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Can Tea Stop You Absorbing Vitamins?

TLDR: we are big fans of tea, and we want to make sure our supplements are working. So we research ‘Can tea stop you absorbing vitamins’ to make sure we can get the benefits of our vitamins while still enjoying tea


Tea. We love tea. Morning tea, 3 pm slump tea, pre-workout green tea. Tea is everything. But, so are the vitamins and minerals we take. 

So, when we discovered a shocking fact about tea and vitamins, we felt like we had to rethink our entire lives…

It left us confused about whether tea can stop you absorbing vitamins and minerals, so we did some research. 

Here is what we found out about tea and your bodies ability to absorb vitamins and minerals…

So, can tea stop you absorbing vitamins? Let’s take a look.

Tea can affect your body’s ability to absorb vitamins and minerals. 

Specifically, we’re talking black tea and green tea.

This is because they contain caffeine and tannins – this is what gives tea it’s (delicious!) flavour.

So, what’s the impact of washing down our vitamins with a cuppa tea, or even coffee. 

Taking Vitamin D with tea

Caffeine inhibits vitamin D receptors. So while we were busy popping our Vitamin D pills in the morning and enjoying mushroom omelettes, our caffeine intake inhibited all our hard work. 

Taking Calcuim with tea

Without vitamin D, or when your body doesn’t have enough, this can impact how your body uses and absorbs calcium. Calcium is a must for healthy bones and teeth. 


Taking Iron with tea

Tannins don’t directly affect vitamin levels, but they do bind to iron. This interaction then blocks your body from absorbing iron. Low iron levels can make you feel pretty rubbish. Headaches, fatigue, weakness, cold hands and feet, and chest pain, are just a few symptoms someone with low iron levels might experience. 

Should you stop drinking tea if you take supplements?

Here’s the good news: we still drink tea. Here’s how:

If we’’re sipping on caffeine-containing teas like black or green tea, consider timing your tea sessions. To ensure optimal vitamin and mineral absorption, it’s recommended to take your supplements approximately an hour before or after enjoying a cup of these teas. This way, you can have the best of both worlds – the pleasure of tea and the benefits of your nutritional supplements.

But what about caffeine-free teas like peppermint, chamomile, or turmeric?

The good news is, these herbal and fruit teas are caffeine-free and shouldn’t interfere with your body’s ability to absorb vitamins and minerals. So, feel free to indulge in a soothing cup of herbal tea without any reservations.


In conclusion, tea remains a beloved companion in our daily lives. By understanding its interaction with vitamins and minerals, and with a little timing consideration, we can continue to enjoy its warmth and flavor while reaping the full benefits of our essential nutrients. Cheers to the perfect harmony of tea and nutrition!

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