The oral dosage forms such as tablets, capsules are the most extensively used form of medication around the world. But, being an oral solid dosage they have a slow absorption rate which leads to delayed action. But this can be overcome by administering the drug/nutrients in a liquid form. This is exactly how effervescent tablets work.
Effervescent tablets are designed to rapidly and completely dissolve in water, releasing carbon dioxide which leads to rapid disintegration and makes a homogenous solution. Not only do they offer stability but also a quick onset of action. This makes effervescent tablets a preferred choice for many, including people who are taking tablets medicinally as well as a dietary supplement.
Over regular tablets, effervescent tablets are now becoming the number one choice in supplement use due to their many advantages. Let’s have a look.
100% Bioavailable Form
One of the most important advantages is that effervescent formulations are 100% bio-available, as compared to synthetic tablets which are said to be only 50%-70% bio-available depending on various factors. Because conventional tablets or capsules dissolve very slowly in the stomach, they lead to reduced nutrient absorption. The rest of the non-absorbed portion is simply excreted out from your body.
In contrast, effervescent tablets are 100% bioavailable, and are almost double that of conventional tablets or capsules. They dissolve completely and uniformly, allowing your body to absorb the nutrients to its full capacity, This means that you get the full benefit from the supplement and its ingredients. This is especially critical for the aged and those with weak digestive systems.
Gentle Action, No Stomach Discomfort
Conventional tablets once ingested can sometimes only partially dissolve in the stomach, which can lead to irritation or stomach discomfort in some cases. On the other hand, effervescent tablets dissolve completely and evenly meaning that localised concentrations of the ingredients do not occur. This means that they are gentle on the digestive tract and cause no stomach or esophageal discomfort. However, if taken in excess, like anything else, it could lead to some side effects.
In addition to providing nutritional benefits, effervescent tablets are also intended to increase liquid intake. With each effervescent tablet you take, you naturally drink a full glass of liquid and keep yourself hydrated. They can be an easy and effective solution for dehydrated or ill folks.
Effervescent tablets often come with added flavour and sweetener. So when dissolved in a liquid medium like water, they add flavour and tastes better than regular tablets having an odd metallic taste. They can be a healthy alternative to sugary beverage or juice when hit with a sudden sweet craving.
Great Choice For Those With Difficulty In Swallowing
Unlike regular tablets or capsules, you drink an effervescent tablet by completely dissolving it in liquid rather than swallowing as a whole. Thus, an effervescence mode can be a great alternative for those who have trouble swallowing due to illness/age. With this, it can also be a great way of ingesting medicine for individuals with sore throats or medical issues that make swallowing difficult. Plus, it is also advantageous for people who take a number of tablets daily. Choosing an effervescent form can be a relief to such people.
Effervescent tablets are easy to consume any time of the day and anywhere. All you have to do is drop them in a glass of water and the tablet will take care of the rest. They are also travel friendly (easy to carry) and are consistent, well mixed, and ready to drink. In contrast, traditional tablets or powders, need to be measured accurately and stirred in repeatedly to avoid an inconsistent drink with lumpy bits.
Below are a few of the frequently asked questions pertaining to effervescent tablets vs regular tablets.
What are effervescent tablets?
Effervescent tablets are designed in a way that they easily dissolve in water and release carbon dioxide. Perhaps that is why they are also known as carbon tablets. When these tablets come in contact with water, carbon dioxide gets released, which mixes with the air to cause the fizz. These tablets are manufactured by compressing the active ingredients together with a blend of sodium bicarbonate and organic citric and tartaric acids.
Can effervescent tablets cause damage to your teeth?
Limited research suggests that effervescent tablets, especially the Vitamin C ones, may erode the teeth enamel. Drinking the fizzy liquid with a straw would be a better option as the liquid would go straight to the back of the mouth without causing any harm to the teeth. That said, substantial research is still required to corroborate whether effervescent tablets truly cause damage to the teeth.
Are there any side effects to consuming effervescent tablets?
Generally speaking, effervescent tablets provide excellent form of absorption and bioavailability, whilst adding a delicious fizz to your everyday health. However, if taken in excess, it could result in potential side effects, which could differ in severity. These include irritation in the gut, nausea, acidity, heartburn, leaking of the stomach acid, gas, bloating, stomach cramps. These are the most common ones. Some of the rare ones include a decrease in platelet clotting, anemia, alkalosis, bleeding, low levels of white blood cells and so on. It is thus always advisable to consult a doctor before taking these tablets for the dosage and to rule out any possible allergies.
Why don't regular tablets dissolve in water?
Regular pills get into your bloodstream by first dissolving in your stomach. They need to be swallowed with a glass of water or any form of fluid. Unlike effervescent tablets, you cannot dissolve regular pills in water because they do not contain sodium bicarbonate. In effervescent tablets, the sodium bicarbonate dissolves in water, reacts with the hydrogen ions to form carbon dioxide, which causes the fizz, all of which don't happen in regular tablets.
What is the minimum and maximum amount of effervescent tablets you can have in a day?
Everyone's body is unique and hence reacts differently to effervescent tablets. Moreover, how many tablets should you consume also depends on the severity of the condition for which you are taking the effervescent tablet in the first place. If it is a multivitamin supplement, such as Wellbeing Nutrition's Daily Greens then 1-2 tablets for adults and 1 tablet for those between 12 and 18 should suffice. Having said that, it is always advisable to consult a doctor before taking effervescent tablets to know the dosage and to rule out any possible allergies or side effects.
Effervescent tablets are becoming increasingly popular over the conventional tablet and it is easy to find out why. They provide the most efficient way of taking supplements/medicines due their 100 percent absorption and bioavailable properties as compared to regular tablets. In addition to this, they taste delicious and are easier to take for people who find it difficult to swallow. All these factors make effervescent tablets a very popular choice.
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