Interest in liquid or sublingual vitamins is on the rise and it’s no wonder. While pills, capsules and tablets may make up the majority of vitamins available, people are doing their research to find out if there are other options available to them. Some people have a hard time taking pills, while others want to make sure they are going to experience the most benefit as possible for their money. In either case, liquid vitamins are an excellent alternative.
There are many things to consider when choosing a multivitamin. An important factor to think about is the vitamins’ absorption rate. According to the 1995 Physicians’ Desk Reference, intra-oral sprays and sublingual liquids provide a considerably higher absorption rate (95% and 50%, respectively) than their gel capsule or pill (30-10%) peers. Based on this fact alone, liquid or sublingual multi-vitamins provide the best chance to receive optimal results from the product you’re taking.
One of the reasons taking liquid or sublingual supplements can produce better results, is because absorbing them is so much easier on your body. Some people have a hard time breaking down pills and may even experience an upset stomach shortly after taking their vitamins. When you take a vitamin in pill or capsule form it has to go through your digestive system before it’s absorbed, this is called first pass metabolism. During this process the concentration of the vitamin you’re taking can be greatly reduced. By taking liquid nutritional supplements, you are “cutting out the middle man” so to speak by not requiring your body to break down the pill or capsule in order to extract the nutrients, vitamins, etc.
Another reason to consider liquid or sublingual vitamins has to do with what’s included in the vitamin. If you’re seeking a multivitamin that includes a lot of ingredients, you may find yourself taking as many as 4-6 large pills a day, just to get all the vitamins, minerals and nutrients you’re looking for. If you have a hard time swallowing pills and decide to cut your pills in half that’s 8-12 pills you’ll be swallowing each day! When you’re taking an equivalent vitamin in liquid form, chances are you’ll be taking 1-2 ounces a day. Liquids can be simply added to juice or a smoothie (or taken straight) to quickly and easily add vitamins to your everyday routine.