All living cells need minerals to ensure proper function and structure. They occur naturally as elements in the ground, following millions of years of erosion and breakdown. Particles are assimilated during plant growth and eventually find their way into our bodies through the food chain.
In the human body; minerals function as coenzymes. Coenzymes enable the human body to perform basic functions such as; the production of energy; healthy growth and healing; and assimilation of vitamins and other nutrients by the body.
The body's structure relies on minerals to ensure; muscle tone (including that of the cardiovascular system); healthy functioning of nerves; correct composition of body fluids; and the formation of healthy blood and bones.
Do they have a natural grouping?
There are two distinct groupings;
Calcium, Magnesium, Sodium, Potassium, and Phosphorus
Needed in greater quantities than the trace minerals.
Much smaller quantities of these minerals are required by the body.
Once they are in the body, minerals all compete to be absorbed. Certain combinations may hinder and even prevent absorption of each other. Once they have been absorbed, they are carried in the blood to the cells, then carried across the cell membrane in a form that allows the cells to utilise them.
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