0

Men’s 40+ Multi Gold


Section updated  ↴

General Questions About Multivitamins

What is a multivitamin?

A multivitamin is any product that contains 3 or more vitamins in amounts below established tolerable upper limits that can help minimize risk of deficiency. However, because most commercially available multivitamin supplements also include one or more minerals, multivitamins may also be referred to as multivitamin/mineral (or MVM) supplements.

Given that no standard definition is available for an MVM supplement—such as what nutrients it must contain and at what levels— MVM products by different brands vary greatly in terms of composition and characteristics. While some products only contain vitamins, others may include minerals and/or other value-added ingredients (e.g. botanicals, specialty ingredients).

What are % Daily Values?

    The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine establish RDAs or “Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDA),” which are the average daily intake of nutrients sufficient to meet the nutrient requirements of nearly all (97%-98%) healthy people. The FDA relies on these RDAs to set the Percent Daily Value (or % DV) on supplement and nutrition labels as a “guide to the nutrients in one serving of food.” For example, if a supplement label lists 10% DV for vitamin E, it means that, at the recommended dosage, one serving of the supplement will provide 10% of the vitamin E you need each day. It must be noted that ‘Percent DVs’ are based on a 2,000-calorie diet for healthy adults, but the DVs can be used as a guide even if your diet is higher or lower than 2,000 calories. To be on the safer side, opt for a multivitamin that provides the nutrients essential for maintaining good health in amounts that don’t exceed established tolerable upper limits.

    Where do the nutrients (vitamins, minerals) in a multivitamin come from?

      The nutrients in a multivitamin may either be (1) synthesized using industrial chemicals and solvents; or (2) derived from natural food ingredients. For example, the synthetic vitamin B3 (niacin) that is present in the vast majority of commercially available multivitamin supplements is created in a lab using coal tar derivatives, 3-cyanopyridine, and ammonia. However, there are a small number of brands, including NutriGold, that provide vitamin B3 from natural food sources (e.g. holy basil). 

      Be wary of brands that advertise their multivitamin products as being “food-based” or use the term “food” indiscriminately to describe products that are primarily made using synthetic vitamins mixed in with nutritional yeast or other food powders. Products that provide nutrients naturally derived “from” food are not the same as products that provide synthetic nutrients “mixed in” with food powders or products that are made by fortifying “nutritional yeast” with synthetic vitamins. 

      What is the difference between synthetic (lab-made) and natural vitamins?

        At NutriGold, we define “synthetic” vitamins as man-made vitamins that are created in a lab using industrial chemicals and solvents and “natural” vitamins as vitamins that are extracted, concentrated, or otherwise derived from natural food sources. The primary difference between lab-made vitamins and natural vitamins is that vitamins that occur in nature are present as food-vitamin complexes along with related co-factors, whereas synthetic vitamins that are created in a lab are isolated, fractionated, purified, and are not always structurally similar to vitamins that occurs in nature. Synthetic vitamins do not have the necessary cofactors for their proper utilization by the body; the body has to reconstruct the vitamins using its own reserve of cofactors, and this can, over time, lead to inadvertent nutrient depletion. Furthermore, synthetic vitamins are often made using petrochemical byproducts and industrial solvents that may not be fit for long-term use. 

        Additionally, nutrients derived from natural sources also do not produce the metallic aftertaste and/or digestive discomfort commonly associated with the use of products made using synthetic vitamins. We invite you to review the information we have compiled to support our position against the use of synthetic vitamins on our website at:  https://nutrigold.com/pages/synthetics

        How can I tell if a vitamin or mineral is from a natural source or a synthetic source?

          The lack of standardization in the composition of multivitamin products by different brands and substantive differences in the terminology used by brands to describe their multivitamin products has contributed, in large part, to the confusion consumers experience when trying to make a multivitamin purchasing decision.

          If you are in the market for a multivitamin product and want to know if the nutrients in the product are synthetic or natural, take a close look at the supplement facts panel on the label of the multivitamin product and rely on these general rules of thumb when making your purchasing decision — 

          • Nutrient sources not listed — if the source of the nutrient is not listed in parentheses next to each of the nutrients on the label, it is likely that the nutrient is synthetic (lab-made)
          • Nutrient sources may be listed and include yeast (S. cerevisiae) — if nutritional yeast or S. cerevisiae appears next to the nutrient or anywhere on the label, or if the terms, ‘cultured’ or ‘fermented’ or ‘matrix’ appear anywhere on the label or in descriptions of the product on the label, chances are the product contains synthetic vitamins in some amount. 
            • Note: Even if we set aside the question of whether or not this ‘culturing’ or ‘fermenting’ process can make synthetic, lab-made vitamins more similar to nutrients from natural foods, the fact remains that the process starts with synthetic, lab-made vitamins and, in most cases, ends with fortifying the yeast blend with more synthetic vitamins to ensure that the product provides the amounts declared on the label.
          • Nutrient sources are listed and they are foods — more likely than not that the nutrient is from a natural source.

