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



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