Vitamins and minerals are very important aspects of a
balanced diet. Getting all the vitamins and minerals your body needs can be difficult. It
is essential that you get these vitamins or minerals because over time the defficiency can
lead to moderate or serious discomfort, or a life threatening illness.
Vitamins are defined as any of relatively complex organic
substances occurring naturally in plant and animal tissue and essential in small amounts
for metabolic processes. There are thirteen major vitamins. The fat solube vitamins are A, D, E, and K,
which are stored in fat deposits located in the body.Water soluble vitamins are necessary
in processing other enzymes and vitamins or catalysts. There vitamins are B1,
B2, B3, B6, B12, Biotin, Folate, Pantothenic Acid, and vitamin C.
Minerals are defined as inorganic minerals required
in the building of hard and soft body tissue and participating in other various functions.
Minerals in the body are either major elements or trace elements. Click here to get a description of each mineral.