          When in doubt, always reach out to the manufacturer of the multivitamin and ask the following questions — “Are synthetic or lab-made nutrients used at any point during the production of your multivitamin product, either as starting materials, as intermediates, or to fortify the finished product?” The answer you receive in response to this question (or even the absence of a response) should help you make the purchasing decision that best meets your requirements.

          How do I know if I need to take a multivitamin?

            Most of the nutrients in multivitamin supplements are considered essential because the human body cannot produce them on its own; they must be consumed from food and/or dietary supplements. Evidence from human research clearly shows both that a significant proportion of the populations of developed countries suffer from deficiencies or insufficiencies in essential vitamins. At minimum, a multivitamin should contain the nutrients essential for bridging dietary gaps in amounts that don't exceed established tolerable upper limits.

            When possible, it is always recommended that you get your essential nutrients from fresh, minimally-processed, organic foods that are grown locally and picked at the peak of freshness because they tend to be the most nutrient-dense and bioavailable sources of these nutrients. However, industrial  agricultural practices and the stressors of modern life have made it difficult, if not impossible, for the vast majority of us to get the required amounts of the essential nutrients exclusively from our diet, making supplementation the next best option to minimize deficiency risk and help maintain good health. Given that we are all unique individuals with often varied nutritional needs, we encourage you to consult with a licensed dietitian/healthcare provider to determine the product that is right for your nutritional needs.

            What are some factors to consider when choosing a multivitamin?

            Factors that impact a multivitamin purchasing decision are generally as complex as the reasons why people supplement with multivitamins. Although by no means an exhaustive list of all possible factors, see below a few things to keep in mind when making a purchasing decision —

            1. Sustainability — are the micronutrients in the product derived from planet-friendly sources (e.g. organic, non-GMO)?
            2. Quality — does the multivitamin provide therapeutic dosages (based on Percent DVs) of the essential micronutrients?
              1. More is not always better — you are not what you eat, you are what you absorb, so just because a product contains mega doses of the micronutrients doesn’t mean your body can actually absorb or use all of them. 
                1. Excess water-soluble vitamins — unused water-soluble vitamins have to be removed by the excretory organs (e.g. kidneys); which can increase the body’s workload. 
                2. Excess fat-soluble vitamins — unused fat-soluble vitamins (vitamins A, D, E, 7 K) are stored in the body for long periods of time and generally pose a greater risk for toxicity when consumed in excess. So, try and get as many of the micronutrients as you can from your diet and supplement with a multivitamin that provides the essential micronutrients in amounts that help bridge nutrient gaps in the diet and do not exceed established tolerable upper limits for toxicity.
              2. Value-added ingredients — does the product include ingredients that complement or enhance the activity of the micronutrients to support healthy aging? Are these value-added ingredients present in therapeutic dosages (rather than just a pixie dusting for marketing purposes)?
              3. Product composition — what is listed in the “other ingredients?”  Is the product free of chemical additives including fillers, binders, disintegrants, and coating agents?
            3. Accountability — does the company provide assurance that what’s claimed on the label is actually inside the bottle (e.g. Certificate of Analysis, USP seal, ConsumerLab verified seal)?
            4. Transparency — are the micronutrients in the multivitamin derived from natural foods or created in a lab? What is the country of origin of the different ingredients in the multivitamin blend?
            5. Value — although price is definitely an important consideration for many consumers, it is as  unreliable an indicator of product quality, safety, or effectiveness as are creative packaging or fancy marketing copy. The only way to ensure that you are making the purchasing decision that is right for you or a loved one is to consider all of the factors listed above in their totality and evaluate which product is most likely to help support your health goals.

            What is the best time of day to take a multivitamin?

            The best time of day to take a multivitamin depends on several factors —

            • Product composition — If the multivitamin you are taking only includes water-soluble nutrients, then you can take it at any time during the day, even on an empty stomach. If, however, your multivitamin includes fat-soluble nutrients, it is recommended that you take the supplement with the largest meal of your day.
            • Nutrient type (synthetic vs. natural) — Synthetic vitamins can sometimes have a metallic aftertaste and/or produce digestive discomfort, so it is generally better to take them in the middle of the largest meal of the day. Products made using vitamins from natural sources are gentle enough to be taken on an empty stomach at any time during the day, but taking them with food can help with the optimal absorption of fat-soluble nutrients like vitamins D3, E, and K2.
            • Serving size (one, two, or more) — If the recommended dosage is one capsule a day, then you can take the product at any time during the day, but preferably with a meal if the formulation includes any fat-soluble nutrients. If the serving size is two or more capsules, tablets, or softgels, it is desirable to take them in divided doses throughout the day. However, if taking them in divided at different times during the day is not an option, the next best thing is to take them with the largest meal of the day.
            • Other supplements you may be taking — When taking one or more supplements, we recommend spacing the different supplements throughout the day to minimize the load on the digestive system and to support optimal absorption and assimilation of the nutrients in the multivitamin. In the interest of your safety and consistent with our fundamental guiding principle to ‘do no harm,’ we also encourage you to talk to your healthcare provider prior to adding a multivitamin to your regimen if you are taking other supplements or OTC/prescription medications.
            • Practical considerations — Remembering to take multiple doses of a supplement throughout the day can be a challenge for many of us even on our best days. And if that’s the case with you, it may be best to take the recommended daily dosage as a single serving, preferably at the same time every day. On the other hand, if taking multiple capsules (or tablets) at one time is too difficult for you, it is perfectly okay to take them in divided doses throughout the day. As with any supplement, consistent compliance is key to reaping the intended benefits, so follow whatever dosing schedule  will help you consistently take the recommended daily dosage every day.

