With a great number of available options and the claims that go along with them, searching for the right supplement can be an overwhelming task.
But when it comes to our health, it’s crucial to make informed choices.
Choosing a brand name is not the only thing that you need to decide on. Another thing that you need to consider is the form of supplement to take.
Ingestion through oral supplements is the most common supplementation method.
But the big question is which form is better - liquid or pills (or capsules)? Can it make a significant difference if you take it in either form?
To help you decide which form is better, the pill or liquid, let’s talk about the three significant factors to consider when choosing the right method of supplementation.
1. Ease of ingestion
Is it easy to swallow?
In most cases, pills and capsules aren’t that comfortable to take as they’re either too big or chalky. Some people really have difficulty in swallowing pills such as the elderly or kids. Therefore, liquid supplements have an advantage when it comes to the ease of swallowing as you can simply take it sublingually or mix it with your food or drink.
2. Rate of Absorption and Bioavailability
Is it readily absorbed by our body making it more effective and potent for our body to benefit from?
Liquid supplements are much more readily broken down and quickly absorbed into the body. The Physician’s Desk Reference states that 85% to 90% of nutrients in liquid supplement form are absorbed within just 22-30 seconds. On the other hand, it’s been found that only 10-20% of nutrients in pills are absorbed in the body. (1)
It is also good to note that there are premium-made liquid supplements that are specially formulated in order to increase bioavailability or the effectiveness of the nutrients in the body. This ultimately means not only a faster absorption, but more importantly quicker results.
3. All-in-one product
Can you effectively obtain various nutrients from just a single supplement?
Supplements in liquid form are more suitable for blending or fusing together different nutrients into a single yet comprehensive product. This indeed allows you to take the vitamins and minerals that you need a lot more easily and comfortably.
4. Overall safety of the product
Is your supplement doing more harm than good?
Medicines or vitamins in pill form contain chemical fillers as well as binders to keep the ingredients together, but these binders can also prevent them from being broken down completely. So they simply pass through, making them useless for your body. (2)
What’s more, certain pills may be deficient in vitamins & minerals, essential plant extracts, essential fatty acids, Coenzyme Q10 (antioxidant), plant enzymes, organic trace minerals and complexes, antioxidant mixes, or adaptogenic substances.
Therefore, in order to achieve an all-inclusive nutritive source, they employ large doses which can result in toxicity and can harm your digestive organ, liver, and kidneys. (3)
To be safe, choose a nutritional supplement that is derived from natural or organic sources, and made from premium and high-grade ingredients or formulation. Expectedly these supplements can cost more. But knowing the great health benefits that you can get from them is truly worth your investment.
1.Physician’s Desk Reference (page 1542,#49)