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Split Your Multivitamin in Half to Reap the Most Benefits

Fit Tip: How to Squeeze More Out of Your Multivitamin

When it comes to taking a multivitamin on a daily basis, 56 percent of FitSugar readers are believers, while some take them occasionally to help supplement their diet or as a health insurance against colds and other viruses. For those that believe in the power of the vitamin, it is recommended that one should split it in half and take one portion in the morning and the rest in the evening. Doing this, Dr. Roizen of the Cleveland Clinic says, will maximize the benefits:

"You urinate out soluble vitamins in 12 to 16 hours, so this will keep the level in your body steady."

Seems like a pretty logical argument, but it makes me wonder why there's not a product on the market called, "Two-a-Day" so we can avoid that whole messy cutting bit. Will you give this tip a try?

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stephcorinn stephcorinn 5 years
@fauxcats - I've read that all women of child-bearing age should get enough folate because you get the most benefit from it by having taken for a year before you become pregnant. That may be why Dr. Roizen referenced the high number of unplanned pregnancies. If you plan to become pregnant in a year, you can start taking folate now. However, if you accidentally become pregnant and have already been taking folate regularly, then you are already covered.
akseymour akseymour 5 years
I've found a number of multivitamins actually require you to take two pills, so it's easy enough to take one in the morning and one in the evening. The daily multivitamin for women from GNC is one brand that you could use.
sharonvak sharonvak 5 years
I was actually just thinking about doing this. The only thing to beware of, though, is not taking your vitamins too late. They can easily keep you up at night. 4PM seems about right. I'll give it a try!
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