            Can multivitamins be taken together with other dietary supplements?

            A multivitamin serves to fill the gaps of what might be missing in the diet and is typically fine in combination with other dietary supplements. However, it may be best to take a multivitamin that includes iron and/or zinc separately from a calcium/magnesium supplement as iron and zinc may compete with calcium/magnesium for absorption. That being said, consistent with our guiding principle to “do no harm,” we encourage you to consult with your trusted healthcare provider to determine what use is best for your individual needs prior to adding a multivitamin (or any other supplement) to your regimen.

            • Can multivitamins be taken together with OTC or prescription medications?

            If you are taking or planning to take an OTC or prescription medication, please consult a licensed pharmacist or your healthcare provider before beginning supplementation to minimize risk of side effects associated with potential supplement-drug interactions.

            Questions about NutriGold multivitamins

            Are synthetic or lab-made nutrients used at any point during the production of NutriGold multivitamin products, either as starting materials, as intermediates, or to fortify the finished product?

            Except for the B12, which is synthetic because a natural, vegan source is currently not commercially available, all of the other nutrients in our vitamin, mineral, and multivitamin products are derived from non-genetically modified, natural food sources; many of the nutrient sources are also certified organic. No synthetic isolates are not used at any point during the production of NutriGold multivitamins.

            How can I be sure that what’s on a multivitamin product label is actually inside the bottle?

            At NutriGold, we believe that consumers have the right to hold companies accountable for label claims and that companies, in return, are professionally, morally, and ethically obligated to make information that is material to making a purchasing decision available and accessible to consumers upon request. Our commitment to authentic transparency is best reflected not just in our willingness to share where our ingredients come from or in the ethical disclosures about the composition of our products, but also in our willingness to make product Certificates of Analysis readily and easily accessible to consumers with a simple scan of the QR code on our product labels or by visiting the product pages on our website.

            The Certificate of Analysis is a summary of the results of all of the third-party testing performed on the product, is lot-specific, and updated each time a new lot of a product is authorized for distribution by our quality control team. The results summarized in the Certificate of Analysis provide reassurance that the product has been verified to contain what is claimed on the label.

            What are the sources of the different nutrients in NutriGold multivitamins?

            Every micronutrient that is listed as “from organic food blend” is 100% sourced from foods such as organic lemon, guava, amla, etc. The full list of organic foods from which the vast majority of the micronutrients in NutriGold multivitamins are derived is included in the ‘Organic Food Blend’ on the supplement facts panel. Micronutrients that originate from other sources include vegan vitamin D (from lichen), vitamin K (from natto), and iodine (from organic kelp) and are listed as such on the product labels. Vitamin B-12 is the only synthetic micronutrient in NutriGold multivitamins and this is produced by microbial fermentation of multiple species of propionibacterium.

            Does NutriGold use synthetic vitamins at any stage during the multivitamin manufacturing process?

            Other than vitamin B12, which is synthetic, NutriGold multivitamin products do not contain any other synthetic vitamins (in isolated or cultured forms). When formulating multivitamin products, our preference always is to use organic food sources when available. However, our vitamin B12 is an exception to this because there are no known biologically active plant sources of B12. Our multivitamins include vitamin B12 in its biologically active methylcobalamin & adenosylcobalamin forms in an approximately 70/30 ratio.

            Why don’t NutriGold multivitamins provide 100% DV of all vitamins and minerals?

            Although natural foods are safe and bioavailable sources of many of the micronutrients that are essential for maintaining good health, they often contain these micronutrients in fairly small amounts. So, formulating a multivitamin product that provides 100% daily value of all of the micronutrients from natural food sources, while ideal and theoretically possible, would be associated with a prohibitive increase in the daily dosage as well as the product price, which can be a deal-breaker for many consumers. 

            To ensure that our products provide safe and therapeutic doses of essential micronutrients at reasonable dosages and sustainable prices, we had to make some compromises on which nutrients end up in our multivitamin formulations. That being said, most of our multivitamins still provide 100% DV (or higher) of most vitamins and 50% DV or higher of some minerals.

            Why don’t NutriGold multivitamins include minerals like calcium, magnesium and copper?

            Calcium and magnesium can compete with other minerals for absorption in the GI tract and are often recommended to be taken separately from a multivitamin.  Also, depending on what calcium or magnesium is bound to, the size of the molecule can be quite large, which could make the serving size of a multivitamin that provides therapeutic amounts of either of these minerals larger than what many customers would be willing to take. For customers that need extra supplemental magnesium we offer Magnesium Gold, which provides a bioavailable source of magnesium (400 mg per 3 capsule serving).

