Vitamins and Minerals are essential to the vital growth of your body. Vitamins are organic compounds that are made by plants and animals whereas minerals are inorganic substances that are absorbed from plants when we eat them. Both of these micronutrients are required in small amounts by the various age groups of human population. 

Get your Vitamins

Vitamins help your body to break down major constituents of food such as fats, carbohydrates and proteins to simpler substances allowing the better absorption of those compounds. Certain other Vitamins are also associated with other functions but their main function is to provide energy to the body from the food we take.

The essential Vitamins

Vitamins are either “water soluble’ or “fat soluble”. Water soluble vitamins are generally found in foods that are non fatty and rich in water content such as green vegetables and fruits. Water soluble vitamins that we require are Vitamin C, Choline and the Vitamin B group that include eight other vitamins.

Fat soluble vitamins are found in foods rich in fat content such as meat, milk products and others. They are vitamins K, E, D and A.

Some Vitamins are produced by your body and does not require consumption while others called essential Vitamins are not produced by your body and should be consumed through everyday diets.

Minerals are important too!

Minerals are essential for our body as they regulate numerous cell functions. They also have a wide variety of functions in different organs and are thus extremely important to maintain a healthy life.  Major minerals such as Sodium, Chloride, Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorous, Potassium and Sulfur are required in large amounts by our body. Trace Minerals including copper, chromium, iodine, fluoride, manganese, iron, selenium, molybdenum and zinc are required in small amounts as they are already present in our body.

What are the Sources of Vitamins and Minerals?

Sources of Vitamins include Vegetables, several types of fruits, milk, milk products, Meat, egg and fish. All of these should be present in right amounts in your daily diet to give you the proper nutrition. Minerals can also be obtained from vegetables, milk and meat and thus these basic food constituents provide a source of both minerals and vitamins.

Taking Vitamin and Mineral Supplements

Vitamin and mineral supplements can be taken in small amounts during illness or in everyday diet. Generally, people with low appetite fail to intake all the essential Micronutrients properly and thus these supplements prove to be extremely useful. However proper care should be taken and over dosage of these supplements should be avoided at all costs.

A healthy nutrient rich diet equal’s healthy life

Having all the proper and essential vitamins and minerals in your diet paves the way for you to lead a healthy and disease free life. If you are unsure whether you are taking the right amount of these micronutrients or not, you should consult a registered dietician or nutritionist and prepare a proper diet chart.