If you’re like many people these days, you are taking, or thinking about taking nutritional supplements. And a popular way to get these supplements is by taking liquid vitamins and minerals. For many people, this is a more convenient and enjoyable option that taking pills. It also may be more effective, as there are claims that the nutrients are more readily and fully absorbed when taken in liquid form.
There are certain things that any nutritional supplement should have. Omega 3 fatty acids are very important, as is Calcium. All of the vitamins, from Vitamin A to E and Vitamin K, all have important functions as well, and should be a part of any supplement that you take.
To know if a nutritional supplement has the amount of these nutrients, and others, that you need on a daily basis, you can simply check its ingredients against the table of Dietary Reference Intake values. This table is published by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and you can find it free on their website.
It’s important to remember that different people have different nutritional needs. For women, it’s important to get extra Omega 3’s, and Calcium. In addition, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, and Magnesium have been found to help in preventing symptoms of PMS, and relieving menstrual cramps. Men need to look for adequate levels of Zinc in a supplement, because this mineral helps prevent prostate problems and regulates testosterone levels.
Kids need a lot of calcium, in addition to all of the other nutrients.
One other thing to consider before you make your decision is taste. If you are going to be drinking these liquid vitamins and minerals every day, you want to make sure that they are enjoyable. Some drinks can have a very chalky and vitamin-like taste. This may not be a big concern for you, but after weeks of drinking it, you may find yourself wanting to search for a sweeter-tasting supplement. And if you’re trying to get children to take their supplements in liquid form, it will be much easier to get them do drink it if it tastes good.