The stomach is a muscular sac that is important for absorbing food and preparing food for further digestion.
Dietary minerals are chemical elements in the form of ions that are required by living organisms for survival. The best way of supplying the body with the necessary amounts of dietary minerals is through a proper diet. Nutritionists have identified seventeen essential minerals required for human biochemical processes and for functioning as electrolytes. These include calcium for building bones, iodine for synthesis of thyroxin, copper is a component of redox enzymes, magnesium is required for bone formation, phosphorous is used for energy processing, potassium is a systemic electrolyte, selenium is useful for the working of antioxidants, etc.