Optimum Ratios of Minerals

edited October 2017 in General Nutrition

I have the following two nutrition questions:

  1. What is the latest on the optimum ratio of the various minerals?
    Can someone verifies the accuracy of the following ratios:
    Ca: Mg 6.671:1; Ca:K 4:1; Na:K 2.5:1; Na:Mg 4.17:1; Zn:Cu 8:1
    As many other items in the field of nutrition, these ratios are being debated!
    Also, I believe that not all of these ratios appear in Cronomoter.

  2. Is there a more user-friendly way, other than the currently used dials , to express those ratios on the "Diary" screen of Cronometer?


Best Answer

  • Hi @mike

    Great question! I just wrote a blog post on Omega 6/3 and will have another one ready for the end of the month on Zn/Cu. The rest will be answered over the upcoming months.

    Unfortunately, there is a lot of debate regarding the ideal ratio of these nutrients. My advice is to a) ensure you are meeting minimum requirements and b) prioritize the ratio of omega 6/3, followed by zinc to copper. There is a lot of debate regarding how much calcium we actually need in a day, and I'm less concerned about the ratio of sodium:potassium compared to actual intake of the two nutrients.

    Hope this helps!

    Kind regards,

    Susan Macfarlane, MScA, RD
    Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
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