Why Do We Need to Get Supplements?

Why Do We Need to Get Supplements – Vitamin & Mineral

Posted onbySushil Rudra

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  • Introduction
  • Table of Contents:
  • 1. Why and When do We need to get Supplement?
  • 2. Vitamin and Supplements
  • 3.Best Ways to Take Different Vitamins
  • 4. Timing Of Intake Multivitamin
  • 5. When to Take Water-Soluble Vitamins?
  • 6. When to Take Fat-Soluble?
  • 7. When to Take Iron Supplements?
  • 8. Why You Should Take Mineral Supplements?
  • 9. Time to Take Vitamin A
  • 10. Prenatal Vitamin and Morning Sickness
  • 11. Your Prescription and Supplements
  • 12. Your Daily Amounts: Make Routine
  • 13. What’s Inside : Scan It

Need Of Supplement : Best Ways to Take Different Vitamins

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We need food for our health. We spend lots of money to grab food and nutrition. But actually, most of us are not sure what to eat and whatnot. To achieve sound health, we need proteins, vitamins, minerals and other supplements. However, we are ignorant about the actual amounts of these vitamins, and proteins to be taken. Moreover, It depends on the individual requirements of one’s body.

On the other hand, hundreds of supplements available in the market, and it’s hard to believe that not every nutrient in whole foods has been captured in a capsule. That’s why eating a variety of healthy foods is the best way to meet your health needs.

But if you’re low on a certain vitamin or mineral, or just want to cover all bases with a daily multivitamin/mineral, these tips will help you get the most from it.

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Timing of Intake Multivitamin

We are not sure about the exact time to have these vitamins and minerals. Whether it’s to be taken on an empty stomach or with food, it’s a confirmed doubt of the most people. So I will try to remove this doubt here.

You can take your Multivitamins any time you’d like. Your body absorbs some of its vitamins better with food, so you may want to take it with a meal or a snack.

You’ll also avoid the upset stomach that you can get when you take it on an empty stomach. So it’s better to have breakfast and after that, you take the vitamins with water. Or have it with lunch or even dinner.

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When to Take Water-Soluble Vitamins

There is no hard and fast rule to taking water-soluble vitamins. You can start to have these vitamins at any time and for a long time.

I think it has no restrictions for continuation. You might ask me, “why?” Because water dissolves these vitamins, and your body doesn’t store them. Therefore, most of them must be taken every day.

Which Vitamins Should We Take? These are include C and the B’s: thiamin (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), pantothenic acid (B5), pyridoxine (B6), biotin (B7), folic acid (B9), and cobalamin (B12).

You have to take them with or without food, with one exception: You’ll absorb B12 better with a meal. If you also use vitamin C, put 2 hours between them. Vitamin C can keep your body from using B12.

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When to Take Fat-Soluble Vitamins

Now it’s about fat-soluble. How can we get it? And how much?

Vitamins A, D, E, and K need to go with fat from a meal for your body to absorb and use them. But you don’t need a lot of fat — or any saturated fat. The healthy plant-based kind you find in foods like avocado or nuts will do just fine.

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When to Take Iron Supplements

Iron is a great source of blood. Without it, we are to face anaemia. It’s the source of oxygen also. Generally most of young women

suffer from it. So they need lots of iron to resist the anaemic condition. But when do you take it?

You can absorb iron best on an empty stomach. Take it with water or, better yet, a citrus juice: Iron and vitamin C have a tag-team effect. If it makes you queasy, save it for right after a meal. But don’t mix it with calcium or high-calcium foods — these interfere with iron. You won’t take in either one fully.

But men and postmenopausal women should skip supplements with this mineral unless a doctor says otherwise. The average Multivitamin has more than you need.

Why You Take Mineral Supplements

Mineral supplements can improve your general health. But there is some restrictions. You can take it large doses.

Large doses of minerals can compete with each other to be absorbed. But you should not use calcium, zinc, or magnesium supplements at the same time.

