When is the best time to take my multi-vitamin?

When Should I Take My Vitamins?

Question:

Ok I had a quick question when is the best time to take my multi vitamin, before I go to bed or with breakfast in the morning?

Thanks
Mike G

Answer:

That depends. Let me explain what I mean.

The #1 rule of vitamins is: Don’t take them on an empty stomach! If you do, you may feel nauseous.

But here’s what you can do. Take a mult-vitamin with food. Now if you have one of those types that is just one pill, you can take it with breakfast or with dinner. But some multis come in packets. And eventually you may find yourself taking 20 pills a day.

Now this is where you might want to split it up over your various meals.

And my rule has always been to just follow the directions of the brand you are taking. Each multi is different. Some are one pill. Some are more potent and are made to be spread out during the day or a portion of them taken in the evenings.

My current Animal Paks recommend you take all 5 with a meal. I usually do that with breakfast so that my body can absorb what it needs for a workout later. I tend to tapper off at night as my metabolism is slower and I don’t want a bunch of things in my system when I’m at my restful state.

However, spreading them out is just fine. And you might have to do that depending on which multi-vitamin you have.

So it really depends on the brand, the recommendations and the type of vitamins you have. If it’s a more potent pack, and there’s many to take, spreading them out will help. But if it’s simply just one multi-vitamin, you might as well start off the most important meal of the day (breakfast) with a power punch.

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  • http://www.ninosmission.com Nino Savona

    Hey Marc!

    I find your info on when to take your multi- vitamins very interesting! I myself take a packet of the mass pack. I like your take on spreading it out throughout the day!

    Nicely done! Keep up the good work bro!

    Nino Savona

  • http://www.ninosmission.com Nino Savona

    Hey Marc!

    I find your info on when to take your multi- vitamins very interesting! I myself take a packet of the mass pack. I like your take on spreading it out throughout the day!

    Nicely done! Keep up the good work bro!

    Nino Savona

  • http://www.massnutrition.com nutrition

    Make sure that if you are taking the multi-vitamin in packs, if you are dividing the dose, take the B-Complex for Breakfast or Lunch, since you are getting them higher amounts when they are individually packed.

  • http://www.blackchiropractic.com.au Dr David Black

    Most people that I know take their multi vitamin pill with breakfast so they don't forget it.
    Dr.David Black
    http://www.blackchiropractic.com.au

  • http://www.blackchiropractic.com.au Dr David Black

    Most people that I know take their multi vitamin pill with breakfast so they don't forget it.
    Dr.David Black
    http://www.blackchiropractic.com.au

  • http://www.best-multivitamins-guide.com/ cynthia

    as the name suggests, it's a supplement, better to take with meals in the morning for most standard brands of vitamins. there are some that i know after consuming multivitamins at night, just cant sleep after that…day time is still the safest by far.

  • Rizvaan Mann

    hi !
    guys i would appreciate if anyone would let me know when is the best time to eat ANIMAL PAK for a 22 year old 200 pound (currently 185) guy so as to extract maximum benefits from his diet !!

    i train intense as heavy as i can for 12 reps(on most my body parts) and i train in the evening between 7-9 pm !
    my dinner is finished by 11 pm !! (SHOULD I EAT AFTER DINNER) ??????

    guys id really appreciate it !!

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  • Will

    Nice info keep up good work

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Pui-Ho-Lam/100000969078743 Pui Ho Lam

    “I usually do that with breakfast so that my body can absorb what it
    needs for a workout later. I tend to tapper off at night as my
    metabolism is slower and I don’t want a bunch of things in my system
    when I’m at my restful state.”

    Wrong. At night, your body is not at the restful state. It’s the time that your body fixes up all the damages and prepares for the next day. Your metabolism is highest at night. In fact, sleeping uses up more energy than sitting and doing office work. That’s why it’s very important to get enough melatonin and sleep enough.