What You May Not Know About Vitamins

vitaminsRemember those chewable Flintstones Vitamins? It was so easy to get everything you need in just that one little chewable tablet. As with most things, vitamins get a little more complicated as you get older. It’s not just as easy as taking a pill a day, you have to know the rules around different vitamins and how your body can best absorb them. Here is a handy guide to make sure you get the vitamins you need in the easiest way possible.

The Fat Formula

There are water soluble vitamins and fat soluble vitamins. That means there are certain vitamins that can only be absorbed when you pair them with fat. The four fat-soluble vitamins are:

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin K

So, if you are taking a multivitamin with these in it, you need to take it with a meal or with some milk. These vitamins can only be absorbed into your system when paired with a fat of some kind, otherwise, they won’t be useful to your body.

Fishy Fish Oil

You may take a fish oil supplement for a variety of reasons, but if you’re taking it with Vitamin E that could be a problem. That’s because both fish oil and Vitamin E can make you bleed or bruise easier. You also need to take care with these if you take a daily dose of aspirin. So, it might be best to check with a medical professional before you start taking either.

Vitamin C Pairing

Some food and nutrients go together better than others, and  iron and Vitamin C are two things that work best together. So, when you take Vitamin C, you should try to pair it with something high in iron such as breakfast cereal or spinach and beans. But, you don’t want to try to make it work with milk. This is because calcium and iron will compete with absorption into your body and effectively cancel each other out.

For Vegans

If you’re a vegan, you may want to take a Vitamin B12 supplement. This is because your body can’t produce these vitamins and they are naturally eaten through eggs and meat. Your brain, nervous system and blood must have this vitamin, so make sure it’s high on your list of nutritional priorities.

Eating is a science, and you have to do your research in order to make sure you’re getting what you need!

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