Introducing the major minerals

The following major minerals are essential for human beings:

Calcium

Phosphorus

Magnesium

Sulfur

Sodium

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Potassium

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Chloride

Note: Sodium, potassium, and chloride, also known as the principal electrolytes, are covered in Chapter 13.

Although sulfur, a major mineral, is an essential nutrient for human beings, it's almost never included in nutritional books and/or charts. Why? Because it's an integral part of all proteins. Any diet that provides adequate protein also provides adequate sulfur. (For more on proteins, bookmark this page and turn back to Chapter 6.)

After you've checked out proteins, come on back to look at the major minerals in minute detail.

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