- Minerals are equally important to your well-being as vitamins. About 5% of total body weight is mineral matter and every living cell depends on the minerals for proper function and structure.
- They are needed for formation of bones, of blood and teeth.
- Minerals also help maintain proper composition of body fluids, healthy nerve function and proper muscle tone.
- They also preserve the vigor of heart and brain.
Minerals are inorganic substances, classified into 2 categories: major and minor or trace, minerals.
Major or macro minerals: These are needed in large quantities and include Calcium, Phosphorus, Potassium, sodium and magnesium.
Micro minerals: These are needed in minor quantities and include Iron, Zinc, Copper, Manganese, Chromium, Iodine, Selenium.
Some of the trace minerals like Sulfur, Chlorine, Vanadium, Molybdenum, Fluoride, Silica and Germanium are needed in such minute amounts that their needs are met by diet alone.
Minerals are sold individually and in combination with other minerals as tablets, capsules, powder and liquid and colloidal forms.
Do I really need extra Vitamins and Minerals?
Everybody needs extra vitamins and minerals. stress, emotional strain, surgery, sickness, use of tobacco, alcohol, salt, sugar, rancid fats, use of contraceptives, cortisone, mineral oils, antibiotics, aspirin, antacids, sleeping pills, tranquilizers all increase your need for vitamins and minerals.