Hello again all readers! We still continue our story about vitamins and minerals. However, we are coming to an end under this topic. In this article, we will be talking about trace mineral or the minerals which our body requires less than 100 mg per day. There are 11 types of trace minerals which are Iron, Zinc, Selenium, Manganese, Copper, Iodine, Chromium, Cobalt, Fluoride, Molybdenum, and Vanadium. Now let’s find out more about these trace minerals!
IRON plays an important role in the production of Hemoglobin, Myoglobin and certain enzymes. Iron can be found in red meat, liver, clams, oysters, egg yolks, whole grains, molasses, asparagus, bracken fern, etc. Lack of Iron may cause you Anemia, slow growth in children, debility and dull skin.
ZINC is a mineral which controls the body function to work more efficiently, also, helps repair and maintain enzyme system along with other cells. Zinc can be found in seafood, lamb, calf’s liver, eggs, nonfat milk powder, wheat germ, pumpkin seeds, watermelon seeds, grain, cocoa powder, etc. Lack of Zinc may cause you Prostatic Hyperplasia, lack of development of reproductive organs, and Arteriosclerosis
SELENIUM is an anti-oxidant. It helps prevent and slow down the aging. Selenium can be found in seafood, liver, wheat germ, rice bran, onions, garlic, tomatoes, broccoli, brown rice, etc. Lack of Selenium may cause you Keshan disease, the disease which contains the symptom of unhealthy body and fatigue due to myocardial dysfunction.
MANGANESE is vital to bone structure, digestive process, reproductive and nervous system, and also to the production of Thyroxin, which is a main hormone produced by thyroid gland. Manganese can be found in eggs, liver, meat, seafood, milk, butter, grains, beet root, banana blossom, fruit, green vegetables, etc. Lack of Manganese may cause you Ataxia, dizziness and also affects short-term memory.
COPPER helps transform Iron into Hemoglobin. It is also an important factor in applying vitamin C for use. Copper can be found in peas, dried beans, whole wheat, prunes, offal, seafood, etc. Lack of Copper may cause you Edema, Anemia, bone disease, and rheumatoid handlers.
IODINE plays a vital role in the function of thyroid gland, which helps control the metabolism in our body. Iodine can be found in brown seaweed, all kind of seafood, onion, etc. Lack of Iodine may cause you Goiter, hypo activity of thyroid (Hypo-thyroid).
And we are coming to an end of this article. Today we have made acquaintance with 6 types of trace minerals. As we can see, each type has its own important role whether as an adjuvant between minerals or as an adjuvant with vitamins and other nutrients. Therefore, being a trace mineral does not mean that it is not important to our body, but only that our body requires these trace minerals in less quantity.
We will be continuing with other 5 trace minerals in our next article and we are looking forward to seeing you readers again in our next article!