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Here are a few guidelines to help maximize the benefit of the vitamins and supplements you take.


Basic One Daily Multivitamin Iron Free

Basic One daily multivitamin contains methylated (5-MTHF) folate and vitamin B12, 50 mcg (2000 IU) vitamin D3, magnesium, zinc and other premium vitamins and minerals in amounts proven beneficial to optimal health.

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Which supplements be taken with should be taken in the morning with breakfast?

Breakfast is an optimal time to take your multivitamin, omega-3, and most other supplements as you’re likely at home, and it’s convenient to pull the supplements from the cabinet while breakfast is heating. Keep in mind what you have for breakfast matters thought. Four specific vitamins – A, D, E, and K are fat-soluble and require fat for proper absorption. How much fat is enough? A woman consuming around 1,500 calories per day will likely eat somewhere between 40 and 50 grams of fat. Divided over three meals and a snack or two, each meal likely contains 10 to 15 grams of fat which is a good number to aid vitamin absorption. If your breakfast has 10 to 15 grams of fat, plan to take most of your supplements with this meal. If not, the more optimal supplement time is lunch or dinner.

Which supplements be taken with should be taken with lunch or dinner?

If you’re someone who doesn’t eat breakfast, or if your breakfast is fat-free, for example, an English muffin with jam or fat-free yogurt and a piece of fruit, then plan to take your multivitamin, omega-3, and most other supplements with lunch or dinner.  While many experts suggest that supplements be taken with breakfast, it really doesn’t matter what time of day you take yours, so don’t worry if you’re not a breakfast person or mornings are just too busy – you can take your supplements at any meal. Because the goal is consistency, our recommendation is to pick a meal or meals and take your multivitamin and other dietary supplements at the same time each day.

When should I take my omega-3 supplement? 

While omega-3 fatty acids don’t require food to be absorbed,  we recommend you take them with a meal that contains some fat as this reduces the potential for fish burps or stomachache. It’s unnecessary to split up the omega-3 throughout the day, so we suggest you take this supplement when you take your multivitamin.


Calcium Citrate Supplement 500 mg

Calcium Citrate Supplement supplies 500 mg of elemental calcium from calcium citrate in each serving of two tablets. The citrate form of calcium provides superior absorption.  

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Which supplements be taken after dinner?

A: For best results, the optimal supplement timing for melatonin is to take the supplement an hour or so before bedtime, as this gives time for the melatonin to be absorbed. This is also a good time to take supplemental magnesium if you need more than what’s in your multivitamin, as magnesium can be relaxing.

Which supplements should be taken in the evening at bedtime?

While Calcium Citrate can be taken with food,  for optimal absorption, it’s best taken alone. With this in mind, we recommend calcium supplements be taken at bedtime as part of the bedtime ritual of brushing teeth, getting a drink of water, etc. Because the body can’t absorb more than about 500 mg of calcium at a time, if you need 750-1000 mg of calcium, take 500 mg of calcium when you brush your teeth at night and the rest when you brush your teeth in the morning.

Is there a concern with taking all my vitamins and supplements at once? 

No. The Cooper Complete Nutritional Supplement product line has been developed with the intention of the various products working together. We recommend that most people take a multivitamin and omega-3, and understand supplements for specific goals (Dermatologic, Eye, Joint, or Prostate Health) and conditions (Vitamin B12, Vitamin D3, CoQ10, etc.) will be added. The cumulative levels of all the ingredients in the Cooper Complete Nutritional Supplement line are safe. This said, have you read the “Suggested Usage” information on product bottles? All Cooper Complete products give suggested serving sizes, followed by the statement “or as directed by your health care professional.” It’s important to talk with your doctor about what supplements you take in order to avoid possible drug interactions. For example, Vitamin K is not recommended for people on blood thinners, and Iron supplements are typically not recommended for men and post-menopausal women.

One of the big benefits of taking Cooper Complete supplements is the knowledgeable Cooper representatives trained and ready for your specific questions, so contact us if you have a question or would like more information.

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