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Minerals ( Biomolecules )

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Minerals

Minerals
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fig:Minerals

Essential components of the cells and form about 2 - 3%. Help in metabolism and for growth and development of the body. They should be obtained regularly from the food.

Categories of Minerals.
There are about 25 types of minerals which are categorised under two groups.

Macro- molecules;

Macro- molecules
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fig:Macro- molecules

They are required in large amount. Macromolecules are as follows,

  1. Calcium ( Ca )
    Used as fertilizers in the bone dust.
    Strength and rigidity to bones and teeth.
  2. Magnesium ( Mg )
    Form structure of chlorophyll pigment.
    Co -factor of enzymes like ATPase.
  3. Potassium( K )
    Helps in the conduction of nerve impulse.
    Maintains electrical potential across the membranes.
  4. Sulphur ( S )
    Synthsisproteins e.g. keratin
    Synthesis organic compound e.g. Co- enzyme A.
  5. Sodium ( Na )
    Balance anion/cation osmotic balance in cellular fluids.
    It acts as co - factor in photosynthesis and respiration.
  6. Nitrogen ( N )
    Synthesis proteins, nucleic acids and organic compounds.
    Synthesis of chlorophyll.
  7. Phosphorus ( P )
    Synthesize nucleic acids, ATP, and proteins.
    It is a constituent ob bone and teeth enamel.
  8. Chlorine ( Cl )
    Help in exchange of gases in tissue during respiration.
    Form a major component of blood plasma.

Microelements

Microelements
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fig:Microelements

Some microelements are as follows,

  1. Copper
    Electron carrier in cytochrome oxidase.
    Help in the production of melanin.
  2. Iron ( Fe )
    Oxygen carrier as a haemo in haemoglobin and myoglobin.
    Electron carriers in cytochromes.
  3. Iodine ( I )
    An important constituent of the hormone thyroxine.
    Its deficiency leads to goitre. Cretinism in children.
  4. Manganese ( Mn )
    Important for oxidation of fatty acids.
    Important for enzymes, in respiration and photosynthesis as mitochondria are rich in manganese.

Water

Water
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fig:Water

Most abundant inorganic compound in the cells. It occupies 60%- 70% of the body weight and in the protoplasm, it occupies 75% - 90%. It plays very vital role in the maintenance of life.

Structure

Structure of Water
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fig:Structure of Water


The molecular formula of water is H2O. It is formed by reaction of two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom. It is a dipole because oxygen atom shares two hydrogen atoms. The water molecule is slightly positive and slightly negative.The electronegative oxygen atoms attract the single electron of the hydrogen forming a lattice structure.

Functions

  1. Water is a universal solvent.
  2. Some reactions in the body are ionic in nature that takes place in water.
  3. Water balances the body temperature.
  4. Conduction of water in the plant is possible due to its high surface tension and cohesion property.
  5. It acts as a medium for transport of some substances in the body.



  • Minerals play important role in metabolism and essential for growth and development of the body.
  • Macroelements are calcium, potassium,sodium, etc.
  • Microelements are cobalt, iron, zinc, etc.
  • Water is most abundant inorganic compounds in the cells.
  • The water molecule if formed by the combination of two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen.
  • Water acts as the best solvent, reagent, temperature stabilizer and high surface tension.
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