What is the Best Time to Take Supplements?

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This is an age old question that has been debated over and over again. Should you take your supplements in the morning for greater absorption or is night time the better option? After all, you can put a lot of money into these dietary enhancements so you’d like to get the most out of them, right?

The answer is that there is no “best time” that fits everyone. You have to take a few factors into consideration before you can decide what the most advantageous time is for you.

What are these factors?

  • Other medications. If you take other medications, you’ll want to check with your doctor or pharmacist to see if they will in any way inhibit the absorption of your supplements. If they do, it may ultimately determine what time you’ll take your supplements to keep them separate.
  • Your eating schedule. It is advised to not take vitamins or other supplements on an empty stomach for a couple of reasons. First, some of the nutrients they contain are water soluble and will pass through your system without being absorbed if you have no food in your tummy to help them digest more slowly. Second, a lot of supplements will upset your digestive tract if they’re taken alone. For these reasons, you will likely want to take them with food. So, if you’re not a big breakfast eater, you may want to wait until later in the day.
  • Your ability to remember. No supplement will help you if all it does is sit in the bottle on the counter because you forget to take it. And, because it is best to take it at the same time every day, you’re going to want to pick a time that is easiest to remember. Maybe you could do it at the same time that you do something else, like brush your teeth or eat dinner.

After reviewing these considerations, what do you think is your “best time” to take the supplements you need to remain healthy? Pick it and stick to it!

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