Besides, these three minerals are easier on your tummy when you take them with food. Therefore, if your doctor recommends them, have them at different meals or snacks. Don’t take any individual mineral at the same time as an MVM or an antioxidant vitamin formula, like one with beta-carotene and lycopene.

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Time to Take Vitamin A

When could you have Vitamin A? & How much?

If you’re pregnant, doses over 10,000 IU a day can cause birth defects. High levels of both A and the usually safe beta-carotene may raise your chances of having lung cancer if you’re a smoker.

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Prenatal Vitamins and Morning Sickness

We need folic acid other than iron supplements. Especially, the newborn baby needs both folic acid and iron. Even

Extra folic acid and iron are very important for a healthy baby. They can be found in most prenatal vitamins.

But you should be alert that some prenatal vitamins can make nausea worse, mostly because of the iron. If this happens to you, pair your prenatal vitamins with a light snack before you go to bed.

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Supplements and Your Prescriptions

Moreover, there might be some interference between the medication and Vitamin K , Calcium, magnesium and Vitamin E. So take care of it.

Some essential nutrients can interfere with many common medications. If you take a traditional blood thinner like warfarin, just the small amount of vitamin K in an MVM can cut its strength. Taking more than 1,000 mg of vitamin E per day can raise your risk for bleeding.

On the other hand, if you take thyroid medication, taking calcium, magnesium, or iron within 4 hours can cut its strength. Ask your doctor about how best to time it.

Your Daily Amounts?

What should be your daily dose?

Your recommended daily allowance is the daily amount of a nutrient you should get, based on sex and age. DV (daily value) is the percentage of a nutrient that a supplement or food serving adds to the average daily diet for all ages. The upper limit is the most of a nutrient you should get in a day. Side effects from big doses range from tiredness or diarrhoea to kidney stones or organ damage. So be cautious.

What’s Inside : Scan It

We have to learn, research and calculate how many nutrients, calcium, magnesium, folic acid and vitamins and minerals supplements are perfect for yourself? Previously I have been told that it depends on individual requirements.

Hence, there’s no one standard MVM formula. Some have more nutrients than recommended. Others may come up short on some RDAs.

For instance, the amount of calcium you need to meet the RDA is too much to fit into a tablet that you could easily swallow. Scan the full ingredients list so you know exactly what’s in the supplement you’re considering. This will also help you know if you need to time when you take it. So you have to be learnt all these ingredients properly.

Make Personalise Your Own Requirements

How much you need to have nutrients? DRINK WATER WHEN YOUR BODY NEEDS

It’s a great way to select nutrients you need is to shop for formulas geared to your age and sex. For example, many vitamins for seniors have more calcium and vitamins D and B12 than younger people need.

So as you get older, your body doesn’t do as good a job of absorbing B12. Women in particular often need extra calcium and vitamin D after menopause to protect bones.

Which is Best?

Tablets or Gummies?

There is a mix of Opinions about gummy vitamins. One study found that people who take vitamin D in the gummy form get more from it than from a tablet. On the other hand, gummies can have a lot of sugar and calories. And because they taste like candy, it’s easy to go overboard and eat too many. They may even cause cavities. So choose according to your taste.

Look for Quality Checks

Always remember that before purchasing any supplements you should read seriously the ingredients on the box. Whether it’s manufactured by authentic pharmacological company or not. There is no restrictions to manufacture it. So take care of it.

Keep a Supplement Journal

If you keep a log, it can help you time out different supplements and keep track of how much you take every day. You should keep all your medical records in a place that you can use it in need.

I think it would be a good idea for you all. Please inform me your suggestions that I can elaborate it with more resources. Thank you. Good luck

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By kalpataru

I'm Dr. Sushil Rudra, residing in Durgapur City West Bengal, India . Studied in The University of Calcutta and did M.A , Ph.D . Also another M.A from Sridhar University. Taught in College and University ( RTU) . Love to write, traveling, singing Rabindrasangeet and social work. Have some books authored by me. Vivekananda and Rabibdranath both are my favourite subject. I have written more than 150 articles in my wordpress.com blog( kalpataru.home.blog and now I'm writing in my new " http://www.kalpatarurudra.org blog.

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