What is the difference between vitamins and minerals?

Vitamins and minerals are both nutrients that the body needs to grow and develop, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Vitamins are organic substances, meaning they are made by plants or animals, according to the CDC.

Minerals, however, are inorganic elements, which mean they come from the earth, soil and water and are absorbed by plants. We absorb minerals from the plants we eat, according to the CDC.

For more information about how vitamins and minerals are different, talk with your physician.

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