Some vitamins and minerals are best taken on an empty stomach. And some — like these four anti-inflammatory vitamins nutritionists say you should take with meals to lose stubborn belly flab — require food to help you better absorb nutrients.
Burning reluctant belly fat takes a multi-level approach that includes a healthy, protein-rich diet, less sugar and processed foods, and more exercise and sleep. But these anti-inflammatory supplements can help. Just be sure to help them go down better with a meal or snack.
Probiotics are live strains of bacteria that balance the bacteria levels in your gut, fighting inflammation and helping you fight belly fat, obesity, and a number of illnesses and conditions, including digestive disorders like IBS.
Probiotics work best when you take them before or with meals. “Probiotics, which can be the most expensive of all your vitamins, should be taken just before or at the time of your meals to help decrease the effects of stomach acid that can kill the probiotics,” Elsie Koh, MD, medical director of Azura Vascular Care, told Reader’s Digest.
As a fat-soluble vitamin, it’s important to take vitamin D to increase its effectiveness. And considering how vitamin D has been linked to more weight loss and less body fat, this is one supplement worth considering if you fear you aren’t getting enough of it from sources like natural sunlight, meat, and dairy.
The omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil have a number of health benefits that include a decreased risk of heart disease and weight loss. The main reason you’ll want to take fish oil with food is to prevent dreaded fish burps that can occur and are pretty unpleasant.
Your body needs iron to create energy from nutrients and carry oxygen to very part of your body. Without enough iron you’ll feel sluggish and less equipped to complete that workout you’re relying on for health and weight loss. If you are not getting enough iron from foods, it’s a good idea to take an iron supplement with meals to avoid getting an upset stomach.
“If you have a sensitive stomach, take it first thing in the morning and wash it down with juice,” Dr. Koh told Reader’s Digest.