Vitamin and Mineral Supplement Basics
A,D,E and K Fat Soluble VitaminsA, D, E and K are fat soluble vitamins. This means that these vitamins dissolve in dietary fat, and since we malabsorb most of our fat, we also malabsorb most of the nutrients from these vitamins.
Wet vs Dry VitaminsWet vitamin is an oil filled soft-gel form of the vitamin.
Dry vitamin refers to a powdered form of the vitamin and can be called dry, allergy, miscible or water-miscible.
Since wet vitamins are delivered in an oil based solution we malabsorb them. This is why we need to take "dry" forms of A, D, E and K vitamins.
Understanding Vitamin and Mineral Supplement LabelsVitamin and mineral supplement basics continues with a lesson on how to read vitamin labels. You have to read the fine print; the labels on these bottles can be very deceiving. Pay particular attention to the dosages. What it says in big print on the label may not be per tablet, you may need anywhere from 2-6 tablets to obtain that amount.
It is very important to understand the mineral potency of your supplements. We will use calcium as an example. Elemental calcium is the amount of calcium that is actually is in the supplement from the source. (The same is true for all other minerals.)
Example A: Elemental Calcium: 315mg
Example B: Calcium (Citrate): 500mg
Example C: Calcium Citrate: 500mg
Scientific Units of MeasureThere are different scientific units for of measuring the amounts of vitamins and minerals in each soft gel or tablet. An international unit (i.u.) is the global standard for measuring fat-soluble vitamins (vitamins A, D, E and K). Water-soluble vitamins and minerals measured in milligrams (mg) and micrograms (mcg); one milligram (1/1000 of a gram) is equal to 1000 micrograms.
How to Organize Your Daily SupplementsSome vitamin and mineral supplements have the potential to interact with prescription and over the counter medications. Be sure and check with your doctor. Check with your surgeon for their recommended post-op vitamin and mineral supplementation.
According to Michelle at Vitalady.com these are the simple DOs and DON'Ts everyone agrees with:
Do take your iron with vitamin C
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