In the same way that air and water are essential for life, vitamins and minerals are as well. Your body benefits from them not only by keeping you healthy and functional but also by protecting you against a wide range of illnesses.
Minerals and vitamins are often confused, but they’re quite different. Plants and animals produce vitamins as organic substances. In addition to vitamin D, which cannot be synthesized in the body (except for vitamin C), they are called “essentials.”