Minerals and vitamins are called micronutrients since they are needed by your body in small amounts. The microminerals or trace elements include at least iron, cobalt, chromium, copper, iodine, manganese, selenium, zinc and molybdenum. Micronutrients also include vitamins which are organic compounds required as nutrients in trace amounts. The minerals and most of the vitamins your body needs must be obtained from the FOODS you eat since your body cannot make them.