Food Synergy You will probably never hear this from a supplement company, but getting your nutrients from food is much better than getting it from supplements. Why is real food better? One reason is something called food synergy. Food synergy enables all the macro- and micronutrients found in food to be utilized by the body to their fullest extent or combing different foods to increase nutrient absorption. You’re literally getting more out of your food than you normally would.
An example of food synergy is tomatoes and olive oil. Lycopene, found in red vegetables and fruits like tomatoes, may be help to prevent heart disease, atherosclerosis and even breast and prostate cancers. It may also be the most powerful carotenoid against singlet oxygen, a highly reactive oxygen molecule and a primary cause of premature skin aging. When you add olive oil to tomatoes, the oil’s healthy fats enhance the amount of the lycopene that your body can store and absorb, providing a combination that’s bursting with flavor and health benefits.
Another example of food synergy is sprinkling cinnamon on your coffee instead of sugar. This will not only boost the flavor, but it will also help keep your blood sugar at a healthier level preventing energy dips and spikes in your hunger level. A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition revealed that cinnamon was found to slow the rate of stomach emptying after meals and reduce the rise in blood sugar after meals to negate more binging later.
The opposite can also occur. Tannins found in coffee and tea can prevent absorption of calcium so stay away from them at least 30 minutes after eating calcium-rich food like greens.
Supplement Synergy Supplements can also have a positive effect when combined. Certain enzymes need to be present to properly digest macro-nutrients like carbohydrates. This is why our ēMulti is a WHOLE FOOD multivitamin…it includes the enzymes, amino acids and co-factors typically found in whole foods, not just the isolated vitamins. For example, ēMulti contains bioflavonoids to help with vitamin C absorption
Another example is vitamins D and K. Vitamin K2 protects against Vitamin D toxicity, and vice versa and they both work together to shuttle calcium into the bones rather than allowing calcium to build up and harden in the arteries. This is exactly why we combined vitamins D and K in our Liquid D&K.
Many antioxidants have a synergistic effect on each other as well. When supplementing, it’s best to take a wide range of these nutrients and botanicals in moderate doses rather than very high doses of any one of them.
Below are some science-based examples of antioxidant synergy, all of which were used to develop our ēOxidant formulas. It is very possible that there are synergistic effects between multiple antioxidants that science hasn’t yet discovered.
• Alpha-lipoic acid (ALA) and acetyl-L-carnitine: These compounds work synergistically to restore mitochondrial integrity, help direct energy to the cells and fight memory loss. • Astaxanthin, CoQ10 and alpha-linolenic acid: Alpha-linolenic acid is a fatty acid that helps maximize absorption of astaxanthin, CoQ10 and other fat-soluble antioxidants in ēOxidant.* • Green tea has synergistic effects with key components of turmeric, increasing cell protective activity. • Rosemary extracts have shown to work synergistically with lycopene in protecting against free radical damage to good LDL cholesterol. • Astaxanthin and resveratrol have been shown to help absorption of other micro- and macro-nutrients derived from herbs.