frog cartoon copyBy Michael Colgan, Ph.D.

I get a lot of questions about taking supplements. Some folks have terrible problems swallowing tablets. Others can’t stand large capsules or softgels. A few will regularly get vitamins stuck somewhere around the middle of the chest. And a fourth group will experience acidity after taking them.

Here is what I recommend: To prevent acidity, and more important, to get maximum absorption and bioavailability, never take vitamins or other supplements on an empty stomach. Always take supplements in the middle of, or immediately after, eating.

To avoid swallowing problems, never take supplements with water. Water lacks sufficient body to carry the hard, often awkward-shaped pills, especially several at one time. Always take supplements with a thick fruit juice, fruit nectar, or an IsaLean® Shake.

The second strategy to avoid swallowing problems is to pretend to chew the supplements with a mouthful of the shake, so that every surface of the pill is completely coated with liquid. Pretend to chew them with the shake, as if you were chewing a piece of pie, except don’t bite down on them. Swallow them as you would the piece of pie. They slide down a lot easier that way.

If you still have problems, stand up to take your supplements. It is easier to swallow fully while standing.

For those folks that just hate the thought of swallowing hard little bullets, try to think of them as pieces of food (which they are). It is well worth any learning that it takes, to become an expert at ingesting supplements—those little nuggets of concentrated nutrition that offer so much to safeguard your health.

Dr. Michael Colgan is a world-renowned research scientist, leading expert in the inhibition of aging, and a member of the Isagenix Science Advisory Board. Dr. Colgan has provided nutrition, training and anti-aging programs to more than 11,000 athletes, including many Olympians.