Bio-Available Vitamins and Minerals and Why They Matter

I want to discuss bio-active nutrients today and why they are superior to most of the supplements you find at retail locations.

According to the International Journal of Nutrition and Food Sciences, a bio-active compound is “a compound which has the capability and the ability to interact with one or more component(s) of the living tissue by presenting a wide range of probable effects”.

OK, boring. In other words, a bio-active nutrient is in an absorbable form that your body can readily use. Or, the bio-availability is the ability of an ingredient to be actively absorbed by your body. If an ingredient isn’t bio-available, it is useless to your body even when taken in large amounts. Most supplements use the cheapest forms of nutrients which cannot be absorbed by your digestive tract. This is done to increase profit margins for the supplement sellers.

Another reason it is preferable to use bio-available nutrients is that certain nutrients require specific enzymes to convert them into their active forms within your body and some people lack the needed enzymes. For example, for some people, taking vitamin B6 is useless because they lack the liver enzyme pyridoxal kinase that allows the B6 to be converted and used by the body. It is much better to take pyridoxal-5′-phosphate (P5P) because it is B6 that is already in a bio-active form. Leaning Tree Naturals uses only P5P because it is the best for you!

Folic acid is another great example of why bio-activity is critical. Absorption of folate depends on the enzyme methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase. The MTHF genes that are responsible for the manufacture of this enzyme are often impaired in many people. Research shows that 50-75 % of the population have at least one or two mutations of the MTHF genes. In other words, they are unable to utilize folic acid supplements. Leaning Tree Naturals uses only Quatrefolic, a cutting-edge form of folic acid that is patented by a company in Italy. Quatrefolic is a natural, concentrated form of vitamin B9/folic acid that is only found in high-quality supplements. Quatrefolic is easily and quickly absorbed because it is already in a form that your body can use.

Bio-active nutrients will benefit your health much more than cheaper nutrients. They may cost a little more but they are safer and more effective. And you can take smaller amounts! If you’re going to buy nutrients, you may as well buy something that actually works! You wouldn’t put air in a car’s gas tank and expect it to run would you? You deserve the best supplements so that you can keep up with the demands of your busy life!

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