The Role of Essential Metals in Human Nutrition


Andreas M. Grabrucker, PhD – University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland

Series: Nutrition and Diet Research Progress; Human Anatomy and Physiology
BISAC: SCI056000

Minerals, like the essential metals of the human body, are crucial for human health. Although sometimes occurring in only minuscule amounts, their presence or absence can have major consequences for our cells and tissues. However, the function and interaction of metals with proteins and other metabolites in our body are not well investigated. Therefore, this book gives an introduction to metal biology and does so in a unique manner. It is based on research con¬ducted at the University of Limerick, Ireland. It is written with students in Food and Health Sciences interested in metals and a delicious dinner. To describe the biological cycle of metals, the book starts with unique recipes developed by the students, cooked with selected ingredients based on the content of a specific metal, thereby creating a dish with maximum metal content. We then follow each metal through the gastrointestinal system, explore its distribution in the body, and describe its major functions until it is finally excreted, and the reader is hungry for the next metal and meal.

This book is written for students in Life Sciences, especially Physiology, Food and Health Sciences, Nutritional Sciences, Biosciences, related fields, researchers, teachers, and the inter¬ested public. Every day, we make choices about what we eat. So why not think about which metal we may like most today and cook a meal that reminds us again of the role of this metal in the human body? Reading this book will hopefully fill the stomachs as much as the readers’ brains. Bon appetite.

Table of Contents



Chapter 1. Introduction

Chapter 2. The Essential Metals of the Human Body

Chapter 3. How to Cook Metals

Chapter 4. Calcium (Ca)

Chapter 5. Sodium (Na)

Chapter 6. Potassium (K)

Chapter 7. Magnesium (Mg)

Chapter 8. Iron (Fe)

Chapter 9. Zinc (Zn)

Chapter 10. Copper (Cu)

Chapter 11. Manganese (Mn)

Chapter 12. Molybdenum (Mo)

Chapter 13. Cobalt (Co)

Chapter 14. Chromium? (Cr)

Chapter 15. What Metals Not to Eat


Author Biography


Author’s ORCID iD

Andreas M. Grabrucker: 0000-0003-0005-4810

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