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What are vitamins and minerals?

Vitamins are organic compounds that the body needs in sufficient quantities to carry out metabolic processes. Among other things, they support the proper functioning of the immune system, the development of bones and muscles, the nervous system and cell division. A distinction is made between fat-soluble vitamins (for example, vitamin A) and water-soluble vitamins (for example, vitamin C). The metabolism of fat-soluble vitamins takes place with the participation of fats, which at best are ingested at the same time as food. Minerals are inorganic compounds that are also involved in metabolism. Minerals that are only needed in very small quantities are called trace elements (for example, iron, iodine, selenium). Vitamins and minerals are contained in plant and animal foods and enter the body through food intake.