What comprises a human being? What is the most abundant element in the human body? The question, philosophers and religious scholars asked themselves over thousands of years without arriving at any definitive answer.
But if you take the question literally, one can easily find a precise answer reading our post: Here is a list of the main ingredients of a human being – for your convenience, starting a 70 kg.
See which substances your body is made of:
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1. Oxygen: 45.5 kg
The bulk of the oxygen in the body are bound together with the hydrogen to water.
2. Carbon: 12.6 kg
There is enough for several bags charcoal.
3. Hydrogen: 7 kg
Hydrogen is oxygen with part of the water which constitutes the vast majority of the human body.
4. Nitrogen: 2.1 kg
Nitrogen is an important part of many organic molecules – proteins, fat and carbohydrates present in the body.
5. Calcium: 1,050 kg
Calcium is an important element for the bones of the skeleton.
6. Phosphorus: 700 g
Phosphorus builds up along with calcium skeleton and teeth.
7. Sulfur: 175 g
Sulphur plays an important role in oxygen uptake and utilization by the body.
8. Potassium: 140 g
Potassium plays an important role in the proliferation of nerve signals in the body and also helps to control the fluid balance.
9. Chlorine: 105 g
Together with sodium it is one of the two components in ordinary salt. Both plays an important role in the regulation of fluid balance in the body and propagation of electrical signals.
10. Sodium: 105 g
Sodium is one of two components of regular salt, so there should be sodium in human body about few decent tablespoons.
The remaining 525 g constituted by a judicious mixture of about 50 different other elements.