Taking vitamins and other supplements has become part of the daily routine for many people. But experts caution that certain supplements should be taken at particular times of day. So what is the best time to take vitamins and supplements?
Vitamins B and C stimulate digestion and waste elimination, and convert food into energy, so they are most effective if taken in the morning. And since they are soluble, it is better to take them before meals rather than after, when your stomach is filled with oily foods.
People with stomach problems should take them after meals, however, as the acidity of these vitamins can cause discomfort.
Red ginseng and Omega 3 fatty acids are most effective when consumed at lunchtime. Red ginseng contains ginsenosides, which stimulate the body's biological functions and ease drowsiness or fatigue.
Omega 3 fatty acids help your body flush fat from the blood stream. Omega 3 is usually obtained from fish and can either smell fishy or leave you feeling a bit queasy, so those supplements should be consumed after meals.
Calcium supplements are best consumed after dinner. Calcium not only helps strengthen bones but also soothes muscles and nerves, so it is best taken at night. It is also advisable to take it after eating because it is more easily absorbed after coming into contact with stomach acids.