Minerals Explained.

Minerals Explained.

We know how important vitamins are for the body and for good health, but what about their super sidekick, the mineral?

What are they?

Minerals occur naturally in non-living substances like water, rocks and soil. They also form part of the make up of plants and animals.  Some minerals are necessary for cells to function properly, so plants take these minerals straight from the soil and through water. Humans need to obtain these minerals for healthy cells too as our bodies cannot produce them naturally. The only way to do this is to eat food which contains them.

Why do we need them?

There are a number of important bodily functions which require minerals. Strong teeth, bones, blood, hair, hair, nerve function, muscles and then there are the metabolic processes which turn all the food we eat into energy! We don’t need the same amount of all of them, but they are ALL essential on a daily basis for normal health. Too much of any mineral can also be toxic so a balanced intake is important, especially for children, pregnant and breastfeeding women and older people. For example, did you that just 20 iron tablets could kill you, yet iron is essential to make haemoglobin and blood. 20 tablets: that’s fewer than the lethal dose of paracetamol.

Minerals are found in  most food; meat and fish, bread and cereal products, milk, dairy foods, vegetables and fruit and nuts.

What are the essential minerals ?

The essential minerals we need every day are calcium and iron,  although there are other types of minerals that play an important part in a healthy diet.

What about trace minerals?

Smaller amounts are required of the trace minerals, though they are still required. These are iodine and fluoride.

Check out this brilliant website for more, detailed information about minerals, why we need them and where we get them from.

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