The obvious benefit of taking a multi vitamin is to prevent deficiency. The same thing can be said for minerals. Just like vitamins, minerals help your body grow, develop, and stay healthy. The body uses minerals to perform many different functions – from building strong bones to transmitting nerve impulses. Some minerals are even used to make hormones or maintain a normal heartbeat. Minerals are sometimes chemical constituents of vitamins but can also found in enzymes, hormones, bones and muscles. There are about sixty different minerals that make up about four percent of the body.