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Minerals

Nutrition Glossary

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Updated May 19, 2014

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Minerals are available as dietary supplements.

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Definition: Inorganic (non-living) elements that are essential to the nutrition of humans, animals and plants.

Major minerals include calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, chlorine, potassium, sodium and sulfur. 

Trace minerals include iron, cobalt, copper, fluoride, iodine, manganese, molybdenum, nickel, selenium, vanadium and zinc.

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