Monday, 16 February 2015

Part 1 - Functions & Benefits of the 7 Main Minerals Required by the Body in Moderate Amounts for Good Health

Minerals work in unison with other nutrients to help maintain efficient bodily functions for good health.  See my article “What are Minerals and How do they Help with the Body’s Health Explained” for a quick overview.

Minerals can be divided into 2 groups, as follows:

·         The 7 main minerals required by the body in moderate amounts
·         Trace minerals required by the body in smaller amounts

In this article we’re going to look at the 7 main minerals that are required by the body in moderate amounts to see what their role is in helping to maintain good health, their functions and benefits, together with each mineral’s natural sources plus adverse conditions from excesses or deficiencies.

The 7 main minerals required in moderate amounts are:

·         Calcium
·         Chlorine
·         Magnesium
·         Phosphorus
·         Potassium
·         Sodium
·         Sulphur

Let’s take a look at each of these minerals in detail:


Functions:  Calcium works with phosphorus for healthy bones and teeth.  It also works with magnesium for cardiovascular health.  For calcium to be absorbed by the body, one must also have sufficient Vitamin D.  Calcium also helps to metabolise the body’s iron, aids muscle contraction, alleviates insomnia, and aids the nervous system (especially in impulse transmission).

Natural sources of calcium include: milk, cheese, soya beans, salmon, peanuts, sunflower seeds, and green vegetables.

Calcium is mostly stored in salt form in the bones.

Excesses of calcium could result in:  kidney stones; calcium salt deposits in soft tissues; muscle weakness / pain; lethargy; impaired neural functioning.

Deficiencies of calcium could result in:   Muscular spasms; osteoporosis (gradual decrease in the rate of bone formation, leading to softening of the bones); osteomalacia (inadequately mineralised bones – soft bones); rickets in children (softening and deformity of the bones).


Functions:  Chlorine works with sodium and potassium.  It helps to regulate the body’s water balance and to regulate the alkaline-acid balance in the blood.  Chlorine also aids in the transporting of carbon dioxide by the blood.  In addition, chlorine helps the liver to function properly, thereby aiding elimination of toxins.  It also activates salivary enzymes to help break down starch and glycogen.  It is needed for hydrochloric acid formation by the stomach glands, to aid digestion.

Natural sources of chlorine include:  table salt, kelp, olives.

Excesses of chlorine could result in:  vomiting.

Deficiencies in chlorine could result in:  vomiting / diarrhoea; abnormal increase in the alkalinity of body fluids / tissues; muscle cramps; loss of hair / teeth.


Functions:  Magnesium is necessary for the metabolism of calcium, vitamin C, phosphorus, sodium and potassium.  It is important for effective nerve and muscle functioning, and for converting blood sugar into energy.  It also helps to: promote a healthy cardiovascular system; fight depression; keep teeth healthy; prevent calcium deposits, kidney and gallstones; and bring relief from indigestion.

Natural sources of magnesium include: figs, nuts, seeds, lemons, grapefruit, apples, yellow corn, dark green vegetables, milk, and dairy products.

Excesses of magnesium could result in:  diarrhoea.

Deficiencies of magnesium could result in:  neuromuscular problems; muscle weakness; irregular heartbeat.


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N.B.  It’s important to observe your doctor’s or health care professional’s advise with regard to daily recommended allowances for vitamin and mineral intake to ensure you intake the correct amount, as excesses or deficiencies of vitamins and minerals could result in adverse effects.

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