Liquid supplements offer several advantages over those in pill or capsule form, predominately being increased absorption due to greater bioavailability. Bioavailability is the degree or rate at which a substance (a vitamin supplement in this instance) is absorbed into the body.
When you take a supplement in pill or capsule form, your body must first break it down in the stomach before being able to absorb the nutrients into the bloodstream. In comparison, because liquid vitamins and supplements have a head start in the digestive process, they are more easily digested and assimilated into the bloodstream at a faster rate, allowing your body to absorb a much higher percentage of the beneficial nutrients – and when it comes to nutrition, absorption is everything.
Emulsification and Absorption of Supplements
When taking healthy fats or fat-based supplements like omega 3 fish oil, whether or not it has undergone an emulsification process will make all the difference when it comes to absorption. When supplements have gone through the emulsification process or been emulsified, your body is able to absorb a much higher percent or amount of the beneficial nutrients because they have already been broken down into a smaller, more readily available size.
What is emulsification?
Emulsification is the breakdown of large fat globules into smaller, more uniformly distributed globules. In the human body, emulsification is mainly accomplished by bile acids in the small intestine and is the first step in the breakdown, digestion, and absorption of fats. It’s important because pancreatic lipase, the enzyme secreted from the pancreas responsible for breaking down fat, works more effectively on these smaller particles, which results in increased absorption of nutrients into the body.
Benefits of Liquid Supplements
- Enhanced absorption
- Decreased “waste” - fewer nutrients are lost during the digestion process
- Cost savings – you can consume far less liquid supplements because absorption is greater
- Easy to take – no hard to swallow pills; mix into any drink or smoothie
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Originally posted on November 10th, 2014 by Tammy Fodrey