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Vitamin Powder Vs. Liquid Vitamins

By Lauren Treadwell

Vitamin supplements provide additional nutrition to people who do not get the ideal amounts of vitamins from their normal diet. Most people are familiar with vitamin supplements in pill form, but powdered and liquid supplements are also becoming more popular. Although both powder form and liquid form vitamins offer advantages over pills, there are significant differences between the two.

Method Of Delivery

Powdered vitamins come in capsules or bulk containers. People can mix many vitamin powders with water, juice or other drinks. They can also dissolve the powder in their mouths or take it with a glass water. Liquid vitamins can come in bottle or sealed capsule form. People can take liquid vitamins by mixing them with another liquid, drinking them by themselves or using a spray bottle or medicine dropper. Some liquid vitamins come in injection form.

Absorbtion Rate

Liquid vitamin supplements enter the blood stream faster than powdered vitamins because your body begins absorbing liquid vitamins through the mucus membranes in your mouth and throat. Powdered vitamins have to dissolve or be digested before they enter the blood stream.

Shelf Life

Powdered vitamins have a longer shelf life than liquid supplements because most vitamins break down in liquid. Plus, nutrient-filled liquids are a haven for bacteria. Both liquid and powdered vitamins are more prone to spoilage and a decrease in potency than vitamins in pill form because they lack preservatives and stabilizing ingredients.


Powdered vitamin supplements are cheaper than liquid supplements. This is because of the increased costs of producing, packaging and storing liquid vitamins.


Since most powered and liquid vitamins don't come in standard dosage amounts as do prescription pills, they both carry a higher risk of accidental overdose. Their increased absorption rate adds to this risk. Check dosage amounts with a doctor or other health-care professional before beginning a vitamin regimen.

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