Adult Gummy Vitamins

On January 10, 2011, in Fat Solubles, Minerals, Reviews, Vitamins, Water Solubles, by Andrea

For all the vitamins that are out on the market, the newest “craze” are the gummy “vitamins.”

First came the gummies for kids to help get kids to take them.  I get the reasoning.

But then they made adult vitamins using a gummy formulation.

And post-ops who thought Flintstones were good enough?  Now thought gummies were a great option.

And just like Flintstones.. they aren’t.

The American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons recommends the following in terms of multivitamins:

Multivitamin
- Adjustable Gastric Band/VSG: 100% of daily value
- RNY: 200% of daily value
- BPD/DS: 200% of daily value

  • Choose a multivitamin that is a high-potency vitamin containing 100% of daily value for at least 2/3 of nutrients (66%)
  • Begin with chewable or liquid
  • Progress to whole tablet/capsule as tolerated
  • Avoid time-released supplements
  • Avoid enteric coating
  • Choose a complete formula containing at least 18 mg iron, 400mcg folic acid, as well as selenium, and zinc in each serving
  • Avoid children’s formulas that are incomplete
  • May improve gastrointestinal tolerance when taken close to food intake
  • May separate dosage
  • Do not mix multivitamin containing iron with calcium supplement, take at least 2 hours apart
  • Individual brands should be reviewed for absorption rate and bioavailability
  • Specialized bariatric formulations are available

vitafusion MultiVites for Adults

First up are vitafusion’s MultiVites Gummy Vitamins for Adults.

Sure.  I tasted these.  They were soft, but VERY sweet.  Like.. solidified liquid sugar.  They were even too sweet for me.  But they were easy to chew (which is quite the difference compared to the ones below).

But when you look at the statistics compared to what we need?  Just not worth it.

Nutritional Stats (Click to mega-enlarge)

Serving size: 2 Gummy Vitamins
Calories: 15
Total Carbohydrates: 3 g  (3 g sugars from glucose syrup and sucrose)

  • Vitamin A (as retinyl palmitate): 2500 IU  (50%)
    Amount needed to reach 200% for RNY and DS: 8 (Kudos as it is a decent source of A versus beta-carotene)
  • Vitamin C: 30 mg  (50%)
    Amount needed to reach 200%: 8
  • Vitamin D (as cholecalciferol): 800 IU  (200%)
    Amount needed to reach 200%: 2 (It should be noted that we need more than 800 IU a day, though)
  • Vitamin E (as d-alpha-tocopheryl acetate): 15 IU  (50%)
    Amount needed to reach 200%: 8
  • Niacin: 10 mg  (50%)
    Amount needed to reach 200%: 8
  • Vitamin B6: 4 mg  (200%)
    Amount needed to reach 200%: 2
  • Folic Acid: 400 mcg  (100%)
    Amount needed to reach 200%: 4
  • Vitamin B12 (as cyanocobalamin): 12 mcg (200%)
    Amount needed to reach 200%: 2 (Although it should be noted that we need much more than this!)
  • Biotin: 15 mcg  (5%)
    Multis don’t hit 100%, much less 200%, so not counting.
  • Pantothenic acid: 10 mg (100%)
    Amount needed to reach 200%: 4
  • Molybdenum: 37.5 mcg (50%)
    Amount needed to reach 200%: 8

What’s missing?  A lot.

Vitamin K, thiamin, calcium, iron, phosphorous, iodine, magnesium, zinc, selenium, copper, manganese, chromium, chloride, and potassium.  That’s 14 out of 26 completely missing.

So this vitamin is out as it does not contain 100% of the 2/3 nutrients in a single serving.  It only has 6 / 26, which equates to less than 24%.  That’s pretty poor.

Next?

VitaCraves w/ Immunity Support

These are very hard, extremely chewy, and hard to get into small pieces.  I easily can see these getting stuck in a small stoma or in a band.  The taste is very bland, is not overly sweet, but the first two ingredients are still glucose syrup and sucrose.

