Sublingual Supplements

July 22nd, 2013 · No Comments · Healthy Living

suboxone-sublingual-300x193[1]If you have the choice between a sublingual or oral supplement, do you know which to choose? With so many options for how to administer a product (liquid, capsule, gel capsule, pellet, tablet) it’s hard to understand why one may be beneficial over another. Because more products are now available as a sublingual as well as through oral administration, we wanted to be sure to outline why sublingual is a safe and effective way to take your supplements, especially if you have difficulty swallowing pills.  

As a child I had a difficult time swallowing pills. I would take them one-at-a-time, place them on the back of my tongue, take a gulp of water and feel certain that I had just swallowed a chicken bone and would never be able to properly eat food again. A bit dramatic but if you have trouble swallowing pills, you know what I mean. Sublingual administration would have saved the day for me and luckily, as an adult, I now have that option. Sublingual is Latin for “under the tongue” and it is simply that: supplements, pharmaceuticals, enzymes, and some vitamins and minerals you place under your tongue and allow to dissolve. The mucous membrane beneath our tongue is an ideal place to dissolve a substance because of the concentration of capillaries in this area. A substance is placed beneath the tongue, dissolution happens quickly, and the capillaries carry the compounds of the substance into venous circulation. Because the compounds are now in your blood stream you are able to attain the benefits, healing, or relief quicker than through oral administration which relies on the intestines for absorption.

When we choose oral administration for our herbs or medicine we are waiting for much longer than sublingual to attain the benefits. When we swallow a pill it must first pass through our stomachs and into our intestine where it can begin to be absorbed. It isn’t until the substance has been metabolized in the liver that it actually enters general circulation. Because of this passage from mouth to liver for the benefits to come, some argue that sublingual administration is superior not only for how quickly healing can begin but also for the potency of the item you’re taking. When relying only on saliva and the enzymes found within it to break down a substance it seems reasonable to believe the efficacy of the item hasn’t been degraded as much as a pill taken orally and passed through the hostile acids within the stomach and gastrointestinal tract before being altered and broken down by the liver. Considering the substance will be broken down then changed into a useable form by the liver for the body, an easily absorbed sublingual administration is argued to be more effective and vitamin A is one example where this method might be preferred.

Our bodies utilize vitamin A for healthy eye function, strong bones and teeth, to keep our skin healthy, to boost our immune system and as a powerful antioxidant. Vitamin A is essential for the health of so much of our body including our urinary tract where it can help prevent the formation of urinary stones. As we age the function of our body slows and our bones, teeth, and eyes need the extra boost provided from vitamin A. Likewise, as our systems mature, we are more susceptible to illness and the effects of sun and pollution. Taking vitamin A daily not only strengthens the mucous membranes of our bodies (lining of the eyes, urinary and intestinal tract, and respiratory system) but it also boosts our white blood cell count (our body’s natural infection fighters). As an antioxidant, vitamin A can reduce the damage caused by the sun as well as acting as a sweeper of 90530_box[1]free radicals in your system. Learn more about free radicals and antioxidants. A sublingual vitamin A is an excellent choice if you have difficulty swallowing pills or if you’d like to be sure you’re meeting your daily recommended intake quickly and easily. We carry an instant dissolve microlingual from Superior Source that goes to work quickly. With 10,000 IU of vitamin A in each microlingual you’ll need only one each day.

In theory, sublingual administration does have certain advantages over oral: the route is faster and the substance comes in contact only with one’s saliva before entering the bloodstream. Sublingual administration is safe for adults and children for any substance that will dissolve easily with only the encouragement of saliva but there are some risks to note. If you have been eating, drinking, or smoking, there may be a change in how effective the substance may be. Additionally it is not recommended to take medications sublingually over a long period of time as discoloration of the teeth can occur. Please note that this applies to prescription drugs and not our vibropathic pellets. Finally, if you have open sores in your mouth consider a different type of administration as the sores may become further irritated and require a longer healing period.


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