Sublingual Vitamins: Everything You Need to Know
There are myriad ways of getting vitamins into your system, but a novel approach is turning heads in the natural health community.
‘Sublingual’ – meaning beneath the tongue – is a creative means of upping your intake of valuable vitamins and minerals.
Just as emergency rooms throughout the world administer drugs sublingually to meet urgent need, these easy-dissolving supplements offer an alternative to those who are tired of, or averse to, swallowing pills and capsules.
The Difference Between Sublingual and Regular Vitamins
Sublingual supplements differ from traditional supplements in one key way: they are designed not to be swallowed but to self-dissolve beneath the tongue.
The advantages to this method are obvious. Administering substances sublingually means they can be rapidly absorbed into the blood vessels themselves and carried throughout the body.
This is in contrast to traditional supplements which – while nevertheless beneficial – must be swallowed, broken down by the digestive system and finally absorbed into the bloodstream from the small intestines.
A laborious process, certainly. And one which is made even more difficult if the person consuming said supplements is suffering from IBS or some other gastrointestinal disorder which impairs absorption further.
A great many pills and capsules contain chemicals, coatings, preservatives, artificial colours, hydrogenated oils, talc, sugar and fillers, many of which are added to ensure the supplements survive the harsh environment of the human stomach and get where they need to go.
These ingredients perform a vital function but throw up questions: how much of the vitamin supplement you are swallowing is pure vitamin? What percentage is artificial ingredients included to assure its survival and dissolution, to say nothing of its effectiveness once delivered into the circulatory system?
Wouldn’t it be nice if we could enjoy a pure vitamin with none of the excipients?
Why Sublingual is More Effective
Sublingual vitamins and minerals are, by and large, a fraction of the size of traditional supplements. These micro pills dissolve beneath the tongue, being absorbed by mucosal membranes lining the mouth, and enter the bloodstream more directly.
Due to the manner in which they are delivered, sublinguals tend not to contain the shellacs and impurities typical of many other products. There is no need for these additives, since the vitamin (or mineral) isn’t following the well-worn path of the gastrointestinal tract.
The benefits of sublingual supplements, therefore, are obvious.
• Smaller tablets/pills
• Superior absorption
• Easier and more convenient to take (no need for a glass of water)
• Less likelihood of digestive discomfort
• No synthetic ingredients
• Lower cost (fewer ingredients = lower retail price)
Of course, sublingual pills or traditional tablets aren’t the only two options: intravenous therapy is becoming ever more popular too.
This method of administering vitamins and minerals directly into the bloodstream is highly effective and has been popularised by a number of celebrities in recent years. The procedures are carried out by practitioners at aesthetic clinics throughout the country.
As far as nutrition is concerned, intravenous treatment is nothing new. After all, hospitals have been using this method to care for patients who are too ill and/or severely deficient for many years. Nutritional infusions are essential components of modern-day healthcare.
The main drawback, at least for the consumer, is that IV therapy is very expensive. A Myers’ Cocktail – which combines nutrients and vitamins including vitamin C, folic acid, magnesium chloride and half a dozen B vitamins – can set you back well over £200.
Another ingenious method of delivery is transdermal, whereby nutrients enter the system via the skin. Transdermal supplements are generally available in the form of gels, sprays or patches, and just like shots and sublinguals, they have the advantage of bypassing the digestive system entirely.
Transdermal magnesium is perhaps the most common example of such supplements.
Sublingual Vitamin B12: Especially Helpful
Sublingual vitamins are becoming more common, but perhaps the most popular sublingual supplement is vitamin B12.
In order for B12 to be absorbed in your intestines, intrinsic factor must be secreted by parietal cells in the stomach walls. This action is very much dependent on a high level of acidity and the consequent production of hydrochloric acid.
Those with low stomach acid, therefore, will benefit most from taking the digestive system out of the equation – hence choosing sublingual B12 over other supplements.
In most cases, individuals with low hydrochloric acid and intrinsic factor production will, at best, enjoy poor absorption via oral supplements ingested via the normal gastrointestinal route.
The Frunutta slogan speaks to their commitment to creating highly potent, highly pure supplements.
“In an industry that strives for pretty, we focus on purity.”
The company was set up by Dr. Ali Alavi, as a means of addressing his autistic child’s difficulties in swallowing vitamin and mineral supplements. To address his son’s nutritional deficiencies, Dr. Alavi had no choice but to administer intravenous injections on a weekly basis.
Sublingual supplements were not yet commercially available, so there was little option. The doctor soon changed that though, partnering with a team of like-minded doctors and scientists to bring a range of sublingual vitamins to the market under the Frunutta banner.
The core group built a development lab and production facilities in their native United States and set about creating highly pure supplements that would get into the bloodstream quicker than traditional products, and would require no swallowing or water.
Frunutta’s pills – like most sublingual supplements – are far smaller than traditional tablets and capsules. That’s because they tend to contain only:
• The vitamin or mineral stated on the label
• A tiny amount of lactose, to help with dissolving
• Acacia gum, to hold the pill together
No artificial sugars, coatings, fillers or dyes. Just a small, pure, easy-dissolving nutrient.
The Frunutta range includes several popular nutritional supplements to support the immune, cardiovascular and neurological systems. The range includes sublingual:
Frunutta have also created a multivitamin and mineral, Nutravite Multivite. Each one-a-day tablet supplies 100% of your RDA of 12 essential nutrients, including Vitamins A, C, D, K, B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, Folic Acid, Biotin and Pantothenic Acid.
If you’re keen to address a deficiency of one of these key nutrients, explore the best food sources and tailor your diet accordingly. You might also wish to give Frunutta a try. The supplements are inexpensive, highly absorbable and convenient.
Each pack provides 90 or 100 servings, and the majority contain a therapeutic dosage equal to – or greater than – 100% of your RDA. Sometimes such a high dose is necessary for those battling health challenges or combating chronic deficiency.
Incidentally, Frunutta’s supplements can be swallowed as well as dissolved under the tongue.
Just as emergency rooms throughout the world administer drugs sublingually to meet urgent need, these easy-dissolving supplements offer an alternative to swallowing pills and capsules.