I’m not a horse and neither are you. So why do supplement makers design giant horse pills that only Secretariat could swallow? Choking on the choices, we older adults with small throats have just one response to horse pills: Naaay.
Because size does matter, at least if you take vitamins and minerals, and that choice depends on what advice one chooses. There are two schools of vitamin advice and they contradict each other. Some say we don’t need vitamins. Just eat a healthy diet. Others say we do need them for optimum health because people don’t eat well.
Once again, we are left to flip a coin when it comes to health advice.
If you and your doc come down on the side of supplements…you may still have the gagging dilemma to solve: How to take horse pills if you are not a horse.
Luckily, vitamins are made in chewable, liquid and spray forms., but liquids can be expensive. With that in mind, I searched Amazon and found the edible, non-liquid products below.
(I have no financial interest in these and I’m not a doctor. I just found some products that work for gaggable me and thought they might interest readers with the same issue.)
So here are a few chewable or small-sized contenders:
Centrum Silver, Citrus Berry Multivitamin, Multimineral Chewables. If your doc says you need calcium, this pill will give you just 20% of the established value, but, on the other hand, this one chewable product covers many nutritional bases.
Omega-3 Easy-to Swallow, Ultra-Pure Fish Oil Supplement, Natural Lemon Flavor. Dr. Andrew Weil recommends fish oils that are molecularly distilled—the bad stuff taken out—and these small gel capsules are so purified. The lemon flavor matters if you bite down instead of swallow whole.
Bluebonnet Earth Sweet Chewable Vitamin D3, 2000 IU, Natural Raspberry Flavor. If you’re up on nutrition advice, you know that Vitamin D3 is a current star. These little gems are quite tasty.
Enzymatic Smart Q10, 100 mg Chewable Tablets. My doc recommends this enzyme. The Mayo Clinic says the jury is out. Still another advice conflict. Maybe I should chew just half.
Those of you struggling with calcium horse pills have probably found a solution by now as the chewable and liquid forms are readily available. Some of the supplements featured above, though, are hard to find except on Amazon, where the price is usually a bargain and you can read the consumer reviews before ordering. You might also want to run your supplements by a physician or nutrition guru, but only if they are not selling the stuff. (My suspicion runs deep.)
Last…Some of you were kind enough to notice I’ve taken time off from blogging. After writing hundreds of columns with no break, I needed a mini-sabbatical to recharge.
But I have steam up in the boiler again—the little blogger that could—and I hope I’ll be seeing you here at http://www.geezerdiary.com.