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Is it Okay to Take Multiple Vitamins Together?

From the Editor's Inbox: Can I Take Multiple Vitamins at Once?

"In the last few months I've accumulated quite the stash of vitamins to take each day. When is the best time to take them? Or can I take them all at once?" — Jessica

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Dear Jessica,

Some vitamins can be taken together and some are best taken throughout the day. For example, a multivitamin and a fish oil supplement are fine to take together. But, if you're taking each of the nutrients (Vit A, B, C, D...) individually, once digested they can fight for absorption and interfere with the nutritional intake. Try staggering them throughout the day with your meals, as taking them on an empty stomach can cause a real upset. There are some vitamins like iron supplements, that can be affected by food and drinks, but these should have clear labelled instructions.

If you're taking a multivitamin, make sure you're not doubling up the dose by taking other vitamin supplements. It is possible to overdose on vitamins and exceeding the recommended requirement can be quite detrimental to your health. If you're unsure of the right dose, speak to your health care provider, naturopath or visit the National Health and Research Council to find out exactly how much you should be taking.

I hope i've helped you Jess! — Steph, POPSUGAR health and beauty journalist

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