Lineas de investigacion

Minerals in human metabolism and nutrition (MINERALES)



Increase scientific knowledge about the role of ingested minerals in the prevention of chronic diseases, as well as the influence of consuming other food components on mineral and bone metabolism; to validate the efficacy of functional foods in humans; to support and advise companies and various organizations; to trainpredoctoral, scientific and technical personnel;and to disseminate scientific knowledge.

Research Lines

  • Minerals and chronic diseases (cardiovascular, diabetes, etc)
  • Nutritional status of vegetarians
  • Minerals in lipid metabolism and bone metabolism
  • Validation of the efficacy of functional foods in humans
  • Nutrigenomics: genetic-nutrition-disease interaction related to mineral metabolism


  • Carry out medium duration or long term nutritional intervention studies in humans with a large number of volunteers.
  • Carry out absorption and bioavailability studies in humans.
  • Assessment of dietary intake (foods and nutrients)
  • Identification of genetic variants associated with risk markers for mulifactorial diseases.
  • Blood and urine hematological and biochemical analyses
  • Use of various techniques of spectophotometry, radioimmunoassay and enzyme immunoassay.


Group Leader:



  • 91 549 23 00 ext. 231213


Minerals, Humans, Functional, Metabolism, Nutrition, Nutrigenomics


  • Vaquero MP Martínez-Suárez M, García-Quismondo Á, Del Cañizo FJ, Sánchez-Muniz FJ. Diabesity negatively affects transferrin saturation and iron status. The DICARIVA study. Diabetes Res Clin Pract 2021; 172:108653. doi: 10.1016/j.diabres.2021.108653
  • Cashman KD, Kiely ME, Andersen R, Grønborg IM, Madsen KH, Nissen J, Tetens I, Tripkovic L, Lanham-New SA, Toxqui L, Vaquero MP, Trautvetter U, Jahreis G, Mistry VV, Specker BL, Hower J, Knoll A, Wagner D, Vieth R, Öhlund I, Åkeson PK,  Brett NR, Weiler HA, Ritz K. Individual participant data (IPD)-level meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials with vitamin D-fortified foods to estimate Dietary Reference Values for vitamin D. Eur J Nutr 2020; doi:10.1007/s00394-020-02298-x
  • Salvador AM, García-Maldonado E, Gallego-Narbón A, Zapatera B, Vaquero MP. Fatty Acid Profile and Cardiometabolic Markers in Relation with Diet Type and Omega-3 Supplementation in Spanish Vegetarians. Nutrients 2019;11(7). pii: E1659. doi: 10.3390/nu11071659
  • Gallego-Narbón A, Zapatera B, Vaquero MP. Physiological and Dietary Determinants of Iron Status in Spanish Vegetarians. Nutrients. 2019 Jul 26;11(8). pii: E1734. doi: 10.3390/nu11081734
  • Gallego-Narbón A, Zapatera B, Álvarez I, Vaquero MP. Methylmalonic Acid Levels and their Relation with Cobalamin Supplementation in Spanish Vegetarians. Plant Foods Hum Nutr 2018;73 (3). doi: 0.1007/s11130-018-0677-y
  • Beveridge LA, Struthers AD, Khan F, Jorde R, Scragg R, Macdonald HM, Alvarez JA, Boxer RS, Dalbeni A, Gepner AD, Isbel NM, Larsen T, Nagpal J, Petchey WG, Stricker H, Strobel F, Tangpricha V, Toxqui L, Vaquero MP, Wamberg L, Zittermann A, Witham MD, D-PRESSURE Collaboration. Effect of Vitamin D Supplementation on Blood Pressure: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis Incorporating Individual Patient Data. JAMA Intern Med 2015;175(5):745-754. doi: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2015.0237