What Are Vitamin Patches?

What Are Vitamin Patches?

May 20, 2021 Alex Brecher

You need to give your body more than 30 essential nutrients just to stay alive. Many other compounds are known to support health in the body. It is not always possible or practical to get everything you need for optimal health from the foods you eat. That is where dietary supplements come in, but what if you could go a step further?

What if you could skip vitamin pills and instead get your nutritional supplements through your skin? That is exactly what Vitamin Patches from PatchAid do.

What Is in Vitamin Patches

There are 32 vitamin patches currently available.  You may know them as “vitamin” patches, but PatchAid patches can contain a range of other ingredients, such as the following. They can have essential nutrients, such as omega-3 fatty acids, choline, and minerals, such as calcium iron, zinc, selenium, and more. 

Vitamin patches can also have non-essential compounds, or compounds that you do notneed to get from outside sources for survival. Many non-essential compounds are nonetheless good for health. For example, your body can make long-chain omega-3 fatty acids, such as DHA, from alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which is an essential nutrient and a short-chain omega-3 fatty acid. Therefore, DHA is not an essential nutrient. However, many people take DHA supplements because people who consume more DHA can have a lower risk for heart disease.

Many vitamin patches have non-essential compounds that may still have a role in health. Phytonutrients, herbal extracts, and bio-derived compounds are all examples.

The Patch as a Delivery System

If you use a Vitamin Patch, your vitamins are not being swallowed and then absorbed through the stomach or small intestine as they would if you were using pills. How, then, do patches deliver nutrients? Each patch contains a layer with the vitamins, minerals, and other compounds. Outside of that layer, there is a backing to hold everything together. Inside that layer is an adhesive layer to stay on your skin. 

The system is designed for transdermal delivery of nutrients, or delivery through the layers of your skin. Then, the compounds go right into your bloodstream for use by the body - no need to worry about absorption.

Which Patch(es) to Choose

With so many patches to choose from, how do you know what to choose? Your doctor can be an excellent resource, helping you identify your risk factors for deficiencies and also health conditions that might benefit from different supplements. Your doctor may even order lab tests to see whether you have low levels of certain nutrients, such as vitamin B12 or vitamin D. 

An advantage of PatchAid Vitamin Patches is that they come in all kinds of combinations to help you get exactly the nutrients you and your healthcare provider decide would be best for you. Options range from general multivitamins and specific vitamin and mineral patches to herbal patches with specific targets, such as for energy, sleep, metabolism, or weight control.

Vitamin Patches are easy to use and known to be effective at carrying nutrients, so it may be worth giving them a try instead of swallowing regular vitamin pills. The comfort and convenience of PatchAid Patches cannot be beat, and you may wonder why you never tried them before!