Minerals – Why We Need Them

September 12, 2010

Calcium
• Function: helps regulate your heartbeat and move your muscles and is the main material in your bones and teeth.
• Food source: milk, leafy green vegetables, fish with bones – salmon, canned sardines.

Chromium
• Function: helps your body use glucose.
• Food Source: beans, cheese, whole grains, peas, meat

Copper
• Function: help your body utilizes iron, reduce damage from free radicals, healthy thyroid gland, protect tissues covering nerves.
• Food source: tomatoes, summer squash, green peas, garlic, green beans, nuts and seeds, seafood, dried beans.

Fluorine
• Function: healthy bones and teeth
• Food Source: gelatin desserts, fish, tea, and fluoridated water

Iodine
• Function: helps keep your skin, hair, and nails healthy, and for healthy thyroid gland function
• Food Source: iodized salt, seaweed, seafood, and dairy products

Iron
• Function: enzymes, and protein production, and helps the blood carry oxygen.
• Food Source: beans, nuts, dried fruits, green vegetables, egg yolks, and peas

Magnesium
• Function: healthy heart beat, muscles contraction, and proper bones grow.
• Food Source: apricots, bananas, soybeans, nuts, leafy green vegetables, and whole grains

Manganese
• Function: proper cellular function and bones growth.
• Food Source: cocoa, egg yolks, nuts, whole grains, vegetables, and fruits

Molybdenum
• Function: healthy cell function
• Food Source: dark green vegetables, peas, grains, and beans

Phosphorus
• Function: balance body fluid, carry nutrients to cells, keep regular heartbeat, muscles contractions
• Food Source: peas, peanuts, dried fruits, bananas, oranges, beans, potatoes, yogurt, and meat

Selenium
• Function: protect and promote healthy cell function
• Food Source: egg yolks, chicken, garlic, grains, tomatoes, fish, shellfish, and red meat

Sodium
• Function: body fluid balance
• Food Source: table salt, high in most processed foods

Zinc
• Function: wound healing, effect sense of smell and taste
• Food Source: whole wheat, poultry, eggs, beef, and shellfish

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mreeves3604 June 13, 2013 at 3:28 pm

After the watching these three video I am just now understanding the importance of magnesium and zinc or that the body didn’t produce calcium. I will be investigating into this more and might be cooking and taking more magnesium!! 65% of people in the ICU and 15% in the general population are deficient!! This small change could save people a lot of pain and sickness

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anorwood June 23, 2013 at 10:07 pm

I agree, I had no idea how important magnesium was to our body.

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mhenning October 1, 2013 at 12:23 am

I have always known that calcium was very important to many functions in the body, but had no idea that magnesium was so important to keeping our body in working order.

aheitman October 1, 2013 at 2:54 pm

I completely agree, out of all the minerals I think about needing, magnesium never crossed my mind. I never even thought about how important it was!

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anorwood June 23, 2013 at 10:14 pm

I knew calcium was important and try to take 1200mg a day of it, I didn’t know the body didn’t produce it thou. Magnesium never knew all the things it helps with and how important it is, going to put it on my shopping list to. Zinc knew it helped with wounds good for minor things like pimples too.

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mdanner4505 July 3, 2014 at 12:09 am

Magnesium didn’t know as well the things it helps with, I have learn a lot by watching this video.

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mberry0513 June 25, 2013 at 1:52 pm

I learned a lot from these videos that you just don’t have to have milk for calcium it can be any dairy products. I need to eat and drink more diary product to help with calcium help improve my bones. I also learned that you should have 1000 mineral per day but the older you get it gets higher.

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jmjena June 27, 2013 at 8:41 pm

I agree, I have only ever heard of “drink more milk, it has a lot of calcium” did not realize broccoli had calcium in lit too.

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mhenning October 1, 2013 at 12:25 am

It is interesting to find out different ways to incorporate vitamins and minerals into your diet just by adding new foods to your current menu.

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nmalan5566 June 26, 2013 at 2:18 am

I really loved the second video, he is very discriptive and detailed. I learned alot from him. I will be trying to learn more facts from him from his web site.

