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If you eat all food within a 4 hour window, is it unhealthy to consume all vitamins and supplements during this time?

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Created November 16, 2012 at 12:38 PM

If you eat all food within a 4 hour window, is it unhealthy to consume all vitamins and supplements during this time?

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on November 23, 2012
at 01:02 PM

Thank you for your response

25d51f20d35cce7696f20e6d81cc9282

on November 23, 2012
at 01:02 PM

Thank you for your response

25d51f20d35cce7696f20e6d81cc9282

on November 23, 2012
at 01:02 PM

Thank you for your response

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on November 16, 2012
at 01:22 PM

That's a good question. I do something similar. I don't know the answer, but I'm curious what others will say. My guess would be that it would work correctly but I'm sure it's more complicated then that.

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on November 16, 2012
at 01:18 PM

i dont see why it wouldnt.. as long as you get them in right?

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on November 16, 2012
at 01:47 PM

In my mind it makes more sense to consume them at the same time. Particularly for fat soluble vitamins, they like to be consumed with fat for better absorption. Historically, a big meal after a kill and being sated for awhile was probably a common state of affairs, so we certainly have the biological history for eating this way.

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on November 23, 2012
at 01:02 PM

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on November 16, 2012
at 05:27 PM

The most important thing to remember is that your body can absorb only certain amounts of vitamins/minerals at once. Let's make up an example.

You are supplementing with Paleoum. It's recommended you take 1500mg per day; however, your body can absorb about 500mg at any given time.

If you take 1500mg of Paleoum at once, your will be wasting 1000mg as only 500mg is absorbed, therefore wasting 66% of your investment in this very expensive supplement.

If you take 500mg at three separate times during the day, you will be maximizing your body's intake of this fabulous supplement.

Also remember that certain vitamins/minerals can help or prevent other vitamins/minerals from being properly absorbed.

Legitimate example #1: Calcium is best absorbed with magnesium, and magnesium is best absorbed with potassium, potassium is best absorbed... The relationships between mineral absorption goes on for quite a while. If you take calcium alone, the mineral will settle in your body tissue (you will also be REALLY constipated); if you take calcium with magnesium, the calcium goes to your bones and the magnesium prevents too much or too little calcium from collecting there.

Legitimate example #2: Fat-soluble vitamins K, E, D, and A are best taken together, preferably with fatty foods, to maximize absorption. Taking a D supplement with a plain broccoli isn't a bad idea; taking a D supplement with broccoli covered in butter or sauteed in coconut oil is a much more ideal situation.

So the answer to your question: It depends which vitamins and supplements you are taking. I've found that minerals are much more finicky to balance than vitamins, but researching the ideal combos/ratios isn't as tough as it seems. If you don't want to do that, maybe list what you're wanting to supplement with? :)

25d51f20d35cce7696f20e6d81cc9282

on November 23, 2012
at 01:02 PM

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on November 16, 2012
at 03:36 PM

I think it is important to consume them all at the same time because many of the vitamins are fat soluble. However, I have seen, with my multi, if I take a full day dose in the morning my pee is bring yellow (meaning the Riboflavin is not being absorb and I'm making expensive pee!). But when I space the three pill throughout the day I do not get the same effect. My assumption is that my body absorbs more of the vitamins (or at least the B vitamins) by spacing out the consumption.

25d51f20d35cce7696f20e6d81cc9282

on November 23, 2012
at 01:02 PM

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on November 19, 2012
at 06:16 AM

Also, if you are training, ensure that you are taking in BCAAs regardless of whether you are in a fasted state or a fed state.

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on November 19, 2012
at 06:14 AM

NO. In fact, for most folks, I recommend taking your vitamins and minerals with food

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