Minerals are inorganic compounds that regulate body functions.  The body doesn’t manufacture minerals like some vitamins so they must be consumed.  There are two categories of minerals, macrominerals and trace minerals.

Macrominerals are found in higher amounts in the body.  They include: calcium, chloride, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and sodium.

Trace minerals are found in small amounts in the body.  They include: chromium, copper, fluoride, iodine, iron, manganese, molybdenum, selenium, and zinc.  A few other trace minerals are: arsenic, aluminum, boron, bromine, cadmium, germanium, lead, lithium, nickel, rubidium, silicon, tin, and vanadium.