What are Minerals?

By: Lindsay Earnhardt

What are Minerals and What is there role in our bodies?

Mineral s are essential nutrients that are needed in the body. Minerals do not give you energy but they help with other body actives. Your body does not make the minerals you may need in your body, you get them from foods you eat.....

Minerals in our Everyday Life!

Do you eat your cereal with milk? Milk has the MINERAL CALCIUM.
Do you like chicken? Chicken has the MINERAL IRON.
Do you like banana? Banana are high in the MINERAL POTASSIUM.
Do you like peanuts or cashews? Nuts are high in the Mineral Zinc.


Functions of Minerals

Calcium :Calcium is vital for building strong bones and teeth. Calcium comes from milk and other dairy products such as cheese and yogurt.
Iron: Iron helps red blood cells carry oxygen to all parts of the body. Iron comes a variety of meats and vegetables.
Magnesium: Magnesium helps muscles and nerves function, steadies the heart rhythm, and keeps bones strong. Magnesium comes from whole grains such as bread and rice.
Potassium: Potassium helps with heart, muscle, and nervous system function. Potassium comes from in broccoli, potatoes (with skins), green leafy vegetables, citrus fruits, bananas, dried fruits.
Zinc: Zinc is important for normal growth, strong immunity, and wound healing. Zinc is found in red meat, poultry, oysters and other seafood, nuts, dried beans, milk and other dairy products, whole grains, and fortified breakfast cereals.

Too Little Minerals

What happens if you don’t get enough minerals and trace elements in your diet? You could eventually have mineral deficiency (to little of) depends on the mineral itself — some are absolutely necessary, others are not as important