Many people take vitamins believing that they will get the full value of it, when they consume it. However, the amount of nutrients your body gets from a given supplement is based on several factors that affect its absorption rate. In fact, with some vitamins, if you consume them on an empty stomach, you may get 15% of its total value. The rest will go straight through your digestive system and to the toilet. One of the factors that affects the body’s absorption rate is food. Said in simple terms, some vitamins are fat soluble, which means that if you consume it with fat, your body is able to absorb more of it. In this post we take a look at some vitamins which are best taken with food.
1) Vitamin A
Vitamin A is essential for the functioning of our immune system and vision. It is fat soluble, which means that our bodies absorb more of it with the fats that are in the food that we eat. As such, experts recommend that you take it with food. The National Institutes of Health’s Office of Dietary Supplements proclaim that it is the single most common supplement that people take. The amount of vitamins that we need is based on several factors such as our age, weight, sex and daily activities.