How to Increase the Uptake of Vitamins and Minerals

Many multivitamins sold today actually include minerals that you don’t want in a multivitamin for your nutrition needs. These minerals can inhibit the uptake of important nutrients, like amino acids, as well as other critical minerals.*

The first mineral you don’t want in your multi is zinc. Zinc can inhibit the uptake of amino acids, thus creating an unwanted deficiency! Since it is important to take a multivitamin with a meal, such as breakfast, a multivitamin that includes zinc could interfere with your body’s ability to utilize the amino acids in the protein you consumed at breakfast. That could interfere with muscle growth and strength gains, which is the last thing that you want!*

Calcium is another big problem in multivitamin supplements. Calcium interferes with iron and manganese absorption. Unfortunately, calcium is in 99.99% of the multivitamins for sale.

Then there’s magnesium, which is also found in most multivitamins. It interferes with manganese and calcium absorption. Both calcium and magnesium should be completely absent from your multivitamin, and they should be taken at a separate time of day.

Phosphorus is the fourth mineral you don’t want in your multi. The typical American diet is already rich in phosphorus. Having it in your multivitamin could actually raise phosphorus levels too high. This is problematic because high phosphorous can prevent the conversion of vitamin D to its active form, 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D, in the kidneys. Since this form is the most powerful form of vitamin D and provides the majority of benefits, poor conversion can have negative consequences on skeletal health and vitamin D’s other key benefits, such as better muscle strength and higher testosterone levels.*

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