Vitamin Capsules vs. Gummies: Which is Better for your Health?
There are a lot of choices to make when it comes to vitamins and supplements – should you take them in capsule form or as gummies? Capsules vs. Gummies. In this article, Mira will explore the pros and cons of each format and help you decide which is best for your health.
Ensuring enough intake of critical health supplemental ingredients, vitamins, minerals, and nutrients for specific fertility goals means that women and men look for ways to supplement their diet to achieve health goals.
The goal is health. So any delivery method of a supplement, vitamin, or minerals matters. And it matters a lot.
Traditional supplements or vitamin products are either in tablet form or in capsule form. In these consumption methods, the beneficial ingredients go into the stomach for bioavailability and ingestion without direct taste through chewing. Gummies, however, are chewed – and therefore tasted – and then go to the stomach for ingestion.
1 – Taste. The Goal of Flavor?
So Gummy manufacturers have two goals – health and flavor. Not one (health). Web MD writes that “gummies owe their flavor to sugar, erythritol, mannitol, isomalt, and other sweeteners.” Some manufacturers market their gummy vitamins as sugar-free, having replaced this sweetener with citric acid, which is equally harmful because it wears down the enamel that guards your teeth.
According to the National Institute of Health, “animal studies have convincingly proven that artificial sweeteners may cause weight gain, brain tumors, bladder cancer and many other health hazards. Some kind of health related side effects including carcinogenicity are also noted in humans”.
So with Gummies – people get sugar or artificial sweeteners. Fulfilling the goal taste over health. With capsules, there is no taste, no sugar, no artificial sweeteners. Capsules bypass the “Goal of Flavor” and focus on health.
2 – Better Bioavailability. The Goal of Efficiency
Have you ever heard the word “bioavailability”? This is a fifty-dollar word (use it in Scrabble!) used by scientists to refer to how well your body can absorb and utilize vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. So the goal of taking any supplement or vitamin is to have the highest bioavailability possible.
In this goal, the focus is effectiveness. Are the supplements and vitamins you are taking actually benefiting your health, or are you paying for expensive urine?
In terms of bioavailability: its a tie. Gummies and Capsules have time and time again been shown to have very similar bioavailability. This is according to the NIH And the University Health News Journal.
3 – Dosing Capabilities – The Goal of Effectiveness
Doses matter. Daily values matter. And here is the unspoken secret around gummies: they just cannot hold as much weight for effective dosing as capsules. They have to make room for the gelatin, flavor profiles, and sweeteners, and this leads to a dramatic reduction in the available “room” for vitamins, minerals, and other supplements.
Furthermore, the label claims on gummies can get tricky since – according to Healthline – gummies are not sealed like a capsule, meaning that they absorb water and therefore have a shorter shelf life than gummies.
Conclusion: Capsules vs. Gummies?
Mira always focuses on helping our community focus on the health supports for optimal fertility conditions. This includes highlighting what foods to eat and avoid during the journey.
When it comes to supplementing vitamins, minerals, oils, and other nutrients, Mira recommends Capsules and Tablets over Gummies for the three reasons above. This is why as Mira continues to develop its own supplement products(see Mira Prenatal Vitamin) we choose capsules over gummies – no sugars, no artificial sweeteners, no calories, more dosing, and less degradation.
Whether you go with our professionally developed supplementation product or not, it is clear that capsules win over gummies for accomplishing the goal of fertility health.