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Wellness Tip

Taking Vitamin D? Eat Some Fat

by Berkeley Wellness  

If you take a vitamin D supplement, consume it with a meal that contains some fat. In a study published in February 2015 in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, people over 50 who took the vitamin right after a fat-containing breakfast ended up with blood levels of D that were about one-third higher than those of their counterparts who ate a nonfat breakfast.

A previous study from the same Tufts University researchers found that the vitamin was better absorbed when taken with food than when fasting. These results are not surprising since D is a fat-soluble vitamin (as are vitamins A, E, and K), but this is one of the few studies to test this in humans.