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Could you be one mineral short?

Minerals supply the drive to get many of our body's functions up and running. However, the body is unable to manufacture or produce these and they need to be sourced, supplied or eaten on a daily basis. Some minerals such as calcium, magnesium and potassium are required in larger amounts. These are known as macrominerals. Some minerals, such as chromium, copper, iron, manganese and zinc, are only required in minute amounts. These are known as microminerals or trace elements. Often disregarded, trace elements play a critical role in maintaining your good health and supporting the body's chemical reactions.

Figure 1: Minerals and your body

To obtain the correct balance of all the minerals the body requires through your diet is hard and almost everyone needs to take supplements on a daily basis. Part of the problem is that most of the fruit and vegetables we consume are produced by mass farming methods and the soils, which were once rich in mineral constituents, have now been reworked so many times that the crops are now depleted in those important elements.

As a result to maintain good health, almost everyone needs to take supplements on a daily basis.