Nutritional Stats - Click to Enlarge

Serving Size: 2 gummies
Calories: 10 calories
Total Carbohydrates: 3g (3g sugars)

  • Vitamin A (as acetate): 4000 IU (80%)
    Amount needed to get to 200%: 3
  • Vitamin C: 125 mg  (208%)
    Amount needed to get to 200%: 2
  • Vitamin D (as cholecalciferol): 400 IU (100%)
    Amount needed to get to 200%: 4  (Note: we need much more than 800 IU)
  • Vitamin E: 40 IU  (133%)
    Amount needed to get to 200%: 3
  • Vitamin B6: 2 mg  (100%)
    Amount needed to get to 200%: 4
  • Folic Acid: 400 mcg  (100%)
    Amount needed to get to 200%: 4
  • Vitamin B12: 10 mcg (167%)
    Amount needed to get to 200%: 3 (Note: we need much higher than 200%)
  • Biotin: 150 mcg  (50%)
    Amount needed to get to 200%: 4
  • Pantothenic Acid: 20 mg  (200%)
    Amount needed to get to 200%: 2
  • Iodine: 80 mcg  (53%)
    Amount needed to get to 200%: 4
  • Zinc: 5 mg  (33%)
    Amount needed to get to 200%: 13
  • Selenium: 35 mcg  (50%)
    Amount needed to get to 200%:  4

What’s missing?

Vitamin K, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, calcium, iron, phosphorous, magnesium, copper, manganese, chromium, molybdenum, chloride, and potassium.  (14/26 missing)

Only 7/26 nutrients at 100% DV (or higher), which is 27%, thus does not meet ASMBS standards.

Next:

VitaCraves Sour Gummies Adult Multivitamin

Much like the orange bottle, these were VERY tough and hard to chew.  They were sour, though, and for me, that’s a bonus.  But once the sour part went away, it was a blahblahblah flavor.  And still veryvery tough to chew.

Nutritional Stats - Click to Enlarge

Serving size: 2 gummies
Calories: 10
Carbohydrates: 3 g (3 g sugar from sucrose and glucose syrup)

  • Vitamin A (as acetate): 4000 IU (80%)
    Amount needed to get to 200%: 3
  • Vitamin C: 60 mg  (100%)
    Amount needed to get to 200%: 4
  • Vitamin D (as cholecalciferol): 400 IU (100%)
    Amount needed to get to 200%: 4 (Note: we need much more than 800 IU)
  • Vitamin E: 40 IU  (133%)
    Amount needed to get to 200%: 3
  • Vitamin B6: 2 mg  (100%)
    Amount needed to get to 200%: 4
  • Folic Acid: 400 mcg  (100%)
    Amount needed to get to 200%: 4
  • Vitamin B12: 10 mcg (167%)
    Amount needed to get to 200%: 3 (Note: we need much higher than 200%)
  • Biotin: 150 mcg  (50%)
    Amount needed to get to 200%: 4
  • Pantothenic Acid: 10 mg  (100%)
    Amount needed to get to 200%: 4
  • Iodine: 80 mcg  (53%)
    Amount needed to get to 200%: 4
  • Zinc: 5 mg  (33%)
    Amount needed to get to 200%: 13

What’s missing?

Vitamin K, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, calcium, iron, phosphorous, magnesium, selenium, copper, manganese, chromium, molybdenum, chloride, and potassium.  (15/26 missing)

Only 7/26 nutrients at 100% DV (or higher), which is 27%, thus does not meet ASMBS standards.

Clearly, these three “vitamins” simply are not good enough for normal digestive tracts, much less ones that have been given a designer touch.  Why would anyone want to take these when they are missing so much stuff?

You’ve taken the step to rearrange your innards in some form or fashion, which is a form of self-responsibility.  Now take the step and choose a vitamin that does something other than wastes your money.

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21 Responses to “Adult Gummy Vitamins”

  1. chyara says:

    in your research, in a grading scale, what are the best vits for wlser’s?

  2. Andrea says:

    I really don’t put them on a chart in terms of grades. Each has something good or bad.

