Minerals are similar to vitamins in that they are calorie free, essential molecules, but are inorganic, small elements that initiate many biological functions. Mineral content in our diet varies greatly depending on the types of foods consumed and the soil conditions in which plants have grown. Tables 3 and 4 describe how these minerals keep you healthy; their function, sources, and effects of getting too little.7
Table 3. Minerals for Bones and Teeth.
Table 4. Microminerals Needed in Smaller Amounts.