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A friend of mine recommended an (almost?) all-natural effervescent water tablet just LOADED with vitamins and herbs. Mega-dosage of vitamin C in it, a daily supply of A and E, some magnesium, zinc, selenium, potassium, and herbs such as Echinacea and ginger. It seems to pep up my energy level every time that I take it so far :bouncing: !

My question is thus: Could the practice of allowing vitamins and herbs dissolve in bicarbonate soda water improve my bodies' ability to digest (absorb) those vitamins and herbs? I mean, we ALL hear those stories about many typical OTC 'mega-vitamins' coming out with our waste, half-digested :rolleyes: . Could there be a way in which I could experiment with allowing a mix to digest in soda water (this particular pill runs about $7 for 10 servings :eek: !)? Is it possible that my body composition, or digestive system (not that I have many instances of needing antacid tabs, or anything, buuut?) requires something to help speed along absorption :confused: ?
Quote from guineapig:
A friend of mine recommended an (almost?) all-natural effervescent water tablet just LOADED with vitamins and herbs. Mega-dosage of vitamin C in it, a daily supply of A and E, some magnesium, zinc, selenium, potassium, and herbs such as Echinacea and ginger. It seems to pep up my energy level every time that I take it so far :bouncing: !

My question is thus: Could the practice of allowing vitamins and herbs dissolve in bicarbonate soda water improve my bodies' ability to digest (absorb) those vitamins and herbs?


I don't think so......I *think* the stomach needs to use its acid to digest the pills. If you use something like sodium bicarb, you're suppressing the acid. I know my magnesium citrate fizzes on its own in water....so maybe a citrate is used as one of the minerals in that effervescent tablet you're talking about.

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