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{"id":555969937481,"title":"Olly Vitamins Review: Can Gummies Make You Healthier?","created_at":"2021-11-18T01:26:43-05:00","body_html":"\u003cscript type=\"application\/ld+json\"\u003e\/\/ \u003c![CDATA[\n{\n \"@context\": \"https:\/\/schema.org\",\n \"@type\": \"Article\",\n \"headline\": \"Olly Vitamins Review: Can Gummies Make You Healthier?\",\n \"keywords\": \"olly, olly vitamins, olly vitamins review, olly vitamins reviews, olly sleep, olly gummies, olly sleep gummies, olly stress gummies, olly kids vitamins, olly melatonin, olly probiotic, olly melatonin gummies, olly vitamins review, olly goodbye stress reviews, olly stress, olly hair vitamins, olly probiotic gummies, olly sleep gummies review, olly sleep reviews, olly stress gummies reviews, olly sleep vitamins\",\n \"description\": \"Our MD reviews gummy supplement brand Olly’s most popular products based on medical research to determine if they’re likely to be effective, and we provide some alternatives that may be healthier and more effective.\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/olly-vitamins-review\",\n\"author\": {\n \"@type\": \"Person\",\n \"name\": \"Taylor Graber MD\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/pages\/taylor-graber\",\n \"sameAs\": \"https:\/\/www.linkedin.com\/in\/taylor-j-graber-md-81351642\/\",\n \"jobTitle\": \"Content Partner\",\n \"knowsAbout\": \"medicine, health, anesthesiology, iv therapy, science, drugs, pharmaceutical, medical research, scientific research, medical journals, entrepreneurship, healthcare, orthopedic surgery, biomedical engineering\",\n \"alumniOf\": {\n \"@type\": \"EducationalOrganization\",\n \"name\": [\n \"University of California San Diego\",\n \"Arizona University\",\n \"University of Arizona College of Medicine\"\n ]\n },\n \"memberOf\": {\n \"@type\": \"Organization\",\n \"name\": \"Illuminate Labs\"\n }\n},\n\"contributor\": {\n \"@type\": \"Person\",\n \"name\": \"Calloway Cook\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/pages\/calloway-cook\",\n \"sameAs\": \"https:\/\/www.linkedin.com\/in\/calloway-cook\/\",\n \"jobTitle\": \"President\",\n \"knowsAbout\": \"entrepreneurship, dietary supplements, herbal supplements, eCommerce, medical research\",\n \"alumniOf\": {\n \"@type\": \"EducationalOrganization\",\n \"name\": \"S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University\"\n },\n \"memberOf\": {\n \"@type\": \"Organization\",\n \"name\": \"Illuminate Labs\"\n }\n},\n\"editor\": {\n \"@type\": \"Person\",\n \"name\": \"DJ Mazzoni\",\n \"honorificSuffix\": [\n \"M.S.\",\n \"R.D.\",\n \"C.D.N.\",\n \"C.S.C.S.\"\n ],\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/pages\/dj-mazzoni\",\n \"sameAs\": \"https:\/\/www.linkedin.com\/in\/dj-mazzoni-rd-cdn-cscs-00a33038\/\",\n \"jobTitle\": \"Medical Reviewer\",\n \"knowsAbout\": \"exercise, drugs, pharmaceutical, health, workout, strength and conditioning, nutrition, dietetics, medicine, medical research, scientific research, scientific method, healthcare, patient care, wellness\",\n \"alumniOf\": {\n \"@type\": \"EducationalOrganization\",\n \"name\": [\n \"State University of New York College Oswego\",\n \"D’Youville College\"\n ]\n },\n \"memberOf\": {\n \"@type\": \"Organization\",\n \"name\": \"Illuminate Labs\"\n }\n},\n\"image\": {\n\"@type\": \"ImageObject\",\n\"url\": \"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Olly_Vitamins_Thumbnail.jpg?v=1642314689\",\n\"width\": \"2071\",\n\"height\": \"2071\"\n},\n\"citation\": [\n\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/22214254\/\", \n\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/25759004\/\",\n\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC6366437\/\",\n\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC4273450\/\",\n\"https:\/\/journals.lww.com\/intclinpsychopharm\/Abstract\/2020\/01000\/Effects_of_Passiflora_incarnata_Linnaeus_on.4.aspx\",\n\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC3230760\/\",\n\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC7527439\/\",\n\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/31758301\/\",\n\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/examine-review\",\n\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/21343248\/\",\n\"https:\/\/www.aafp.org\/afp\/2008\/1101\/p1073.html\",\n\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/probiotics-dead-on-arrival\",\n\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/25386609\/\"\n],\n\"mentions\": [{\n \"@type\": \"Thing\",\n \"name\": \"Sleep Gummies\"\n },\n {\n \"@type\": \"Thing\",\n \"name\": \"Stress Gummies\"\n },\n {\n \"@type\": \"Thing\",\n \"name\": \"vitamins\"\n },\n {\n \"@type\": \"Thing\",\n \"name\": \"probiotics\"\n },\n {\n \"@type\": \"Thing\",\n \"name\": \"hair vitamins\"\n }\n],\n\"datePublished\": \"2021-12-06\",\n\"copyrightHolder\": {\n \"@type\": \"Organization\",\n \"name\": \"Illuminate Labs\"\n},\n\"publisher\": {\n \"@type\": \"Organization\",\n \"name\": \"Illuminate Labs\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/\",\n \"description\": \"Illuminate Labs is the most transparent supplement company in the U.S., and is a leading publisher of research-based health information.\",\n \"knowsAbout\": \"supplements, science, nutrition, exercise, health, medication, pharmaceutical, wellness, diet, weight loss, medical research\",\n \"publishingPrinciples\": \"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/pages\/editorial-guidelines\",\n \"logo\": {\n \"@type\": \"ImageObject\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Illuminate_Labs_Logo.png?v=1641249064\", \n \"width\": 150,\n \"height\": 150\n},\n \"foundingDate\": \"2019-01-30\",\n \"Address\": {\n \"@type\": \"PostalAddress\",\n \"streetAddress\": \"50 Union Street, Unit 9\",\n \"addressLocality\": \"Northampton\",\n \"addressRegion\": \"Massachusetts\",\n \"postalCode\": \"01060\",\n \"addressCountry\": \"US\"\n},\n \"sameAs\": [\n \"https:\/\/www.instagram.com\/illuminatelabs\",\n \"https:\/\/twitter.com\/illuminatelabs\",\n \"https:\/\/www.linkedin.com\/company\/illuminate-labs-supplements\",\n \"https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/channel\/UCpgSJAsIPb-fZ25djtTxBEA\"\n ]\n }\n}\n\/\/ ]]\u003e\u003c\/script\u003e\n\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003e\u003cem\u003e\u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Olly_Vitamins_Review_Article_Header_Image_Optimized.png?v=1637217340\" alt=\"\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan class=\"dc\"\u003eO\u003c\/span\u003elly is a supplement brand that became popular for their tasty gummy vitamins. They now sell many products across various supplement categories, but their gummies are still their most popular items.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eIn this article we’ll review the formulation of some of Olly’s most popular supplements to determine if they’re likely to be effective, as well as provide some alternatives that may be healthier and more effective.