A Review of New Viactiv Flavor Glides Multi-vitamins

I admit it. I have a hard time swallowing pills, much to my chagrin. I have been teased about it by numerous people. I have tried dozens of ways to swallow my pills using applesauce, bread, pudding, cutting them up into small pieces. Yet, time and again, I am unable to swallow large pills like multi-vitamins. We all know how important it is to take vitamins in order to ensure we have enough vitamins and minerals in our bodies for healthy functioning. Yet, for those of us who have difficulty swallowing huge pills, multi-vitamins and calcium being large pills, what are we to do?

Viactiv vitamins are designed for women by women to help those who have difficulty swallowing pills, who hate the taste of vitamins or who just want taking their vitamin to be a pleasurable experience. Viactiv’s chewable calcium and multivitamins have been on the market for a number of years. I have taken both and find the taste to be pretty good but they can be expensive as compared to typical vitamins on the market and I really want to be able to swallow a vitamin without chewing it. On a quest to find a multivitamin that is not a “horse pill” I perused the vitamin aisle while on my last trip to Target. I found Viactiv’s new Flavor Glides Multi-vitamin and Calcium pills.

These are excellent for you r immune system and the flavor is simply too good to be put into words so we will not waste time by getting into that but it is important to mention that discount vitamins are rare to find these days and Viactiv is definitely one of them.

Viactiv Flavor Glides are designed and marketed as easy to swallow and flavorful. Viactiv provides a guarantee that you will be able to swallow these pills and enjoy them, or your money back. On the Viactiv website, there is a form to fill out to get your money back if you are unable to swallow the Flavor Glides and you should keep your store receipt and the UPC label. If you visit the viactiv website you can download a $1 off coupon to use to try on the new Viactiv flavor glides. For just under $6.00 for a 50 day supply of pills, I decided to give this new product a try. I still had the chewable calcium vitamins on hand and did not want to spend money on a product I was unsure if I could swallow, so I stuck with only purchasing the Multi-vitamin. I also immediately was attracted to the packaging. It is a small bottle in the shape of an hour glass with Viactiv’s traditional purple and silver colorings on the label.

Viactiv Flavor Glides Multi-vitamins are berry flavored (Berry Breeze), while the Calcium vitamins are vanilla flavored. The Viactiv Flavor Glides Multi-vitamin contains 24 essential vitamins and minerals designed to meet a woman’s needs.

Guaranteed Analysis:

Vitamin: Percent Daily Value:

  • Vitamin A 50%
  • Vitamin C 100%
  • Vitamin D 100%
  • Vitamin E 110%
  • Vitamin K 25%
  • B1 100%
  • B2 100%
  • Niacin 75%
  • B6 100%
  • Folic Acid 100%
  • Biotin 10%
  • Pantothenic Acid 100%
  • Calcium 20%
  • Iron 100%
  • Iodine 25%
  • Magnesium 10%
  • Zinc 100%
  • Selenium 79%
  • Copper 100%
  • Manganese 100%
  • Chronium 10%
  • Molybdenum 100%
  • Potassium 100%

Viactic Flavor Glides Multivitamin is sure to meet most every woman’s needs in one pill. Not only will you get 400mcg of folic acid (essential for women who are trying to become pregnant or those who are), you will get 20o mg of your daily calcium needs (you will need to supplement this with another calcium pill as women should take about 1000 mg of calcium per day-a clever marketing strategy by Viactiv so you have to purchase an additional pill from them), but you get your full day supply of vitamin C and E as well as a range of vitamins B, D and K, all essential for maximum health. This eliminates the need for purchasing additional vitamins (besides the calcium). Therefore, even though Viactiv Flavor Glides may be more expensive than your regular brand or other brands on the market, you should only have to buy one other pill-Calcium.

Size:

I compared the Flavor Glides to the One a Day tablets and Centrum tablets) I had at home (which I have not been able to successfully swallow as much as I try and which not only taste terrible cut into pieces but tend to get stuck in my throat). Sure enough, as marketed, it is smaller than the regular multi-vitamin both in length and width. However, it is not as small as I had hoped and I was still unsure if I would be able to successfully swallow it.

Flavor:

You immediately taste the berry flavor of the Viactiv Flavor Glides as soon as it hits your tongue. The taste reminds me of grape juice. I don’t particularly like grape juice but the Flavor Glides are actually tastier than I expected. I hope to eventually see some other flavors on the market for the Flavor Glides like strawberry.

Ease of Swallow:

With a glass of water in one hand, the Viactiv Flavor Glide in the other, I was ready to try this new product out. Unfortunately my attempts to swallow the pill in its entirety were unsuccessful. I then decided to try to make the pill smaller by biting it in half and then into quarters. I found I was able to swallow the pill this way and I was left with no aftertaste, no scratchiness going down my throat as other multivitamins do when split and the taste remained pleasant. While it is not good to chew your vitamins because it breaks down the enamel on your teeth, I knew this would not be a long term solution. After three days of unsuccessfully trying to swallow the pill whole and then splitting it into smaller pieces with my teeth, I broke out my pill cutter and split the pill in half. I was able to successfully swallow each of the halves without chewing. Again, the taste was good and there was no roughness or catching in my throat on the jagged edges of the vitamin. I was also very surprised that I was even able to swallow the halves as I have been unable to do this with previous multivitamins.

Overall, I give Viactive Flavor Glides Multi-vitamin a 4 out of 5. The taste is pleasant (keep this one away from the kids), the tablets are smaller than regular multivitamins, therefore making it more likely you will be able to swallow them even if you have difficulty swallowing pills, the smooth coating on the pill helps the pill to glide down your throat with more ease and even when cut in half, the pills go down smoothly without jagged edges or after taste. This pill more importantly has all the essential vitamins and minerals each woman needs (remember to add a calcium supplement, though) with also having good taste and better swallowing capabilities than other pills.

I recommend Viactiv Flavor Glides to any woman who has trouble swallowing pills, hates the aftertaste or taste of pills or who does not want a jagged edge stuck in her throat when the pills are cut in half. I have yet to find another multivitamin I have been able to swallow, even though it was only by halves. If I can eventually swallow the pill in its entirety or if they made them slightly smaller, perhaps the size of a Motrin, Viactiv Flavor Glides would get a 5 out 5 and hundreds of gold stars from me!

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James Scott is a general news and feature writer of Untitled Magazine. Prior joining the company, he previously worked as a senior writer in different publishing companies in New York.