Organic and Inorganic Minerals In nature, there exist inorganic and organic minerals. The term “inorganic minerals” refers to minerals dissolved in nature. The term “organic minerals” refers to the minerals that had been absorbed by plants or animals and combined with other inorganic minerals. Certain Inorganic minerals can be very harmful to human body. However, organic minerals are not harmful, because they were generated through chemical reactions with other inorganic minerals in a living body. Role of Minerals in Our Body Minerals are extremely small elements that are absolutely necessary for vitality of life. Minerals play an important role in maximising the functionality of the enzymes in every stage of the body’s metabolism. Every enzyme needs different minerals. If minerals are deficient, the catalyst reaction of the enzymes slows down and the metabolism process undergoes seriously adverse effects. The DNA polymerases that synthesize the DNA use Mg++ as the cofactor. The absence of Mg++ affects DNA synthesis adversely. Calcium is an important element for bone formation, and although they are only needed in extremely small quantities, various minerals such as copper, zinc, cobalt, lithium, boron, selenium, germanium and others are required. Many of these essential minerals were thought to be harmful to human health in case until not so long ago. However, these metals, in extremely small quantities, are vitally necessary for the body’s metabolism and the maintenance of good health.