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Bioavailability: What Is It and Why Is It Important for Nutrition?

Nutritional supplements are only effective if they can be absorbed into your body, so to get the intended benefits, they need to be created with bioavailability in mind.

So, you’ve decided to take your health into your own hands with an improved diet fortified with powerful and buzz-worthy supplements. Good for you! Now for the not-so-good news: you know those herbs and supplements you’re taking? Your body may not be accessing nearly as many of those nutrients as you think it is. Why? Because your supplements may not have been formulated for maximum absorption, making their level of bioavailability low. As supplements are only effective if they can be absorbed into your body, they need to be created with bioavailability in mind. After all, proper nutrition is not just about what you eat – it’s about what you absorb.

What is bioavailability?

Bioavailability is a measure of how easily and quickly nutrients can be absorbed and used by the body after consumption. Simply consuming particular nutrients or taking healthy supplements does not guarantee that they will safely make their way through your intestinal tract, to your bloodstream, and ultimately to your cells. Your body can only do so much on its own; without help, it is unable to fully absorb and use all of the nutrients.

Certain macronutrients found in foods, like fats and carbohydrates, are highly bioavailable and easily absorbed by your body. The nutrients commonly included in supplements, such as certain vitamins, minerals, and herbs, are oftentimes much harder for the body to absorb on its own.

Can bioavailability be improved?

Yes, it can, and it’s important to improve the bioavailability of a nutritional supplement as improving the absorption increases its overall effectiveness. Without a focus on bioavailability, beneficial nutrients can be destroyed before they even reach your bloodstream. Therefore, in order to get the most benefit from your nutritional supplements, carefully selected ingredients must be added to increase the overall bioavailability.

For example, the addition of piperine, a bioactive compound found within black pepper, is highly effective at improving the bioavailability of some of the most sought-after herbal healing agents, like turmeric and hemp extract. This is crucial because, when taken alone, both hemp extract and turmeric are very poorly absorbed into the body, which can whittle their potential health benefits down to almost nothing.

How do you make supplements bioavailable?

Supplements that have been formulated to be highly-bioavailable are more effective. The bioavailability of supplements can be enhanced by a variety of factors, like:

  • Formulation of the supplement: For example, black pepper and coconut cream have been shown to help increase the absorption of ingredients like turmeric and broad-spectrum hemp extract.
  • Delivery method: The ingredients in supplements that are formulated as a liquid are able to enter the circulatory system faster and more efficiently, allowing for maximum bioavailability.
  • Circadian rhythm: To ensure maximum absorption, it is recommended that you take some supplements at certain times of the day. This is why some of the market’s most effective supplements are available specifically for the morning or the evening.

When a scientific approach is taken and bioavailability has been painstakingly considered, the intended health benefits of nutritional supplements are systematically enhanced.

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