Minerals are inorganic substances, which exist naturally in the earth in solid form and in the oceans in ionized form. Many of these minerals are critical to the growth, production and reproduction of healthy cells for our bones, teeth, hair, blood, nerves, skin, organs, and overall health. Approximately 22 of these minerals are known as essential minerals. These include Macro Minerals: Magnesium, Calcium, Potassium, Sodium, Chloride, Phosphorus, Sulfur, and Micro Minerals also known as trace elements: Chromium, Copper, Fluoride, Iodine, Iron, Manganese, Molybdenum, Selenium, Zinc, Nickel, Vanadium, Cobalt, and Silicon.
We need significant quantities of essential macro-minerals and we require minute quantities of essential trace minerals
A single mineral does not work in isolation, rather, they are necessary as synergistic elements or co-factors to support physical health. They work best in association with all other minerals, trace minerals, vitamins, and nutrients, the way they are found in unrefined whole foods. Unfortunately due to over-farming, fertilisers, processed foods, and excessive refining or purifying, we no longer get the required amount from our diet and need supplementation at some point.
The minerals in our diet are essential for a variety of bodily functions. They are important for building strong bones and teeth, blood, skin, hair, nerve function, muscle, and for metabolic processes such as those that turn the food we eat into energy. This means that minerals are needed for the body to work properly, for growth and development, and overall, for maintaining normal health. Magnesium is a good example of this: Magnesium contributes to normal muscle function, psychological function, functioning of the nervous system, and the maintenance of normal bones and teeth. It contributes to normal protein synthesis, energy-yielding metabolism, and electrolyte balance while also having a role in the process of cell division.
No individual mineral vitamin or nutrient can single-handedly change the way our body or organs work. It is a balance that brings it all together.