Five Ways to Make the Most of Your Vitamins

by | Aug 1, 2021 | Medication Adherence Advice & Tools

Sterling has teamed up with Good Neighbor Pharmacy to offer free prenatal, children’s, adult, and mature vitamins. Stop in and pick up a monthly punch card at the pharmacy today to receive your first 30-day supply. Then, check out the information below to make the most of your vitamins:

Take Your Multivitamin with Food

It’s best to take your multivitamin with a meal or snack. Vitamins A, D, E, and K are fat-soluble, so your body can only absorb them when you digest them with fat.

Only Buy Vitamins Approved by the U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP)

Vitamins and supplements aren’t regulated by the FDA, which means many don’t actually contain the ingredients or doses that the manufacturers print on the label. Be sure to only buy supplements with the USP seal printed on the packaging.

Pay Attention to Dosage

Some vitamins may cause harm in large doses. Always read the label, which gives the recommended dietary allowance.

Change Up Your Vitamin Routine as You Age

Our bodies change as we age, which means our nutrient needs change, too. Adults 50 years and older need different vitamins than young adults. Make sure you are adjusting your vitamins accordingly.

Always Tell Your Doctor & Pharmacist Which Vitamins You’re Taking

If you’re taking any prescription medications, it’s important to talk to your pharmacist before buying over-the-counter supplements. Your pharmacist can review your medications and tell you if there are any medication interactions.

Sources: Good Neighbor Pharmacy and Cleveland Clinic