While there are some sources of food that are rich in vitamin D, it’s not always easy to get enough from food alone. In fact, the Department of Health recommends that everyone should consider taking a daily supplement containing 10µg of vitamin D during the autumn and winter months. But what sort of supplement should you take? Most people tend to take either tablets or capsules. Their choice often dictated by historic preference. However, there are a few reasons why you might choose one over the other.
Why take Vitamin D tablets?
Vitamin D powder is compressed and packed using intense force into a solid form and coated with either a film or sugar coating to create tablets. Many consumers believe that the body is able to absorb the nutrients from capsules more easily in comparison to tablets. This is because tablets have been known to stay intact even after passing through the GI tract. However, if tablets are properly controlled for disintegration, then the nutrients should be released as effectively as those from capsules.
Tablets are generally less expensive than capsules so your decision could be a cost decision.
While tablets are available in different sizes and shapes, they can sometimes be harder to swallow than capsules. However, some tablets are scored which makes it easier to cut them up for ingestion, or film coated which makes them easier to swallow. Chewable tablets can also offer a further, more palatable option.
Why take capsules?
When compared to tablets, capsules are odourless and tasteless, generally making them easier to swallow. If someone finds it hard to swallow a capsule, however, it can be opened and the contents can be mixed with a drink.
Some manufacturers of vitamin D supplements use gelatine for the outer shell of a capsule. Gelatine is broken down by the body and has no known harmful effects, however, gelatine is manufactured from the collagen of animal skin or bone, meaning it is not suitable for vegetarians. SunVit-D3 capsule formulations are packed in cellulose, which is derived from plants. These capsules are becoming more popular, particularly with those consumers wishing to avoid all animal products.
SunVit-D3 Capsules are dairy/ lactose-free as they do not contain any lactose monohydrate ingredient so for dairy allergy sufferers this would be the ideal solution.
Some people may experience sensitivities to the coatings used on tablets. As such, capsules offer an ideal alternative, offering reduced gastrointestinal irritation.
Capsules are often thought to be absorbed faster by the body than tablets. This may be the case, however, a faster absorption time isn’t generally considered to offer a nutritional advantage with most supplements. In fact, slower absorption may be preferable to avoid overwhelming the body’s absorption pathways. Many supplements are available in a time-released format for this reason.
Don’t forget about drops.
The Department of Health recommends that breastfed babies should be given a daily supplement of vitamin D to ensure they are getting the adequate amount. Children, aged 1 to 4 should also be given a daily vitamin D supplement and drops or oral solution administered in a syringe offers the ideal way to administer it. Learn more about vitamin D for children.
Drops are perfect for infants and young children. Easy to administer, they can also be added to drinks. Vitamin D drops are a great way to deliver vitamin D from infancy through to adulthood. Tasteless and odourless, most drops are preservative and artificial colour and flavour free, offering a further solution for the whole family.