With tablets, capsules, tinctures, and liquid minerals at your disposal, it can be hard to make a decision regarding your dietary supplements. Each person’s physiology is different and can affect how well you absorb and metabolize nutrients. Due to the many physiological and environmental differences that affect each person’s health, liquid preparations are often the most effective way to ensure rapid absorption of vitamins and minerals.
Factors that Affect Absorption
The human body is a vastly intricate system; each organ, cell, and vessel is affected by thousands of internal and external factors. For this reason, it is impossible to determine how well your body is absorbing nutrients from supplements in tablet and capsule form. A few things that can hinder absorption are:
- Advanced age
- Emotional and physical stress
- Pharmaceutical interactions
- Food interactions (e.g. milk can inhibit absorption of Iron products)
- Digestive conditions, such as Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome, or GERD
Influences such as these can greatly decrease the amount of nutrients you take in from supplements, especially those that combine many different ingredients, like multivitamins. One way to improve your absorption is to take supplements in liquid form.
Why do Liquids Work?
While liquids do not always contain concentrations as high as tablets and capsules, they are absorbed into the bloodstream several hours faster. Since liquids do not need to be broken down in the stomach, they pass directly to the small intestine where they can be absorbed into the bloodstream and delivered to the cells that need them.
Purity is another factor that makes liquids easier to digest. A high-quality, all-natural liquid supplement does not contain the binders, fillers, and stabilizing agents that are often found in solid supplements. Therefore the body can quickly metabolize the nutrients from a pure, natural form, without breaking down all of the extra buffers first.
A tablet is the most difficult form to break down. Being compacted under pressure; it will sometimes pass through the whole digestive tract, undisturbed.
Types of Liquid Preparations
- Liquid Vitamins – usually prepared from plants and naturally-occurring phytochemicals
- Liquid Minerals – may be found and extracted from plant and animal products, or from natural deposits in soil, stone, and water
- Tinctures – herbal solutions that are extracted from fresh herbs using glycerin or alcohol
- Teas – provide us with the constituents of herbs that can be extracted by water
To ensure maximum absorbability and effectiveness of your liquid supplements, check to see that they are all-natural and free of added chemicals or preservatives. Living Clean offers several kinds of liquid herbal preparations, as well an entire line of liquid supplements by T.J. Clark. Browse the store, or read more about all-natural supplements: