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Timing of supplements, zinc specifically

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Created September 15, 2011 at 10:00 PM

Hey, I'm supplementing with Vitamin D and Magnesium. I take the Mg in the morning fasting, and the D with lunch. I can't take Mg in the evening as it has the opposite effect on me to most people, i.e. it keeps me awake. I don't want to take it with the Vitamin D cause I was worried about some antagonistic effects. (I may be way off base here)

So two questions: 1) Now I want to add zinc, and am wondering what would be the best time to supplement. I eat lunch and dinner only. 2) Could I just as well take the Mg during lunch, along with Vitamin D?

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15976 · September 16, 2011 at 1:27 AM

I do the same: zinc first thing when I wake with a big glass of water. I don't eat till hours later. Twinlabs 50mg pill once every morning.

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4764 · September 15, 2011 at 10:36 PM

I think you're overthinking:). D and Mg together are not a problem. And zinc really isn't either. Calcium interferes a little more with zinc absorption, but mg, not to my knowledge. D and Mg are fine together. D3 is not an active metabolite in our bodies. It has to hydroxylate once in the liver (to 25(OH)D) and once in the kidneys (to 1,25(OH)D). So while D2 supplments need to be taken with fat, taking them with any particular meal does not mean avoidance of anything else.

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39841 · September 15, 2011 at 10:38 PM

Just don't take the zinc when you're eating meat because it will block most of the uptake of iron and copper. I take zinc early in the morning on an empty stomach, but doing so causes nausea for Erin, so it may be a bad idea. Taking zinc with a snack between meals should be generally well tolerated.

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15976 · September 16, 2011 at 1:27 AM

I do the same: zinc first thing when I wake with a big glass of water. I don't eat till hours later. Twinlabs 50mg pill once every morning.

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110 · September 16, 2011 at 2:57 AM

I take ZMA before bedtime its a combo of bioavailable zinc and magnesium and the general recommendations are to take it on an empty stomach before bed.

Dunno if it'll keep you up though!

http://www.bodybuilding.com/store/zma.html http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ZMA_(supplement)

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19479 · September 15, 2011 at 10:22 PM

I use the ConcenTrace liquid Zinc supplement and have a hard time with the taste. After a few days of mixing it with my morning glass of H20, I had to stop and was only able to get back into the routine by mixing it with my evening glass of Natural Calm Mg.

I haven't had any problems with it, even when I take it on an empty stomach and haven't felt like it's affected my sleep.

I've read that other minerals like calcium, manganese, and copper can interfere with zinc absorption, as would phytate containing foods like nuts and seeds.

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