What Do Minerals Do?
Of course, the minerals and how they interact with each other is extremely complex, but here is a cheat sheet on a few of their functions:
- Calcium - Blood clotting, bone and teeth formation, constriction and relaxation of blood vessels, hormone secretion, muscle contraction, nervous system function.
- Copper - Antioxidant, aids in iron absorption, synthesis of hemoglobin, metabolism of ascorbic acid, collagen and connective tissue formation.
- Iron - Essential in blood as an oxygen carrier, reproduction, wound healing, immune function, growth and development.
- Magnesium - Blood pressure regulator, blood sugar regulator, bone formation, energy production, hormone secretion, immune function, muscle contraction, nervous system function, normal heart rhythm, protein formulation.
- Manganese - Carbohydrate, protein, and cholesterol metabolism, cartilage and bone function, wound healing.
- Phosphorus - Acid-base balance, bone formation, energy production and storage, hormone activation.
- Potassium - Blood pressure regulation, carbohydrate metabolism, fluid balance, liver activator, growth and development, heart function, muscle contraction, nervous system function, protein formation.
- Selenium - Antioxidant, immune function, reproduction, thyroid function.
- Sodium - Acid-base balance, blood pressure regulation, fluid balance, muscle contraction, nervous system function.
- Zinc - Growth and development, immune function, nervous system function, protein formation, reproduction, taste and smell, wound healing.