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Liquid Supplements vs. Tablets: Which are best for you?

Liquid vitamins are the new kid on the block, and represent an innovation in the vitamin supplements field that can speed the absorption of vitamins and nutrients into the bloodstream.

Vitamins in tablet and capsule form have been doing the rounds for decades now, and although scientists maintain that solid supplements can never beat the absorption of vitamins and minerals from food, they have been proven to help individuals with an extremely diverse range of conditions.

Ease of use

Over the years, supplements have been available in a wide range of physical forms. Tablets, capsules, chewables and powders have all been the next big thing, but now it is liquids that are taking the supplement market by storm.

Of course, the most important factors in the success of liquid supplements are the associated levels of absorption and the ingredients, but we’ll address that a little later in this piece. One of the other notable reasons for the rise in popularity of liquid supplements has been the ease of consumption.

While tablets can prove difficult for infants and some elderly patients to swallow, liquid supplements offer an easy and gentle way to get the required levels of vitamins and minerals into the body. People with digestive problems are often given liquid supplements as they are more easily digested and absorbed. As digestion slows and becomes less efficient with age, the elderly may rely on the absorbable nature of liquid supplements to get the vitamins they need.

Absorption rates

The latest supplements to hit the shelves tend to have improvements and innovations that make them better products overall. Research has shown that liquid supplements are more quickly and effectively absorbed by the body. This is particularly the case when compared with tablets and capsules with hard cases, which can cause them to pass through the body without being broken down at all. In fact, for many reasons, including age, medication use, PH and functional changes (i.e. surgery), the body’s digestive system may not be able to break vitamin tablets or capsules into usable material.

It can take up to six hours for the nutrients contained in solid supplements to be processed and assimilated by the body, while their liquid counterparts can enter the bloodstream in a matter of minutes.

Quality of ingredients

Capsules and tablets can contain fillers, additives, stabilisers and inactive ingredients. Both liquid and tablet supplements are regulated to ensure purity from harmful components. Fillers and binders are commonly found in pills and capsules to keep them from falling apart during handling, and while there is usually nothing harmful in them, there is also no associated health benefit either.

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