Types of Supplement Forms and Why They Matter

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The Pills Vs Liquid Debate

Pills and liquids: Supplements come in different forms, but how do we know which is best for us? Here, we break down the difference between each and why, for our money, liquid is the gold standard.

Pills

Bulking agents and fillers are often used in pills and capsules to add weight and volume. Then there’s anti-caking agents that prevent the nutrients from clogging up production machines. Binders are essential to mix and hold the ingredients together. Coating agents, meanwhile, help protect the nutrients from harsh stomach acids.

While none of these may hinder your health, they’re unlikely to help it either. Some may even be blocking the nutrients from being absorbed into your intestines. Because some forms of coating is made to be so tough in order to withstand stomach acid, they may sometimes pass through the small intestine as well without releasing the nutrients. So your pills may have just gone through a rollercoaster ride through your digestive tract without a payoff for you.

Some studies show that at best, nutrients in pill form are only absorbed up to 20 percent.

Liquids

Liquids are all about efficacy. When you buy nutrients to support your health, you want to make sure they actually work.

Liquids work. And they work faster. It can take the body up to 30 minutes to break through the coating and caking agents in pills in order to absorb the nutrients inside. Liquid supplements, on the other hand, can absorb in the body within just four minutes. That saves your body the effort of breaking down pills and get the nutrients in you almost as soon as you take them.

A study conducted in the United States found that 40% of Americans have difficulty swallowing pills. Liquid supplements help eliminate this problem.

Additionally, some people have trouble absorbing nutrients. For example, certain vitamins and nutrients are harder to absorb if you are taking certain medications. But liquid delivery is an easy way to ensure the vitamins and mineral are actually absorbed.

Liposomal Liquids

In the world of liquid supplements, liposomal liquids take top marks. Aguulp’s partner lab Nutrivitality – they have over 10 years of experience in the nutritional supplements industry – are pioneers in liposomal research. According to them:

“Liposomes are spherical shells made up of a double layer of fatty acids similar to the natural layer that makes up the outer membrane of the body’s cells. This bilayer can be used to encapsulate nutrients or pharmaceutical drugs for protection from damaging stomach acids and reduced resistance for absorption. Once encapsulated the [vitamin or nutrient] cannot escape the liposome until the phospholipid bilayer is disrupted by absorption or breakdown in the body.

The liposome protects its contents against the harsh acids of the stomach and allows easier absorption in the stomach and higher intestinal tract. Once absorption from the gut breakdown of the liposome occurs, contents of the liposome are released into the bloodstream. The phosphatidylcholine-enriched lipids that are commonly used in the production of liposomes are utilised elsewhere in the body for the production of new cells.”

Liposomes, then, are the heroes of liquid absorption. They elevate an already powerful delivery form into a surefire target.

Aguulp’s liquid formulas are all liposomal. We wanted to make the best possible solutions for our customers that contain not only quality ingredients but efficacious delivery methods. We’ll drink to that!

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