It can sometimes be difficult for us to get all of the nutrients we need just from the food we eat! A multivitamin/mineral supplement is a great option for those who don’t get enough vitamins from foods alone, have a poor appetite, or avoid certain foods (like vegetarians or vegans). Probiotics and omega-3s are two additional supplements that are commonly recommended along with a multivitamin.
You can take your multivitamin with breakfast—this is often the most convenient time to remember to take your vitamins, since many consume our morning meal in our homes! If you are taking a calcium supplement, do not take along with your multivitamin if your multi contains iron. Calcium interferes with iron’s absorption. Consider taking your multi with breakfast, and take calcium with other meals throughout the day, such as lunch or dinner.
Probiotics are measured in CFUs (colony forming units). Try to find a probiotic that has between 3–50 billion CFUs. If you are older, stressed or have a compromised immune system, aim for the higher end of CFUs. Look for a nice mix of Lactobacilli and Bifidobacteria. The best time to take your probiotic is in the morning with breakfast.
You can take your omega-3 supplement any time of the day, but taking it at night time before bed allows you to avoid the common side effect of fishy-tasting burps or breath. Another tip to avoid this is to freeze your omega-3 pills and take them frozen. Selecting omega-3 supplements with a flavored coating also helps!
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. They are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Please consult with your physician or other healthcare professional for personalized care.
About Emily Weeks
Emily Weeks is a registered dietitian/nutritionist from Dallas, Texas. Emily believes that the secret to a nourished, happy life is to develop a healthy relationship with food, our minds and our bodies. She instills this intuitive eating philosophy in the kitchen, working one-on-one with clients, and on her food and wellness blog, Zen & Spice. Her blog features delicious, easy recipes and simple strategies to learn how to become comfortable in the kitchen and embrace mindfulness. She has been featured on Cosmopolitan, Buzzfeed and Everyday Health, and recently won the Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 2016 Media Award.