We’re all about liquid vitamins — in fact, it’s the reason that our company was created! With so many formats to take vitamins available, why may you want to choose a liquid multivitamin?
What Are Vitamins, Really?
Vitamins are essential nutrients that contribute to your overall health in a variety of ways. They are organic compounds, and there are two types of vitamins – fat-soluble and water-soluble.
Fat-soluble vitamins are best absorbed by your body when paired with dietary fat. Water-soluble vitamins are soluble in water, and they do not need to be paired with dietary fats for optimal absorption.
Water-soluble vitamins stay in your system for less time than their fat-soluble counterparts, and they tend to be washed out of the body relatively quickly.
Fat-soluble vitamins include vitamins E, A, D, and K.
Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps to protect your body from the harmful effects of free radicals, which are naturally formed through metabolism, but can be present in the body through other means. In addition, vitamin E is beneficial to the immune system. Vitamin E can be found in sunflower seeds, almonds, hazelnuts, spinach, broccoli, and more.
Vitamin A is essential for eye health and is involved with a number of other important functions. You can get vitamin A from a wide variety of plant-based foods, including carrots, broccoli, sweet potatoes, cantaloupe, pumpkin, apricots, spinach, and more.
Vitamin D supports immune function and bone health. There are two forms, or subtypes, of vitamin D – D2 and D3. D3 is the form of vitamin D that’s made in the skin in response to sun exposure. Many vegans choose to take D3 in supplement form, as it tends to be lacking in a vegan diet.
Vitamin K helps to prevent excessive bleeding by promoting blood clotting. As a clotting agent, vitamin K can support the natural process of wound healing and keep you from bleeding too easily. You can get vitamin K from a variety of plant-based foods. Your body also produces this nutrient in small quantities.
Water-soluble vitamins include vitamin C and the B-complex vitamins.
Vitamin C is essential for the functioning of your immune system. Your body can’t produce its own vitamin C – instead, you get it from dietary sources or supplements.
There are multiple B vitamins, and each one serves a different purpose within your body. Some of the most notable B-complex vitamins are vitamin B12 and biotin.
Vitamin B12 is essential for your optimal health. It supports cognitive function, your body's creation of DNA, and the formation of red blood cells. Vitamin B12 is mostly only found in animal-based foods, making it a nutrient that those who adhere to a plant-based diet may need to take as a supplement.
Biotin is often referred to as vitamin H or vitamin B7, and limited research suggests that biotin supports healthy hair, skin, and nails and may support the healthy development of a baby in its mother's womb.
What’s the Best Way To Get Enough Vitamins?
Your body needs macronutrients and micronutrients to stay healthy.
Dietary sources (food) can give you both macronutrients (such as carbohydrates, fat, and protein) and micronutrients (vitamins and minerals). Supplements, on the other hand, primarily provide you with micronutrients. You need both macro and micronutrients for optimal health, and combining healthy food and high-quality supplements can help you get enough of both.
Here at MaryRuth’s we believe that everyone should try to get their nutrients through the food we eat, water we drink, and natural sunlight on our skin, but we’re also aware that this can sometimes be difficult to do.
While you can get plenty of nutrients from healthy food, taking supplements can help you cover any of the gaps in your daily meals.
After all, a busy schedule can make it tough to eat nutrient-dense, unprocessed foods for every meal. If the demands of your everyday life are making it hard to get all the nutrients that you need from food, supplements might be a huge help.
That’s why MaryRuth’s was created, and why we try to formulate the best possible combinations of vitamins and minerals to accommodate people’s specific nutrient needs, all in a variety of forms best suited for different people’s lifestyles and preferences.
What Are the Different Types of Multivitamins?
There are many forms of supplements available such as pills, powders, capsules, liquids, soft gels, chewables, and gummies. With all these options, it may seem overwhelming to choose which form to take for your vitamin(s) and minerals that you’d like to supplement!
There are plenty of different types to choose from, and it’s up to you to decide which one is the best fit for you. Some of the most common forms are:
Gummies: These chewy, yummy supplements are often naturally or artificially flavored. They’re great for kids thanks to their taste and texture, as well as how easy they are to take. Many adults opt to take gummy vitamins, too. Many gummy vitamins use gelatin — which is sourced from animals. But MaryRuth’s gummies are always vegan, and often pectin-based.
Chewable Tablets: Similar to gummies, these supplements are often sweetened and flavored to make them more pleasant to take. Chewable tablets are a great choice for anyone who has trouble swallowing pills or capsules.
Liquids: This form of supplement may be the easiest to swallow, and can even be given to infants or small children who are teething. Liquid vitamins are also great for adults, many of whom favor them for their great taste and easy-to-swallow formula. Plus, liquid formulas make it easier to modify dosage if necessary, and can be mixed into other liquids.
Pills: Possibly the most traditional type of supplement, vitamin pills are more difficult to swallow but typically contain few added ingredients. Pills are primarily intended to be taken by adults.
Capsules: A variation of pills, capsules often contain vitamins and minerals in powdered form. Capsules can be difficult to swallow for small children, and, like pills, are generally intended for adults. Capsules are more shelf-stable than most liquids, so for people who like to keep their supplements for longer, these may be a great option.
Liquid Multivitamins: The Pros
There are plenty of reasons to choose liquid multivitamins as a daily source of valuable nutrients. Below are just a few.
Liquid multivitamins usually taste better than pills. Pills may sometimes have a chalky aftertaste, but they’re typically otherwise flavorless. Liquids, on the other hand, can be much tastier. MaryRuth’s liquid multivitamins are naturally flavored and sweetened without the use of any added sugar. And they taste great, which just might make it easier to remember to take your vitamins each day!
Our liquid multivitamins contain no sneaky animal ingredients. Many vitamins in multiple forms contain added ingredients like gelatin and other traces of animal products. That’s not the case with our liquid multivitamins, or any of our other high-quality, 100% vegan supplements!
Liquid vitamins make adjusting doses a lot simpler. With a liquid vitamin, if you need to adjust the dose, there’s no cutting pills in half. You can simply measure out more or less as needed.
Liquid Multivitamins: Are There Any Cons?
Liquid multivitamins may be a great choice for anyone. However, there are a few things you’ll want to consider before you start taking them.
Liquid multivitamins may need to be stored in the fridge once opened. Once you start taking daily servings from a bottle of MaryRuth’s liquid multivitamins, you’ll need to make sure to store your bottle in the refrigerator after each use – if not, the bottle can go bad. As long as it’s before the expiration date, your bottle should be shelf-stable until you open it if you’re storing it in a cool, dry place. Once opened, if you’re taking the vitamins daily, the bottle can stay refrigerated for much longer than you’ll need.
Traveling with liquid multivitamins may take some extra effort. Since our liquid multis need to be refrigerated, you may need to make special arrangements when you take your supplements on the road with you. To keep your daily servings of vitamins fresh, you can use an ice pack and lunch box to store the amount of liquid multivitamin formula that you need for your travels. That way, you don’t need to bring your whole bottle with you and can lighten your load. We do have travel sized bottles of our coconut-flavored Liquid Nighttime Multimineral — and hope to have this for our multivitamins soon, too!
When you first start taking liquid multivitamins, it may take time to see results. However, this is the case with just about any type of supplement. And the changes that you see may vary depending on your individual health.
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