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Ch 14: Minerals & Nutrition

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Refresh your knowledge of nutrition and minerals with this chapter study. Use the lessons and quizzes provided as a flexible, mobile way to prepare for an upcoming exam or placement test.

Minerals and Nutrition - Chapter Summary

Our instructors will explain the classification of major minerals and trace minerals. You will also learn what affects the availability, retention and absorption of minerals in the human body. A discussion of minerals in the foods we eat follows, including how minerals function in the body and the food sources that provide them.

Some of the health effects associated with minerals will be introduced, as will the benefits and risks associated with taking mineral supplements. This chapter will enable you to do the following:

  • Classify both major and trace minerals
  • Identify what influences the absorption of minerals
  • Recognize the food sources for minerals
  • Explain health benefits associated with minerals
  • Define the risks associated with mineral supplements

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5 Lessons in Chapter 14: Minerals & Nutrition
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Classification of Minerals: Major & Trace

1. Classification of Minerals: Major & Trace

Minerals are needed for good health. Major minerals include sodium, potassium, chloride, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and sulfur. Trace minerals include iron, zinc, iodine, copper, manganese, fluoride, selenium, chromium and molybdenum. Learn about both major and trace minerals in this lesson.

Influences on the Absorption, Retention, & Availability of Minerals in the Body

2. Influences on the Absorption, Retention, & Availability of Minerals in the Body

Minerals are inorganic compounds needed by your body. The degree to which minerals can be absorbed, retained and made available depends on factors such as different components of your diet and your body's need for the mineral.

Minerals in Our Food: Functions in the Body & Food Sources

3. Minerals in Our Food: Functions in the Body & Food Sources

Minerals are important substances that help your body's form and function on many different levels. This lesson will go over some important ones, what they do, and where they are found in our diets.

Common Health Effects Associated with Minerals

4. Common Health Effects Associated with Minerals

Minerals are inorganic compounds needed by your body. Learn about common health effects associated with the imbalance of certain minerals such as high blood pressure, osteoporosis, dental caries, iron deficiency anemia and goiters.

Mineral Supplements: Benefits and Risks

5. Mineral Supplements: Benefits and Risks

Mineral supplements can be used to add nutritional value to your diet. Learn about groups of people who may benefit from taking mineral supplements and the potential risks that could develop from adding supplements to your diet.

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