Liquid Multivitamins are Superior
By: Dr. George Obikoya
benefits of multivitamins and minerals are more important today
than ever before. In todays hectic world, various factors
such as our busy schedules and poor nutrition make it more difficult
for us to eat a balanced, healthy diet. For most people, supplementing
your diet with a multivitamins is now a necessity.
do you dislike swallowing pills? Do multivitamin in tablet form
disagree with you? You are not alone. Many vitamins and minerals
have a naturally strong and objectionable taste. One may argue
that this is a subjective consideration, for how long and how
regularly will someone take a bitter tasting product? No matter
how important it is to take multivitamins and how high the quality
of a product is, it is useless if you cannot take it. Fortunately
there are some great tasting multivitamins out there, you just
have to look around.
you can still have your multivitamins and enjoy all the benefits
derivable from them in liquid form. Research evidence suggests
that only 10-20% of vitamins and minerals in a pill form are absorbed
by the body, compared to 98% for liquid vitamins. This is mostly
because liquid vitamins bypass the digestive process and are absorbed
directly into the blood stream and into the cell. Vitamins in
capsule or tablet forms, therefore, have low bioavailability,
hence have weaker therapeutic benefits.
are several other reasons why you may prefer liquid vitamins.
Vitamin capsules have powdered ingredients placed into pork based
gelatin or vegetable capsules with added additives such as talc
or other fillers. The tablet forms of multivitamins also have
powdered ingredients and additives but they are compressed into
tablets using special carrier molecules and additives that require
extra digestive efforts to get the desired effects.
is not trivial to be concerned about the bases and additives used
to prepare multivitamins. Many of these inert substances are carbohydrates.
For obese individuals and children with a seizure disorder being
treated with a ketogenic (high fat, low carbohydrate and low protein
diet), even a small amount of additional carbohydrate that is
not calculated into their daily diets may add up or be enough
to cause a recurrence of seizure activity by pushing them out
Because information on the amount of inert substances in multivitamins
is not easy to obtain and generally requires contact with the
drug manufacturer, ask your pharmacists to help in retrieving
multivitamins are much easier to swallow for children and seniors.
Because these groups of individuals also have immature or attenuated
digestive enzymes, it will be even more difficult to digest and
assimilate vitamins in capsules or tablet forms because of the
additional ingredients used to facilitate their production in
these forms. For children in particular, liquid vitamins offer
an array of flavors that they can choose from.
good multivitamin is the foundation of health and nutrition. Take
a look at our scientific reviews of many of the popular brands
for factors such as ingredients, areas of improvement, quality
level, and overall value.