            Similarly, the reason we do not include copper in our multivitamins is that copper is poorly absorbed in the presence of iron and zinc. The decision to include iron (Women's formulas) and zinc (all multi formulas) at the expense of copper was based on population studies showing a higher rate of iron and zinc deficiency, rather than a copper deficiency,  in the general population.

            Why don’t NutriGold multivitamins provide Vitamin A (beta carotene)?

            Many multivitamin brands, including those that are marketed as "food-based", offer vitamin A as synthetic beta carotene or lab-created vitamin A (retinol). At NutriGold, we strive to avoid synthetic vitamins in our products and prefer nutrients that are derived entirely from natural foods. Unfortunately, food sources of beta carotene are not currently available that meet our stringent quality standards for stability. It is important to note, however, that all of our women’s 3-per-day multivitamins (except for the prenatal multi) and two of our men’s multivitamins (men’s multi 40+ & men’s 55+ multi) now feature SOD-B Extramel®, a clinically-proven ingredient that is a far more powerful antioxidant than beta-carotene and provides some of the same benefits as vitamin A.

            Does NutriGold offer a gender-neutral multivitamin?

            We do not currently offer a gender-neutral multivitamin. This allows our customers to choose the formulation (Men's, Women's, Prenatal, 40+, etc.) that best fits their needs based upon nutrient levels, without worrying about potentially unnecessary gender-specific herbs or herbal blends. Many brands include gender-specific herbs (e.g. saw palmetto, chaste tree); however, these gender-specific ingredients are usually in amounts that are too low to provide the intended therapeutic benefits and sometimes come at the expense of some of the essential micronutrients in the multivitamin formulation..

            We recognize that gender-specific multivitamin formulas can have the unintended consequence of creating more confusion rather than introducing more clarity into the multivitamin purchasing process. According to the Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine, however, there are some variations in the nutrients that are needed for women of child-bearing age versus women who are going through menopause and later (e.g. folate, iron). Our women's multivitamin formulas reflect the differences in these variations. Likewise, iron is not added to our men's multivitamins or the 40 / 55+ women's multivitamins given that men and post-menopausal women (who are not at risk of iron deficiency) are typically directed to avoid multivitamins containing iron.

            We recognize that we are all unique individuals with often varied nutritional needs. In light of this, we encourage all of our customers to consult with a licensed healthcare provider to determine what micronutrients they may or may not be lacking and what amounts are appropriate for their needs prior to supplementation.

            Does NutriGold offer a children’s multivitamin?

            While we have explored the possibility of offering a children’s multivitamin, our product Research & Development team has not yet approved moving forward with production on this product. Although adjusting our current adult multivitamin formulations to meet child-appropriate RDAs is easy enough to do, our goal is to be able to offer a children's multivitamin that is easier to take and more palatable, even without the sweeteners, colors, and artificial flavors found in many of the current children's multivitamin offerings. We are confident that we will eventually develop a formulation that checks all the boxes and conforms to our own high quality and safety standards, but as with all NutriGold products, the process can sometimes be excruciatingly long.

            What is a pullulan capsule? What is it made of?

            Pullulan is a vegetable-derived, water-soluble polysaccharide produced through a natural fermentation process. Pullulan capsules are considered more natural than HPMC (cellulose) capsules because they are naturally derived from fermented tapioca. Unlike cellulose capsules, which are considered semi-synthetic and not permitted in certified organic products, pullulan is included in the USDA’s National Organic Program list of accepted ingredients for organic products. 

            What is the purpose of the organic rice concentrate?

            Although we make every effort to manufacture products without any additives, we sometimes need to add an additive for optimal ingredient flow during manufacturing and to ensure finished product integrity. While many supplement companies prefer to use chemical additives like magnesium stearate and silicon dioxide, we prefer to use organic rice concentrate from USA-grown brown rice bran, which is naturally hypoallergenic and gluten-free. The rice concentrate is only added on an as-needed basis to ensure product integrity and is always declared in the spirit of complete transparency on the product label.

            Are NutriGold multivitamins soy-free?

            At NutriGold, we use the term “soy-free” to describe products that do not contain any ingredients derived from soy and the phrase “verified free of soy allergen” to confirm that soy allergen, if present, is less than 5 parts per million or 5 micrograms per gram of the product. Based on these definitions, our multivitamin products are not soy-free because vitamin K2 (as MK-7) in our multivitamins is sourced from natto, which is fermented soybeans.  We encourage consumers who are interested in taking the product, but are unsure about the suitability of the soy-derived K2 in the product for their particular health needs, to discuss their concerns with a qualified healthcare provider prior to supplementation.

            Are NutriGold multivitamins gluten-free?

            All of our multivitamin products are confirmed to be free of gluten through supply-chain verification and independently verified by a third-party lab to contain less than 20 parts per million or less than 20 micrograms per gram of gluten per serving of the product, which is consistent with the limit set by the FDA as per its gluten-free food labeling rule.

            Should NutriGold multivitamins be taken with food?

