Fishy smell. Fish burps. Hard-to-swallow soft gels. Unpleasant texture. Consumers don’t often think of taking an omega-3 supplement as enjoyable. “Once adults find an omega-3 supplement they can tolerate, they tend to stick with it. The unpleasant side effects, tastes or difficulty swallowing due to their large size are often their only triggers to look for something better,” confirms qualitative research guru Sue Wood.

How can you take full advantage of this information to earn more loyal customers? Wood has completed two studies demonstrating that Vitux AS’s sugar-free ConCordix technology – a unique jelly-like matrix that dissolves easily – can be a solution that drives consumer usage, compliance and loyalty in your omega-3 supplements. The technology is available as Smart Chews.

ConCordix Smart Chews put the fun factor into taking an omega-3

Gummies are often considered a solution to problematic nutrients. But while 60 to 65% of gummies are now sold to adults, using them to deliver omega-3s can add to the oxidation, increasing the fish smell and off taste. Gummies can be high in sugar and don’t have near the payload capacity of soft gels. But then, soft gels can be difficult to swallow for some consumers and they may still have unpleasant issues.

Smart Chews are designed to resolve these barriers to omega-3 compliance as well as the payload concerns. “Brand managers … formulators … everyone tends to be surprised when they first experience this new delivery technology. You can read about it and research it, but until you try a sample for yourself, you won’t understand why Smart Chews are so readily accepted,” comments Vitux AS Senior Vice President Sales and Marketing Marc Van Maris.

Individually sealed to ensure stability and freshness, sugar-free Smart Chews are made with natural flavors. ConCordix technology is designed to mirror the way we eat food, which includes chewing, swallowing and digesting. It delivers tiny oily droplets of nutrition stabilized in an emulsion, similar to how omega-3s are stored in fish. These tiny droplets increase contact surface in the digestive system, increasing absorption and bioavailability.

“ConCordix solves delivery system issues without compromising payload. We get emails all the time from people who are astonished that there is 600 mg of omega-3s in one Smart Chew,” says Van Maris. “They also provide an option for seniors who may want to use your brand, but who are not willing to take a large softgel. This expands your marketplace reach.”

Children’s preference test show Smart Chews are an upgraded alternative to gummies

Brain health and development are among the dominant drivers for chewable children’s Omega-3 supplement usage. Children like gummies, which ensures effortless compliance. However, parents tend to be concerned about their sugar content, artificial dyes/flavors and that they too closely resemble candy.

A Smart Chews vs. gummies preference test, followed by a four-week Smart Chews compliance test, was conducted among 38 American families (caretakers and their children ages 4 through 12). Participants logged in daily to an online discussion board first to address a series of assigned activities, then to capture daily behaviors/results pertaining to the compliance test. To maintain privacy and eliminate groupthink, the discussions were programmed to appear as private, so respondents could not see each other’s names or answers.

After four weeks:

  • Smart Chews had a 99% compliance rate and zero drop outs
  • 84% of caretakers intended to buy Smart Chews for their family
  • 95% of caretakers said they would recommend ConCordix Smart Chews

“Interestingly, by the end of the study, children were reminding their parents daily about their Smart Chew; older kids were proactively taking it daily on their own,” observes Wood.

The adult acceptance test also overcame a huge barrier

The adult test used essentially the same methodology except that adults were not asked to compare Smart Chews with any specific omega-3 delivery format. Study enrollees included 41 men and women ages 30 to 70, representing a range of ethnicities, household incomes and education levels from across the U.S. They all took some form of omega-3 daily.

“Initially, there was a lot of apprehension among study participants,” recalls Wood. “They didn’t want to chew on fish oil, assuming the taste would be unpleasant. They said they could even detect fishiness in their soft gel, and it was swallowed not chewed! But every single participant told us that with Smart Chews, there is truly no fish smell, taste or burps. There was a lot of excitement that this was actually possible!”

After four weeks, there was 100% compliance, with 95% of Smart Chew consumption experiences reported as highly positive. More than 80% liked the taste. Smart Chews also scored high on intent to buy and intent to recommend.

“Most participants described their experience of taking Smart Chews over a four-week period as easy and surprisingly pleasant, one they often looked forward to each day,” says Wood. “Of the ConCordix technology benefits, aside from taste and ease of taking it, the most compelling among study participants was that they were getting clinically validated dosing, followed closely by enhanced absorption and convenient packaging.” She added that cost was less of a factor than supplement quality.

To order your Smart Chews sample, and to discover how ConCordix technology can be used as a delivery alternative for other nutrients such as multi-vitamins, visit

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