What's So Amazing About Trace Minerals?

By Sara Butler

You probably understand the foundation of a healthy diet: Complex carbs are in, so are healthy fats and plenty of water. Simple carbohydrates and sugar are firmly on the out list. But what you may not know a whole lot about are the smaller things that make up a part of your healthy diet -- small things such as trace minerals.

Trace minerals are compounds found in the foods you eat. Your body needs them in only very small amounts, but those small amounts go a long way in helping you to stay healthy and keep your body working optimally. Here's what you need to know about trace minerals and where you can get them as a part of your healthy diet.

Trace Minerals: What are They Good For?

If you don't get enough trace minerals in your diet, then your body will not be able to work as it should. For example, a lack of calcium in the diet can lead to muscle cramps or brittle bones. A lack of magnesium can cause you to feel tired and listless on a regular basis. They're important, even if they're a small part of a balanced diet.

The most common trace minerals in a diet include:

  • Manganese
  • Iron
  • Iodine
  • Copper
  • Zinc
  • Chromium
  • Fluoride
  • Selenium
  • Cobalt

All of these minerals help your body to do things such as produce hormones, regulate metabolism, and deliver oxygen through the blood to the various tissues in your body. That's why they're so essential to good health.

What to Eat

If you want to ensure you're getting enough trace minerals in your diet, then you must eat the right things. Here are some of the most common trace minerals and the foods you must eat to get them:

  • Copper - You can find copper in shellfish, seeds, nuts, organ meats, whole grains, and cocoa.
  • Fluoride - Fluoride deficiency isn't as large of an issue since drinking water had this trace mineral introduced into it. You can also find it in seafood and tea, as well as some toothpaste and mouthwashes.
  • Chromium - You can easily find chromium in potatoes, apples, broccoli, whole grains, meat, bananas, basil, and garlic.
  • Iodine - Iodine deficiency used to be a big problem, but it's added to table salt now, which helps you get enough. You can also find it in seafood and plants grown near the ocean, where the soil is naturally rich in iodine.
  • Iron - Make sure to eat plenty of meat, fish, dark leafy greens, and poultry to ensure your diet is full of iron
  • Manganese - If you love nuts, then you're probably getting enough of this mineral through pecan and other nuts, but you can also find it in sweet potatoes, pineapples, legumes, seeds, and whole grains

If you have questions about trace minerals, talk to the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic today!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Surprise, Ariz.

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