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Minerals: What They Do and Where to Get Them
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Minerals: What They Do, Where to Get Them


Needed For

Good Sources


Healthy bones and teeth, nerve conduction, muscle contraction, blood clotting, production of energy, immunity to disease

Dairy products, green leafy vegetables


Maintaining body's fluid and electrolyte balances, digestive juices

Table salt


Every major biologic process, use of glucose in the body, synthesis of nucleic acids and protein, cellular energy

Green leafy vegetables, fish, nuts, beans, whole grains


Strong bones, all cell functions, cell membranes

Dairy products, fish, meats, poultry, vegetables, eggs


Many major biologic processes, muscle contraction, nerve impulses, synthesis of nucleic acids and protein, energy production

Fresh vegetables, fresh fruits


Water balance in tissues

Table salt, added to foods by manufacturer



Sulfur-containing amino acids

Onions, garlic, eggs, meat, dairy products

See on other sites:


National Institutes of Health - Office of Dietary Supplements
Dietary Supplement Fact Sheets

Updated August 2016
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