            Many customers find our multivitamins to be gentle enough to be taken on an empty stomach. However, it is generally recommended to take multivitamins with food, if possible, because the products include fat-soluble vitamins that are best absorbed with some fat (usually a component of most meals).

            Can the recommended dosage of NutriGold multivitamins be taken in divided doses throughout the day or is it best to take it as a single dose?

            Overall nutrient assimilation may be best if you are able to space the multivitamin throughout the day. However, if compliance is an issue, our multivitamins may be consumed as a single dose. It is also generally recommended to take multivitamins with food, if possible, because they include fat-soluble vitamins that are best absorbed with some fat (usually a component of most meals). We encourage you to consult with your trusted healthcare advisor to determine what usage is best for your individual needs.

            Can I break apart the capsule and add the contents to liquid/food to consume?

            All of our products are formulated to be taken as capsules and our purity and potency claims are based on the product being taken as recommended. We generally do not recommend breaking apart the capsules because it can introduce contaminants or otherwise compromise product potency and effectiveness.

            Section updated  ↴

            Questions about men’s multivitamins

            Does NutriGold offer more than one men’ multivitamin formulation?

            Yes. We offer 4 multivitamin options to support men’s health - 

            • One Daily Men’s Multi Gold (available in 30-count and 60-count bottles/1 capsule per day) 
            • Men’s Multi Gold (90 capsules/3 capsules per day)
            • 40+ Multi Gold (90 capsules/3 capsules per day)
            • 55+ Multi Gold (90 capsules/3 capsules per day)

            How do the different men’s multivitamins compare?

            Nutrients

            One Daily Men’s

            Men’s Multi

            Men’s 40+ Multi

            Men’s 55+ Multi

            1 cap/day

            3 caps/day

            3 caps/day

            3 caps/day

            Size 0 pullulan capsule (length — 0.854” & outer diameter — 0.3”)

            Water-Soluble Vitamins

            Vitamin C

            50%

            100%

            100%

            100%

            Thiamin (B1)

            > 100%

            > 100%

            > 100%

            > 100%

            Riboflavin (B2)

            > 100%

            > 100%

            > 100%

            > 100%

            Niacin (B3)

            50%

            100%

            100%

            100%

            Pyridoxine (B6)

            > 100%

            > 100%

            > 100%

            > 100%

            Folate (B9)

            100%

            100%

            100%

            100%

            B-12

            > 100%

            > 100%

            > 100%

            > 100%

            Biotin

            > 100%

            > 100%

            > 100%

            > 100%

            Pantothenic Acid

            > 100%

            > 100%

            > 100%

            > 100%

            Fat-Soluble Vitamins — Percent Daily Value (based on a 2,000 calorie diet)

            Vitamin D3

            100%

            100%

            100%

            100%

            Vitamin E

            70%

            > 100%

            100%

            100%

            Vitamin K2 (MK-7)

            100%

            100%

            100%

            100%

            Minerals — Percent Daily Value (based on a 2,000 calorie diet)

            Iodine

            50%

            100%

            100%

            100%

            Zinc

            45%

            100%

            100%

            100%

            Selenium

            > 100%

            > 100%

            > 100%

            > 100%

            Manganese

            N/A

            40%

            40%

            40%

            Chromium

            > 100%

            > 100%

            > 100%

            > 100%

            Added Ingredients to Support Healthy Aging

            Solarplast®

            SOD-B®

            Additional Considerations

            Certified Organic

            Non-GMO Verified

            Certified C.L.E.A.N

            Certified Kosher

            Certified Vegan

            Vegan/Vegetarian


            Can individuals with a known or suspected MTHFR gene mutation take NutriGold multivitamins to get the recommended daily value of folate?

            There is some controversy with regard to the form of B9 that is best suited for individuals with a known or suspected MTHFR gene variant. According to the American Pregnancy Association, some women have a defect in their MTHFR gene that doesn’t allow them to properly convert synthetic folic acid into active methyl folate. As such, women taking folic acid may not be absorbing their B vitamins as expected. For this reason, it is preferable to take folate either from whole food sources (e.g. green leafy vegetables) or supplements that contain the natural form of active folate instead of synthesized folic acid whenever possible.

            However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the most common variant in the MTHFR gene is MTHFR C677T and these are the 5 most important things to known about this variant —

            1. People with MTHFR C677T variants can process all types of folate, including folic acid.
            2. Folic acid is the only type of folate shown to help prevent neural tube defects.
            3. MTHFR gene variants are common.
            4. All women of reproductive age who could become pregnant should consume 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid each day, including those with an MTHFR C677T variant
            5. Sometimes a woman may still have a baby with a neural tube defect even though she consumed the recommended 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid; the defect may be unrelated to the MTHFR gene variant or folate status.

            Supplements containing forms of folate other than folic acid (such as 5-MTHF) should not be confused with the natural food folate found in fruits and vegetables. The effectiveness of these [5-MTHF] supplements in preventing neural tube defects has not been studied. For more information on the difference between folic acid and folate, please click here.

