Should I take supplements with a meal?

supplements and food

There are several reasons it can be beneficial to take dietary supplements with food or a complete meal.

  • One reason is to buffer the stomach (especially important for those with sensitive stomachs).
  • Another reason is to increase consistency and compliance with the recommended dosage.  Many people find it easier to form a habit of taking supplements alongside a meal, as opposed to taking them separately.
  • Perhaps the best reason to take supplements with a meal is that some nutrients (e.g. fat-soluble nutrients and calcium) typically have improved absorption when taken with a meal or snack.

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