:: Minerals and Vitamins
The Trace Minerals
While the body needs only very small amount of each of these
five minerals, they are essential to overall good health.
- Calcium is best known for keeping
your bones strong and preventing them
from becoming brittle. As everyone knows,
calcium is found in milk, but one study showed
that 80% of all teenage girls (who need the
highest level of calcium) don't even get half
of their daily need. Prevent the hunchback syndrome
by adding 1000 mg to your diet every day.
- Copper helps you absorb iron
and heals wounds. Adults need 1.5 to
3.0 mg of copper each day.
- Chromium helps maintain the body's
balance of glucose (blood sugar) and
is required for the body to release the energy
from the glucose. Adults need anywhere from
50 to 200 mg a day.
- Iron is essential for the transport
and release of oxygen throughout the
body. Men need 10mg a day and women need 15
- Selenium supports the functions of
vitamin E and is thought to prevent against
cancer. Men need 70 mg of this antioxidant each
day and women should get 55 mg.
- Zinc plays a role in your sense of
taste, helps make sperm, heals
wounds and aids in making genetic materials
and proteins. Men should get 15 mg a day and
women should get 12 mg (though it will not help
them make sperm).