What vitamins and minerals do you take? Do you prefer pills, capsules, drops, softgels, chewable tablets or gummies? There may be differences in how well your supplements work, depending on their form.
How Good Are Gummies?
Q. I always take my vitamins if they are gummies. I really like the sweetness. I am less apt to take supplements as capsules.
I might be persuaded to change if gummy supplements aren’t as effective, however. The four gummies I take are calcium, vitamin D3, CoQ10 and a multivitamin. What do you think of gummy supplements?
ConsumerLab.com Tests Supplements:
A. One of the few organizations that tests vitamins and other dietary supplements is ConsumerLab.com. After testing gummy multivitamins, they reported that
“some gummy supplements–particularly gummy multivitamins–do not contain their listed amounts of vitamins or minerals, or contain impurities.”
They noted that 80 percent of the gummy multivitamin products tested failed because they contained too much or too little of certain listed ingredients.
Nonetheless, ConsumerLab.com approved the gummy CoQ10 products they tested as having the correct amount of this supplement. You can find the full report at ConsumerLab.com. There is a subscription fee to access the full report.
ConsumerLab.com tested vitamin D gummy supplements for children (they passed), but not for adults. Consequently, we don’t know how likely it is that your vitamin D3 supplements are well formulated. The same is true for calcium supplements.