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When Should You Take Your Supplements?

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Many of you will be regularly adding vitamin supplements to your daily diet. In fact researchers have found that those who do take supplements are often much more conscientious than those who have been prescribed pharmaceutical medications. But it is not only the regularity of taking supplements that is important – the time of day can matter too. Some nutrients work best when taken at different times of the day. For example...


B-vitamins are a great boost to start your day if taken with breakfast to support attention and mental performance while counteracting any fatigue.

Co-enzyme Q10 is also ideal at breakfast for the production of energy. It should be avoided at bedtime for that very reason.

If you have been prescribed with an iron supplement, this is best taken just after your breakfast but not accompanying tea or coffee because the caffeine tannins can affect absorption.

Fish oils for maintaining normal brain function and vision can be taken at any time of the day so suggest it is slotted in with the breakfast timetable. And because vitamin C is best taken in split doses (to reduce tiredness or fatigue) take one dose at breakfast and a second with your...


That feel good hormone known as vitamin D3 is ideally taken at lunchtime for the maintenance of bones and teeth as well as for so many other health benefits. At the same time, take your vitamin K2 to help contribute to normal blood clotting and bone health. Zinc is for the optimum function of the immune, fertility and reproductive systems is best taken with your lunch. It can cause nausea if swallowed on an empty stomach.


Magnesium is a relaxant so it is sensible to take this at suppertime for the maintenance of normal bone, teeth and muscle function. If you do add calcium to your list, this is also best taken in the evening.

The alternative to supplements

A healthy diet with plenty of really fresh organic or home grown fruit and vegetables in a rainbow of different colors along with daily bouts of sensible sunlight exposure could even mean that you do not need to supplement at all.

While it is advisable to take vitamins and supplements at specific times, remember that it is always better to take them at any time of the day rather than not at all!