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Instructions on how to take vitamins correctly and whether to take at all


The main safety issue when cutting vitamin is the problem of using a knife to grind bulky pills. You can cut vitamins to make them easier to swallow if your instructions or your doctor does not specifically say that they are whole. Just cut them in half and never forget to cut two types of vitamins: a delay time and an enteric coating.

Vitamins for cutting

Manufacturers of many major wine brands say you can safely cut your products in half. Dr. Michael Royzen at the Cleveland Clinic suggests that for most people, taking half a multivitamin twice a day, which means cutting it in half.

Softgel capsules with liquid vitamins in the center can be cut in half to release fluid. Just make sure that the spoon or cup is ready to catch all the liquid so that you don't lose any of the nutrients. You can also cut dissolving vitamins as long as you hold all the parts in your mouth long enough to completely disintegrate.

Vitamins for making whole

Temporary and enteric vitamins should never be cut. If you reduce the time-delayed vitamin, rather than swallowing the entire pill, you will no longer benefit from the gradual release of nutrients. You will also lose the advantage of enteric coating if you reduce these vitamins.

The enteric coating allows the vitamin to pass through your stomach without dissolving their acid in the stomach. The coating prevents indigestion, but also protects vulnerable nutrients and safely delivers them to the small intestine, where they are absorbed into the bloodstream.

Additional forms of vitamins

If you find it difficult to swallow vitamin pills, you have several options in addition to cutting them in half. One quick solution may be to switch to capsules or capsules, because they are easier to swallow.

Despite the fact that it will not taste good, you can safely chew vitamin tablets or crush the tablet and mix it with food. Alternatively, many chewable adult vitamins are on the market, or you can go with vitamin powders and liquid vitamins.

If you buy chewable vitamins, be sure to check the label for sugar content. Some chewing machines, such as sheets, have 3 grams of sugar per dose, equivalent to 3/4 teaspoon of granulated sugar.

Vitamin Cutting Tips

Many large vitamin pills are graded indented, which marks the center of the pill and facilitates half-cutting. The safest and most accurate way to cut pills, especially if they are curved and hard to hold, is the splitter. Otherwise, use a sharp knife and one quick, smooth motion to try to cut the tablet into equal halves.

If you are taking vitamins to treat your health condition, getting the exact amount of nutrients in each dose can be important, so talk to your doctor before cutting, crushing, or chewing a tablet. When the tablets are cut out, they end up in pieces of different sizes with different amounts of nutrients. You will also lose some of the nutrients, as part of the pill will be sprayed during cutting.

Do sports, fitness - you need:

- Vitamin C to maintain the immune system, which is seriously strained by serious training.
- Vitamin D - so that the ligaments and joints work better when energized.
- B12 - has an anabolic effect, restores muscles.

Where to looking for:
B12 - any liver, C - kiwi, cabbage, citrus. D - fish, nuts.

How many times a year do you need to drink vitamins

From 1 to 3 times a year, it is recommended that everyone take multivitamin complexes containing vital vitamins. For prophylactic purposes, such drugs are prescribed in courses of 1-2 months. The dosage of vitamins should not exceed the daily requirement. If the analysis showed that the body needs trace elements, then you need to choose the appropriate vitamin complex with minerals. The courses for taking vitamin-mineral tablets are the same: from 1 to 2 months 1-3 times a year. For better absorption of trace elements, it is desirable to use modern preparations in which the minerals are spaced into different tablets, taking into account positive and negative interactions.
In those periods when the body "rests" from multivitamins, it is advisable to take ascorbic acid in a dose of 50–75 mg per day. Vitamin C is rapidly destroyed during storage and cooking. Therefore, it is missing a lot. According to statistics, about 70% of Russian residents experience chronic vitamin C deficiency. Pharmaceutical preparations of vitamin C can be replaced with rosehip infusion.

