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How long does it take for supplements to work?

The key to reaping the rewards of your supplements is consistency 

These days, we’re all a little more conscious about our health and wellbeing. Terms like ‘self-care’ have cemented themselves in the public vocabulary, and it seems that more and more people are putting their health first.

Alongside a healthy diet and regular exercise, the right supplements can give your wellbeing the boost it needs.

Believe it or not, the global supplement market is predicted to reach a value of $216.3 billion by 2026, while the European market alone is set to reach $52.9 billion by 2025.[1] Yet despite the popularity of supplement consumption, people still have many questions. One of the most common one we get: how long does it take for supplements to work?

Understanding more about supplements is the first step in making them work for you.

How long before the effects kick in?

How long for supplements to kick in?

The speed at which you first notice the effects of your supplements is reliant on a few key factors.

Firstly, it depends on the supplements you’re taking, and the deficiency you’re trying to rectify. It also depends on how severe your deficiency is. Generally speaking, the more severely deficient you are in a vitamin or nutrient, the faster you’ll see a difference when taking supplements.

Speaking to Women’s Health, nutritionist Jessica Sepel said: “Many people are so deficient [in a nutrient] that when they start supplementing it they notice a difference in energy and mental clarity within a few days.”[2]

However, in most cases, it takes around three to six weeks to see noticeable changes.

You’ll also need to look at the cause of your deficiency, as there can be several factors at play here including diet, digestion, stress, and conditions like IBS. Addressing these issues head-on will not only benefit your overall health, but support the desired effects of supplementation.

Consistency is key

It’s important to recognise that supplements aren’t miracle pills that can improve your health immediately. It takes time to build up your levels of vitamins and nutrients, so regular supplement intake is vital. Forgetting your daily dose of vitamins won’t cause any serious problems, but inconsistently taking vitamins will impact how well supplements work. Taking supplements consistently can help to provide a constant supply of essential nutrients for your body.

Supplements should be taken daily, so that it becomes part of your routine. This will allow vitamin or nutrient levels to build up, supporting your health and wellbeing in the most impactful way.

Why take seaweed supplements?

There are many different supplements out there, including multivitamins and common options like iron tablets. In fact, according to the British Nutrition Foundation, 34% of UK adults take a supplement daily (38% of women and 29% of men).[3]

Seaweed supplements are a simple and effective way to ensure your daily diet includes all the key vitamins and minerals that seaweed has to offer, including calcium, potassium, iron and, crucially, iodine.

Just one 500mg capsule of Doctor Seaweed’s Weed & Wonderful™ organic seaweed contains as much iodine as three whole mackerel. Iodine is a vital nutrient which contributes to normal energy yielding metabolism, thyroid health, cognitive function, skin maintenance, growth of children, and nervous system function.

A supplements subscription is the best way to maintain consistency, while also saving money! Subscribe and save on Doctor Seaweed’s Weed & Wonderful™ organic seaweed supplements today and receive 15% off EVERY order. Simply set, forget and never run out. You can also pause or cancel your subscription at any time.

 

References:

[1] https://healthcareers.co/supplement-industry-statistics/

[2] https://www.womenshealth.com.au/how-long-does-it-take-for-a-supplement-to-work

[3] https://www.nutrition.org.uk/attachments/article/1259/BNF%20Food%20supplements%20factsheet.pdf

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