Choosing the right nutritional supplements can be overwhelming. A quick glance at local pharmacy’s shelves will reveal rows upon rows of different options. With tablets, capsules, chewables, and liquid supplements available, how do you decide which is right for you? The trick is to find a supplement that is bioavailable and easy for your body to absorb. Liquid minerals can deliver nutrients quickly and more thoroughly than many other alternatives.
Absorbability and Bioavailability
The two most important factors to consider when choosing a supplement are absorbability and bioavailability. Absorption is the rate at which nutrients can pass through the lining of the stomach and intestines into the bloodstream. Capsules and especially tablets are often prepared with buffers, fillers, and binders in addition to the nutrient components. Your digestive system has to break down and disintegrate these elements before it can extract the nutrients. Liquid supplements, on the the other hand, contain trace mineral particles suspended in water. Since there is no need to disintegrate the supplement, the minerals pass straight through the digestive system and are absorbed much more quickly.
Whether or not your body can actually metabolize and use the supplement is a question of bioavailability. This is determined by the chemical composition of the mineral. Elemental minerals are much more difficult for the body to metabolize than their simpler ionic mineral counterparts. A good example of this is Iron products; elemental iron, such as the metal used to make nails, is very difficult for the body to metabolize and use. When the iron is broken down into ionic form, the body can put it into use much more easily.
Colloidal minerals in liquid form are derived from organic, fossilized compounds found in humic shale deposits. According to the Physicians Desk Reference for Nutritional Supplements, supplements extracted from this type of shale yield ionic compounds that are highly bioavailable and easily metabolized by the human body.
Who Can Benefit from Liquid Supplements?
While everyone can benefit from nutritional supplements in an easily-absorbed liquid form, it may be vital for those with compromised digestive systems to use the liquid form. Elderly adults, for example, tend to have a reduction in gastric hydrochloric acid and other digestive fluids, making it harder for them to break down supplements in solid form. Other digestive disorders that could call for the use of liquid supplements include:
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
- Crohn’s disease
How to Take Liquid Supplements
Consuming a tablespoon or two of a liquid supplement is relatively easy, but since the all-natural variety does not have any added sweeteners or flavors, it is often consumed with fruit juice. T.J. Clark’s Liquid Colloidal Mineral Formula is most easily taken mixed with fruit juice. The suggested dosage varies with different supplements, some being more concentrated than others.
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