Can't Swallow a Pill? Try a Gummy Vitamin
I am working on improving my nutrition and in my reading figured out that I was probably severely deficient in DHA, one of the omega-3 fatty acids. This is the one that helps with brain function. (ALA, which I was already getting from plant sources such as flax seed, helps the heart.)
One of the reasons I was not previously taking an omega-3 supplement is that they usually come in these big horse pills that cannot be cut in half because they are filled with fish oil. I suppose you could just open the pill and eat the oil, but that doesn't sound very pleasant, does it?
Being one of those people with a bizarre psychological issue with pill swallowing (since I was a young child), I always look for alternatives to pills. I can take small pills (a small tablet is just fine), but larger pills I need to cut up and put into food to take. The main reason I have been remiss in taking supplements regularly is the pill factor.
I have tried spray vitamins, which I love, but these aren't available at most stores yet. (I suspect they will become more mainstream at some point.) Chewables used to be just for kids but now you'll find more offered for adults (thank goodness).
Today I found one better than chewables - and that's the gummy vitamin. As in gummy bear gummy vitamin! Yum! And they have them specifically for omega-3s. Trader Joe's offers a large bottle for children and other vitamin outlets sell adult versions. (I opted for the CVS gummies over the Trader Joe's as it looked like CVS might have more DHA in theirs.)
You can also find gummy versions of other supplements, such as B gummies and multivitamin gummies.
Now, I realize that gummies are not an option for vegetarians - they are made of animal parts, and some pretty disgusting parts too, such as hooves and pig skin. But the collagen that makes up the gelatin that goes into all things gummy (as well as Jell-O) is actually very good for you and can be considered a supplement all by itself. Gelatin helps the joints and the skin. It can even help with wrinkles.
At any rate, I was a little concerned that my omega-3 gummies might taste funny, but they are actually quite good. If they weren't so darn expensive (compared to regular gummies) I'd be eating them all the time as a snack. I am now on the look-out to get all my supplements in gummy form.
PS If you have problems swallowing pills like I do, you might want to check out the comments on the following blog post - lots of good tips!