ROLE OF MINERALS IN OUR BODY

Skip Navigation Links.
ROLE OF MINERALS IN OUR BODY

ROLE OF MINERALS IN OUR BODY

Type of Minerals

Importance

Deficiency Symptoms

Sources

Boron

  • Build and maintain healthy bones.
  • It is also necessary for the metabolism of calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium.
  • Elevates levels of serum estrogen and ionized calcium.
  • Boron benefits include proper brain functioning.

 

  • Osteoporosis,
  • Decreased blood levels of ionized calcium and calcitonin,
  • Depress mental alertness,
  • Decreased level of magnesium and phosphorous,
  • Nausea,
  • Diarrhea,
  • Skin rashes,
  • Arthritis and
  • Fatigue.

 

  • Fresh fruits,
  • Apples,
  • Carrots,
  • Grapes,
  • Pears,
  • Leafy vegetables and
  • Nuts & Grains.

Calcium

  • Formation of bones and teeth.
  • Coagulation of blood.
  • Contraction of muscles, Cardiac action, Milk production.
  • Transformation of light to electrical impulses in the retina.
  • Young mothers during pregnancy and the nursing period.
  • Children and young people for rapid growth of bones.

 

  • Cramp pains in legs,
  • Delay in sitting up, Crawling and Walking of babies,
  • Heart becomes irregular,
  • Nerves become extremely irritable,
  • Poor sleep disorder,
  • Weakness in the bones,
  • Depression,
  • Hypertension,
  • Tooth decay,
  • Osteoporosis,
  • Rickets,
  • Insomnia,
  • Nervousness and
  • High Blood pressure.

 

  • Dairy Products, such as Milk, Cheese, and Yogurt,
  • Canned Salmon and Sardines with Bones,
  • Leafy Green Vegetables, such as Broccoli, Spinach,
  • Calcium Fortified foods from Orange juice to Cereals & Crackers and
  • Ice Cream, Kale, Oysters, Ricotta.

 

Chromium

  • Regulates hunger.
  • Reduces cravings.
  • Helps protect DNA and RNA.
  • Important to heart function.
  • Helps control fat and cholesterol levels in the blood.

 

  • Cold sweats, dizziness or irritability after six hours without any food,
  • Frequent hunger,
  • Cold hands,
  • Need for excessive sleep or drowsiness during the day,
  • Addiction to sweet foods,
  • Frequent urination and
  • Excessive thirst.

 

  • Brewer's yeast,
  • Whole wheat bread,
  • Rye bread,
  • Oysters,
  • Peas,
  • Shredded Wheat breakfast cereal,
  • Potatoes and
  • Wheat germ.

 

Copper

  • Necessary for the growth, development, and maintenance of bone, connective tissue, brain, heart, and many other body organs.
  • Involved in the formation of red blood cells, the absorption and utilization of iron, and the synthesis and release of life-sustaining proteins and enzymes.
  • Involved in the healing process, energy production, hair and skin coloring, and taste sensitivity.
  • Essential to catecholamine synthesis.
  • Copper is a component of the antioxidant enzyme: super oxide dismutase, and might protect cell membranes from potential damage by highly reactive oxygen fragments. In this antioxidant role, copper might function to prevent the development of cancer.
  • It is also essential for the utilization of vitamin C.

 

  • Chronic diarrhea,
  • Burning sensation in throat and tonsils,
  • Malabsorption problems, or iron-deficiency anemia,
  • Loss of color from skin,
  • Hair baldness,
  • Heart disease,
  • Menkes' Syndrome,
  • Nervous system impairment,
  • Low resistance to infections coliosis,
  • Poor tissue formation,
  • Impaired respiration,
  • Skin sores,
  • Retardation,
  • Liver Cirrhosis,
  • Depression and
  • Fatigue.

 

  • Dark green leafy vegetables,
  • Raisins,
  • Radishes,
  • Nuts (especially almonds),
  • Oranges,
  • Blacks Trap Molasses,
  • Avocados and
  • Broccoli.

 

Cobalt

  • Aids in normal growth and appetite, pancreas.
  • The only known function of cobalt is as a constituent of vitamin B12.
  • In this capacity, cobalt aids in the formation of normal red blood cells, maintenance of nerve tissue, and normal formation of cells.

 

  • Anemia,
  • Nerve Disorders,
  • Abnormalities in cell formation,
  • Scaly skin and
  • Atrophy.

 

  • Green leafy vegetables,
  • Fruits and
  • Herbs.

