Vitamins are an essential part of our diet! But they are more efficient when minerals accompany them! They are vital for our health and beauty. Thus, we decided to dedicate a whole article to them.
Here, you will find answers to the questions: What are minerals? How to absorb them properly? How to pair vitamins and minerals for the best effect?
Let’s get started!
What are minerals?
Minerals are naturally occurring inorganic substances which are essential for the body’s normal function. They act together with vitamins to fight diseases, boost the immune system, and ensure proper function of the organs in the body. Every mineral is responsible for different body function (We have provided detailed info below).
The minerals can be found in natural form in foods, as well as in the form of supplements. Supplements are only used when (and if) any deficiency occurs.
How to absorb minerals better?
Minerals are absorbed by the body only if the digestive system is working properly. This is because the stomach acid separates the minerals from the food sources. If you have digestive problems, it is essential to identify if you are deficient in any mineral, and if the answer is positive, start supplementing with it.
Another thing that blocks the absorption of minerals is fiber. As a result, you should avoid supplementing with it when taking an additional dosage of minerals. You can combine the two if you take them separately. For example, take your fiber supplement before lunch, and at dinner, take your minerals. Another way to handle the situation is to take minerals BEFORE the fibers. This way, you will ensure the efficient digestion of the two supplements.
It is important to mention that over-consumption of minerals can lead to toxicity, so self-diagnosis is not recommendable. If you have any concerns about deficiency, test yourself or ask your doctor for advice.
What vitamins and minerals to take together?
This is very important because if you take the right combination of vitamins and minerals, you could make the absorption more effective and will benefit from faster results. So, what to take together?
- Iron + Vitamin C
- Iron + Copper
- Calcium + Magnesium + Vitamin D
- Sodium + Potassium
- Selenium + Chromium
- Zinc + Magnesium
- Iodine + Selenium
- Potassium + Magnesium
- Phosphorus + Calcium + Vitamin D
- Magnesium + Vitamin B9 (Folate)
- Pay attention not to take Zinc, Calcium, Copper or Iron together (and none of their combinations), because then the nutritious effects are neutralized.
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, and I do not aim to give any medical advice. The information presented in this article is based on research and aims to give information about the topic.