Have you ever purchased vitamins that PROMISED you a boost in your energy levels, while giving your body the nutrients it needs…
… only to find out they were a complete BUST?
Was it in liquid form or pill form?
IS one better than the other?
Before we can answer that, there is something that needs to be understood…
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Liquid vs Pill Absorption
When asking the question, “are liquid vitamins better absorbed?“, one must FIRST recognize that there is a difference between absorption and solubility.
Absorption in this context is basically your body’s ability to absorb – take in and USE the nutrients found in food & supplements. Kinda like a sponge’s ability to absorb & hold water.
Now solubility, on the other hand, is the ability of that supplement to actually dissolve & break down in your body.
And in all actuality…
There are SOME people who’s body would NOT absorb the nutrients whether they came from a liquid or from a pill.
Why Some May Not Properly Absorb Nutrients
One main reason many people have a hard time absorbing nutrients is due to a severely-impacted colon… which is where much of the absorption of nutrition from food & supplements takes place.
So, unfortunately, you could be taking a high quality liquid multivitamin and not gaining much benefit, just from the fact that you need to cleanse your colon.
Other factors that may hinder a person’s ability to absorb vitamins and minerals are age, weight, and state of health among other things.
And when you read that one serving of a supplement provides x amount of milligrams, the expectation is that for a relatively healthy, average adult, THAT is the amount that will be absorbed.
If the supplement being taken has poor dissolution and never even breaks down, then it stands to reason that no matter HOW healthy that individual is, they are NOT going to absorb anything from it.
So, Do Liquid Vitamins Absorb Better?
Perhaps, if for no other reason than the fact that it’s already pretty much ‘dissolved’ due to it’s liquid state and now all you need are the right INTERNAL conditions to ensure your body absorbs it.
If you’re taking vitamins in pill form, ESPECIALLY the huge “horse-pill” variety, then there’s a good chance you’re flushing them AND your hard-earned money right down the toilet…LITERALLY!
Chances are good… VERY good… that those pills are NOT being completely dissolved in your body because, unfortunately many vitamin companies save money by using cheap ingredients and questionable methods of making their products that utilize fillers, binders and hard chemical coatings that typically inhibit pill absorption.
“…they could potentially go through your body without releasing all the nutrients”, says Consumer Lab president, Dr. Tod Cooperman.
“If the pill is compacted too tightly, or the pill coating is too thick, it will pass through your system without dissolving.” – From “Vitamins: How to Shop Wisely,” Los Angeles Times (June 24, 2002)
The bottom line is that pills MUST dissolve in the digestive tract BEFORE absorption can take place. If they don’t, they become “bedpan pills” – pills that are still intact in your feces when you go to the bathroom.
Is that to say that ALL vitamins in pill form don’t get absorbed?
No, not at all. It really all boils down to quality and how the pill is made.
How to ENSURE You’re Benefitting From Your Multivitamin
The best way to ensure your body is actually absorbing the nutrients from your vitamin and mineral supplement is to, first of all, make sure you choose a GOOD supplement with GOOD ingredients.
Yes, there may be some technical terms you can’t pronounce, but for the most part, there shouldn’t be a whole lot of that but rather, each vitamin/mineral and hopefully, some whole foods that you DO recognize.
Next, I would suggest that you consider making the switch from hard, indigestible pills, to vitamins and minerals in liquid form or, at the very least, (if you insist on a non-liquid) a softgel capsule, chewable or sublingual pill.
You’ll also want to be certain the source of vitamins & minerals in the supplement are from natural sources as opposed to synthetic, for best results.
And naturally, be sure that your body is in a good position to readily absorb whatever you decide to take by making sure your colon is clean & functioning properly – at LEAST 1-2 GOOD bowel movements per day.
Now, if you should decide on a liquid but not really certain which one or where to even begin looking for a good quality, natural multivitamin in liquid form, I invite you to click on the button below to learn about the one I personally use and recommend…
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