Stable Isotope Methods for Bioavailability Assessment of Dietary Minerals in Humans

  • Morteza Janghorbani
  • Vernon R. Young


The mineral elements known to be essential in human nutrition include the so-called macrominerals (Ca, P, Mg, S, K, Na, and Cl) and the trace minerals (Fe, Zn, Cu, Mn, Ni, Co, Mo, Se, Cr, I, F, Sn, Si, V, and As) (Underwood, 1977). In addition, there are a number of newer trace elements (Rb, Sr, Ba Pb, etc.) whose essentiality in human nutrition is suggested (Schwarz, 1974; Hoekstra et al., 1974), but further investigation is necessary to define more precisely their metabolic roles and their significance for nutrition and health.


Stable Isotope Neutron Activation Neutron Activation Analysis Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis Iron Isotope 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Morteza Janghorbani
    • 1
  • Vernon R. Young
    • 2
  1. 1.Nuclear Reactor LaboratoryMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgeUSA
  2. 2.Department of Nutrition and Food Science and Clinical Research CenterMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgeUSA

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