We often bring up what heavy metals are bad for us, but some are essential in our diet. They include:
(Ca) Calcium – An essential component of bones and teeth and…a metal! It is largely in our bones and critical for muscle and nerve function.
Sources: Dairy Products, Broccoli, Figs, and Sardines
(Fe) Iron – Iron is found in our blood and helps carry oxygen throughout our bodies.
Sources: Meat, Spinach, and Beans
(Cu) Copper – Copper can help absorb dangerous, highly reactive chemicals in our bodies.
Sources: Lobster, Crabs, Beans, and Nut
(Mg) Magnesium – Magnesium is needed in our bodies for strong bones and teeth, as well as for muscle contraction and relaxation.
Sources: Vegetables (especially dark green, leafy ones)
(Zn) Zinc – Zinc is important for governing gene activity and managing hormones.
Sources: Whole Grains, Nuts, Chickpeas, and Oysters
(Co) Cobalt – Cobalt forms the core of vitamin B12 and is important for making red blood cells.
Sources: Meat, Dairy, and Vegetables (leafy green ones)
(Mn) Manganese – Manganese helps break down fats, carbohydrates, and proteins in our cells and convert food to energy.
Sources: Whole Grains and Cereal Products