Food Sources of Minerals

Minerals are an important part of the diet, and are best absorbed when consumed in the foods we eat, rather than taken as a supplement.


According to, our bodies require at least 15 minerals in order to be able to function properly.


Minerals help to build and strengthen bones, prevent tooth decay, and regulate the movement of fluids in and out of the cells in our bodies.


Types of minerals include: calcium, chromium, magnesium, phosphorus, copper, iodnine, fluoride, iron, selenium, manganese, molybdenum, chloride, zinc, potassium and sodium.


Milk and darky green, leafy vegetables provide calcium. Molybdenum, phosphorus and magnesium is found in legumes. Meat provides chromium, iron, zinc and copper. Iodine is found in saltwater fish. Whole grains provide manganese.


Consuming too much of many minerals can be damaging; be sure to check with your doctor if you are concerned about mineral deficiencies.

Minerals are an important part of the diet