Have you ever wondered if the vitamins you take are actually doing anything? Here's a quick test that can determine if your body is actually breaking down and using the contents of your vitamin pill, or if your body is just passing the vitamin through your system as waste.
Things You'll Need
- Half a cup of white vinegar
- Vitamin tablet
Pour half a cup of white vinegar into a glass and drop a vitamin tablet into the glass. The acidity of the vinegar mimics how your stomach would digest the vitamin.
Check to see how long the vitamin takes to dissolve. If the vitamin is not dissolving in the glass of vinegar, then it's probably not going to dissolve in your stomach, either. Quality vitamins usually begin breaking down almost immediately and finish breaking down within 30 to 45 minutes.
Check to see if dirt is floating on top of the vinegar, or if there is some gritty substance on the bottom of the glass. If there is dirt floating on top, it means the vitamin's manufacturer is using sawdust as a filler. Grit on the bottom of the glass means the vitamin's manufacturer is using sand as a filler. Neither of these is a good sign.
Tips & Warnings
- You can wrap the vitamin in aluminum foil and bake it in an oven at 350 degrees for a few minutes. If the vitamin turns black, this means the manufacturer is using coal tar as a filler.
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