The best times to take your vitamins and have maximum effect

Whether taken in capsule, tablet or liquid form, some advice can be useful to ensure good efficiency and safety when taking vitamins. These tips apply especially to people who take multivitamin products, for example: B vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin A.

  • To be taken with a meal

  • It is strongly advised to take the vitamins at mealtime. We know that when we start eating, the intestine begins certain digestive processes allowing better absorption of food and therefore also of vitamins. Additionally, consuming vitamins on an empty stomach can lead to side effects such as nausea.

  • Watch out for coffee

  • Even if the risk of poor absorption is rather low with vitamins, it is advisable to leave an interval of at least 15 minutes between a coffee and taking the vitamins. It is mainly about the absorption of vitamin D and calcium (a mineral) which can be disturbed by caffeine.

  • Best taken in the morning

  • As the B vitamins have a mainly stimulating effect, it is advisable to take them in the morning. Note that certain minerals such as calcium and magnesium are recommended to be taken in the evening, as they have a calming effect.

  • Watch out for excess

  • Vitamins such as vitamin E, vitamin A or beta-carotene can be dangerous if consumed in excess. This is because fat-soluble (fat-soluble) vitamins such as vitamins A, D, E, and K accumulate more in the body than water-soluble vitamins such as group B vitamins or vitamin C. scientists believe that this accumulation can in some cases be harmful to health.

  • Pay attention to interactions

  • Vitamins which are chemical molecules can also lead to interactions with taking other medications. In general, vitamins lead to few interactions compared to minerals (eg calcium). However, vitamin E is known to have an anticoagulant effect, and if taken with blood thinners, internal bleeding may possibly follow.

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