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Nutrient - Tablets - Too hard to swallow?

By Kelly Walker DipION FdSc VN MBANT

Hands up if you dislike the taste of tablets or capsules. Hands up if you can’t swallow tablets or capsules, no matter how hard you try. Chances are you won’t be the only one holding your hands up! 

The problem of taking tablets and capsules can be a difficult obstacle to overcome and can be frustrating when you know that supplementation of nutrients may assist you in reaching full health and fitness. 

On a regular basis, we hear of how valuable a daily multivitamin and mineral may be. News bulletins are frequently released, reporting benefits ranging from extra antioxidants, energy balance, hormone and immune support through to providing essential nutrients for growth and cell renewal and as an aid  to sleep. A recently-published study(1) has revealed that multivitamins may help to reduce body cell ageing. Advanced body cell ageing may be linked with chronic disease conditions. It makes sense to start the day with a complex, designed to help you on your way to full health. 

For those of you who still have your hands in the air, these can come down now! You will be pleased to know that there are effervescent multivitamins and minerals available so you don’t have to force yourself to take tablets to get the benefits of those all important vitamins and minerals. What’s more, they taste pretty good too!

When choosing any multivitamin and mineral, ensure that it is free from artificial sweeteners, colours, flavourings and additives. In the past, this may have been hard to achieve but, thankfully, times have changed. Effervescent products sometimes contain Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) and polypropylene glycol to make them fizz so make sure that you avoid these too. 

Effervescent multivitamins and minerals are much more flexible than tablets and can be used in many situations. Children and the elderly are often the first to experience issues with swallowing tablets so a supplement dissolved into liquid ensures that those in the early and later years of life do not miss out on a daily multi. 

For those of you who are pregnant and find your tastes have changed or that you are having issues taking tablets, an easy-to-swallow multivitamin and mineral product can make it easier to obtain a complex to support body changes.  Ensure that the vitamin A is provided in beta carotene form, as this is compatible in pregnancy.

Even if you regularly take a multivitamin and mineral in a tablet form there may be times, such as when you are recovering from illness, when you would prefer to digest an effervescent version diluted in liquid form. 

So, if you have been unable to take a daily multivitamin and mineral, worry no more, you too can join the rest of us in seeking longevity and optimal health.  

Article References

(1) American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, June 2009, Volume 89, Number 6, Pages 1857-1863, doi:10.3945/ajcn.2008.26986“Multivitamin use and telomere length in women”Authors: Q. Xu, C.G. Parks, L.A. DeRoo, R.M. Cawthon, D.P. Sandler, H. Chen

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