I- like probably many others here- take vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidant supplements, and I was reading about benefits. I now have a few questions, stemming from online discussions in other places; The following three questions are the results of things I read on nutrition-based forums:
- I heard that if you drink coffee, then take a multivitamin (or other supplements) immediately before or after your coffee, that your body will actually dump out all of the vitamins in your urine, and will not absorb any benefit from it. Is there any truth to this?
- I read online- in less than pleasant language, and described with great detail- that a sanitation worker who cleans out portable toilets has discovered what basically amounts to hundreds of undigested vitamin tablets and capsules while in the course of his work. Is this possible? The rumor was that it is common knowledge among sanitation workers that vitamins end up in the toilets. Do vitamins pass through the digestive tract intact? Or is this just baseless rumor? Or perhaps only certain types of vitamins?
- Are there any specific times of day a vitamin / mineral supplement should be taken for maximum effect and absorption?