Introducing mineral supplements

Like any advanced life form, the human body is a highly complex mechanism. From our food — our fuel — we draw on an intricate chemistry of carbohydrates, fats and proteins for energy, plus vitamins (organic nutrients) and minerals (inorganic nutrients) to keep the system running in good order.

There are more than twenty of these minerals, each playing a role in bone structure, body fluids, the operation of the nerve system, and the functioning of enzymes (biochemical catalysts that, for instance, help to release energy from food). The ones we need in relatively large quantities (sometimes called bulk minerals) are: calcium, chloride, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium and sulphur.

There are others that we need in smaller quantities (called trace minerals), but which are equally important; these include: boron, chromium, cobalt, copper, fluoride, iodine, iron, manganese, molybdenum, selenium and zinc.

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