 

Chlorine

  • Chlorine is the major extra cellular anion and contributes to many body functions including the maintenance of osmotic pressure, acid-base balance, muscular activity, and the movement of water between fluid compartments.
  • An electrolyte, along with sodium and potassium.
  • Affects blood, nerves, epithelium. Aids digestion and elimination, normalizes osmotic pressure in blood and tissues.
  • Helps maintain normal heart function, acid-base balance and water balance.
  • Increases capacity of blood to carry carbon dioxide to lungs for excretion.
  • Helps to cleanse both the intestines and body of toxins.
  • Produces the normal acid environment in stomach. (This aids in absorption of iron andvitamin B12).

 

  • Disturbed digestion,
  • Water retention issues,
  • Loss of hair and
  • Weight loss.

 

  • Coconut,
  • Avocados,
  • Dates,
  • Turnips,
  • Lettuces,
  • Kale,
  • Tomatoes,
  • Potatoes,
  • Apricots,
  • Orange juice,
  • Pineapple,
  • Watercress,
  • Raw white cabbage
  • Spinach,
  • Asparagus,
  • Cucumbers,
  • Parsnips,
  • Carrots
  • Onions.

 

Fluorine

  • Stronger tooth enamel and bones.
  • Fewer cavities.
  • Fewer bone fractures.
  • Lessosteoporosis in older women.
  • Higher birth weights and higher rates of growth in children.
  • Reduces loss of hearing if caused by otospongiosis of the inner ear.
  • Also needed for blood, skin, hair and nails.

 

  • Decay of teeth,
  • Curvature of the spine and
  • Weak eyesight.
  • Carrots,
  • Turnip and beet greens,
  • Dandelion, sunflower seeds
  • Garlic,
  • Spinach,
  • Green leafy vegetables,
  • Nuts (especially almonds) and
  • Turnip greens.

 

Germanium

  • It empowers the immune system.
  • Improves cellular oxygenation.
  • Removes low toxins and poisons from the body.
  • Decreases blood pressure.
  • It has antibacterial properties.
  • Reduces cholesterol level.
  • It has antioxidant properties.
  • Used in cancer treatment.
  • Useful in treating HIV and AIDS.

 

  • Diabetes,
  • Arthritis,
  • Lack of energy
  • Asthma,
  • Leukemia,
  • Cardiac diseases,
  • Problems in the joints,
  • Neuralgia,
  • Hypertension,
  • Poor immune system,
  • Reduced resistance power and
  • Osteoporosis.

 

  • Meat,
  • Fish,
  • Bran,
  • Dairy products,
  • Onions,
  • Seeds,
  • Whole Wheat and
  • Vegetables.

Iodine

  • It influences the functioning of the thyroid gland, thereby increasing the production of the hormone.
  • It influences the heart rate, blood pressure, body weight and temperature and also helps in protein synthesis.
  • Helps in optimum utilization of calories without allowing deposit of excessive fats, thereby raising the energy levels.
  • Helps in maintaining shiny skin, teeth and hair.
  • Essential to allow normal growth and maturity of reproductive organs.
  • Iodine also determines proper movement and growth, along with speech and hearing, in babies.
  • Right iodine levels in body can curb the condition of fibrosis, turgidity and breast tenderness. It acts as a relief for fibrocystic diseases.
  • Iodine has anti-cancer properties. It is believed that cancer cells tend to shrink, when administered with iodine.
  • Iodine is also believed to remove toxic elements from the body.

 

  • Muscle cramps,
  • Swelling of the legs,
  • Depression,
  • Excessive sleepiness,
  • Dry skin and hair,
  • Rise in the cholesterol levels,
  • Reduced concentration,
  • Excessive sleepiness,
  • Fatigue and tiredness,
  • Intolerance towards cold,
  • Constipation,
  • Aches and pain in the body,
  • Cramps in muscles,
  • Mildweight gain and
  • Goiter.

 

  • Eggs,
  • Meat,
  • Fish,
  • Seaweed,
  • Strawberries,
  • Milk,
  • Mozzarella Cheese and
  • Yogurt.

 

Manganese

  • It is used as a remedy for cuts, sprains and strains.
  • Controls heavy menstruation in women.
  • It helps in the proper digestion process.
  • It aids in proper bone structure.
  • It is beneficial for maintaining healthy immune system and nervous system.
  • Aids in preserving a healthy reproductive system.
  • It regulates blood sugar.
  • Optimum functioning of thyroid gland.
  • It is involved in the process of blood clotting to prevent loss of blood.
  • Prevents cartilage damage.
  • It promote the absorption of vitamins B1 and vitamin E to fight anxiety, depression etc.

 

  • Confusion, memory loss and muscle contractions,
  • Rapid pulse rates and high level of cholesterol,
  • Hypertension and memory loss,
  • Irritability,
  • Excess perspiration,
  • Pancreatic damage,
  • Difficulty in digestion,
  • Infertility,
  • Tremors,
  • Osteoporosis,
  • Tooth grinding,
  • Eye problems,
  • Convulsions,
  • Seizures and weakness,
  • Malformation of bones,
  • Atherosclerosis and
  • Hypoglycemia.

