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Mineral Information
This page is about Minerals, what they are, why they are important for health and how you can obtain them from food and supplements. Warning: before taking supplements it is very important to understand what you are taking and to ensure that there are no contra-indications with any medication you may be taking.

Minerals are essential nutrients that your body needs in small amounts to work properly. We need them in the form they are found in food. Minerals can be found in varying amounts in a variety of foods such as meat, cereals (including cereal products such as bread), fish, milk and dairy foods, vegetables, fruit (especially dried fruit) and nuts.

Minerals are necessary for three main reasons:
* building strong bones and teeth
* controlling body fluids inside and outside cells
* turning the food we eat into energy

These are all essential minerals:
* calcium
* iron
* magnesium
* phosphorus
* potassium
* sodium
* sulphur

What are trace elements?
Trace elements are also essential nutrients that your body needs to work properly, but in much smaller amounts than vitamins and minerals. Trace elements are found in small amounts in a variety of foods such as meat, fish, cereals, milk and dairy foods, vegetables and nuts.

These are all trace elements:
* boron
* cobalt
* copper
* chromium
* fluoride
* iodine
* manganese
* molybdenum
* selenium
* silicon
* zinc