Nowadays, dietary supplements can come in all shapes and sizes. Powders, liquids, tablets, capsules, gummies, pills…the possibilities are endless!
However, not all types of supplements are created equal, with some forms being better than others. The form that a dietary supplement takes affects how your body absorbs it, which has a direct impact on how effective the supplement can be for you.
But which forms are best, and what’s the difference between them? Today, we’ll break down two of the most common forms that supplements can take and the benefits of each! Then, it’s up to you to decide which form is best for you...
- The body does not need to break down a liquid extract, allowing more ingredients to be absorbed into the system. The body uses up to 98% of liquid tinctures.
- Liquid extracts only need 1 - 4 minutes to assimilate into the body.
- Liquids are easier to swallow and more easily digestible.
- It is simpler to tailor the dosage of a liquid supplement by measuring out the specific amount needed.
- If stored properly, some liquid extracts can have a shelf life of up to 5 years.
- Capsules offer greater portability and can be easily taken on-the-go to wherever you might need them.
- Oftentimes, capsules are tasteless due to the ingredients being stored inside a gelatin case.
- With your body breaking everything down, capsules don’t require ethanol to extract any of the ingredients
- Easier manufacturing often leads to lower prices for capsules.
More ingredients can be turned into capsule form than liquid extracts.
While there is no definitive right or wrong answer, there are clear reasons why one form may be better for you than another! Whether you prefer liquid supplements, capsules, tablets, pills or powders, it’s always good to know the benefits of each.