Minerals in human metabolism and nutrition

Home » Research Teams » Minerals in human metabolism and nutrition (MINERALES)

The group develops all its scientific activity in the field of Metabolism and Human Nutrition. It uses the methodology of clinical studies, generally with a large number of volunteers, to find out how intake and lifestyle habits affect nutritional status and health. In addition, the special needs of different population groups are investigated, with the aim of providing them with the most appropriate nutritional recommendations and products.


  • To increase scientific knowledge of the role of ingested minerals in the prevention of chronic diseases and the influence of other food components on mineral and bone metabolism and disease risk.
  • Nutrition and health. Investigation of dietary factors associated with the development of chronic diseases and their interaction with lifestyle habits.
  • To assess the nutritional status and disease risk of specific populations (based on physiological stage, pathology or following specific diets).
  • To validate the efficacy of functional foods or functional food ingredients in humans.


Technical personnel:



  • García-Maldonado E, Gallego-Narbón A, Zapatera B, Alcorta A, Martínez-Suárez M, Vaquero MP. Bone Remodelling, Vitamin D Status, and Lifestyle Factors in Spanish Vegans, Lacto-Ovo Vegetarians, and Omnivores. Nutrients 2024;16(3):448.
  • https://doi.org/10.3390/nu16030448
  • García-Maldonado E, Zapatera B, Alcorta A, Vaquero MP. A microalgae docosahexaenoic acid supplement does not modify the influence of sex and diet on iron status in Spanish vegetarians or omnivores: A randomized placebo-controlled crossover study. Nutrition. 2024;118:112282.
  • https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nut.2023.112282
  • García-Maldonado E, Zapatera B, Alcorta A, Vaquero MP. Metabolic and nutritional biomarkers in adults consuming lacto-ovo vegetarian, vegan and omnivorous diets in Spain. A cross-sectional study. Food Funct 2023.
  • https://doi.org/10.1039/D2FO03167A
  • García-Maldonado E, Alcorta A, Zapatera B, Vaquero MP. Changes in fatty acid levels after consumption of a novel docosahexaenoic supplement from algae: a crossover randomized controlled trial in omnivorous, lacto-ovo vegetarians and vegans. Eur J Nutr  2022.
  • https://doi.org/10.1007/s00394-022-03050-3
  • 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.
  • https://doi.org/10.1016/j.diabres.2021.108653
  • Alcorta A, Porta A, Tárrega A, Alvarez MD, Vaquero MP. Foods for Plant-Based Diets: Challenges and Innovations. Foods 2021; 1;10(2):293.
  • https://doi.org/10.3390/foods10020293