Trace Elements

What They Do and Where to Get Them

Trace Element Needed For Good Sources


Use of sugar in the body

Whole grains, spices, meats, brewer’s yeast
Copper Hemoglobin synthesis and function; production of collagen, elastin, neurotransmitters; melanin formation Organ meats, shellfish, nuts, fruits
Fluorine Binding calcium in bones and teeth Fluoridated water
Iodine Production of energy (as part of thyroid hormones) Seafood, iodized salt
Iron Hemoglobin synthesis and function; enzyme actions in energy production; production of collagen, elastin, neurotransmitters Organ meats, meat, poultry, fish
Manganese Functions not entirely understood, but needed for optimal health Whole grains, nuts
Molybdenum Functions not entirely understood, but needed for optimal health; detoxification of hazardous substances Organ meats, whole grains, green leafy vegetables, milk, beans
Selenium Functions not entirely understood, but necessary for optimal health Broccoli, cabbage, celery, onions, garlic, whole grains, brewer’s yeast, organ meats
Zinc Immunity and healing, good eyesight, hundreds of enzyme activities Whole grains, brewer’s yeast, fish, meats

See on other sites:

National Institutes of Health – Office of Dietary Supplements
Vitamin and Mineral Supplement Fact Sheets (including selected trace elements)