The newest way to get your probiotics

When it comes to daily vitamins or supplements, most of us prefer an easier pill to swallow. It is no surprise that multivitamin gummies aren’t just for kids anymore – formulas for adults have become popular in recent years, with the newest options focusing on specific nutrients and, more recently, probiotics. If you haven’t tried gummy probiotics yet, read on to discover if they are right for you.

“Gummy supplements are a great option for people who do not like swallowing regular tablets,” says Jemma Besson, a registered dietitian at Shoppers Drug Mart. “They may be a more palatable option compared to traditional supplements. This makes the gummy format an easy and convenient option for those who want to incorporate probiotics into their daily routine.”

Many supplement brands are now also addressing people’s concerns about sugar, gluten and dairy, and are introducing products to meet those needs. For instance, Life Brand probiotic gummies are gluten, dairy, soy and gelatin free and contain no added sugar, as they are made with real fruit such as blackberries, peaches and raspberries. For those worried about the sugar content, the recommended dosage translates to a very small amount.

Ultimately, vitamins and probiotics are best consumed in food, but supplements are a great option when extra support is needed or if you want to boost your digestive health. Different types of probiotics may offer specific health benefits. Some formulas even target IBS symptoms and may help relieve abdominal discomfort, gas and bloating.

Besson recommends some tips to incorporate probiotics into your diet, such as eating fermented foods or those with live cultures like kimchi, kombucha, yogurt and miso to encourage good bacteria in your gut.