Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Are Gummy Vitamins Any Good?

"In the past year, adult versions of these sweet supplements have
really taken off," says Prevention advisor Jennifer A.Reinhold,
PharmD. They're a fine alternative if you can't swallow pills, but
just remember- they're not candy.
"A few extra gummies now and then won't hurt you, " says Dr.
Reinhold. "But when you start regularly chowing them down in
large quantities, you could essentially overdose on fat-soluble
vitamins A, D, E, and K, since they can't be flushed out through
your urine like water-soluble vitamin C and the B vitamins."
Not to mention you're eating a lot of sugar. Just how many is too
many depends on the brand and the amount of each vitamin it
contains. "Usually two gummies contain 100% of your daily value
for most vitamins," says Dr. Reinhold. "If you consume more than
that regularly, however, your risk of overdose increases."
Overdose symptoms vary by individual but often include fatigue,
nausea, and muscle weakness.
-Prevention Magazine, June 2013