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The Truth about Vitamin Tablets

Updated on July 31, 2012

There has been an ongoing debate for a number of years regarding the effectiveness of vitamin tablets. Some health experts claim that vitamin tablets are a waste of money because they pass right through the body without being absorbed. Others say that it depends on how the tablets were manufactured. As long as the tablet is not to densely packed digestion and absorption is not a problem.

People don't like swallowing horse pills so manufacturers try to make tablets as compact and easy to swallow as possible. The problem this creates is a tablet that is so tightly bound that it cannot be disintegrated and absorbed before it passes through the body.

A good test to see if a vitamin tablet will absorb in your stomach is to try to take a small bite out of it or put a crack in it with your teeth. If it feels like a rock you know it's not going to be absorbed in your stomach. You will find some manufacturers have pharmeuceutical grade vitamin tablets. This means they have been proven to completely breakdown in your stomach within 1/2 hour.

There is a lot of infommercial hype about liquid vitamins being more absorbable than vitamin tablets or capsules. This is true only in the case of the poorly manufactured vitamin tablets that goes right through the body. The truth is liquid vitamins may be absorbed more quickly but not more effectively.

The advantage of taking liquid vitamins is not having to swallow pills. The disadvantage may be the taste.This is the first step to choosing effective vitamin supplements. When you have found a company that has a highly absorbably product the next step is to make sure the product contains vitamins from quality sources in adequate amounts per dose.


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      Phil Plasma 

      8 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      Excellent hub - it had never occurred to me that the daily multivitamin I am taking may not be getting processed adequately. I'll have to do some research to see what is available near me that will do a better job.

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      8 years ago

      I take vitamins everyday to boost my immune system. They pass right through the body without being absorbed? Yes all excess will be waste. Tablets have large amount of mineral than our body needs (RDA) so most of the excess are waste but that is natural. If you take more than the RDA, adverse effects happen especially A-D-E-K vitamins (fat soluble vitamins)

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      8 years ago

      Are there any good VItD TABLETS not softgels available, I would like to avoic gels

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      8 years ago

      Can you get what you take over the counter? I have digestive problems due to a botched surgery. I stay anemic to the point of having to have Iron iv's. No vitamins seem to get into my system. Any advice would truely be appreciated. Thanks! Great hub!

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      Support Med. 

      9 years ago from Michigan

      Interesting about liquid vitamins not necessarily being more effective (as you stated, the infomercials say the opposite). I have had a couple of vit. tabs that caused some stomach problems (was told it was the way they were milled). There is much to learn and I guess what is good for one is not necessarily good for the next person. Interesting. Voted/rated.

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      10 years ago

      Vitamin tablets are useful in few conditions. All healthy persons must use natural sources like vegetables, eggs cereals etc to fulfill need of vitamins. I believe all allopathic medicines are harmful in long run

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      Acai Burn 

      10 years ago


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      Christopher Cody 

      10 years ago

      Hi,That's an awesome article you have on vitamin tablets, my friend!By the way, thanks for dropping by at my article! see ya!

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      Happy 1 

      11 years ago from Hawaii

      Great info, Steve!

    • stevemark122000 profile imageAUTHOR


      11 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks for your comment Louise! Unfortunately, I am not to familiar with drug store or health store brands because I order online only. You might find what you need by talking to your local nutritionist.

    • LouiseKnittel profile image


      11 years ago from Ohio

      Very Nice! I cannot aford the Airborn brand right now... any suggestions as to what I could get over the counter?

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      11 years ago from North Carolina

      Great information to know, thanks!

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      11 years ago from delhi

      nicely written steve

    • stevemark122000 profile imageAUTHOR


      11 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks for your comment allshookup! You might try elliminating sugar, wheat and dairy from your diet for a season and eating very healthy. This has been effective in helping individuals who need healing in the digestive tract. Another thing you can do is take probiotics to cultivate intestinal flora which is essential for digestive health. For more info. on probiotic you can read my hub Powerful Probiotics Eating your food extra slowly and chewing it really well and drinking lots of water throughout the day may also help.

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      11 years ago from The South, United States

      Steve, Can you get what you take over the counter? I have digestive problems due to a botched surgery. I stay anemic to the point of having to have Iron iv's. No vitamins seem to get into my system. Any advice would truely be appreciated. Thanks! Great hub!

    • stevemark122000 profile imageAUTHOR


      11 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks for your comment Jean! I have been using a brand for several years that is proven to completely disintegrate in your stomach within 1/2 hour. I take the daily power pack for men, nutritional hybrids. They have a number of other supplements as well. I have listed them above through Amazon because they seem to offer the most inexpensive price apart from becoming a wholesale buyer.

      Thanks for your comment Eddie! Glad to know you are educating others about these important facts. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Eddie Perkins 

      11 years ago

      Great information. We have been teaching this for years. Good to know that others are sharing this truth.

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      Jean's Corner 

      11 years ago from Harrisburg North Carolina

      Thanks for the info Steve. I really didn't know this. Is there a brand you feel that absorbes better than most? I do take vitamin supplements so now I will have to do the bite test.


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