Are Soluble Supplements Better Than Pills?

Are Soluble Supplements Better Than Pills?

Let’s look at nutrition

How often do you end the day and wonder whether you consumed enough vegetables, fruits and other foods vital for optimum mental and physical performance?

Ideally our everyday diet should be able to fortify us with all we need to be in peak physical and mental perfromance, yet, realisticaly this is not often the case.

I know that each day I will have missed much of my nutritional requirements and I know even the basics like drinking enough water would have been missed.

Therefore, in my quest to build more muscle, strength plus improve or at least maintain a modicum of mental agility and feel better overall I have to take some supplements to help.

This is because, like many people, we never really have the perfect day. Life takes over and even with the best intentions that day a meeting may crop up, a child may be sick or even a friend wants to advice.

This can create havoc with your nutritional aspirations.

Thankfully there is a supplement for almost anything you can think of.

This is a convenient way to ensure your body is topped up (not replaced) with the its nutritional requirements.

However, they come in many varying guises.

I for one have recently been taking a selection of different pills to boost my testosterone and some of the pills could fill and elephants ass they are that big.

One thing I have noticed is the popularity of soluble vitamins and minerals or even fat burners or pre workout supplements which can provide the necessary means to lose weight and feel charged for your workout or even help with recovery if it is BCAA’s.

Many of these sports supplements also include many of the vital nutrients that your body needs.

These can help ward off common health problems and deficiencies so can have a double impact on your performance.

So, between pills and solubles which is better?

Apart from finding the correct supplement for you, you may now wish to decide if you want it in water soluble form or in pills.

Then again, science may make that decision for you, because, we want it to perform as well as ourselves.

Therefore, you may be interested to hear that soluble supplements which are sometimes marketed as effervescent are an very efficient delivery method of nutrients.

This is because they can quickly travel through the gastrointestinal tract and be absorbed quickly with out being negatively effected by other foods or chemicals. [1]

This because soluble supplements dissolve in to a buffered solution.

This allows less irritation and prevents gastric acids from interacting and affecting the nutrients preventing heartburn and any other negative effects.

Any nutrients that are not required are then easily passed ensuring that your nutrients levels are always optimal for your bodies requirements.

However, just before you decide to change all of your supplements to water soluable, there’s also a case for pills.

As already mentioned that water soluble supplements can be passed as easily as they are absorbed, the slow release of the nutrients from solid supplements can be just as valuable.

For instance, if your body is already at capacity for Zinc any additional will be passed through the system.

However, what if your Zinc level then diminishes a few hours later?

Well, the additional Zinc consumed will have already been passed and wasted.

A will slowly release the nutrients and therefore can help maintain a higher level of the required nutrients over a much longer period of time, essentially acting as a trickle effect.

This is particularly useful when taking a fat burner or a testosterone booster, but not so much when you want the instant hit of a pre workout.

This trickle effect can keep your body topped up for longer and have an overall greater effect.

What’s the answer?

Realistically it depends on what your needs are…

If you want an instant hit of energy and to feel better quickly, a soluble multivitamin is probably the way to go.

It will top up all of your levels that you are suffering from a deficiency in and have an almost instantaneous impact.

Hence why I have a soluble multivitamin first thing in the morning or when I am hungover.

However, if you want to make the most from your supplement over a sustained period of time, such as to maintain optimal testosterone levels, a solid, pill type supplement is the way to go.



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Ben BA(Hons), PGCert

Ben established this site to be a free resource in 2015. Since then it has gained over half a million visits. He has always been interested in sport and he started playing rugby at the age of 6 represented his town, county and school. Ben also enjoys cycling, has started skiing and is in the Army Reserve representing his Regiment as part of the 150 Regimental Shooting Team. He holds a bachelor's and postgraduate degree in sport exercise & nutrition.

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