Supplement Scheduling – When & How To Take All Your Different Supplements

How do you figure out when to take all your different supplements – especially when some of them need to be consumed on an empty stomach? And what do you do if some of your supplements are not compatible with each other? Read on for some guidelines, tips, and a real-life example.

Here are some tips to help you figure out your supplement schedule:

  • Take the supplements that are absorbed the fastest, first.
  • If a substance does not specify that it needs to be consumed on an empty stomach, then it’s probably okay to take it together with other substances.
  • If a herb is recommended to be taken on an empty stomach, is it because the empty stomach is a pre-requisite for adequate absorption – because food interferes with its absorption? Or, is it because it’s a substance that needs to have a clear surface to apply it’s healing properties? Supplements like slippery elm, aloe vera juice, and marshmallow root fit into the latter category and therefore can easily be taken together – since they’re all trying to accomplish the same thing.
  • When a supplement says “take on an empty stomach”, that means 20 minutes before food, or 2 hours after food.

Now that you know the basic guidelines, sometimes you still need to experiment a bit to find the best schedule to achieve maximum potency and effectiveness from your supplements. Let’s take a look at an example, so you can see how this plays out in real life.

Supplements for Colitis

Krista suffers from colitis, so she needs to take the following products to repopulate her gut with good bacteria, relieve gas, bloating and diarrhea, eliminate heartburn, and heal the mucosal lining of her intestines:

  • Probiotics (beneficial bacteria for the GI tract – empty stomach for the powders – 3x/day)
  • Psyllium husk powder (for diarrhea control 2x/day)
  • Deglycyrrhizinated Licorice (DGL) – before or after a meal for heartburn relief
  • L-Glutamine (empty stomach for diarrhea control – 3x/day)
  • N-Acetyl Glucosamine (NAG) – empty stomach for intestinal repair – 3x/day
  • Slippery Elm (empty stomach for healing mucosal lining of intestines 3x/day)
  • Aloe vera juice (empty stomach for healing intestinal mucosal lining)
  • Multimineral & Multivitamin (3x/day for whole-body health and replace nutrients lost through malabsorption and fecal loss)

Krista’s problem is that she doesn’t know which ones she can take together, how far apart they need to be taken from each other, or how to fit them all in around mealtimes. Since she’s taking a lot of supplements – and many of them three times a day – you can easily see why she’s so confused.

She’s especially confused since the probiotics state on the bottle that any herbs should be taken at least 2 hours apart from the probiotics – since many herbs have antibacterial action and thus will kill the good bacteria in the probiotics.

Experimenting With Your Supplement Schedule

First of all, Krista needs to keep in mind that even our food can contain natural antibacterials (like garlic, onions, etc.) and Natren has had to set a time limit that applies to a wide variety of substances at all strengths/potencies. For example, if you’re taking Wild Oregano Oil or Olive Leaf extract, then you definitely cannot consume the probiotics sooner than 2 hours, as you’d be wasting your money. However, other supplements (and foods) are far less potent against bacteria. Therefore, she may be okay to implement one of the following supplement schedules.

The main difference between the two schedules below is whether she wants to take her probiotics before every meal, or whether she would like to take just one large dose before bed. This is where the experimentation comes in. Her body will definitely prefer, and do better on, one or the other. She will have to test each of them for a week at a time and see which schedule benefits her body the most.

Schedule #1

Before a meal:

  • take the Probiotics in powder form
  • wait 20 minutes, then take the NAG, L-Glutamine, Slippery elm and Psyllium (these supplements can be taken together because, although they all require an empty stomach, they are compatible with each other), then eat, and take the Multivitamin/Multimineral with your food
  • after the meal take the DGL (deglycyrrhizinated licorice)

Before bed:

  • take the Probiotics in powder form
  • wait 20 minutes, then take the Aloe vera juice


Schedule #2

Before each meal:

  • take the NAG, L-Glutamine, Aloe vera juice, Slippery elm and Psyllium (these supplements can be taken together because, although they all require an empty stomach, they are compatible with each other)
  • wait 15 minutes, then eat, and take the Multivitamin/Multimineral with your food
  • after the meal take the DGL (or in this case, you can also take it before the meal, if you prefer, since you’re not consuming the probiotics at this time)

Before bed:

  • Take 1 – 2 teaspoons of each Probiotic powder

Krista will need to experiment with both schedules and see which one gives her better results. The probiotics may work better for her in multiple doses and may not be affected much by the other substances, or, they may work better taken on their own in a large dose. Again, the only way to find out is to test and experiment.

