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A commanding lead performer may be great, but the movie just doesn’t work as well without the supporting cast. It turns out, your body works the same way. As you’re picking out foods based on the vitamins and nutrients you want, keep an eye on what you’re serving those items with. The right food pairing can bring together complimentary nutrients and enhance the absorption rate of the good stuff. Try matching up these power couples:
Iron + Vitamin C
Whether from beans or beets, iron from non-meat sources is best absorbed when paired with vitamin C.
TRY: Mix up a beet and citrus salad
Calcium + Vitamin D
In order to absorb the most calcium from our foods, our bodies require a healthy dose of Vitamin D.
TRY: Toss cashews and broccoli together in your stir-fry
Quercetin + Catechins
Anti-inflammatory quercetin reduces blood clots while antioxidant catechins work against hardened arteries.
TRY: Snack on skin-on apples with dark chocolate or berries with green tea.
Healthy Fats + Vitamins A, D, E and K
Health benefits abundant in fat-soluble vitamins – A, D, E and K – cannot be wrought without the help of fats.
TRY: Drizzle olive oil over tomatoes or Brussels sprouts to increase the absorption of these vital nutrients