Synergy in action: how Zinc, Vitamin A, Vitamin B6 and Magnesium work together

Synergy in action: how Zinc, Vitamin A, Vitamin B6 and Magnesium work together

Author -  Ingrid Pilz, Naturopath

Even the best nutrients can’t go it alone...

You’ve probably heard that eating a balanced diet will always win hands-down over taking individual vitamins when it comes to keeping you healthy. That’s partly because most foods contain many, many different complex nutrients, and science still hasn’t identified all of them yet (let alone everything they do). But it’s also because even when individual nutrients like vitamins or minerals have been identified, they don’t usually work on their own in our bodies. Instead they interact with each other to support the thousands of functions that go on in our bodies every day.

Need an example? How about Zinc, Vitamin A, Vitamin B6 and Magnesium?

Four important individual nutrients that work together to support all kinds of functions in our bodies are Zinc, Vitamin A, Vitamin B6 and Magnesium. In combination, these four nutrients can help to: 

  • maintain your heart health, and maintain healthy arteries, bones, muscles and nerves
  • provide support during times of mental fatigue, and muscle cramps, spasms and tension
  • support healthy skin and wound healing, and help with acne
  • support immune health
  • support reproductive health

Other ways the four nutrients work together

Of course, all four nutrients don’t have to be present together for your body to use them. Sometimes just two or three of them can work together in combination. For example:

  • Vitamin B6, Magnesium and Zinc: Vitamin B6 increases the amount of Magnesium that your cells can absorb. 
  • Zinc and Vitamin A: Zinc can help your body absorb and use Vitamin A, especially in people who tend to be low in these nutrients. On its own, Vitamin A is a powerful antioxidant that helps to protect cells from free radical damage. Combined with Zinc, it can also help support skin, eye and prostate health, and women’s reproductive health.

In summary, it’s all about synergy

The word “synergy” means the effects of something as a whole are greater than the effects that its individual parts would have. That’s exactly how nutrients work when you get them from fresh, wholesome food – or at minimum, from a well-balanced, high-quality multivitamin and mineral tablet. Getting your nutrients in combination with each other is the smart way to help avoid deficiencies, and help your vitamins and minerals work together synergistically.