is Nutritional Absorption a Concern?
Dr. Marc Grossman and Jeannette Manning
following chart compares absorption rates of delivery systems:
or tablet - 10%
Cap - 30%
Patch - 45%
Liquid - 50%
Injection - 90%
or Sublingual Spray - 95%
Injection - 100%
and sublingual sprays have become a viable solution with the introduction
of liposomes. Liposomes hold both water and fat soluble nutrients
in little fat containers to provide an efficient transport system
that allows for maximum absorption by the body. These fat containers
bypass the stomach and take a quicker more efficient route by
slipping through the mucosal membrane under the tongue and directly
into the bloodstream. (6-10) The intraoral or sublingual spray
method of delivery is also very helpful for individuals who have
difficulty swallowing pills or capsules and, since a lower dosage
of nutrients is required, it is cost effective .
aid in absorption:
Manage Chronic Stress. Stress restricts the flow of blood in the
body by tightening muscles, and restricting the free flow of fluids.
Meditation, yoga, tai chi or even daily walks in nature can all
help reduce stress significantly.
Exercise Daily. Exercise helps the body rid itself of the daily
accumulation of harmful toxins. Numerous studies have shown that
even a brisk walk of 20 minutes per day can be preventive in the
development of heart disease and has even been shown to reduce
high eye pressures in cases of glaucoma.
Positively. In Chinese medicine, excessive thoughts of anger,
worry, resentment, grief and fear all have significant effects
on the free flow of "energy" in our body.
Eat Whole Healthy Foods. Our bodies crave fresh food, particularly
fruits, vegetables and grains. These foods provide energy to our
bodies in the form of vitamins, minerals and natural enzymes.
Excessive intake of "dead" food such as fast foods,
or highly processed foods, require our bodies to use their own
enzymes and energy to digest food in an attempt to separate whatever
limited nutrients may be available.
Eat slowly & Chew Well. We should be eating our food slowly
and thoughtfully. Try never to eat on the run, and dont
eat while working, conversing, writing, etc. Make eating a special
time for yourself.
FOR TAKING NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS
MAINTAINING GOOD DIGESTION
Use sublingual and/or liquid nutritional supplements when possible.
They provide the most efficient and reliable system for nutrient
delivery to the bloodstream (50-95% absorption). Gel Caps and
capsules are the next best choice, but rely on gastrointestinal
efficiency for good (20-30%) absorption.
Sublingual liquid supplements are best taken at least ten minutes
drink and one hour after food. To take sublingual liquid supplements,
place under the tongue and wait two minutes without talking before
swallowing. Wait ten minutes before taking food or drink. When
taking more than one sublingual formula at the same time, wait
5-10 minutes between supplements.
Take vitamins with food when possible. Digestive enzymes are stimulated
when eating and aid in nutrient absorption.
If vitamin capsules cannot be swallowed, open up the capsule and
mix the contents with juice or yogurt.
A small amount of apple cider vinegar, taken just prior to a meal,
will stimulate production of digestive juices.
Take digestive enzyme supplements and limit fluids during meals
to improve digestion. Adding fluid to the stomach while eating
dilutes the concentration of digestive enzymes and impairs digestion.
Especially avoid cold or iced drinks when eating.
Spinach is a good source of lutein. However, because of the oxalic
acid content, excessive consumption can block the uptake of calcium
and result in the development of kidney stones and/or worsen osteoporosis.
Beta Carotene (pro vitamin A) and lutein compete for absorption
at the same mid-intestine receptor sites if taken orally (by tablet
or capsule). So, if you are taking both of these antioxidants,
take them at separate times during the day.
If taking antibiotics, take acidophilus supplements between doses.
This will help build up the good bacteria in the digestive tract
destroyed by the antibiotics. It is especially important for elderly
patients to take acidophilus on a regular basis for the maintenance
of intestinal health.