Just about every supplement has a non-pill alternative. Each one offers benefits, but consumers should be aware that there are other considerations.
• Sachets and Powders: More than 15% of all supplement sales in the United States are in this form, according to Nutrition Business Journal, a Penton Media publication. Water-soluble powders are portable and convenient, but require extra packaging which increases costs. They also contain added sugar to make the supplement more palatable, which can be detrimental to diabetics.
• Gummies: Great for children; even adult versions of multi-vitamins and omega complexes are available. They taste good and the interesting shapes can entice kids. However, their syrup base might also include added sugar; they also tend to have a shorter shelf life.
• Liquids: Particularly popular for multi-vitamins, and iron. This form can boast greater efficacy since formulas tend to be concentrated and are more easily absorbed. Cost is a factor, and they are less stable than other options, as they tend to be perishable if not stored properly.
• Chewable tablets: Convenient because they can be taken without water, and are easier to digest; they can accommodate a higher dosage since size is less of a factor. However, they can also include additives like sugar to make them more agreeable.
• Topical lotions: Used primarily for skin-health supplements, they are versatile, capable of covering either a wide area, or a specific region of the body. However, their use is limited to certain ingredients; larger sizes may also expire before all of it can be used.