Major vs. trace minerals
Minerals essential to the human health can be grouped into two categories: major minerals and trace minerals. Major minerals are those that the body requires in relatively large amounts (calcium, chloride, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and sodium, and sulfur). They are also known as macro-minerals. Trace minerals are required in much lower quantities, hence the name micro-minerals. Trace minerals include chromium, copper, iodine, fluorine, iron, manganese, molybdenum, selenium, and zinc.
It’s important to consume adequate amounts of both major and trace minerals to maintain a healthy body.
Health benefits of minerals
Below is the list of some of vital minerals and their associated benefits:
Calcium promotes bone health. It’s believed to be helpful for those with:
- dental problems
- Premenstrual syndrome
- Colon cancer
- Heart and kidney problems
- High blood pressure
Magnesium is another essential mineral as it helps:
- Promotethe immune system
- Manage high blood pressure
- Prevent heart attack and asthma
- Relieve symptoms caused by alcoholism
- Boostbone health
- Ease cramps
- Managediabetes, menopause, and pregnancy.
- Lower anxiety and stress
The benefits of phosphorus include:
- Reducing muscle weakness
- Improving bone health
- Promotingbrain function
- Slowingthe aging process
- Stimulating sexual stamina
- Optimizing body metabolism
Potassium acts as a vasodilator, reducing the pressure within the blood vessels, and ensuring adequate oxygen supply to vital organs. It also beneficial for those with:
- Cardiovascular diseases
- Low blood sugar
- Blood pressureproblems
- Muscle disorders and cramps
- Brain functionproblems
- Kidney disorders
Iron plays an important role in the production of hemoglobin. Iron deficiency leads to anemia, which results in muscle weakness, fatigue, gastrointestinal disorders, and cognitive malfunction. Besides, iron is also important to the body metabolism, muscle activity, brain function, and the body’s temperature-regulating system. It also boosts immunity and relieve insomnia and restless leg syndrome.
Zinc is an essential part of more than 10 important enzymatic functions of the body. Insufficient intake of zinc may cause serious health problems. The body may lose its ability to heal, manage insulin, fight diseases, and grow properly.
Manganese boosts the body metabolism, improves osteoporosis, reduces fatigue, promotes reproduction, relieves sprains, inflammation, stimulates brain function, and helps manage epilepsy.
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Review Date: November 18, 2017 | Last Modified: September 11, 2019