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The Best Time To Take Supplements

The Best Time To Take Supplements

It’s probably not a question you’ve ever thought to ask yourself, but certain vitamins do benefit you in different ways depending on when you take them. So. here’s our guide to the best vitamins to take in the morning, afternoon and evening…

 

Best Vitamins to Take In the Morning

Water-soluble vitamins, such as Vitamin C and B Vitamins, are ideal for taking in the morning as they provide a natural energy boost and help fight that early morning grog. They also don’t need to be taken with food, meaning you can pop these in before you even roll out of bed.

Fat-soluble vitamins, such as Vitamin E, are best when taken alongside other healthy fats such as milk in cereal or mixed nuts. You can take fat-soluble vitamins anytime throughout the day, but you do get the most benefit first thing in the morning as they naturally kick-start your circulation.

Co-Q10 vitamins help boost energy and are best taken late morning/early afternoon with a helping of dietary fats. As Co-Q10 can affect sleep, it’s generally best to take them before any signs of fatigue set in.

 

Best Vitamins to Take In the Afternoon 

Zinc is a wonder for the immune system but, as with any vitamin or mineral which helps boost the immune system, it shouldn’t be taken first thing in the morning and should never be consumed on an empty stomach as it can cause nausea.

Vitamin D and Vitamin K are fat-soluble vitamins and promote healthy bones, teeth and muscles. Taking these in the afternoon is ideal as you get the most benefits by supplementing with a meal. It’s also best to not consume them when fatigue sets in, as fat-soluble vitamins may have a negative effect on sleep.

Fish Oils are amazing for good eye and heart health and are only absorbed when taken with a main meal with dietary fats. Ideally, this would be with lunch or dinner rather than breakfast if you’re taking other vitamins and supplements in the morning.

 

Best Vitamins to Take In The Evening 

Calcium and Magnesium are two important minerals which promote healthy muscles, nerves and bones. Taken separately, calcium and magnesium are good, but taken together, they’re magic. Both help promote relaxed muscles and have a naturally calming effect.

Inositol and 5-HTP are two other important supplements when it comes to the sleep struggle. Also known as ‘nature’s sleeping pill’, Inositol helps to promote calmness, relaxation. When combined with 5-HTP, the precursor to tryptophan (which eventually gets converted to serotonin) to encourage a heavy sleep, you’ll be well on your way to a good nights sleep! Check out our best vitamins for sleep.



Charlotte Cliffe

Charlotte Cliffe

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