How to take vitamins

It is best to take vitamins in the morning after a meal. In no case should you eat them on an empty stomach. If vitamins are in capsules, then you can drink them only with water, you can not drink milk, soda, juices and coffee. They can interfere with the absorption of nutrients. Do not take vitamins during a course of antibiotic treatment. Very carefully it is worth treating them during treatment with any medications. Be sure to consult a doctor about the compatibility of these drugs. You need to take vitamins in strict accordance with the instructions. Especially carefully they should be taken to people who have a food allergy. If the packaging does not say "chewable", then the tablet or capsule must be swallowed whole without biting or chewing. Otherwise, part of the vitamins can be destroyed in the mouth and stomach.

1. Evaluate if you are at risk

If you are lucky every day to get enough sleep, eat variously only the freshest and highest-quality foods, just stay in the fresh air and the sun, you shine with happiness and health, then drive in the neck those like me who recommend you to change something in your life .

But it’s more likely that you are not one of those. Most people today are still not able to pay enough attention to their diet.

Perhaps you want to lose weight. No matter how much you say about a balanced diet, you will avoid fats and bread if you fit into smaller jeans. Students during the session, or those who travel to work to the other end of the city for two hours one way, are not at all up to the quality of the products: they grabbed something on the go and order. But the load on the body with such a life is huge.

2. Determine what you are really missing

If you decide to independently determine what vitamins and minerals you are missing, you will have to study the issue thoroughly. The common belief is that vitamin A is needed for good vision, ascorbic acid will save you from colds, and calcium will provide strong bones and teeth, very superficially.

You can figure out a question in one of two ways:

  1. Examine the symptoms of a lack of vitamins and minerals in the body. So you get a more accurate idea of ​​your condition.
  2. Handing over the analysis - this way is easier and faster.
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3. Analyze your diet

Do not simultaneously lean on foods rich in essential substances, and take drugs. For example, 100 grams of hard cheese already contains half the daily intake of calcium. Beef liver covers the recommended daily intake of vitamin A with 30 grams. 200 grams of broccoli contains 2-3 times the daily intake of vitamin C. But to get the daily intake of vitamin B6, you have to eat about 200 grams of walnuts (more than 1,300 kcal) or 400 grams of millet (more than 1,500 kcal) or chicken (more than 800 kcal).

4. Understand a bit of biochemistry

It should be noted that vitamins are fat soluble and water soluble. The former include A, D, E and K, while the latter are the rest. It is also important to understand that trace elements are absorbed from salts. As a rule, the method of administration indicated in the instructions for the drug (on an empty stomach, during or after meals, washed down with water), just provides an effective assimilation. In the case of products, this works when you add sour cream to a carrot: without fats, vitamin A will pass by you.

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Vitamins are needed for the absorption of some trace elements: for calcium - D, for iron - C, for magnesium - B6, and so on. Therefore, if you eat a lot of cottage cheese, but you still don't have enough calcium, you may not have enough vitamin D.

However, it is important to consider that, for example, vitamins A, D, E, B12 may accumulate in the body. This means that you can not overdo it with them. At the same time, high dosages of substances that do not accumulate in the body are not so dangerous. Therefore, do not be scared if the drug contains 200-300% of the recommended norm. Some manufacturers thus compensate for poor absorption of substances.

But lean on trace elements with caution. Excessive use of one of them can lead to a decrease in the absorption of the other. For example, calcium reduces the absorption of magnesium and iron, and zinc - calcium.

5. Do not save on your health

At some point, a “good” person published on the Web a list of cheap analogues of popular drugs. This list has become mega-popular among the masses, and consumers have decided that now the "evil" corporations can not be deceived. But do not rush to conclusions.

There is a much deeper level in chemistry than the trade name of a substance. If the same word is indicated in the composition of the drug, this does not mean that the substances are identical. The method of production, the feedstock, the purity matters - these data are not on the packaging.

In the case of preparations containing the entire spectrum of vitamins and minerals, price can play a decisive role. You have probably heard that some vitamins and minerals are not absorbed when taken at the same time. Manufacturers solved this problem by creating tablets in which the components are arranged in layers (try cutting the tablet). This naturally complicates the production process and increases the cost of the final product. Not the fact that the price of a cheap analogue has not been reduced due to the simplification of production.

You may well try to add a couple of drugs to your diet if you feel that you are missing something and evaluate the effect yourself. However, do not treat them like sweets, as was customary in the Soviet Union with yellow balls or ascorbic acid.