SYNERGY AND DEFICIENCY
SYNERGY is a phenomenon whereby two or more vitamins combine to create a stronger vitamin function than the sum of their individual effects would suggest. For example, in order for bioflavonoids to work properly (they prevent bruising and bleeding gums), they must be taken along with vitamin C.
Whenever you seek to correct a vitamin or mineral deficiency, you must realize that vitamins work synergistically. This means that there is a cooperative action between certain vitamins and minerals, which work as catalysts, promoting the absorption and assimilation of other vitamins and minerals. Correcting a deficiency in one vitamin or mineral requires the addition of others, not simply the replacement of the one in which you are deficient. That is why taking a single vitamin or mineral may be ineffective, or even dangerous, and why a balanced vitamin and mineral preparation should always be taken in addition to any single supplements.
The following table indicated which vitamins and minerals are necessary to correct certain deficiencies.
There are certain cautions that you should take into account when taking supplements. Antibiotics interfere with the natural balance of normal intestinal flora needed to produce vitamin K, which is necessary for normal blood clotting and maintaining the integrity of the bones. Too much coffee and/or caffeine-containing softdrinks can interfere with calcium metabolism.
Aspirin can irritate the gastrointestinal tract, and may cause gastrointestinal bleeding. It also interferes with the absorption of vitamins B and C. If you are taking aspirin daily for cardiovascular health, it is better to take baby aspirin – studies have shown that it is less irritating to the gastrointestinal tract and it just works as well as ordinary aspirin.
Reference: Balch, P. A. (2006). Prescription for Nutritional Healing:
The A-to-Z Guide to Supplements. London, England: Penguin Books Ltd.