Clinician’s Corner Re-Post: Is There a “Best Way” to Take Vitamins?


Tis the season! I know, I know, holidays are over, but National Folic Acid Awareness Week has started (as of yesterday) January 4 and will continue on until January 11, 2015. Go Folic! Women’s Nutrition Project of SFDPH is thrilled to announce that as part of our folic acid awareness campaign, we are collaborating with many community health clinics in SF, to distribute a promotional bottle of multi-vitamins (with folic acid) for women of reproductive age (13-44 years old)!

To kick today off, we are reprising one of our favorite blogs written by Barbara Kaas, to help remind all of us the best way to take vitamins (it’s easy, but I bet it’s not just me who can make a multi-vitamin work more efficiently in my body).

Go Folic! Be Healthy!

Throughout National Folic Acid Awareness Week (NFAAW), we’ve been encouraging readers to “Go Folic” by taking a daily multi-vitamin with 400-800 mcg of folic acid. So we thought that this would be a great time to re-publish one of our most popular blog posts, “Is There a ‘Best Way’ to Take Vitamins?” by guest blogger and project consultant, Barbara Kass, RNCNP, MSN.


Best way for taking vitamins?Morning or Evening?  With or Without Food? Is there a  “Best Way” to take a vitamin supplement?

If you’re reading this, you already know that taking a daily multivitamin with 400-800 mcg of folic acid is good for your health. But how can you get the most from your supplement? It all has to do with when and how you take it.

On an empty stomach or with food?

Try to take your supplement with a meal. Your body makes better use of vitamins when you already have…

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