My supplements don't dissolve when I leave them in a glass of water overnight, how will my body absorb them?Updated 2 years ago
A glass of water is drastically different than the environment of the digestive system (e.g., stomach). For instance, the pH of water is around 7 (which is considered a neutral pH). On the other hand, the pH of the stomach is typically between 1.5 – 3.5 (which is highly acidic).
This has tremendous significance when it comes to digestion, as gastric acid (i.e., hydrochloric acid) plays a crucial role in the digestive processes. In the stomach, important proteolytic enzymes are also released. (Water contains no such enzymes.) These digestive enzymes are involved in the breakdown of proteins. Along these lines, the capsules/softgels for our products are made from gelatin, which (you guessed it) is a protein.
In other words, the capsules/softgels are designed to be digested/dissolved in the environment of the stomach—not a glass of water. If anything, this type of experiment lends validity to the stability of the products. While an extreme example, the fact that the capsules/softgels can withstand the environment of a glass of water highlights that they may successfully be able to tolerate humid conditions, which may otherwise shorten the shelf-life of the product.