Do vitamins confuse you? Do you find it complicated to decide on how, when, or which vitamin to take?
You’re not alone.
Over-the-counter vitamins don’t usually come with instructions, so most people rely on common knowledge and practices or some content found on the Internet. There are usually varying views and opinions, and it’s often hard to say which or who is correct.
Taking supplements can be confusing, but one thing’s for sure: when it comes to health, only take advice from credible sources.
Hint: seek professional advice
In these times of uncertainty, we need to be sure about our state of health—that’s why the use of supplements should be safe and responsible. We need to get the most out of our vitamins while minimizing the potential risks or dangers that come with it.
To help you practice safer and more effective vitamin use, we’ve rounded up the most frequently asked questions that are related to supplementation.
Frequently Asked Question #1:
Is it safe to take different supplements at once?
Some people take several supplements in a day. A common practice in doing this is drinking all vitamins in one go instead of splitting into several doses. This habit can lessen the risk of forgetting to take supplements later in the day, but it can lead to potential health risks.
While some vitamins can produce beneficial effects when taken together, there are some combinations that can be disadvantageous or harmful.
For instance, vitamin C is best taken with zinc for boosting the immune system. Vitamin C also aids in iron absorption, that’s why the two are also a likely pair. However, simultaneous intake of all three supplements can yield less favorable results because excessive iron can hinder zinc absorption. This may lead to weakened immunity, unstable blood pressure, and poor vision among others.
Frequently Asked Question #2:
Is it safe to take vitamins while on medication?
Some supplements can affect metabolism or medicine absorption, which can be less effective or even harmful at times. Beware of some combinations when drinking vitamins together with medication, such as zinc and antibiotics. Zinc can decrease the effectiveness of antibiotics when taken together, so it’s best to dose them hours apart. Antibiotics also negate our gut’s beneficial bacteria, so avoid taking at the same time as probiotics.
Frequently Asked Question #3:
When is the best time to take supplements?
Some supplements are best taken in the morning, while others are better consumed later in the day or at night.
Vitamin B complex can boost energy, so it’s best taken in the morning to avoid restlessness or insomnia. The same applies to vitamin D, which should be taken at sunrise to support our body’s natural production of cholecalciferol. Taking vitamin D in the evening can affect our body’s melatonin production, which can disrupt our natural sleep-wake rhythm.
Magnesium can help induce quicker and deeper sleep by helping your brain power down at the end of day. It helps regulate stress and anxiety, and is best taken with supplemental melatonin to treat insomnia.
FOR YOUR SAFETY: Seek professional advice when taking several supplements at once, taking vitamins together with medicine, or unsure when or how to dose effectively.
If you want to learn about more about the safe & effective use of supplements, you can ask for FREE expert advice from our Vitamin Geeks. They are specialized pharmacists and nutritionists who can answer your questions about the proper practices in taking supplements.
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