 

  • Nuts,
  • Tea,
  • Raisins,
  • Avocados,
  • Spinach,
  • Broccoli,
  • Seeds,
  • Egg yolks,
  • Blueberries,
  • Spinach,
  • Whole grains,
  • Beans,
  • Dried peas,
  • Green leafy vegetables,
  • Oranges and
  • Beans.

 

Magnesium

  • Known as anti- stress mineral.
  • Needed for the proper growth, formation and function of our bones and muscles.
  • Magnesium prevents some heart disorders.
  • Regulates blood pressure.
  • Magnesium is essential in allowing your body to control insulin levels in your blood.
  • Helps prevent calcium deposits.
  • Magnesium is effective in treating numerous heart and lung diseases.

 

  • Kidney damage and kidney stones,
  • Muscle cramps,
  • Arteriosclerosis,
  • Heart attack,
  • Epileptic seizures,
  • Nervous irritability,
  • Depression& confusion,
  • Impaired protein metabolism and
  • Premature wrinkles.

 

  • Chlorophyll, in green vegetables
  • Nuts
  • Soybeans
  • Alfalfa
  • Apples
  • Figs
  • Lemons
  • Peaches
  • Almonds
  • Whole grains
  • Brown rice
  • Sunflower seeds and
  • Sesame seeds

 

Phosphorous

  • Phosphorus is essential for calcification of bone (85% of your body's pH is in your skeletal system).
  • Used in many enzyme processes including metabolism.
  • Controls the activities of most hormones and many vitamins.
  • A factor in carbohydrate, fat and protein metabolism.
  • Phosphorus is needed for blood clotting, bone and tooth formation, cell growth, contraction of the heart muscle, normal heart rhythm, and kidney function.
  • Organic phosphates are a part of all cellular structures and many of their functions.
  • Part of ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate), which is a cell's power company. Used in the oxidation of sugars for the formation of ATP.
  • Builds bones, teeth, blood, brain and hair.
  • It is also essential for utilizing the vitamins.
  • Leads to bone pain,
  • Poor bone formation,
  • Osteoporosis
  • Poor memory,
  • Tissue weakness,
  • Prolapsed conditions,
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability,
  • Poor growth,
  • Rickets,
  • Skin sensitivity,
  • Decreased appetite,
  • Decreased weight and
  • Weakness.
  • Peas,
  • Seeds,
  • Mushrooms,
  • Carrots
  • Nuts (pecans, almonds, etc.),
  • Whole grain products,
  • Dried fruit,
  • Legumes,
  • Eggs,
  • Fish and
  • Garlic.

 

Selenium

  • It helps in enzyme functions to release the free radicals from the body..
  • It improves male fertility.
  • It promotes production of antibodies in the body.
  • Protects the body from free radicals which leads to the development of heart diseases.

 

  • Hypothyroidism,
  • Weakness of immune system,
  • Chances of development of heart diseases and
  • Poor functioning of the thyroid gland.

 

  • Brazil nut,
  • Wheat Germ,
  • Brewers Yeast,
  • Shell Fish,
  • Sunflower seeds and
  • Cashew Nuts.

 

Zinc

  • Helps our immune systems.
  • Aids in protein synthesis.
  • Cell Reproduction.
  • Wound healing.
  • Plays a major role in fertility and conception, among others.
  • Growth retardation
  • Hypogonadism
  • Immune dysfunction,
  • Skin changes
  • Decreased lean body mass and
  • Alzheimer
  • Dairy Products,
  • Beans and Lentils,
  • Yeast,
  • Nuts,
  • Seeds,
  • Pumpkin seeds and
  • Whole Grain Cereals.

Vanadium

  • It helps in formation, reproduction and growth of strong teeth and bones.
  • Increases energy levels in the body.
  • It actively participates in chemical reactions in the body.
  • It helps to maintain healthy glucose in the body.
  • Promotes cellular metabolism.
  • Inhibits synthesis of unwanted cholesterol.

 

  • Increased dental cavities,
  • Increased cholesterol,
  • Pain in chest,
  • Coughing and wheezing,
  • Sore throat ,
  • Runny nose,
  • Diabetes and
  • Hypoglycemia.

 

  • Meat,
  • Cereals,
  • Radish,
  • Corn,
  • Black pepper,
  • Mushrooms,
  • Gelatin,
  • Olive oil,
  • Seafood,
  • Shellfish,
  • Olives,
  • Soy,
  • Vegetable oils,
  • Snap beans and
  • Whole grains.