Monday, September 18, 2006

What About Minerals?

You always hear that you need vitamins and minerals to stay healthy, and you know about vitamin A, B, C, D and E, but what about minerals? Can you name two minerals that your body needs and why?

Over at Ask Men, they've got a feature called "
Minerals 101" where they break down some of the most important minerals for your body, where to get them and how you can tell you're running low.

Here's the Cliff's Notes version of their 101. Iodine and potassium help your metabolism; sodium regulates blood pressure; magnesium aids protein synthesis and helps energy move between cells; calcium is good for muscle contractions; and fluoride helps maintain bone structure.

For the record, calcium, sodium and magnesium help your nerves function properly.

Another interesting thing about this article is the "signs of deficiency" section for each mineral. The signs range from a slow metabolism (iodine) to nausea (sodium), paralysis (potassium) and hallucinations (magnesium).

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