Hate taking popping pills? Taking a vitamin D spray during pregnancy could be an easier way for you to get your daily vitamin dose.
Vitamin D Spray: The Test
This health product company offers a vitamin D oral spray that delivers 1,000 IU (25mcg) of vitamin D3 along with the recommended 400mcg of Folic Acid, 6mcg of vitamin B12 and 100% of the guideline daily amount of vitamins K, B1 and B6. And – bonus points – it’s suitable for vegetarians.
By bypassing the digestive system, vitamins taken in a spray form provides an ideal quick-absorbing solution for mums suffering from morning sickness.
We were expecting the vitamin D spray to have a chemically taste to it, like the slightly bitter flavour you get from tablets if you hold them in your mouth too long. However, we were pleasantly surprised to find that this supplement had a naturally sweet flavour of peach and mango.
The flavour was refreshing without being overpowering; so much so it was rather moreish (be sure keep this out of reach of kids!).
As an alternative to taking pills or capsules, we’d give this a big thumbs up. But does it offer the same health benefits as pill supplements?
Does a vitamin spray work?
Researchers at Cardiff University have found that vitamins sprayed into the mouth were far more efficient than traditional tablets and capsules, since the tissue in this area is highly absorbent and contains a rich vein system.
The same results were found by the National Technical University of Athens and the Swiss Research Centre, Pharmabase.
Other studies have also shown that pregnant women with low levels of Vitamin D may have higher rates of certain pregnancy complications, such as preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, birth by caesarean section and a lowering of the immune system.
Pregnancy vitamin supplements were put at the forefront of public health news earlier this month when it was announced that from next spring all pregnant women in Scotland will be given free vitamin pills.
Vitamin D is essential for healthy bone development, and the best way of getting it is through exposure to sunlight. However, from October to March in the UK there is no ambient ultraviolet light and many of us do not store up sufficient supplies of vitamin D during the summer to last the long winter months.
Recent research has suggested that taking vitamin D supplements during pregnancy may be beneficial for babies born in winter months. Winter babies whose mothers took a supplement were found to have greater bone density than those who went without.
Andrew Thomas, founder and managing director of BetterYou, commented: “The UK Department of Health highlights all pregnant women, and children under five years as an at risk group for vitamin D deficiency and recommend that they should be given a daily supplement.”