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Supplements Timing for Optimized Absorption

timing of your supplements affects the way your body assimilates the nutrients

Miss Taking Your Supplements During The Day?

Just imagine, today is the beginning of your new fitness and nutrition program and there is no better way to do it than to include the finest supplements.

But with the best of intentions, nutrition certified fitness professionals will tell you that the reality is remembering to take a multitude of vitamins & minerals and supplements each day can be challenging. If you miss out on taking your supplements during the day, would it be wise to just take them in the evening before you went to bed? Keeping it simple doesn’t always work. By knowing the importance of timing and to how your body can absorb is critical in considering the best time.

Some Tip for Your Supplement Timing

  • never take iron with calcium
  • split your vitamin C into two daily doses
  • take Vitamin B in the morning
  • take zinc in the afternoon
  • don’t take D at night
  • magnesium at night

This infographic sheds light on the combinations to avoid, what to to take with food and what to take before breakfast.


For Most, a Meal is Necessary

For most supplements, a meal is necessary for adequate uptake. The fat-soluble vitamins, which include vitamin A, D, E & K,  need dietary fat in order to be absorbed. B vitamins & vitamin C are best to be taken with food. If not, they may cause mild nausea if taken on an empty stomach. B vitamins aid in converting food into energy and ideally best taken early in the day.

Timing of When to Take

Without any reminders, the timing of when you take your supplements can significantly affect the way your body assimilates these nutrients and bedtime may be the most convenient option.

Infofit, a school for fitness professionals,  teaches you to become a BCRPA, ACE, ACSM, and NSCA certified personal trainer.