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If you’ve just started taking vitamins and supplements to improve your overall health, drive weight loss, and boost your energy levels, you may already have compiled a few questions about vitamin intake. Why do some vitamins turn your urine bright yellow? Is it safe to consume vitamins that are past the expiration date? Knowing basic facts about your vitamins and supplements will keep you better informed as to how to maintain good health.
Here are four popular questions most people have about taking vitamins and supplements.
1. Why do some of my vitamins change color over time?
Over time, vitamins can either become darker in color or spotty, especially multivitamins. Those who notice the change in color will often worry about whether or not their vitamins are still effective. In truth, your vitamins will change color as a result of oxidation, which usually occurs when your vitamins are exposed to light. For example, those who keep their vitamins stored in a clear pill organizer may notice prominent color changes if the container is stored on a kitchen window sill.
While color changes don’t necessarily mean your vitamins are no longer effective, it’s important to make sure you follow the directions labeled on the bottle. If the manufacturer recommends storing your pills out of direct sunlight in room temperature, adhere to these instructions to maintain the efficacy of your vitamins.
2. Is it okay to take vitamins and supplements past their expiration dates?
Taking vitamins and supplements past their expiration dates is not dangerous or hazardous to your health, but the vitamins may be significantly less potent. Additionally, manufacturers can only guarantee the quality of their products up to the expiration date. On the other hand, nutritionists and researchers say that some vitamins can last up to 10 years after the expiration date as long as they’re stored properly.
3. Why do some vitamins turn my urine bright yellow?
Those who take B vitamins will notice that their urine becomes bright yellow or orange. This is because your body will only take the amount of vitamin B that’s needed, and excrete the rest. The good news about seeing bright yellow urine is that you’ll know for sure that your body is properly absorbing and processing your vitamin B supplements.
4. What’s the best time of day to take my vitamins and supplements?
Not every vitamin or supplement bottle will instruct you as to what time of day to take your supplements. But when they do, make sure you adhere to the instructions as closely as possible. In most cases, you should take your supplements with food to maximize their benefits. Probiotics and fat-soluble supplements such as vitamins A, D, E, K, and fish oil should all be consumed with food, otherwise, your body may not absorb them properly. Plus, taking vitamins with food will also result in fewer stomachaches.