If you’re like most people, it feels easy to take a multivitamin every day as part of your normal routine. But, with adulthood comes a lot of responsibility and perhaps you may need some extra reminders to take those multivitamin doses. You may think that the only thing you need to know about multivitamins is that they’re “good for you’ or that they’re going to help you with your daily life. While there is a lot of research to suggest that multivitamins can be beneficial to your health, it’s always important to have a think about multivitamins and how they work for you specifically.

There are a number of things that many people don’t understand about multivitamins including some of the benefits of taking them. We have a couple of points to make about multivitamins and points that you may not be aware of.

Certain vitamins work better with fats

If you’re taking vitamins A, D, E and/or K, you may want to think about pairing those vitamins with some healthy fats. Vitamins generally are divided into water-soluble compounds and fat-soluble compounds.  Water-soluble vitamins can easily dissolve and be absorbed by the body when taken with a glass of water at almost any time of the day. But, if you are taking vitamins A, D, E or K, these are fat-soluble vitamins. That means, fats will help your body to absorb these vitamins more easily. 

In general, this means that you’ll need to take these vitamins with a meal. But, you should include some fats within this meal. We don’t mean that you need to have a 2000 calorie breakfast to take your vitamins, but rather, some healthy fats such as salmon or avocado may be a very good option to pair with these vitamins.

Avoid taking vitamins on an empty stomach

While there are some vitamins that may be recommended to take on an empty stomach, in general, it is best to have a multivitamin with a meal. If you’re taking your multivitamin before breakfast and before you do anything else with your day, you may find that the multivitamin can cause some nausea and your body may excrete more acidic digestive juices. This can lead to an increase in the breakdown of the supplement itself. Instead, take your multivitamin with some food to help stop any upset stomach issues and help your body to absorb the vitamins from your supplement.

Vitamin C is the perfect partner for iron

Depending on your personal needs, you may need an iron supplement. Of course, it’s always best to have a chat with your doctor to see what supplements your body needs. Some people are iron deficient and therefore, they require a daily iron supplement to help keep their iron levels up. If you are one of those people, taking your iron supplement with food or drink that is high in vitamin C is the perfect combination., You can pair your iron supplement with red capsicum, a bowl of fortified breakfast cereal or any other foods that are high in vitamin C.

Vitamins are great for immune support

Depending on your day and how your routine is, you may find that you have an excessive amount of stress throughout your day which can effectively lower the effectiveness of your immune system. It’s important to know that multivitamins aren’t made to replace a healthy and balanced diet. Multivitamins are perfect for supplementing your current diet and your current routine. So, for example, if you are running late for work and you have a very small breakfast, taking a vitamin each day may be able to help increase your much-needed nutrients and minerals. This can lead to feeling less tired, having stomach upsets and help fend off any viral infections or other illnesses.

As mentioned, it’s always important to have a discussion with your doctor to see what vitamins and minerals are needed for you. Depending on your needs, a multivitamin each day may be the perfect supplement to help with your daily exercise and routines. Checking with your doctor and organising a blood test to see how your vitamins and minerals levels are currently can be a good start to improving your health. If you’re looking for general advice, your doctor will be able to guide you on the best multivitamins for you.