When was the last time you thought about your trace mineral intake? Let’s face it, most of us have bigger things to worry about. Even the most dietary-conscious among us tend only to prioritise their 5-a-day (or should that be 10-a-day?). 

Trace minerals are all too often overlooked, which is a great shame given the valuable contribution they make to our physical health. Inorganic substances required by the body for a slew of biological functions, trace minerals – also known as trace elements – are needed in much smaller amounts than vitamins and minerals, which is probably why they get less attention.

Another reason is because they’re found in countless food groups, from meat and milk to cereals, vegetables and nuts. Generally speaking, we don’t have to go looking for trace minerals.

In this article, we'll take a closer look at dietary trace minerals. What are their functions and benefits and how can we ensure we’re getting enough?