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Minerals

MineralsKylie, Jewels, Steven, Wes, Matt Minerals are the spark plugs of life because they are required to activate thousands of enzyme reactions within the body

Minerals have two main functions in the body, some minerals are responsible for building the structures in the body like bones, and teeth

Minerals also help to regulate bodily processesFunctionTrace Minerals are the ones that you need in small quantities, usually less than 100 mg a day, for healthy living

Examples of trace minerals are Zinc, Iron, Manganese, and Copper

Macro Minerals are their opposite, they are needed in larger quantities to sustain normal functions

Examples of Macro Minerals are Calcium, Potassium, Sodium and Iodine

Subcategories/ Types of MineralsThere are many concerns with taking too little or too many minerals

A few Examples of minerals are: Calcium, Magnesium, Iron, Zinc, iodine, and selenium.

Health Concerns

Symptoms of taking too much or too little calcium are:Taking 1500 to 4000 milligrams of calcium a day can cause bloating, nausea, and constipation.Doses higher than 4,000 milligrams a day may be linked to kidney damage.Taking not enough calcium can cause a childs bones and teeth not to grow strong and straight.Adults bones become weak when not taking enough calcium.

CalciumHigh amounts of magnesium are safe for healthy people.People with kidney disease that take too much magnesium can cause weak muscles, breathing difficulty, and heart attack.Magnesium

Overdosing on iron supplements can cause death; for adults, the dose is estimated to be 200 to 250 milligrams of iron per kilogram of weightNot taking enough iron can cause shortage of haemoglobin which will make you tired and feel weakBeing deficient in iron can also cause a decrease in intellectual performance

Iron

Extremely high doses of zinc may cause symptoms of zinc poisoning which involve: vomiting, irritation of the stomach lining and may interfere with your immune systemA good supply of zinc is crucial for making testosterone and healthy sperm. Men who dont get enough zinc may be temporarily infertileNot taking enough Zinc can make you lose your appetite and taste for foodIt may also weaken your immune systemZincOverdoses of iodine cause goiters, consuming high amounts of iodine causes your thyroid gland to produce thyroid hormones making your throat to swell

A more severe deficiency early in ones life can cause physical and mental retardation.

Iodine

More than 5 milligrams of selenium a day can cause fragile nails, hair loss, and perspiration with a garlic scentTaking extremely high amounts of Selenium causes people to suffer from selenium intoxication, fatigue, abdominal pain, nausea, and nerve damage.Having not enough selenium can cause muscle pain or weakness, to protect against selenium problems, people should take a good amount of vitamin E.

SeleniumSome interesting facts about minerals are:If you get just the right amount then this will help you live a healthy lifestyle.Too much or too little of minerals can cause serious effects

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Interesting FactsCalcium you can find in milk, yogurt and other dairy productsIron you can find in cereal, meat, beans and fishZinc is found in cereals and some vegetablesMagnesium is found in green vegetables-spinach is a great source of magnesiumFish, shellfish, red meat, grains, eggs, chicken, liver, and garlic are all good sources of seleniumFish are good sources of Iodine

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