Those who have problems swallowing or with digestion may take liquid vitamins to help fulfill their nutrient needs. Liquid vitamins vary as much as their solid counterparts, with different brands, prices and designer names. The FDA warns that when it comes to vitamins and supplements, more is not always better. The best liquid vitamin is a personal choice that you should discuss with your physician.
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Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin. It is also know as ascorbic acid. Liquid vitamin C supplements are available in varying strengths, from 500 to 1,000 milligrams. Vitamin C is taken to help increase immune system health, and it is a potent antioxidant. Vitamin C intake is essential for pregnant women,as the vitamin helps the body use dietary iron to make healthy blood and nutrients for the baby.
Liquid vitamin D is sometimes given to malnourished infants, and the vitamin is also important for the elderly, those with dark skin and people who avoid or do not get enough sunlight. This fat-soluble vitamin is stored in the body fat for future needs, and there is the potential for overdose if too much is taken. Use caution when administering liquid vitamin D to infants, and always use the pre-measured dropper.
The vitamin B complex family consists of eight different water-soluble B vitamins. The FDA encourages adults over 50 to take a daily vitamin B-12 supplement, and these come in liquid as well as pill form. Together, the B vitamins support the functions of the nervous system, skin and food metabolism. Discuss the vitamin B supplements you should take with a health care professional.
Complete multivitamin supplements come in a liquid form, which is easier for some to swallow and digest. Doctors may prescribe liquid multivitamins after gastric surgery, rather than the difficult to digest enteric coated pills. A complete liquid multivitamin should contain vitamins A, B complex, C, D, E and vital minerals such as zinc, iron and manganese for total supplementation. Liquid multivitamins can be more expensive than their pill counterparts; an average 15-milliliter bottle provides 15 servings of vitamins, as opposed to 30 or 60 tablets typically found in a bottle.