As you might imagine, the debate about taking naturally occurring mineral supplements from food sources versus synthetic mineral supplements made from non-living sources mirrors the natural-vitamin-versus-synthetic-vitamin controversy that is the dominant theme of this book.

At least 16 minerals have been identified as essential to human growth and reproduction. Macro-minerals such as calcium, magnesium, sodium, and potassium are required in comparatively large quantities, whereas micro-minerals such as iron and zinc, selenium, manganese, and iodine are necessary in much smaller amounts, though all remain important to our health.

Our mineral levels derived from foods are dependent on the levels of minerals ...

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