When Is The Best Time To Take Vitamins?

Many people choose to take vitamins and other dietary supplements. However, a vitamin's effectiveness can be altered by when and how a person consumes vitamins.

Time of day, food, and liquid intake can have negative or positive effects on how well a vitamin works and how much of the vitamin is absorbed by the body.

This article explores the general effectiveness of vitamins and the ideal circumstances in which to take different types.

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Fast facts on vitamins:

- People are open to taking vitamins because they claim to offer natural solutions to common health problems.

- Claims regarding effectiveness may or may not be backed up with clinical studies.

- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not regulate the vitamin and supplement industry.

- Companies can claim that the vitamins they manufacture are effective without reputable research to back up their claims.

- Not all vitamins are ineffective or harmful.

The best times for different types of vitamin

When to take B vitamins

B vitamins are used for energy boosts and stress reduction. There are eight different types of B vitamins, each having a separate function for the body. The types of B vitamins include:

thiamin

riboflavin

vitamin-B6

niacin

biotin

vitamin-B12

folic acid

pantothenic acid

These B vitamins can be taken at the same time. In fact, companies offer vitamin complexes, which are combinations of the daily amount of each of the 8 B vitamin types.

The best time of day to take a B vitamin is after waking up. Taking B vitamins on an empty stomach is supposed to help with absorption of the vitamin.

Taking B vitamins also tend to increase energy, so taking them too late in the day may affect a person's ability to fall asleep