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Why Transdermal Patches Work Better Than Oral Dietary Supplements

Assorted pills powderSwallowing Your Supplements Is 400 Year-Old Science! OK, you’ve been swallowing tablets, capsules and mixed powdered dietary supplements forever! That’s OK, because you’re in good company as 90% of the people in the World take their daily dietary supplements orally. Is there a better way? There sure is, and most medical professionals, and thousands of recent clinical trials and peer review studies all support the benefits of direct to bloodstream delivery of drugs and dietary supplement by intramuscular injections and, or, transdermal patches.

There Are 2 Major Problems With Oral Delivery

Digestive System - patches vs pillsPowerful Digestive AcidsWhen you swallow any dietary supplement, it’s immediately bathed in powerful digestive acids in the stomach. These digestive acids can degrade or destroy a large percentage of the supplement’s formula dosage levels before they leave the stomach to transit through the gastrointestinal tract.

Liver First PassLiver First-Pass After the supplement transits the gastrointestinal tract it is taken to the liver via what is know as the “portal vein”. (See Illustration) The introduction of the digested supplement into the liver is known as the “First-Pass”. The liver begins to do just what it is supposed to do! It metabolizes the supplement formula’s nutrients to such an extent that only a tiny portion of the original oral supplement survives to enter one’s bloodstream.

In Summary: While most dietary supplement pills, capsules, or powder formulas may be very good, they simply cannot get most of their formula nutrients into your bloodstream, which is where they must go to deliver the benefits and results you want.

The Advantages Of Direct To Bloodstream Delivery

No Digestive Acids To Contend WithWhen you take a dietary supplement with a transdermal patch or an intramuscular injection, the formula is delivered directly to your bloodstream, thus avoiding the degrading effects of the stomach’s digestive acids.

Blood circulation - pills vs patchesNo Liver First-PassWhen you take a dietary supplement with a transdermal patch or an intramuscular injection, the formula is delivered directly to your bloodstream, thus avoiding the metabolic degradation of Liver First-Pass.

In Summary: With today’s advanced time-release transdermal patches, or with intramuscular injections, virtually 100% of the formula’s dosages levels are delivered directly into your bloodstream, with no degrading stops along the way. (Stomach Acids & Liver) Better yet, with time-release patches, one’s system can metabolize the formula nutrients more efficiently.

More About Transdermal Patches

Best Locations To Apply Patches – The best locations to apply patches are where there are large concentrations of small blood vessels under the top skin (dermal) layers. The following illustration should be used as a general guide:
Best places to apply the patches


Transdermal Patch Construction

  • Liner - Protects the patch during storage. The liner is removed prior to use.
  • Formula – Supplement or medication in direct contact with release liner
  • Adhesive - Serves to adhere the components of the patch together along with adhering the patch to the skin
  • Membrane - Controls the release of the medication or supplement from the reservoir and multi-layer patches
  • Backing - Protects the patch from the outer environment

5 – Types Of Transdermal Patches

  • Patches vs pillsSingle-layer Drug-in-Adhesive - The adhesive layer of this system also contains the drug. In this type of patch the adhesive layer not only serves to adhere the various layers together, along with the entire system to the skin, but is also responsible for the releasing of the drug. The adhesive layer is surrounded by a temporary liner and a backing.
  • Multi-layer Drug-in-Adhesive - The multi-layer drug-in adhesive patch is similar to the single-layer system in that both adhesive layers are also responsible for the releasing of the drug. One of the layers is for immediate release of the drug and other layer is for control release of drug from the reservoir. The multi-layer system is different however that it adds another layer of drug-in-adhesive, usually separated by a membrane (but not in all cases). This patch also has a temporary liner-layer and a permanent backing.
  • Reservoir - Unlike the Single-layer and Multi-layer Drug-in-adhesive systems the reservoir transdermal system has a separate drug layer. The drug layer is a liquid compartment containing a drug solution or suspension separated by the adhesive layer. This patch is also backed by the backing layer. In this type of system the rate of release is zero order.
  • Matrix - The Matrix system has a drug layer of a semisolid matrix containing a drug solution or suspension. The adhesive layer in this patch surrounds the drug layer partially overlaying it. Also known as a monolithic device.
  • Vapor Patch - In this type of patch the adhesive layer not only serves to adhere the various layers together but also to release vapor. The vapor patches are new on the market and they release essential oils for up to 6 hours. The vapor patches release essential oils and are used in cases of decongestion mainly. Other vapor patches on the market are controller vapor patches that improve the quality of sleep. Vapor patches that reduce the quantity of cigarettes that one smokes in a month are also available on the market.

By: Stephen Lapidus

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