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lclinton6025 June 26, 2013 at 1:51 pm

I always knew how important calcium was to the body, it helps with bone growth strength and development along with helping with muscle contractions. But I did not know that none of the calcium we have was produced in the body that we must get all of it from our diet, I had no idea.

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jlangley October 2, 2013 at 10:24 pm

I agree with your position, I was also unaware that our bodies did not produce calcium on its own.

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jmjena June 27, 2013 at 8:44 pm

I know that milk is a great source of calcium. My father would always in courage us to drink milk so we could have strong bones. didn’t realize you get calcium from other products such as broccoli.

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gquiroga4136 June 27, 2013 at 9:15 pm

I never knew that calcium was not provided by the body. I will start drinking more milk and look into a good zinc vitamin. I never knew that magnesium was an essential mineral for human nutrition. No one ever said that I might feel more relaxed and energized, if I had more magnesium. I am will eat more magnesium enriched foods.

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cgibson1492 June 27, 2013 at 11:45 pm

I need to start drinking more milk. I really don’t ever drink milk, but i didn’t know that body didn’t provide calcium on it’s own.

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jroper July 3, 2013 at 3:43 pm

I was surprised to know the importance of calcium, zinc, and magnesium. Calcium is not produced in the body and is food in foods such as milk and cheese. Calcium is important for the structure if ones body and teeth. Calcium aids in body vessel contractions. The lack of calcium in a diet can result in Osteoporosis. Magnesium is concerned the most powerful relaxation mineral and is critical in people with high stress levels and lack of relaxation. This information was totally new to me! Zinc functions is over 100s enzyme that provide biochemical reactions. Zinc also adds in healing wounds.

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nfranklin275 August 30, 2013 at 9:31 am

This information was new to me too. Very interesting.

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lcogburn1 July 9, 2013 at 6:37 pm

I was always required to drink milk at dinner as a child. Calcium is very important for your health. Luckily, there are different ways to obtain your required intake of calcium.

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lcogburn1 July 9, 2013 at 6:39 pm

Calcium is very important for you health. It is used in so many different functions in the body.

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nfranklin275 August 30, 2013 at 9:30 am

I always knew about calcium but was not aware of the benefits of Magnesium. Because of my high stress levels I will deffinatly be looking into supplementing magnesium.

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Sholliday August 30, 2013 at 9:31 pm

Calcium isn’t made in our body, so get enough of your diary products daily! Also zinc helps heals wounds on your body.

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enoumba-yonkeu7455 September 2, 2013 at 1:05 am

Calcium is very important in the body I have suffered from less amount of calcium. I used to wake up every night with cramp on my feet I was hurting so bad I thought it was natural until my doctor told me that it is lack of calcium I need to drink a lot of milk oh know I hated milk.and now I learn that even magnesium could help with muscle cramp great!

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twest September 2, 2013 at 6:25 pm

I suffer from headaches almost daily. The second video got me thinking that a lack of Magnesium could possibly be why. I’m going to try some foods with Magnesium in them and see if that helps. If not, I might be going to get supplements!

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mbyram September 24, 2013 at 8:32 pm

I used to have headaches every day to, but then they went away and came back. When he video said magnesium enriched foods are like almonds and nuts I started to think I started eating them when my headaches went away and when I stop eating them they came back.

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mkouetcha6869 September 3, 2013 at 2:10 am

I never learned that much about zinc and magnesium until watch these videos. when I was little by ten year old, I was told that the eggs shells was another good source of calcium. Now I can even tell.

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awhite5226 September 11, 2013 at 4:28 pm

I already knew that calcium was needed for bone health and i knew that the body did not produce it but i had no clue about magnesium or zinc. More than half of the people in the ICU were low on these and that doesnt seem good at all. now that i know that these are important i will be cooking with more magnesium and zinc!

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mwelch September 23, 2013 at 10:07 pm

These videos make me want to go vitamin shopping. I never knew so much about these nutrients. If I take a vitamin it’s just a multi-vitamin. I don’t shop around to find the best one. Now I am questioning the one I use.

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mbyram September 24, 2013 at 8:30 pm

I honestly didn’t know that calcium was not made in the body and how beneficial it is to the body. Likely to die from not having Magnesium?? What? I never knew that Magnesium would help me relax more and feel energized. I have a lot of stress and I think I’m going to try to eat more Magnesium enriched food to help with stress. I’m definitely going to be eating more almonds and cashews. It is also interesting that Zinc functions over 100 enzymes to provide biochemical reactions and it helps healing wounds.

