Minerals & trace elements
Minerals are vital nutrients for the human organism. Among other things, they are important for muscle and nerve function and are responsible for many metabolic processes as components of enzymes and hormones.
Minerals cannot be produced by the body itself and must therefore be supplied regularly with food. Since minerals occur in different concentrations in the body, a distinction is made between bulk and trace elements.
All minerals whose content in the body is higher than 50 mg/kg body weight are defined as bulk elements. These include calcium, magnesium, chloride, potassium and sodium.
Trace elements are literally only present in traces and are generally found below 50 mg/kg body weight by definition. They include zinc, selenium, molybdenum, manganese, copper, iodine, fluoride, chromium and iron.