Here are three tips to keep in mind when taking your multivitamin.
Three tips for taking a multivitamin
Take it with food: By taking your multivitamin with food you ensure optimal absorption. The food triggers the digestive system and enzymes to break down the food which will also help to break down the vitamins for easier digestion and absorption. This can help decrease stomach upset when taking a multivitamin. Also, some vitamins are water soluble and some are fat soluble. Fat soluble vitamins need fat in order to be absorbed by your body. If you take vitamins on an empty stomach the fat-soluble vitamins will not be absorbed.
Split the dose: Many multivitamins require you to take multiple capsules in order to get the full daily dose. This does not mean you have to take them all at once. I like to take one dose at breakfast and one at dinner. This spreads out the number of capsules I take at once which decreases the amount of vitamins my body has to process at once. I get the benefit of my vitamin through out the day and night. Water-soluble vitamins will be absorbed by your body and any excess will get flushed out in the urine (ever notice a change if color of your urine after taking vitamins?). When splitting up the dose, your body will be able to absorb and use more of the vitamins.
Drink lots of water: Water is critical for digestion. Having enough water in your intestines will help increase the digestion and absorption of the vitamins and minerals. Water-soluble vitamins need water to dissolve so that they can be absorbed by your body.