What is the most abundant element in the body

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What is the most abundant element in the body

This is a peculiarly interesting question, with reciprocal - if rather curt - answers.

You mention body, but neither do you elaborate on whose, nor in what state such a body might be in.

For those who're used to the science / religion dichotomy, it's a one-way street conclusion that by "element" is meant simply atomic elements that we learn about in Chemistry. In such an instance of linear thinking, body, then, is taken to be the animal set of tissues and organs that we collectively call the body. Fair enough. Answers as depicted above are given accordingly.

When I say what state, I ask do you mean alive or dead? The answers above arguably presume a live body. When dead, and depending on how long death has prevailed, such a body could hardly be expected to deliver the same proportions of 'elements' as given above.

How, then, could one define "element" as it pertains to different states of a body? Moreover a body when alive has different states of consciousness. Would these be party to your definition of both 'element' and 'body'?

Again, whose body: animal conscious body; human conscious body; (inanimate) organizational conscious body; etc., - which did you have in mind?

For eg., a human, conscious body's elements would arguably be not just bio-chemical elements, but also elements which pertain to the psyche &/or the spirit. Such a conscious body state is not just a sum of its bio-chemical elements, but also encompasses the synergy of the elements of a feeling heart coupled with the inspired, &/or intuitive, rational as well as supra-rational thought, which are, as is known, housed in the brain.

If the latter's taken into account as part and parcel of "body's elements" then the mind &/or the heart are likely the most abundant.

The mind's "element" is capable of housing a reservoir-full of thought & associated memory that builds throughout one's lifetime. It may be considered supremely abundant since it is the only 'element' that will never deplete, regardless of how much is drawn from it. It will never become empty.

Likewise for the "heart". Here I don't limit its definition to simply the physical animate organ, but consider the extension of such definition to include the "heart's 'element,' namely "capacity for love".

The generous "heart" knows no bounds when it comes to giving for the sake of love. Ask any loving parent, as to the 'element' of love for their offspring. They too will likely agree that when it comes to their children they would consider the heart's element as abundant to a point where the more it gives, the more capacity such an element has to give...

Therefore, depending on how one defines both 'element' and the body and its state, the conclusions can be rather wide open!


Regarding the mind, I meant that the element of mind can give off its knowledge and even if it gives out all the knowledge it has, it will still not become empty. Surely that defines abundance rather well!

Similarly for the heart, the more love one gives, the more abundant one's state of psyche becomes. The element of heart then is thus pure abundance.


Oxygen is the most common element in the human body, making up almost 63% of the average human.


Element Percentage of Human Body
Oxygen 62.81
Carbon 19.37
Hydrogen 9.31
Nitrogen 5.14
Sulfur 0.64
Phosphorus 0.63
Other 2.10


It depends on your definition of abundance. If a body would be broken down into pure elements, hydrogen tops the list if you're counting by number of atoms, oxygen is number one if you're measuring by weight.


Hydrogen is the most abundant element - remember water is made of 2 hydrogen atoms and 1 oxygen atom. The average human body is 65-70% water.


I 'm sure for some it has to be gas.


The 5th element, love


I would say water.