When is the Best Time to Take Vitamins?

For the average person, the daily morning routine includes taking a shower, eating breakfast, reading the newspaper or watching the news and taking vitamins.

Taking vitamin supplements each day can do so much to enhance your wellbeing and overall health. As majority of people tend to be deficient of certain food groups in their diet, vitamins were made to ensure that the body is still able to get the essential nutrients it needs. Some people rely on vitamins to help them function effectively throughout the day.

Taking vitamins everyday is already a healthy practice in itself yet more and more people are wondering if there is a right time to take them. Much like breakfast, lunch and dinner, should you schedule your vitamin intake?

Several health experts affirm that vitamins are supposed to be taken at a particular time for better optimization, depending on the vitamin’s specific function.

What to take in the morning
For a boost in energy and alertness, certain vitamins should be ingested at the start of the day. Vitamin B12, vitamin B6 and vitamin C are known to be stimulating, making them ideal for jumpstarting your morning. There is a high possibility that taking them much later in the day, beginning around late afternoon, could keep you on your toes all night. That is really not the effect you’d want to experience, more so if you need a good night’s sleep.

What to take at night
It is highly suggested that calcium and magnesium should be taken at night. Dr. Nicole Sundene, Naturopathic Physician at the Smith Family Chiropractic & Naturopathic Medicine in Arizona said that these minerals “serve as natural muscle relaxants” which will help facilitate a healthy sleep pattern.

Why vitamins should be taken with food

Health supplements taken on an empty stomach is a big no-no. For one, they will easily get flushed out from your system through urine, especially for B-vitamins and vitamin C that are water-soluble.

Furthermore, vitamins must be generally taken with meals that have fat content for high absorption, according to Dr. Andrew Weil, American author and physician. “This is particularly important for the fat-soluble vitamins (A, D and E),” he said. He also warned that vitamins paired with an empty stomach could cause irritations, nausea and heartburn.
In times you’re unsure of a vitamin’s function, read the label carefully. You could also research on your own to find out the best time of day it should be taken.

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2 Comments

  1. Alesha Castillo says:

    I actually asked my doctor about this one and the answer was twice daily in the morning and afternoon. It is best to break up a multi-vitamin/minerals in to more than one dose for absorption. Interestingly enough, I was checking out the Dr. Oz show a few months after and he said to do the same thing. A lot of vitamins out there boast “One-a-day” and Dr. Oz said to put them in water(for 10min) to see if they break down. If they don’t break down in water, they are not likely to break down in your body. The common ground for a multi is to cut in half so they will dissolve and take 10-12 apart for proper absorption.
    Hope this helps!
    Alesha;)

  2. Elvyn says:

    great post! I never thought that there is a best time for taking vitamins and thanks Alesha for the tip! :D

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