"Can I have a vitamin?"
My almost-3-year-old asks me that every day.
Actually, my husband and I take our vitamins every day these days too.
Thanks to Hero Nutritionals, the first company to put vitamins and minerals into a gummy delivery system.
The company boasts a huge selection for kids - 11 in all:
The kids line is called Yummi Bears and all of the vitamins are shaped (and taste) like gummy bears.
There is also a Yummi Bears Organics line.
Hero Nutritionals also has a gummy vitamin line for adults called Slice of Life. The vitamins are available in 6 different categories: (1) Multi-Vitamin + Lycopene, (2) Vitamin C + Pomegranate, (3) Vitamin B12 Energy, (4) CoQ10, (5) Omega 3-6-9 Fish Free, and (6) Vitamin D3.
All vitamins in both lines are allergy-free, gluten-free, and created with all-natural flavoring. And they're tasty too - especially the Vitamin C - great flavor.
As I am writing this post, I am wishing that I had a degree in Pharmacy, Nutrition, and Chemistry. Yes, all three. Because I find vitamin-taking a rather confusing business.
All kinds of questions roll through my mind: Are vitamins necessary? If so, which vitamins are most vital? Are vitamins in the gummy format better or worse in terms of absorption than the swallowable variety? Will gummy vitamins rot my teeth? Why is there an organic line (and, if organic is really better, why do they sell the non-organic line?)? Etc.
For example, you probably noticed that the Yummi Bears line offers ELEVEN different varieties. Um. That is pretty confusing. If I read the descriptions, it would seem that I should have my child take all of them. After all - of course I want her to have "healthy vision," "strong bones," a "boosted" immune system, etc. So, how in the world am I - your average Joan Cleaver (without the apron and sparkling floors) - supposed to decipher the hieroglyphics on the container to know which ones to buy? That is what I want to know.
Since I'm not a scientist, I stick to the basics. I serve my family as many whole foods as possible (we eat lots of fruits and vegetables, plus whole dairy and wheat products). We rarely eat out to avoid all those extra calories and preservatives (besides, food tastes better at home). Then, we take multivitamins and vitamin C (non-organic, I admit).
That's what we do. What about you? Oh, and if you are an expert in vitaminology, please do share your knowledge.
P.S. Am I the only one who analyzes the minute complexities of vitamin-taking?
YOUR TURN: What vitamins do you take on a daily basis? What vitamins do you give to your kids?
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*UPDATE* The winner is #101 Michelle H. Congratulations!