In general, minerals refer to naturally occurring substances found in the earth’s soil. In regards to human health, minerals refer to a few very specific compounds required for us to stay healthy. Our bodies require certain minerals in large amounts such as calcium, potassium, phosphorus, chloride, magnesium, sodium, and sulfur. Other important minerals required in trace amounts include iron, iodine, manganese, copper, zinc, cobalt, fluoride, and selenium. The body uses minerals to regulate heartbeat, nerve impulse conduction, balancing fluids, making hormones, and building bones—just to name a few. Besides these, minerals are involved in various chemical reactions within the body.



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