While the incorporation of supplements into one’s diet can be beneficial, it can often be confusing to figure out how to take them properly. With all the different types of vitamins, minerals, and other supplements, it can be difficult to figure out the right way to get the most out of each one. While each supplement serves a different function to the body, proper use will vary among them.
The biggest variation among supplements is the ideal time in which they should be taken. Nutritionists say morning is the best suited for Iron, Vitamin B, Vitamin C, and Vitamin E. Later in the morning and the early afternoon, minerals such as Iodine and Zinc recommended. Optimally, these minerals should be taken with food. Going into the evening, it is now the best time to take Vitamin D, Vitamin K, and Fish Oil supplements. The D and K work best with dietary fats, which are provided by the fish oil. Ideally, these should be taken with a meal. Later in the evening, and into the night, minerals Calcium and Magnesium should be taken as a package deal, as they work well together. It is especially important to take these two far away from taking Iron, as this may cancel out absorption. In addition, this is the best time to take a probiotic, as the stomach should be clear by this time.
It is not recommended that supplements be taken with a hot drink such as coffee or tea, as the caffeine can inhibit absorption in the body. Washing the pills down with water is preferred. It is also important to abide by the recommended dosage, and consult with your doctor to ensure supplement combinations are safe and effective.
Dr. Regina Druz of the Integrative Cardiology Center of Long Island has many years of experience in incorporation of nutritional supplements to improve and maintain cardiac fitness. After a visit with Dr. Druz, patient will know how to effectively and healthily incorporate supplements into their diet, as well as learn more ways to keep a healthy heart.