How to take medications and supplements?

How to take medications and supplements?

How to take medications and supplements?

Taking a drug or supplement requires particular attention, both in terms of dosage and method. Some substances must be taken on a full stomach to ensure greater bioavailability, such as fat-soluble vitamins and fatty acids. On the contrary, for other substances it will be better to take them on an empty stomach, such as water-soluble vitamins or lactic ferments.

Let's look at some more specific examples.

How to take vitamin B12?

Vitamin B12 (also called Cobalamin) is a highly water-soluble and crystalline cobalt-containing vitamin. It is advisable to take vitamin B12 on an empty stomach and between meals, once a day at a dosage of 2-2.5 micrograms as needed. Conditions such as breastfeeding and pregnancy require a higher intake of vitamin B12.

How to take Omega 3?

Omega 3 are a group of essential fatty acids present abundantly in the structure of cell membranes. It is recommended to take Omega 3 after meals to aid its absorption. The dosage varies according to need, to improve cardiac, visual and blood function we recommend taking at least 2 grams of fish oil (main source of omega 3) with an EPA and DHA content of approximately 1.5 grams.

How to take Turmeric?

Turmeric is a spice also called Saffron from India used for food purposes and thanks to its properties it is present in many supplements. The active molecules are called curcuminoids and have an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant action. These components are characterized by poor bioavailability which can be improved thanks to the presence of piperine within the formulation. It is recommended to take turmeric after meals. The dosage can vary from 500mg to 1500mg with a curcuminoid content of 95%.

How to take Vitamin D?

Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that accumulates in the liver and plays an important function in regulating calcium metabolism. Precisely due to its chemical properties, it is advisable to take Vitamin D on a full stomach to aid its absorption. The dosage varies depending on personal needs and can range from 400UI to 2000UI or more.

How to take creatine?

Creatine is an amino acid derivative that allows you to improve sports performance by providing energy to the muscles. In particular, it provides phosphate groups necessary for the synthesis of ATP within the muscle cell. Creatine intake can be done throughout the day on an empty stomach. The beneficial effects will become evident after a few days in which the creatine is deposited in the muscle. There are 3 main hiring protocols, which are often the subject of debate. In general, there is some individuality in the response to creatine and it is best to consult your doctor or pharmacist before taking high doses.


Loading method 1:

initial load of 0.2-0.3 g/kg per day or 20 g per day for 5-7 days, followed by maintenance of 3-5 g per day.


Method 2 without load:

constant intake of 3 g per day.

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