Why do I need minerals in my diet?

Kelly Traver
Internal Medicine
Minerals are divided into major minerals and trace minerals. Minerals are used in nerve impulse transmission, muscle cell contractility, maintaining water balance, and building your body's physical structure. The major minerals are needed in much larger amounts than the trace minerals. If you are like most people, you probably haven't even heard of some of the trace minerals. They are needed in only very tiny amounts to get their job done.

Major minerals
  • Calcium
  • Chlorine
  • Phosphorus
  • Potassium
  • Sodium
  • Sulfur
Minor minerals
  • Arsenic
  • Boron
  • Cobalt
  • Copper
  • Chromium
  • Fluorine
  • Iodine
  • Iron
  • Manganese
  • Molybdenum
  • Nickel
  • Selenium
  • Silicon
  • Vanadium
  • Zinc

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