MegaFood | June 2019
Multivitamins are a great way to fill the gaps in your diet and ensure you’re getting all the vitamins and minerals you need. You may wonder, then, why we opt to omit calcium and magnesium from our MegaFood multivitamins - aren’t they just as important as vitamin D and C?
Calcium and magnesium are both incredibly important minerals, best known for their role in supporting optimal bone health.* They are considered macro-minerals, meaning we need to obtain them in large quantities from our diet (compare the 1300mg daily value (DV) of calcium for example, to the 55mcg DV of selenium, a micro-mineral). Our body is amazing at breaking down food and extracting nutrients, but it can only do so much at one time, and some nutrients are better than others at getting our body’s attention.
When taken with other nutrients, like those found in a multi, calcium and magnesium are the bullies of the playground, pushing around the other minerals - poor little selenium - and competing for absorption. Unfortunately for selenium and his friends zinc, iodine, and others, calcium and magnesium win out. This results in those minerals not being utilized by the body, and as a result, making your multi less effective.
For this reason, we’ve chosen to omit calcium and magnesium in our multis - it’s as simple as that. This allows us to not only focus on delivering a range of nutrients with real foods, but give them the best chance for absorption possible.
What does this mean for your multi? Ideally, we recommend taking your multivitamin two hours apart from your calcium & magnesium supplements. This ensures your body has the time it needs to utilize each supplement to its fullest. Want to optimize your calcium intake further? Our friend and Chief Medical Advisor Tieraona Low Dog offers this: “Calcium can’t be absorbed in large quantities. Don’t supplement with more than 500mg at a time” (Fortify Your Life, 153).
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