Liquid Antioxidants: Using Liquid Rather Than Pills
Liquid Versus Powder
Supplements of all shapes and sizes have traditionally come in powder based pill forms. However in recent years a trend towards liquid supplements has grown, including the creation of liquid antioxidants. Liquid based supplements are generally more expensive than their pill counterparts, but is the cost really worth it?
Using Liquid Antioxidants
Most pill-based antioxidant supplements are based on synthesized powders that are then used to create the supplemental pill. Other ingredients are also thrown in in the process of making the pill: sugars, binders, etc., that are used to preserve the nutrients contained therein as well as give the pill its shape and structure.
Liquid antioxidants, on the other hand, are generally based on liquid extracts of antioxidants and retain their liquid form. They are not popped in the mouth like traditional supplements, but are rather drunken, either from a glass or using a teaspoon to give us just the right amounts.
There are some problems with using liquid antioxidants. For one thing, they are more expensive as they are more difficult to produce, weigh more and also have more stringent storage requirements. This means that more of your money is going to change hands in order to get the same amount of supplementation.
Liquid antioxidants also have a shorter lifespan than pill-based antioxidants. Pills have a naturally longer shelf-life, so they can be stored for longer periods of time before losing their nutritional value. This is not true of liquid antioxidants.
Advantages of Liquid Antioxidants
If this is all true, why then are liquid antioxidants so highly touted? There are several reasons for this. For one thing, liquid antioxidants are generally formed from natural antioxidant extracts, rather than coming from synthesized powder. It is believed that natural antioxidants are better for us than synthesized antioxidants.
Secondly, the properties of liquid supplements seem to show a higher absorption rate than pill-based supplements. That is, when you take liquid antioxidants, more of the antioxidants are actually being absorbed into your body rather than just passing through your system with no nutritional impact.
When nutrients pass through your system without being absorbed, there are no health benefits to your body. They are just coming in one door and out the other. It has been said that as little as 10-20% of the nutrients in traditional pill-based supplements are actually absorbed by the body. That means 80-90% of the nutrients you are supplementing are never absorbed by your body at all!
The absorption rates for liquid antioxidants have not been comprehensively studied, however some results have shown that absorption rates for liquid based supplements can be as high as 98%. That means that more of the antioxidants are actually entering into your system where they can do some good, rather than just passing through your body.