You are not what you eat, but you are what you absorb? Due to modern living, a mass preponderance of people now experience some form of digestive imbalance, like heartburn, bloating, diarrhea or constipation. Resultantly, even if you’re taking in the nutrients, you may not actually be absorbing them.

This leaves us not only as being nutrient deficient due to poor food quality, but also facing the double whammy of reduced absorption of what little nutrients are there.

Because our vitamins and minerals are the cofactors involved in hundreds of energy producing reactions, hormone systems and free radical protection, we must supplement our diets with high quality nutrients that are readily absorbable or  risk  increasing our chances of many chronic diseases, including cardiovascular, diabetes, obesity, Alzheimer’s disease or dementia and cancer.

Heart conditions, for example, have been linked to deficiencies in copper, magnesium, potassium and selenium, while asthma has been linked to magnesium deficiency.

A longevity study run by a team at the University of McMaster, showed that by using a “cocktail ” of 31 of the most common supplements that have been researched to be beneficial for maintaining optimal brain function and mobility, the test group of mice lived longer with a higher quality of life in a more “youthful” state. However, there are not that many people that can take over 31 different supplements each day, so how do you know which supplements are the most important for you?