Is Phytic Acid That Bad?

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Phytic Acid (IP6):
Body Makes Phytic Acid Enzymes:
Vit. C and certain amino acids reduce phytic acid and increase iron absorption:
Adding meat to vegetables/nuts/seeds can increase absorption of iron:
Betacarotene from vegetables can increase absorption of iron:

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In this video, Dr. Berg talks about phytase anti-nutrient myths. Phytic acid is a very powerful antioxidant. Consuming food that has too much phytic acid will block the absorption the zinc, iron, and other minerals.

1. Microbes make phytase – the enzyme that breaks down phytic acid.
2. Vitamin C increase absorption of iron
3. Beta carotene increase absorption of iron
4. Adding meat increase absorption of iron
5. Cooking/Steaming decrease phytic acid
6. Fermenting vegetables decrease phytic acid
7. Most people have too much iron

Dr. Eric Berg DC Bio:
Dr. Berg, 52 years of age is a chiropractor who specializes in Healthy Ketosis & Intermittent Fasting. He is the author of The New Body Type Guide and other books published by KB Publishing. He has taught students nutrition as an adjunct professor at Howard University. He no longer practices, but focuses on health education through social media.


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Dr. Eric Berg received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1988. His use of “doctor” or “Dr.” in relation to himself solely refers to that degree. Dr. Berg is a licensed chiropractor in Virginia, California, and Louisiana, but he no longer practices chiropractic in any state and does not see patients. This video is for general informational purposes only. It should not be used to self-diagnose and it is not a substitute for a medical exam, cure, treatment, diagnosis, and prescription or recommendation. It does not create a doctor-patient relationship between Dr. Berg and you. You should not make any change in your health regimen or diet before first consulting a physician and obtaining a medical exam, diagnosis, and recommendation. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. The Health & Wellness, Dr. Berg Nutritionals and Dr. Eric Berg, D.C. are not liable or responsible for any advice, course of treatment, diagnosis or any other information, services or product you obtain through this video or site.

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