Let me just say that I love vitamins. They add that extra supplemental value to our systems that we otherwise might not be getting from our daily diets. However, many people take vitamins haphazardly, unaware that they are not receiving the full benefit. It is always best to take vitamins esp before a vigourous work out so that they absorb into the bloodstream. Below are a few tips for vitamin intake:
Time of Day
There is no set time of day to take a vitamin supplement necessarily. Some vitamins come with a “time release” feature that claims to slowly release the vitamin into the system, but I think you get the same effect from regular vitamins. Vitamin C is a stimulant vitamin and is best taken in the morning to help get your day going. Hair follicles thrive in a collagen rich environment and Vitamin C helps in its production. B6 helps in the production of serotonin and melotonin, two neurotransmitters in the brain that help regulate mood, feelings of depression and healthy sleep cycles. I recommend taking a B complex vitamin as it not only helps for a better nights sleep but it is great for hair growth and maintenance.
I’m going to breakdown the B vitamin and the foods it can be found in a future post…
For the most part some vitamins can be taken together, but there are exceptions. Calcium blocks the absorption of Iron, so don’t mix these two. It’s best to take Iron with Vitamin C as it helps with absorption. Iron can also help to reduce hair breakage. Magnesium helps with the absorption of Vitamin D , both have been found to help maintain healthy hair.
Water Soluble vs Fat Soluble Vitamins
This one can get a little complicated, so rather than bore you to tears, I’ll make this quick: Fat Soluble vitamins are absorbed in the large intestines and stored in the liver (used by the body when needed) whereas water soluble vitamins are not stored in the body. The body takes what it needs and releases the excess in the urine. These vitamins need to be constantly replaced.
Fat Soluble Vitamins: A, D, E and K
Water Soluble Vitamins: Vitamin C and B Complex
As always before taking ANY dietary supplement, consult your physician. A multivitamin is usually useful as long as they provide 100% of each dietary supplement for the day. Additionally, taking too many vitamins can be toxic so follow the products instructions. I o’d on a B complex vitamin last year and my fingertips went numb…literally. Yeah, really not cool!