When is the Best Time to Take Vitamins?
Published by Dr. Venn-Watson
Dr. Eric Venn-Watson’s Highlights
- Vitamins can provide us with the essential nutrients that our bodies can’t make themselves and that we might not be getting from our diets.
- Generally, it doesn’t matter when you take your vitamins, it only matters how: with food or without, and whether you’re able to make it a part of your daily routine.
- One of the most important nutrients that you may be missing out on is C15:0, which helps to support cell health. You can get the necessary amount by taking a supplement like fatty15.
Most of us (especially those of us in the over 30 crowd) are looking for ways to restore our energy, feel better, and improve our overall health. Although we may go for quick fixes, like a cup of coffee to fend off fatigue, it would be great to be able to reclaim some of the energy and vitality we enjoyed when we were younger.
Turning back the hands of time is generally thought of as an outside job; i.e. a little nip here, a little tuck there, and voila, we instantly look a little younger. External fixes, however, don’t help us feel more energized, don’t help us live a healthier life, and don’t bring our bodies back into balance. In order for those things to happen, we have to work from the inside out.
Since improving our health is an inside job, many of us turn to vitamins and supplements to help us maintain and improve our health and wellbeing. The problem is, we often take vitamins and supplements without really knowing much about them. When taking vitamins and supplements, there are some questions we should all be asking.
- Is there anything that I don’t want in my vitamin supplement? Many vitamins and supplements have artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives which can be undesirable.
- Do I really need this vitamin or supplement? Has a blood test shown that I have a deficiency which needs correcting? Is this supplement designed to help someone like me maintain better health and wellness, or am I taking something that won’t benefit me?
- When is the best time to take vitamins? Are there side effects from these supplements? Will they make me tired or uncomfortable? Will they cause sleeplessness?
Most of us simply open the jar, pop the pill in our mouths, and head out to begin our day. It isn’t that this has to be bad, it’s just that we can do better. First, let’s understand a bit more about why we take vitamins and supplements.
What Are Vitamins?
Vitamins refer to substances our bodies need that they normally cannot make on their own. With few exceptions, our vitamin intake must come from outside sources like food or supplements. Ideally, our main source of vitamin intake will be from our balanced diets. It’s pretty obvious many of our diets are subpar, and as such, there are potential holes in our diets where essential vitamins aren’t being taken in as they should. In this case, we turn to vitamins.
There are thirteen essential vitamins our bodies need. These include vitamins A, C, D, E, K, and the B vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9, and B12. Our bodies depend on these vitamins to function properly, so when we aren’t getting enough of one of them, we may begin to feel it physically or experience health issues triggered by the lack of vitamin intake.
Do I Need to Take Vitamin Supplements?
There are essentially two camps: people who are convinced they need vitamins and supplements, and people are just confused about them and don’t really know whether they need them or not. We understand, it’s confusing. Vitamins and supplements are important, but their ability to truly promote health aren’t regulated by the FDA, so finding trusted information about them can be a challenge.
Luckily, there has been a ton of research on the efficacy of vitamins and supplements as a whole, and there’s even more research available when you narrow your search down to a particular vitamin or supplement.
You can also make an informed decision about whether or not you should take a vitamin or supplement by assessing your overall health and wellness goals and formulating a plan of action to keep yourself healthier. This combination of actions, like regular exercise, a healthy diet, and targeted supplements, make up your individual health care stack. It’s easy to build one. Here’s how.
- Get a blood test. The first step is to meet with your doctor and get a full panel blood test. Not only can this show you if you have health issues that need addressing, it will also show you if you are deficient in any vitamins. Having a deficiency in a vitamin can mean that taking a vitamin supplement is a good solution for you.
- Do you have any general healthcare concerns or goals? Maybe you want more energy so you don’t need a second (or third) cup of coffee each day. Perhaps you would like to better maintain your weight. Suppose there is an illness affecting your colon that runs in your family; it may be important to you to take a fiber supplement to support colon health. No matter what your specific concern or goal, there’s probably a supplement designed to help.
There are also supplements available that promote overall health and wellness, and one of the best and most promising to be introduced this year is fatty15.