The reason people need to experiment with their supplements is because everyone’s body and condition (or pathology) are different. Some people are highly sensitive and responsive to certain herbal medicines and not to others. And some people need aggressive supplementation no matter which herb it is, whilst others are highly sensitive to all supplements.

When you’re dealing with a supplement like high-potency probiotics, for example, some people’s bodies respond most favorably when they’re taken in powder form on an empty stomach. And other bodies prefer controlled-release capsule probiotics taken with food. Again, the only way to find out is to experiment.

Choosing The Best Calcium Supplement For You – 5 Helpful Tips You Need To Know

Consumers often ask: How do I know the best calcium supplement to take? The simple answer to the question is that the best supplement is the one that helps you achieve your goal for taking it. Determining that one, however, can be confusing, even to medical professionals. There are too many brands to choose from, and all of them claim to be equally good for you. But, knowing what to look for can help you make better choices.

First, take a few minutes to read the “supplement facts” label. On it, you will find the dose for the supplement, amount per serving, and percent daily value. Percent daily value is simply the percent of the daily value provided by one dose. Take note of the calcium compound used to make the supplement; you’ll need it in step 2.

Step 2 is to determine the calcium content (a.k.a. elemental calcium) of the supplement per serving. Different calcium compounds have different elemental calcium. For example, calcium carbonate contains 40% elemental calcium; dicalcium phosphate is 38% elemental calcium; calcium citrate contains 21% elemental calcium; calcium lactate is 13% calcium and calcium gluconate is 9% calcium. What this means is that if you take 500 mg of a supplement with 40% elemental calcium, for instance, you will get 200 mg of calcium. By contrast, you will have to take at least 950 mg of a supplement with 21% elemental calcium in order to get the same amount of calcium.

Now that you know the elemental calcium, consider how well the supplement dissolves. This is what sets apart good calcium supplements from bad ones. If the supplement does not dissolve well in your stomach, you are unlikely to get maximum benefit from it. To test how well it dissolves, place a pill in a cup containing warm water. Let it sit for 30 minutes while stirring occasionally. If it does not dissolve well after 30 minutes, it is unlikely to dissolve well in your stomach.

While the ability to dissolve defines a good calcium supplement, absorbability determines the best calcium supplement for each individual. The supplement is of little value to you if your body cannot absorb it. Side effects like constipation, gas, and stomach upset are telltale signs of poor calcium absorption. If you develop these side effects from your supplement, try taking it in doses of 500 mg or less and with vitamin D. Such steps can improve its absorption. In general, most people absorb calcium carbonate well if they take it with food. But, calcium citrate is often recommended for those with digestive or absorption problems, and they can take it any time.

Finally, consider the purity of the supplement. Choose supplements that have the abbreviation USP on the label. USP, which stands for United States Pharmacopeia, is a government agency that sets quality standards for all prescription and over-the-counter medicines, dietary supplements, and other healthcare products manufactured and sold in the United States. Avoid calcium from unrefined oyster shell, bone meal, or dolomite without the USP symbol; they may contain high levels of lead or other toxic metals.

Anyone looking for a calcium supplement can easily find one in the stores; picking out the right one for you is a different story. So, before you buy, read the “supplement facts” label carefully. Determine the calcium compound used in the supplement and its calcium content. Test how well it dissolves. Choose supplements with the USP abbreviation on their labels. If you develop side effects from your supplement, try a different brand or formulation, or talk with your doctor.

Are You Sure Weight Loss Supplements Help with Weight Reduction?

The number of people who are fighting the losing battle with obesity in America is constantly rising. More than 30% of all adults in the United States are obese. There are many people looking for a weight loss solutions, which is why there are so many turning to various weight loss supplements to help them lose the excess pounds they are carrying around. Taking a weight loss supplement is a good idea for some people, especially those having health risks that are often associated with obesity. It is, however, important to understand that supplemental pills are not a magical cure. Taking a diet pill alone will not solve the problem of obesity.

