Taking vitamins seemed much more exciting when we were children. From the Flintstones brand to fruity liquids to gummies, getting your nutrients was much more of a treat than a task. Cut to two decades later, and vitamins are way less alluring. The good news is that gummies aren't just for kids anymore—in fact, adult gummies have been on shelves for a long time, and their increasing popularity has encouraged more brands to jump on the bandwagon, making vitamins an enjoyable part of our day once again. Below, we interviewed a few top nutritionists and wellness experts and asked them to share the best gummy vitamins.
Take a look at what they had to say below.
"Vitafusion's Simply Good Complete Multivitamin is a good one," says Alissa Rumsey, MS, RD, founder of Alissa Rumsey Nutrition and Wellness. "You only need to take two gummies a day, and it only has three grams of sugar. It also has the simplest ingredients in the vitamin as well as having a good amount of vitamin D and B. Vitamin D is especially good for the winter months and for people who do not get a lot of sun on a daily basis."
The Olly brand utilizes the research and savvy of naturopathic physician Taryn Forrelli, ND, who says that these skin-geared gummies "deliver purifying antioxidants and minerals to support cell detox, hormone health, and proper metabolism, plus a concentrated botanical blend of spearmint, Aronia berry, and dandelion."
Sarah Greenfield, RD, loves these Hum gummies because of their proven ingredients. "Some key nutrients include biotin, or B7, which helps the body break down proteins needed for hair growth," she explains. "One study found women experiencing hair loss had a biotin deficiency and adding biotin supplements helped increase hair growth. Zinc plays a role in immune function and also helps maintain the health of hair follicles, leading to the growth of healthier hair. Fo-ti, a Chinese herb is included to help decrease graying by increasing melanin (hair pigment) production."
While Amy Shapiro MS, RD, CDN, advocates for gummy vitamins primarily for children or adults who have trouble swallowing pills, she's a fan of the Nordic Naturals brand for gummies, especially its omega-3 blend. It's ideal for those with picky palates or vegetarians (eggs and fish like salmon, herring, and mackerel are high in omega-3).
Shapiro is also a fan of the brand Rainbow Light and recommends its gummy varieties. They're totally natural with no artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives.
"I generally stay away from recommending gummies to clients as nutritional supplementation because many brands are actually packed with artificial ingredients and loads of sugars. However, Garden of Life brand makes the cleanest organic and non-GMO gummies on the market! Not to mention, it makes a variety for men, women, and kids that are loaded with necessary vitamins and minerals. Well done, Garden of Life!" says Dana Kofsky of Wellness Styled.
"I absolutely adore SmartyPants gummy vitamins! The brand is organic, sustainable, taste amazing and are family-owned. It makes it oh so easy to live sustainably by using post-recycled materials in its bottles in an effort to do its part in protecting our planet. It is so important to trust in a brand and know that you are helping the planet along the way. SmartyPants has truly been an amazing part of me and my kids' daily routine for years," says Lo Roxburgh, author and wellness expert also known as the Body Whisperer.
Shauna Faulisi, a holistic nutritionist and founder of Soul Wellness Method in Los Angeles, doesn't recommend gummy vitamins as a first step to a healthy diet, preferring her clients to get vitamins and minerals through vegetables, clean fats, and proteins, and taking specific supplements based on their individualized needs. But she understands there may be limitations: "I know that it's not always possible to purchase and get on a regiment with many different supplements to take based on schedule, access to fresh foods, and monetary resources—and I think one should embrace whatever added wellness regimen they can bring into their life, large or small, and feel proud about it!" she says. "My go-to recommendation for gummy vitamins are GEM. The brand uses dates as a binder and sweetener, along with fiber and omega-filled chia seeds to bind. Gem has a variety of vitamins and minerals as well as the adaptogen ashwagandha to help ease stress. It also has one of my favorite anti-aging ingredients, the powerful antioxidant, astaxanthin. GEM is an incredibly well-thought-out daily supplement that uses only the purest, whole food ingredients to get the job done."
This post was updated by Sarah Yang.