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Minerals are extremely important to the growth and development of our bodies as well as our good health. Keeping an eye on your daily intake levels is key to ensuring sufficient growth and development. Essential minerals are divided into two groups: macrominerals and trace minerals. Macrominerals, like calcium, chloride, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, and sulfur are required in higher amounts. Trace minerals can include iron, zinc, iodine, selenium, copper, manganese, chromium, molybdenum, and fluoride. Trace minerals are needed in smaller amounts. This is not an indication of their importance, however. All minerals are important, no matter if they are considered “macro” or “trace.” The products in this category listed below include these minerals individually, or even in combination with one another.

What Are Minerals?

Just like vitamins, minerals perform different functions in your body. For example, sodium is needed for proper functioning of nerve transmission and muscle contraction. Calcium, a well-known mineral, is important for keeping bones and teeth healthy as well as strengthening the health of our immune system. Sodium, chloride, and potassium keep the balance of water levels steady in your body. Another important thing to keep in mind is the difference between vitamins and minerals. While they are sometimes grouped together, they are very different in their respective forms and structures. While vitamins are organic and can change in the presence of heat, acid, or air, minerals are inorganic and hold on to their chemical structure. Minerals in the soil that fruits and vegetables grow in and the water that fish swim in can thus easily find their way inside your body. 

Mineral-rich Diet

A mineral-rich diet is a way to ensure that you are receiving adequate amounts of minerals from sources other than supplements. Nuts and seeds, leafy greens, eggs, yogurt, shellfish, fruits, berries and beans are a few examples of foods that are rich in minerals. Be careful that you are not overconsuming one mineral over another. For example, if you consume too much sodium, you may lose some calcium from its binding to the excess sodium.