Minerals are essential
to a healthy life!

What are minerals?

Minerals are essential nutrients that help the human body to function. For example, they allow for regulation of metabolism of enzymes and hormones. Like vitamins, minerals are substances that are not synthesized by the body and therefore are provided instead by your diet.

The small intestine is the place where minerals are absorbed by the body. To be absorbed fully, these minerals must be soluble.

How do we digest minerals?

The degree of ease with which the body absorbs minerals depends on their ‘bioavailability’. The latter is determined by the composition and structure of our diet. Moreover, for a variety of minerals, it has been found that each can affect the performance of another in the human body.

An excess of calcium, for example, will mean a lower absorption of Iron, so FitForMe designed WLS Optimum and WLS Forte without calcium. Instead, a separate supplement, Calcium Plus, caters for that need.

So what minerals are there?

The most common minerals are calcium, sodium, potassium and magnesium. The body also has need of smaller quantities of iron, iodine, fluorine, zinc, copper, manganese, chromium and molybdenum. These substances are therefore called trace elements. The difference between minerals and trace elements is found in the daily amounts required by the body, which needs more minerals than it does trace elements.

More information on the function and Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) of individual minerals is available in the menu on the right side of the screen. For your convenience, under 'minerals' we have also listed ‘trace elements’.

How do they differ from vitamins?

Vitamins and minerals have certain differences. They are both essential for the proper functioning of many processes within the body. The main difference lies in their chemical composition. Vitamins are organic substances, derived from living organisms, while minerals are found in organic substances. As an example: plants are part of living organisms and are able to produce, by themselves, certain vitamins. To absorb minerals however, plants need soil.

Following the placement of a gastric band or sleeve

In general, the absorption of minerals functions as before any surgery has taken place. Surgery does not affect the stomach but rather on how minerals are absorbed in the intestine.

Following gastric bypass surgery, duodenal switch or biliopancreatic diversion procedures

Because of the changes made to the small intestine, absorption of minerals becomes more difficult than before surgery and you need to assume a greater amount via supplements.

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