Many of you think about what the best time is to consume vitamins. It is a quite common question that comes to your mind. Well, your body needs 13 vitamins to work and function properly. Out of these vitamins, your body needs different nutrients as well, these can be fibers, minerals fats, and so on. Vitamins are commonly found in fruits, vegetables, etc. But some people need to go for supplements as well. They consume different types of supplements to fulfill their nutritional requirements.
What are vitamins?
Vitamins are a group of organic compounds that are essential for the growth and development of the body as the human body does not synthesize them on its own. Therefore, they become an important part of the diet. If you are unable to have a proper diet that consists of all the required nutrients, then it can result in vitamin deficiency. All these nutrients are found in a variety of foods. But sometimes people need additional supplements to achieve the target value of their nutrition consumption. Therefore, a variety of supplements are available in the market. To process the proper function of the body, your body needs 13 vitamins out of 13, 9 are water soluble and 4 are fat soluble.
- Water-soluble vitamins – water-soluble vitamins are those vitamins that dissolve in water very easily. Moreover, you do not need to have any food before consuming it. Hence, you can consume them on an empty stomach. They can get absorbed very easily.
As mentioned above there are nine water-soluble vitamins that include;
- Vitamin C – is a powerful antioxidant, and it is beneficial for your immunity.
- Vitamin B group (vitamin B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9, B12) – vitamin B group has different vitamins in them all of them having a unique and specific function. Although they are sold as vitamin B complexes that contain all the eight vitamins in them.
Water soluble vitamins are not readily stored in your body’s tissue, instead, excess water-soluble vitamins are excreted through urine. Therefore, it is advisable to take these vitamins regularly and timely if you are consuming them.
- Fat-soluble vitamins – fat-soluble vitamins are those vitamins that are dependent on fat for their proper absorption. Therefore, it is recommended to take these vitamins after consuming any food. As they require fat for their absorption in the body without it, they can create problems.
Vitamins such as;
- Vitamin A – is also a very good antioxidant. It helps in the growth and development of cell recognition, vision, immune system, and reproduction.
- Vitamin D – helps in strengthening the bones, and muscles and promotes bone-building abilities. It helps in supporting a good immune system and helps in overcoming inflammation.
- Vitamin E – is a very good anti-free radical. It helps in the reduction of skin and hair conditions. Moreover, it helps lower the cholesterol level and helps in the prevention of cancer and heart diseases.
- Vitamin K – enhances bone health, it also reduces hypertension. Moreover, it fights inflammation, improves brain health as well as improves blood glucose levels.
All the above-mentioned vitamins are fat-soluble. They play a very vital role in your body, sometimes people might consume these vitamins without knowing if their body needs these vitamins or not. Therefore, consuming such vitamins needs to be done after proper consultation with medical experts.
What are Multivitamins?
Multivitamins are described as those which have both vitamins and minerals in them. Multivitamins are less expensive if we compare them to single nutrient supplements. No doubt fact that the consumption of multivitamins for a long period is not consistent. In simple words, they can be consumed to fill the nutrient gaps, particularly in vulnerable populations. These vulnerable populations consist of people who are older adults as well as pregnant women. Multivitamins contain both fats as well as water-soluble vitamins in them. Therefore, it is recommended to consume them post-meal.
Consumption of multivitamins post meals can help in their absorption. Moreover, it can also reduce the problem of gastrointestinal upset. Gastrointestinal upset usually occurs when you consume multivitamins on an empty stomach. If you are consuming multivitamins in two dosages, you need to have a proper interval of time after consumption of each one of them. This will result in the proper absorption of multivitamins in the body more effectively.
Precisely it is always recommended to consult with your doctor first before having any medical prescription.
What is the best time to consume any vitamin?
Whole foods are complex, containing a variety of the micronutrients your body needs. Normally, most vitamins can be taken at any time of day. That said, some vitamins are better absorbed under special conditions, which is why it is good to know how and when to take a supplement to promote optimal absorption.
The best time to consume any vitamin or mineral should depend upon the type of vitamin or mineral you are consuming. For instance:
- You can consume water-soluble vitamins (mostly vitamin B group) at any period during the day. Without concerning the fact that you are on an empty stomach or not. You can take them early in the morning or in the middle of the day. Thus, developing the habit of taking it early is a good option.
- If you are consuming fat-soluble vitamins like vitamin A and vitamin E, it is advisable to consume them with food. You can consume these vitamins preferably at dinner. This will help your body to absorb the vitamins more effectively. If you take these vitamins on an empty stomach, it can create a sensation of queasiness.
- If you have any type of prescription such as thyroid prescription or any other antibiotics. It is better to consult with your medical experts first and you can also maintain a proper amount of gap or duration between the consumption of vitamins and your prescription.
- If you are taking any type of multivitamin as well as any type of individual vitamin supplements you can have them at different intervals of time. Moreover, it is recommended to consult with your doctor first.
Your body absorbs and stores these nutrients differently. Therefore, you need to know what type of nutrients you are consuming. Whether it is single supplement vitamins or multivitamins. Moreover, it is advisable to talk to your doctor first before having these supplements as it is not scientifically proven that these products extend the lives of the people who consume them regularly. A proper consultation is important before consuming any additional supplementary vitamins.
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