Trace Minerals

What are Trace Minerals and the Role they play in your Health

Trace minerals are naturally occurring substances that play an important role in keeping the human body healthy and functioning properly.  When minerals enter the human body through the food we eat that do not dissolve nor change form, hence they are known as inorganic substances.

There are two types of minerals your body requires, these are major minerals and trace minerals.  The difference between major and trace minerals is based on the amount we need.  For major minerals, the human body required at least 100mg/day for adults.  For trace minerals, the human body requires 1-100mg/day for adults.  Listed below is information how the role each trace mineral plays in your body and what foods contain these minerals.

Trace Mineral

Source

Function

Zinc

Red Meat
  • Meat.
  • Seafood.
  • Poultry.
  • Vegetables.
  • Assist in producing protein.
  • Healing wounds.
  • Maintaining a healthy immune system.
  • Assist in fetal development.

Copper

Seaweed
  • Sesame Seeds
  • Mushrooms
  • Walnuts
  • Seaweed
  • Maintain elasticity in the blood vessels.
  • Keep the brain functioning properly.
  • Assists in forming collagen which is important for producing bones.
  • Help maintain a healthy immune system

Iodine

Scallops
  • Scallops
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Seaweed
  • Helps keep the thyroid functioning properly
  • Required for the cells to produce energy.
  • Keeping body temperature at a normal level.
  • Help regulate blood sugar levels.

Manganese

Spinach
  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Seafood
  • Cloves
  • Helps the body form connective tissue, bones, tendons and ligaments.
  • Maintain healthy bones and teeth.
  • Assist in maintaining healthy skin by combining with an enzyme called prolidase.

Fluoride

Strawberries
  • Drinking water
  • Avocado
  • Strawberries
  • Carrots
  • Help reduce tooth decay.
  • Assist in protecting against bone decay.

Chromium

Tomatoes
  • Broccoli
  • Green beans
  • Tomatoes
  • Oats
  • Regulate blood sugar levels in the body.
  • Helps to transport glucose to be used as energy.

Selenium

Tuna Fillets
  • Tuna
  • Shrimps
  • Chicken
  • Beef
  • Helps prevent cardiovascular disease.
  • Reduces cell damage by producing antioxidant enzymes
  • Strengthens the immune system.

Molybdenum

Kidney Beans
  • Lentils
  • Kidney beans
  • Oats
  • Black beans
  • Helps the body produce energy in the cells called the mitochondria.
  • Acts as an antioxidant by reacting with free radicals that destroy cells in the body.
  • Activates other enzymes that are needed for the body to rid itself of waste products.

Iron

Snapper Fish
  • Salmon
  • Beef
  • Lamb
  • Snapper
  • Helps the body transport oxygen throughout the body.
  • Assists in converting blood sugar/glucose into energy.
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