How does your body absorb vitamins?

At Nutrivitality, we know our vitamins.

Recently, we’ve spent some time explaining exactly what vitamins are and what they do for our body.

But how does your body absorb vitamins? Although we know that vitamins keep us fit and strong, it can be confusing knowing the best way to make sure we’re getting enough vitamins. Although using traditional tablets like multivitamins seems like a great idea, they may not be the best choice for your body.

To make sure that you’re getting the best, we’ve put together this guide to understanding exactly how vitamins are absorbed into the body and the best way to get your daily vitamins.

How does the body absorb vitamins?

How vitamins are absorbed into the body depends on the type of vitamin. Overall there are two main types of vitamin:

Lipid-soluble vitamins.

These vitamins are dissolved in fat and include vitamins A, D, E and K.

Water-soluble vitamins.

These vitamins are dissolved in water and include vitamins C and B.

Both types of vitamin enter the body through the foods that we eat. As they start to be digested, the way that they are absorbed and stored in the body changes.

Because vitamins C and B are water-soluble, they are absorbed directly into the blood during digestion. However, because they dissolve in water, it’s also easy for your body to get rid of these vitamins as urine. This means that these vitamins need to be regularly replenished so your body has enough.

How water soluble vitamins are absorbed into the body

how water soluble vitamins are absorbed in the body
The lipid-soluble vitamins work a little differently. During digestion, the fat-based vitamins need to attach to proteins before they can be absorbed into the blood.

How Lipid-Soluble vitamins are absorbed into the body

how lipid-soluble vitamins are absorbed in the body

Because they’re attached to these proteins, your body can easily store them in the liver or fat calls of your body, using them exactly when they’re needed.

You’ll also build up a good store of these vitamins, so you don’t need to worry too much about your daily intake as much.

This video is a great way of understanding how the vitamins are absorbed.

How is a multivitamin or supplement absorbed?

Multivitamins or traditional vitamins are intended to be a timesaving way to make sure that you are getting all the vitamins you need.

However, less than ten percent of the vitamins in traditional tablets or capsules are absorbed by the body.

Most of the time, this is because of the tablet or capsule casing of the vitamin. When it comes to these vitamins, our stomach breaks the vitamins down before they get the chance to be absorbed. Vitamins with a shiny, waxy coating make the tablet harder for the body to dissolve, making it harder for the vitamins to be absorbed into the body. Tablets with added sweeteners also block the vitamins from being absorbed into the bloodstream, making it difficult for your body to absorb nutrients from these tablets.

What’s the best way to take vitamins?

With over ten years of clinical research and work with leading universities, we’ve found a better way to absorb vitamins into our bodies with our NutriProtect Liposomal Technology.

This technology uses liposomes to protect the nutrients until your body can absorb them. Liposomes are special fatty acids which protect your vitamins and are the right size to be taken easily into your bloodstream, giving an absorption rate that is eight times more effective than a tablet-based nutritional supplement.

Once the liposomes have been absorbed, they target the areas of cell damage and release the vitamins your body needs. All are contained within our liquid sachets, which can be taken on their own or part of a drink, making sure that tablet or capsule delivery isn’t interfering with your vitamins.

As the smart way to get your vitamins, our NutriProtect technology makes sure they are doing their job.

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