THE IMPORTANCE OF MINERAL SALTS

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The minerals are inorganic substances , ie substances that are not produced by living things, and are very important for the proper functioning of our body, and the lack of them can bring many health problems, and even cause death .

In the table below we will know a little about these substances so important for the functioning of the organism, what their function is and in what foods we can find them.

Mineral salts Functions Foods where they are found
Calcium Important component of bones and teeth. It also participates in blood clotting and muscle contraction. It can be found in vegetables (broccoli, spinach, arugula etc.), milk and dairy products, such as cheese, yogurt etc.
Phosphor Components of DNA and RNA molecules and also participates in the formation of bones and teeth. It can be found in meat, fish, beans, peas, cereals, milk and dairy products, such as cheese and yogurt.
Sodium Very important in the balance of body fluids. Sodium is found in table salt.
Chlorine It also helps to maintain the balance of fluids in the body, in addition to forming hydrochloric acid in the stomach. This element is found in combination with sodium in table salt.
Potassium Assists in muscle contraction and nerve activity. Potassium can be found in fruits, vegetables, cereals, beans, meat and milk.
Magnesium This element acts in various chemical reactions that take place inside the cells. Magnesium is found in green leafy vegetables, cereals, fish, meat, eggs, beans, soy and bananas.
Iron Iron participates in the composition of hemoglobin, in addition to acting on cellular respiration. The lack of this element causes anemia. Iron can be found in the liver, egg yolk, pine nuts, legumes and green vegetables.
Iodine Component of some important hormones for the body. Seafood, iodized table salt and fish.
Fluorine Fluoride is very important in the formation of bones and teeth. This element is added to the treated water that reaches our homes.
Copper This element helps in the production of hemoglobin and in the formation of melanin (pigment that gives color to the skin). Liver, eggs, fish and beans.

As we have seen, mineral salts can be found in several types of food, and in order to keep our bodies healthy and functioning properly, it is essential that we have a balanced diet, that is, eat a little of everything.

 

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