About 24 elements are used in bodily functions and processes.
|Oxygen||65.0||Part of all major nutrients of tissues; vital to energy production|
|Carbon||18.5||Essential life element of proteins, carbohydrates, and fats; building blocks of cells|
|Hydrogen||9.5||Part of major nutrients; building blocks of cells|
|Nitrogen||3.3||Essential part of proteins, DNA, RNA; essential to most body functions|
|Calcium||1.5||Form nonliving bone parts; a messenger between cells|
|Phosphorous||1.0||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.
Source: Brandreth, Gyles. Your Vital Statistics, p. 14.
- Oxygen (65%)
- Carbon (18%)
- Hydrogen (10%)
- Nitrogen (3%)
- Calcium (1.5%)
- Phosphorus (1.0%)
- Potassium (0.35%)
- Sulfur (0.25%)
- Sodium (0.15%)
- Magnesium (0.05%)
- Copper, Zinc, Selenium, Molybdenum, Fluorine, Chlorine, Iodine, Manganese, Cobalt, Iron (0.70%)
- Lithium, Strontium, Aluminum, Silicon, Lead, Vanadium, Arsenic, Bromine (trace amounts)