So I've heard some vague discussion about how some minerals can interfere with the absorption of other minerals. Eg, calcium can block the absorption of iron.
I've heard some say that you only have to worry about this when taking SUPPLEMENTAL forms of these minerals- ie, your body would handle calcium found in milk differently than it would calcium found in a tablet of Citracal.
I've been on a big (whole, grass-fed, organic, unhomogenized) milk kick lately, and I don't want the calcium in it to reduce the absorption of other minerals I'm eating.
How big of an issue is this? What minerals can calcium interfere with? (And what other mineral vs mineral absorption issues should we worry about?). How important is meal timing with regard to these minerals? Should I avoid washing down my steak or liverwurst with a glass of milk, since it might interfere with the iron or copper, respectively? Does calcium interfere with copper?
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i dont focus on this at all and my bloodwork is good.