Does Caffeine Affect The Absorption of Vitamins And Minerals?

Vitamins and minerals are essential for a person's growth and overall health. In order for them to be effective, they need to be absorbed from the bloodstream and anything that prevents this process can result in your body getting inadequate nutrients. Many people start their day with a cup of coffee (tea for me), so it’s important to know that caffeine can interfere with the absorption of your vitamins, especially if taken at the same time.

Whose took their vitamins with coffee or tea before? I have.

I am guilty of this for sure. I love a nice cup of tea in the morning and I've taken some vitamins with my tea out of convenience of It being right there. Caffeine is also a diuretic, which is why we urinate more frequently while drinking a caffeinated beverage. The more you urinate, the higher the chances of you losing important nutrients. If you're taking your vitamins with coffee/tea or within an hour of one another your essentially depleting minerals two ways, through urination and caffeine interference. So just think, is your body absorbing any nutrients at all? Probably not.

Caffeine has a major impact on certain vitamins and minerals, such as the following:

- Calcium

- Iron

- Vitamin D

- B Vitamins

- Zinc

- Magnesium

++ I personally break up my vitamin intake throughout my day as I feel my body absorbs them better. I'm an early riser so I begin my mornings with lemon water, then brewing a cup of tea around 7:30 am. I will consume my first batch of vitamins around 10 am, then I take the most important ones at night so my body absorbs them without disruption.

PRO TIP: Do not consume caffeinated beverages or food (coffee, tea, energy drinks, sodas, cocoa, chocolate) within 1-2 hours of taking daily vitamins. Similarly, it's a good idea to consume caffeine in between meals rather than with your meals. Ingesting caffeine right before, during or after eating can interfere with the absorption of nutrients listed above.

All my love,

Shani