Karlene Karst, RD
Do you want to have vibrant energy and good health? Getting the right nutrients in the right amounts is one of the secrets to feeling great. This requires a healthy diet that combines fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean meat, and good fats..
Do you want to have vibrant energy and good health? Getting the right nutrients in the right amounts is one of the secrets to feeling great. This requires a healthy diet that combines fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean meat, and good fats.
With the pace of modern life and the convenience of fast and processed foods, many people have forgotten about, or feel they don’t have time for, the basics of good nutrition and, as a result, have become deficient in essential nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and healthy fats.
Supplements to the Rescue
Consumers are becoming more educated and are discovering that a typical Western diet may not deliver the nutrients their bodies need. Evidence of this increasing awareness can be seen in the rising popularity of supplements in today’s progressive health marketplace.
Many people are also learning about buying organic to address concerns that many of our agricultural practices deplete nutrients from the soil in which our foods (fruits, vegetables, and grains) are grown.
Consuming a healthy diet that includes a supplement regime of at least the basic nutrients such as a good, high quality multivitamin, along with a good essential fatty acid product can address some of these deficiencies and may improve overall health.
But the number of supplements you may be taking each day to reach recommended nutrient levels can become overwhelming. As well, many of the supplements may be large in size. If this makes you feel as though you are swallowing handfuls of “horse pills” each morning, you may be interested to know that there is an alternative.
Liquid supplements work well for people, children or seniors for example, who have a difficult time swallowing pills. Because the liquid forms of supplements are much more concentrated, they are also a good option for those who are looking to take fewer pills. Someone who is using flax oil as a way to receive their omega-3s each day, for example, could take 1 tablespoon of flax oil–the equivalent of 14 1,000-mg-softgels.
Liquid supplements also provide an option for those who need to take therapeutic doses to treat a particular condition. To effectively remedy the condition with natural medicine, the dosing may become large and difficult to manage in pill form.
Liquid supplements also offer the benefit of easy absorption. Those who supplement with pills must be observant of the quality of their supplements and the method by which they are consumed in order to optimize their absorption.
There’s no doubt that liquid supplements in all forms, from vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, and even liquid meal replacement products, are growing in popularity. More and more liquid supplements are hitting the health market as many people are making a shift in the way they utilize supplements each day.
Either in liquid or pill form, nutritional supplements have a place in everyone’s diet. Choose the option that works best for you.