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Morning Vs. Night: When’s The Best Time To Take Vitamins?

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With so many types of vitamins out there, it’s often difficult to keep up with how and when to take them. Whether you’re taking a few different supplements or starting out with something new, this guide will take you through the best times of day to take your vitamins.

Please note that this advice is based on general guidelines. For full clarification on when to take your vitamins, check the directions on the packet.

 Multivitamins

 It is often advised to take your multivitamin tablets daily, alongside a meal. This is because some of the vitamins in the multivitamin are likely to be fat-soluble, meaning they are absorbed through the fats in your diet.

 Vitamin A

Vitamin A is essential for normal vision, as well as the proper functioning of the cells. There is currently no evidence showing the best time of day to take vitamin A, so take it whenever is most convenient for you.

You will likely find that most suppliers of vitamin A recommend taking it alongside a meal with fat or as part of your morning routine.

 Vitamin B12

There are many types of B vitamins, all of which contribute to the normal functioning of your body. You can either obtain multiple B vitamins through a multivitamin or a specific type through an individual vitamin.

As a general rule of thumb, take your B vitamins in the morning or with a meal. Vitamin B12, for example, should definitely be taken in the morning. This is because it is important for energy metabolism, which may interrupt your sleep if taken at night.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin, meaning it doesn’t have to be taken with a fatty meal. It’s completely up to you when to take this vitamin, but for convenience, consider implementing it into your morning routine. Alternatively, take it with food if you find it causes stomach upset.

 Vitamin D

Commonly referred to as the sunshine vitamin, vitamin D plays a regulatory role in the functioning of your immune system. Those safeguarding their intake with a vitamin D supplement should take it alongside a meal that contains fat. This can be any meal of your choosing, as the specific time of day doesn’t matter so much.

 Calcium

There are many different types of calcium supplements available; rules of use will vary between them all. Typically, you should either take it alongside a cold drink or with food. It’s also recommended to split up your dose throughout the day, as the body can only absorb so much calcium at a time.

 Magnesium

Most magnesium supplements should be taken alongside a meal. You may find that you have to take more than one tablet a day to regulate your intake. As there are so many different types of magnesium supplements, always refer to the directions on the packet.

Final Notes

As you can see, there is no specific time that’s best to take your vitamins. The answer will vary on the individual vitamin. Once again, please remember that these are just guidelines. For the exact rules of use, refer to the directions given by your exact supplement.

 

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