Why Minerals Matter

by | Updated: December 3rd, 2016 | Read time: 1 minute

People are always talking about vitamins, but minerals don’t seem to be as hot of a topic. The fact is, minerals may actually be considered more important than vitamins because they are required for other nutrients to properly do their jobs. Minerals are needed in basically all bodily processes, including strengthening and healing.


A balanced diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables and whole grains can provide you with many essential vitamins and minerals. Unfortunately, this is not a top priority for many people. The nutrients obtained from your diet also may not be properly assimilated, due to potential digestive limitations or the mineral itself. For example, calcium may be difficult for your body to digest and absorb if not accompanied by vitamins C and D, and in the correct ratio with magnesium.


Although you should first try to obtain your nutrients from whole and natural foods, supplements can give you a daily dose of helpful minerals such as iron, magnesium, calcium, potassium, selenium and more. Be sure to read the label to find out exactly how much of each mineral your supplement provides, and to determine whether or not the mineral forms are “bioavailable,” or ready for immediate absorption and use by your body.