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Dosage & Absorption of Micronutrients

Posted on : July 27, 2021 by Hardy Nutritionals® No Comments

Spreading Out Your Doses

People all over the world are experiencing the benefits of Hardy’s Daily Essential Nutrients. Dozens of independent, peer-reviewed studies, including double-blind research, have proven that our powerful, clinical-strength, broad-spectrum micronutrients enhance mood, mental clarity, and behavior.

For best results, the research shows people over age six should take four capsules (or the equivalent scoop of powder), three times a day, every day. We recommend taking each dose with food, ideally at breakfast, lunch, and dinner (or during snack time throughout the day). 

Our customers often ask “Can I take all 12 at once?”


The short answer is yes. You can take the full daily amount of Daily Essential Nutrients all at once without any risks. However, we recommend that you split your daily intake into three doses to increase absorption and ensure your body has the nutrients it needs to optimize mood and stay balanced throughout the whole day. 

Optimize Absorption

Every time we ingest food, it gets broken down into essential macro and micronutrients that our bodies need to survive. The thing is, not all foods are created equal. So the way we digest nutrients varies, too. Eat a lot of processed foods one day? Food quality will affect your nutrient uptake. Pregnant? That means your body needs even more nutrition. Genetics, athletic status, age, illnesses, etc., all play into the body’s ability to absorb nutrients. 

Bioavailability plays into absorption as well, which is why our unique micronutrients are formulated to cross the blood-brain barrier. Foods, and food components like fats, amino acids, vitamins, and minerals, can enhance or inhibit the absorption and the action of many drugs.

So how can a person completely optimize absorption of supplemental nutrients? 

You could spend the whole day ingesting various supplements at differing times, some with fibrous food, some with fatty food, some with carbs, some without, some with protein, some without, some between meals without food, some in the morning, some in the evening...but that’s not a very realistic routine.

By spreading out your doses of clinical-strength Daily Essential Nutrients three times a day (or regular-strength Optimal Balance® twice a day), you’re ensuring your body is getting the optimum level of nutrients throughout the day in a balanced ratio. Studies on both of these formulas show this will lead to better focus, less stress, and improved overall health. 

Active vs. Passive Absorption 

Some may ask “Won’t this affect the balance between active and passive absorption?”

Active absorption requires energy input in order to create specific ratios of given nutrients across cell membranes. Important functions are dependent on these ratios in the body. Sometimes the size of a nutrient or the polarity of a nutrient requires energy input to help it move through the cell membrane. Active transport processes require nutrients like B vitamins, phosphorus, sodium, and potassium.

Passive absorption can be less critical unless one takes too much which would contribute to a nutrient imbalance.

Our bodies have mechanisms that limit absorption or increase absorption depending on the nutrient density of our food. Supplemental nutrients will absorb in a dose-dependent fashion. In general, the more you take, the more that will absorb. That is also why Hardy Nutritionals focuses on providing high-quality formulas that are well balanced, so they will be proportionate to the needs of the body.

Why Trust Hardy's?

The goal of using Hardy’s micronutrients (Daily Essential Nutrients or Optimal Balance®) may be different for everyone. Some individuals are trying to get off high doses of heavy medication. Others may be recovering from a traumatic injury. Still others are just trying to feel better in their everyday lives—more mentally stable, emotionally present, and clear-minded. 

Interestingly, optimal absorption of nutrients can improve every aspect of health, from the point of ingestion through the gastrointestinal tract and even to your poop! In a 10 week double-blind randomized controlled trial of DEN versus placebo, study participants showed positive shifts in the microbiome in the active group compared to the placebo group when using Daily Essential Nutrients for mood and focus. This suggests that, unlike average rock-form minerals, Hardy’s naturally complexed minerals cross the blood-brain barrier and affect both the brain and the gut through cellular support.

Findings from over 40 independent university studies found that, in order to experience the best possible therapeutic effects, the micronutrients need to be administered at specific levels and ratios. That’s why we recommend spreading out your doses and taking the full, recommended values every day. 

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Hardy Nutritionals® multivitamin-mineral products are powered by our proprietary NutraTek™ mineral delivery technology, which combines each mineral with specialized organic molecules—just like nature—to optimize absorption and distribution to body cells. Our flagship supplement, Daily Essential Nutrients, is widely considered to be the most research-backed micronutrient treatment.
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