- Burping from your vitamins—we get it, it's gross. But since it can be inevitable for some of us, it's worth knowing how to make this side effect a bit more manageable—and why it even happens in the first place.
- Taking your vitamins before bed or on an empty stomach can help. So can Ritual's minty tab, which we add to our bottles specifically to mask that briny taste.
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To put it simply, with a lot of vitamins on the market, burping is a sign that your capsule has started to break open and release its contents—and it can be even more noticeable if your vitamin has started dissolving in the stomach, before it hits your digestive tract. If you’re wondering why this happens with omega-3 oils specifically, picture a bottle of salad dressing before you shake it up: The oil and water don't mix. So any oil released from your vitamin in the stomach will float to the top, triggering a natural, normal burpback response. Basically, your body is reminding you to drink something to push that oil back down into the digestive tract where it belongs.
Because Ritual’s capsule is formulated to be acid-resistant, it does a much better job of shuttling that omega-3 oil past the stomach and into the small intestine, where most nutrient absorption happens. That means that you’ll likely experience a lot less burping than you would with many other supplements—especially if you’re used to taking softgels, which tend to dissolve earlier.
There are also some other factors that might make you more prone to burping, like low stomach acid or even the amount of water you drink when taking your vitamins. Either way, fishy burps aren’t exactly pleasant. The good news is that there are some easy workarounds.