Are expensive vitamins better than cheap ones?
The saying “you get what you pay for” has never been truer than in the world of nutraceuticals. Vitamins and supplements are not an area of your life that you want to cut corners on. High quality ingredients come with a higher price tag.
Vitamins are not mandatory for our health like medications.
Advertisements for medication often come with an extensive list of side effects that make you question why someone would consider taking it in the first place. The harsh reality is that, although the medication comes with many symptoms, it is worth it to patients battling harsh diseases that the medication is intended to help. Vitamins are not meant to be used as medication, vitamins are intended to supplement our diets to keep our bodies healthy and optimized.
The law defines dietary supplements in part as products taken by mouth that contain a "dietary ingredient." Dietary ingredients include vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and herbs or botanicals, as well as other substances that can supplement the diet.
People use dietary supplements for a wide assortment of reasons. Some seek to compensate for diets, medical conditions, or eating habits that limit the intake of essential vitamins and nutrients. Other people look to them to boost energy or to get a good night's sleep.
The risk of taking cheap vitamins is their list of additives, preservatives, (GMO) , and other possible health hazards that can be avoided by choosing vitamins with better ingredients.
Therefore, it behooves us to understand why cheap vitamins are produced and fuels our need to educate consumers so they can be avoided.
How do I choose the right Vitamin?
When examining the label keep an eye out for the following:
- Percentage of active ingredients
- Which nutrients are included
- Serving size
- Is the product a capsule, pill, chewable tablet, or under the tongue tablet
- Best by date
The most important part of any label is the additives, dyes, fillers or what the industry calls excipients. Many of these products are hard to pronounce and have nothing to do with health. They are added as binders, preservatives, colorants, or products that allow manufacturers to produce the vitamins rapidly such as silica for smooth punching of the pills. Some products are just added to protect the vitamin against the gastric acids when swallowed and not to protect the individual who is taking the vitamin.
These excipients should best be avoided since most of them are not only not needed but possibly unhealthy for your body and an extra burden for your liver to clean.
It's important to know that the Food and Drug Administrations (FDA) involvement in the regulation of dietary supplements, and what they can state on their label. The FDA assures that a manufacturer meets certain Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP). But certain private organizations such as NSF International go a step beyond the ordinary and expect a manufacturer to be held to a higher standard. We at Frunutta pride ourselves in our facility’s NSF certification and the high standards that we upheld with that certification. Ensuring that our manufacturing facility has met the standards of a monitoring organization which can help you to decide which products to buy or use. If your vitamin manufacturer has not undergone monitoring by one of these organizations or has failed, you may want to switch to a better-quality supplement that has passed the testing and quality standard set in place.
Are sublingual vitamins better absorbed?
Sublingual, meaning literally 'under the tongue' refers to a method of administering substances via the mouth in such a way that the substances are rapidly absorbed via the blood vessels under the tongue rather than via the digestive tract see picture to the left. The route of absorption via the highly vascularized buccal mucosa allows the substances a more direct access to the blood circulation, thus providing direct systemic administration.
Medically, sublingual drug administration is applied in the field of cardiovascular drugs, steroids, some barbiturates, and enzymes. It has been a developing field in the administration of many vitamins and minerals which are found to be readily and thoroughly absorbed by this method. Sublingually absorbed nutrition, which avoids exposure to the gastric system and liver, means less additives (excipients), direct nutritional benefits, particularly important for sufferers of gastro-intestinal difficulties such as ulcers, hyperactive gut, coeliac disease, those with compromised digestion, the elderly, and anyone that is unable to swallow tablets or pills – the nutritional benefit is independent of gastro-intestinal influences.
There is considerable evidence that most sublingual substances are absorbed by simple molecular diffusion; the sublingual area acting like litmus paper, readily soaking up the substances. Buccal mucosa presents an ideal site for absorption.
One of the best known drugs used regularly with great success is Glyceryl Trinitrate better known as nitroglycerin, is a potent coronary vasodilator which is used for the rapid symptomatic relief of angina. It has been impressively effective when administered sublingually; pharmacologically active after only one two 2 minutes also nitrate appears in plasma and concentrations can be maintained for 24 hours.
It is always best to take a vitamin that is clean (less additives or excipients) and easily absorbed such as an under the tongue vitamin. We at Frunutta focus on simpler, faster absorption method and purer ingredients in the vitamins and supplements. Our vitamins boast of clean ingredients (less additives or excipients), but also are non-GMO, sugar free, and dye free and free of unnatural excipients. Always discuss your personal vitamin needs and blood levels with your healthcare professional before choosing a supplement that is right for your individual needs.
This information is only for educational purposes and is not medical advice or intended as a recommendation of any specific products. Consult your health care provider for more information. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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