Dietary supplements can be purchased as powders, pills, capsules, tinctures and softgels. The size of the supplements varies greatly. In the store of ashwagandhakaufen.de is therefore for many products the size of the capsules, pills or softgels indicated.
Why capsules, pills or softgels?
Many supplement ingredients don’t taste very good by themselves. They are often finely ground plant parts or synthetically manufactured substances. That’s one of the reasons they are packaged in an ashwagandha capsule, for example. The content substance is usually mixed with magnesium stearate, silicon dioxide or cornmeal to prevent or delay clumping of the content substance. Finally, the Netherlands is climatically humid for much of the year. Packing a content material in a capsule protects the content material from moisture and other substances and influences. Sometimes a filler is also added such as microcrystalline cellulose. These substances are approved at the European level and usually even globally for use in nutrients or in the production of commercial drugs.
Capsulation automatically ensures portioning
Another advantage is that capsulation causes the content substance to be portioned by default. In addition, it is possible to mix different substances together and pack them into 1 capsule. In this way, certain content substances can work synergistically with each other and support each other. A single substance such as a mineral or plant extract, for example, can be enriched in this way. Oil-based supplements are usually packaged in a softgel. This is somewhat easier to swallow than a capsule or pill. In addition, a softgel – unlike a capsule – can accommodate a liquid content. Softgels usually also contain an oily content such as fish oil or plant oil, for example.
Difficulty swallowing pills?
For many people, swallowing supplements poses no problem, but there are those for whom it is less easy. There are several ways to make swallowing dietary supplements easier, so that you can still make use of the rich content.
Pills can be broken into smaller pieces, either by hand or with a large knife. The smaller pieces can be easily swallowed with water, but a thicker liquid such as a yogurt smoothie further facilitates swallowing. It is also possible to powder the pills with a mortar (again). You can often find (pharmacy) mortars in second hand stores, but they can also be found on the internet. The powder can be stirred into a little food or fruit juice. It can also be mixed with a mashed banana or some applesauce. Of course, it is also possible to throw the pill(s) into a smoothie and grind it with the blender.
Capsules can be easily opened. The contents can be mixed with a smoothie, some applesauce or a mashed banana. You should note, however, that this is not always conducive to taste. This is because some of the contents are acidic or bitter.
Softgels are actually very easy to process, especially if they contain vegetable oil. Often this oil (such as Evening Primrose Oil) has a fine taste. Bite open the softgel with your fangs or poke a hole in it with a needle, pin or the tip of a sharp knife. Mix the oil with your food and discard the shell.
Do not do this with fish oil or algae oil capsules. Because of the strong taste, these are really best taken with softgels.
Two techniques to help swallow supplements
There are also two techniques that can make it easier to swallow large pills or tablets.
1. The water bottle method for pills or tablets:
Fill a water bottle with water. Place the pill or capsule on your tongue. Place your lips around the neck of the bottle and take a large sip of the water in a steady, backward motion. Make sure no air is added.
2. The bent-head method for capsules:
Place the capsule on your tongue. Take a sip of water, but do not swallow yet. Now bend your head with your chin towards your chest. The water containing the capsule will now float backwards into your throat. Swallowthe water withthe capsule in thisposition.