Supplements in powder vs capsules

Dietary supplements and conditioners are products found in many different forms. The most popular forms of dietary supplements for years have been capsules and powder. Seemingly, it may seem to be irrelevant to most people, but it is worth looking at them and clearly defining what is more beneficial for us. Which form is better to choose when buying a specific dietary supplement?

  1. The form of administration and the strength of the supplement
  2. Speed of digestion and absorption of powder and capsules
  3. What does the capsule give you, what will the powder give you?
  4. The final choice


  1. The form of administration and the strength of the supplement


Theoretically, it can be concluded that the form in which a given substance occurs should not be influenced by the strength of its operation. Therefore, there is no confirmation from any reliable source that the effectiveness depends on the form of administration. As everywhere, there is a small exception here, but more on that later.


Since there is no evidence for the effectiveness of the powder or capsules, you should not have problems choosing the supplement version. However, many people have such doubts and need to investigate more thoroughly.


  1. Speed of digestion and absorption of powder and capsules


Currently, supplements produced in capsules do not differ in their degree of digestion from powdered supplements. The coating of the supplement (capsule) is made of instant soluble gelatin and, when it reaches the stomach, it is mostly dissolved. This makes that for both forms of the supplement at the moment of hitting the stomach and here, and here goes the same powder.


Are there exceptions? Yes! There are some versions of multivitamin formulations in capsules with prolonged release time on the market – which means that the envelope is divided into 1 or 2 zones, one of which releases the active substance faster and the other one slows down. This common type of capsules popular in pharmaceuticals is sporadically used by supplementary companies.


Since in the overwhelming majority of cases there is no difference in absorption, then when choosing a supplement, which occurs in both forms, one should be guided by the price and number of portions contained in a given product. Of course, the capsules are no need to mix the supplement, which is convenient and may be a decisive criterion for some people.


  1. What does the capsule give you, what will the powder give you?


Above all, convenience. The capsule can be taken even without sipping, and powdered supplements, however, need to be mixed with the liquid (hardcrows pour the portion directly into the mouth and drink with water). There is a group of supplements containing substances that can not be given in powder form. This group includes thermogenics, which include substances with a very bitter or burning taste like capsaicin or piperine. Such supplements are only present in capsules.


Finally, I leave a group of supplements in which the released time of release of active substances is very desirable and must occur in appropriately designed envelopes for this purpose.


  1. The final choice


Considering all the above information, we can come to clear conclusions. If you do not supplement with slow-absorbing vitamins or thermogenics, for example with capsaicin in the composition, there is no reason to pay more for the form of capsules. When we are guided by the number of portions and the price, not worrying about the convenience of using, it is the most economical to choose powdered supplements.