Magnificent Minerals and what they do

Minerals are absorbed by the body through the food that we eat. They are divided into two groups, major minerals which are needed in larger quantities and trace elements that are only needed in tiny amounts.

Minerals needed daily include calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and sodium; and trace elements include fluoride and iodine. Minerals are needed to build strong bones and teeth, control body fluids inside and outside cells, and convert food to energy. Taking minerals in excess can be harmful. For example, salt (sodium chloride) is added to many foods in high quantities to improve flavour, but too much can increase blood pressure, which may lead to a stroke or heart attack.