You know the phrase, “timing is everything?” There is a lot to be said about this, particularly when it comes to supplements. Most people focus on the WHAT and of course, this is extremely important but to maximize the effectiveness of supplements, you must understand and apply the WHEN part.
Here is a detailed guideline. If you are a patient and have a specific question about a supplement you are taking, email me and I will certainly address it.
- Take vitamins and “tonics” (substances that encourage the release of energy) first thing in the morning. Taken at time, you as asking for insomnia. Examples include but not limited to Ginseng, Royal Jelly, B12 and other B vitamins, Kidney tonics such as Fo Ti.
- Vitamin C should be taken WITH food.
- To increase the absorption of Vitamin C, add Quercitin.
- Zinc should be taken by itself, empty stomach, at night. Zinc interferes with the absorption of most other substances and will cause problems.
- Vitamins (multi-vitamins) should be taken with meals; that is, during or immediately after.
- Minerals should be taken at night, ideally on an empty stomach. Mind you, some people cannot take anything on an empty stomach. If such is the case with you, take after your last meal.
- Same with trace minerals. Trace minerals and macro (“regular”) minerals can be taken together.
- Magnesium and calcium help each other in terms of absorption versus taken individually.
- Same with sodium and potassium.
- Potassium and other electrolytes should be taken no later than 4pm.
- Digestive enzymes taken with food with help aid absorption of nutrition in the food. Taken on an empty stomach can help with fat loss or reduction in inflammation. For fat loss, take 1 every hour on the hour if stomach allows it.
- Hormonal regulators should be taken in the evening, with food.
- Amino acids should be taken either post-exercise or before bed time.
- Taking a drop of Ren Shen (JUST ONE DROP) in a 1/4 cup of water aids in dreams/dreaming.