Pills vs Liquids - Which form of supplement is best?
There are many reasons why people prefer tablets or liquids as supplements, but which form is the best absorbed and which one will give you the best results?
When it comes to taking supplements, there are several forms to choose from, including tablets, capsules, powders and liquids. Each one of these forms has its unique benefits, and choosing the right one can make a significant difference in the effectiveness of the supplement and its ultimate health response.
TABLETS – are one of the most common forms of supplements available. They are easy to take, convenient to carry, and have a long shelf life. Tablets come in different shapes and sizes, and they can be scored or coated to make them easier to swallow. The main advantage of tablets is their convenience, and they are a good option for people who are always on the go.
CAPSULES - are another popular form of supplements. They are made of two halves that are usually made of gelatine or vegetable material. Capsules are often preferred because they are easy to swallow, and the contents are quickly absorbed into the body. Capsules can also be made in a variety of sizes, and they can be filled with different types of nutrients including herbs, making them a versatile option.
GUMMIES – are a fast-growing market, with many people choosing to create gummies at home. While these can be a readily consumed by children, unfortunately this form of supplement can include additives that help the medicine go down but may not necessarily be the healthiest choices including sugars, artificial colours, and flavours.
POWDERS - are another form of supplements that are becoming increasingly popular. They are usually mixed with water or another liquid to create a drink. Powders are a good option for people who have trouble swallowing pills or capsules. They are also easy to customise, as they can be mixed with different liquids to create a variety of flavours.
LIQUID SUPPLEMENTS - are the most convenient form of supplements, as they are already in the liquid form your body needs and do not need to be mixed with anything. They are usually taken with a dropper or spoon and can be added to food or drinks. Liquid supplements are a good option for people who have trouble swallowing pills or capsules, and they are also absorbed quickly by the body. Liquids are also a convenient form of supplementation for babies, children, and the elderly.
When it comes to choosing the right form of supplements for you and your health needs, it ultimately comes down to personal preference and the type of supplement being taken.
Tablets and capsules are convenient and have a long shelf life, but they must pass through the stomach where acids are required to break them down. Some tablets are coated to slow down the degradation process and are designed for slow release throughout the day. This is beneficial when a particular nutrient is required by the body in consistent doses.
Powders and liquids are customisable and easy to swallow. They are readily absorbed by the body and taken up by the bloodstream more quickly. This is ideal when nutrients are required acutely, and a rapid response is needed. Powders and liquids can also add to your daily liquid intake which is ideal for hydration and elimination pathways. The bonus is that they can taste great and keep us compliant with our supplement routine.
Regardless of the form chosen, this debate can be settled by personal choice and individual requirements. The best option for you is one that you will take consistently and regardless of choice, it is always important to follow the recommended dosage and consult with a healthcare professional to make sure you are taking quality supplements that will do what you need them to.
Written by Mona Hecke
Mona Hecke is a degree qualified Naturopath, nutrition specialist and health and wellness writer.
With over 20 years in the health industry, beginning with a focus on children and families, and a bestselling book ‘The Lunchbox Revolution’, Mona is now empowering women through education and conversation to take action and embrace change. Gut health, mindfulness, nutrition, hormones, and menopause are the topics that women want and need to know to create their healthy future.
Mona holds certifications in Lifestyle Coaching, Kinesiology, holistic herbal medicine, and nutrition.
A recognised leader in the health industry, Mona’s strong social media presence and passion for influencing change will continue to be a catalyst for health reform for the benefit of every Australian.