The importance of minerals

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We hear about minerals all the time, but what are they and just why are they so important for our bodies?

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What are minerals?

Minerals are nutritional elements that are found on the periodic table of chemical elements. They are one of the four groups of essential nutrients that humans need, the others of which are vitamins, essential fatty acids and essential amino acids (1). There are 16 minerals that are deemed absolutely essential for proper and optimal function of our bodies and they divide into two groups: major minerals and trace minerals . The major mineral group is used and stored in large quantities within our bodies and whilst the trace minerals are needed in smaller amounts, they are just as vital to our health (2).

Minerals come through diet

Minerals cannot be synthesized biochemically by living organisms such as humans, animals or plants (3). We get minerals through our diet because minerals move through the food chain. At the basic level plants absorb minerals from the soil, these minerals then get absorbed by herbivores that eat the plants (4). If you eat meat then you would absorb the minerals that are found in that particular meat.

Eating a healthy, varied diet is therefore is crucial in order to absorb all the micronutrients that our bodies need. That being said, LifeSPRINGS’ minerals may be for you if you want to be certain that you aren’t missing out on any essential minerals. The minerals are extracted from plant matter that has absorbed the naturally occurring minerals from the soil, which ensures that the minerals are as natural as they can be. 

Why are minerals important?

The body has thousands of chemical reactions going on in each cell, every second of the day. The cells continually process the proteins, fats and carbohydrates from food. Vitamins and minerals are crucial parts of those chemical reactions. Even though you only need a very small amounts of micronutrients, without them, essential body functions couldn’t take place (5).

Indeed, minerals are so important that we can’t live without them. “Each one plays a role in hundreds of body functions. It may take just a very small quantity of a particular mineral, but having too much or too little can upset a delicate balance in the body,” says Dr. Bruce Bistrian, chief of clinical nutrition at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (6). 

 

References:

1. Mineral (nutrient), cited on 14 October 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mineral_(nutrient)
2. Precious metals and other important minerals for health (2021), cited on 14 October 2021, from https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/precious-metals-and-other-important-minerals-for-health
3. Mineral (nutrient), cited on 14 October 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mineral_(nutrient)
4. Food chains and food webs, cited on 14 October 2021, from https://wwf.panda.org/discover/knowledge_hub/teacher_resources/webfieldtrips/food_chains/
5. Vitamins and minerals (2020), cited on 14 October 2021, from https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/vitamins-and-minerals
6. Precious metals and other important minerals for health (2021), cited on 14 October 2021, from https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/precious-metals-and-other-important-minerals-for-health

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