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Q. I hear that liquid supplements are more absorbable than capsules and tablets. Is that true?
A. Some liquids are more absorbable than others. Let me explain why. First, good water solubility is one of the most important properties of nutrient delivery. It’s believed that an ingredient has to be in solution to be absorbed. Another important factor is the concentration of the active ingredients in a solution. Generally, the higher the concentration, the more rapidly the ingredients are absorbed.
When dealing with drug delivery, chemists can chemically alter molecules to make them more soluble and absorbable in the body. The problem is that our industry is restricted from chemically altering the molecules. Therefore, most dietary supplements still have pretty poor water solubility, resulting in less ingredients being delivered to the body, wasting your time and money.
The secret to working within the rules and still increasing solubility and absorbability is to use proprietary assembly methods called solubilization technology. These techniques combine the dietary supplements with specialized solubilizing agents, co-solubilizers and mechanical forces such as low heat, pressure and shearing forces. With these techniques, we can trick the ingredients into becoming soluble in water while creating a super-concentrated and effective solution.
So to summarize, a properly engineered liquid is faster acting and more easily absorbed than capsules, tablets, powders, and drinks. First, all the ingredients will be soluble, resulting in very easy absorption. Second, the concentration of the active ingredients in solution will be greater, which results in faster delivery to the bloodstream. You can’t do this with conventional capsules, tablets, drinks, or powders.
Warning: There are many poorly designed liquids. These will be noticeable due to foul odors (which could be mold, yeast or bacteria), solid visible particles, and unusual discoloration. These liquids would not provide any additional benefit and might actually be unsafe to take.