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.
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