VITAMIN AND MINERAL SUPPLEMENTS – Is your multivitamin really giving you what you need?
Vitamins are essential nutrients that contribute to a healthy life.
For your body to receive the nutrients it needs to function optimally your digestive system must first extract those nutrients from the food you eat or the supplements you take and absorb them into the bloodstream
From there your cells absorb particular vitamins and other nutrients they require. Absorption of vitamins can be encouraged or thwarted by a number of factors.
Competition: High doses of vitamin b5 may inhibit your absorption of biotin; similarly high doses of vitamin a can inhibit vitamin k absorption.
Some vitamins are absorbed more efficiently in the presence of other vitamins, for example vitamin c increases the absorption of chromium and iron. Some vitamins participate in the transport of other vitamins into the body. Copper is necessary for iron absorption.
Calcium and Magnesium: Calcium will compete with iron in normal doses for absorption, for this reason they should not be taken together.
Fluoride, phosphorus, manganese and zinc absorption also decline when these minerals are taken with calcium.
When supplementing avoid high doses of single nutrients.
Vitamin D: By getting plenty of vitamin d your body’s absorption of calcium is increased.
Many people are deficient in vitamin d due to a life indoors and winter sun not being enough to fortify our bodies. Eating vitamin d foods or taking a supplement is an easy way to ensure you get enough.
Fat soluble vitamins: A, D E and K require fat to be absorbed. If you have trouble digesting fat or follow a strictly low fat diet your absorption may decline. Intestinal disorders such as celiac disease and IBS decrease absorption of all nutrients including fat soluble vitamins.
Will the ingredients in the vitamin and mineral supplement you are considering actually be absorbed by the body?
There are many steps that the ingredients in your vitamin and mineral supplement have to go through in order to make it all the way through your digestive tract into your blood stream and ultimately to the location where your body can use them.
It’s a complex process and there are many opportunities for the process to not go quite right (see above factors)
What is Bioavailability?
Bioavailability is the degree to which a nutrient is available to the body to use, for a nutrient to be bioavailable it must be within physical proximity to the cell so the cell can use it.
Basic terms the nutrient has to make it all the way from your mouth to the cell and be in a form the cell can use it.
This means your supplement needs to dissolve or disintegrate; otherwise the risk is it can pass right through you.
So when you take your multivitamin bear in mind all of the factors above and recognise you will not get full absorption of all of the vitamins stated, you may just achieve to absorb parts of them.
Although JuicePlus+ is not a vitamin supplement so I really don’t want to compare it, I would like to reiterate to those that don’t know that it is a whole food supplement which is BIOAVAILABLE (which is most necessary in young children and older adults)
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