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Old 11-01-2004, 02:21 AM   #1
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Question Question about multivitamins

I have a question about taking vitamins. How come some multivitamins say to take them right after or before you eat, but the chewable ones(Flintstones--that adults and children can take) don't say you have to take them after or before you eat, you can take them anytime. That doesn't make sense becuz they have almost identical ingredients as the ones that say to take them before or after you eat. Is that becuz they're chewable? I read that for some people, taking vitamins on an empty stomach will upset their stomach. But it doesn't say anything about that on the chewable ones.

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Old 12-08-2004, 06:06 PM   #2
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Re: Question about multivitamins

I would take any vitamin on a full stomach to avoid irritation of the tummy lining.

Old 12-09-2004, 06:36 AM   #3
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Re: Question about multivitamins

Primarily taking them with food generally results in less minor side effects such as flushing, nausea, irritation etc.. that may occur in some groups of people. Hence in order to avoid customers having a bad experience with their product / brand, they reccomend taking them with a meal. Even though combining the multivitamin with moderate to large amounts of things like; milk, tea, coffee, tannins, fiber etc .. can & will result in the inhibition of absorption & wasting of many of the ingredients.

Chewables tend to have less overall vitamin content - plus they can be in different elemental forms (calcium carbonate, calcium glucanate, calcium hydrochloride) - both which can reduce stomach discomfort.

Best thing to take a multi with is a glass of water (for the water soluble vitamins) and a small snack of something with a couple grams of fat (to aid the absorption of the fat soluble vitamins).

Old 12-09-2004, 08:49 AM   #4
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Re: Question about multivitamins

Most vitamins need to be taken with food for better absorption.

Chewables have added sweeteners and sometimes other additives such as corn or soy. This may be why they don't specify they should be taken with food. Or it could be that the company simply isn't concerned with absorption.

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