Essay by Fred SmithJunior High, 9th grade October 1996

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Minerals are required to build soft and hard body tissue.

Without then we wouldn't exist. They also help out with the

nervous system the contraction of mussels and help the blood

flow properly.

Minerals are classified into 2 major groups. The major

elements such as calcium, magnesium, iron, iodine etc. Then

the trace elements such as copper, manganese fluorine and


Once of the most important is calcium. Calcium is used to

build up your bones. It also helps to keep your teeth strong.

About 90% of all calcium is stored in your bone's. It also helps

with mussel contraction. Milk products such as milk, cheese

and other stuff it the primary source for calcium. You should

have about 1000mg's a day.

Magnesium is also another important mineral. This

mineral is in most foods. It is very important in containing

healthy mussel cells. It also helps in forming bones.

Sodium is another kind of mineral. Sodium is usually

found in small but ok quantities in natural foods. If you have

too much sodium it may cause edema. It may also give you

high blood pressure.

Iron is needed to form pigments in red blood cells. These

cells transport the oxygen we need. men have more iron in

there blood stream then women. You should have about 18 mg

of iron each day.

Zinc is required to keep your blood sugar level

controlled. You also need to so you can taste and hear

properly. It also helps to heal cuts. You should have about 15

mg per day of zinc.

Boron is a mineral that helps keep strong bones. It affects

calcium and magnesium. This also helps out so you have

proper membrane functions.