Multivitamins: How to Pick the Right Supplement
Answers to Your Biggest Supplement Questions"Why do I need extra calcium?"
Multis don't have the recommended 1,000 milligrams because the pill would be too big to swallow (this mineral has large molecules!). To get the calcium you need, take a separate supplement of 200 to 400 mg that also has 100 to 200 IUs of vitamin D to aid absorption. Just don't pop several calcium pills simultaneously or at the same time as your multi: Your body can absorb calcium in small doses only."Why does my multivitamin turn my pee such a bright shade of yellow?"
"Contrary to common belief, it doesn't mean you're urinating away nutrients," Dawn Weatherwax-Fall says. "It's a healthy sign that your body is metabolizing the B vitamins in your multi and processing out any excess.""Can I OD on vitamins if I also eat fortified cereal?"
Yes. You could get too much folic acid. So stick with your daily multi and skip the cereal, or take your multi every other day. (Hint: To remember which day to take your multi, jot it down in your planner.)"Do vitamins expire?"
You bet. When buying, make sure the expiration date is at least a year away. Once you bring the bottle home, store it in a cool place out of direct sunlight."Does it matter when I take my multi?"
Yes. It's best to take it after a meal, because the food in your belly boosts your body's uptake of nutrients.
Originally published in FITNESS magazine, April 2009.
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