            The form of B9 in our product is not the methylated form. While it can help bridge nutritional gaps in the diet, support good health, and help minimize the risk of folate deficiency when taken in conjunction with a diet that includes folate-rich foods, we regret we do not have any information on and cannot make any recommendations regarding the use of our product by individuals with a known or suspected MTHFR gene variant. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the folate form in our products, we ask that you discuss those concerns with your healthcare provider prior to supplementation so you can make an informed purchasing decision on the form of folate that will best support your particular health goals.

            Why don’t NutriGold multivitamins include any ingredients to address specific men’s health issues (e.g. prostate)?

            At NutriGold, we believe that a multivitamin should be just that—a multivitamin that helps consumers bridge nutrient gaps in the diet. It cannot and should not be used as a one-size-fits-all, kitchen-sink solution to specific health concerns that may or may not be shared by everyone in the target population.

            From a practical standpoint, including the full therapeutic dosages of targeted ingredients that address specific women’s health issues (e.g. saw palmetto for prostate health) will likely mean more capsules, which could be a deal-breaker for consumers who either cannot or don’t prefer to take products with prohibitively high dosages. Formulating without these gender-specific, targeted ingredients allows consumers to choose the multivitamin that best fits their needs based upon micronutrient levels and without the distraction of ingredients that are either present in amounts too low to be therapeutically beneficial and/or are tangential to the purposes for which most consumers take a multivitamin.

            That being said, while our men’s multivitamin formulations do not include targeted ingredients to provide specific health benefits, they do include broad-spectrum antioxidants (e.g. Solarplast®, SOD-B®) that have the potential to complement the activity of the essential micronutrients and support healthy aging.

            Men’s 55+ Multi Gold


            Section updated  ↴

            General Questions About Multivitamins

            What is a multivitamin?

            A multivitamin is any product that contains 3 or more vitamins in amounts below established tolerable upper limits that can help minimize risk of deficiency. However, because most commercially available multivitamin supplements also include one or more minerals, multivitamins may also be referred to as multivitamin/mineral (or MVM) supplements.

            Given that no standard definition is available for an MVM supplement—such as what nutrients it must contain and at what levels— MVM products by different brands vary greatly in terms of composition and characteristics. While some products only contain vitamins, others may include minerals and/or other value-added ingredients (e.g. botanicals, specialty ingredients).

            What are % Daily Values?

              The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine establish RDAs or “Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDA),” which are the average daily intake of nutrients sufficient to meet the nutrient requirements of nearly all (97%-98%) healthy people. The FDA relies on these RDAs to set the Percent Daily Value (or % DV) on supplement and nutrition labels as a “guide to the nutrients in one serving of food.” For example, if a supplement label lists 10% DV for vitamin E, it means that, at the recommended dosage, one serving of the supplement will provide 10% of the vitamin E you need each day. It must be noted that ‘Percent DVs’ are based on a 2,000-calorie diet for healthy adults, but the DVs can be used as a guide even if your diet is higher or lower than 2,000 calories. To be on the safer side, opt for a multivitamin that provides the nutrients essential for maintaining good health in amounts that don’t exceed established tolerable upper limits.

              Where do the nutrients (vitamins, minerals) in a multivitamin come from?

                The nutrients in a multivitamin may either be (1) synthesized using industrial chemicals and solvents; or (2) derived from natural food ingredients. For example, the synthetic vitamin B3 (niacin) that is present in the vast majority of commercially available multivitamin supplements is created in a lab using coal tar derivatives, 3-cyanopyridine, and ammonia. However, there are a small number of brands, including NutriGold, that provide vitamin B3 from natural food sources (e.g. holy basil). 

                Be wary of brands that advertise their multivitamin products as being “food-based” or use the term “food” indiscriminately to describe products that are primarily made using synthetic vitamins mixed in with nutritional yeast or other food powders. Products that provide nutrients naturally derived “from” food are not the same as products that provide synthetic nutrients “mixed in” with food powders or products that are made by fortifying “nutritional yeast” with synthetic vitamins. 

                What is the difference between synthetic (lab-made) and natural vitamins?

                  At NutriGold, we define “synthetic” vitamins as man-made vitamins that are created in a lab using industrial chemicals and solvents and “natural” vitamins as vitamins that are extracted, concentrated, or otherwise derived from natural food sources. The primary difference between lab-made vitamins and natural vitamins is that vitamins that occur in nature are present as food-vitamin complexes along with related co-factors, whereas synthetic vitamins that are created in a lab are isolated, fractionated, purified, and are not always structurally similar to vitamins that occurs in nature. Synthetic vitamins do not have the necessary cofactors for their proper utilization by the body; the body has to reconstruct the vitamins using its own reserve of cofactors, and this can, over time, lead to inadvertent nutrient depletion. Furthermore, synthetic vitamins are often made using petrochemical byproducts and industrial solvents that may not be fit for long-term use. 

                  Additionally, nutrients derived from natural sources also do not produce the metallic aftertaste and/or digestive discomfort commonly associated with the use of products made using synthetic vitamins. We invite you to review the information we have compiled to support our position against the use of synthetic vitamins on our website at:  https://nutrigold.com/pages/synthetics

                  How can I tell if a vitamin or mineral is from a natural source or a synthetic source?

