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How long does it take for supplements to work?

Anyone may be curious about how long you will see the effect of supplements.

One day, three weeks, months, or after that? There are so many factors influencing how long and how much the supplement’s effect will be seen.

For example, the efficiency of nutrient absorption in your body heavily depends on the type of supplements and the interactions among nutrients in your body. Water-soluble vitamins, i.e. vitamin C, are absorbed in a few minutes, resulting in immediate metabolic effects. However, some fat-soluble vitamins i.e. vitamin D may take a longer time to notice their effects.

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"How much supplement do you actually need in one day to stay healthy? "

Consistency is the key

Remember that food supplements are not medicines!

Taking daily supplements as a part of your routine is proven utmost beneficial to your health.

Continuous supplementation with the correct dosage has been shown to support your health and well-being in the most impactful way.

It is widely accepted that more than 4-week consistent supplementation is noticeably seen in its effect.

Although missing your daily dose of supplements will not cause serious problems, skipping your daily supplements for consecutive days may impact how well supplements work.

In addition, our ability to absorb supplements varies from person to person and the effectiveness is dependent on the combination of supplements. Other biological or external factors which may influence the effect of vitamin absorption include age, gender, digestion, diet, and medical conditions.

Supplements are used to treat nutrition deficiencies.

Although we only require a small amount of micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) in our bodies, The World Health Organization (WHO) strongly advises that we keep an eye out for signs of nutrient deficiencies in our everyday diet. Mild nutritional deficiencies may have no explicit signs and symptoms. However, prolonged nutrition deficiencies often cause fatigue, weakness, dizziness, poor skin and nails. Ultimately, the effective duration of supplementation to rectify these deficiencies depends on the deficiency levels which means many times, a higher dose of supplements is needed to help you overcome many concerning health problems.

Types of vitamins matter!

The noticeable effects of vitamin supplementation have been claimed to be seen from 4 weeks onwards. However, depending on biological factors such as age, gender, genetics and vitamin status, whether you are deficient or optimized, the noticeable time to see the effect of vitamin supplementation may vary.

Fat-soluble vitamins, such as A, D, E and K, require dietary fat for the absorption of vitamins, likewise these vitamins are highly effective when consumed directly after a meal.

On the other hand, water-soluble vitamins (C and B) readily dissolve in water and are easily absorbed into body tissue and may result in a noticeably faster effect upon consumption.

Mineral supplements

Essential trace minerals are needed in our bodies in small amounts and mainly be acquired from the diet. Trace minerals play a crucial role as coenzyme factors of enzymes which help control our metabolism and most of the chemical reactions. Some essential minerals include Copper, Chromium, Selenium, Manganese, and Molybdenum. For example, Copper and Manganese supplements are potent cofactors for the superoxide dismutase enzyme (SOD2). This enzyme removes free radicals preventing damage to our cell membrane.

However, to prevent an excess of minerals in our body, we must stick to the RDA of each mineral since those minerals may accumulate in the body resulting in numerous health problems. "How many supplements to see results?"

The power of Prebiotics and Probiotics

Did you know that Probiotics are just as important as prebiotics for a good digestive health?

Did you know that probiotics are equally as important as prebiotics in improving your gut health? It is advised that individuals who do not consume enough fruits, vegetables or fermented foods such as yogurt, kefir, and fermented milk should consider using probiotics supplements. Additionally, people who are lactose intolerant could also benefit from probiotics supplements.

Prebiotics and probiotics. How do they affect our gut health?

Prebiotics is a food source for your gut’s microorganisms and they help improve your gut health. Prebiotics are insoluble dietary fibers commonly found in bananas, garlic, onions, wheat, oats, and soybeans. However, our body cannot digest these insoluble fibers, but internally it is fuel for our good bacteria known as probiotics. Probiotics are a mixture of live bacteria or yeast in your body, which rely on prebiotics as fuel to keep your gut healthy.

Upon the digestion of dietary fiber, probiotics produce short-chain fatty acids (SCFA), improving our gut health. Research studies have shown that the beneficial effect of probiotics and prebiotics is observable around 3-4 weeks since probiotics need time to accomplish a good bacteria count while removing bad gut bacteria that causes inflammation. Additional clinical trials have shown that probiotics and prebiotics supplements reduce colorectal cancer risk as the gut lining becomes more protected against pathogens.

Probiotics take time to form good bacteria in our gut and to eliminate bad bacteria out of the body.

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In summary, health experts and leading scientists have proposed that four weeks up to 3 months should be long enough to assess whether you feel any benefits from all supplements. Besides, the effectiveness of vitamin and mineral supplement intake may differ according to biological factors and your body's nutrient status. In this case, it is advised to consult a health professional to adjust the appropriate dosage and duration of the supplements relating to your nutrition status, as they will help you outline your daily supplements tailored to your health goals whilst achieving optimum results.

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