Here at Blended For You, we're not just obsessed with highly nutritious foods (and making it easy for you to get them), we're also really big on ingredient combining to make sure your body gets as much benefit as possible from our blends. Eating the right foods for your personal health needs/goals is huge, but supporting your body's absorption of these nutrients is also a really big deal. Here's why:
Vitamins & minerals are vital for good health and the body's vital functions. Unfortunately, malabsorption of nutrients is common. In this Blended For Wellness, we're diving into key information on some essential nutrients and how to support their absorption.
Key Nutrients & How to Absorb Them
Water vs. Fat-Soluble
While most vitamins & minerals are water-soluble (they dissolve in water), some are fat-soluble (they don't dissolve in water). For example, Vitamin C and the B vitamins are water-soluble, so it's fairly easy for your system to absorb them. On the other hand, fat-soluble vitamins (like Vitamins A, D, E, K) are much better absorbed into your bloodstream when you consume them along with healthy fats like avocado, nut butters, olive oil, fish, seeds, and eggs. Here's a snapshot on some of your high priority vitamins and minerals along with their why/how for consuming.
The Absorption Breakdown
Vitamin A (fat-soluble): important for vision, immune function, body and hair growth, and reproductive function.
Vitamin B6 (water-soluble): important for brain health, mood regulation, heart health, and eye health.
Vitamin B12 (water-soluble): important for brain function, DNA synthesis, and nerve function.
Vitamin C (water-soluble): important for immune function, collagen synthesis, and antioxidant defence.
Vitamin D (fat-soluble): important for bone maintenance, immune function, and mood regulation.
Potassium (water-soluble): important for blood pressure, heart health, kidney health, stress, muscle strength, metabolism, electrolyte function, and nervous system maintenance.
Iron (best absorbed when combined with Vitamin C/citrus juices):important for energy, focus, gastrointestinal processes, immune function, and body temperature regulation.
Magnesium: important for blood pressure, biochemical reactions, exercise performance, mood regulation, and diabetes resistance.
The B12 Deal: it's a myth that only vegans/vegetarians need to consider B12 supplementation.
You may have heard that you can only get Vitamin B12 through animal products - but it's actually coming from the nutrient-rich soil that the animal's food is grown in (or use to be). Over time, the quality and nutrient-content of agricultural soil has declined significantly, which means both meat-eaters and vegans alike need to be mindful of B12 levels and supplement as needed (most of us). Want to learn a little more? Check out the documentary Game Changers (your next Netflix & Chill?).
Blended for Nutrient Absorption
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