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Minerals: What They Do and Where to Get Them
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Minerals: What They Do, Where to Get Them
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Mineral

Needed For

Good Sources


Calcium


Healthy bones and teeth, nerve conduction, muscle contraction, blood clotting, production of energy, immunity to disease


Dairy products, green leafy vegetables


Chlorine


Maintaining body's fluid and electrolyte balances, digestive juices


Table salt


Magnesium


Every major biologic process, use of glucose in the body, synthesis of nucleic acids and protein, cellular energy


Green leafy vegetables, fish, nuts, beans, whole grains


Phosphorus


Strong bones, all cell functions, cell membranes


Dairy products, fish, meats, poultry, vegetables, eggs


Potassium


Many major biologic processes, muscle contraction, nerve impulses, synthesis of nucleic acids and protein, energy production


Fresh vegetables, fresh fruits


Sodium


Water balance in tissues


Table salt, added to foods by manufacturer

 


Sulfur


Sulfur-containing amino acids


Onions, garlic, eggs, meat, dairy products

See on other sites:

MedlinePlus
www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/minerals.html
Minerals

National Institutes of Health - Office of Dietary Supplements
http://ods.od.nih.gov/
Dietary Supplement Fact Sheets
     


Updated October 2013
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