Minerals are equally as important as vitamins when it comes to the human body.
Actually, there would be no body at all if it were not for minerals. The body is made of various elements found on Earth.
The human experience is made possible by the combination of sunlight, water, and Earth elements.
In the body, these mineral element molecules are what our bodies are made out of. Literally, yes. But, you can’t just eat dirt at gain the benefits. Some need to combine with other things to make them effective.
That being said, there are lots of minerals and trace minerals that all have names and functionality.
Here we can cover the popular ones (they are all important):
- Calcium – It is indeed important for healthy bones, teeth, muscles to have a steady supply of calcium to use. Getting abundant calcium in younger years also provides some protection against osteoporosis in older years.
- Chromium – is an essential part of digesting protein and sugar.
- Chlorine – this one is also good for digestion, as well as healthy for the liver.
- Iodine – helps to regulate the thyroid gland. Iodine also keeps balance in mental health.
- Iron – Very important to the body as it helps to produce red blood cells. Every body organ and organ system is benefited from iron.
- Lithium – Nourishes the brain and nervous system.
- Phosphorus- This mineral is good for brain health. It also promotes healthy bones and teeth.
- Potassium- good for muscle health, digestion, and a strong heart.
- Manganese- keeps balance in the digestive system, nerves, brain and reproductive system.
- Magnesium– helps to break down carbohydrates.
- Selenium – Strengthens the liver and protects the body from free radicals.
- Sulphur – Important for healthy skin, hair and nails.
- Zinc- A very healing mineral. Important for cell growth and healthy body tissues.
While it is possible to gain all the minerals needed through diet, supplements are popular because it makes it easier. However, all supplements are not created equal. Synthetic minerals are not good. Look for minerals that are chelated (plant sourced and ready for the body to use.)
Additionally, specific health issues require higher amounts of minerals, which makes supplements a nice resource to have available.