These days, there have been advances in the technology of producing soft gel and gummy supplements, which enable producers and manufacturers to be creative with their formulations. Contract and liquid nutraceutical manufacturers are now creating safer, effective, and digestive healthcare products in a variety of formulating processes. Also, allowing consumers to have more options to choose products that best work for them.
Before they were a trend, or even achievable, probiotic gummies and soft gels were not easy to formulate and put out a final product that can be distributed in the market because probiotic bacteria ceased to survive in certain delivery formats.
Since 2019, there has been developed a compacting system that allows a piece of gel pill or capsule to contain viable probiotic bacteria and other substances, like fish oil and fat-soluble vitamins. A single soft gel capsule can contain several active ingredients that can contribute to supplement formulation, positioning, and compacting, which also support the product in being safe and effective.
Heat-resistant probiotic strains allow manufacturers to successfully formulate supplement gummies. This technology helps a product to be stable. Knowledgeable handling is vital in providing properly managed solutions to meet the market’s and consumers’ needs. Storage and manufacturing conditions of probiotics must also be considered. Being able to take care of these products by having them stored in the right temperature and humidity control.
Why do people consume gummy vitamins?
Gummies have been a very popular choice of vitamin intake among consumers. One of the factors that people reach out to gummies is because some just don’t prefer swallowing pills. If you take multiple supplements every day, especially if you have trouble swallowing tablets and capsules, gummies can make life easier. Easing the pill burden of those with an already complex medication routine.
Gummies are in the market as an alternative to pills. They were first targeted toward children, but many adults take them too. They are usually made from gelatin for their structure. Nowadays, gummy vitamins also contain other ingredients to form like beeswax, acacia gum, and coconut oil.
People take these vitamins also because they’re easy to take taste better, unlike pills and capsules, which you just swallow and some even have an unpleasant aftertaste. They are also offered in a variety of flavors.
How do gummies differ from traditional vitamins?
They contain sugar. No wonder they taste good. Gummy vitamins often contain glucose syrup or other sugars, like sorbitol. Having at least 3 grams of sugar preserving. This is why many health professionals don’t recommend taking gummies over traditional tablets or capsules. They can a source of higher risk of diabetes and heart disease.
They contain ingredients to form structure and texture. In order for them to attract consumers, they must appear colorful and in shapes of bears, fruits, or berries, which are unnecessary for a supplement. Not to mention the ingredients they contain to be chewy like gummy candies.
They can be inconsistent. Since they are more difficult to produce than traditional pills, it is also difficult for manufacturers to make sure that each gummy contains the proper and equal amounts of ingredients and nutrients. Because of this, these gummy vitamins are more likely to lose their potency quickly, making it more difficult to predict how long their shelf life is.
They contain fewer vitamins and minerals than traditional vitamins. Since they can be inconsistent in ingredients, it can be difficult to determine how much nutritional value you’re going to get in gummy vitamins. They most often don’t contain important minerals like iron.
What’s good about gummy vitamins?
Despite inconsistencies and unnecessary ingredients, gummy vitamins do contain ingredients that are good for you. Nutrients such as vitamins A, B6, B12, C, D, and E. They may not be as good as your traditional pills, but they’re still good and supplementing. You just have to know your needs.
Many gummy vitamin products don’t contain gluten or other ingredients that may be harmful to those who are intolerant. They rarely contain allergens, but it’s best to always check and review the ingredients list and nutrition facts before you consume. They are mostly non-GMO, organic, and allergy-friendly products.
Like your traditional pills, gummy supplements are also evidence-based, well-researched, clinically tested, safe for humans to use. Producers and manufacturers ensure you a safe process and high-quality products. Some products are even third-party tested and certified.
If you’re taking more than one supplement, it’s best to consult a health professional before you take or mix vitamins or supplements. Some substances can be toxic when working together and might do you more harm or get you into trouble.