    I will say that the top Bariatric brands are Bariatric Advantage and Celebrate, and that I personally take Centrum.

  3. elecisha says:

    I had Gastric bypass and take Viactiv… What is ya thoughts on this??

  4. MacMadame says:

    I take Centrum too. It really stacks up and you can get store brand versions for cheap, which is nice because we have to take so many supplements!

    The thing about chewables and gummies is that they can’t put a lot of the minerals into them and have them taste good. Since the whole point of taking vitamins in this form is to make them tasty, the manufacturers just leave the ingredients out.

  5. Andrea says:

    I am NOT a fan of Viactiv, either the multi, OR the calcium carbonate.

    Bad. Not good. Please get a better vitamin.

  6. Natalie says:

    Since my gastric bypass I’ve been taking Natural Dynamix’s Calcium DX gummy vitamin and Fiber DX. I’ve been happy with the contents and especially the taste.

  7. Andrea says:

    You might like the taste but these are not good. At all.

    The calcium is not absorbable — at all. Tricalcium phosphate is actually a bit worse than calcium carbonate in terms of absorption in us.

    The fiber can be found cheaper, and in a similar taste variety, at Target.

  8. W. says:

    What I have found is that the gummy multi-vitamins are worthless. However, in single vitamin form, like for Vitamin D3 and Vitamin C, they’re great. I’ve used vitamin C gummies for awhile now anytime I feel a cold coming on and sure enough, it goes away. It is sugary, so I space it out over the day. I imagine for more than a double dose (which is around 6g of sugar) at a time, I would start to feel it. I am over 5 years post op and I still have dumping syndrome like a newbie.

  9. P says:

    I am currently using the Bariatric Fusion chewable multi vitamin. It definitely is complete (you have to take 4 a day) but i really do not like the texture. I have always been a texture person but it is worse since my RNY on 06/22/12. I literally have to force it down. I really wish there were alternatives to this.

  10. Sandy says:

    I have been taking the VitaFusion gummy calcium and multivitamin. The multivitamin I take 2 once a day and the calcium I take 2 three times a day. Can I ask why gummy supplements are sd to be avoided?

  11. Jennifer says:

    I had sleeve surgery on 11/27 and would like to know if there are any gummies out there that work for WLS patients?

  12. Andrea says:

    The calcium is tricalcium phoshpate, which does not break down without acidity. If you’ve had any amount of stomach surgery, or take any antacid, these won’t work for you. The multivitamin simply isn’t complete.

  13. sally says:

    the only gummies are the ones that will make you very sick in the long run!!!! if thats what you want…

  14. Lisa says:

    My dr has his own vitamin formulation that he supplies but I was unable to handle those as they made me feel nauseous….he recommends the Opti-Source for those of his patients who experienced what I was. I take four chewables a day and in my follow-up bloodwork there has never been any nutritional issues to discuss so he was happy with this and I feel ok – you did not mention those either way in your article so I thought I would.

  15. Debbie says:

    Hi. I am currently taking chewable Centrum Silver. I am only 43, but I found it had what I was looking for. I take two a day, one with breakfast and one with dinner.

  16. MYRNA says:

    I’M 6 YEARS OUT AND THE ONLY VITAMINS I HAVE EVER TAKEN ARE BARIATRIC ADVANTAGE. THEY ARE THE BEST.

  17. Andrea says:

    Optisource are discussed elsewhere, but I do not feel they are an acceptable bariatric vitamin.

  18. Bonnie says:

    I was told to take Bariatric Advantage by my surgeon and although they are expensive, I will continue to take them. They are the best and give you everything you need. I spent a lot of money and I am personally vested in doing what I need to do to be safe and healthy. Why would you want to go through all that the surgery entales, them not give you body what it needs?

  19. Marie says:

    Do you have any tyoe of research information on the claims that GUMMIES DO NOT ABSORB for Bypass & DS patients?

  20. Andrea says:

    I’ve never said they don’t absorb.

    I say they don’t contain the vitamins that we NEED.

    Big difference.

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