Fatty15 is a supplement containing only one ingredient, a pure, powder form of C15:0. Never heard of it? That’s not surprising. C15:0 (also called pentadecanoic acid) is an odd-chain saturated fatty acid, and since most saturated fats were eliminated from our diets in the late 70’s due to governmental guidelines, you probably aren’t getting enough of it in your food.
While the removal of all types of saturated fats in our diets 40 years ago was intended to help reverse heart disease, we have instead seen a rise in obesity, type 2 diabetes, inflammation, and even heart disease, especially in younger people. In fact, since 1977, childhood obesity and related illnesses have been on the rise.
Science now supports that not all saturated fats are “bad.” In fact, odd-chain saturated fatty acids, like C15:0, are associated with positive health benefits that promote:*†
- Balanced immunity
- Healthy metabolism
- Red blood cell health
- Liver health
As such, if it’s total health and wellness you want, fatty15 can be an important part of meeting that need. By helping to slow age-related degradation and supporting your health on a cellular level, fatty15 works to help you age on your own terms.*
Once you’ve developed a solid health care stack, it’s important to know the best way for all parts of that stack to work together synergistically for your maximum benefit. That includes knowing when and how to take your vitamins and supplements.
When is the Best Time to Take Vitamins?
Generally speaking, unless your vitamin manufacturer specifies, there’s no rule about the time when you take your vitamins. While there are theories about taking vitamins at night to compensate for the fact that your body won’t be getting vitamins from food during those hours, those theories have been quickly debunked by knowledge that digestion slows at night, meaning your vitamins may not be absorbed as well while you sleep.
Some vitamins and supplements will lend themselves to being taken in the morning or evening. For instance, unless you work the swing shift, you probably won’t find the need to take melatonin in the early morning. Likewise, you may find that certain vitamins that promote energy and alertness are best taken in the morning.
What’s more important is how you take your vitamins and supplements. It can be beneficial to take your vitamins with a meal. This may be to avoid any potential stomach upset, but also to ensure that your supplements are absorbed as best as possible.
Additionally, it is best to pair the timing of your supplement-taking to another activity you do everyday to help it become part of your daily routine and avoid unwanted, missed supplements. For one person, this may mean taking supplements with their morning coffee or tea. For another person, supplements might be taken when they brush their teeth in the morning or night. By connecting the timing of when you take your supplements with an activity that is already part of your routine, you will be well on your way to establishing a healthy, daily regimen.
When and How Should You Take fatty15?
Because fatty15 is a healthy dietary fatty acid, it may be best taken along with food (or your health shake, coffee, etc.), first thing in the morning. If you’re not much of a breakfast person, you can add the powder from fatty15 straight to your coffee. Fatty15 is tasteless and odorless, so you won’t notice its presence. Additionally, as an emerging essential fatty acid, you should take fatty15 every day so that it has the chance to work properly.*† We make it easy by shipping fatty15 directly to your door in a handy 90-day supply.
Fatty15 is sustainable, too, right down to the packaging. When you order fatty15, you’ll receive a reusable, refillable empty glass bottle that holds a 90-day supply. We ship your 90-day supply in recycled packaging and you simply fill up the bottle, and tighten the bamboo lid. Less packaging and less shipments mean less waste, less logistics, and less of an overall carbon footprint.
You can take fatty15 even if you have dietary restrictions as well. Fatty15 is vegan-friendly and does not contain any dietary allergens, gluten, oil, GMOs, or artificial colors and flavors.
Taking fatty15 is the opportunity you have to give your cells and body a fighting chance against aging-related breakdown.* Fatty15 helps protect your cells and support your body’s youthfulness with just one small capsule per day.* You can give your cells the support they need to armor up against aging, build their resilience, and in so doing build your own resilience, too.
Eric Venn-Watson M.D.
Senior Scientist, Co-Founder
Eric is a physician, U.S. Navy veteran, and Co-founder and COO of Seraphina Therapeutics. Eric served over 25 years as a Navy and Marine Corps physician, working with the special forces community to improve their health and fitness. Seraphina Therapeutics is a health and wellness company dedicated to advancing global health through the discovery of essential fatty acids and micronutrient therapeutics.
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