1. Why should I take a multivitamin VS. separate nutrients?
If you think about how many ingredients are in a multi, you’d have to be swallowing separate pills all day to cover all the bases! Also, many nutrients often work together in the body. For example, iron is better absorbed in the presence of vitamin C and, though calcium is crucial for bones it may not work properly without magnesium and vitamin D. There are a few exceptions though, calcium and zinc for example, compete with each other for absorption, so should be taken at different times.
2. Is it better to take a 6-daily multi, a 3-daily multi or a 1-daily multi?
Choose multivitamin for your lifestyle. How well do you eat on a normal basis?
What are your energy levels and unique health conditions? These are some minor questions you should ask yourself before considering any multivitamin. A one-daily vitamin is typically lower in minerals and is for someone who wants convenience, simplicity, or doesn’t need more than minimum nutrient supplementation on most days. Multis with a serving size of 3-6 capsules or tablets per day have higher potencies, and often added beneficial ingredients such as green foods and enzymes. With these multis, you can take more or fewer depending on how healthy you’re eating that day.
3. When is the best time of day to take my supplements?
To get the most benefit from supplements, always follow any directions on the packaging. With some, such as calcium, it is much more effective taken in smaller doses throughout the day. Multis and other supplements with fat-soluble vitamins should always be taken with food because they need a little bit of fat present to be absorbed efficiently.
Do you have different questions? Ask the doctors here at South Orange Chiropractic Center.