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When is the Best Time to Take Supplements and Vitamins?

by Health News

A common question among those taking natural supplements on a daily basis is "When is the best time to take them?" If you are taking prescribed medications, it is a good idea to consult your doctor as occasionally a supplement may affect the efficacy of your medication if taken at the same time.

 

Here are helpful guidelines about taking vitamins and supplements:

 

Taking Vitamins at the Same Time Each Day

Many fat-soluble vitamins are stored in the body for up to 24 hours making it important that you take supplements at roughly the same time each day to maintain a constant supply. This particularly applies to fat-soluble vitamins such as A, D, E and K which are often included in multivitamin tablets.

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Taking Vitamins on an Empty Stomach

Generally it is not advisable to take supplements on an empty stomach as they will quickly be passed out in your urine without having time to be digested and do the most good. This is particularly true of vitamins B and C as they dissolve in water.

 

Taking supplements on an empty stomach can cause nausea and gastro-intestinal problems for some. The exception to the rule is if you are taking enzymes or amino acid supplements to lower inflammation as they work best on an empty stomach.

 

Taking Vitamins with Breakfast

Most people establish a regular regimen of taking their daily supplements with breakfast. It is a good habit to get into as it avoids them being forgotten and the food prevents them passing through the body too quickly.

 

Most naturally-sourced vitamins and minerals are present in food so it makes sense to take any additional supplements in the same way, as part of a meal. B vitamins are a source of energy and they promote metabolism so they are best taken early in the day to boost and maintain energy levels.

 

Fat-soluble vitamins are best taken with a meal that contains some fat. If your breakfast is totally fat-free, for example fruit, add a handful of nuts or some avocado to enable the vitamins to be fully dissolved and available to be digested.

 

Taking Supplements Throughout the Day

Some hard-to-digest minerals such as calcium are best taken in small but regular amounts

throughout the day. The body is unable to digest more than 500mg of calcium at any one time, so for those taking 1000mg in two tablets, consider taking one at breakfast and another with the evening meal for maximum benefit.

 

Magnesium promotes the relaxation of muscles, so it is better to take it in the evening when it can aid a good night's sleep.

 

Iron tablets are best taken separately as caffeine and tannins can affect its absorption. However, citrus fruits are particularly good for aiding iron absorption, so consider taking them with a glass of orange juice rather than water.

 

Take Supplements When it Suits You Best

The most important part of taking vitamins and supplements is taking them at all. Find a time when you will remember to take them, and if you find they are causing indigestion or nausea then try switching to other mealtimes to see if the problem improves.

Do you take your supplements and vitamins at a certain time of day?

 

Read other blog posts on this topic:
10 Best Natural Vitamin Supplements
Mineral Supplements – Are You Getting Enough?
Which Supplements are Best for Me?
The Importance of Reading Vitamin, Mineral and Supplement Labels
Is It OK to take Medicines and Vitamins Together?

 

Comments for When is the Best Time to Take Supplements and Vitamins?


Name: Don Guely
Time: Thursday, September 22, 2011

Is it OK to take vitamins and supplements after taking psyllium fiber supplement in powder form mixed with water or milk, or will it mix in with the fiber and not absorb properly?

Name: IVL Products
Time: Friday, September 23, 2011

Hello Don - Thank you for your question. Our suggestion would to either take the supplements half an hour before the psyllium or 2 hours after. The psyllium has potential to have a laxative effect and if taken together that could cause the vitamin supplement to just be flushed right out and not absorbed.

Name: al fabris
Time: Thursday, October 13, 2011

I taking Warfarin, 10mg daily. I want to add Krill oil to my list of supplements. it this okay to do.

Name: IVL Products
Time: Monday, October 31, 2011

Fabris, thank you for your comment. However we cannot answer that question for you, our recommendation is that you consult with your doctor.

Name: terry jackson
Time: Saturday, February 23, 2013

i take fish oil for my cholestrol=3 2000mg a day and zinc for my health,plus magnesium(only at bedtime) plus atorvastin calcium for late night 20mg,am i doing any good.i also take insulin 4 times a day,am a diabetic

Name: Don
Time: Sunday, February 24, 2013

I am taking All Day Energy Greens. Is it ok to mix it in with a psyllium fiber powder supplement, or should it be taken separately with water or juice?

Name: Charles Clemens
Time: Wednesday, February 27, 2013

How do fiber supplements affect pain killers? Should they be taken at the same time?

Name: nicky
Time: Wednesday, May 15, 2013

I am taking vitamin b time realease, c 1000 mg one capsule and hylauronic acid 2 capsules also efa omega fish oil one capsule but taking all theese before bed on empty stomache. I need to know how I should take them and times during day and what is best taken before bed. Suffering tiredness most of day

Name: nicky
Time: Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Currently I am taking efa omega fish oil, I have bought hemp seed oil capsules which ive read is brilliant supplement
Is hemp seed oil more beneficial? If so how and when should be taken during day/ evening please?

Name: Andrea Gamble
Time: Sunday, July 14, 2013

Why doesn't Alleviate have glucosamine and cronditin(sorry about the spelling)in it.

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