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14 Simple Ways to Make Your Vitamins More Effective

Reader's Digest Logo By Denise Mann, MS of Reader's Digest | Slide 1 of 14: <p>There are some <a href="https://www.rd.com/health/wellness/vitamin-manufacturers-secrets/1">secrets vitamin manufacturers don't want you to know</a>, but it's no secret that you should always take your vitamins at mealtimes. 'When you consume foods, it initiates a cascade of digestive processes that help absorb the nutrients from food, and this will also optimize the absorption of the vitamins and minerals,' explains <a href="https://www.crnusa.org/duffy-mackay-nd">Douglas 'Duffy' MacKay, ND</a>, senior vice president and scientific and regulatory affairs for the Council for Responsible Nutrition in Washington, DC. There's another reason too. 'Taking vitamins and minerals with food helps to prevent nausea which some people may experience from supplements.' Of course, there are exceptions to every rule—and in this case, it's iron. Take it in the AM on an empty stomach for better absorption, advises Los Angeles sleep expert <a href="http://www.thesleepdoctor.com/">Michael J. Breus, PhD</a>., author of several books on sleep and optimum scheduling, including <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Power-When-Discover-Chronotype-Lunch/dp/0316391263/?tag=reader0b-20">The Power of When</a>.</p>

Take them with food

If you're going to make the effort to take vitamins, minerals, and other supplements daily to improve your health and nutrition, you owe it to yourself to use these simple strategies to make them as effective as possible.

There are some secrets vitamin manufacturers don't want you to know, but it's no secret that you should always take your vitamins at mealtimes. 'When you consume foods, it initiates a cascade of digestive processes that help absorb the nutrients from food, and this will also optimize the absorption of the vitamins and minerals,' explains Douglas 'Duffy' MacKay, ND, senior vice president and scientific and regulatory affairs for the Council for Responsible Nutrition in Washington, DC. There's another reason too. 'Taking vitamins and minerals with food helps to prevent nausea which some people may experience from supplements.' Of course, there are exceptions to every rule—and in this case, it's iron. Take it in the AM on an empty stomach for better absorption, advises Los Angeles sleep expert Michael J. Breus, PhD., author of several books on sleep and optimum scheduling, including The Power of When.

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