Beverage Formulation

Vitamin Enhanced Water

Water is a basic necessity of life; it plays a vital role in maintaining basic bodily functions, transporting nutrients and flushing out waste and toxins. Vitamins aid the body in everything from metabolism to the immune system. Staying hydrated and maintaining a balanced diet is therefore essential towards achieving a healthy lifestyle. Sometimes a person’s diet isn’t enough to get all the vitamins and minerals their body needs to maintain the chemistry of life. Vitamin enhanced water can provide a refreshing alternative to traditional supplements by delivering the vitamins the body needs in the form of a delicious beverage.

Vitamin enhanced water is typically composed of vitamins, water, and flavoring. Formulations typically include the beta complex vitamins B3, B5, B6, and B12 for their roles in metabolism. Vitamin C, is another popular choice for its immune system boosting properties and role in collagen production.  These vitamins are water soluble and are flushed out of the body’s system on a daily basis, requiring daily replenishment. The fat soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K, are less common in vitamin waters because they are stored in fatty tissues for longer periods of time. Fat soluble vitamins are still included in formulas aimed at replacing multivitamin pills. In addition to vitamins, other supplements like calcium may be added to enhance the nutritional value of the beverage.

Flavorings and choice of sweetener can have an impact on how healthy vitamin enhanced water can be. While many offerings simply use sugar as a tried and true sweetener, natural alternatives like stevia and the monk fruit can cut back on the calories creating healthier beverages. Flavors and colorings can either be natural or artificial and are typically lighter on the palate than most beverages. In general, even the sugar offerings contain fewer calories than sodas, and make a fine flavorful alternative for the health conscious consumer.