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DOES MY NATURAL DIET CONSIST OF MINERALS?

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DOES MY NATURAL DIET CONSIST OF MINERALS?

Dr. Zeba Sultan 25 Jun 2018 249 Views

“My Haemoglobin is low”, “I am anaemic”, “I have calcium deficiency” etc. are extremely common questions that I hear on a daily basis. If I find that there is a severe deficiency of any minerals in their blood, then I advise them to start with supplements. However, if the deficiency is not too alarming I try to include food-stuffs in their diet which can take care of their condition. 
Yes, there are certain foods that are rich in these minerals and can take care of your deficiencies too. In this blog I will be telling you the different types of minerals, why they are important and which food sources contain them.
Minerals
Calcium
Essential for bone and teeth, maintaining bone strength, nerve, muscle and glandular function, blood clotting.
Food sources: Dairy Products, grains, pulses, millets like ragi and fish.
Magnesium
For healthy nerve and muscle function, bone formation.
Food sources: Green leafy vegetables, legume seeds, beans, tea, coffee, cocoa, nuts, shellfish, spices and soya flour.
Iron
Energy production, Haemoglobin, oxygen transport
Food sources:
Haem Iron: Chicken liver, chicken, eggs, salmon.
Non Haem Iron: Cereals, pulses, legumes, fruits, vegetables, dried apricots, almonds, raisins, soya beans, tofu, spinach, wheat germ, kidney beans, baked beans, broccoli lentils.

Zinc
Essential for cell reproduction, for development in Neonates, wound healing, production of sperm and testosterone hormone.
 Food sources: Food sources high in protein are high in zinc.
Nuts, red meat, oysters, poultry, pork and dairy products. Also legumes, whole grain cereals and vegetables (leafy vegetables and roots).
Copper 
Haemoglobin and collagen production, function of heart, energy production, absorption of Iron

Food sources: Green leafy vegetables, nuts, legumes, dried fruits, muscle meat and shellfish. While wheat, peanut, banana and prunes are mild sources.

So, these are some essential minerals, why they are important and foods that contain these minerals. Include them in your diet regularly and you will definitely benefit from it. Keep reading my blogs and thank me later!:)

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