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eOlly Sleep Gummies Review\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Olly_Sleep_Supplement_Facts_Optimized.png?v=1637217620\" alt=\"Olly Sleep ingredients list\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOlly’s most popular product is a gummy supplement which is formulated for improving sleep quality.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eL-theanine\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is the first listed active ingredient. This amino acid is typically used for inducing relaxation, as it modulates alpha brain wave activity. At only 100 milligrams (mg) in Olly Sleep, this ingredient appears to be underdosed.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe identified three medical trials on l-theanine for sleep (\u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/22214254\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e1\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/25759004\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e2\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC6366437\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e3\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e), and the lowest dose used in any of them was 200 mg\/day, double that in Olly Sleep. We haven’t come across any research suggesting that 100 mg l-theanine is effective for sleep so we’ll conclude this is underdosed.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e3 mg of \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003emelatonin\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is the second ingredient, and this is an effective dose for inducing sleep \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC4273450\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003ebased on medical studies\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e. Melatonin is the most well-studied and non-toxic supplement for sleep.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eChamomile extract\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e at 17 mg is the third ingredient, and this again appears to be significantly underdosed based on medical research. We can’t find a single study on chamomile extract for sleep using a dose less than 200 mg, and even that level is 11x what’s included in Olly Sleep.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003ePassionflower extract\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is the fourth-listed ingredient, and again appears to be significantly underdosed at 17 mg. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/journals.lww.com\/intclinpsychopharm\/Abstract\/2020\/01000\/Effects_of_Passiflora_incarnata_Linnaeus_on.4.aspx\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOne study\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e on passionflower extract for sleep used the lowest dose we could identify, which was 60 mg, and the researchers in that study even noted “The dosage of passionflower extracts [in this study] was relatively low, compared to commercially available products which mostly contain 250-900 mg of passionflower. We can conclude this ingredient is ineffective due to low dose as well.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe final ingredient, at a 16 mg dosage, is \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003elemon balm extract\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e. The \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC3230760\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emost well-cited medical trial\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e on lemon balm extract for improving sleep contained a dosage of 600 mg, or 3800% as much as in Olly Sleep. We can’t find any data suggesting it’s effective for sleep in as low a dose as that in this product.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOlly Sleep also contains added sugar since it’s a gummy product, and we don’t recommend supplements with added sugar for health reasons (even though the amount in this product is relatively low).\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOverall we find that, while the ingredients selected are well-studied for improving sleep, the dosage has significant issues. Every ingredient in Olly Sleep is significantly underdosed based on medical research other than melatonin, which can be acquired much cheaper and taken in isolation. We don’t recommend this product, and don’t believe it should be any more effective than taking 3 mg melatonin alone.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eOlly Stress Gummies Review\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Olly_Stress_Supplement_Facts_Optimized.png?v=1637217677\" alt=\"Olly Stress ingredients list\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOlly’s second-most popular product is called Goodbye Stress, and claims to help users “stay calm”. This product only contains three active ingredients: GABA, l-theanine and lemon balm extract.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eGABA\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e functions as a neurotransmitter in the brain, and can help the body manage stress. Its dose is 50 mg in Olly Stress Gummies. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC7527439\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eA thorough review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e in the Frontiers in Neuroscience Journal found that the effective dose range of GABA for stress reduction was from 2.01 mg - 100 mg, so this ingredient should be effective.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe second ingredient is \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003el-theanine\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e at 50 mg. This seems significantly underdosed according to \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/31758301\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003ethis medical review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e which concluded: “Our findings suggest that supplementation of 200-400 mg\/day of l-theanine may assist in the reduction of stress and anxiety…”.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eLemon balm extract\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is the final ingredient at a dose of 75 mg, which again appears significantly underdosed. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/examine-review\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eExamine\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e reviewed over 10 studies on lemon balm and stated that the lowest active supplemental dose appears to be 300 mg.