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awilliams September 28, 2013 at 8:59 pm

i found your points very informative!

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agarner3 September 29, 2013 at 2:02 pm

I have a lot of stress myself. I’m definitely trying this one!

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Mpenington September 24, 2013 at 8:37 pm

Calcium is very important in the body and 1000mg should be consumed by most people per day. It is not made in the body but can be consumed by milk, cheese, yogurt, broccoli, and many other foods. If you do not consume enough calcium your bones break down leading to Osteoporosis. It is very interesting the importance of Mg in the body, its cool to know that it can help you to relax, who knew that the lack of it could be fatal! Our bodies also need Zinc, which help to heal wounds on the body.

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fmartin1 September 26, 2013 at 2:19 pm

GOT MILK? commercial comes to mind when watching this video! i know my family probably lacks the right amount of calcium in their diet since the majority of us are lactose intolerant. I also know that i myself lack enough Magnesium. I’ve read somewhere that a deficiency in Magnesium can cause chocolate cravings.

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jmichau September 28, 2013 at 2:03 pm

I was very surprised to learn the importance of these minerals. I knew calcium was important but didn’t realize how important magnesium and zinc are. I take a supplement that has calcium and magnesium together.

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awilliams September 28, 2013 at 8:59 pm

I had no clue how benfical magneisum would be for me! I will be looking for more foods rich in this as well to incorporate into my diet and look forward to seeing if it helps!

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Tcook September 28, 2013 at 9:03 pm

Magnesium wow it has such a big job i never really knew what all its used for. From going to the bathroom to saving your life to stopping labor. We need to make sure we eat food high in Magnesium so we get some in our diet.

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agarner3 September 29, 2013 at 2:04 pm

Magnesium must be very powerful to stop labor!!!

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tgibson September 29, 2013 at 6:22 pm

The beneficial effect of magnesium surprised me! Calcium is hard for me I hate milk, but this video gave examples of other ways to incorporate calcium into my diet.

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kcanterbury September 29, 2013 at 8:40 pm

I learned a lot from these videos. I never was sure that calcium was in any other products except milk. I love broccoli and now its nice to know that I am getting more calcium just from eating it.

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Jsee September 29, 2013 at 11:59 pm

I really didn’t know what each mineral did for the body. I definitely didn’t know that calcium wasn’t produced inside the body. I also was unnaware that calcium was in broccoli.

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tlipton September 30, 2013 at 11:51 am

Beef, pork, dark chicken, and beans are good sources of zinc. We need zinc for our immune system and healing wounds.
Lack of magnesium can be fatal. Take a multivitamin on top of eating healthy to cover your needs.

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Dwhite September 30, 2013 at 5:23 pm

Did not realize most of us do not get enough magnesium in our bodies and we use zinc as an immune booster was unaware of the other benefits. Glad I have my household on a daily vitamin and my kids drink plenty of milk. We have a family of 5 on a regular basis and we go through a gallon of milk per day.

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denham8218 September 30, 2013 at 7:03 pm

I use to love milk now I hardly ever even keep it in the fridge. I don’t have children though or maybe I would. I do take vitamins though so atleast that helps a little.

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lthomason September 30, 2013 at 11:11 pm

I did not know that magnesium was so important in our bodies. I also did not know how many things could go wrong with our bodies if we didn’t intake a good amount of magnesium. Magnesium is a major problem that we need to look at and try to correct.

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acaddy October 1, 2013 at 2:05 pm

BIg part of body functions

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kjackson October 2, 2013 at 11:19 pm

I was also surprised on how big of a role magnesium plays in dealing with our bodies!

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asullivan5405 October 1, 2013 at 9:40 am

I didnt realize how affective zinc was for the body.

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hthomas October 1, 2013 at 7:13 pm

I didn’t realize how effective Zinc was for the body either. I love oysters and that is a plus!

