How to Take Vitamins With Coffee

by Chris Miksen ; Updated September 28, 2017

While coffee may taste good, it has side effects.

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Drinking coffee and taking vitamins seems innocent enough, but the effects of coffee actually diminish the effects of the vitamins. Because coffee speeds up your gastrointestinal tract, everything you consume with coffee moves through your body faster, including vitamins. When the vitamins move through your body faster, your body cannot absorb them as well. Don’t fret, though, you can still drink your coffee and take your vitamins, just not at the same time.

Step 1

Drink a cup of coffee and eat a snack or meal. In addition to your coffee, you should eat something before you take your vitamins, in case the vitamins cause an upset stomach.

Step 2

Pour a glass of water 10 to 15 minutes after you drink the last of your coffee.

Step 3

Swallow the vitamins with the glass of water. Waiting 10 to 15 minutes before taking the vitamins decreases the effects of the coffee, allowing your body to better absorb the vitamins.

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About the Author

Located in Pittsburgh, Chris Miksen has been writing instructional articles on a wide range of topics for online publications since 2007. He currently owns and operates a vending business. Miksen has written a variety of technical and business articles throughout his writing career. He studied journalism at the Community College of Allegheny County.