5 Things You Didn’t Know About Vitamins
Most people take vitamin supplements on a regular basis. But what do you know about the vitamins you take? Or actually let me rephrase the question – what do you know about vitamins apart from that they’re supposed to be good for you? In this blog post we’ll tell you 5 things you should know about vitamins and probably didn’t.
1. Vitamins and Supplements Don’t Undergo Saftey and Efficacy Checks
As shocking as it sounds, but it’s true. Currently, it’s perfectly legal for someone to whip something up in their kitchen and start selling it as a vitamin or a supplement without it going through tests first. This doesn’t mean that all supplements are not safe, though – just make sure you buy tested brands from trusted vendors.
2. There Is No Regulatory Definition for a Multivitamin
Every supermarket or pharmacy has tons of multivitamins for sale. Centrum, Vitrum, Balanced Essentials – the list goes on. But because there is no actual regulatory definition for a multivitamin, the contents of each will be completely different. So, if you’re trying to compare brands when you shop, take extra time to read the list of ingredients and their quantities.
3. It’s Bad to Take Vitamins on an Empty Stomach
If you have a habit to pop a vitamin before breakfast, it’s best that you stop doing that right away. Vitamins need quite a lot of acidic digestive juices to be broken down, which not only may cause nausea but also damage your stomach’s lining. That’s why the best time to take your vitamins is after breakfast, not before.
4. Don’t Mix Zinc with Antibiotics
Zinc is a known immunity booster and lots of people take it when they catch cold. However, if your doctor prescribes you antibiotics, you should stop taking zinc because when taken together, the zinc and the antibiotics counteract. Basically, the amount of zinc and antibiotic your body absorbs will be significantly reduced.
5. Vitamins from Food Rather Than Pills Lead to Longer Life
With the abundance of vitamin supplements available today, it’s important to remember that for healthy people, vitamins are meant to be taken through food (or through sunlight on the skin in case of vitamin D). A recent study showed that vitamin supplements don’t offer many of the benefits your body gets from healthy food and weren’t as effective at achieving longevity as a balanced diet.
Taking a multivitamin pill every day sounds like a nice routine, but you may not be getting exactly what your body needs. That’s why it’s a good idea to talk to your doctor first and try to regulate your diet.