By: Melissa Peeples

What are minerals, and why do I need them?

Minerals are inorganic nutrients. That is, they are materials found in foods that are essential for growth and health. We need 15 minerals to maintain good health: calcium, chloride, chromium, copper, fluoride, iodine, iron, magnesium, manganese, molybdenum, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, sodium, and zinc. One reason we need protiens in our diet is because proteins are the building blocks for amino acids. These acids are vital to your body, and more specifically your cells.

Am I eating enough?

Signs that show whether you are eating too many minerals or not enough minerals

1.) Weakening of the bones

2.) Fatigue

3.) Weight gain

4.) Dry skin

5.) Depression

6.) Stiff muscles

7.) Painful joints

8.) High sensitivity to physical and psychological stress

9.) Hair loss

10.) Loss of hair pigmentation

What are some foods that contain minerals?


M (Molybdenum is used to break down drugs and toxins.)

I (Iron transports oxygen through your blood stream.)

N (Nuts are a great source of minerals.)

E (Enzymes cannot be made without them.)

R (Red meat is a great source of Zinc.)

A (Absorbed through the stomach wall.)

L (Low sodium vegetable juice is a must in your pantry.)

S (Selenium helps keep the immune system functioning.)

5 Facts You Didnt Know About Minerals

1.) Minerals are in some makeup. (Bare Minerals)

2.) Oily fish and egg yolks are quite rich in iron, but also contain substances that affect your body's ability to absorb the iron.

3.) Minerals are made up of major minerals and minor minerals.

4.) Potassium is important in the transmission of nerve impulses, heart rhythm and muscle function.

5.) Minerals are also in rocks. (Marble)