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What is Bioavailability?



"Bioavailability" is the ease with which any nutrient can make its way into your body- the absorption of the nutrient from the digestive tract into rest of the body.
When a nutrient is highly "bioavailable," it can be digested and absorbed a high percentage of the time and in a dependable way. When a nutrient is poorly bioavailable, its digestion, its absorption, or both can be much more difficult and much less predictable.
We strive to use supplements, and superfood boosters that are the most bioavailable in its class. Most of the vitamins on the market fall short of this in many ways. We only carry vitamins that are highly bioavailable, and formulated best for our body. Here are some very specific examples, though not exhaustive.

B12 (methylcobalamin). Methlylcobalamin is the bio active form of vitamin b12. Cyanocobalamin is a man-made form and unfortunately, most vitamins contain this inexpensive form that our body can’t readily use.

Folate (as Metafolin®* L-5-methyltetrahydrofolate). L-5-methyltetrahydrofolate is the bio active form of folate. Folate is very confusing for consumers because supplement companies use folate and folic acid interchangeably. They are not the same. Folate is the bioactive vs. synthetic for folic acid. Always look for the form inside the parenthesis. Dr. Joel Furhman writes in his book, Super Immunity, that long term use of folic acid increases a woman’s chances of breast cancer by 35% and men have an increase of prostate cancer by the same amount. It’s important to note that if you have the gene variant, MTFHR, your body cannot convert folic acid into folate. Folate and vitamin B12 work together. The body needs both, in the bioactive form to function.

Vitamin K2- Whenever you take any supplement that has calcium, Vitamin D3, you should always have vitamin K2. Author Kate-Rheaume-Bleue, of the Vitamin K2 and the Calcium Paradox, write that taking vitamin K2 will move the calcium from your arteries, to your bones, where it is needed. Otherwise, hardening of the arteries may occur. Vitamin D3 spurs the calcium production in the body.

You should make sure the vitamins that you are currently taking has these three forms of vitamins.

Supplement Boosters:

Cinnamon- The best form of cinnamon is Ceylon cinnamon. All the benefits of cinnamon is in this form. If it doesn’t say Ceylon, assume that it’s not.

Maca root- Gelatinized maca is more easily digestible in the body. Gelatinized means that the starch has been removed.

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