Minerals can be absorbed from any portion of the GI tract. However, the bulk of absorption for most minerals takes place in the small intestine, so the general processes used for mineral absorption will be illustrated using the small intestine as the model.


They are absorbed directly into the bloodstream as food is broken down during digestion or as a supplement dissolves. Because much of your body consists of water, many of the water-soluble vitamins circulate easily in your body.

The muscles of the small intestine mix food with digestive juices from the pancreas, liver, and intestine and push the mixture forward to help with further digestion. The walls of the small intestine absorb the digested nutrients into the bloodstream. The blood delivers the nutrients to the rest of the body.