With more and more people becoming health conscious these days, it’s no wonder that these are reflected in the latest wellness trends. Vitamin and mineral supplements have been around for a while and are still becoming increasingly popular. It’s no wonder then, that companies are not only looking to find new types of supplements but also new – and fun – ways to take them. Enter gummy vitamins. But, how good are they really?
In recent years, the popularity of gummy vitamins has skyrocketed. According to an article in The New York Times, they make up $1 billion of the $41 billion supplement industry in the United States alone.
Gummy vitamins used to be marketed mostly for children. But we have some good news for you! Gummy vitamins are not just for kids anymore! They have become an increasingly popular way for adults too.
If you’re someone who struggles with swallowing pills, tablets, or capsules, chewing on a tasty gummy vitamin might sound like the ideal solution. But you may be wondering, are gummy vitamins actually good for you?
We’re going to break down what gummy vitamins actually are and look at the pros and cons of taking a vitamin and mineral supplement in gummy form.
But first, what are gummy vitamins and minerals?
Vitamins and mineral supplements can come in many different forms, from pills and capsules to powders or liquids. Gummy vitamins are chewable supplements. They are similar to gummy candies in their taste and texture. Gummies come in all sorts of shapes, flavors, and colors.
There are many different types of gummy vitamins and supplements. Some contain only one vitamin or mineral, for example, vitamin C or calcium. On the other hand, some may contain a range of vitamins and minerals in the form of a gummy multivitamin.
Some gummy vitamins are targeted at specific groups of people. Some popular examples are gummy vitamins formulated for women, vegans, or children.
Another new trend in gummy supplements reflects the recent trends in alternative natural ingredients that are used in supplement form. One popular example of this is turmeric, or curcumin, which is used for its antioxidant properties.
People use curcumin supplements to boost their overall wellbeing and support heart, joint, gut, and skin health. Many new gummy supplements include these types of ingredients in their formulas.
In addition to the key ingredients, gummy vitamins also include other ingredients. These have traditionally been gelatin, corn starch, water, sugar, and coloring. However, many new brands are offering gelatin-free alternatives, making their gummies suitable for vegans and vegetarians.
So, do gummy vitamins work?
Let’s have a look at the potential health benefits and possible downsides of taking gummy vitamins.
The Pros: Potential Benefits of Gummy Vitamins
Delicious and Easy to Take
One of the key benefits of gummy vitamins is their taste. Taking vitamins, minerals, and other supplements on a regular basis is super important when it comes to potentially reaping the most benefits. After all, consistency is key! Having these supplements in a flavorful and easy-to-take form might help people take them more regularly.
Their chewable form might also be beneficial for those who find it difficult to swallow pills or capsules. Many people find themselves unable to take any supplements because they have trouble swallowing them. In these cases, they are usually left with other alternatives such as powders or liquids.
However, the problem with these is that they may not have the greatest taste. For instance, pure spirulina or chlorella supplements often come in powder form. Although they may offer a whole host of benefits, their flavor can be off-putting to many people. Even when they mix them with juice!
This is also the case with apple cider vinegar, or ACV, another popular ingredient in recent years. Traditionally, people have added ACV to their diet or daily routine to try to reap its potential health benefits. While this vinegar may add a nice zing when added to a salad, taking pure shots of apple cider vinegar can potentially cause more harm than good.
Offering this vinegar in a gummy form can help those who take it make the most of its potential benefits while reducing the havoc it can cause on your tooth enamel, throat, and gut when taken in its raw form.
Potential Nutritional Benefits
Some people may find it difficult to eat a sufficient amount of fruits and vegetables on a daily basis. This may make it harder for them to consume the right balance of essential vitamins and minerals that is vital for many body functions. Some people take vitamins, minerals, and so-called “superfoods” to help support their nutrient intake.
While a multivitamin cannot replace a healthy and well-balanced diet, taking multivitamins or other types of supplements may help boost the number of nutrients some people get in a day. This can help them meet their nutritional needs and help support their wellbeing.
This is especially true for certain groups of people, for example, those avoiding certain food groups or who have additional nutritional needs.
Many gummies also offer the potential health benefits of other ingredients, such as apple cider vinegar or turmeric.
You Can Take Them On-The-Go
Gummy supplements are a convenient way to take supplements, especially when you’re on the move. This might be helpful for those with fast-paced lifestyles, hectic schedules, or busy mornings. You can simply pop one in your mouth, without having to have a glass of water on hand.
This also makes gummy supplements super handy when traveling, whether it’s a short road trip, a weekend camping getaway, or a long-distance plane journey.
Discover New Natural Supplements
Gummy supplements can be a delicious way to try out the latest natural supplements. We already mentioned that turmeric and apple cider vinegar have become more popular over the last few years, but it doesn’t stop there.
