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Best Vegetarian Sources of Iron and Bioavailability

There are plenty of foods which are high in iron.  However, just because you are eating iron foods, it doesn’t mean your body is absorbing all the iron.  Bioavailability refers to how well our body is able to absorb a certain nutrient.  Many iron foods have a low bioavailability, but there are simple tricks you can do to increase iron absorption.

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The 4 Biggest Soy Myths: Is Soy Protein Isolate Safe?

Depending on whom you ask, soy is either a superfood which is rich in protein and other nutrients, or it is dangerous substance which will destroy your healthy. With so much conflicting information, what are you supposed to think about soy? To help clear the air, here are some of the most popular myths and misconceptions about soy and the truth behind them.

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Vegan Sources of Zinc

After iron, zinc is the most abundant mineral in our bodies.  It is found in literally ever part of the body but has the biggest concentrations in the eyes and prostate. Which is why zinc deficiency can cause vision problems and (in men) fertility problems.  Symptoms of zinc deficiency include fatigue, mental lethargy, diarrhea, skin lesions, white spots on nails, and slow wound healing.   There are many vegan sources of zinc.  However, these vegan zinc sources also contain high levels of antinutrients which block zinc absorption.  So, some of those zinc foods might not be such good sources of zinc after all.

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