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Health Tip of the Day - 5 Important Things to Know about Vitamins

Once upon a time, the only source of vitamins was from food. Now shelves are filled with all kinds of vitamin supplements, with choices ranging from pills and chewables, to gummies and liquids. While the goal of taking vitamin supplements is to promote health, what you don't know can have the opposite effect. 

  1. You can take too much: Taking high doses of individual vitamins changes how the body uses it, and can promote negative side effects impacting multiple body organs, as well as interfere with the absorption of other nutrients.
  2. Water soluble and fat soluble vitamins act differently in the body: All vitamins are not the same, and have a different chemical composition that impacts how the body digests and stores them.
  3. Everyone doesn't need a daily multi-vitamin:  Vitamin requirements can change with age and dietary status, so be mindful of your overall health status when thinking about adding a multi-vitamin. Ask your doctor for advice.
  4. Vitamin supplements do not replace food: Food is always the number one place to get your vitamins. And a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains covers the whole spectrum of vitamins. 
  5. Medications can change your vitamin requirements: Medications can impact certian vitamin needs over time. Whether additional supplements are needed (or need to be limited) vary with medication class. Talk to your doctor for any adjustment in your diet and multi-vitamin intake. 

To learn more about how to get the most out of your vitamins, click here.

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