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThis is a poor formulation that suffers from the same shortfalls as Olly Sleep; effective ingredients at ineffective doses (with the exception of GABA). We don’t recommend this product, and it also contains unnecessary added sugar which may be harmful for health.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eOlly Vitamins Review\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eOlly sells gummy multivitamins, with products for men, women and children.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe know \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/21343248\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003efrom medical research\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e that multivitamin use is not associated with any positive health outcomes on a population level, so paying for a health product which already has no benefit on average, which contains added sugar, seems pointless. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe know added sugar is harmful to human health and these products are already likely to have no benefit on average, so we don’t recommend them. It’s a waste of money.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe products we’ve previously reviewed are at least somewhat likely to be effective for their stated label claim, while we don’t believe these products are likely to be beneficial to any specific end.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eOlly Probiotic Gummies Review\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Olly_Probiotics_Supplement_Facts_Optimized.png?v=1637217716\" alt=\"Olly Probiotics ingredients list\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOlly sells three standalone probiotic gummies: Probiotic Tropical Mango, Probiotic Bramble Berry, and Extra Strength Probiotics.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe first two products contain a probiotic dose of 1 billion colony-forming-units (CFU). This seems underdosed for any health benefit. A \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.aafp.org\/afp\/2008\/1101\/p1073.html\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003ethorough medical review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e of probiotic trials suggested a minimally-effective dose of 10 billion CFU.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eEven the Extra Strength Probiotics contain only 6 billion CFU.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThese products all also contain more added sugar than Olly’s products we previously reviewed, with 4 g added sugar for the regular strength products.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe don’t recommend any of these products and don’t believe they’ll provide any gut benefit. As we stated in our \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/probiotics-dead-on-arrival\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eprobiotic review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e article, the healthiest and most cost-effective way to get probiotics is by eating traditionally fermented foods like sauerkraut or Greek yogurt.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eOlly Hair Vitamins Review\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Olly_Hair_Supplement_Facts_Optimized.png?v=1637217740\" alt=\"Olly Hair ingredients list\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOlly sells a supplement for hair health and growth called Ultra Strength Hair Softgels. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe main active ingredient is \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003ekeratin\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e at 150 mg, which is one of the structural proteins in hair. We can’t find any research suggesting this is an effective dose. The \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/25386609\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eonly study\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e we identified proving keratin supplementation improved hair quality used a dose of 500 mg.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe can’t find any data at all supporting the use of the two other active ingredients, \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003eamla extract\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e and \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003esilica\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOlly Ultra Strength Hair Softgels do contain \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003ebiotin\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, which is effectively dosed and proven to aid in hair quality maintenance, but overall this is a poorly-formulated product. We don’t recommend its use.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eConclusion\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOlly makes poorly-formulated products with unnecessary added sugars. Every product we reviewed had one or more ingredients that were underdosed or had no clinical data at all that we could locate to back its inclusion into the formulation.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe don’t recommend any Olly products, and we believe you can get the benefits from other compounds with more clinical backing at a much lower cost. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eMelatonin alone can be bought for much cheaper than Olly Sleep, and it was the only effectively-dosed ingredient. Lemon balm alone, at an effective dose of 600 mg, should be more effective than Olly Stress Gummies. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAvoiding multivitamin gummies with added sugars should be more effective for your health than taking Olly Vitamins, and consuming whole-foods probiotics sources like Greek yogurt without added sugar should be more effective for your gut than taking Olly Probiotics.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eFinally, we’d recommend keratin supplementation alone at an effective dose of 500 mg over OIly Ultra Strength Hair Softgels.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eSave your money and avoid all products this company sells if your goal is health benefits. If your goal is just to have a sweet snack, then this may be the brand for you as it’s clear they prioritize taste and branding over effective formulations.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e","blog_id":49281925193,"author":"Calloway Cook","user_id":26601750601,"published_at":"2021-12-06T12:00:00-05:00","updated_at":"2022-02-03T13:20:57-05:00","summary_html":"\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003eWe review gummy supplement brand Olly’s most popular products to determine if they’re likely to be effective, as well as provide some alternatives that may be healthier and more effective.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e","template_suffix":"","handle":"olly-vitamins-review","tags":"_related:gummies, _related:vitamins"}

