What Types of Vitamins Should You Take?
Before taking vitamin supplements, it may be important for you to understand the various kinds of vitamins. As always, it is important to check with your healthcare professional regarding which supplements are right for you.
Vitamins are broken down into two groups: water-soluble (B-complex vitamins and C vitamins), and fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, and K).i The difference between these two groups is that fat-soluble vitamins dissolve in fat before being absorbed in the bloodstreamii, while water-soluble vitamins dissolve in water and are not stored in the body—they are usually eliminated in the urine.iii Since water-soluble vitamins aren't stored in the body, you may need them more often.
Your environment and diet can also heavily affect the types of vitamins you need to supplement with. The type of vitamin you take can vary depending on what you eat, where you live, and your individual circumstances.
For instance, if you live in a seasonal climate where the sun is out less often during the winter months, then you might consider taking a vitamin D supplement as a way to get those nutrients.iv
If you follow a no meat or no dairy diet, then you can consider taking a vitamin A supplement, as vitamin A comes mainly from animal products such as eggs, meat, cheese, and fish.v These are just two examples of how your diet or environment can affect your vitamin needs, but it's a good idea to talk to your doctor to see how you can better incorporate essential vitamins and minerals into your individual diet.
How Do You Take Vitamins?
Vitamin and mineral supplements are available in all different forms, from capsules and tablets, to chewables and gummies. No matter what form the vitamin comes in, it’s important to read the label instructions to understand the best way to take the supplement. For example, Centrum MultiGummies come in a gummy vitamin form that can be conveniently taken without water, and its suggested use for adults is to take two gummies daily.vi
Always make sure you read the warning labels as well, as this information can help guide the conversation with your health care professional.
What is the Best Time to Take Vitamins?
Not only is it important to know how to take vitamins, but knowing when to take them also makes a difference. Many people prefer taking vitamins first thing in the morning, before eating breakfast and getting started with their day. Others may prefer a different time of day. Consider creating a daily schedule that works best with your lifestyle such that you remember to take your supplement daily and with food to prevent any potential discomfort.
Do you typically coordinate taking your vitamins with your workout? Some suggest that the best time to take vitamins is after a workout, not before, as the vitamins may move around in your stomach and cause gastric acid production.vii
No matter what types of vitamins or dietary supplements you choose to take, it’s important to consider how and when you’re taking them. Ready to get started? Find the right vitamin for you using our product recommendation tool. For additional resources, check out the Learning Center with more articles on vitamins & minerals.