Is Your Body Not Absorbing Vitamins?
Most people take vitamin supplements in the hope of achieving a healthy body and lifestyle. But after some weeks, you may notice you don’t feel the effects you were hoping for. In fact you might not notice any sort of improvement at all. In this week’s blog article we discuss some of the major issues with oral dietary supplements such as vitamins.
What has gone wrong?
I know some who are in this situation and may conclude that multivitamins are just a waste of money.
This is actually incorrect. Taking a multivitamin supplement is necessary especially if you’re not getting enough of these important nutrients through your diet. Many of us take a pill to supplement to this lack of lack of vitamins in our diet.
So what could possibly be wrong with taking a multivitamin pill, capsule, or powder?
Aside from poor absorption, deficiency in the essential minerals and vitamins in the product, as well as poor formulations, there are other common reasons why your body is not capable of absorbing the vitamins as we discuss below:
- Disintegration problem during ingestion
One common causes of an oral based failing to fulfill your body's needs is the disintegration. A recent study shows that only 25 out of 49 popular multivitamins commercially available (either in a capsule or tablet form) were not able to properly disintegrate in your GI tract upon swallowing .
If you have a hard time swallowing pills, you know the struggle. This often leads you to skip, delay, or even discontinue taking the vitamins. Who can blame you! Some of these multivitamin pill or “stacks” are rather large and solid making for a rather unpleasant time swallowing them. Ultimately by skipping these supplements you’re no allowing your body to get the utmost benefit. Those who have undergone bariatric surgery as well as with hiatal hernias, diverticulitis, and irritable bowel syndrome might also have struggle taking supplements in a form of a capsule or pill.
Oral Dietary supplements in the form of pills, capsules, and powders, may have flow agents, excipients, fillers, and binders. These are used for making the ingredients stick together. Many of these additional ingredients make the supplement difficult to swallow and also lead to inefficient absorption of the vitamins and minerals in your GI tract. All of these components greatly contribute to poor disintegration rates for capsules and pills.
Don't be fooled by multivitamins with a wax, shellac, or hydroxypropylmethylcellulose coating. These may prolong the product's shell life, but they reduce the solubility.
- Sweeteners in the supplement
Believe it or not, some manufacturers add sweeteners to the pill for a more appetizing look and taste. The same goes with liquid, gummy, and chewable vitamins. This is not good at all because sweeteners add a large amount of sugar, which is dangerous in its own right, and can cause weight gain and block micro nutrients from being absorbed in your body.
So what is the solution?
Since we are talking about your health, it is both necessary and important to check the ingredients first before buying a multivitamin formula. It is recommended to stay away from products with artificial colors, sugar, corn syrup, fillers, binders, excipients, and preservatives.
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