The Best Time to Take Supplements: How and When to Take Your Herbs

The Best Time to Take Supplements: How and When to Take Your Herbs
The Best Time to Take Supplements: How and When to Take Your Herbs

Herbal supplements are designed to support your body through the wonderful power of plants.* And while herbs are easy to work into your routine, you may be wondering about the best time to take supplements so you can get the most out of them.

Here, we’ll share tips on the how, when, and what of taking supplements: how to choose between liquid extracts, capsules, powders, and gummies; when during the day to take your supplements and how long to keep taking them; and what to look for to ensure you’re getting a high-quality product.

The Best Time to Take Supplements: How, When, and What

How to Take Herbal Supplements

Herbs can support your body in various ways.* But before you can reap the benefits of all sorts of plants and mushrooms, you’ll need to decide how you will take your herbal supplements—in the form of liquid extracts, capsules, powders, or gummies.

We’ll provide an overview of these options to help you choose between them. We also offer syrups, sprays, lozenges, tablets, and teas for your needs. Of course, we recommend taking a look at your lifestyle to decide what sort of supplement works best for you.

Ask yourself which type seems most convenient and even most enjoyable—which format you are most likely to use every day. After all, an herbal supplement does you no good if you never get around to taking it.

Liquid Extracts

  GI Feel Good

Liquid extracts deliver herbal extracts in a liquid form. Here at Gaia Herbs, we use only water and ethanol to extract our herbs, no harsh chemical solvents such as acetone. When you choose a Gaia Herbs liquid extract, you can rest assured that you are getting a high-quality product.

To take liquid extracts, all you have to do is drop the correct dosage into a small glass of water. For example, Gaia Herbs GI Feel Good is a digestive support supplement in this liquid format.* Adults can take 60 drops in a small amount of water three to four times daily.

The great thing about liquid extracts is that they can also be mixed into a glass of juice for the little ones. GaiaKids® Calm Support is a liquid extract developed by a pediatric naturopath and designed to help keep children feeling relaxed; it can be diluted in water or juice.

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Powder supplement

Taking supplements in powder form is another effective way to reap all of the benefits that herbs can provide.* Powder supplements typically come in a tub, and you simply scoop out the appropriate amount of powder each time you take your supplement.

Powder supplements also offer you creativity and flexibility when it comes to how to take them. They can typically be added to smoothies, dairy or non-dairy milk, water, and so on. We even love baking with them: Take a look at some delicious herbal recipes using our powders here and here.

One example of a powder supplement is Gaia Herbs Immune Shine™, which is a delicious powder blend combining all the benefits of immune-supporting herbs and mushrooms.* Take one teaspoon daily mixed into the beverage of your choice.

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Capsules are a popular choice when it comes to taking supplements because they are so quick to take. But all capsules are not the same.

The Gaia Herbs supplements available in capsule form are either powder capsules (powder in a vegan capsule) or Liquid Phyto-CapsⓇ.

Our vegan Liquid Phyto-Caps provide you with all the goodness of a liquid but the convenience of a capsule. Gaia Herbs Turmeric Supreme® Extra Strength is one of our most popular supplements that comes in Liquid Phyto-Caps, while Reishi Mushroom is an example of a powder capsule product.

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  Gaia Herbs Black Elderberry Extra Strength Gummies

Gummy supplements are not just for kids anymore. The right gummies can provide the support you’re looking for in an easy-to-take, tasty form.

For example, Gaia Herbs Black Elderberry Extra Strength Gummies contain a potent immune blend equivalent to 12.3 grams of fresh Elderberries per two gummies.* These are Certified Organic, made with real fruit, and are free of any added flavors, colors, or refined sugars.

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When to Take Herbal Supplements

Whether you’re taking liquid extracts, powder, capsules, or gummies, the best time to take supplements depends on what herb you are taking.

The time of day, whether you take your supplement with or without food, and how long you continue to take a specific herb are all important factors.

Time of Day

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Each herbal supplement is designed to support your body in a different way.* For this reason, the best time to take supplements depends on what you are taking.

An herb like Valerian is used to promote a sense of relaxation and a natural transition to sleep.* That’s why we recommend taking Gaia Herbs Valerian Root within an hour of bedtime.

On the other hand, the blend of herbs used in Gaia Herbs Adrenal Health® Daily Support should be taken in the morning and, for additional support, in the afternoon.

Read the label on your specific supplement to know the best time to take it.

With or Without Food

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In addition to thinking through the best time to take supplements, it’s also worth considering whether to take your herbs with or without food. Again, this depends on the specific herb and the intended health benefit.

Since there is no one rule that applies to all supplements and herbs, we recommend reading the label on your product to know if your supplements are to be taken before, with, or between meals.

Long-Term or Short-Term

Healthy habits such as staying active, eating well, and caring for your mind are wellness practices that you’ll want to continue for your whole life.

However, when it comes to herbal supplements, some are meant to be taken long-term while others are designed to be taken on a short-term basis. We’ll give you a few examples.

Gaia Herbs SleepThru® contains Jujube, Passionflower, Ashwagandha, and Magnolia to promote restful sleep for occasional sleeplessness.* Many good things come with time, and that applies to this supplement. The best results are obtained after one month of use.

On the other hand, some supplements are time-limited. Gaia Herbs Liver Cleanse, which is a liver and cleanse support product, is intended to be taken for up to three to four months.*

Others are designed to support you when you need it most, like Gaia Herbs Quick Defense®.* This is a fast-acting immune support product that can be taken at onset for two days, with the option to repeat if necessary.*

Plants are varied and so is the way that they support our bodies. And, as you can see, the length of time that you should take an herbal supplement varies based on the specific herb.

Once again, we recommend reading the label on your product or talking with your naturopathic physician to learn about your herb and how long to take it.

What to Take

Before we wrap up, we’ll share one last tip—but perhaps one of the most important. While how you take supplements and when you take them are both important factors, it’s essential to talk about what you are putting in your body.

Look for supplements without any unnecessary ingredients or fillers. Stay clear of GMOs, artificial sweeteners, and preservatives. And look out for common allergens such as gluten, grains, soy, and dairy.

But it’s not just about staying away from questionable ingredients. It’s also about choosing high-quality herbs that are sourced with integrity.

At Gaia Herbs, we are firm believers that the quality of an herbal supplement can only be as good as the quality of the herbs that go into it. That’s why many of the herbs in our products are grown on our farm, where we can cultivate them exactly the way we want.

Orange flowers

For plants used in our supplements that we cannot grow on our own farm or in the quantity that we need, our network of organic and sustainable communities allows us to source herbs from where they grow best.

In addition, we believe you deserve to know exactly what’s in your herbal supplements. That’s why we created, the world’s first herb traceability platform. Here you will discover the origin of your herbs; learn how they were grown, harvested, and extracted; and see validation of your product’s level of purity and potency.

Make the Most of Your Herbal Supplements

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Taking herbal supplements is the first step toward harnessing the power of plants for your health and well-being.* But don’t stop there! Make your herbal supplements work best for you by carefully choosing between liquid extracts, powders, capsules, and gummies.

Then, check the label and talk with your naturopathic physician about what time of day to take your supplement, whether you should take it with or without food, and how long to stick with it. Remember that every herb is different.

Opt for the highest quality products with Gaia Herbs supplements. From immune support to energy support and herbs for men and women, our herbal supplements are formulated to help you nurture your health with Nature.*

Make the most of your herbal supplements, starting today.