Expert Tips for Getting the Most out of Your Supplements | AD
Dietary supplements seem quite straightforward, don’t they? Just pop them in your mouth and that’s it, right? It’s not that easy though as there are many things that can affect the absorption of certain vitamins and minerals. To get the most out of your supplements, there are a few things to consider.
The UK’s leading vitamin brand Vitabiotics has revealed the best practices for taking vitamins with advice from their Vitabiotics expert. Let’s explore them below:
Take your vitamins with your main meal.
Taking you supplements with your main meal can help with the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins (like vitamin D) and also helps reduce any potential digestive discomfort. For most people, the biggest meal of the day is the evening meal.
Swallow tablets or capsules with plenty of cold liquid.
Don’t take your tablets or capsules with hot liquids as this could cause the tablet or capsule to disintegrate too early and could also cause you to burn your mouth. Instead, take your supplements with a glass of cold water.
Avoid certain combinations.
Some nutrients, like iron, should not be taken alongside tea or coffee as these drinks contain tannins which may inhibit the absorption of minerals, including iron.
What supplements should I take?
It’s a good idea to take a daily multivitamin for most of us. Few of us eat a truly ideal diet and a well-formulated multivitamin can fill any gaps of key vitamins and minerals to support our health.
Vitabiotics has a great range of multivitamins specifically developed for different groups and different needs – men, women, children, pregnant women, for people over 50, for women going through menopause and more.
Other supplements that are good to consider include:
Vitamin D supports normal immune function,calcium absorption, and the maintenance of normal bones and teeth. The UK Department of Health recommends that everyone should consider taking a vitamin D supplement every day, especially during the autumn and winter months when we don’t get as much sunlight. There are different products available for babies, children, and adults to choose from. Some multivitamins contain the full amount that you need so always read the bottles before combining any supplements to ensure that you’re not taking too much of anything.
Vitamin C is an important nutrient that supports many functions in the body such as our immune systems, the formation of collaged for normal skin function and the reduction of tiredness and fatigue. Vitamin C can’t be stored in or made by the body so we all need a regular intake which is why a supplement can be so helpful. Combine vitamin C with iron and zinc to give your immune system a boost!
B Vitamins include eight different types of vitamins that provide lots of benefits to our health. Vitamin B3/niacin contributes to normal energy metabolism, vitamin B5/pantothenic acid contributes to normal mental performance, vitamin B6/pyridoxine contributes to the regulation of hormonal activity and vitamin B7/biotin contributes to the maintenance of normal hair, to mention a few. B vitamins are water-soluble and not stored in the body so need to be taken frequently.
Like all healthy habits, consistency is key. Choose a high-quality vitamin brand such as Vitabiotics and take your supplements daily for at least 6 weeks to notice changes. Follow the advice above to ensure that you are getting the most out of your supplements to enjoy the health benefits to the fullest.
This blog is edited by a mid-30s mum with over 15 years of professional childcare experience. Now 9 years into motherhood and enthusiastic about finding great products and helpful solutions for busy families to make life more fun and easier too.
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