Many people take vitamins and nutraceuticals today and this number is increasing and the main reason is t o fill gaps in their diets. With tight schedules and busy lives it is almost impossible to have a perfect diet and get all the nutrients the body needs to function well. What most people do not know is when it’s the proper time and the best way to take supplements so they are better absorbed by the body.
Iron and vitamin C for example can be taken together as one enhances the effect of another. Fibers inhibit the absorption of most vitamins, so eat your cereal or whole wheat toast way before or way after taking the pills. As for the fat-soluble A, D, E and K which need fat in order to be better absorbed, these should not be consumed at breakfast (unless you’re having egg and butter), but at the more substantial meal of the day .
Iron and calcium do not match – one has an alkaline pH, the other acid – and must be taken at different times. Take calcium before bed since its better absorbed at night. Also, it should be taken away from meals because it needs an acidic environment in the stomach to be assimilated. If you want to associate it with another element choose magnesium which enhances its effect. Omega 3 can compete with other supplements inhibiting absorption, so it’s better to be taken alone.