Eat This with That: 8 Foods You Should Eat Together for Better Health

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Planning to enjoy salmon for dinner? A nutritional scientist might suggest seasoning your sockeye with a healthy dose of curcumin. Here’s why: Omega-3 fats and curcumin make up just one of many food and nutrient pairings that stand to maximize your nutrient absorption and work together to boost your overall health.

And while some nutrient combos work together to increase the absorption of one another, others simply complement each other to provide incredible protection and an awesome boost for your health. Here are eight complementary nutrient combos you should look to consume together.

Eat This with That: 8 Foods You Should Eat Together for Better Health

Eat This with That: 8 Foods You Should Eat Together for Better Health

1. Curcumin + Omega-3

Curcumin holds extraordinary potential for protecting your brain and reducing cerebral inflammation. In fact, many experts are calling curcumin the ‘King of All Spices” for its role in preventing the formation of beta amyloid plaque in the brain, in addition to the many other health benefits it provides. Add some brain-boosting omega-3s to your intake of curcumin and you have a powerful brain-protecting duo that should keep you sharp for years to come.

2. CoQ-10 + Astaxanthin

We’ve gotten a few emails about whether or not one should continue taking CoQ-10 once they start taking astaxanthin, and our response is always an enthusiastic YES! Here’s why: different antioxidants concentrate in different parts of the body, benefiting our cells in very different ways. While CoQ-10 plays a huge role in optimizing cellular energy for brain and heart health, astaxanthin best targets free radicals linked to inflammation, making it a powerhouse when protecting joint, muscle and skin health.

3. Iron + Vitamin C

While the iron found in meat sources is pretty readily absorbed, the iron found in plant sources, such as broccoli and spinach, needs a little bit of assistance. That’s where vitamin C comes in. Vitamin C helps convert plant-sourced iron into the form that’s more easily absorbed by the body. It’s the perfect excuse to squeeze some lemon onto your next spinach salad.

4. Probiotics + Inulin

Inulin is a type of soluble fiber that’s loaded with fructooligosaccharides, sugars that feed friendly bacteria and boost your digestive health. Pairing inulin-rich foods, such as bananas, artichokes and dandelion greens, with probiotic-rich foods, such a kimchi and yogurt, can give your gut the tools it needs to keep your digestion on track.

5. Sulforaphane + Zinc:

Turns out two nutrients that boost the immune system independently are even more powerful when combined. The immune boosting sulfur compounds found in foods like garlic and onions can help increase the absorption of zinc, a cold and flu fighting mineral found in foods like whole grains and legumes.

6. EGCG + Cinnamon

A magical duo for anyone looking to maximize weight-loss potential, EGCG and cinnamon join together to tackle fat in a unique way: the EGCG from green tea helps boost metabolism, while cinnamon keeps blood sugar in check.

7. Calcium + Magnesium + Vitamin D

One of the main reasons dairy products are fortified with vitamin D is that vitamin D helps usher the bone-protecting mineral calcium into the bone matrix. However, one often overlooked player in this process is magnesium, which is involved in every step of vitamin D metabolism.  Making sure all three of these nutrients are available in abundance when consumed provides a trifecta of bone and heart health protection.

8. Vitamin D + Curcumin

Many studies have been conducted on curcumin’s ability to clear amyloid plaques from the brain, but a recent study took it one step further by exploring the relationship between vitamin D and curcumin for brain health. Their research found that vitamin D greatly enhanced the plaque clearing strength of curcumin, and that the two in combination are now considered possible therapies for Alzheimer’s disease. Another recent study indicates this duo also works wonders for the immune system.

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4 responses to “Eat This with That: 8 Foods You Should Eat Together for Better Health”

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    All you need now is a product with all these naturals, at research levels, and make it available.

  2. Janet Miles says:

    is vitamin d and turmeric as effective in combination as vitamin d and curcumin?

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