Vitamins and minerals are as essential for living as air and water. They boost the immune system, support normal growth and development, and help cells and organs work properly.
Vitamins and minerals get thrown together, but they are quite different. Vitamins are organic substances made by plants or animals. They are divided into two categories: water soluble - which means the body expels what it does not absorb (however, some water-soluble vitamins can stay in the body for long periods of time) - and fat soluble where leftover amounts are stored in the liver and fat tissues as reserves. The water-soluble vitamins are the eight B vitamins and vitamin C. The fat-soluble vitamins are A, D, E, and K.
Minerals are inorganic elements that come from the soil and water and are absorbed by plants or eaten by animals. Your body needs larger amounts of some minerals, such as calcium, to grow and stay healthy. Other minerals like chromium, copper, iodine, iron, selenium, and zinc are called trace minerals because you only need very small amounts of them each day.
Although your body needs only tiny amounts of vitamins and minerals, yet failing to get even those small quantities virtually guarantees disease. Just as a lack of key micronutrients can cause substantial harm to your body, getting sufficient quantities can provide a substantial benefit like strong bones, healthy teeth, skin and hair, good vision and many other advantages. Make sure you’re getting all of the benefits by conveniently complementing your diet with all the vitamins and minerals your body requires.
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