Why swallow your vitamins when you can huff them? That's the general thinking behind the world's first breathable vitamin, called LeWhif Vitamin, which launched in the UK earlier this month and is expected to hit the US market this week.
The creation of Harvard biomedical engineer David Edwards, inventor of inhalable insulin, inhalable chocolate and inhalable coffee, LeWhif Vitamin is a lipstick-like delivery device that works a lot like a miniature pipe, only instead of inhaling smoke with each toke, you inhale a fine powder of healing supplements (a sort of anti-smoke) that dissolves in your mouth.
By skipping the digestive system, which breaks down pills and diverts many of their active ingredients to the liver, LeWhif Vitamins claims to deliver more concentrated doses of nutrients into the bloodstream. Eight hits supplies 100 percent of the daily recommended amount of A, B1, B2, B3 and B5.
Whiffing takes practice, however. When I tried my first hit of inhalable chocolate a few weeks ago with Edwards, I nearly choked to death. Edwards quickly corrected my technique. "It's just a gentle breath, like this," he said, as he took a quick hit off his coffee pipe. Inhale too hard and the particles can fly into the back of your throat. Once I got the technique down, the experience was surprisingly pleasant, and almost delicious, although my illicit-seeming huffs drew suspicious glances from strangers. I've yet to sample the vitamins, but they work the same way, and come in three tea flavors—Antioxidant Green Tea, Age Smart Wine Tea (with resveratrol) and Hibiscus Tea.
Inhalable vitamins are an innovative alternative to those one-a-day horse pills that leave your urine neon, but huffing supplements is insanely pricey: In England, a 3-day supply costs £4.99 (or about $8; no word yet on US pricing). That said, the money goes to a worthy cause, as it funds Edwards' novel idea laboratory, called ArtScience Labs, which helps student inventors bring daring innovations, a la huffable supplements, to market.
Please do a little fact-checking, Popsci! Don't just be a product promoter. Edwards didn't invent inhalable insulin, in fact there is no such thing. All attempts at that product have failed. The claim to 100% delivery is likewise quite suspect and as for worthy causes, let's reserve that term for actual charities, not fronts for product development.
@noblelaur, I dont know... the author of the article seems to be saying she tried it.
This could be so cool. But popsci, lets do a little less advertising in this article.
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well if you READ the article it says it CLAIMS not saying it DOES so how bout you get off your high horse and calm down a bit. Also if YOU actually READ it says he invented inhalable insulin, inhalable chocolate and inhalable coffee, not the actual LeWhif Vitamin. I love that you are all about slamming the article and PopSCi at every turn as you skim through these articles if you people are so against things that popsci posts stop flipping coming here and reading it. Or at the very least LEARN TO READ. He also never CLaimed it was a flipping charity you retard.
Geez guys, no need to get huffy.
XD sorry, couldn't resist.
Please perform a simple search on Exubera. Or even go so far as to type "inhalable insulin" into your search engine of preference. You know...do a little research, as you so rudely demand of others. Inhalable insulin was made available in 2006. It works just as well as injectable insulin but was taken off of the market about a year later because it was too cost-prohibitive causing a lack of consumer demand.
Apparently they also need an inhalable chill pill.
Also, I think this is a great idea! I hate how vitamins always seem to only come in horse-pill size...gag.
I think I'd prefer to continue recieving my vitamins rectally, thank you very much.
So what about the possible lung/bronch damage when some idiot starts sucking this thing 3 times a day?
It seems like if you wanted to get the "powder" straight into the blood stream a dissolvable strip would be way easier, less costly, not need any propellant, require fewer inert ingredients than the horse pill, and be slightly more idiot proof.
New product ... Snuff and Chewin'Tabbaki that have vitamins and caffine!
... or ... New, AXE, for men, with B-12 and Vitamin-C.
... We could put vitamins in toilet tissue and tampons !!
... Oh, yeah ... HV/AC ... I'm jus' gettin' started.
This does sound kinda cool, but I agree with Arid, dissolvable vitamins sound way better. It sounds like there could be overlooked variables that could make this product more dangerous than anticipated. It is quite impressive though.
junk!!! sounds cool. but it no good. I dont even believe in grocery store vitamins. look at just one vitamin. Calcium. you need close to a gram a day. Most vitamins hardly have 2% of the calcium you need because you need so much. Are u going to inhale 1 gram of JUST calcium. I take anti oxidants too. cant inhale oil. So while I am swallowing my anti oxidants and calcium pills I might as well swallow the other pills.
in my opinion this is just rediculous haha who would have thought?? i dont think i would try this...but mabey the chocolate one would be interesting
Oh so many sic fi books just came to mind when I saw this article. In fact, I think when I was like 12 I read a book that people were given inhalable "vitamins". It ended in a secluded city that was given gas that lets them be "taken over". May sound silly but these look much easier to tamper with than a pill. I feel more comfortable swallowing a pill then huffing a gas.
I don't take daily vitamins just because I have a hard time swallowing pills in the first place. Why would i take something I don't absolutely need to make me feel better? I wouldn't. However, if I was able to take my vitamins as simply as taking a whiff of this stuff (if it's proven to be safe) I probably would. People have done tons of crazy things with vitamins nowadays--putting them in candies and gum just to get little kids to take them [I wonder how many have over dosed on vitamins because they taste so yummy] and making them chewable. Why not make them inhalable too?
This is great. It used to be a pain for children and adults alike to learn how to swallow pills. Even then, problems still came up with the constant fear of choking. Now, unless one has problems inhaling (unlikely) all should be good.
As a person who has dealt with Crohn's disease and can no longer absorb Vitamin b-12 because my Ileum was removed, (and have tried inhaling the disgusting red syrupy cyanocobalamin to poor effect), I look forward to be able to inhale a little "mist" version.
To all the people who are so ready to jump on the article: in many cases, your comments smack of jealousy, anger and practice at never or rarely having anything good to say. With any legit. delivery system, whether it was the original Insulin mist delivery system ot not, there are usually people out there a new product like this CAN help, or someone's life it might otherwise improve in comparison to what was previously available.
So for G's sake, relax! Look in the mirror and see what is so 100% perfect about you, (or more realistically why you are so angry), that you feel the need to pounce on any new thought or invention that did not originate in your Mensian Mind by spewing ravenous venom from your monstrous maw!
As someone said above, maybe there's "
a chill-pill" version. Can't you just sit back, read the article and enjoy the novelty?
seriously who the H e double hockey sticks cares. I could probably inhale a packet of emergan-c like i inhaled coolaid when i was 4