Available Supplements for weight reduction

With a variety of diet supplements available that can assist with weight loss it is important to know what you are looking for. There are supplements made for men, women, young people, older people, and many other varieties made to improve health and quality of life. In the category of weight loss there are over 50 supplements available. Some of the popular ingredients in weight loss drugs include caffeine, ginseng, apple cider vinegar, hydroxycitric acid and chromium. Since there is such a wide variety of ingredients in a supplements there is always something for everyone.

Weight loss drugs are separated into several categories; each category has its own way to eliminate fat. These are a few of the possible categories of supplemental drugs that you might have come across if you were looking for a weight loss supplement.

– Carbohydrate Metabolism Modulation — Chromium and Ginseng are in this group of weight loss supplements. These ingredients help to modulate carbohydrate metabolism and deal with chromium deficiency.

– Increasing Fat Oxidation or Reducing Synthesis of Fat — Ingredients in supplements that actually help the body to oxidate fat or reduce the synthesis of fat in the body. These ingredients include green tea, hydroxycitric acid, licorice, pyrucate, and Vitamin B5.

– Increasing the Energy Used — Some weight loss supplements work by increasing the body’s energy expenditure. These supplements include; Country Mallow, Guarana, Ephedra, Caffeine, Yerba mate, and Bitter Orange.

Choosing the right Weight Loss Supplements that will help you in your weight reduction

With so many weight loss diet pills to choose from it can be difficult to choose which one will work best for you. It doesn’t matter if you are a man or a woman; there are a few tips that can help you pick the best supplement for you. If you are looking for the best one here are some tips that can help you find what is best for you.

Tip # 1 –– Check for Scientific Research. When you are looking for a great weight loss drug you should remember to check for scientific research that has been done on the drug before making a purchase. Look at the science behind the drug before you ingest it. Some supplements have no research behind them at all; these can be harmful to your body in the long run. If the drug is actually good for your weight reduction it should have science backing it up.

Tip #2 –– Purchase Reputable Brands. It is important to only purchase reputable brands if you are looking for the best weight loss diet pill. Avoid purchasing brands that you haven’t ever heard of. As long as you make sure you have heard of the drug and that others have proven success with this drug you will have a better chance of success. Also, you may want to research product reviews and comparisons with other products to see what other users have learned about that specific supplement for weight loss as well.

Tip #3 –– Make Sure Contact Info is Available. Check the label to make sure there is contact information for the manufacturer. If there isn’t a way for you to contact the company incase you had some sort of problem with the weight loss drug then you should avoid taking the supplement.

Tip #4 –– Read the Label. Take the time to read the label on the package that the weight loss drug came in before you purchase it. You should be able to find out what ingredients are in the drug as well as what the dosage is. You should make sure that the supplement is using the best ingredients and that none of the ingredients are going to cause you any harm by allergic reactions or through drug interactions or in any other way. If you cannot find a list of ingredients then you should avoid the drug. If you find a supplement that does not have great weight loss helpful ingredients you should avoid it as well.

Research – How to Evaluate a Nutritional Supplement

There are a lot of deceptive, dishonest and fraud supplement companies out there that are scams!!

Even some ” good “ companies… are selling you worthless “gimmicks”…

Yep, there are some companies that you have to watch out for that may not want to rip you off, but they are simply just a ma and pa kind of group trying to make and sell supplements out of their garage, having no idea that their supplements are actually useless, or potentially harmful.

I could not believe what I read the other day on a company’s sales site for their processed fruit and vegetable supplement. I laughed when I found one site that actually said the following directly on their site:

“We really don’t feel that any research is needed. Our product only contains fruit extracts, vegetable extracts, and enzymes… the health benefits of which are all widely recognized and accepted.”

Run the other direction from companies like that! And run fast! They obviously know nothing about what they are doing. There is more of a science to nutritional supplementation than just tossing different ingredient together like a salad.

Tips on how to evaluate a nutritional supplement:

* Good Manufacturing Procedures (GMPs) – Do they follow any company GMPs? GMPs refers to the “control and management of manufacturing and quality control testing”. Many nutritional supplement companies are trying to cut on costs and do not implement GMPs.

* Testimonials – I usually don’t really trust written testimonials on a site. Anybody can write these up. Call the company and see if the person answering the phone actually uses that same supplement them self. What is their testimonial and experience with the supplement?

