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Author Topic: The best way to take multi vitamins.  (Read 8747 times)

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Offline jupiter

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The best way to take multi vitamins.
« on: June 29, 2006, 09:58:22 PM »
Hi All,
can anyone tell me the best way to take a multivitamin to give it maximum benefit. , I mean with food, before food??
and how long after that can coffee be consumed?

Offline allopathicholistic

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Re: The best way to take multi vitamins.
« Reply #1 on: June 29, 2006, 11:29:15 PM »
some peopl e like vitamins with yogurt or something else that's 'live' such as fruit to 'activate' the vitamin. i'm guessin g your own stomach's hydrochloric acid will do just as fine. dont know about the coffee thing. i can't take coffee- too dehydrating to my body....... and dehydration w/ HIV is something i won't play around with- but that's just moi

Offline JohnOso

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Re: The best way to take multi vitamins.
« Reply #2 on: June 30, 2006, 11:39:46 AM »
For some reason multivits always play havoc with my stomach, causing a dull sense of nausea if I pop them on an empty stomach.  So for this reason alone I take them with something (ANYTHING...)

This is just me talking here, but I would think the fat-soluble ones might be better absorbed with food (that has fat in it).  Perhaps both of these reasons are why the label usually says to take around meal times.


Offline JohnOso

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Re: The best way to take multi vitamins.
« Reply #3 on: June 30, 2006, 11:43:02 AM »
And I agree with AH...dehydration is bad.  I gave up coffee about 6 months ago (brutal too...), plus all sodas.  I just drink water now, with the occasional rooibos tea.


Offline jupiter

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Re: The best way to take multi vitamins.
« Reply #4 on: June 30, 2006, 06:37:53 PM »
Thanks for the replies!
Re coffee, I did one of those body detox things a while ago and quitting coffee was priety easy. I used to drink maybe about 8 cups a day for a while now i have cut down to two at the most. Lots of peppermint tea and water now. Im feeling better since quitting the coffee.

I did have some mild nausea yeaterday as i have strated taking the multivitamins so ill see how i go today.

Offline J.R.E.

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Re: The best way to take multi vitamins.
« Reply #5 on: July 01, 2006, 08:31:21 AM »

I always take my vitamins and supplements with plenty of food and water, and about 5 hours after taking my meds.

 There are directions listed on the vitamins. mine says with food !!

« Last Edit: July 01, 2006, 08:33:29 AM by J.R.E. »
Current Meds ; Viramune, Epzicom, 20mg of Atorvastatin, 25 mg of Hydrochlorothiazide.
Amlodipine Besolate 5mg-- Updated 9/24/2017

Diagnosed positive in 1985,.. In October of 2003, My t-cell count was 16, Viral load was over 500,000, Percentage at that time was 5%. I started on  HAART on October 24th, 2003.

 As of 9/18/2017,  Viral load remains <40
CD 4 @358 /  CD4 % @ 13

 65 years young.

Offline gord

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Re: The best way to take multi vitamins.
« Reply #6 on: July 01, 2006, 10:36:26 AM »
Hello All,

My name is Gord. I'm poz and very interested in nutrition and health.
In answer the supplement vitamin question:

I take my vitamins at least one hour before or after my medication with food.

Some vitamins and minerals dissolve in water and others in oil.  I make a shake with a little oil (or healthy fat) in it to take my vitamins.   
Here in Canada I use "Udo's 3.6.9. oil blend, certified organic, buy it at most health food store store.  (I am not connected in any way  with this product other than being a consumer).   There are lots of oil blends on the market just check for one with the right blend.  In your area there are no doubt similar products. 


Be careful the refrigerated shelve life of these products is 8 weeks so check the best before dates-  start first with a small bottle-  makes great salad dressing. 

One other piece of advice, be sure to eat foods rich in Folic acid as studies show low levels of folic acid in poz population. 

Happy Canada Day to my fellow Canucks!



Offline Steven

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Re: The best way to take multi vitamins.
« Reply #7 on: July 02, 2006, 08:52:07 AM »
There are so many different ways to take them.  Today vitamins / supplements are so varied some are time released so that they do not release all at once but over the course of several hours, others release their "energy" all at once. 

As for me, I just put all of them in my mouth at once and wash them down with a full glass of water.  Same way with my meds. 

If you have a "weak" stomach then taking them with food is a good idea so they do not irritate your system.  Otherwise you can take most vitamins / supplements without food unless the directions specify otherwise.
As always you should follow the directions given on the labels, they are there for a reason.

Offline clarke

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Re: The best way to take multi vitamins.
« Reply #8 on: July 10, 2006, 12:31:57 PM »
Btw, if you are taking antibiotics, you need to read the fine print to make sure if taking multivitamins will interfere with the antibiotic.


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