In the past year, my vitamin supplement intake has changed drastically. I used to just "invest" in the cheapest, most readily-available options, not looking into the ingredients, just trusting that pharmaceutical companies had my back.
After a lot of research and many visits to the naturopath, my vitamin and supplements intake philosophy has changed. I now understand the importance of purchasing high-quality products and I have seen a noticeable difference in my overall health and well being.
I want to share with you the pros and cons of vitamin supplements in tablet form, capsule form, and in powder, and liquid forms. I will discuss the absorption rate, shelf-life, portability, cost, and additional attributes I think would be helpful.
Vitamine Supplements in Tablet Form
Tablets are the most common type of pill. They are made of compressing one or more ingredients and are manufactured to break down in the digestive system. Due to the compression of the ingredients, they are often used for higher dosages of the vitamin. Added benefits include cost-effectiveness, a longer shelf-life, and ease of portability.
When it comes to vitamins, you won't find too many in tablet form. This is due to the fact that one of the greatest benefits is its durability. Tablet pills are made to break down over a long period of time, making it perfect for a time-release vitamin.
However, Tablets are more likely to irritate the gastrointestinal tract due to the ingredients breaking down all in one place. The largest con is the uneven disintegration. Tablets are well known to break down inconsistently, leading to a poorer absorption rate into your bloodstream.
Vitamin Supplements in Capsule Form
Capsules are the most common type of vitamin pill. The active ingredients are encased in an outer shell that may contain animal products. Due to this, many vegetarians and vegans have to be careful around vitamin capsules and make sure they do not contain gelatin sourced from pigs, cows, or fish.
Capsules come in two forms: soft gel and hard-shell capsules. Soft gel capsules contain a liquid form of vitamins that are often contained in gelatin. Hard-shell capsules consist of two halves filled with the vitamins that create an enclosed casing.
The benefits of capsules include their fast-acting nature. Since they are created simply the outer shell breaks down easier, allowing the vitamins to absorb into the bloodstream quicker. Due to this, capsules tend to have higher bioavailability, meaning that more of the vitamin will enter your bloodstream, making them slightly more effective than tablets.
The downside to these pills is they are less durable and have a shorter shelf life. They can be susceptible to humidity and they expire quicker than tablets.
Vitamin Supplements in Powders and Liquid Form
Vitamins in powder or liquid form are en excellent choice if you are looking for overall absorption potential. There are no casings and begin entering the bloodstream as soon as digestion begins.
Although more expensive, a plus side to purchasing vitamins in powder and liquid form is that you can choose your own dosage. If your family is using the same vitamin supplement, instead of purchasing separate dosages of the same product, you can administer different quantities depending on their needs.
Vitamin supplements in liquid form tend to be more expensive than tablets or capsules and they don't travel well. Often you have to keep liquids refrigerated once open and a container of powder is just plain awkward and bulky to carry around with you.
Where To Purchase High-Quality Vitamins & Supplements
Now that you have a little extra knowledge you can choose to make your decision of what types of vitamin supplements you want to invest in. I personally love capsules and liquids, I feel better when I spend the extra money on the higher-grade ingredients.
No matter what form you choose to use for your vitamin and supplement nutrition, you can't find high-grade products at your local drug store or pharmacy. I suggest shopping at our local Windsor-Essex health food stores. Pure Nature has six locations across the Windsor-Essex community and its staff is always helpful and happy to answer your questions and concerns.
If you're in the area, you can check out Fine Herbs, Inc. on Howard and Eugenie. They also host a health and wellness blog that has lots of information.
What are your favourite forms of supplements to take and where do you purchase them?