There are many reasons why people may avoid taking vitamins and other dietary supplements—“they taste bad,” or “they’re too hard to swallow,” and so on. However, recent research shows that many Americans are not consuming enough vitamins and minerals in their daily diet to meet the estimated average requirement (EAR) for many essential nutrients, especially for Calcium, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Zinc, and Magnesium, among others.
Most of us are probably aware that our daily diets don’t always give us the nutrients our bodies need. Vitamins and other dietary supplements have long been an option to provide additional nutritional support. Additionally, some dietary supplements may help support other aspects of our lives, like stress relief and occasional sleep support.†
In recent years, different supplement forms, besides your traditional pill, tablet, or softgel, have become more widely available. These other forms add variety, taste, and convenience to your supplement routine. We’ll highlight a few below:
Gummies are tasty way to fill nutrient gaps from your diet, and they’re not just for kids! Gummy vitamins for adults have been increasing in popularity, and you can now get many of your favorite supplements in gummy form. Nature Made® has a wide portfolio of adult gummy vitamins in a variety of delicious fruit flavors, including Vitamin C gummies, Vitamin D gummies, Melatonin gummies, Calcium Gummies, daily Multivitamins (including Multis specially formulated for Him, Her, and Kids) as well as Prenatal gummies for pregnant and lactating women. And those are just a few of what’s available! Make sure to read the label to ensure you are taking the proper amount. Most gummy servings are 1-2 per day, and since you chew and swallow, there’s no need for water. Remember, gummy supplements are not candy so don’t be tempted to consume more than the recommended dose.
Instead of a tablet that you swallow, fast-dissolve tablets are designed to dissolve before swallowing. These tablets are usually fruit flavored, making it a more pleasant experience to take your vitamins and supplements. Nature Made® offers Melatonin 10 mg Fast-Dissolve Tablets in a mixed berry with other natural flavors, Vitamin B12 Fast-Dissolve Tablets in a cherry natural and artificial flavors, and Vitamin D3 Fast-Dissolve Tablets in a mixed berry with other natural flavors. Just like with gummies, these tasty tablets are not candy, so be sure to follow the directions on the label.
Mini softgels, like Nature Made® Omega-3†† from Fish Oil Minis and Burp-Less♦ Mini Omega-3††, are an easy alternative for people with difficulty swallowing larger pills to get key nutrients like the Omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA found in fish oil. Available in sizes much smaller than the original-sized softgel, mini softgels still pack the same amount of nutrients as their original forms.
Chewable tablets, simply called chewables, dissolve in your mouth as you chew and are usually fruit flavored. Originally created with kids in mind, this supplement form is ideal for those who prefer not to swallow tablets or softgels. Nature Made® offers adult Vitamin C chewables, and two new chewable tablet items: L-Theanine chewables for stress relief and 5-HTP chewables that help make serotonin to support a positive mood.†
Fizzy Drink Mixes
Why chew when you can sip? Fizzy drink mix packs have become a popular way to consume immune health nutrients such as Vitamin C, Vitamin D3 and Zinc as well as electrolyte hydration blends (Magnesium, Potassium, and Sodium) that provides hydration. Powdered drink mixes are designed to dissolve in 4-6 oz of water that you then drink as you would a glass of water. But thanks to tangy fruit flavors like tropical fruit with other natural flavors, it’s much more enjoyable and packed with nutrients. Nature Made® Wellblends offers two fizzy drink mix blends to support immune health: ImmuneMAX® Fizzy Drink Mix and Active Immune Defense Fizzy Drink Mix.†
There are so many ways to take your vitamins and supplements! People with a variety of preferences and abilities can find what works for them and help fill nutrient gaps to meet their daily nutritional needs. Browse Nature Made®’s assortment of supplement forms to discover the one that works best for you. As always, be sure to consult with your healthcare provider before incorporating dietary supplements into your routine.
†† As ethyl esters
† These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Reider CA, Chung RY, Devarshi PP, Grant RW, Hazels Mitmesser S. Inadequacy of Immune Health Nutrients: Intakes in US Adults, the 2005-2016 NHANES. Nutrients. 2020;12(6):1735. Published 2020 Jun 10. doi:10.3390/nu12061735.
Amy has an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University in Los Angeles and is a credentialed English teacher, though she left the classroom to write full time. She especially enjoys creating educational content about health, wellness, and nutrition. Her happy place is in the kitchen, and when not writing, you can find her trying out “kid-friendly recipes” and “healthy desserts for chocolate lovers” from her Pinterest board.
Lynn is a Registered Dietitian (R.D.) and is a member of the Medical and Scientific Communications team at Pharmavite. She has over 20 years of experience in integrative and functional nutrition and has given lectures to health professionals and consumers on nutrition, dietary supplements and related health issues. Lynn frequently conducts employee trainings on various nutrition topics in addition to educating retail partners on vitamins, minerals and supplements. Lynn has previous clinical dietitian expertise in both acute and long-term care, as well as nutrition counseling for weight management, diabetes, and sports nutrition. Lynn earned a bachelor’s of science in Nutrition with a minor in Kinesiology/Exercise Science from The Pennsylvania State University. She earned a M.S. degree in Human Nutrition from Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Lynn is an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Sports Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutritionists, Dietitians in Functional Medicine, and holds a certification in Integrative and Functional Nutrition through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.