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acaddy October 1, 2013 at 2:06 pm

minerals are so important to our body and their functions i am learning this in anatomy…

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aheitman October 1, 2013 at 2:58 pm

No wonder I’m always stressed, I don’t get enough magnesium! I have so many of the symptoms listed for magnesium deficiency and I never would have thought magnesium could help any of these. I’m pretty sure I’m within the 15% who are magnesium deficient. I’ve recently started focusing more on my family’s health and diet but zinc and magnesium are two things I never really thought about. I will definately have to work on incorporating more of these two minerals into my family’s diet.

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hthomas October 1, 2013 at 7:17 pm

I didn’t realize how important the mineral Zinc is to the human body. It is beneficial in the healing process for wounds and burns. I love to eat raw oysters and this was great to know that it is high in Zinc. I just got back from Florida on vacation and I can say that I have had my share of Zinc to help my body!

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cwiscaver October 1, 2013 at 10:30 pm

I knew that magnesium and zinc were important, but had forgotten how important they were. I plan to add magnesium to the supplements that I already take daily.

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sadams October 2, 2013 at 1:13 pm

I never realized all the things they use magnesium for in the medical field. The second video was very interesting and informative.

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Dorra October 2, 2013 at 11:19 pm

I agree with you. I didn’t realize how magnesium impacted us.

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cdavis1 October 2, 2013 at 2:44 pm

These videos are treasures of knowledge! Most people don’t know all of the benefits of zinc in connection with your skin. It is a wonderful sun block. Those surfers with white noses? That’s zinc! It works to block almost 100% of sun damage and stays with having to keep reapplying. Also, people with delayed skin healing, zinc supplements work wonders in increasing recovery time.

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dmoore October 2, 2013 at 9:35 pm

I agree with you! Quite the eye opener!

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ksullivent6493 October 2, 2013 at 4:40 pm

Being lactose intolerant I can’t get my calcium from milk. I have to get it elsewhere

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dmoore October 2, 2013 at 9:35 pm

I knew we calcium and zinc were important to our bodies, but had no idea how important magnesium was nor how increasing our intake could be so beneficial in helping to decrease things we may be suffering from now. Stress…who knew magnesium deficiency attributed to this, or stiffness of muscles, headaches, insomnia? That’s only naming a few things, I know I will definitely be increasing my intake.

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jlangley October 2, 2013 at 10:31 pm

I find that after watching these videos, i need to have more magnesium in my life. I was totally unaware of the relaxation benefits attributed to this particular vitamin!

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Ajackson October 2, 2013 at 10:59 pm

I am to the point where I am totally re-evaluating my vitamin and mineral intake. I am inspired. :) I didn’t realize, although I had studied magnesium before, how important it is in my life. I give this to patients all the time but am not making sure that it is in my diet. A stress antidote? Yes please. :)

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kjackson October 2, 2013 at 11:17 pm

Interesting to know that the body doesn’t produce in the body, but yet so essential. And Magnesium?! Who knew it could be a great factor in so many things! After watching that video, I will definitely be putting more Magnesium in my diet. Maybe then I’ll be less stressed..

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Dorra October 2, 2013 at 11:17 pm

I thought calcium was for bones only, didn’t realize it had so much to do with muscles

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dbriner October 2, 2013 at 11:56 pm

I recently figured out that I drink WAY too much milk. Being single, I eat plenty of cereal and carnation breakfast drinks. After my 3 day nutritional break down I realized that 4 gallons a week was a bit much. I have cut back a little and switched to 1%, which is not my favorite but it works. Gotta keep 2% or whole around for my coffee though.

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ABerrones October 9, 2013 at 11:46 am

I never knew the importance for Magnesium! I’m glad I know the benefits to the Magnesium mineral!

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Vburnett November 26, 2013 at 3:59 pm

In this point in time in my life Ive realized how important it is to take vitamins daily. I always take multi-vitamins but its good to know how much of these minerals I need to take in with each vitamin.

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awilson December 1, 2013 at 3:20 pm

After watching this I can tell I need to drink more milk, I never drink it because I dont like the taste. I never knew that your body didnt make calcium.

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lholloway December 13, 2013 at 3:27 pm

Calcium, Magnesium, and Zinc are great minerals to help provide us with great health. There are many other minerals that people tend to avoid. This video is very helpful!

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