By Cathy Burkemper

Q: After taking my multi-vitamin, my urine is bright yellow. Is this normal, or am I just taking cheap vitamins that are doing me no good?
A: Quite the opposite. Whenever your urine is bright yellow in color after taking a multi-vitamin or a B-Complex, it simply means that you are absorbing your vitamins and that you are taking a high amount of B-2, which is riboflavin. B vitamins are water soluble, so when there is an excess amount, it will spill over into your urine. This is not dangerous, nor does it mean you are “wasting” your vitamins. It simply means they are being properly absorbed. Also, keep in mind, that vitamins that have small amounts of B-2 in them will not turn your urine bright yellow. I like a multi that contains at least 50 mg. of each of the B’s as this vitamin is depleted quicker than the others.
Q: I seem to have heartburn frequently. Is there any harm to taking antacids on a regular basis?
A: Long term use of antacids and heartburn medications may increase your risk of bone fractures, particularly your hips. They may reduce the amount of calcium that your body absorbs which results in weaker bones. You may want to think about increasing your calcium intake, especially if you are going to continue with the antacids. You may want to try drinking a full glass of water at the first sign of heartburn to help relieve the symptoms. Chewing on papaya tablets are also an excellent choice. Fennel and ginger are also good choices to help in your digestion and to stop heartburn.

This herb information is for health education purposes only. It is not intended to replace the services of licensed health practitioners. Consult with a physician for any condition that requires professional care.

Do you have questions about herbs or vitamins? Send them to Cathy Burkemper, CNHP and Certified Herbalist. Write to: Herbs & More, 16021 Manchester Rd., Ellisville, MO 63011.