Tablets, liquids, gummies, lozenges, syrups, drinks... hard shell, soft gel, veg caps… The list goes on! But with so many ways to take vitamins, why does Tonic choose to make vitamin drinks?
We’re glad you asked. It can be hard to choose the right supplements for you and your needs, let alone the right way to take them. But we’ve thought long and hard about why vitamin drinks are best.
Vitamin drinks are a particularly efficient delivery system for nutrient absorption. Many solid vitamin supplements travel slowly through the gastrointestinal tract, are hard to break down, or can have their absorption hampered by food or other chemicals.
What’s more, by making Tonic Health high dose vitamin drinks with real plant extracts, we’re able to optimise absorption further. Some studies have shown that you absorb approximately 15 percent of the riboflavin in a vitamin tablet without food, while this jumps up to over 60 percent with food. Similarly, some studies have shown that eating a meal with healthy fats can increase the absorption of vitamin C to nearly 70 percent (which also applies to Vitamin D as a fat-soluble vitamin).
So the trick for vitamin performance is to drink your Tonic with a good meal for optimal absorption, which will give you a real nutrient boost.
When suffering with seasonal symptoms, there’s nothing more comforting than a nice warm cuppa or a cool refreshing drink. A sore throat occurs as a part of your body's immune response to viral or bacterial infections. Your immune response leads to inflammation and swelling of the mucous membranes in the throat.
Drinking plenty of fluids could help to soothe your pain, and drinking a Tonic with the added vitamins to support your immune system might be a good choice.
Water-soluble vitamins allow any excess that your body can’t use to be easily excreted rather than stored in the body, which is useful when it comes to keeping your nutrient levels optimal. Your body will use only as much as it needs and can’t store vitamin C.
Effervescent vitamin drinks like Tonic Health dissolve fully in water to create an easy digestible solution. This reduces contact in the gastrointestinal tract, which can mean less irritation and greater tolerability for individuals with a sensitive stomach. Buffering vitamins in drinks this way also prevents gastric acids from interacting with the vitamins themselves, which can be a cause of stomach upsets and heartburn in some cases.
So, raise a glass of Tonic to the science of vitamin drinks and make sure next time you choose a vitamin, it’s a delicious, refreshing (or soothing).