* Research – Does the company have any scientific research and testing done in the lab and more importantly, in live human beings? Is there ongoing research and development going on for the supplements? Do they have doctors studying and using the supplement?

* Accurate and Appropriate Claims. Look at the label. If statements are unclear or the label makes preposterous claims, the company most likely does not follow good quality control procedures.

* Juice vs Powder vs Capsule – What is their supplement form? Most fruit juices are really just water and sugar, since those are the major ingredients in fruit. If you want a juice product, go drink some orange juice. But a fruit can be turned into a powder that gives more concentration to the good nutrients and slows the oxidation process.

* Satisfaction Guarantee – A company that expects you to have good results with the supplement after using it for several months, will have a money-back satisfaction guarantee.

* Company Size – Anybody can hide behind an internet webpage. Make sure that they have a physical address and contact details. I would recommend that you call and talk with them. Ask about how the supplements are manufactured and where. If the facility is close, see if you can go and tour the the manufacturing plant. Do they have 2 employees or 20 employees? Do they ship out 5 packages a month or thousands?

* Age of the Company – Is it a brand new fly-by-night kind of company, or is it 10 or more years old?

* Standardized Ingredients – A recent 3rd party study evaluating hundreds of different supplements out there from all different sources and showed that a staggering number of supplement companies do not even use standardized ingredients, let alone have the technology to begin to do so if they were required to do so. “Standardized” means that what is labeled on the outside of the bottle is really going to be what you are getting in your body. It also means that each bottle is going to be consistent with the next bottle from the same company.

People have asked me to check out this product and that product. I am always open-minded and I review juices and supplements as they emerge.

In conclusion, I just want to say to be proactive with your research. It may surprise you to know that only 5% of supplement companies out there do any kind of research and testing on their actual supplements that they sell. Some of them will try to share with you research that has been done on the “ingredients” or even fruits in their product, but not on their actual product. I hope that this article helped you at least to learn how to evaluate your nutritional supplements.

I did a lot of research before finding the right supplement that I trust, from a trustworthy, 14 year old, Research and Development company that has their own team of over 20 full-time scientists that work in the company lab to bring about the most superior supplements on the planet… a product used by hundreds of Olympic athletes for athletic gain, as well as being used by ordinary people seeking more energy, a stronger immune system and weight loss that works!

How To Choose Quality Nutritional Supplements

Supplementation with multivitamins can most definitely provide you with
an edge to achieve optimum everyday health. However, considering the overwhelming abundance of supplements in the market today, it is very important for you to find the one that will actually give your overall health a boost as it claims to.

It might surprise you to know that there are only a few quality nutritional supplements in the market that live up to their claims for better health. This goes without saying that buying a health supplement should not be as easy as getting a bottle labelled “vitamins and minerals.” Choosing the right supplement to take should be a wise, carefully thought of decision.

Below are two of the most important factors you need to consider when selecting the right health supplement:

Comprehensive ingredient and manufacturing information. Make sure that you examine every information and detail written on the label of the supplement bottle.

You should find the name, the specific form as well as the more or less accurate amount of each of the vitamin or mineral contained in every tablet.

It should also inform you of the date of expiry, the manufacturing batch number, and the manufacturer and its contact information.

Performing a thorough evaluation. Supplements are not controlled or regulated by the DFA.

Considering this, it is therefore very important to conduct your very own careful evaluation on the manufacturer before deciding on any health supplement. You should find out whether the supplements they produce are pharmaceutical grade or complain with the GMP (good manufacturing practice).

It is also as important that you check whether they have conducted the appropriate analytical lab tests for effectiveness and performance and what particular tests they perform.

What therefore are the characteristics of quality nutritional supplements?
Quality health supplements are the supplements that can assure to give you the better health as it promises to. What you should choose is one that is complete in vitamins, minerals and other important compounds that your body needs to maintain tip-top health. You wouldn’t want to end up needing to take three different health supplements to reach your ultimate health goal.

The fact still remains that the best health supplements are those that have been produced from non-artificial and natural ingredients.

You should also know that there are multivatimin supplements that have been tested to contain all natural nutrients at the appropriate amounts stated.

However, they tend to are destroyed during digestion so that all ingredients are virtually wasted. Health supplements that provide nutrients in forms that can be readily absorbed by your body are obviously preferrable than those which are not bio-available.