Minerals are essential for the proper functioning of the body. Minerals can be obtained in our diet from plant and animal foods. The basic functions of minerals are to help build body structures like bones, teeth and muscles, regulate metabolic reactions. There are two classifications of minerals: macrominerals and trace minerals. Macrominerals are required in larger amounts. Macrominerals include calcium, phosphorous, magnesium, sodium, potassium, chloride and sulphur.

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