Thursday, January 19, 2012

When To Take Your Multivitamin

Even slight shortfalls of iron can trigger fatigue, but most multivitamins contain an adequate 18mg of iron.

Unfortunately, popular morning beverages can sabotage a multivitamin's effect.

Tannins in coffee and tea bind to iron in the gut, hindering its absorption.

Milk's calcium competes with iron for entry into the bloodstream, blocking iron uptake:  One study found that 4.5oz. of milk reduced iron absorption by up to 60 percent.

For a superior morning chaser, it is suggested to take OJ or cranberry juice.

Both contain vitamin C, which optimizes iron absorption.

But if you favor coffee, tea, milk or calcium - fortified juices, just wait an hour after drinking them to take your multivitamin.