You might not give a lot of thought to what time you take your vitamin D supplement. As long as it gets into your tummy, right? Well … not exactly.
It turns out that the time you take your vitamins — and what you take them with — can play a big part in absorption.
Here’s everything you need to know about the best time to take vitamin D.
What’s the best time of day to take vitamin D?
There’s no official best time to take vitamin D. But some peeps prefer to take vitamin D supplements earlier in the day with a meal.
Some people also think that taking vitamin D before bed can mess with sleep. But TBH, there’s no hard-hitting science to back this up.
Still, if you think vitamin D is to blame for your tossing and turning, you should probably take your supplement earlier in the day (more on that in a minute).
Should you take vitamin D with food?
Yes! Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin, which means it dissolves in oils or fats. That’s why it’s best to take a vitamin D supplement with foods that have healthy fats (such as olive oil, seeds, nuts, fatty fish, or eggs).
But the jury is still out on whether it’s better to take vitamin D supplements with low fat or high fat foods.
In a 2013 study, 62 older adults took a 50,000-IU vitamin D3 supplement once a month for 3 months. The participants were divided into three meal groups — no meal, high fat meal, and low fat meal.
At the end of the study, researchers found that the folks who took vitamin D3 supplements with a low fat meal had better absorption.
PSA: This was just one small study. We def need a lot more research to find out how vitamin D is best absorbed.
Taking vitamin D in the morning
Lots of peeps prefer their vitamin D dose in the morning. There’s not a whole lot of science to suggest that this makes it more effective. But there is one perk: If it’s part of your morning routine, it can be easier to remember to take your supplements.