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    What exactly is the difference between a mineral and a nutrient? I've found about 3 totally different defenitions so far.


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    erm a mineral is any type of sedimentary deposit, Iron, nickel, magnesium etc, while a nutrient is anything any organism uses to derive energy from, be it Nitrates, water, or iron


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    A nutrient is something an organism needs to consume.

    Many minerals also happen to be nutrients.

    The average person consumes 15-20 mg of iron a day, you need iron to produce functional hemoglobin and some other enzymes.

    Iron is both a mineral and a nutrient.
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    Quote Originally Posted by i_feel_tiredsleepy
    A nutrient is something an organism needs to consume.

    Many minerals also happen to be nutrients.

    The average person consumes 15-20 mg of iron a day, you need iron to produce functional hemoglobin and some other enzymes.

    Iron is both a mineral and a nutrient.
    That sounds pretty much bang on the money to me.
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