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I was at the health food store perusing the shelves of vitamins when I saw the words "time-released" on a few bottles. What does this mean and should I be taking these instead of regular vitamins?
— At a Loss About Supplements Suzanne
This is a great question, since I'm sure many of you wonder the same thing. According to Women's Health, when you swallow regular vitamins they begin to dissolve instantly. Time-released vitamins dissolve more slowly, so they take longer to enter your bloodstream. There is no evidence that shows slower is better for your body, and since time-released supplements are usually more expensive, they'll just end up costing more without offering any benefits. One advantage is that a slower releasing vitamin may be easier on your belly, if you tend to get an upset stomach from regular vitamins.
Honestly though, if you're eating a balanced diet that includes whole grains, fresh fruits and veggies, and healthy sources of lowfat proteins, there's really no reason to take vitamins at all.