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supplements with or without food

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 19, 2012 at 12:56 AM

some websites/manufactures swear that without food, supps are not absorbed well, and others swear up and down that if you dont take your supps on an empty stomach, it is poorly absorbed

i need specific vitamins/supplements for my health, and i need to hear the correct answer to this question, i mean something is either right or wrong you know

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on September 20, 2012
at 10:46 PM

Not necessarily. A small amount of iron probably won't make a huge difference but men shouldn't be taking iron supplements anyway. It depends on the amount of iron. The point is at iron is a "big daddy" mineral. There is more of it in your body than almost any other mineral and your body will give it priority processing, so to speak. I don't understand the chemistry part of it but from what I understand calcium and iron and zinc and iron sort of repel each other in some chemical sense.

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on September 20, 2012
at 06:31 PM

so if i take a multivitamin with some iron in it, and then seconds later i take other supplements, that those supplements will be useless because of the iron in the multivitamin?

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on September 19, 2012
at 05:46 AM

It depends on what you've eaten. Fibrous foods take longer to digest. I wouldn't worry about it too much and just find the best time that works for you. An alternative is to take it before a meal, although this might decrease absorption a bit. And B vitamins are water soluble.

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on September 19, 2012
at 01:38 AM

From my reading, absorption of the b vitamins are either unaffected or improved (in the case of riboflavin) by taking them with food.

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on September 19, 2012
at 01:36 AM

Zinc absorption is increased by protein (especially meat, but not diary or soy protein) and decreased by phytic acid. So a meal with meat but no soy, diary, or nut/seeds will improve zinc absorption.

5f6d15c9dd935b6fed3623caf984c14e

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on September 19, 2012
at 01:25 AM

i meant is bcomplex fat soluble **

5f6d15c9dd935b6fed3623caf984c14e

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on September 19, 2012
at 01:21 AM

when you say empty stomach, how long do i have to wait after eating to take my food? i have zinc chelate and probably want to take that mid morning but just want to time it right also, is fish oil fat soluble?

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on September 19, 2012
at 01:16 AM

yes they are vitamin c, zinc, b complex and fish oil the most important are zinc and b complex, i really need these supps and have to know how to absorb them the best way possible!! thank you

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on September 19, 2012
at 01:12 AM

do you know off hand when to take this supps in terms of with or without food? vitamin c zinc fish oil b complex

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on September 19, 2012
at 01:09 AM

thank you so much..i would appreciate that.

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Aeb34822732d3ff78a8085a71f1baebe

on September 19, 2012
at 03:18 AM

Iron supplements should be taken with little of no food. Fat soluble supplements like vitamins A, E, D, and K should be taken with some type of fat. Most other supplements will be absorbed better with food. Iron and calcium should never be taken together. Iron and zinc should never be taken together. Iron should pretty much always be taken by itself because it will block the absorption of almost everything else (minerals).

5f6d15c9dd935b6fed3623caf984c14e

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on September 20, 2012
at 06:31 PM

so if i take a multivitamin with some iron in it, and then seconds later i take other supplements, that those supplements will be useless because of the iron in the multivitamin?

Aeb34822732d3ff78a8085a71f1baebe

(141)

on September 20, 2012
at 10:46 PM

Not necessarily. A small amount of iron probably won't make a huge difference but men shouldn't be taking iron supplements anyway. It depends on the amount of iron. The point is at iron is a "big daddy" mineral. There is more of it in your body than almost any other mineral and your body will give it priority processing, so to speak. I don't understand the chemistry part of it but from what I understand calcium and iron and zinc and iron sort of repel each other in some chemical sense.

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on September 19, 2012
at 01:00 AM

If something is fat soluable (like Vitamin D) it would need to be taken with fat. Some other things to watch for are interactions where substances can be competitive with each other or those where they can be synergistic. I'll see if I can dig up a list or table for you.

-Matt
PhysiqueRescue.com

5f6d15c9dd935b6fed3623caf984c14e

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on September 19, 2012
at 01:09 AM

thank you so much..i would appreciate that.

5f6d15c9dd935b6fed3623caf984c14e

(439)

on September 19, 2012
at 01:12 AM

do you know off hand when to take this supps in terms of with or without food? vitamin c zinc fish oil b complex

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on January 10, 2013
at 10:33 AM

There are some great answers here and it’s good to know that most supplements should be taken with food. The Super Beta Prostate review that I read are very positive and it's good to know how to take even a prostate supplement.

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Efd28623add25421afa2884b466163c4

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on September 19, 2012
at 01:17 AM

Fat soluble supplements that are not softgels need to be taken with fat. Amino acids and amino acid chelates should be taken on an empty stomach.

5f6d15c9dd935b6fed3623caf984c14e

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on September 19, 2012
at 01:21 AM

when you say empty stomach, how long do i have to wait after eating to take my food? i have zinc chelate and probably want to take that mid morning but just want to time it right also, is fish oil fat soluble?

5f6d15c9dd935b6fed3623caf984c14e

(439)

on September 19, 2012
at 01:25 AM

i meant is bcomplex fat soluble **

Efd28623add25421afa2884b466163c4

(163)

on September 19, 2012
at 05:46 AM

It depends on what you've eaten. Fibrous foods take longer to digest. I wouldn't worry about it too much and just find the best time that works for you. An alternative is to take it before a meal, although this might decrease absorption a bit. And B vitamins are water soluble.

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on September 19, 2012
at 01:10 AM

This might help: http://paleohacks.com/questions/143539/lets-figure-out-how-can-we-can-best-absorb-nutrients#axzz26s2ExZTM

There isn't really a yes or no answer to this question, it depends heavily on what the supplement is and what sort of food you might be eating with it. If you're eating a typical paleo diet, I'd say with food is more likely to be the better option, but there are exceptions.

If you have specific vitamins or supplements you're taking I'd be glad to be more specific.

5f6d15c9dd935b6fed3623caf984c14e

(439)

on September 19, 2012
at 01:16 AM

yes they are vitamin c, zinc, b complex and fish oil the most important are zinc and b complex, i really need these supps and have to know how to absorb them the best way possible!! thank you

A2c38be4c54c91a15071f82f14cac0b3

(12682)

on September 19, 2012
at 01:36 AM

Zinc absorption is increased by protein (especially meat, but not diary or soy protein) and decreased by phytic acid. So a meal with meat but no soy, diary, or nut/seeds will improve zinc absorption.

A2c38be4c54c91a15071f82f14cac0b3

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on September 19, 2012
at 01:38 AM

From my reading, absorption of the b vitamins are either unaffected or improved (in the case of riboflavin) by taking them with food.

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