Minerals are inorganic elements that are important to the way our bodies function. Where as vitamins are organic and can be made, broken down, and altered by plants and animals, minerals originate from our planet and are absorbed by plants and animals through diet and the environment.There are some minerals our bodies need in larger amounts, such as calcium, magnesium, and potassium, and other trace minerals where we require smaller amounts, such as iron and zinc. Each mineral has its own properties and role in keeping our bodies healthy. Eating fruit and vegetables can be an excellent source of minerals, without needing to take dietary supplements.
Minerals In Fruit & Vegetables
Different fruit and vegetables contain different minerals, and in varying amounts. Eating a wide range of fruit of vegetables is required to get all the minerals we need.
On this page we describe the health benefits of different minerals, as wells as information on fruit and vegetables that contain them. It is worth noting that eating too many minerals can have adverse consequences for health, for example through excess consumption by taking mineral supplements.
You may also like to see our related sections on vitamins and nutritional composition (energy sources) in fruit and vegetables.
The nutritional information has been compiled* by us from information freely available and published by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) statistics on the nutritional make up of food, and combined* with European Food Information Council (EUFIC) information on Recommended Daily Allowances.
Please note the information shown on this website is for comparison purposes only, and is not intended as dietary or medical advice. Please see our disclaimer for further information.
*Based on information as published on their websites in January 2015
Calcium In Fruit & Vegetables
We have more calcium in our bodies than any other mineral. It is important for bones, teeth, regulating heart beat, blood clotting, and nerve impulses.
Copper In Fruit & Vegetables
Copper is a trace mineral in our body, but plays an important role in the formation of red blood cells. Copper also contributes to our nervous and immune systems, and helps the body absorb iron.
Iron In Fruit & Vegetables
Iron is a very important mineral used in red blood cells to transport oxygen around our body. A lack of iron causes anaemia, but taking too much iron in supplements can be harmful.
Magnesium In Fruit & Vegetables
Magnesium helps the body digest food and extract energy. It supports bone health, helps with muscle contraction, and heart health.
Manganese In Fruit & Vegetables
Manganese is a trace element that helps with enzyme development and activation. It aids many chemical processes that take place within the body.
Phosphorus In Fruit & Vegetables
Phosphorus helps build strong teeth and bones, and with food digestion. After calcium, it is the second most present mineral in the body.
Potassium In Fruit & Vegetables
Potassium is involved in controlling body fluid levels and blood pressure.
Selenium In Fruit & Vegetables
Selenium is important for the functioning of our immune system, and in reproduction.
Zinc In Fruit & Vegetables
Zinc is an important trace element. It helps our body make new cells, heal wounds, and process food. It also plays a role in taste and smell.