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Comparing the Different Kinds of Multivitamins

by Gab Billones

Sep
16

For other things, aging seasons us to become stronger. But generally, aging obviously makes us weaker. As we move past our 30th year, we’re starting to feel the weariness that introduces us to the world of different illnesses and if you’ve spoiled yourself big time, then expect the surprises that the dawn to aging will bring on you.

The reason for this is that as we grow old, our vitamin absorption and immune system gets weaker. During our youth days, our body can utilize all the food that we intake and convert it to the nutrients and vitamins that we needed. Coupled with our strong immune system that blocks any illnesses, surely we’re always good to go. For that reason, we can’t seem to notice how it becomes weary in a couple of years and thus we are faced with such dilemmas.

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Though oftentimes, aging is the main reason why our bodies tend to slow down its vitamin absorption, in terms of technicality, this could also happen to young ones. Since not all of us are born healthily, others suffer from vitamin and mineral deficiencies for some reasons. With that, the need to have an alternative to supplement us with such vitamins and minerals must be tended.

To respond to these problems, vitamin supplements are created. Most of these contain a formulated compound which, according to theoretical and observation researches, are easily absorbed by our bodies. As observed, these supplements contain a stack of vitamins as recommended by the Bureau of Food and Drugs Administration. Although some of the labels say that it contains only one vitamin, the truth is that contains more. But amounts of the introduced one is much higher compared to the others. Thus, the term multivitamin is applicable to all.

These multivitamins come in many forms that covers the needs of every individual via age, condition, needs and as prescribed by a licensed physician. In most cases, these are divided based on the targeted consumers since not all of us have the same needs. One of these is based on our deficiencies. For example if you lack calcium, take the calcium supplements. For iron deficiency, take the ones with high iron content. This targetive approach is based on our different concerns.

The next is based on age. Of course, the needs of children aren’t the same as that of adults so basically, the amounts and mode of packing for both parties are different. In most cases, the supplements for adults have higher dosage. For children, making them take these supplements is proven to be hard so certain appealing modifications are applied such as sweet flavors, chewable candy-like appearances and many others.

Another one is based on gender exclusivity. There are multivitamins only applicable to women and also for men otherwise. Example, prenatal multivitamins are only applicable to women and thus never concerns men at all. Men require more magnesium than other target groups as they have a higher proportion of muscle mass than women which can also protect them against heart and prostate problems later on in life.

So much for that, here are the types via the mode that these multivitamins are packed.

  • Tablets. These are the common forms of multivitamins –  a compacted form so that we can swallow it easily. Tablets are portable and easy to store in a locker. Typically the least expensive, these hard pills have a long shelf life. The things is, others find the large pills difficult to swallow. Also, most of these supplements are behind the ability of other kinds of packaging since only 10-20 percent of the supplement’s content gets into the bloodstream.

  • Capsule. This is the modified form of tablets. Unlike tablets which contain chemicals that binds it to become solid, the content of the multivitamin is packed inside a capsule so expect that it contains more of it.

  • Liquid. These are the ones administered in a tablespoon or teaspoon basis. Since it’s in liquid form, it’s much easier toswallow and its absorption rate to the bloodstream is nearly 100 %. The drawback is most of these come in bottles and might be inconvenient to carry. Also it has a short shelf life.

  • Softgel Capsule. This is another convenient form combining the concept of capsule and liquid multivitamins. This liquid-filled softgel capsules have a better absorption rate than tablets with the same easy-to-transport benefits compared to bottled ones. Also, it shares the drawback of liquid forms having a short shelf life and falls a little compared to the absorption rate of the pure liquid form.

  • Powdered. These are the ones you use in your drink mixes. Often, just one heaping tablespoon already contains the vitamins and minerals that you would get from several pills. It’s like the content inside a capsule, or a tablet without the binders but with a few touches to make it easy to drink.

But there’s also another useful classification of multivitamins and it’s based on usability and purpose. Here it is:

  • Basic Multivitamins. These multivitamins promise to give 100% vitamins ranging from A to K and including some minerals like calcium as well as folic acid. But even if these supplements give an overwhelming range, they still fall short in really meeting the RDA precisely because these are usually synthetic counterparts of natural sources.

  • Food-based Multivitamins. The primary advantage of food-based multivitamins is they can be taken in an empty stomach. Food-based means they have been combined with powdered whole foods like fruits, vegetables and the like, thus increasing stomach absorptivity.

  • Adult Chewable Multivitamins. This is good for people who wanted to prevent any instance of stomach upset. Adult chewable multivitamins only have to be chewed in order to acquire the necessary minerals that comes along with the vitamins.

  • Women’s Multivitamins. These kinds of multivitamins have to be coupled with food because they’re rich in iron. These are the multivitamins that are specifically designed to meet the nutrient needs of women.

  • Targeted Multivitamins. Targeted multivitamins contain specific amounts of nutrition for a targeted portions of the population. For example, pregnant women require more folic acid. This is also applicable for those with a heart disease, osteoporosis, eye problems and many more.

  • Multipill Packs. This kind come in powdered form that can be easily mixed into the water. It avoids the binding force that the body has to break for multivitamins in tablets form. When in powdered, it’s a lot easier and faster for the absorption to happen.

And that’s the wrap. Take your vitamins daily! These are essential supplements that will gear us with the daily dietary requirements we wouldn’t be able to complete if we rely on our body and the food that we eat. Take multivitamins daily and live a healthier life.

 

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