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Four Crucial Minerals For Your Body

Update Date: Oct 30, 2014 10:16 AM EDT
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Statistically, minerals make up just four percent of our body, but their role in its effective functioning is crucial. 

A balanced diet plays a key role in maintaining the health of a body since the body doesn't produce minerals naturally. It means we must rely on what we eat, so that we require them in right quantity. Here are few crucial minerals and sources to acquire them: 

Calcium

Calcium builds and maintains strong bones and teeth. It also helps with muscle function and controls cell function, communication and signaling. 

Low levels of calcium can make you prone to osteoporosis and easy fracture. Main sources of calcium are  figs, carrots, raisins, brown rice, garlic, dates, spinach, sesame, cashew, papaya and celery. 

Potassium

Potassium is essential for nerve function, muscle contraction and maintains BP. Its deficiency can cause anxiety and fatigue. 

Prime sources of potassium includes oranges, bananas, peanuts, beans, coconut water, and spinach. 

Selenium

Selenium helps in sperm formation and protects cells from damage. It also regulates thyroid function. 

Main sources of selenium include organ meats, tuna, crabs, grains and species. 

Zinc 

Zinc boosts immunity against lower respiratory tract infection, cold and cough. Its deficiency leads to dermatitis, abnormal pregnancy and poor eyesight. 

Main sources of zinc include red meat, almonds, peanuts, chickpeas, soy foods, dairy products, mushrooms, liver and sunflower seeds. 

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