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Is There A Best Time To Take Supplements?

Have you ever wondered when is the best time to take supplements? Can I take a multivitamin at night? Should I take my vitamins in the morning? Do you know if you should take your collagen in the morning, zinc in the evening, and Vitamin C before you go to bed? It’s a question we get asked a lot. So is there a best time to take vitamins?

Although there is no WRONG time to take vitamins in terms of impacting your health. BUT certain vitamins do benefit you in different ways depending on when you take them. So here is a guide to the best time to take supplements.

 

Best Vitamins To Take In the Morning

Water Soluble Vitamins

The best vitamins to take in the morning are water-soluble vitamins, such as vitamin C and B vitamins. This is because 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

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. Vitamin E, for example, is best when taken alongside other healthy fats such as milk in cereal or mixed nuts.

Co-Q10 Supplements

Co-Q10 helps 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.

The Best Vitamins To Take In The Afternoon

Zinc Tablets

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 Supplements

Vitamin D and vitamin K are fat-soluble vitamins that 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.

Essential Fatty Acids

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 Tablets

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.

5-HTP Supplements

5-HTP is another important supplement when it comes to the sleep struggle. Also known as ‘nature’s sleeping pill’, 5-HTP is the precursor to tryptophan (which eventually gets converted to serotonin) to encourage a heavy sleep. Check out our best vitamins for sleep.

Can You Take Too Many Vitamins?

In short, yes you can be taking too many vitamins. But it depends on which type of vitamins you’re taking. To make sure the vitamins you’re taking aren’t bad for you, it is important to be mindful of your consumption.

Here’s our easy guide to work out if you’re taking too many vitamins:

 

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2018-04-09 16:51:15By Rebecca Todd



Roxanne Griggs

Roxanne Griggs

Public Health Nutritionist (ANutr)

Qualified, Public Health Nutritionist (ANutr).