Calcium and the Search for a Gummy Vitamin

by Annie on January 13, 2008 · 2 comments

in Eating Healthy

According to a study done by Rutgers University, pre-menopausal women need 1000 milligrams or more of calcium daily when dieting to prevent osteoporosis.* That is 2-3 servings of dairy products such a milk or yogurt.

An excuse to skip calcium

am guilty of not getting enough calcium. I am mildly lactose intolerant (mildly because I can still have ice cream!), so I rarely have milk in my diet and milk related foods such as cheese and cereal (doesn’t taste good without milk).

I have a container of multivitamin pills that I rarely take. There is something about that BIG chalky tablet that just makes it very easy for me to ignore, even though I put it on this shelf near our dining table. Some vitamins are best taken with food because they are not water soluble. I thought having it in the same room as where I normally have my meals will prompt me to pop one in my mouth on regularly. That Centrium bottle has been sitting there for a year even though there are only 30 tablets in it.

Calcium that tastes like candy?  Impossible!

Lately I discover Viactiv chocolate calcium chews. It has Vitamin D and K to help with the calcium absorption in your body. The directions said that you can take one chew up to three times daily, preferably with meals. I take three of them after dinner as my desert rather than reach for ice cream. It tastes good. Not as good as a Hershey’s bar, but enough for me to want to take my supplement. I brought a container from Costco with 120 chews in it a month ago. I only have a quarter left. I found that Viactiv also makes a multivitamin chocolate chew as well. I am going to try that next after I finish this container.

Searching for a gummy vitamin

My husband and I had a conversation on multivitamins last week. Since I am on this quest to improve my health, I want to improve his as well. He does not like the whole chew idea. He prefers to takes his multivitamin in a gummy form (ie. gummy bears). I know there is a gummy multivitamin for kids, but I am not sure about the dosage for an adult in order to get the correct milligrams. So if anyone knows where I can find a gummy multivitamin for adults, please let me know.

*American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, April 2007

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Anonymous February 29, 2008 at 7:28 pm

check out vitafusion multivites. they are gummy and are formulated for adults. i think they run about $6-10 per bottle of 70 (should last about 1 month taken as directed). you may only be able to get them online, though. hope that helps!


asithi January 25, 2010 at 9:04 pm

Anonymous – I have to say that the vitafusion multi-vitamins are pretty yummy. However, they are a little expensive than the pill. But if this is what it takes to get my husband to take a multi-vitamin, I guess it is a small price to pay. Thanks for the recommendation.


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