The usual typical morning routine may include taking a shower, eating breakfast, checking our Facebook profile or reading the newspaper online and taking vitamins. It is an established fact that ingesting vitamin supplements on a daily basis can do a lot to boost our wellbeing and general health. Considering that it is not easy to ingest or imbibe certain nutrients solely through the diet, vitamin supplements were created to make sure that our body is still enabled to obtain the crucial nutrients which it needs, as it seems that an increasing number of people count on vitamins to lend them a hand in functioning efficiently during the day.
So, consuming vitamins on a daily basis is, to begin with, a healthy practice in itself but nevertheless an increasing number of people are wondering if there is a best time to take vitamins. Thus, the question is – just like we plan our meals such as breakfast, lunch and supper, should our vitamin ingestion also be scheduled? Some experts say this is necessary, due to a better optimization and a more efficient functioning of vitamins.
Which nutrients should we take in the morning?
Certain vitamins should be ingested at the very start of the day, in order to give daily energy and attentiveness a boost. For example, the vitamins which are famous for having a stimulating effect are two vitamins from the B complex family – vitamins B12, B6 as well as vitamin C. This makes them ideal for starting off the day with a jumpstart. If these vitamins were taken later on during the day, especially in the late afternoon, it is possible that they would keep us vigilant all throughout the night, and this is not the effect we wish to be subjected to, especially if we want to sleep soundly during the night.
Which nutrients should we take at night?
Researchers are recommending that the minerals magnesium and calcium are taken at night. Some even maintain that these minerals are so-called “natural muscle relaxants”, and serve to assist in the facilitating of a beneficial sleep pattern.
Which vitamins should we take with food?
It is very unhealthy to take health or vitamin supplements on an empty stomach, as they will get flushed out from the body by way of urine (this is particularly valid the B vitamins and vitamin C, which are water soluble vitamins).
In addition, vitamins should generally be taken with meals which have a fat content in the aim of high absorption (especially important for the vitamins which are fat soluble – vitamin A, vitamin D and vitamin E). Also, health care providers are warning that vitamins taken on an empty stomach may bring about nausea, irritations, and heartburn or even what some call ‘vitamin burps’, or stomach upset.
On the other hand, some researchers maintain that the best time to take multivitamin supplements is when you wish, or, in other words, whenever it is appropriate but you are consistent in the time when you take them, as, apparently, there is no so-called best time to take vitamins in regards to efficacy and absorption. However, it is important to take the vitamin supplement at the same time each day.
As mentioned, most vitamins are best absorbed if taken with food, but there are some exceptions, namely:
• The minerals calcium, iron, and some others should be taken separately from one other for optimum absorption. Thus, it is recommended form those women who are attempting to treat both anemia and osteoporosis to take the iron supplements in the morning with their multivitamins, and calcium during the remainder of the day.
• It is best to take most amino acids used in therapy on an empty stomach.
• Enzymes used for pain relief (for instance, bromelain) should not be taken with food, mostly due to the fact that the enzymes will have adverse effects on the digestion.