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Gummy Vitamins and Supplements Versus Pills and Capsules: Which Form Should You Take?

Gummy vitamins and supplements are a great way to keep your body and mind healthy.* But you may wonder how gummies are different from more traditional supplement forms like pills, capsules, liquid extracts, tinctures, and syrups. 

For the purpose of this article, we are going to focus on comparing traditional supplements in pill or capsule form to gummies. Is one form better than the others?

Here, we’ll talk about the differences between gummies and traditional supplements and let you in on the benefits of both. By the end, we hope you’ll feel confident to choose the one that’s best for you and your family.

Traditional Supplements: Pills and Capsules

Gaia Herbs Cognitive Support products

Traditional dietary supplements in pill or capsule form are often taken daily to provide your body with the vitamins, minerals, or herbs that might be missing from your regular diet.*

No matter the form, dietary supplements are designed to keep you feeling great, especially if you can’t eat a variety of healthy and nutritious foods every day.1 

Take Ashwagandha root, for example. This revered Ayurvedic herb has traditionally been used to help people cope with stress, but it isn’t a standard part of our Western diet.* To fill in the gap, you can take an Ashwagandha root supplement, like Gaia Herbs Ashwagandha Root Liquid Phyto-Caps®.

Benefits of Traditional Supplements (Pills and Capsules)

Pills and capsules are most commonly taken orally and swallowed whole, which makes them a quick and easy option for most people. 

At Gaia Herbs, our herbs typically come in the form of Liquid Phyto-Caps, which means they’re concentrated liquid extracts contained inside a capsule. This form provides a potent dose of herbs, which would be challenging (and sometimes impossible) to consume in your diet. 

Turmeric is a great example as you would need to consume 1 ½ teaspoons of Turmeric daily to achieve the amount commonly recommended by researchers and herbalists. Furthermore, due to Turmeric's bitter taste, this amount may seem unpalatable to many people to consume on a consistent basis.

Our Liquid Phyto-Caps are 100% vegan and gluten-free, providing the convenience of a capsule and supporting the absorption of our concentrated plant extracts. And that’s not all. In some instances, a single Phyto-Cap is as potent as 75 drops of a Gaia Herbs liquid extract.*

So how do gummies compare? They’re delicious, easy to take, and offer their own set of benefits.

Gummy Vitamins and Supplements  

Black Elderberry Adult Daily Gummies

Like pills and capsules, gummies can supply the vitamins, minerals, or herbs that might be missing from your diet. The difference is that gummies are chewable, easy to swallow, and tasty!

Gummy herbal supplements come in a variety of flavors, colors, and shapes, providing a fun and convenient way to give your body what it needs to keep you feeling your best.*

For example, Elderberry has an extensive history of use during seasonal immune challenges and might be a beneficial addition to your daily routine.* Unfortunately, Elderberry is also not a food regularly consumed in the standard American diet. 

In fact, raw Elderberries, and the seeds, leaves, and bark of the tree, contain a toxic substance that if ingested can lead to nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea. However, cooking Elderberries releases this toxin and makes them perfectly safe to consume.

For plants used in our supplements that we cannot grow on our own Certified Organic farm in Western North Carolina due to the climate conditions, like Black Elderberry, we turn to our network of organic and sustainable partners to source herbs from where the herbs grow best and where conditions are ideal to produce the highest possible level of botanical compounds. 

We look for farmers who will grow to meet our stringent quality standards and grow either organically or are using sustainable farming practices. Our priority is to find the most efficacious herbs that meet our standards of purity and potency. 

The Black Elderberries found in our entire line of Black Elderberry products begin their journey in Austria, where a variety of Sambucus nigra, called Haschberg Elderberries, grow. We chose these Black Elderberries for our products because of their high quality and antioxidant properties.* 

Our Black Elderberries come from the Styrian berry cooperative, which is made up of family farmers that have been growing these Certified Organic berries for generations. These farmers have a deep respect for the land, and every Elderberry is hand-picked and hand-harvested at their peak ripeness, ensuring that only the best berries are used in our products.

