Functions in the body
Sodium is an electrolyte that maintains normal fluid and electrolyte balance and assists in muscle contraction and nerve function.
Calcium gives structure to teeth and bones. Calcium is involved in muscle contraction, nerve functioning, blood clotting, blood pressure and immune deficiencies.
Phosphorus 85% of available phosphorus is combined with calcium, as calcium phosphates in the bones. Phosphorus is involved in many chemical reactions in soft tissues, such as the metabolism of energy nutrients, maintaining acid-base balance in the body and is part of the structure of many enzymes.
Iron Essential for the processes by which cells produce energy (energy metabolism); forms part of haemoglobin (in blood), which carries oxygen in the body and myoglobin (in muscles), which makes oxygen available for muscle contraction.
Iodine Required for the formation of the thyroid hormones that regulate metabolic rate in the body and therefore the control of energy use.
Zinc is involved in a large number of enzyme systems in the body.
Minerals are widely available from food and assist in giving you nutrients that are needed for a healthy body.
Below is a summary of some foods rich in Minerals.
Calcium Yogurt, cheese's especially parmesan, milk, and seeds like poppy and celery seeds, almonds, brazil nuts, hazelnuts, broccoli, curly kale, okra, spinach, watercress, dried apricot and figs, mackerel, oysters, pilchards, salmon, sardines,pulses, sesame seeds, and tofu
Phosphours Peanut butter, corn, broccoli, garlic, cottage cheese, chicken and turkey.
Iron Liver, red meats, poultry and shellfish like oysters and mussels. Also egg yolks, whole grains, dark green leafy vegetables,
Iodine Seaweed products, seafood and Iodized salt.
Zinc Oysters, lobster, mussels, sardines, lamb’s liver, cheese, brown rice, duck, goose, kidney, lean red meat, turkey and venison.