Multivitamins: Vitamin D and Omega 3s
- When to take it – Multivitamins are best taken with a meal, for two key reasons: Most multivitamins contain fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K, which require some fats in order to be absorbed. And the vitamins and minerals in a multivitamin can make us nauseated when taken on an empty stomach.
- Vitamin D – A simple blood test can determine our vitamin D status and let us know if we need more. Exposure to sunlight – about 10 to 15 minutes a day – is the most efficient way to get our dose of vitamin D. but those at risk fir vitamin D deficiency (e.g those with limited sun exposure, people living in northern latitudes, and people with darker skin) might consider taking supplemental vitamin D.
- Omega 3 – Research supports the effectiveness of fish oil on reducing triglyceride levels, inflammation, and the risk of age-related macular degeneration. The catch: It’s the DHA and EPA omega 3s in fish oil that are responsible for the bulk of these benefits, and we get very little DHA and EPA from plant-based omega 3s, such as flaxseed and walnuts.