MINERALS

Grace McCulloch

Functions

There are many different minerals and they all do different things. Some minerals help proper fluid balance and nerve transmition. Others strengthen bones, teeth, blood. A few assist certain parts of the body like the immnue system or thyroid.

Major Sources

Sources of all these different typs the minerals include meats, seafood, milk, fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and nuts.

Too Much Or Too Little Minerals

If someone consumes too many minerals it could cause: high blood pressure (could lead to death), iron toxicity (could cause digestive upset, organ failure and death), zinc overdose (nausea, headache, fatigue, anemia, and low immune function), and selenosis (causes hair loss, fatigue, slight nerve damage and nausea).

If someone consumes too little minerals it could cause: weakened bones, anemia, weakened immune system, goiter (a swollen thyroid gland), reduced production of thyroid hormones, muscle pain, and weakness.

Interesting Facts

Scientists have stated that there are over 3,000 different types of minerals.

The minerals our bodies need are different from the minerals found on Earth. Our body actually needs the elements found within the minerals.

Zinc is good for immunity and growth and is found in dark chocolate.

Some minerals make hormones to maintain a normal heartbeat.

Magnesium found in nuts, chocolate, and more and is needed for making protein, nerve transmission, and others

Iron is a mineral that transport oxygen from your lungs to the rest of your body

Nervous system and muscles work properly because the mineral potassium

Essential minerals are divided into macrominerals and microminerals

Raisins and other dried fruits are rich in iron

Acids, like stomach acid, need minerals like chloride

Leafy green vegetables and dairy products are a great source of calcium

Some minerals, like Sodium, are very dangerous in large amounts and can cause major health problems