The 6 Best Chewable Vitamins for Every Life Stage

LIVESTRONG.com may earn compensation through affiliate links in this story.
These chewable supplements are fit for the whole family.
Image Credit: LIVESTRONG.com Creative

If you take vitamins, you know that, sometimes, it's not easy to get them down.

"Multivitamins in pill form can be pretty large, making them difficult for some people to swallow," Kelsey Rosenbaum, RD, LDN and spokesperson for the hospitality group Sodexo, tells LIVESTRONG.com.

Advertisement

Swallowing pills can be particularly challenging for children. Another advantage to chewable vitamins: They can be easier on the stomach, Rosenbaum says.

Take a look at some of the best chewable vitamins for adults — along with a recommendation for kids.

Our Picks

  • Best Overall:​ Kirkland Signature Adult Multivitamin ($21.70, Amazon.com)
  • Best Chewable Multivitamin for Men:​ Nature Made Multivitamin for Him + Omega-3 Gummies ($19.30, Amazon.com)
  • Best Chewable Multivitamin for Women:​ Walgreens Women's Multivitamin Gummies Berry ($8.99, Walgreens.com)
  • Best Chewable Multivitamin for Kids:​ Flintstones Complete Chewable Kids Vitamins ($16.70, Amazon.com)
  • Best Chewable Prenatal Multivitamin:​ Nature Made Prenatal Gummy Vitamins with DHA + Folic Acid + Choline ($23.49, Amazon.com)
  • Best Chewable Calcium:​ Caltrate 600 + D3 Plus Minerals ($12.89, Amazon.com)

1. Best Overall Chewable Multivitamin: Kirkland Signature Adult Multivitamin

This gummy multivitamin is a good source of many important micronutrients.
Image Credit: Kirkland

Kirkland is one of the brands that Rosenbaum calls out as being certified by the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP), an independent organization that tests supplements to make sure they contain the ingredients listed on the label and do not have any contaminants.

Advertisement

Take two of these gummies (one serving) and you'll get 100 percent of your daily value (DV) of vitamin D, as well as significant amounts of B vitamins, and vitamins A and E.

Buy It

Kirkland Signature Adult Multivitamin ($21.70, Amazon.com)

2. Best Chewable Multivitamin for Men: Nature Made Multivitamin for Him + Omega-3 Gummies

This chewable multivitamin is tailored to meet men's nutritional needs.
Image Credit: Nature Made

Nature Made is another reputable brand when it comes to vitamins, and this supplement has the USP verification. This gummy multi has vitamins A, C, D3 and E. Plus, it contains heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids.

Advertisement

As with many chewable vitamins, this gummy is a tasty option, but one with a significant amount of sugar — 4 grams per two-gummy serving.

Buy It

Nature Made Multivitamin for Him + Omega-3 Gummies ($19.30, Amazon.com)

3. Best Chewable Multivitamin for Women: Walgreens Women's Multivitamin Gummies Berry

This fruit-flavored gummy multivitamin provides important micronutrients.
Image Credit: Walgreens

This gummy multivitamin from Walgreens has 2 grams of sugar per serving and contains 100 percent of your DV for vitamins E, B3 and B6, as well as 800 IU of vitamin D. It's also gluten-free.

Advertisement

It's an approved option by ConsumerLab, an independent organization that tests health-related products, including supplements.

Buy It

Women's Multivitamin Gummies Berry ($8.99, Walgreens.com)

4. Best Chewable Multivitamin for Kids: Flintstones Complete Chewable Kids Vitamins

These fruit-flavored tablets contain important vitamins and minerals for children's health.
Image Credit: Flintstones

This chewable vitamin is a top pick for children from ConsumerLab. It contains vitamins A, C and D along with folate and iron.

Considering chewable vitamins can include iron and other minerals, it's a better option for kids than gummies, according to ConsumerLab.

Buy It

Flintstones Complete Chewable Kids Vitamins ($16.70, Amazon.com)

5. Best Chewable Prenatal Multivitamin: Nature Made Prenatal Gummy Vitamins

Taking prenatal vitamins supports a pregnant person’s health, as well as the baby’s.
Image Credit: Nature Made

Dealing with a hard-to-swallow pill is even less appealing during pregnancy, which is why prenatal gummies are so great.

Nature Made is a reputable brand — verification from USP is coming soon, per the USP website. Having these prenatal vitamins provides folic acid, choline and other essential prenatal vitamins.

Buy It

Nature Made Prenatal Gummy Vitamins with DHA + Folic Acid + Choline ($23.49, Amazon.com)

6. Best Chewable Calcium: Caltrate 600 + D3 Plus Minerals

This supplement provides vitamin D3 and calcium, which are important for bone health.
Image Credit: Caltrate

This supplement provides 600 milligrams of calcium, which is 60 percent of your DV. It also contains 800 IU of vitamin D3. Together, vitamin D and calcium support bone health.

Caltrate is approved by ConsumerLab. Unlike many other chewable vitamins, this one has zero calories and no added sugar.

Buy It

Caltrate 600 + D3 Plus Minerals ($12.89, Amazon.com)

There Are Some Drawbacks to Chewable Vitamins

Finding the best chewable for yourself, or your child, is challenging.

That's because often, gummy vitamins will have more — or less — of a vitamin or nutrient listed on the package in place, according to ConsumerLab.

"In general, gummy and chewable multivitamins lack several vitamins and minerals found in the pill-form," Rosenbaum says. For taste-related reasons, multivitamin gummies often leave out iron, magnesium and zinc, according to ConsumerLab, which notes that a chewable multi can be a better choice.

Plus, if you find gummy or chewable vitamins more reminiscent of candy than medication, there's a reason for that: Often, these supps are full of sugar. "Chewable multivitamins, especially gummy vitamins, can contain up to 8 grams of added sugar," Rosenbaum says.

What to Look for in Chewable Vitamins

When you're considering a chewable or gummy vitamin, keep these considerations in mind:

  • Purchase products with third-party testing:​ Look for chewables that bear the seal of an independent testing firm such as the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention. Chewables that have the USP Verified seal have undergone and passed stringent testing. The seal assures consumers that the product is free of harmful contaminants and contains the ingredients listed in declared potencies, among other things.
  • Make sure you're getting the nutrients you need:​ You'll want to confirm that your multi contains a vitamin and mineral content comparable to standard vitamins.
  • Check the ingredient list:​ If you're allergic to any ingredients (such as soy or gluten) make sure to purchase products that don't contain those allergens. Plus, keep an eye on the sugar contents of the product.

How to Know if You Need a Supplement

Most people will get all the vitamins and minerals they need through a healthy diet, Rosenbaum says.

That said, "some people may benefit from taking vitamins," she notes. That includes people with chronic disease, people who are pregnant, older adults, anyone taking a medication that influences how your body absorbs nutrients, people who follow a strict vegetarian or vegan diet or people who eliminate a food group, Rosenbaum says.

When in doubt, reach out for help. "Everyone should talk to their physician before taking supplements," Rosenbaum advises.

Advertisement

references & resources