Minerals and Their Importance
The term ‘ minerals ‘ refers to elements in their simple inorganic form. A mineral is an element or chemical compound that is normally crystalline and that has been formed as a result of geological processes. Minerals have high atomic structure and their own physical properties. Minerals have different benefits and no mineral can be termed as more beneficial or less beneficial. All minerals are critical for proper functioning of the body. Most of the minerals aid in body metabolism, water balance, and bone health. Minerals are vital to health. Like vitamins and amino acids, minerals are essential for regulating and building the trillions of living cells which make up the body. Body cells receive the essential food elements through the blood stream. They must, therefore, be properly nourished with an adequate supply of all the essential minerals for the efficient functioning of the body.
Minerals help maintain the volume of water necessary to life processes in the body. They help draw chemical substances into and out of the cells and they keep the blood and tissue fluid from becoming either too acidic or too alkaline. The importance of minerals, like vitamins, is illustrated
by the fact that there are over 50,000 enzymes in the body which direct growth and energy and each enzyme has minerals and vitamins associated with it. Each of the essential food minerals does a specific job in the body and some of them do extra work, in teams, to keep body cells healthy.
The mineral elements needed in daily life
calcium, phosphorous, iron, sulphur, magnesium, sodium, potassium and chlorine.
In addition the body needs minute (trace) amounts of iodine, copper, cobalt, manganese, zinc, selenium, silicon, flourine and some others.
Given below is list of some of the minerals found in their body, with their benefits.
Calcium: Bone health (osteoporosis), arthritis, dental care, insomnia, menopause, premenstrual syndrome, cramps, weight loss, colon cancer, acidity, heart diseases, high blood pressure
Weakness, bone health, brain function, sexual weakness, dental care, body metabolism
Haemoglobin formation, body metabolism, muscle activity, anaemia, brain function, immunity, insomnia, restless leg syndrome, regulation of body temperature
Brain function, arthritis, skin care, throat infections, haemoglobin deficiency, heart diseases, immunity
Goitre, fibrocystic breast disease, dermatology, cancer, hair care, pregnancy, body metabolism
High blood pressure, heart attack, alcoholism, bone health, cramps, diabetes, menopause, pregnancy, asthma
Body metabolism, osteoporosis, fatigue, reproduction, sprains, inflammation, brain function, Epilepsy
Low blood sugar, regulate blood pressure, heart diseases, water flow in the body, muscle disorders, cramps, brain function, diabetes, kidney disorders, arthritis
Bone health, skin care, hair care, nail health, sleep disorders, Atherosclerosis, tissue development, dental care, tuberculosis
Water balance, sunstroke, brain function, muscle cramps, anti aging
Skin care, eczema, acne, healing of wounds, prostrate disorders, cold, weight loss, pregnancy, reproduction, hair care, appetite loss, eye care, night blindness
Bone health, brain function, anti aging, sexual health, cancer, treating Alzheimer’s disease, muscle pain