Updated: Jun 18, 2021
The Secret Battle For Absorption Occurring in You Multivitamin or Nutritional Supplement.
Each micronutrient, whether essential or nonessential, vitamin or mineral, differs in form, function and in the amount needed by the body to produce or maintain our individual health. They are absorbed by the body by attaching to receptor sites, or absorption pathways, which act as docking locations for specific micronutrients. These receptor sites are found throughout the entire gastrointestinal tract. For the most part, the majority of micronutrients are absorbed in the small intestine. However, due to something called micronutrient competition the process of absorption can be more like an epic battle scene than a harmonious event. Unfortunately, most supplements companies simply overlook this battle (competition) for absorption during the formulation process of their multivitamins and nutritional supplements.
Science has shown that there are four types of competition that can occur between micronutrients, they are chemical, biochemical, physiological, and clinical competition. Research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (AJCN), the British Journal of Nutrition (BJN), the Harvard Health Letter as well as many other nutritional and medical based peer-reviewed journals shows that competitions for absorption occur between many of the vitamins and minerals typically found in popular multivitamins. This makes it so that unless specially formulated to prevent micronutrient competition, many of the vitamins and minerals in the typical multivitamin and/or nutritional supplement are simply not absorbed.
INTRODUCING THE WEB OF COMPETITIONS
“When spider webs unite, they can tie up a lion.” ~ Ethiopian Proverb
As you can see, micronutrient competition can greatly reduce your body’s ability to absorb the vitamin and minerals in the typical multivitamin or nutritional supplement. In fact, nearly 90% of the common micronutrients evaluated above are affected by micronutrient competition in some way. To make matters worse, when key micronutrients don’t get absorbed, the ability of other micronutrients to perform specific functions in the body can be greatly diminished or even eliminated. We call this the domino effect. Regardless of which kind of the four types of micronutrient competition is present, taking a supplement that is not formulated to eliminate these competitions can be like throwing money down the toilet and can leave you vulnerable to micronutrient deficiency.
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