Similar to vitamins, minerals are also crucial for the body to maintain healthy levels of functionality. Minerals are used in several bodily functions including bone growth, hormone creation, and maintaining cardiac rhythm.

Minerals are divided into two categories: macrominerals and trace minerals. Macrominerals are needed in large quantities compared to the trace minerals. For most people living in a developed nation, there is issue in receiving adequate amounts of either type of mineral. Certain health conditions or situations may require one to take a supplement.

A list of minerals:

Selenium is most commonly found in plant based foods. It is an essential trace mineral, meaning your body must receive it from consuming food. One does not require much selenium to remain healthy.
Found naturally in just about every food item out there, sodium's most common form is table salt. Sodium is responsible for regulating blood pressure and should be consumed in moderation.
Known as a trace mineral, zinc is responsible for keeping the immune system functioning correctly as well as playing a role in cellular division and growth.