Like all other kinds of nutrition, vitamins and minerals are also immensely important for a human body. People care about their protein intake as well as intakes of fiber, carbohydrates, fat, vitamins, water and many other things but minerals are often ignored. Only a very few people know and care about the requirement of minerals in the body. Vitamins are important to and required by all living things but only in minute amounts. Different creatures would require different vitamins. For instance, Vitamin C, scientifically known as ascorbic acid, is only need by human beings. The major difference between minerals and vitamins is that vitamins are organic compounds and minerals are inorganic compounds.
Where vitamins are produced or synthesized within the body of a creature, minerals are taken in through water or plants. Plants have the tendency to absorb minerals in them from the soil and when they are consumed by animals and human beings, they are transferred into the body. Both the nutrients, vitamins and minerals, are highly important for living organisms as they no only make up a body but also contribute greatly towards its proper functioning. If the synthesis in the body or diet is not being able to compensate properly for the required amount of these nutrients, vitamin/minerals supplements are the way to go.
On the television and other forms of media, people often get to see very attractive advertisements of energy drinks, foodstuffs, cereals and other eatables. These advertisements claim a certain product to have all those minerals, vitamins, protein, fiber and other nutrients that a body would need and that they can invigorate the right amount of energy in the body. People need to understand the fact that even the most powerful of vitamins can not act as fast as these products claim and that they do not always contain the amount and type of vitamin that one would want. Hence, it is not advisable to believe in these ads. Vitamins could be of two types, either water-soluble or fat-soluble. Fat-soluble vitamins are the ones that can dissolve in fat and can be stored in the body. Some of the most commonly found fat-soluble vitamins are Vitamin A, K, D and E. water-soluble vitamins on the other hand dissolve in water and hence are lost from the body on daily basis along with water. They are lost mostly during urination. Hence these vitamins need to be taken freshly everyday or as frequently as possible. Some common water-soluble vitamins are Vitamin C and B which include B12, folate, niacin, B6 and riboflavin. Just like vitamins, different minerals are also needed in different amounts. Since calcium makes up the bones, it is required by the entire skeletal system and hence is required in the largest amount. Other minerals such as copper, selenium, zinc, chromium, iron and iodine are required in minute quantities. Hence they are known as trace minerals. The products whose advertisements that people get to see are never formulated for all kinds of bodies. They have a standard formula and are made according to a standard vitamin/minerals quantity. Hence they can not work for everyone.
Although vitamins are generally believed to be formed inside the bodies and the intake of vitamins is related to eating plants and herbs, it is quite possible that vitamin/minerals foods be eaten in almost all the cultures of the world. There are many foods that contain vitamins and minerals and are commonly eaten by people in many places. However, these foods do not work on a standard nutrition but like all other nutrients such as fiber, protein etc, they also have varying amounts of vitamins and minerals. In case of misbalance of either of these two nutrients in the body, doctors recommend a change in diet. This greatly helps balance the nutrients in the body. Hence this prescribed diet chart might be biased towards certain foods. For healthy people though, being biased towards certain foods and ignoring other might result in an opposite effect and spoil the health by increasing some nutrients too much and reducing others to a dangerous level. In case of health issues, people must try regaining their health and fighting back the problems by making best use of food rather than relying on supplements. This is because supplements mostly contain synthetically extracted parts of nutrients and hence can never be as healthy as food itself. Doctors recommend vitamin/minerals only in cases where patient can not take certain foods due to presence of other nutrients that are not to be taken.
With care and consideration, people can prepare the best possible foods, follow a healthy diet chart and live happy and healthy lives.