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October 21, 2014

Important minerals in fruits

Fresh fruits are a good source of minerals many of which are considered to play an important role in human health.

All fruits contain important minerals, such as potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, iron and zinc. Minerals often present in microquantities are manganese, ferum, copper, and molybdenum.

Potassium is them most abundant mineral in fruits followed by calcium and magnesium.

The following fruits are important contributors to the supply of indicated minerals in the U.S diet:
 Potassium: banana, blueberry, peach, orange, apple, dried fruits such as apricot and prune.

Phosphorus: banana, orange, peach, fig, raisin, walnut, almond

Calcium: tangerine, grapefruit, orange, walnut, almond

Iron: strawberry, banana, apple, orange, avocado, berries, lemon, cherry, fig and grape

Minerals are basic components in secondary metabolic pathways that produce valuable phytochemicals for normal human health.

They serve as an important function in supporting, controlling, and preserving health. Minerals help to make enzyme functioning possible, regulates metabolism, and adjust hormone secretion.
Important minerals in fruits

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