The Best Times of Day to Take These 7 Popular Vitamins

6Calcium

Both of these nutrients are important for bone health. When the dose is higher than 250 mg, they will compete for absorption. Thus taking them in a combined supplement with a ratio if 1:1 or 2:1 (magnesium to calcium) is best.

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9Take calcium in the evening

Calcium should be taken along with food to improve absorption and reduce kidney stones. It should always be taken in split doses because the body absorbs smaller doses better. Take calcium at a different time of day if you are taking zinc or iron. Insomnia studies suggest taking calcium in the evening with food because it improves the brain’s ability to use tryptophan to manufacture the sleep-inducing substance melatonin. This is why if you like milk, then drink it an hour before sleeping.

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10Iron

If you don’t have a sensitive stomach, Iron is best taken on an empty stomach for maximum absorption. It can be taken with orange juice because vitamin C in oranges can improve and enhance iron absorption in the body. Items like coffee and dairy can interfere with the absorption of iron. Iron can or may cause constipation so one should avoid the ferrous sulfate type and always drink a lot of water and eat more fiber. For those with sensitive stomachs, consult your doctor for easier forms of iron supplementation if you need one. Alternately foods rich in iron are fortified breakfast cereals, dark green leafy vegetables, whole grain breads, cashews and nuts, beans and lentils.

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