How long do I need to chew vitamingum® FRESH or SMARTGUM® to get all the vitamins?
It will depend on how hard and how fast you like to chew gum, but the average person will release most of the vitamins within 5 – 10 minutes of chewing. The fat-soluble vitamins A, D, and E along with Folic Acid and Pantothenic Acid (B5) will release into your saliva within one minute, because they’re in the candy coating.
SmartGum LLC commissioned a bioavailability study at The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA to examine the effectiveness of chewing gum as a delivery vehicle to administer the various vitamin nutrients found in vitamingum® and SMARTGUM® products. Per the findings report: “The results of the study show that both water-soluble and fat-soluble vitamins are released from the examined products during a typical chew time. Further chewing increased plasma levels of several water-soluble vitamins and fat-soluble vitamins. These results indicate that the gums can positively impact vitamin status, and may be useful in supplementing dietary sources of vitamins to insure sufficiency.”
What are the health benefits of the vitamins in vitamingum® and SMARTGUM® formulas?
Many studies have proven that vitamin supplementation is recommended to “fill in the gaps” where your food consumption lacks in full nutritional coverage. First and foremost, a balanced diet and proper exercise are the keys to healthy living, but most of the time our bodies can’t get everything we need from food consumption alone. Many nutritional experts agree that vitamin and mineral supplementation gives you an “advantage,” especially with today’s modern lifestyle of eating fast food, skipping meals and unbalanced diets.
The following 12 essential vitamins are contained in vitamingum® FRESH and a listing of their general health benefits are stated below (from Harvard Medical School, Harvard Health Publications, 2016 www.health.harvard.edu):
|Vitamin A||Essential for good vision, plus plays an important role in bone growth. Helps maintain healthy epithelial cells (surface cells of many glands, organs, and skin); helps to facilitate effective barriers to infections.|
|Vitamin B1 (thiamine)||Plays a vital role in the conversion of blood sugar (glucose) to energy in the Krebs cycle and is involved in the synthesis of acetylcholine. Its metabolic activities primarily affect the nerves, muscles, and cardiovascular system.|
|Vitamin B2 (riboflavin)||Riboflavin is essential for normal growth and development, reproduction, lactation, physical performance, and well-being. It participates in essential biochemical reactions, especially those that yield energy.|
|Vitamin B3 (niacin)||Helps convert food into energy. Essential for healthy skin, blood cells, brain and nervous system. Niacin-containing co-enzymes play an essential role in over 200 chemical reactions in the body.|
|Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid)||Is involved in the metabolism of all carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. Helps make fats, neurotransmitters, steroid hormones and hemoglobin.|
|Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine HcL)||Plays key roles in sleep, appetite and moods. Helps make red blood cells, influences cognitive abilities and immune function. Is a cofactor in more than one hundred enzyme reactions.|
|Vitamin B12 (cyanocabalamin)||Assists in making new cells and breaking down some fatty acids and amino acids. Protects nerve cells and encourages their normal growth.|
|Biotin||Plays a vital role in the production of energy from the metabolism of carbohydrates and fats. Needed for healthy bones and hair. Essential for the activity of many enzyme systems.|
|Vitamin C||Acts as an antioxidant, neutralizing unstable molecules that can damage cells. Helps bolster the immune system.|
|Vitamin D||Helps maintain normal blood levels of calcium and phosphorous, which strengthen bones. Helps form strong teeth.|
|Vitamin E||Most important fat-soluble antioxidant. It insures the stability and integrity of cellular tissues and membranes throughout the body by preventing free radical (lipid peroxidation) damage.|
|Folic Acid||Necessary for the synthesis of both DNA and RNA. Hence, it is essential for proper cellular division and the transmission of the genetic code to all newly formed cells.|
Can you chew too many vitamingum® tablets in any one day?
NO YOU CANNOT. “Hypervitaminosis” is the condition where you have consumed too much of a certain nutrient and various side effects can occur. For example: With the essential vitamins in vitamingum® … you would have to chew SEVERAL THOUSAND TABLETS PER DAY over a period of several MONTHS in order to build up to a hyper state on the fat-soluble vitamins (water-soluble B Vitamins & Vitamin C are passed out in the urine on a daily basis). You will more likely get a very sore jaw from all the chewing or experience a laxative effect from all of the sorbitol consumed.
Will the sugar-free sorbitol in vitamingum® and SMARTGUM® cause me any problems?
Almost all sugar-free gums contain sorbitol as the bulking agent to make the gum complete along with the gum base and flavorings. Excessive chewing of any sugar-free gum with sorbitol has a laxative effect in some people. You just need to watch your intake level and avoid this side effect if it bothers you.
On your package it states that vitamingum® is “Made In USA.” Where is vitamingum® produced?
All of our vitamingum® and SMARTGUM® products are produced in a facility near Buffalo, NY that has made chewing gum for the past 100 years. We received US Patent #5,569,477 for our unique process in making our vitamin chewing gum products over the years and the factory produces it to our exact specifications. The manufacturer is registered as a food provider for the State of New York and is routinely inspected by the FDA and third-party audit organizations for factory cleanliness and compliance of all the standard GMP’s required (Good Manufacturing Practices).
Are you the same people that made Vitaball® Vitamin Gumballs for Kids?
YES, we are the same company. Our original formula was a once-per-day multi-vitamin formula for children that was marketed and sold by another company who we gave a “license to sell.” Vitaball® Vitamin Gumballs for Kids are no longer on the market, but we are planning to reintroduce a similar product … stay tuned.
Why chew vitamingum® FRESH over “regular” sugar-free chewing gum?
Most people chew gum because they want/need to freshen their breath after eating or when their mouth or tongue is dry. vitamingum® has a great breath-freshening quality with 3 traditional gum flavors: peppermint, spearmint and cinnamon. But, vitamingum® gives you the added value of a boost of nutrition. Two products in one for about the same price.