No one has ever said, “I love the taste of vitamins!” So, it’s no surprise that— to feel better when we’re run down—or to keep from getting run down in the first place— many of us pop a few gummy supplements every morning.
Sure, they’ve got vitamins (most often C and D), and many of the minerals you need for your day. But– do they do a body good?
The short answer is yes. But it’s a little more complicated than that. Nutritionists caution us that—because of their sweet taste and how easy it is to take them—it’s easy to take too many gummy supplements, which could have a toxic effect. However, taking them as directed, when directed, can certainly lead to positive benefits.
But vitamins and supplements aren’t meant to cure you of sickness or other health issues. They are meant to supplement your daily routine. That’s why, if you take gummy supplements only when you don’t feel well, you’re going to see little if any impact. Likewise, if you’re taking supplements without striving to keep a healthy diet, stay active, and keep hydrated, there’s not much for them to supplement— the positive effects, if you can discern them, will be minimal.
A tricky part of evaluating how effective vitamins and supplements are—gummy or otherwise—is that they are not required to be evaluated or regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). While that doesn’t mean you should be afraid to try them, you should do some research to determine which ones are the most effective (and safest) to take. Asking your doctor or nutritionist what they recommend is always a good strategy, too. Generally, certified-organic options are a good choice.
Things to Keep in Mind About Gummy Supplements:
- Like most things that taste great, there’s no guarantee that most brands of gummy supplements will be good for you. Check the labels for nutritional stats, and avoid options with harmful food coloring added.
- Gummy supplements may taste sweet, but they’re not candy. Getting too much of certain minerals can have ill effects on your health. Just stick to the recommended dosage, and you should have no problems when taking your daily gummies.
- All gummies–yes, even the sugar-free ones—aren’t great for your teeth. Some of their primary ingredients (glucose syrup, sucrose, and gelatin) contribute to the demineralization of your teeth. Make sure you brush and floss right after you take them. Your dentist will know if you don’t!
If your diet is short on nutrients (picky eating, allergies, dietary restrictions) gummy supplements are fine for you in moderation— and will likely benefit your health. The trick to their effectiveness lies in their purpose. Vitamins and supplements are meant to do just that— supplement your existing diet, exercise, and wellness routines. If you start out with a solid foundation in these areas, supplements will give you a boost. But they won’t cure illness, unhealthy diet, or insufficient exercise. So get active, and grab some gummies! Have you had success with gummy vitamins or supplements? Share your story in the comments! [MEET YOUR DOCTORS]