Being a huge proponent of liquid vitamins and nutritional supplements I am thrilled beyond belief that my favorite brand of liquid supplements are adding a convenient dosage cup to the top of their bottles. I think they just listened to their consumers and their need to make sure they are getting the right amount – and added it to the bottle.
It is widely known that if you are, for example a Glucosamine supplement user, the dose does matter. If you are not getting enough in your daily dose you are cutting yourself short on a vital supplement that could be making the difference for how much discomfort you feel in your daily activities. If you are a digestive health supplement user, the difference could mean heartburn one evening after eating a phenomenal Thai Food dinner that was as you love it - four heated starts of spice. Or what if you give your kids a liquid multivitamin every day? You would be concerned that too much would not be a good thing?
It has been in the news that dosing can often times be off when using a spoon from the drawer in your kitchen. I have commented before that I like to use a shot glass for measuring out one once of liquid supplements. I also said that when it comes to dosing kids I do prefer to use a measuring cup for a reliable dose. So, this new addition of a graduated dosage cup included with my liquid supplements gives me peace of mind.
I came across NPR’s Health Blog on January 5, 2010 by Scott Hensley discussing “A Spoonful of Medicine Can Lead to Dosage Errors.” What I found most useful is the comparison of the average Tablespoon and the average Teaspoon in your silverware drawer in your kitchen. I was shocked to find out at on average when people were pouring into a spoon they came up 8% short when using the average teaspoon and went overboard by 12% when using a larger spoon†. While the blog post states that, “the errors may seem minor, the researchers say they could add up over many days taking medicine, leading to either systematic overdosing or underdosing, depending on the spoon.” It also states that, “your spoons may not be the size you think. Common teaspoons can hold from 2 to 10 milliliters of liquid.”
The new liquid supplement measuring cup I am so fond of includes 1 tsp, 2 tsp, 1 TBSP, 4tsp, and 2 TBSP, 1 FL OZ and 2 FL OZ. All have the corresponding ml measurements for those that like using milliliters. The really cool part is that when you are done using it all you have to do is rinse/wash the cup and then it snaps right back on the lid of the bottle so it is stored in a safe place for its next use. Now I can use one dosage cup for my supplements that are 2 TBSP/1oz per day and also the 2 tsp/10 ml per day doses.
Does it come any easier than that? Liquid supplements that are fast absorbing, no pills to swallow, and a convenient dosage cup all in one. Brilliant.