You want to cover all your nutrition bases, so you decide to take a supplement. After swallowing it, you end up having a coarse vitamin taste. Why?! Whether it’s fish oil or a multivitamin, there are certain vitamins that can cause unpleasant burps, and we asked experts to weigh us in.
What causes vitamin burps?
Taking vitamins on an empty stomach can cause vitamin burps, Rhyan geiger, RDN, explained to POPSUGAR. It’s mainly caused by the capsule dissolving in your stomach instead of further down in your gastrointestinal tract, in the small intestine, she explained.
Are there certain types of vitamins that cause vitamin burps?
Encapsulated fish oils (commonly consumed to increase omega-3 fatty acid intake) may be more likely to cause vitamin burps, said Nicole rodriguez, RDN. Geiger added that the type of capsule could also have an impact on your burp. She explained, “Gelatin capsules may cause more burping and gastrointestinal problems than others. “
How to stop vitamin burps
Vitamins that make you burp could be a sign to switch to another vitamin or brand, Geiger said. But before you throw that bottle away and buy a new one, if you notice burping, try a smaller dose. Or divide the dose so that you take half in the morning and the other half in the evening. Choosing supplements (like fish oil) flavored with lemon or mint can also make burping more tolerable.
Or try taking your vitamins with food. Geiger said having food in the stomach can help reduce the risk of vitamin burps. Rodriguez added that consuming vitamins with a meal containing fat can also help.
Whether you choose a daily multivitamin, fish oil, or any other vitamin deemed necessary after consulting with a dietitian or primary care physician, Geiger and Rodriguez agree: choose premium supplements that have been tested by a third. “Some labels to look for are the NSF and USP labels,” Rodriguez said. If that doesn’t help, you can change.