Gina is a freelance medical writer with a Masters in Biomedical Science. She enjoys sharing her journey as she regains her health.
I Can Only Take Liquid calcium
Every day, for the rest of my life, I have to take multiple servings of liquid calcium. I have a medical condition that makes it difficult for my body to absorb supplements in pill form.
So as you can imagine, I've tried multiple brands of liquid calcium in an effort to find one that I can easily take on a daily basis without gagging on the taste.
Why Take Liquid Supplements Instead of Pills?
- Liquid supplements don't need to be broken down in the stomach first, so they go directly into your digestive system and are considered "fast absorbing."
- You don't need to worry about taking your liquid supplement with food as they are gentle on the stomach.
- If you don't want to drink the calcium supplement straight from the dosage cup, you can easily mix the dose into juice or a smoothie.
Why Take Calcium Citrate and Not Calcium Carbonate?
Calcium supplements come in two forms: calcium citrate or calcium carbonate.
For your average person, there's really not much difference between the two with regards to how much your body absorbs1.
However, if you have any changes to your digestive tract (such as with gastric bypass patients), or you are sensitive to antacids, then calcium citrate is likely the better option for you2.
I've had Roux-En-Y gastric bypass surgery, so I make sure that my calcium supplement contains calcium citrate, since this is the better absorbed form for my digestive tract3.
You should consult your doctor to decide which supplements are right for your individual needs.
Why I Love Wellesse Liquid Calcium
The best thing about this supplement is the taste. I have not found a liquid calcium that tastes better.
So many supplements have a chalky taste or after-taste. Wellesse has a very light, citrus-type flavor. It is not that thick and it's not oily at all. I actually like the taste and have absolutely no problem drinking it.
Oh, and its sugar free, lactose free, and gluten free!
Each serving size (1/2 oz) contains the following...
500 mg Elemental Calcium
500 IU Vitamin D3
A little more info about liquid calcium...
- Heaney RP, Dowell MS, Bierman J, Hale CA, Bendich A (2001). "Absorbability and cost effectiveness in calcium supplementation". Journal of the American College of Nutrition. 20 (3): 239–46. PMID 11444420. doi:10.1080/07315724.2001.10719038.| PMID 11444420
- "What you need to know about calcium". Harvard Health Publications.
- Tondapu P, Provost D, Adams-Huet B, Sims T, Chang C, Sakhaee K (June 2009). "Comparison of the Absorption of Calcium Carbonate and Calcium Citrate after Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass". Obesity Surgery. 19 (9): 1256–1261. PMID 19437082. doi:10.1007/s11695-009-9850-6.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
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Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on October 09, 2017:
This certainly sounds like a very good supplement. It was interesting reading your article, I've learned something today about this. Thankyou. =)