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Vitamins – Take With or Without Food?

Vitamins – Take With or Without Food?

Some vitamins work better when taken on an empty stomach and others are best taken with food. Why? Some vitamins are fat soluble and others are water soluble.

The fat soluble vitamins should be taken with your heaviest meal of the day since it normally contains the most dietary fat. These vitamins rely on bile for absorption. Bile breaks down the vitamins where the nutrients can be absorbed through the small intestine and the lymph vessels. Any unused nutrients are then stored in the liver and fat tissue for use at a later time.

Common Fat Soluble Vitamins:


Water soluble vitamins, on the other hand, dissolve in water when they are taken. The nutrients are travel from the liquid into the bloodstream easily and any unused nutrients are filtered by the kidneys and excreted in the urine. Unlike fat soluble vitamins, the body cannot store any of these nutrients for use later so it’s important to take the proper amounts of these daily.

Common Water Soluble Vitamins:


Because too much or too little vitamins can be harmful to the body, it’s important to know what your current nutrient levels are in order to determine the dosing that your body needs. This can be determined with simple blood test for nutrient levels.

Since nutritional balance plays a key role in optimal wellness, chronic disease prevention and managing the aging process, it’s important to know your levels and take your vitamins for maximum effectiveness.


References: Life Extension July/Aug 2015