One of the many questions people ask me is: When should they take their MultiVitamins? . Multivitamins are typically taken at the beginning of the day to provide your body with a wide variety of vitamins and minerals to ‘supplement’ the diet that you follow. In today’s “hurry-up-rush” world you can find yourself in a rush to your next task and simply skip that meal that your body really wants. So what do you do? Many of you who read this can relate to grabbing a bag of chips and a soda or some other “quick fix” for your hunger pangs. Is that the best thing to do? My answer… Definitely NOT!
Morning or Evening?
Why would anybody ever consider one time better than the other? Multivitamins can have interactions with other products that you may be taking. If you, as a senior, take prescription medications and multivitamins, you should probably ask your doctor about how they might interact. For the record, I was told (by MY doctor) that the iron in my multivitamin would likely reduce the effectiveness of the thyroid medication he prescribed for me. So, “when should you take multivitamins”? For me it was in the evening because my prescription medication was to be taken on an empty stomach, first thing in the morning.
That brings up another question. When should YOU take multivitamins or any vitamins? Are some taken both morning and evening? Consult the product label to discover how many capsules or tablets constitutes a full dose. If the label does not share that information, consult your doctor or the manufacturer or your pharmacist for guidance.
How often do you take Multivitamins?
Multivitamins are typically taken on a daily basis hence the term: Daily Multivitamins. That’s what the manufacturers want you to anyway. Of course your personal or family doctor may disagree. If you have certain conditions the consumption of multivitamins on a daily basis may be very helpful and beneficial. However, if you consume a very healthy diet on a regular basis you may only take them occasionally. Those in the senior community quite often find themselves not always feeling like eating enough OR what’s actually best for you. If that’s the case, those daily multivitamins are probably something worth considering so your body gets that good balance of all the vitamins and minerals it needs for proper functioning.
Types of Multivitamins to take daily
In today’s world there are so many NEW types of products available for consumption. If you do a google search you can find so many different types of multivitamins. There are Gummies, there’s CBD products, pills, capsules, powders and even injectables. Yes, intravenious vitamins are available from some medical providers and typically are provided when there are serious deficiencies of particular vitamins or a specific vitamin (or vitamins) are prescribed to meet a particular need defined by the provider.
More than you ever wanted to know about Multivitamins!
What IS and What’s IN a multivitamin. According to Wikipedia… A multivitamin is a preparation intended to serve as a dietary supplement with vitamins, dietary minerals, and other nutritional elements. More HERE.
As you can see, if you chose to click the link above, there is a LOT to know about supplementing your diet with multivitamins.
As far back as 1915 Dr. Forrest Shaklee created the first multivitamin in the Unted States. Dr. Shaklee continued his research into supplementation and in 1955 he formed the Shaklee Corporation which continues providing products to it’s customers today. You can learn much more about Dr. Forrest Shaklee HERE.
For some people who read this post it makes absolutely NO difference when you take your multivitamins. For the rare few such as the author who found out, much by accident from his doctor, that taking both the multivitamins and certain prescription medications didn’t really work well. Taking them at opposite ends of the day became the exception to the rule.