The Ultimate Minerals and Supplements Quiz

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Minerals, like vitamins, cover a wide variety of functions in the body and microminerals are only needed in small doses. Which of the following are microminerals?

Your body normally needs a maximum of 11 mg of zinc and 18 mg of iron daily.

Zinc is responsible for keeping _______ functioning.

The micromineral zinc is needed for the body's defensive (immune) system to work correctly.

Which vitamin is needed in order for the body to absorb iron?

Drink your orange juice when you take your iron. Vitamin C enhances the absorption of iron.

According to a national survey, what percent of Americans aren't getting the recommended daily amount of vitamins and minerals?

Just 33 percent of Americans have the recommended two or more servings of fruit per day and a mere 26 percent eat the recommended three or more servings of vegetables per day, according to the CDC.

A diet high in the macromineral potassium may protect against ______?

Potassium protects against hypertension, strokes and cardiovascular diseases.

Multivitamin supplements must contain what percent of the U.S. Recommended Dietary Allowance (USRDA) of vitamins and minerals?

The FDA does not mandate any particular amount of a nutrient or serving size in a dietary supplement. That's up to the manufacturer.

True or false? Women consume more calcium-rich foods than men.

Men eat more calcium rich foods, like milk, cheese and dark vegetables, than women.

What group of children are most likely to take a daily multivitamin supplement?

Researchers at the University of California Davis discovered that children with healthy lifestyles and balanced diets were the largest consumers of multivitamins. Low-income children needed supplements the most to fill in holes in their diet, but were the least likely consumers.

What are some common side effects of taking too many doses of minerals?

Never take more than one dose of a mineral supplement per day. Side effects of mineral toxicity include a limp feeling, nausea, vomiting, muscle weakness, and even stomach bleeding.

True or False? Minerals are inorganic.

Minerals are inorganic, naturally occurring substances found in the earth that get absorbed in soil and thus in plants.

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About This Quiz

Whether in large doses, like calcium, or only small traces, like chromium, our bodies need minerals to function properly. Take this quiz to learn about minerals and supplements and decide for yourself.

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