Minerals are important for your body to stay healthy. Your body uses minerals for many different jobs, including building bones, making hormones and regulating your heartbeat.
There are two kinds of minerals: macrominerals and trace minerals. Macrominerals are minerals your body needs in larger amounts. They include calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, sodium, potassium, chloride and sulfur. Your body needs just small amounts of trace minerals. These include iron, manganese, copper, iodine, zinc, cobalt, fluoride and selenium.
The best way to get the minerals your body needs is by eating a wide variety of foods. In some cases, your doctor may recommend a mineral supplement.
Source: MedLinePlus (NIH)1
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Minerals: Native, inorganic or fossilized organic substances having a definite chemical composition and formed by inorganic reactions. They may occur as individual crystals or may be disseminated in some other mineral or rock. (Grant & Hackh's Chemical Dictionary, 5th ed; Mcgraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms, 4th ed)2
Types may include:3
Types of Mineral:
- Crystalline Silica Quartz
- Dietary Mineral
- Hydrated Sodium Calcium Aluminosilicate
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- Source: MedLinePlus (NIH): medlineplus.gov/ minerals.html
- Source: MeSH (U.S. National Library of Medicine)
- Source: NCI Thesaurus
- Source: CDC NIOSH: cdc.gov/ niosh/ topics/ asbestos/
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