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When is the best time of day to supplement?

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Updated September 16, 2014 at 7:59 PM
Created December 11, 2012 at 1:06 PM

I was wondering what the effects would be of taking all of my supplements in the evening with my main meal. I generally don't eat much during the day (except BP Coffee) and don't want to supplement on an empty stomach. Here is what I am currently taking:

  • Cod Liver Oil
  • D3
  • K2
  • Iodine
  • Vitamin C
  • Copper
  • Collagen
  • Magnesium and Potassium before bed to aid sleep

Would I benefit more from taking any of these in the morning with BP Coffee? Do any of these supplements have an energizing effect that would not be so desirable at night?

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48 · December 28, 2012 at 9:41 PM

I used to take D3 in the morning with breakfast, but now I take it at bedtime with magnesium - they work together to aid sleep.

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70 · December 28, 2012 at 9:58 PM

I've read to only take D during the day or morning because of the sun emulating effects. Cod liver would be the same because of the D content. I personally take mine in the morning with my Bulletproof coffee.

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175 · December 14, 2012 at 6:45 PM

Supplementation, unless in the case that you need it to aid some sort of activity (pre workout?) or recover (post workout?) is not something that is timing dependent. Especially in the case of stuff like Omega-3s, and minerals, just hitting the goals, regardless of when they are hit is sufficient.

That being said, some things might and should be taken away from bedtime, and others closer to, depending on the stimulative or depressive nature of their use.

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340 · December 14, 2012 at 6:29 PM

My understanding is that among the various types of supplements vitamins tend to be energizing. If your BP coffee has a reasonable amount of healthy fat (butter and/or coconut oil?), then you might try taking your vitamins (D3, K2, C) with it in the morning.

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19120 · December 11, 2012 at 4:09 PM

I think you should be fine talking them with your biggest meal, but if it were me would try to break the supplementation across your meals - 1,2,3 or more a day. This is what I do, and it works out really well.

If you were taking alpha lipoic acid or acetyl l carnitine, I might suggest taking it with your coffee in the morning, as it is a nice pick me up. The supplements you listed seem to be best taken with a meal.

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