Nutrient Interactions

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Nutrient Interactions

I set out to make this post as a reference but as I kept going, I realized how CRAZY it can be to supplement just one nutrient. You can create so many different imbalances with just one isolated mineral or vitamin.  It reminds me of that “Pharma” shirt meme that goes around: ‘I take this drug for this illness, and I take that drug for the side effects of the first drug.” Isolating nutrients is very allopathic in my eyes, especially when most people have around a dozen deficiencies and imbalances.

You can find the full lists and “wheels” of these nutrients on the Trace Elements link here.  There are relationships between minerals, vitamins, hormones, and more. It is fascinating, but at the same time I don’t think we realize the damage we can do by pulling these nutrients apart.  This link is especially helpful.


Boron: Aids in calcium and vitamin D metabolism, helps magnesium absorption;

Copper: lowers zinc, selenium; synergistic with manganese, iron; lowered by zinc, sulphur, molybdenum (copper and molybdenum are synergistic together, antagonistic seperately); cadmium, silver, and mercury lower copper; relationship with estrogen

Calcium: lowers magnesium and potassium; synergistic with phosphorus; lowers manganese; antagonists with lead

Iodine: Florine, bromine, and chlorine lower iodine; mercury and cobalt lowers it; has a relationship with copper and selenium, as well as magnesium

Magnesium: lowers sodium, potassium, and calcium; lowers manganese; has a balance with calcium, potassium, and sodium;

Manganese: lowers copper, antagonist to magnesium;

Molybdenum: aids in iron metabolism, lowers copper

Phosphorus: antagonists with manganese; synergistic with calcium

Potassium: lowers calcium; synergistic with sodium;

Selenium: antagonistic with mercury and arsenic; Sulphur lowers selenium

Silica: lowers aluminum and lead; synergistic with molybdenum and calcium; mercury lowers silica

Sodium: synergistic with potassium; has a balance with magnesium and potassium

Sulphur: lowers copper, selenium; synergistic with silica, molybdenum

Zinc: lowers copper, manganese; lowered by copper, calcium, iron; relationship with aldosterone, cortisol, testosterone, progesterone;

Vitamins and Proteins:

Vitamin A– helps retain potassium, lowers calcium; synergistic with zinc

Vitamin C, as ascorbic acid: antagonists to copper and ceruloplasmin; synergistic with iron (hence, iron overload!)

Vitamin C, as whole food: helps raise ceruloplasmin and makes copper bioavailable

Vitamin D: makes calcium more absorbable, lowers vitamin A, lowers potassium and magnesium

Ceruloplasmin: lowered by vitamin D, calcium, iron; raised with vitamin A and whole food vitamin C

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6 Replies to “Nutrient Interactions”

  1. Please re-check “magnesium lowers potassium”

    I believe it’s the opposite

    Magnesium deficiency exacerbates potassium excretion
    Magnesium deficiency leads to pseudo potassium deficiency

    1. Technically magnesium lowers sodium which messes with the sodium/potassium balance. Many of m clients experience an increase need for potassium if they use magnesium in isolation, which is why I wrote it as I did. My main goal with this post is for us to stop using things in isolation for the most part.

  2. This is really helpful Kristin! I still can’t figure it all out when you get into it but an excellent reference that I prefer over the wheel! I’ll have to read more of your site to see how to supplement when you aren’t absorbing our already low nutrient whole foods (due to GI issues likely caused by deficiencies) and can’t do more than 5 capsules a day… ionic mineral mixes or IV. Topical options are limited… what to do!?

  3. I’d love t know why I haven’t been able to tolerate magnesium or sodium since I’ve been on blood pressure medication . .?…I just can’t find out .

  4. Right now I am taking a lot of supplements, Turmeric, Vata C,
    Calcium Lactate, Coenzyme Q 10 (CO-Qunol, Magnesium oxide 400mg, omega 3 fish oil 1200mg fish oil .360 mg omega, Are these doing anything. I am 76yrs and healthy look younger than my age. excise every day.

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