Preventative Care

Premier Physician Network providers answer frequently asked questions about preventative care.

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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Source: Suzanne Bell, MD, Vandalia Family Care; Tracie Bolden, MD, Fairfield Road Physician Offices; Timothy Markus, MD, Dayton Heart Center; Allison Mendenhall, PA-C, Troy Primary Care Physicians; Katrina Paulding, MD, Samaritan North Family Physicians; Breanna Veal, PA-C, Walden Ponds Primary Care: James Halderman, MD, Jamestown Family Medicine; Christopher Lauricella, DO, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Marcus Washington, MD, Premier Health Family Medicine; Ann DeClue, MD, Ann DeClue, MD; Angelia Mickle, DNP, Jamestown Family Medicine; Leelmohan Ravikumar, MD, Troy Primary Care Physicians; Aaron Block, MD, MPH, Franklin Family Practice; Mansi Amin, DO, SureCare Medical Center, Tammy Taylor, DO, The Pediatric Group