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When Do You Take Your Supplements?

Posted By Joel Lopez, MD, Tuesday, June 05, 2012
Updated: Thursday, January 30, 2014

Are you taking handfuls of supplements? You might wanna think about what you’re doing if you’re in the habit of doing that. Timing of supplement intake is as important as the form in which you take them. That would have to be a totally different discussion altogether though. For now, let’s discuss ways in which to optimize the effectiveness of your nutritional supplement program. One thing to take note though before I make general recommendations is that everybody is metabolically different and unique and as such, an individualized program has to be in order.

Multivitamins, whole-food based, should be taken with food a couple of times a day. I’m not a huge fan of time-released multis because they usually come in the form of tablets (which by the way, may have unnecessary binders and fillers).

Probiotics ideally, are taken on an empty stomach unless they’re enteric-coated.

Supplements such as essential fatty acids and fat-soluble vitamins like vitamins A, D, E and K are best taken with the heaviest meals.

Mineral supplements are taken apart from meals since fiber from food would actually interfere with their absorption.

Amino acids should ideally be taken apart from food as well. Examples include NAC, L-carnitine and L-tryptophan.

Digestive enzymes such as pancreatic enzymes should be taken 15-30 minutes prior to meals.

Plant-based enzymes such as bromelain and papain are more stable in an acid environment and as such, can be taken with meals.

I’m available for in person and virtual consultations. Contact me at +1-415-800-3757 or on Skype at drjlopezmd. Yours in wellness, DrJLo.

Tags:  integrative medicine  supplements 

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