Minerals and trace elements
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- Minerals are inorganic substances required by the body in small amounts for a variety of different functions.
- Minerals are involved in the formation of bones and teeth; they are essential constituents of body fluids and tissues; they are components of enzyme systems and they are involved in normal nerve function.
- The body requires different amounts of each mineral; people have different requirements, according to their age, sex, physiological state (e.g. pregnancy) and sometimes their state of health.
- The Department of Health has published Dietary Reference Values (DRVs) for minerals for different groups of healthy people.
- What are minerals?
- Requirements and recommended dietary intakes; bioavailability and absorption of minerals; deficiencies and excess intakes
- Chromium and other trace elements
- © British Nutrition Foundation 2009