The Many Forms of Supplements
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Try These Different Types of Supplements

We look at several common formulations and which work best and why.

By Karen Truhe, M.P.H.

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Supplement sales have skyrocketed in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the many types of supplements to consider may seem overwhelming. 

In addition to clean labels and more natural “food-based” options, customers are looking past the old-school capsules and tablets to options that don’t make it feel like they are taking medicine. 

But do these newer supplement formulations work? Let’s look at a few.

Liposomal Supplements

Some pill-form supplements may not deliver nutrients to the body efficiently due to the breakdown that occurs from enzymes in the stomach and GI tract. 

Liposomal supplements offer an innovative delivery system known to have a much higher nutrient absorption rate. As they pass through the digestive tract, they are protected from breaking down allowing maximum absorption into the bloodstream.

Liposomal vitamin C, like this one from Lipo Naturals,  is known to be one of the most potent vitamin C formulations you can buy. 

Liquid Supplements

Another popular type of supplement for adults, especially seniors, is liquids. Older adults may have trouble chewing or swallowing or may suffer from “pill fatigue” if they are taking several daily medications. 

Liquid supplements are great-tasting and easy to swallow. The nutrients are already dissolved in this form, decreasing the chance of digestive issues. 

Try this multi-vitamin and mineral supplement from Nature’s Plus, which is guaranteed to give you a burst of energy.

Gummy Supplements

Gummies have proven to be very popular across all age groups. They are notably popular for their taste, but rest assured gummies work just as well as supplements in pill form.

Be sure to read the label when choosing a gummy to make sure the daily recommended intakes you need are present. 

While they may taste great, don’t be tempted to take more than the recommended amount. If you have a condition that requires you to watch your sugar intake, keep that in mind when choosing gummy vitamins as many do contain the sweet stuff.

Try this multi-vitamin from Rainbow Light, also available in a formulation for men and teens. 

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