Nutrition Guide: Minerals
Now that we’ve discussed the three macronutrients (carbohydrates, protein, and fats), we need to bring attention to the micronutrients in the realm of nutrition, namely vitamins and minerals.
Of equal importance as vitamins, minerals are also essential to one’s health and nutrition. Whereas vitamins typically come from living things such as animals, minerals are extracted mainly from the soil of the earth. Also, whereas vitamins are organic and can be broken down, minerals are in fact inorganic and hold onto their chemical structure.
Minerals are many in number and even the tiniest amounts can play a big role in the function of our organs. The mineral zinc, for instance, is responsible for approximately 200 enzymatic reactions in our body. Many of these relate to supporting your immune system so you can ward off colds and disease; they also relate to one’s endocrine system as they help ensure healthy levels of hormones.