                    The lack of standardization in the composition of multivitamin products by different brands and substantive differences in the terminology used by brands to describe their multivitamin products has contributed, in large part, to the confusion consumers experience when trying to make a multivitamin purchasing decision.

                    If you are in the market for a multivitamin product and want to know if the nutrients in the product are synthetic or natural, take a close look at the supplement facts panel on the label of the multivitamin product and rely on these general rules of thumb when making your purchasing decision — 

                    • Nutrient sources not listed — if the source of the nutrient is not listed in parentheses next to each of the nutrients on the label, it is likely that the nutrient is synthetic (lab-made)
                    • Nutrient sources may be listed and include yeast (S. cerevisiae) — if nutritional yeast or S. cerevisiae appears next to the nutrient or anywhere on the label, or if the terms, ‘cultured’ or ‘fermented’ or ‘matrix’ appear anywhere on the label or in descriptions of the product on the label, chances are the product contains synthetic vitamins in some amount. 
                      • Note: Even if we set aside the question of whether or not this ‘culturing’ or ‘fermenting’ process can make synthetic, lab-made vitamins more similar to nutrients from natural foods, the fact remains that the process starts with synthetic, lab-made vitamins and, in most cases, ends with fortifying the yeast blend with more synthetic vitamins to ensure that the product provides the amounts declared on the label.
                    • Nutrient sources are listed and they are foods — more likely than not that the nutrient is from a natural source.

                    When in doubt, always reach out to the manufacturer of the multivitamin and ask the following questions — “Are synthetic or lab-made nutrients used at any point during the production of your multivitamin product, either as starting materials, as intermediates, or to fortify the finished product?” The answer you receive in response to this question (or even the absence of a response) should help you make the purchasing decision that best meets your requirements.

                    How do I know if I need to take a multivitamin?

                      Most of the nutrients in multivitamin supplements are considered essential because the human body cannot produce them on its own; they must be consumed from food and/or dietary supplements. Evidence from human research clearly shows both that a significant proportion of the populations of developed countries suffer from deficiencies or insufficiencies in essential vitamins. At minimum, a multivitamin should contain the nutrients essential for bridging dietary gaps in amounts that don't exceed established tolerable upper limits.

                      When possible, it is always recommended that you get your essential nutrients from fresh, minimally-processed, organic foods that are grown locally and picked at the peak of freshness because they tend to be the most nutrient-dense and bioavailable sources of these nutrients. However, industrial  agricultural practices and the stressors of modern life have made it difficult, if not impossible, for the vast majority of us to get the required amounts of the essential nutrients exclusively from our diet, making supplementation the next best option to minimize deficiency risk and help maintain good health. Given that we are all unique individuals with often varied nutritional needs, we encourage you to consult with a licensed dietitian/healthcare provider to determine the product that is right for your nutritional needs.

                      What are some factors to consider when choosing a multivitamin?

                      Factors that impact a multivitamin purchasing decision are generally as complex as the reasons why people supplement with multivitamins. Although by no means an exhaustive list of all possible factors, see below a few things to keep in mind when making a purchasing decision —

                      1. Sustainability — are the micronutrients in the product derived from planet-friendly sources (e.g. organic, non-GMO)?
                      2. Quality — does the multivitamin provide therapeutic dosages (based on Percent DVs) of the essential micronutrients?
                        1. More is not always better — you are not what you eat, you are what you absorb, so just because a product contains mega doses of the micronutrients doesn’t mean your body can actually absorb or use all of them. 
                          1. Excess water-soluble vitamins — unused water-soluble vitamins have to be removed by the excretory organs (e.g. kidneys); which can increase the body’s workload. 
                          2. Excess fat-soluble vitamins — unused fat-soluble vitamins (vitamins A, D, E, 7 K) are stored in the body for long periods of time and generally pose a greater risk for toxicity when consumed in excess. So, try and get as many of the micronutrients as you can from your diet and supplement with a multivitamin that provides the essential micronutrients in amounts that help bridge nutrient gaps in the diet and do not exceed established tolerable upper limits for toxicity.
                        2. Value-added ingredients — does the product include ingredients that complement or enhance the activity of the micronutrients to support healthy aging? Are these value-added ingredients present in therapeutic dosages (rather than just a pixie dusting for marketing purposes)?
                        3. Product composition — what is listed in the “other ingredients?”  Is the product free of chemical additives including fillers, binders, disintegrants, and coating agents?
                      3. Accountability — does the company provide assurance that what’s claimed on the label is actually inside the bottle (e.g. Certificate of Analysis, USP seal, ConsumerLab verified seal)?
                      4. Transparency — are the micronutrients in the multivitamin derived from natural foods or created in a lab? What is the country of origin of the different ingredients in the multivitamin blend?
                      5. Value — although price is definitely an important consideration for many consumers, it is as  unreliable an indicator of product quality, safety, or effectiveness as are creative packaging or fancy marketing copy. The only way to ensure that you are making the purchasing decision that is right for you or a loved one is to consider all of the factors listed above in their totality and evaluate which product is most likely to help support your health goals.

