I am not certain, but I don't believe the gel capsules will do anything, even if you let them dissolve. I know what you are saying about the bad taste. When I first tried them, I SWORE I would be not be able to handle the taste. But I forced myself to take them and now it is no problem. I would play checkers on the internet to distract myself from the bad taste. I would just do my best to not think about it. It is important to allow them dissolve and not chew them.
Taking 3-5 tablets 4x a day should be enough.