About 24 elements are used by the body in its functions and processes.
|Major Elements in the Human Body
||Part of all major nutrients of tissues; vital to energy
||Essential life element of proteins, carbohydrates, and fats; building blocks of cells
||Part of major nutrients; building blocks of cells
||Essential part of proteins, DNA, RNA; essential to most body functions
||Forms nonliving bone parts; a messenger between cells
||Important to bone building; essential to cell energy
Potassium, sulfur, sodium, chlorine, and magnesium each occur at 0.35 percent or less. There are also traces of iron, cobalt, copper, manganese, iodine, zinc, fluorine, boron, aluminum, molybdenum, silicon, chromium, and selenium.