Liquids vs. Pills - Which Is Better?

Which Is Absorbed Better? 

Pills and capsules are great for normal vitamins and minerals, but when it comes to supplements such as pre-workout, or sports or energy drinks faster absorption is a major key. 

On average 85-90% of nutrients in liquid supplements are absorbed in 22 to 30 seconds as stated by the Physician’s Desk Reference. Whereas only 39-53% of the nutrients in capsules and pills actually are absorbed. 

Bioavailability is the proportion of a drug or other substance that enters the circulation when introduced into the body and take effect. A pilot study on the bioavailability of vitamin B12 showed that the absorption rate of liquid was significantly faster than solid form. 

Capsules or tablets can take 20-30 minutes just to break down before the body can even start to assimilate them.

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