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Liquid Vitamins: Are they better than taking a multivitamin capsule or tablet?
If you are thinking of taking a multivitamin, how do you go about figuring out what is the best for you? In all the research I have done, it appears to me that liquid vitamins are the most beneficial for one’s health. Of course, if you are already taking a multivitamin or if you are thinking of starting to take a multivitamin supplement, you are concerned about your health, and you want to make sure that you have covered the most important nutritional bases. Experts are agreeing more and more that a liquid vitamin supplement is quite a bit more beneficial to take than a multivitamin in tablet or capsule form. According to Gerhard N. Schrauzer, DSc, FACN, Professor Emeritus at the University of California, “liquid supplements contain the nutrients in a more highly bio-available form, are gentler to the stomach, and sometimes more suitable than solid supplements, especially for children and elderly patients.”
Many people have a hard time breaking down a hard compressed tablet to the point where it gets properly absorbed through the digestive tract and into the bloodstream. Of course we all swallow these tablets and just assume that we are getting the optimal results from them, and it is hard to tell how much of the tablets nutrients we are actually absorbing. So, it makes sense that the liquid vitamins are a better choice because it does not need to be broken down first before it can be absorbed. Because liquid vitamins are already fully dissolved upon consumption, the key nutrients can be easily absorbed along the entire gastrointestinal tract.
Another given advantage to liquid vitamins is that they are easy to take, especially for those who have a hard time swallowing solid pills.
Many people do not realize that tablets contain fillers and binders and some also are coated with extra material to improve appearance, taste, texture and ease of swallowing. All these additives add to the challenge of the digestive system having to break down the solid structure to allow for dissolution and absorption of nutrients. It is also interesting to note that as we age, our production of stomach acid and digestive enzymes decreases quite significantly, so it makes sense that those over the age of 50 would benefit much more from taking a liquid vitamins. If we spend the money on purchasing a multivitamin, why not take one that we would get the most benefit from? Not only do we not want to waste our money, but more importantly, we do not want to think that we are taking all our needed nutrients, when in fact, we may not be absorbing a lot of those nutrients if we are taking our multivitamin in solid form.
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