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What Minerals Do For A Fitness Enthusiast

Hi! When we talk of minerals, which ones do you recall immediately? Yes, the flogged horses – calcium, magnesium, zinc, sodium and phosphorous. But the other 12 are often overlooked.

Dietary minerals are elements required to enable metabolic and biochemical processes in our body. They help enzymes and coenzymes towards achieving this function. Minerals are micronutrients, i.e. they are categorized on many basis of the amount required to be consumed per day to sustain a non-deficient and healthy state. Macro minerals are needed in quantities of 100 mg and above and trace minerals are needed in very less quantities.

I have put together a list of all the minerals that are required by us and given the reasons to why each of them are especially important for those of us who lead active lives and workout on a regular basis:

Mineral Name

Function

Amount

Chloride

Required for digesting food through hydrochloric acid and helps stabilise excess acid levels in cells

RDA value

Potassium

Essential electrolyte that regulates ATP energy pathways

RDA value

Calcium

Required for strong bones, teeth, neural, cardio and muscular functions

RDA value

Magnesium

Required to process ATP energy pathways, neural functions and bones

RDA value

Phosphorus

Required for processing energy and needed for bones

RDA value

Sodium

Essential electrolyte that regulates ATP energy pathways

RDA value

Sulphur

Required for efficacy of amino acid functions in body

No RDA value determined

Manganese

Non-protein compound required that facilitates enzyme functions

Trace

Copper

Required to produce red blood cells and enhances the health of nerves and boosts immunity

Trace

Iodine

Regulates basal metabolic rate and works towards brain development

Trace

Zinc

Helps metabolization of food groups by enabling more than 100 different types of enzymes

Trace

Iron

Required to make blood content haemoglobin

Trace

Selenium

Antioxidants that help prevent free radical damage to heart and skin etc. Boosts immune system

Trace

Molybdenum

It breaks down sulphite toxin build-up and prevents cavities

Trace

Chromium

It enhances insulin efficacy and thus metabolization of fats, carbohydrates and proteins

Trace

Cobalt

Metabolization of B Vitamins

Trace

Fluoride

Prevents tooth decay

Trace

We must ensure that these minerals are included in our diet. If this is proves to be difficult, it is important you consult your doctor before taking them in supplement form. However, we must choose only reputed brands well-established companies with clean track record in ingredient and dosage safety.

Until next week, include minerals in your diet, eat right and get the maximum out of your training!

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  • Electric Lawn Edgers May 27, 2009, 9:03 pm

    Great information, thanks! I think I focus too much on vitamins and not enough on minerals, so this is a good reminder for me.