If you want to start a health kick to improve your day-to-day life then vitamins are a good place to start. The sheer number of vitamins available means that it can be a bit overwhelming and you may be left wondering: what vitamins can I take together?
Some vitamins are actually better absorbed when taken together with a different vitamin. Below we have curated a list to inform you of the best vitamin pairings to help improve your health.
Iron and vitamin C
Iron is a very common supplement to take, especially if you are female or a vegetarian. This is because as a woman your body’s natural iron stores will be depleted once a month, whereas if you are vegetarian your food sources may be significantly lower in iron due to the lack of meat.
Being deficient in iron means that you run the risk of becoming anemic, which can lead to further health complications.
Vitamin C, on the other hand, is a fairly common vitamin in most people’s diets. However, it has the added bonus of increasing the absorbency of iron! This means that if you know your diet is lacking in iron, adding a vitamin C supplement, or even in the form of eating citrus fruit, means that your body will be able to accept the added iron that you are giving it.
Vitamin B12 and folate
Vitamin B12 is actually another staple vitamin that is lacking in the diet of most vegetarians and vegans as it is almost solely and completely found in animals. This means that it is very common for vegetarians and vegans to supplement this vitamin. Folate itself is actually a B vitamin that can be easily found in leafy greens and so is much easier to come by!
When taken together, these two B vitamins help to replicate your cells and also help with cell division. By taking folate together with B12 it helps the B12 to be absorbed by the body, which otherwise can simply be passed without giving your body any extra benefit.
Magnesium and riboflavin
Riboflavin, also known as vitamin B2 is commonly found in dairy products as well as eggs and green vegetables. It helps to convert food into energy, so if you are feeling particularly sluggish then this can help. Similarly, magnesium can help to relieve you of tiredness by helping to regulate your blood pressure and boost your immune system.
Doctors still do not know the exact reason why, but the combination of these two vitamins is often used as a treatment for migraines. In recent studies, they have been shown to reduce the number of migraine attacks in sufferers by up to half when taken regularly together in large doses. If you feel this combination may work for you let your doctor know.
Of course, there are many other pairings of vitamins that are good for your body, but there are also combinations to avoid. Some of these include iron and calcium, zinc and copper, and vitamins E and K.