If you’re a Brain Warrior, you probably think about the nutritional content of your meals and may take supplements for added vitamins and minerals. But did you know that even if you’re consuming healthy foods and taking supplements, your body may not be absorbing maximum amounts of those good-for-you nutrients?
When you eat or take vitamins, digestive enzymes
convert your food and supplements into tiny molecules containing vital
nutrients. These molecules travel to the small intestine where they are
supposed to be absorbed through the gut lining into the bloodstream. Then
they’re shuttled to various parts of the body where they’re used for key processes
that are necessary for health and well-being.
The problem is that this absorption process can be impacted
and impaired by many factors.
There are many different ways to optimize vitamin absorption so
you can get the maximum benefits from nutrients.
You may have heard that some vitamins are best absorbed when taken with others. For example, it has been suggested that vitamin K or vitamin C aids in the absorption of vitamin D. The truth is you don’t have to take vitamin K in order for vitamin D to be absorbed, and vitamin C doesn’t help with its absorption either.
In general, the combinations in multivitamins typically account for absorption optimization by watching ratios between minerals or vitamins that might affect each other’s absorption. Having your supplements analyzed by an integrative physician or functional medicine nutritionist is a good idea in case there are any that need to be adjusted.
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