Minerals

Minerals can’t be produced by our body but are vitally important for the maintenance of health. Your body uses minerals for many different jobs, most importantly building strong bones and teeth, controlling body fluids moving inside and outside cells and turning the food we eat into energy. Minerals are also important for making enzymes and hormones.

There are two kinds of dietary minerals: macro-minerals and trace minerals. Your body needs macro-minerals, or essential minerals, for critical functions and therefore they are required in larger amounts. These include calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, sodium, potassium, chloride and sulphur. Trace minerals are required in much smaller quantities yet are equally as important. These include iron, manganese, copper, iodine, zinc, cobalt, fluoride and selenium.

Most people get the amount of minerals they need by eating a wide variety of foods, particularly meat, fish, milk and dairy foods, cereals, vegetables and nuts. In some cases, your doctor may recommend a mineral supplement. People who have certain health problems or take some medicines may need to get less of one of the minerals. For example, people with chronic kidney disease need to limit foods that are high in potassium.

Some minerals have been vilified by the mainstream too – salt in particular – as being “bad” for your health. But what is the truth behind this?

Is it possible that the mainstream’s recommendation of a low salt intake can actually be detrimental to your health? Are all magnesium supplements equal? Does folic acid protect your mind and memory? What is folate? Can chromium help ward off diabetes? What’s the correct way to supplement with minerals?

The Daily Health looks at these questions and many more in order for you to make sense of where to gain these minerals from your diet in the appropriate quantities and how to reap the most benefit from their health-boosting qualities.

Latest Articles in Minerals

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Calcium Supplements Prevent Fractures

This recent news headline offers a valuable tip on how to make dietary supplements more effective: Calcium Supplements Prevent Fractures... But Only If You Take Them. Yes, it seem...

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Are you getting enough salt in your diet?

Everyone knows that you should avoid salt, right? Because salt can cause high blood pressure, correct? The answers to those questions: no and no. In fact, recent research from Ge...

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Memory: Maintain your memory with folic acid

Folate (or folic acid) is a B complex vitamin, probably best well known to the general public as a nutrient taken by pregnant women to help prevent neural tube defects in unborn...

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Do You Really need That Calcium Supplement?

Calcium supplement proponents use maximum retention studies. They measure bone density before and one year after calcium supplementation. These studies show an average increase of...

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Calcium: The best form of calcium to take for bone health

If you take a daily calcium supplement to support bone health, the type of calcium you're taking could make a big difference. The most common form of supplement, by far (of all ty...

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It’s Crunch-Time For Alternative Medicine

Many of our regular readers will know that plans to implement stringent European (EU) Regulations on natural remedies, came into effect in April this year. The European Food Safety...

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