Ever wonder whether your vitamins of choice are really the best choice? Here is an informative guest post to help you decide. Thank you Sarah Brimhall for this wealth of information!!
The store shelves are packed with tons of different multivitamins. You can find vitamins in pill, tablet, gel cap, powder and even liquid form. It can be hard to know which vitamin to choose with so many options on the market. There are lots of things to consider when picking a multivitamin, including delivery method and absorption rate.
There are many people who have a hard time swallowing pills. It’s no wonder when you see the size of some of the multivitamins on the market today. The other problem with pills is the effect they can have on your digestive system. It’s not uncommon for people to experience an upset stomach when taking too many pills everyday. Big pills can be incredibly hard for your body to digest.
When your body can’t properly digest the vitamins you’re taking it can also affect how much of the vitamin you’re able to absorb. The label of your multivitamin will tell you how much of each vitamin, mineral and nutrient is in each dose, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that’s how much you’re body is able to utilize. When your body isn’t absorbing the full amount of the vitamins, you aren’t getting all the benefits you may be looking for. Different delivery methods for vitamins offer different absorption rates.
Delivery System / Rate of Absorption*
Pill or tablet – 10%
Capsule – 20%
Gel Cap – 30%
Transdermal Patch – 45%
Sublingual Liquid – 50%
Intramuscular Injection – 90%
Intraoral or Sublingual Spray – 95%
Intravenous Injection – 100%
*Source: Physicians’ Desk Reference, NPPDR No. 18:676, 1997
There’s lots to think about when deciding which multivitamin to add to your daily health routine. While any vitamin may be better than no vitamin, there are certainly options that are better than others. Make sure you do your research because taking a good multivitamin can go a long way to maintaining your overall health and well-being, so it’s important to make sure you pick a good one.
About the Author:
Sarah Brimhall is a blogger for Liquid Health, Inc. , http://nextstepnutrition.com/ She graduated from Wartburg College in 2002 with a degree in Communications and has worked for Liquid Health, Inc. for 8 years. As a mother of two, Sarah is particularly interested in learning how to live a healthy lifestyle and helping her family to do the same with liquid vitamins and liquid supplements.