Other natural supplement trends include ingredients such as mushrooms, elderberry, and ginger which may all offer a variety of potential benefits. You may have heard about some of these already and want to try them out. Testing these supplements in gummy form is an easy way to do just that. Especially if you’re worried about the taste.
One of the trickier sides of taking some of these new “superfood” ingredients is it may be hard to consume them in the right amount. Or, at least the amount needed to get the most out of them.
Many people use ingredients like ginger and turmeric, for example, as spices to add extra flavor to many different types of dishes. However, simply eating a pinch of curcumin here and there is hardly likely to make much of a difference. Taking it in supplement form, for example in a gummy, ensures that you get a sufficient dose to reap the most of its potential benefits.
Having ready-measured portions also helps to prevent people from taking too much of a certain vitamin, mineral, or ingredient. Provided that you stick to the directions on the label.
Drinking excessively high quantities of apple cider vinegar, for example, can potentially lead to side effects that are counterproductive to your health. Eating apple cider vinegar gummies can help you stick to the optimal doses.
Having ready-measured doses can also make taking a natural supplement hassle-free. If we use ACV as an example again, there’s a pretty big difference between taking it in its “raw” form versus in a gummy vitamin. Some people consume apple cider vinegar by drinking it. However, they should always dilute it with water before drinking. It can be difficult to figure out the correct ratio between the vinegar and water.
The same goes for adding turmeric powder to smoothies or other dishes. Having to measure out scoops of the powder is not only time-consuming – but also makes an extra mess in your kitchen for you to clean up!
The Cons: Potential Downsides of Gummy Supplements
Some gummy vitamins are formulated without certain minerals. Some gummy vitamin brands may skip out on minerals like iron or zinc. This might be important for people in certain groups to be aware of, for example, those who follow a vegan diet.
Some gummy vitamins may contain high quantities of added sugars, sugar alcohols, artificial sweeteners, or food colorings. Some brands may formulate their gummies with ingredients like glucose syrup or sugar alcohols such as sorbitol.
Those who are monitoring their sugar intake should bear this in mind when shopping around for gummy vitamins. This is also true for those who are watching their calorie intake as some gummies may contain more calories than others. Gummies that have more grams of sugar are likely to contain more calories, for example.
High levels of sugar can have a negative impact on dental health. It’s, therefore, a good idea to eat a vitamin gummy before brushing your teeth rather than after. This can help to counteract the effects that the sugar may have on your teeth.
Some gummies also may contain artificial food colorings. If you’re looking for a gummy vitamin that is specifically made for children, this is something that you should bear in mind. Some studies suggest that some types of food colorings have been linked to behavioral issues in some children.
If you are buying gummy vitamins made for kids rather than adults, it’s especially important to check the sugar content.
They May Not Be Vegan or Vegetarian Friendly
Some vitamin gummy brands use gelatin to make their gummies. This ingredient isn’t vegan or vegetarian! That’s because it’s made from animal collagen. Collagen is a protein found in the connective tissues of animals, such as skin, tendons, bones, and ligaments. To make gelatin, these parts are boiled, dried, treated, filtered, then ground into a powder.
If you follow a plant-based diet, be sure to check the ingredient label to ensure that the product has been made without gelatin. Luckily, many gummy brands these days make vegan-friendly gummies.
Check the Vitamin Gummy Labels
As we mentioned above, you should always check the labels of the gummies so that you are aware of additional ingredients such as sugar or gelatin. But that’s not all you should keep an eye out for. It’s also a good idea to check the nutrients so that you know exactly which vitamins and minerals you are taking. This is especially true if you are taking a gummy multivitamin.
To make sure that your consumption of vitamins and minerals is as balanced as possible, reading the labels carefully also helps to avoid potential overlap if you’re taking more than one supplement. This is especially important when it comes to certain vitamins.
According to the National Institutes of Health, fat-soluble vitamins such as vitamin A, vitamin D, and vitamin E may be stored in the body, either in body fat or tissue.
This means that it’s necessary to stick to the recommended amounts of these vitamins. Always check the nutritional labels so that you are aware of how much of each type of vitamin you are consuming.
The Bottom Line:
Taking vitamins, minerals, or other supplements as vitamin gummies can be a tasty, convenient, and easy alternative to taking a supplement in other forms, such as a pill or tablet.
Those who follow special dietary restrictions should be sure to choose a brand that supports these requirements.
It’s also important to bear in mind that although they may taste like candy, gummy vitamins are still dietary supplements. Always check the recommended use and suggested serving size found on product labels and don’t take more than what is instructed.
Because dietary supplements are not regulated by the FDA, it’s important to choose a trusted brand. This helps to ensure that the gummy vitamins contain only the highest quality ingredients.
As with any supplement, it’s advisable to speak with a healthcare professional if you have any existing medical conditions or concerns.