What's the Best Time of Day to Take Your Vitamins?

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Curious about the best time of day to take your vitamins? We have the answer, according to science.
Curious about the best time of day to take your vitamins? We have the answer, according to science.

Is timing really everything? When it comes to taking your vitamins, the answer is a little more complicated than "yes" or "no." You might know, for example, that our bodies process different nutrients in different ways. Water-soluble vitamins like vitamin C and B vitamins (like vitamin B12 and folate) generally like to get their work done right away before we eliminate the excess, while fat-soluble vitamins (like vitamin D, vitamin E, and vitamin K) tend to stick around in our tissues until later. When we're taking these nutrients as individual vitamins, factors like timing, the contents of our stomach, and the way different nutrients interact with each other can all impact how our body utilizes them. But what happens when you stick them all in the same multivitamin?

To be totally honest, the truth about timing your vitamins may be different for Ritual multivitamins than what it might be for others on the market, especially if you're used to taking nutrients as individual vitamins. Our multivitamins have a unique format that allows you to take them any time, day or night, with or without food. It's the delivery method that makes all the difference: Our beadlet-in-oil technology allows for different nutrients to coexist in the same capsule without messing each other up, no matter if they’re water-soluble or fat-soluble. And since one of the things these two categories of nutrients have in common is that they're ideally absorbed in the small intestine, our delayed-release capsules are designed to dissolve later, past the more sensitive areas of your stomach. That means that you have the freedom to take them whenever you want— the only “science” is figuring out what makes sense with your personal schedule and preferences.*

Taking them in the morning versus evening, for example, won’t necessarily change how you absorb the nutrients. If anything, you might consider taking them at any point of the day on a relatively empty stomach—food can delay the absorption of your multivitamin, which might mean that your capsule starts to break down a little earlier. This can lead to pesky annoyances like vitamin burps or stomach irritation, so it’s best to take your vitamins before a snack or meal rather than after. (Taking them with lots of water or orange juice can also help.)

But in the end, the better answer might be that the best time of day to take your vitamins is whatever time will help you make it a habit. And since science tells us that consistent timing is a big part of habit-building, we recommend picking one time of day and sticking to it. If it’s easy for you to remember to take your vitamins as you make your morning coffee, for example, then go for it. If you hate potential vitamin burps, then maybe you prefer to take your vitamins right before bed.

The bottom line is that it really comes down to what makes sense for you—and that’s good news, right?