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What are Essential Body Minerals? Its Functions and Sources

Body minerals are essential nutrients that help keep our bodies healthy. They also play an important role in maintaining good skin and hair.

Your body uses minerals for many jobs, including keeping your bones, muscles, heart, and brain working properly. Minerals are also important for making enzymes and hormones.

Body Minerals Types

There are two kinds of minerals: macrominerals and trace minerals. You need larger amounts of macrominerals. They include calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, sodium, potassium, chloride and sulfur. You only need small amounts of trace minerals. They include iron, manganese, copper, iodine, zinc, cobalt, fluoride and selenium.

Most people get the number of minerals they need by eating a wide variety of foods. Sometimes, your doctor may recommend a mineral supplement. People who have certain health problems or take some medicines may need to get less of one of the minerals. For example, people with chronic kidney disease need to limit foods that are high in potassium.

Hormones and body minerals

If certain hormones are dysfunctional in the body, this will also affect our body’s ability to utilize calcium. Such as parathyroid, thyroid, adrenal and sex hormones. The parathyroid hormone is primary in regulating blood calcium levels. The mineralocorticoids produced by the adrenals are very important in regulating minerals, particularly sodium/potassium homeostasis, which has a role in calcium homeostasis as well. Women that go through menopause have a much greater risk of bone loss. Estrogen and progesterone need to be in balance at this time to help with the osteoplastic activity.

Fatty Acids and Minerals

Appropriate fatty acid intake in the diet is necessary for the calcium to be transported through the cell walls. Fatty acids also help increase the calcium levels in the tissues. Weston Price and Royal Lee talked about the relationship between vitamin D and vitamin F (or fatty acids) through their studies. Vitamin D gets the calcium into the blood, fatty acids get it into the tissue. Without fatty acids, you won’t get calcium into your tissues, which is where a larger quantity of our body houses calcium. Vitamin D is necessary for calcium homeostasis and bone health. (if supplementing, be sure it’s in the form of D3, not D2)

Hydration and Body Minerals

Additionally, we need good hydration to ensure that the blood is fluid enough to efficiently transport calcium throughout the body to other tissues. We also need to get balanced electrolytes (electrically charged ions of calcium, sodium, potassium, chloride, bicarbonate) to ensure an appropriate transfer of calcium in and out of the cells. This is only the beginning of understanding how just one mineral works within the body. However, they all work synergistically, so it is very important to consume a high quality proper food diet based on the properly prepared foods paradigm discovered by Weston A.

We need a full spectrum approach to ensure we are getting adequate mineral intake, not just supplementing with some or one or two individual minerals, which will always throw off the mineral balance in the body. Be sure to consume an array of fresh real whole foods in season and be properly prepared.

Difference between vitamins and body minerals

Although they are all considered micronutrients, vitamins and minerals differ in basic ways. Vitamins are organic and can be broken down by heat, air, or acid. Minerals are inorganic and hold on to their chemical structure.

So why does this matter? It means the minerals in soil and water easily find their way into your body through the plants, fish, animals, and fluids you consume. But it’s tougher to shuttle vitamins from food and other sources into your body because cooking, storage, and simple exposure to air can inactivate these more fragile compounds.

What is a body mineral deficiency?

Minerals are specific kinds of nutrients that your body needs in order to function properly. A mineral deficiency occurs when your body doesn’t get or absorb the required amount of a mineral.

The human body requires different amounts of each mineral to stay healthy. Specific needs are outlined in Recommended Daily Allowances (RDA).

The RDA is the average amount that meets the needs of about 97 percent of healthy people. They can be got from food, mineral supplements, and food products that have been fortified with extra minerals.

A deficiency often happens slowly over time and can be caused by several reasons. An increased need for the mineral, lack of the mineral in the diet, or difficulty absorbing the mineral from food are some of the more common reasons.

Mineral deficiencies can lead to a variety of health problems, such as weak bones, fatigue, or a decreased immune system.

What causes body mineral deficiency?

One major cause of mineral deficiency is simply not getting enough essential minerals from food or supplements.

There are different diets that might cause this deficiency. A poor diet that relies on junk food or a diet that lacks adequate fruits and vegetables can be potential causes.

Alternately, a very low-calorie diet may produce this deficiency. This includes people in weight-loss programs or with eating disorders. Older adults with poor appetites may also not get enough calories or nutrients in their diet.

Restricted diets may also cause you to have a mineral deficiency. Vegetarians, vegans, and people with food allergies or lactose intolerance might experience mineral deficiency if they cannot manage their diet effectively.

Difficulty with the digestion of food or absorption of nutrients can cause a mineral deficiency.

Potential causes of these difficulties include:

  • diseases of the liver, gallbladder, intestine, pancreas, or kidney
  • surgery of the digestive tract
  • chronic alcoholism
  • medications such as antacids, antibiotics, laxatives, and diuretics

Mineral deficiency can also result from an increased need for certain minerals. Women, for instance, may encounter this need during pregnancy, heavy menstruation, and post-menopause.

What are the symptoms of body mineral deficiency?

The symptoms of a mineral deficiency depend upon which nutrient the body lacks. Possible symptoms include:

  • constipation, bloating, or abdominal pain
  • decreased immune system
  • diarrhea
  • irregular heartbeat
  • loss of appetite
  • muscle cramping
  • nausea and vomiting
  • numbness or tingling in the extremities
  • poor concentration
  • slow social or mental development in children
  • weakness or tiredness

You may display one or more of these symptoms, and the severity may vary. Some symptoms may be so minor that they go unnoticed and undiagnosed.

Contact your doctor if you experience prolonged fatigue, weakness, or poor concentration. The symptoms may be a sign of a mineral deficiency or another health condition.

Our Comprehensive Mineral Testing, Blood Test

Note: Fasting is not required for this test.

The Comprehensive Mineral Panel includes testing the blood for 8 minerals and is used to detect deficiencies or overexposure (toxicity) across the mineral spectrum.

This panel includes testing levels of the following 8 body minerals, costing ₹849.00:

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