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Q&A: Liquid Versus Pill Supplements

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Q: I'd like to add a supplement to my diet. Is it better to choose a liquid or pill form? — Michelle, Colorado Springs, CO

A: Doesn't really matter. Pills and capsules are the chosen form of most pharmaceutical medications, and the United States Pharmacopoeia (USP) standards require full disintegration of a tablet within 30 to 45 minutes of it being taken. So look for a tablet or pill with a USP stamp.

It's important to understand that most nutrients and supplements are absorbed by the small intestines, and every vitamin and mineral has a different absorption rate. Our bodies can also affect absorption rate depending on age, digestive system and gender, among other things.

Most importantly, when choosing a supplement, go with one that you can take consistently. If you prefer pills over liquid, or vice versa, just do what works best for you. And don't be fooled by companies claiming their product has a faster absorption rate. It's easy to get caught up in these claims, so do your research.

About The Author

Amanda Carlson-Phillips – Amanda Carlson-Phillips is the vice president of nutrition and research at EXOS. As a registered dietitian, she has provided educational seminars and individual counseling to a variety of professional and elite sports organizations.

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Tags: Supplements, Vitamins, Nutrients