Olly Vitamins Review: Can Gummies Make You Healthier?

Olly Vitamins Review: Can Gummies Make You Healthier?


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Olly is a supplement brand that became popular for their tasty gummy vitamins. They now sell many products across various supplement categories, but their gummies are still their most popular items.

In this article we’ll review the formulation of some of Olly’s most popular supplements to determine if they’re likely to be effective, as well as provide some alternatives that may be healthier and more effective.

Olly Sleep Gummies Review

Olly Sleep ingredients list

Olly’s most popular product is a gummy supplement which is formulated for improving sleep quality.

L-theanine is the first listed active ingredient. This amino acid is typically used for inducing relaxation, as it modulates alpha brain wave activity. At only 100 milligrams (mg) in Olly Sleep, this ingredient appears to be underdosed.

We identified three medical trials on l-theanine for sleep (1, 2, 3), and the lowest dose used in any of them was 200 mg/day, double that in Olly Sleep. We haven’t come across any research suggesting that 100 mg l-theanine is effective for sleep so we’ll conclude this is underdosed.

3 mg of melatonin is the second ingredient, and this is an effective dose for inducing sleep based on medical studies. Melatonin is the most well-studied and non-toxic supplement for sleep.

Chamomile extract at 17 mg is the third ingredient, and this again appears to be significantly underdosed based on medical research. We can’t find a single study on chamomile extract for sleep using a dose less than 200 mg, and even that level is 11x what’s included in Olly Sleep.

Passionflower extract is the fourth-listed ingredient, and again appears to be significantly underdosed at 17 mg. One study on passionflower extract for sleep used the lowest dose we could identify, which was 60 mg, and the researchers in that study even noted “The dosage of passionflower extracts [in this study] was relatively low, compared to commercially available products which mostly contain 250-900 mg of passionflower. We can conclude this ingredient is ineffective due to low dose as well.

The final ingredient, at a 16 mg dosage, is lemon balm extract. The most well-cited medical trial on lemon balm extract for improving sleep contained a dosage of 600 mg, or 3800% as much as in Olly Sleep. We can’t find any data suggesting it’s effective for sleep in as low a dose as that in this product.

Olly Sleep also contains added sugar since it’s a gummy product, and we don’t recommend supplements with added sugar for health reasons (even though the amount in this product is relatively low).

