Minerals are essential for regulating and building the cells which make up the body. Minerals help to maintain the volume of water necessary for the life processes in the body. These are essential for the proper growth and assimilation of the organic substances, and development of every part of the body
Sources of Minerals
Plants incorporate minerals from the soil into their own tissues. For this reason fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, nuts and seeds are often excellent sources of minerals. Minerals, as they occur in the earth in their natural form, are inorganic or lifeless. In plants, however, most minerals are combined with organic molecules. This usually results in better mineral absorption. Green leafy vegetables are the best source of many minerals.
Minerals are classified into two categories.
- Major Minerals: More than 100 mg is required per day.
- Minor or trace Minerals: Less than 100 mg is required per day.