Minerals are vital nutrients for our health. Like other nutrients, these must be ingested from natural foods, so they can “nourish” the human body.
Their work, along with vitamins, enables us to achieve a perfect state of health.
Although minerals can’t provide calories, they perform a lot of necessary functions to our living, such as:
- Protect cells;
- Regular blood pressure;
- Maintaining healthy teeth and bones;
- Improve the functioning of the heart;
- Recover from wounds and exhaustion;
- Restructure muscles;
- Balancing the metabolism;
- Maintain the balance of fluids in the reproductive system and urinary tract.
Other functions can be found in the articles with the description of each mineral.
Many minerals are involved in the processes of development and body growth. In addition to control muscle activity, minerals also control the nerve impulses and stagger the acid-alkaline balance of the body.
They are also regulators and activators of many necessary enzymes of the digestive system.
In many cases, minerals influence the taste and texture of food. However, the consumption of cooked vegetables, processed foods, animal proteins, alcohol consumption and the presence of smoke may cause mineral deficiencies, by changing / destroying their composition in the human body.
The most known minerals for body health are: