This Olly Vitamins Kids Review is all about providing all the insights you’d ever need when it comes to all 8 different of the Olly Kids Vitamins.
To that end, we’ll start off by looking into the promotional materials and their promises. But after that, we’ll explore each of the supplements in detail; meaning, we’ll assess the beneficial ingredients that they offer, as well as look at the additives that each one uses. Finally, we’ll also consider customer reviews and the kind of global success rates that they have.
Olly Vitamins Kids’ Main Promise – To Keep Mini-Me’s Healthy
When it comes to Olly Vitamins supplements for kids, there’s quite a number of options. Each more colorful and visually appealing than the previous (I have argued that Olly is probably the best visually designed supplements). And of them, each supposedly as great as the next [R].
In that sense, I feel the promotional materials do an absolutely amazing job of promoting the positives without ever mentioning or considering the bad sides. I mean, you could even say that they’ve managed to skillfully hide them without ever appearing any less than completely honest.
On each of the 8 supplement description pages, you’ll find the unique highlights as well as information that generally repeats on all of them.
Essentially unique highlights include some ideas or general knowledge about the ingredients that any particular one contains (like what is probiotic, prebiotic, etc.), directions as to how to use, and supplement facts with the full list of additives. Whereas general assertions consider the quality, shipping, returns, suggestions for pairing supplements, as well as some additional statements to emphasize their superiority (thus, help them drive more sales).
Other than that, occasionally the pages also contain customer reviews (which feel way more like testimonials). And are not always straight forward because even if a particular supplement doesn’t have any 5-star ratings, on the section, you still get at least three 5-star ratings displayed on the page. So a little tricky. Mixing the general reviews with supplement ones.
As for the claims, their main claim which they promote and persist on is this notion of keeping your mini-me’s healthy with their yummy gummies. Which doesn’t feel the case at all, especially when we consider the additives. But for the time being, let’s just roll with that.
The supplements are said to be Gluten-free. But in my mind, the best part about them is the fact that they have been NSF tested (at least some of them). This means that they are third-party tested for quality, purity, and potency. Which always is a good thing. But it doesn’t guarantee that any supplement doesn’t contain other inherently harmful substances.
You’ll also see statements like, “Our team of health and nutrition experts dig deep on the science to develop formulas that include just the right form and dose of ingredients to ensure real results,” which really is just a vague statement that you’ll find no proof of throughout their product pages (we’re pointed to zero studies to illustrate this).
But still, let’s test that.
A Lot of Slight Variations Among the Different Versions
As I mentioned already there are two-thirds of a dozen Olly Vitamins Kids that we have to look at in order to make this Olly Vitamins Kids review truly comprehensive.
To that end, while many of them build on a similar foundation, none two are exactly the same. The additives they employ are largely the same, hence we’ll use a single section to cover them all (see the next chapter). But as far as the beneficial part of vitamins, minerals, and other beneficial substances go, they’re not the same at all.
So, given this aspect, I feel it’s best that we would explore each of them separately. Moreover, as I’m all for creating as little confusion and the review as easy to follow and understand as possible.
Olly Vitamins Kids Multi + Probiotic (Review) – Bestseller Without A Real Reason
Olly Vitamins Kids Multi + Probiotic is their most popular and best-selling kids multivitamin of all. So, it likely should be a proper one, right?
Well, not exactly.
So the supplement limits itself to providing vitamins A, C, D, E, B5, B6, B7, B9, B12, Iodine, and Zinc, as well as 250 million CFU Bacillus Coagulans.
Is that truly enough to “keep mini-me’s healthy”? I doubt that.
While through this multivitamin a kid gets 9 of the crucial vitamins, there are 4 other that it leaves out: vitamin B1, B2, B3, and K. Whereas as far as crucial minerals go, it’s really a “multivitamin” in it’s most archaic interpretation.
What I mean is that not only the Olly Vitamins Kids Multi + Probiotic is limited to only two minerals (Zinc and Iodine), but also they are ridiculously scarce in terms of their amount. Or to illustrate, 15 mcg of Potassium Iodide and 1.25 mg of Zinc Citrate, which are 21% and 16% of the Daily Value for 2-3 year-olds, respectively.
In that regard, to an extent, you could even say that minerals are non-existent in this particular variation. Because, again, the only two minerals are pretty insignificant amount-wise and there are 10 other crucial ones that the supplement somehow forgets completely (Calcium, Magnesium, Selenium, Copper, Manganese, Chromium, Molybdenum, Boron, Vanadium, Iron).
Sure, in this one you get the very potent probiotic strain of Bacillus Coagulans that has been proven in studies to be very beneficial, however, that’s more than not enough to make up for all the other shortcomings. Furthermore, when it comes to this probiotic strain, for kids of 2-3 years of age, I’d say ideally we should aim for slightly higher amount [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
Now, do you recall that Olly assertion of “Our team of health and nutrition experts dig deep on the science to develop formulas that include just the right form and dose of ingredients to ensure real results” [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R]?
Well, another aspect we haven’t touched so far is that of vitamin and mineral forms. You see, how beneficial a nutrient actually is to us, is mostly governed by how effective its form is. For example, 200 mg of Magnesium Oxide will be very insignificant to make any positive difference to health. Whereas 200 mg of Magnesium Orotate will be a very solid amount for that [R, R, R, R].
So vitamin, or in this particular example mineral forms, clearly matter more than many realize.
Thus, given what Olly as a manufacturer claims, are the nutrients really the right form and dose to ensure real results?
About half of the vitamins and minerals are nowhere near their most effective forms. And calling nutrients clearly below the already low Daily Values “the right dose,” to me is just bizarre. As far as I can tell, the statement is just an exaggerated truth of theirs that, in reality, feels like no truth at all.
Olly Vitamins Kids Multi Worms (Review) – Slightly Better Overall But Still Miserable
Speaking of Olly Vitamins Kids Multi Worms, they aren’t much better than the misery we just went over.
Vitamin A, C, D, E, B5, B6, B7, B9, B12, Iodine and Zinc in rather improved amounts to its bestselling counterpart. And then Choline in place of Bacillus Coagulans. Which let’s be real, despite the fact that Choline is profoundly beneficial to the brain, is not really a worth-your-time-kind-of tradeoff [R, R, R, R, R].
As far as the nutrient forms go, they’re exactly the same you find in the supplement we discussed before. Thus, if anything, they’re not that great, and with that, by no means, lives up to the claim of “Our team of health and nutrition experts dig deep on the science to develop formulas that include just the right form and dose of ingredients to ensure real results” (see the previous section for more on this) [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
Overall, despite the improved raw nutrient amounts, the Olly Vitamins Kids Multi Worms still fall short to 100% of Daily Values in terms of most nutrients.
Is it worth whatever amount it costs ($13.99 on manufacturer’s page at the time of writing this article)?
I mean, I wouldn’t get it for my kid even if they paid me.
And this not only based on the beneficial ingredients, but also on the additives that come into play.
Olly Vitamins Kids Sleep (Review) – Addiction Creating Fleeting Sleep Promoter
There is nothing worse than an addiction-creating supplement. And Olly Vitamins Kids Sleep is largely that.
Let me explain what I mean.
The Olly Vitamins Kids Sleep is a supplement that doesn’t go with vitamins or minerals. No, it uses various herbs and other beneficial substances.
To that end, while given the substances (L-Theanine, Melatonin, Chamomile, Passionflower, and Lemon Balm extract), there is no doubt that the supplement will help kids to calm themselves, improve their sleep quality, as well as help in numerous other ways, there’s also Melatonin there [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
However, despite these positive effects, high-profile sleep experts consistently advise strongly against ever supplementing with Melatonin. The reason being, our bodies get accustomed to it, and so, in time, start to produce less of this hormone naturally making anyone using it in a way addicted to continuing to use it [R, R, R].
I mean, why would manufacturers mind? They’ll get more sales as with time you’ll be, to an extent, forced to buy this stuff just so that your child can sleep restfully. And it has a high likelihood of messing up kid’s internal clock [R, R, R].
To that end, it’s good they mention that this is only for occasional use. The trouble is, however, I don’t feel Olly Vitamins emphasizes that enough.
Still, that said I would absolutely consent to the ideas of avoiding any supplement that contains Melatonin and thus, Olly Kids Sleep profoundly. There are other formulas out there that can help your kid sleep better without this notion of essentially creating an addiction or messing up the internal clock horribly.
Olly Vitamins Kids Multi + Omega-3 (Review) – The Useless Omega-3 Addition For Looks
If you’ve ever considered giving your kid a multivitamin, omega-3 is an added must that in many ways is just as or probably even more important to your kids’ well-being. High-profile neurosurgeons see it as the most important aspect or part of any supplementation regimen [R].
Many people overlook these paramount fatty acids. But they truly are a game-changer to your brain’s overall function, health, and well-being. For example, studies done on toddlers supplementing Omega-3 have consistently shown that with this addition kids learn speaking and language much faster when compared to their no-Omega-3 consuming peers [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
But can Olly Vitamins Kids Multi + Omega-3 help you in such a profound way?
The amount of Omega-3 it provides is ridiculously low, even for 2- and 3-year-olds. I mean, it’s more like a pretend than a real thing. Meaning, I feel the Omega-3 contents are so miserable that they might as well not just be there and it wouldn’t make a noticeable difference.
But there’s one other thing why I believe that the Olly Kids Multi + Omega-3 is more harmful than any other multivitamin of the Olly Kids line-up.
You see, when it comes to fish oil (the source from which these crucial fatty acids are derived from), it’s beyond just important that they get proper treatment in terms of purification. This is because pollution easily finds itself in the fatty tissues of fish, especially tuna (source).
And then if it’s not properly purified, you get that hazard in your supplement. Which if you take, are likely more harmful than beneficial.
In this regard, the only real option to make sure this won’t be harmful is to see whether or not the particular supplement has been third-party tested. And while their flagship supplement has been tested that way by NSF, this one for some reason hasn’t earned it’s chance to that luxury.
I wonder why?
As for the vitamins and minerals that the supplement comprises within itself, it’s an exact copy of Olly Vitamins Kids Multi + Probiotic (see above for more details).
Olly Vitamins Kids Probiotic + Prebiotic (Review) – If Only Not For Additives; Almost Viable
The Olly Vitamins Kids Probiotic + Prebiotic, similarly as the Sleep supplement, drops the whole multivitamin thing completely.
You won’t find any vitamins or minerals in this one.
What you will find, however, is the same Probiotic strain that the flagship supplement uses coupled with a couple of Prebiotics, like Fructooligosaccharides and Peppermint extract.
For those who are not familiar with the term “prebiotics,” they’re essentially what probiotic strains eat. Meaning, they can live longer in our gut, thus, provide more benefit due to that prolonged existence. That’s like a really basic way to explain it. Of course, there’s more to it but if anything, they’re all about complimenting the positive effects of Probiotics [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R]
Other than that, sure, the amounts of the probiotic strain might be a little higher (I would absolutely prefer it that way) but they can work.
Ultimately, the Olly Vitamins Kids Probiotic + Prebiotic could have been a viable choice for small children if not for the additives it uses.
But since the additives are part of it all, not a worthy investment.
Olly Vitamins Kids Immunity (Review) – A Very Expensive Almost Viable Choice
As the name suggests, Olly Vitamins Kids Immunity is their best attempt at providing key nutrients for the immune system’s function.
Overall, a very poor one, I must say.
Of all the crucially important nutrients, within this one, you get only vitamin C, D, and some Zinc. Sure, that stuff is augmented by the Acerola Cheery extract, Wellmune Baker’s Yeast Beta Glucan, and Elderberry. But I still wouldn’t call it a sufficient attempt.
To me, it feels that appropriate amounts would mean for kids 2-4 years old to have 2 gummies instead of only one as they recommend. Same with 5 years and up – I would say twice the amount of what they recommend would be appropriate.
But if that was the case, the Olly Vitamins Kids Immunity is a notoriously expensive supplement.
Plus, I bet the additives will likely plague your younglings more than you’d want.
More on that later.
Olly Vitamins Kids Super Brainy (Review) – Discontinued For a Reason; Never Do It
As of the writing of this article, it appears that Olly Vitamins Kids Super Brainy is a discontinued supplement. One that they’ll likely no longer will make or they might just heavily revise it sometime soon.
But generally, that’s really no surprise.
The supplement is essentially a fish oil one with some added Choline and Wild Blueberry extract.
As for the fish oil part, it’s the same deal that was with Olly Vitamins Kids Multi + Omega-3. Meaning, there’s no third-party certification to approve that the fish oil in it has been properly purified. Which is a pretty big no-no and based on this alone, you should never give something like this to your children. Ever.
I certainly never would. Even if they’d paid me. For more on why this aspect of fish oil (it being purified) is so crucial, see the section before on the Kids Multi + Omega-3.
However, again, this aspect of no third-party certification for a product that crucially needs it, unlike their flagship supplement that actually is third-party tested.
Which I feel begs the question why? Why certify something that can generally do without the certification and not something that can’t?
To that end, did they apply for third-party certification by NSF and were not good enough? Meaning, they tried to get the Olly Vitamins Kids Super Brainy certified but got rejected?
As far as I can tell, there’s a possibility that might be true. Which makes the supplement that much more avoidable.
Olly Vitamins Kids Protein (Review) – One Of The Most Senseless Things I’ve Seen
I mean, adding additional protein through supplements a lot of the time does make sense for adults. But for kids – not so much.
I mean, sure, you can add a bit extra broccoli through this supplement or a bit of extra cabbage. But is that really worth the money?
If all your kid is eating are processed foods and foods high in sugar, to some that may supposedly make sense. However, if that is really true, a supplement like this one won’t save your youngling.
Plus, you’re really overpaying for that extra Brocolli. At least about ten times.
Moreover, although the additives in this one are different and better from the rest of the Olly Vitamins for Kids line-up, they’re still not ideal.
Additives In All Of the Olly Are a Nightmare
In the previous sections, I kind of went a lot to this notion “if only not for additives” or “the additives make it even worse.” And that’s because there’s a solid reason for that.
But what are additives?
Well, additives are the part of any supplement that almost never gets discussed, hence they’re something that most people are very unfamiliar with. Additives generally stand for the other ingredients in any supplement that get added on top of all the beneficial ones, like vitamins, minerals, and all kinds of other substances.
To this, some may ask a well-founded “why”?
It’s because these additional ingredients (generally referred to as inactive ingredients) are the ones that are responsible for keeping all the active nutrients together. Additionally, they can also provide a certain color, taste, dissolution mechanism, improve shelf-life and a plethora of other things to the given supplementation form (tablet, capsule, liquid, etc.).
But the most important aspect of all is the fact that these ingredients too, like any beneficial content, can affect our health. And do so negatively, or positively, or in no way at all, depending on the ingredient.
Whereas if we consider the whole Olly Vitamins for kids line-up, it’s not that great of a picture. They’re largely about using one of the worst forms of sugar in existence and thus, being extremely harmful to anyone, especially kids, consuming them long-term [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
Almost all of these vitamins (all but the Protein thing) uses a substance called Glucose Syrup. Which as many resources report, is only likely a different (cover) name for the High-Fructose Corn Syrup [R, R, R, R, R, R].
Whereas this substance is known for a great number of terrifying and extremely unpleasant things. These include obesity, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, eating disorders, leaky gut, cancer, depression, liver damage, coronary artery disease, stupidity and learning difficulties, as well as other harmful expressions [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
So the question is, “Are you willing to take that risk for your kid’s health?”
I wouldn’t. And I strongly advise nobody does.
Truth told, due to the presence of Glucose Syrup, I wouldn’t be surprised if all things considered, the supplements are ultimately more harmful than beneficial.
But as for the Olly Vitamins Kids Protein, the only supplement that doesn’t contain this harmful ingredient, I wouldn’t go for either.
It’s because you can still find processed sugar (cane sugar) in it.
In this regard, by no means, I cherish the idea that you would never again give your kids sugar. Kids are kids and if you or anyone you know have ever exposed them to it, it’s likely better to just let them have it from time to time. But there really is no reason why it should be a part of their multivitamin or in any other way imaginable, a daily thing.
The best alternative to this is supplements that use natural and completely healthy sweeteners like Stevia and Monk Fruit instead.
Success Rates & Reviews May Give Off Misleading Notion
Now, the best part regarding this Olly Vitamins Kids review. Let’s discuss success rates, customer reviews, and testimonials.
First, success rates. Taking a comprehensive look at every single real customer review that I could find online regarding all 8 of the kids’ supplements of this brand, in essence, I came to nothing surprising. All of the supplements enjoy rather high success rates.
So, why is that? Weren’t we just discussing how likely truly detrimental all of them can be?
Yes. But this particular situation is no rare thing. What I mean is, gummy vitamins are always success rated very high, even the worst of the worst ones. Solid examples of this include Vitafusion (MultiVites, Men’s, Women’s) and Smarty Pants (Adult, Kids, Prenatal).
This typically is because people primarily rate these kinds of supplements based on how they taste in the moment. To that end, the reviews 99% of the time focus on short-term but those harmful effects very rarely are the product of short-term choices. No, they’re by far more often a product of the long-term ones.
Hence, it’s really no wonder that most people fail to link this kind of choice to the long-term harm (to which the diet is another major contributing factor).
So, trust not their success rates and all the mindlessly positive reviews. They’re misleading.
Now, let’s hop on to some of the specific reviews and examine them a bit.
As I see it, the main problem is that a lot of people think that these Olly Vitamins for Kids are pivotal for healthiness. But truly examining the facts (as we have) does not seem to be true at all.
To that end, I believe they’re blinded by two kind of fleeting aspects. One, just because it’s a “supplement” people see it as something inherently healthy (which is not true by the way). And two, the fact that the supplement is a tasty one, immediately gets translated into it being the best of both worlds; namely, the nutritiousness and the tastefulness.
But that should not ever be assumed. Especially because on average about 90-95% of gummy vitamins contain harmful forms of sugar.
Don’t be oblivious to that fact like most. There are much better alternatives and truly healthy options out there as well.
This Is Not A Brand To Fall Back On – Terrible Stuff To Give Your Kids
Is there a single supplement among these 8 Olly Vitamins for Kids that I would ever give my two-year-old daughter?
God forbid NO!
Even if there was a way how to get a lifetime supply of these for free, I wouldn’t take it.
Remember, it’s not about what other people say about gummy vitamins. It’s always about what kind of additives they use. Cause by far most use harmful ones. And in this particular case, all 8 of the Kids supplements of Olly Vitamins are kind of defined by that.
Avoid them like the plague.
That said if you’re interested in proper kids multivitamins that actually are good for your kids and their well-being, check out this review. These are the exact ones I give my 3-year-old daughter daily.
Other than that, I hope this Olly Vitamins for kids review of all 8 supplements helped you find the information you were looking for. Is essentially sugar-filled supplements what you expected from this brand? Would you still go through with them? Or will you avoid them? Now and forever? Let me know below.