Minerals are inorganic chemical
elements that the body needs for healthy growth and metabolism.
They are also involved in making hormones and enzymes. Minerals
are just as important as vitamins, and in fact work in
conjunction with vitamins to perform many bodily functions such
as bone formation, heart function and digestion.
Many minerals are brought into
the food chain of plants and animals through the soil, and the
mineral content of soil varies from region to region, often
leached out through poor farming methods. Some experts believe
that the soil in many agricultural areas is so depleted of vital
minerals that supplements are now necessary to ensure the body
gets an adequate supply of some of these essential elements.
between a mineral and a trace element is the daily amount that
your body needs. If you need over 100 mg of a particular element
it is considered a mineral or macro-mineral. Anything less and
it is considered a trace element.