So, what’s the easiest way to experience the many benefits Elderberry has to offer? Start by trying an Elderberry gummy supplement, like Gaia Herbs Black Elderberry Adult Daily Gummies. These gummies are a great choice for immune support all year long.* 

What other benefits can gummies provide? Let’s find out.

Benefits of Gummies

Gaia Herbs Black Elderberry Immune Support Gummies in dish

In addition to being easy to take, Gaia Herbs Black Elderberry gummies also provide additional health and wellness benefits, including:

  • Powerful immune health support*
  • Clean and pure organic ingredients to keep you feeling your best* 
  • Made with real fruit and no refined sugar, added flavors, or colors
  • No chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or genetically modified ingredients or seeds

At Gaia Herbs, our gummies use only healthy and wholesome ingredients. They’re naturally delicious, fun to chew, and something the whole family can enjoy.

Gummies Versus Pills and Capsules

Black Elderberries being held on tree in nature

While all forms of dietary supplements are designed to help you stay healthy, there are some differences between them. Understanding those differences can help you choose the form that’s best for you and your family.

1) Usage

One of the biggest differences between gummies and traditional supplements is how they’re taken. For some people, swallowing large pills or capsules can be difficult. 

If that’s your experience, it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the benefits of dietary supplements and herbs. It just means you’ll need to find another way to take them. 

Gummies may be a great option for you as they are easy to chew and swallow. They’re also perfect for kids because they’re tasty and fun, especially GaiaKids® Black Elderberry Kids Daily Gummies

GaiaKids Black Elderberry Kids Daily Gummies

These immune-support gummies are made from real fruit without any refined sugars, added colors or flavors, and are USDA Certified Organic, so you can feel confident giving them to your children. 

And with 231 mg of Elderberry extract and concentrate per serving, they’re ideal for helping your kids feel their best, day in and day out!*  

2) Flavor

Flavor is another key difference between gummies and traditional supplements such as pills and capsules. Because pills and capsules are meant to be swallowed whole, you probably won’t taste anything when you take one. But gummies are designed to taste great! 

This is especially true of our gummies, which have a naturally delicious flavor that you and your family will love.

At Gaia Herbs, we know that great herbal supplements start with the highest quality ingredients. The delicious flavor of our Gaia Herbs Black Elderberry Adult Daily Gummies comes from real fruit, including Black Elderberry, Apple, Pomegranate, Goji, and Acai.

Keep in mind that flavor (or the lack of it) doesn’t make one supplement form better than the other. Gummies, pills, and capsules are simply designed with different preferences in mind.

3) Serving Size

Gaia Herbs Liquid Phyto-Caps in dish

Another difference between gummies and pills or capsules is the recommended serving size.

Traditional supplements are designed to pack enough vitamins, minerals, and herbs into pill or capsule form to meet the recommended daily allowance for the average adult.

Gummies may be a different story. The density of most gummy supplements and the way they’re manufactured may limit the number of nutrients inside them.2 

With many of the standard gummies found on the market, a single gummy doesn’t contain enough nutrients to meet the recommended daily allowance. That means you may need to take as many as six gummies a day to see results.

Gaia Herbs Black Elderberry gummies, however, contain a potent and effective dose of Black Elderberry to support your immune health.* In our Black Elderberry Gummies, for example, a daily serving of just two gummies equals six grams of fresh Elderberries.*

Need even more immune support? Our Black Elderberry Extra Strength Gummies are made with 770 mg of Elderberry juice and concentrate. That’s a powerful immune blend equivalent to 10 grams of fresh Elderberries per two gummies.*

That said, we recommend reading all labels carefully to make sure you’re taking the right amount of gummies to experience the benefits.

4) Precautions

We’ve mentioned taking enough gummy supplements, but it’s also important not to take too many. Because gummies are delicious, it can be all too easy for a child (or even an adult) to overdo it.3 

With that in mind, all of our Gaia gummies are safety-sealed for your family’s protection. Even so, if you have gummy supplements in your cabinet, be sure to keep them out of children’s reach and only take the recommended serving each day.

