Most of the time it will be directed on the label as to when it is the best time to take any particular multivitamin supplement. Nonetheless, there are also times when the labels simply say “6 capsules daily” or something along these lines. And this generally doesn’t really give you much of an idea as to when it’s the most beneficial to take the supplement.

Other times you might get a direction to take a serving with meals twice daily. However, why is that? And is it true? In this article I hope to cover everything you possibly need to know about when is the best time to take multivitamins.

Is Time Of The Essence? Well It Depends

The truth is that the time of a day you are taking your multivitamin can actually affect how beneficial that supplement is for you. Not by a lot, but enough for it to be preferably taken into account.

There are, however, also multivitamin supplements as to which time won’t be of any importance. This usually purely depends on the additives that the supplement has.

When Is The Best Time To Take Multivitamins then?

The Best Time To Take Multivitamins Is Together With FatIn case you didn’t know, there are water soluble vitamins and fat soluble vitamins. The water soluble vitamins can be easily absorbed by the body, no problem. On the other hand fat soluble vitamins first have to be dissolved into fat before they are accessible to the body.

Therefore, there are (as I already mentioned) two various instances as to when it’s the best to take multivitamins.

  1. If there is some kind of fat containing substance within the supplement, it doesn’t really matter when you take it. This is because the body will be able to absorb all nutrients in the supplement.
  2. If there is no kind of fat containing substance within the supplement, it’s best to take it with a meal that does provide some fat.

To find out which instance of the above relates to your multivitamin supplement, take a look at the ingredient list of your multivitamin supplement. Look for any additive that is an oil. However, avoid any supplements, which have hydrogenated oils as their ingredients as these types of oils are very harmful for your health.

In case in the additive list (often framed as “other ingredients” list) you can’t find an oil related substances, apply the second instance of the above. Meaning, consume your supplement together with a fat containing substance, food or whatever.

By Far Most Of The Time The Best Time To Take Multivitamins Is Your MealsThe best approach for these kinds of multivitamin supplements (as you’ve probably guessed it) is to take them with your meal. But make sure that your meal has some fat in it, for example, it’s been cooked or fried in an oil, there is a product of animal kingdom, you have added some oil to your salad or you’re having any other type of food that contains fat or that has been added fat to.

By the way, on the most part multivitamin supplements won’t have fat containing substances within them, so most probably you will have to apply the second instance of what I mentioned.


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2 Comments

  • brad

    April 10, 2018 - 22:42

    You present an interesting concept. However, you did not mention herbal supplements. Would the same apply? I ask as I usually take my vitamin and herbal supplements together. Perhaps I should be taking them at a different time for maximum benefit. I have always taken them together with no problem, but perhaps I can get more out of them by changing.

    • Matiss Dzelve

      April 12, 2018 - 06:42

      Hey, Brad!

      I do believe that with herbal supplements it’s quite the same as with the water soluble vitamins. It really does not matter when you take those supplements. Your body should be able to absorb the nutrients of those herbal supplements anyway! An exception to this may be a herb that is harder on the stomach, then it probably would be better to take it along with food.

      But other than that, I do believe that in general it also should be completely fine to take vitamin and herbal supplements together. However, there also may be instances, where it would be best to take them separately for maximum benefit. It depends on the herbs really. An example of this could be in the case of the herbs in that supplement providing additional or being geared towards providing C or B vitamins, especially if you take your other vitamins water soluble vitamins in a single dose during the day.

      Cheers! And Have A Great Day!

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