Best Way to Take Vitamins and Food Supplements


There are so many multivitamins and food supplements being sold to us nowadays. Never has the health bandwagon been so popular than during the past two years when we experienced a pandemic and needed to boost our immunity. Aside from choosing which ones to take and which brands to trust, there is also the issue of the best way to take vitamins and food supplements. There are things you cannot take together and there are nutrients that work well together in synergy. Learn more about this.

Nutrients from Food

The best way to nourish our bodies is still from food. We need to eat a balanced diet of fiber, proteins, and healthy carbs. That’s why eating a variety of healthy foods is still the best way to meet your daily health needs.

But despite knowing that, we cannot perfectly eat a balanced meal all the time because of different reasons. There is the lack of time to prepare, family budget considerations, and even the lack of time to eat (yes, it happens). We are running in a constant rat race that decent meal times with the family already seem like an unreachable luxury nowadays.

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~ The best way to get nutrients is from food, which is it is integral for us to consume different kinds of food from the three major food groups. But when there is a lack, that is where food supplements come in. ~

So what can you do about our lack of proper nutrition? We supplement with products that are concentrated with different nutrients. Read more.

What is the Best Way to Take Vitamins and Food Supplements?

If you are low or lacking on a certain vitamin or mineral, or just want to cover all bases, you will need to take a daily multivitamin and mineral (MVM) supplement. These tips on the best way to take vitamins and food supplements will maximize their effects and benefit your body the most.

Proper Timing

You can take your multivitamin any time you prefer. Your body absorbs some of its vitamins better with food, so you may want to take it after a meal or a snack. You will also likely to prevent having an upset stomach. If you are not a breakfast person, have your multivitamin supplement with lunch or even dinner.

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~ Sodium ascorbate is non-acidic Vitamin C. ~

Taking Water-Soluble Vitamins

Water dissolves these kinds of vitamins and your body doesn’t store them. This means that water-soluble vitamins like Vitamin C and the B family should be taken daily. This include thiamin (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), pantothenic acid (B5), pyridoxine (B6), biotin (B7), folic acid (B9), and cobalamin (B12).

You can take Vitamin C with or without food. This is especially true if you take the non-acidic Vitamin C form called sodium ascorbate that can be found in Bewell-C.

Meanwhile, do know that Vitamin B12 absorbs better with a meal. If you take vitamin C, put 2 hours between taking both of them. Vitamin C can keep your body from using or absorbing B12.

Taking Fat-Soluble Vitamins

Vitamins A, D, E, and K are fat-soluble nutrients. They need to go with fat from a meal for your body to fully absorb and use them. But you don’t need a lot of fat for this purpose — or any saturated fat for that matter. The healthy plant-based kind you find in foods like avocado or nuts will do just fine in helping the body absorb these nutrients.  

If You Take Iron Supplements

Iron is best taken on an empty stomach for better absorption. Take it with water or, better yet, a citrus juice because iron and vitamin C have a tag-team effect. If this combination makes you queasy, you can take them right after a meal.

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~ Vitamin C amplifies the absorption of calcium in the body, which can be found in Bewell-C Plus Calcium. This helps strengthens the bones. ~

But don’t mix iron with calcium or high-calcium foods, as these interfere with iron. You won’t take in either one fully. Men and postmenopausal women should skip supplements with this mineral unless a doctor says otherwise because the average multivitamin already has more than you need.

If You Take Mineral Supplements

Large doses of minerals can also compete with each other in terms of absorption. Don’t use calcium, zinc, or magnesium supplements at the same time. You can either have Vitamin C with Calcium, such as in Bewell-C Plus Calcium, for stronger bones. Or you can take the Vitamin C with Zinc combo that could be found in Bewell-C Zinc Plus Protect for better immunity.

These three minerals are easier on your tummy when you take them with food, so if your doctor recommends them, have them at different meals or snacks. Don’t take any individual mineral at the same time as multivitamin or antioxidant vitamin formula, like one with beta-carotene and lycopene. 

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~ Bewell-C Zinc Protect: a powerful combination of Vitamin C and Zinc for better immunity. ~

If You Take Vitamin A

Watch the amount of what’s called the preformed vitamin A. If you’re pregnant, doses over 10,000 IU per day can cause birth defects. High levels of both A and the usually safe beta-carotene (a substance that the body converts to vitamin A) may raise your chances of having lung cancer if you’re a smoker. It can even affect those who are former smokers.

Prenatal Vitamins and Morning Sickness

Extra folic acid and iron supplements are very important for a healthy baby, which is why they can be found in most prenatal vitamins. However, some prenatal vitamins can make nausea worse, mostly because of the iron.

If this happens to you, pair your prenatal vitamins with a light snack before you go to bed. It may also be able to help you sleep well. Ask your OB-Gyne about the best prenatal formula for you.

Supplements and Prescription Medications

Even essential nutrients can interfere with many common medications. If you take a traditional blood thinner like warfarin, just the small amount of vitamin K in an MVM can cut its strength. Taking more than 1,000 mg of vitamin E per day can raise your risk for bleeding. And if you take thyroid medication, taking calcium, magnesium, or iron within 4 hours can cut its strength. Ask your doctor about how best to time it.

Keeping a Supplement Diary

The best thing to do in order to keep track of how much you food supplements you take every day is to log them in a journal.

The National Institute of Health’s Office of Dietary Supplements has a form called “My Dietary Supplement and Medicine Record” that you can print out and fill in. Or you can just down everything in a small notebook. Bring it with you, when you go to the office or even for your travels. And when you visit your doctor for a checkup, bring your journal so that you doctor can check it, too.

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19 thoughts on “Best Way to Take Vitamins and Food Supplements

  1. Thank you for sharing this mommy sid,mas naiintindihan kona po ngayon at malinaw na.hindi na ako malilito mung pwede pag sabayin at kung anong oras pwede i take ang gamot🥰

  2. So many benefits Ang makukuha sa pag take ng vitamins Lalo ngayon na maraming sakit na lumalaganap mas magandang I boost Ang ating immunity para labanan Ang mga ito

    1. Yes tama po kayo mommy Sig,there are a lots of multivitamins and supplements now a days but the best way is to take precaution on what you take or it is recommended by a Doctor.Thank you for sharing this,I learn some kind of combi supplement.

  3. Very informative and helpful blog post. Naliwanagan nadin ako about sa kung paano tamang pag-take ng gamot at kung ano ang mga klase ng gamot ang hindi dapat pagsabayin. Thanks for sharing this po.

  4. Minsan talaga may different supplements tayong tini-take pero hindi natin alam na may proper time to take them pala. Usually, ang alam lang natin ay to take it in an empty or full stomach. It is good to know that with this blog, we were able to take a look at our supplements and find the right time to take them according to your lifestyle.

  5. Thank you Mommy Sig sa pag share po nito.. Mahalaga talaga na alam natin kung anong Vitamins ang tiniTake natin sa araw-araw at kung anong best time maganda inumin ito. I love Bewell C, ito po Vitamins namin.

  6. Thanks for sharing this maam,I love this so much of food supplements, lalo na kung sinubukan na nmin to soon,salamat😊🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

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