What is the difference between vitamins and minerals? Where can we find them?
Vitamins are organic substances produced by plants or animals. They’re often called “essential” because they are not produced within the human body (except for vitamin D), yet they are required for normal bodily functions and good health. They must be obtained from external sources, primarily from food.4
Minerals are inorganic elements that originate in rocks, soil, or water. We absorb them indirectly through the consumption of plants or animals that have assimilated these minerals from soil and water. We eat rocks every day! For example, common table salt (sodium chloride) is derived from underground salt deposits and sea salt.5
Minerals and vitamins are often found together in because they play complementary roles in the growth, health, and well-being of plants and animals, including humans. For instance, blueberries are a source of Vitamins B, B6, C and Minerals K, Ca, Mg, P, Fe, Mn, Cu.
Water also plays a fundamental role in a multitude of physiological functions that impact overall well-being. It plays a vital role in maintaining hydration, facilitating nutrient transport, aiding in digestion, regulating body temperature, lubricating joints, supporting detoxification, optimizing cognitive function, enhancing skin health, boosting energy levels, and promoting cellular health. Notably, many fruits, vegetables, and dairy products are rich sources of water. For example, tomatoes (94% water content), strawberries (90%), apples (84%), lettuce (90-95%), cabbage (92%), potatoes (80%), and milk (87-89%).