So what's the big fuss about vitamins and minerals? In order to live a healthy life, you need to balance your diet with enough of each. Here's how they break down:

Vitamins are needed to regulate various body chemical reactions and processes as well as aid in the release of energy from your food.

Minerals help enzymes function efficiently and are a part of bone and nerve communications. So don't forget to eat your fruits and vegetables as well as following a well-rounded diet coming from all parts of the Food Guide Pyramid.