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Interactions between different elements – the need for mineral balance?
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Sustainable development, Environmental science and Engineering.
2015 (English)In: Drinking Water Minerals and Mineral Balance: Importance, Health Significance, Safety Precautions, Springer, 2015, 125-128 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)Text
Abstract [en]

Minerals are important for the human body. Mineral ratios are also important since minerals can operate both antagonistically and synergistically with each other. Water with a high concentration of calcium, hard water, reduces the corrosion of copper and lead from pipes. Calcium and magnesium are synergists in the body and cooperate at moderate levels, but an elevated calcium: magnesium ratio in especially mineral–poor water is a threat against heart health. Zink, iron, copper, and molybdenum are examples of elements that are antagonists, and one element can depress the other, while at moderate concentrations e.g. copper is needed for iron utilisation. Mg in drinking water decreases the risk of rectal cancer from THMs. When the ratio between nutrient mineral elements and toxic was high, women were healthier.

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Springer, 2015. 125-128 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-181200DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-09593-6_8ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84944576913ISBN: 9783319095936OAI: diva2:902982

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Available from: 2016-02-12 Created: 2016-01-29 Last updated: 2016-02-12Bibliographically approved

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