Mineral Quantification

Prog Drug Res. 2016;71:33-41.


Optimal intakes of elements, such as sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium, manganese, copper, zinc and iodine, can reduce individual risk factors including those related to cardiovascular diseases among humans and animals. In order to meet the need for vitamins, major minerals, trace minerals, fatty acids and amino acids, it is necessary to include a full spectrum programme that can deliver all of the nutrients in the right ratio. Minerals are required for normal growth, activities of muscles, skeletal development (such as calcium), cellular activity, oxygen transport (copper and iron), chemical reactions in the body, intestinal absorption (magnesium), fluid balance and nerve transmission (sodium and potassium), as well as the regulation of the acid base balance (phosphorus). The chapter discusses the chemical and instrumentation techniques used for estimation of minerals such as N, P, Ca, Mg, K, Na, Fe, Cu, Zn, B and Mb.

MeSH terms

  • Bioprospecting / methods*
  • Drug Discovery / methods*
  • Minerals / analysis*
  • Phytochemicals / analysis*
  • Phytochemicals / therapeutic use
  • Phytotherapy
  • Plant Extracts / analysis*
  • Plant Extracts / therapeutic use
  • Plants, Medicinal


  • Minerals
  • Phytochemicals
  • Plant Extracts