Buying Guide for Liquid Minerals as a Dietary Supplement
There are many choices on the market for liquid minerals from Centrum’s liquid vitamins to more organic and vegetable sources of vitamins in Nature’s Plus Source of Life. Proponents of liquid minerals say that they are absorbed more quickly into the body than those taken in pill form since liquids are more readily absorbed.
We’ve all seen Pedialyte in stores for infants and kids who need more electrolytes from being sick with a cold and can’t keep fluids down. They are great for re-hydrating someone who recently had trouble with dehydration. There is a huge market for liquid vitamins and supplements at your nearest health food store and here is a guide to some of the products to look for and how they stack up.
The FDA has not evaluated any claims that the products have made so you’ll have to do a little legwork before you go shopping for a supplement with which you feel comfortable. If you are looking for something for a particular nutritional need or certain vitamin or mineral you will need to evaluate the Daily Recommended Intake based upon your age and activity level. The USDA website has several charts and documents you can review.
You may also want to research what studies are being done in regards to certain nutrients and the best way to get them outside of food. Many liquid forms of nutrition come in the form of a multivitamin, one particular vitamin, or an entire smorgasbord of goodies. Do your homework before you settle on one thing and talk to your doctor or registered dietician about what he or she feels towards liquid vitamins.
Reading labels will be important. Some supplements like BodyBio have individual liquid minerals such as copper, magnesium, zinc, and potassium while others have combinations of all of them such as Utah Sea Minerals.
Still others have seemingly superfluous ingredients that may not have a purpose in human nutrition. Trace Minerals Research has trace amounts of naturally occurring minerals such as tin, cobalt, zirconium, and even arsenic. I don’t know if those are the best for you even though there seems to be a lot of stuff that is good for you. I applaud them for listing every single ingredient, though. One 32 ounce bottle sells for $32 on The Vitamin Shoppe website.
Looking into the value of what you are getting is also important. If you need to take one tablespoon per day versus three tablespoons per day indicates which one will last longer for the same amount of nutrients. A good indicator of value would be products that have a large bottle that can last a month or more per bottle saving you money in the long run instead of running out of product every couple of weeks in smaller bottles.
Looking at two popular supplements, GNC’s Country Life Liquid Complex is 32 ounces for $37 and lasts for 32 days for a one ounce daily serving. Much like GNC’s version, Nature’s Plus Source of Life Liquid Multi-Vitamin sells 30 ounces for $31 on Drugstore.com. If you compare nutrition labels they have relatively close to the same nutrients in each product except in differing amounts. Both are plant based products.
As always, it is wise to do your research and consult with a medical professional before embarking upon some nutritional supplements. In the end you may find that getting nutrients from your food is the best way to go. This article is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as actual medical advice.
Each product’s individual website provided information for this article in addition to the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Healthy Living Answers.