Health tips on how to get the most out of your vitamin and mineral supplements

DO NOT COMBINE CALCIUM AND IRON: TRUE

There’s truth in that you should not, according to Lee. “Studies have shown that the absorption of iron can be reduced if an iron supplement is combined with a calcium supplement and / or calcium-containing product, such as milk.” If you need to take both iron and calcium tablets, place them at least two hours apart, he recommended.

DO NOT TAKE VITAMINS ON AN EMPTY STOMACH: IT DEPENDS

It’s about the type of vitamins you take, said pharmacist Wang Hui. “Fat-soluble vitamins like A, D, E and K are better absorbed when taken with food. This is because fatty foods trigger the release of bile, a digestive fluid that is essential for the absorption of these vitamins. ”

Also, make sure you eat something first before popping fish oil or iron supplements, especially when ingested in larger amounts, she said, as they can upset an empty stomach.

But water-soluble vitamins, such as vitamins B and C, are better absorbed when taken on an empty stomach, Wang clarified.

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