Overall we find that, while the ingredients selected are well-studied for improving sleep, the dosage has significant issues. Every ingredient in Olly Sleep is significantly underdosed based on medical research other than melatonin, which can be acquired much cheaper and taken in isolation. We don’t recommend this product, and don’t believe it should be any more effective than taking 3 mg melatonin alone.

Olly Stress Gummies Review

Olly Stress ingredients list

Olly’s second-most popular product is called Goodbye Stress, and claims to help users “stay calm”. This product only contains three active ingredients: GABA, l-theanine and lemon balm extract.

GABA functions as a neurotransmitter in the brain, and can help the body manage stress. Its dose is 50 mg in Olly Stress Gummies. A thorough review in the Frontiers in Neuroscience Journal found that the effective dose range of GABA for stress reduction was from 2.01 mg - 100 mg, so this ingredient should be effective.

The second ingredient is l-theanine at 50 mg. This seems significantly underdosed according to this medical review which concluded: “Our findings suggest that supplementation of 200-400 mg/day of l-theanine may assist in the reduction of stress and anxiety…”.

Lemon balm extract is the final ingredient at a dose of 75 mg, which again appears significantly underdosed. Examine reviewed over 10 studies on lemon balm and stated that the lowest active supplemental dose appears to be 300 mg.

This is a poor formulation that suffers from the same shortfalls as Olly Sleep; effective ingredients at ineffective doses (with the exception of GABA). We don’t recommend this product, and it also contains unnecessary added sugar which may be harmful for health.

Olly Vitamins Review

Olly sells gummy multivitamins, with products for men, women and children.

We know from medical research that multivitamin use is not associated with any positive health outcomes on a population level, so paying for a health product which already has no benefit on average, which contains added sugar, seems pointless. 

We know added sugar is harmful to human health and these products are already likely to have no benefit on average, so we don’t recommend them. It’s a waste of money.

The products we’ve previously reviewed are at least somewhat likely to be effective for their stated label claim, while we don’t believe these products are likely to be beneficial to any specific end.

Olly Probiotic Gummies Review

Olly Probiotics ingredients list

Olly sells three standalone probiotic gummies: Probiotic Tropical Mango, Probiotic Bramble Berry, and Extra Strength Probiotics.

The first two products contain a probiotic dose of 1 billion colony-forming-units (CFU). This seems underdosed for any health benefit. A thorough medical review of probiotic trials suggested a minimally-effective dose of 10 billion CFU.

Even the Extra Strength Probiotics contain only 6 billion CFU.

These products all also contain more added sugar than Olly’s products we previously reviewed, with 4 g added sugar for the regular strength products.

We don’t recommend any of these products and don’t believe they’ll provide any gut benefit. As we stated in our probiotic review article, the healthiest and most cost-effective way to get probiotics is by eating traditionally fermented foods like sauerkraut or Greek yogurt.

Olly Hair Vitamins Review

Olly Hair ingredients list

Olly sells a supplement for hair health and growth called Ultra Strength Hair Softgels. 

The main active ingredient is keratin at 150 mg, which is one of the structural proteins in hair. We can’t find any research suggesting this is an effective dose. The only study we identified proving keratin supplementation improved hair quality used a dose of 500 mg.

We can’t find any data at all supporting the use of the two other active ingredients, amla extract and silica.

Olly Ultra Strength Hair Softgels do contain biotin, which is effectively dosed and proven to aid in hair quality maintenance, but overall this is a poorly-formulated product. We don’t recommend its use.

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Conclusion

Olly makes poorly-formulated products with unnecessary added sugars. Every product we reviewed had one or more ingredients that were underdosed or had no clinical data at all that we could locate to back its inclusion into the formulation.

We don’t recommend any Olly products, and we believe you can get the benefits from other compounds with more clinical backing at a much lower cost. 

Melatonin alone can be bought for much cheaper than Olly Sleep, and it was the only effectively-dosed ingredient. Lemon balm alone, at an effective dose of 600 mg, should be more effective than Olly Stress Gummies. 

Avoiding multivitamin gummies with added sugars should be more effective for your health than taking Olly Vitamins, and consuming whole-foods probiotics sources like Greek yogurt without added sugar should be more effective for your gut than taking Olly Probiotics.

Finally, we’d recommend keratin supplementation alone at an effective dose of 500 mg over OIly Ultra Strength Hair Softgels.

Save your money and avoid all products this company sells if your goal is health benefits. If your goal is just to have a sweet snack, then this may be the brand for you as it’s clear they prioritize taste and branding over effective formulations.





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