In this episode of the Real Health Show, Dr Paulo dives into the world of nutrient absorption, focusing on the comparison between vitamin sprays and vitamin capsules. The optimal functioning of our body’s various systems depends on a steady supply of nutrients from our diet. However, challenges in the digestion and absorption of nutrients can result in malabsorption, which has serious consequences for our health.
Malabsorption is a term that covers all the challenges in the digestion and absorption of nutrients from food. The causes can be chronic, such as cystic fibrosis, chronic pancreatitis, celiac disease, and Crohn’s disease, or acute, like parasites, microbiome disruption, gut inflammation, and defective diets. The symptoms of malabsorption are non-specific and depend on the severity of the challenges and which nutrients are not being absorbed optimally.
Common symptoms include avoiding certain foods, chronic diarrhoea, bloating, gas, and weight loss. If not corrected, the reduced absorption of essential nutrients will eventually cause the dysfunction of body systems.
Vitamin Sprays and Nutrient Absorption
Dr Paulo explains that these absorption challenges can also affect the absorption of supplements. Over the past decade, there has been an increase in the number of vitamin sprays, liquids containing a specific vitamin that one sprays in the mouth and are absorbed through the lining of the mouth. Absorption occurs by passive diffusion through numerous capillaries underneath the tongue and on the sides of the mouth, reaching the reticulated veins and the general circulation, bypassing the first-pass hepatic metabolism.
Vitamins Most Affected by Gut-Related Absorption Challenges
The vitamins most affected by gut-related absorption challenges are fat-soluble vitamins such as D3 and K2, and water-soluble vitamin B12. Fat-soluble vitamins are normally absorbed through the aqueous lining of the intestine after undergoing emulsification in the intestinal lumen with bile salts.
This process can be impaired by many factors, including increasing age, obesity, genetic variation in protein-mediated transport, lipase, changes in pH, and the concentration of bile salts. The absorption of B12 in the ileum requires intrinsic factor to deliver B12 to the ileal border brush cells, to which it attaches in the presence of calcium and alkaline pH.
Effectiveness of Vitamin Sprays
According to Dr Paulo, research has shown that mouth sprays are more effective for the absorption of these vitamins. Absorption of D3 through sublingual and mucosal routes can increase serum levels three to ten times more than via the oral route.
Various clinical trials have shown that buccal sprays produced a significantly higher mean serum D3 concentration as compared to oral capsules in both healthy subjects and patients with malabsorption syndrome. Additionally, the absorption of B12 through vitamin sprays results in a faster onset of action, and sublingual absorption of K2 is highly efficient.
In the episode, Dr Paulo discusses the PhytomistTM vitamin oral sprays range, which includes vitamin B12, vitamin D3, and a combination of vitamin D3 and K2. These sprays are designed using the latest technology to help individuals overcome absorption challenges and optimize their nutrient intake. PhytomistTM vitamin sprays are formulated for sublingual absorption, providing a faster and more efficient delivery of essential vitamins.
With these sprays, the nutrients bypass the digestive system and directly enter the bloodstream through the lining of the mouth, resulting in increased bioavailability and improved absorption. As mentioned earlier in the episode, clinical trials have demonstrated the effectiveness of buccal sprays for increasing serum concentrations of these vitamins. Consult with a healthcare professional before incorporating PhytomistTM vitamin sprays or any other supplements into your routine, and ensure you’re using them as directed for the best results.
In conclusion, vitamin sprays provide an alternative and potentially more effective method of nutrient absorption for those struggling with malabsorption issues. By understanding the differences between vitamin sprays and capsules, individuals can make informed decisions about which supplementation method is best suited for their unique health needs.
Be sure to consult with a healthcare professional before making any changes to your supplementation routine, and stay tuned to the Real Health Show with Dr Paulo for more health tips and insights.
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