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Mineral Guide

Dietary Supplement Mineral Guide

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Calcium – Crucial for building strong bones and teeth. Aids in proper functioning of nerves, muscles, and heart. May help to reduce blood pressure.

Primary food sources: Milk, yogurt, cheese, shrimp, or green leafy vegetables.

Iron – May help to prevent anemia, transfer oxygen in the blood, and may form foods to fuel for the body. Aids in proper functioning of the immune system.

Primary food sources: Red meat, poultry, oysters, beans, or dark greens.

Potassium – Functions to maintain the water balance in the body. Assists in muscle and nerve function.

Primary food sources: Potato, banana, milk, winter squash, cantaloupe.

Magnesium – Needed for the release of energy from food, especially carbohydrates, to fuel for the body. Aids in transmitting nerve impulses to the muscles.

Primary food sources: Chick peas, vegetables, shrimp, cooked spinach, sesame seeds.

Phosphorus – May play a major role in building strong bones and proper muscle functioning

Primary food sources: Poultry, red meat, or pork.

Zinc – May be one of the most important nutrients. It assists in our ability to taste and heal wounds. Crucial for normal growth, tooth development, assisting the immune system, protein and amino acid.

Primary food sources: Oysters, Red meat, Poultry, Beans, and Whole grains

Sodium – Aids muscle and nerve function, body fluid balance

Primary food sources: Meat, Milk products, fish, salt

Chloride – Aids digestion, maintains body fluid balance

Primary food sources: Salt

Chloride * – promotes muscle and nerve function, acid-base balance, digestion

Primary food sources: Meat, Milk products, Fish

* Electrolytes provide the proper electrical charge within the body fluids for the transmission of nerve impulses, muscle contraction, and proper body fluid levels and acid-base fluid balance.

Fluoride – aids in hardening bones and teeth

Primary food sources: Coffee, tea, spinach, gelatin, onion

Iodine – For proper thyroid function

Primary food sources: Water, Iodized salt

Copper – Red blood cell integrity, connective tissue, nerve fibers

Primary food sources: Shellfish, grains, nuts, chocolate

Chromium – aids in carbohydrate metabolism

Primary food sources: Vegetables, grains, Brewer’s

Yeast Molybdenum – aids in nitrogen metabolism

Primary food sources: Grains, vegetables

Selenium – Works in conjunction with Vitamin E to protect cells

Primary food sources: Grains, meats, fish, poultry

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