When you are thinking about taking vitamins, it can be off putting if you are the type of person who doesn't like pills. Luckily, there are other options. Although pills may be the most common type of vitamin or nutritional supplement, there are plenty of other options. A vitamin patch may be a good choice for you, so ask your healthcare provider which ones may be right for your health needs.
Trouble with Vitamin Pills
Some people have trouble swallowing pills. Post-op bariatric surgery patients, for example, can have trouble swallowing large capsules or they may find it impossible to do so.
It’s also important to remember that vitamin pills have to be digested and absorbed through the gastrointestinal tract. That means the following things.
- It may be important to take them with or without food, so you have to time it properly. You may even need to worry about medications and vitamin timing.
- You may experience gastrointestinal symptoms, such as constipation, with some supplements.
- Some vitamins and minerals can interfere with each other’s absorption, so it’s important to take them separately if you’re using capsules.
These are just a few barriers to taking vitamin pills.
Vitamin Options That Aren’t Pills
These are some of the choices that aren’t pills.
Nutritious Foods. It’s true that foods contain essential vitamins and minerals. It’s even true that it’s possible for some people to meet all of their essential vitamin and mineral needs from foods. But it’s also true that some people have trouble meeting their needs from foods.
Chewable Tablets. These can be easier to swallow, but not everyone likes their taste. Some even taste like chalk!
Liquid Vitamins. A few drops can provide a lot of nutrition, but it’s not always convenient to take these kinds of vitamins.
Vitamin Powders.Vitamin powders can be fun to use if you like drinking flavored beverages. They can also come in protein supplements, such as shakes. But they can be a nuisance if you’re on the go or you don’t know when to take your vitamins, and it’s possible they don’t have all of the vitamins you need, or high enough quantities of all of your nutrients.
Vitamin Patches. These can contain high amounts of a wide variety of vitamins, minerals, and other ingredients, and it’s not necessary to worry about taking them with or without food.
More Benefits of Vitamin Patches
VItamin patches are easy to use. All you have to do is apply them and remove them 8 hours later. Use a new patch the next day. You can use multiple patches at once without worrying about interfering with each other.
These are some more benefits of vitamin patches.
- There’s no risk of gastrointestinal discomfort from digestion, since the ingredients are absorbed through the skin and not through the GI tract.
- They can have higher amounts of nutrients and a wider variety compared to oral supplements.
- They don’t taste bad.
- PatchAid Vitamin Patches are free from gluten, latex, and sugar.
If you’re looking for an alternative to vitamin pills, it may be worth considering vitamin patches. They’re discrete, easy to use, and high in nutrient content. Ask your healthcare provider which ones may be best for you!