Although there is no rules set in stone as to what time you can or have to take your vitamins and supplements sometimes timing can be essential to maximizing the health benefits when includng such products in your diet. It has to be strongly emphasised that vitamins and supplements should not be used as a meal replacement and advice should be taken from a health expert before implementing such products into your diet.
Below is a list of things you can possibly take at certain times of the day .
Probiotics – Probiotics are best taken in the morning on an empty stomach. When the stomach is empty, digestive activity is relatively slow and stomach acid and pH balance are relatively low, in such conditions helpful microorganisms found in probiotic supplements can thrive.
Multivitamins – Top up the most important meal of the day with some multivitamins. As multivitamins contain both water and fat soluble vitamins, for optimal absorption of multivitamins it would be advised so add some healthy fats with your breakfast meal
B-Complex vitamins – Taking B vitamins with breakfast helps to boost your metabolism and convert your food into energy, which can be used throughout the day.
Vitamin C– Vitamin C is best taken in the morning to support the immune system and boost energy levels.
Caffeine, dairy and calcium can negatively affect absorption, so it’s best to avoid these where possible.
CoQ10 – CoQ10 is best taken at lunch time with a meal that contains dietary fats. It is also advised not to take CoQ10 late in the day as it could possible affect sleep
Vitamin D – Vitamin D is best taken with a meal that contains dietary fats preferably around the middle of the day as again research shows it may possibly have a negative effect on sleep
Vitamin K – Vitamin K is best absorbed along with dietary fats and ideally should be taken during the middle of the day although caution and consultation with an medical expert should be taken as Vitamin K can possibly interfere with the effects of medication
Iodine – Iodine is not naturally stored in the body so supplements can help our body receive this and a midday dose increases energy levels
Fish oil -fish oil is best taken with a main meal like dinner to aid absorption, it is an important supplements with aids in many aspects of health
Calcium and Magnesium – Calcium aids nerve transmission and muscle function. To get the full benefit, take calcium in the evening along with magnesium. Magnesium can possibly help you get a good nights sleep as it shows to have a calming effect on muscles and the nervous system. These supplements can be taken together and separately.
It is always advised to speak with a medical expert before including supplements into your diet. They are meant to support an healthy lifestyle. Extra caution should always be taken when taking any prescription medication as adverse effects may lead to serious health issues.