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.