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Updated: Jan 21, 2023

The human body requires a variety of minerals to function properly. There are over 60 minerals that are considered essential for human health, but 92 minerals are found in the body. Here is a list of some of the minerals that are essential for human health and their names:

  1. Calcium: essential for strong bones and teeth.

  2. Phosphorus: helps build and repair bones and teeth.

  3. Magnesium: involved in over 300 enzymatic reactions in the body and helps with maintaining normal muscle and nerve function, keeping a healthy immune system and balancing blood sugar levels.

  4. Sodium: helps regulate the balance of fluids in the body.

  5. Potassium: helps regulate blood pressure and maintain proper heart function.

  6. Chloride: helps regulate the balance of fluids in the body and is an important component of stomach acid.

  7. Iron: essential for the production of red blood cells.

  8. Iodine: essential for maintaining a healthy thyroid function.

  9. Zinc: important for the immune system, wound healing and taste sensation.

  10. Copper: important for the formation of red blood cells and the metabolism of iron.

  11. Manganese: important for the metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins and cholesterol.

  12. Selenium: important for the metabolism of thyroid hormones and the immune system.

  13. Fluoride: important for the development and maintenance of healthy teeth.

  14. Chromium: important for the metabolism of glucose.

  15. Molybdenum: important for the metabolism of sulfur-containing compounds.

  16. Boron: important for the metabolism of vitamin D and magnesium.

This is just a small sample of the 92 minerals that are found in the body. Each mineral plays an important role in maintaining optimal health, and a deficiency in any of these minerals can lead to a variety of health problems. It's also worth noting that most of these minerals are found in small quantities in the body and are typically obtained through a balanced diet. Some minerals such as iron, iodine and fluoride can be obtained from supplements if it's difficult to get enough from food. However, it's important to speak with a doctor or a registered dietitian before taking any supplements.

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