5) Other Ingredients

When you’re trying to decide between gummies and pills or capsules, always check the labels for unwanted ingredients. Unfortunately, a lot of dietary supplements are full of added ingredients that you’d probably rather not ingest day after day.3 

For example, some gummies may contain extras like:4

  • Corn
  • Dairy
  • Gluten
  • Peanuts
  • Shellfish
  • Soy
  • Sugar
  • Tree nuts
  • Yeast

If you suffer from gluten intolerance or are allergic to peanuts or yeast, you probably try to avoid these ingredients, if at all possible. That’s why we never add any of them to our gummies. 

At Gaia Herbs, we’re committed to transparency. We want you to feel confident in the supplements you take. We assure you of the purity, integrity, and potency of our products by allowing you to trace your herbs with our Meet Your Herbs program, the world’s first herb traceability platform. 

You can enter the ID number located on the back of every Gaia Herbs product and instantly learn when your product was manufactured as well as its best by date. Then, take a deeper dive into each herb in your product — where it came from; how it was grown, harvested, and extracted. 

You can be assured that our products are safely produced without the use of pesticides and other toxins that can damage our bodies and the earth.

A prime example of our commitment to transparency and the highest quality standards is Gaia Kids Black Elderberry Kids Daily Gummies. We use only USDA Certified Organic ingredients, including:

  • Organic Black Elderberry fruit extract 
  • Organic Apple juice and puree
  • Organic Pomegranate juice
  • Organic Acai puree
  • Organic Goji juice

Our gummies are also vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, soy-free, and made without the use of gelatin (unlike many gummies on the market), so they are a great choice for vegans and vegetarians alike. 

These extras give our gummies the taste, texture, and health benefits you’re looking for in a chewable supplement to support your little one’s immune system.*

Should You Take Gummies or Traditional Supplement Forms?

Elderberries on vine in nature

The supplement or herb form that you choose is completely up to you. You need to consider your unique health goals and preferences.

If you have trouble swallowing pills or capsules or are looking for a more convenient option, gummy supplements are an ideal solution. On the other hand, if you are looking for specific herbs — like Holy Basil, Maca, Astragalus, and more — pills or capsules might be the way to go, as it would be challenging to find these herbs in a gummy form.

We recommend trying both gummies and traditional supplements, and then choosing the one that you will be more likely to take consistently and according to the suggested use instructions.

Get the Herbal Support You Need with Gaia Herbs

Whether you’re looking for Turmeric to support joint health, Ashwagandha root to help you cope with stress, or Astragalus to maintain overall well-being, you can get the herbal support you need with Gaia Herbs.*

On our Certified Organic farm, we grow over 20 herbs without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or genetically modified seeds. Since 1997, we’ve been certified by Oregon Tilth, one of the nation’s most stringent USDA organic certifiers.

Every ingredient in a Gaia Herbs product is screened and validated in our state-of-the-art, onsite Gaia Lab in Brevard, North Carolina. We pledge to continue investing in science and technology, keeping our products safe for both consumers and the environment, and are committed to remaining at the forefront of plant-based well-being.

We comply with all applicable GMP standards for manufacturing, testing, and finished packaging. We want what’s best for you, your family, and the planet.

Since 1987, we have been passionate about connecting people, plants, and planet to create healing. As a Certified B Corporation®, we take pride in our commitment to create herbal products with the utmost purity, potency, and integrity in the industry and believe in using business as a force for good™.


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1 What You Need To Know: Dietary Supplements. National Institutes of Health.
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2 Are Gummy Vitamins Healthy? Ochsner Health.
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3 Do Gummy Vitamins Work, and Are They Good or Bad for You? Healthline.com.
http://www.healthline.com/nutrition/gummy-vitamins

4 Do Gummy Vitamins Work? Here's What Experts Say. Time. 
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