Last October, we did a blog on alternatives to taking pills. This is the first in a series of follow-ups. We will discuss the advantages and differences in more detail. This entry is about liquid vitamins.
There are quite a few variations of the liquid supplement. Aside from liquids in a bottle that are measured and get drank, there are also drops, sprays, and thicker liquids in a pump bottle. Each version has its own unique uses and benefits but there is a common advantage to using liquids; convenience.
The dosage of “regular” liquids is typically higher than the others, up to 2 tablespoons, and therefore comes in a larger bottle. These are typically multi-vitamin or mineral supplements that contain a large number of nutrients. Some are nutrient-specific, however, such as essential phospholipids or omega-3 fatty acids. Liquids are great for those who have a hard time swallowing pills. They are also rapidly absorbed so there is less waste which benefits everyone.
Drops, on the other hand, are typically just one or two specific nutrients or homeopathic remedies. Since a small amount per dose is required, these are typically found in one or two ounce bottles and only requires taking a drop or two. Some drops are taken orally, but others are mixed with water or juice. Drops have the same benefits as the liquids mentioned earlier: easier to swallow than pills and the nutrient is more easily absorbed.
Sprays and pumps are very similar to drops and the bottles typically contain around 2 ounces. Most are taken orally and not mixed with any other liquid. It is usually required to hold the liquid in the mouth for a few seconds to facilitate absorption. The sprays and pumps typically contain a specific nutrient and utilize some sort of phospholipid delivery. The liposomes are absorbed efficiently making the nutrient more available for the body to use. And, like the others, are perfect for those who don’t wish to take pills.
So, as you can see, the different types of liquid nutrients each have a specific application. They do all share some common benefits such as:
- Great for those who can’t or don’t like to take pills
- More readily absorbed
- Less waste since the nutrients are utilized before reaching the digestive tract
Keep in mind that many liquids need refrigerated after they are opened. There are also a few, depending on formulation, that should be shipped on ice as well. Additionally, some expire within a month after opening. Be sure to read the label carefully to help take advantage of this superior nutrient delivery system.
DR Vitamin Solutions offers a variety of liquid supplements. If you would like to find out if this is an option for you, feel free to call or email us. We would be happy to answer your questions.
By Greg Benic, DR Vitamin Solutions