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Slow Release VS Fast Release

Many of the tablets and capsules we take are either slow release or fast release. Slow release tablets and capsules have a delay so that their contents are released in the targeted place and not in the stomachHowever, fast release tablets and capsules may release their contents within minutes of ingestion. Find out what fast and slow release really means and the benefits below... 


What does fast release mean? 

Also known as immediate release, as suggested by the name, tablets or capsules with this label release their contents immediately in the stomach and are absorbed straight into our bloodstream. In some scenarios, this is a positiveFor example, glucose energy tablets are taken to deliver an on-the-spot energy boost.  

Depending on the contents, fast release tablets or capsules can cause side effects, as the concentration of the medicine or supplement does not stay at a constant level in our bodies; we get a quick spike and the drug is quickly degraded. 

Usually, the required doses for fast release capsules are more frequent than slow release, as the goodness is taken into the bloodstream so quickly that another dose is needed to provide a longer-term effect.   


What does slow release mean? 

Also known as controlled or extended release, these capsules and tablets release their contents into the bloodstream at a slower and steadier rate, which means side effects such as upset stomachs and corrosion in the stomach can be prevented. Slow release capsules may have a special coating known as gastro-resistant or enteric, to prevent the contents being broken down quickly and soon after consumption.  

Superior extended release tablets or capsules aimed at benefitting the gut and digestive system for example, often make use of gastro-resistant coatings so that their goodness reaches the gut before being dissolved rather than in the stomach, meaning that the contents are being delivered to the most beneficial area of the body.  

The dose of the medicine or nutrients is more constant with slow release than fast release, which, depending on the tablet or capsule’s purpose and contents, can be more beneficial because it means there is less fluctuation in blood levels during the course of the day. The medicine’s concentration level can stay constant in the body until the next dose.  


Which is more beneficial? 

This simply depends on the purpose of the medication. However, delayed release is usually more desirable because it prevents a spike in the bloodstream and is released at a more constant steady rate. 

People who may benefit from slow release: 

  • People who suffer from chronic pain and other conditions that need constant medication and are only required to take their pills once or twice a day 

  • People who suffer from digestive disorders such as IBS 

People who may benefit from fast release: 

  • People who suffer from muscle pains and aches 

  • People who suffer from hay fever 

  • People taking glucose tablets who require a quick spike of energy 


Colomint Slow Release Capsules 

Colomint capsules contain 0.2ml of natural peppermint oil which is known to support healthy digestion. Those with sensitive bowels may find peppermint oil helps to maintain normal intestinal transit. Colomint capsules are classed as extended release’ because of their enteric coatingTo ensure the peppermint oil is delivered to your gut, where your body needs it most, each Colomint capsule has a gastro-resistant coating, which means they are resistant to the acids and enzymes found in the stomach that would otherwise break down the capsule and release the goodness too early. Once in the gut, the peppermint oil is released and absorbed for the greatest benefit. 


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