Making Sense of Minerals

Dietary minerals are chemical elements required by living organisms, other than the four elements carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, and oxygen that are present in almost all organic molecules.

Many elements are essential in relative large quantities: you need to consume 200 milligrams or more of them each day. These “bulk minerals” or macro-minerals in order of the amount you need daily include:

Other elements are required in smaller amounts (less than 200 mg per day, and often in microgram quantities) and are called “trace minerals” or micro-minerals. Most trace minerals are used in enzyme processes to make important chemical reactions happen in the body. Some trace mineral elements are:

*You can calculate your actual daily requirements here. Deficiency or excess of minerals can have serious health consequences. You can read about those on the pages for the individual minerals.

A diet rich in unrefined plant foods will keep you rocking with plenty of healthy minerals.


This blog uses the latest nutritional data available from the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture), and the FDA (United States Food and Drug Administration), as well as nutritional data provided by food growers and manufacturers about their products. We believe the information on this website to be accurate. However, we are not responsible for typographical or other errors. Nutrition information for recipes is calculated by Living Cookbook based on the ingredients in each recipe based on statistical averages. Nutrition may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients, and other factors.

This blog is not a substitute for the services of a trained health professional. Although we provide nutritional information, the information on this blog is for informational purposes only. No information offered by or through this blog shall be construed as or understood to be medical advice or care. None of the information on this blog should be used to diagnose or treat any health problem or disease. Consult with a health care provider before taking any product or using any information on this blog. Please discuss any concerns with your health care provider.

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