                      What is the best time of day to take a multivitamin?

                      The best time of day to take a multivitamin depends on several factors —

                      • Product composition — If the multivitamin you are taking only includes water-soluble nutrients, then you can take it at any time during the day, even on an empty stomach. If, however, your multivitamin includes fat-soluble nutrients, it is recommended that you take the supplement with the largest meal of your day.
                      • Nutrient type (synthetic vs. natural) — Synthetic vitamins can sometimes have a metallic aftertaste and/or produce digestive discomfort, so it is generally better to take them in the middle of the largest meal of the day. Products made using vitamins from natural sources are gentle enough to be taken on an empty stomach at any time during the day, but taking them with food can help with the optimal absorption of fat-soluble nutrients like vitamins D3, E, and K2.
                      • Serving size (one, two, or more) — If the recommended dosage is one capsule a day, then you can take the product at any time during the day, but preferably with a meal if the formulation includes any fat-soluble nutrients. If the serving size is two or more capsules, tablets, or softgels, it is desirable to take them in divided doses throughout the day. However, if taking them in divided at different times during the day is not an option, the next best thing is to take them with the largest meal of the day.
                      • Other supplements you may be taking — When taking one or more supplements, we recommend spacing the different supplements throughout the day to minimize the load on the digestive system and to support optimal absorption and assimilation of the nutrients in the multivitamin. In the interest of your safety and consistent with our fundamental guiding principle to ‘do no harm,’ we also encourage you to talk to your healthcare provider prior to adding a multivitamin to your regimen if you are taking other supplements or OTC/prescription medications.
                      • Practical considerations — Remembering to take multiple doses of a supplement throughout the day can be a challenge for many of us even on our best days. And if that’s the case with you, it may be best to take the recommended daily dosage as a single serving, preferably at the same time every day. On the other hand, if taking multiple capsules (or tablets) at one time is too difficult for you, it is perfectly okay to take them in divided doses throughout the day. As with any supplement, consistent compliance is key to reaping the intended benefits, so follow whatever dosing schedule  will help you consistently take the recommended daily dosage every day.

                      Can multivitamins be taken together with other dietary supplements?

                      A multivitamin serves to fill the gaps of what might be missing in the diet and is typically fine in combination with other dietary supplements. However, it may be best to take a multivitamin that includes iron and/or zinc separately from a calcium/magnesium supplement as iron and zinc may compete with calcium/magnesium for absorption. That being said, consistent with our guiding principle to “do no harm,” we encourage you to consult with your trusted healthcare provider to determine what use is best for your individual needs prior to adding a multivitamin (or any other supplement) to your regimen.

                      • Can multivitamins be taken together with OTC or prescription medications?

                      If you are taking or planning to take an OTC or prescription medication, please consult a licensed pharmacist or your healthcare provider before beginning supplementation to minimize risk of side effects associated with potential supplement-drug interactions.

                      Questions about NutriGold multivitamins

                      Are synthetic or lab-made nutrients used at any point during the production of NutriGold multivitamin products, either as starting materials, as intermediates, or to fortify the finished product?

                      Except for the B12, which is synthetic because a natural, vegan source is currently not commercially available, all of the other nutrients in our vitamin, mineral, and multivitamin products are derived from non-genetically modified, natural food sources; many of the nutrient sources are also certified organic. No synthetic isolates are not used at any point during the production of NutriGold multivitamins.

                      How can I be sure that what’s on a multivitamin product label is actually inside the bottle?

                      At NutriGold, we believe that consumers have the right to hold companies accountable for label claims and that companies, in return, are professionally, morally, and ethically obligated to make information that is material to making a purchasing decision available and accessible to consumers upon request. Our commitment to authentic transparency is best reflected not just in our willingness to share where our ingredients come from or in the ethical disclosures about the composition of our products, but also in our willingness to make product Certificates of Analysis readily and easily accessible to consumers with a simple scan of the QR code on our product labels or by visiting the product pages on our website.

                      The Certificate of Analysis is a summary of the results of all of the third-party testing performed on the product, is lot-specific, and updated each time a new lot of a product is authorized for distribution by our quality control team. The results summarized in the Certificate of Analysis provide reassurance that the product has been verified to contain what is claimed on the label.

                      What are the sources of the different nutrients in NutriGold multivitamins?

                      Every micronutrient that is listed as “from organic food blend” is 100% sourced from foods such as organic lemon, guava, amla, etc. The full list of organic foods from which the vast majority of the micronutrients in NutriGold multivitamins are derived is included in the ‘Organic Food Blend’ on the supplement facts panel. Micronutrients that originate from other sources include vegan vitamin D (from lichen), vitamin K (from natto), and iodine (from organic kelp) and are listed as such on the product labels. Vitamin B-12 is the only synthetic micronutrient in NutriGold multivitamins and this is produced by microbial fermentation of multiple species of propionibacterium.

                      Does NutriGold use synthetic vitamins at any stage during the multivitamin manufacturing process?

                      Other than vitamin B12, which is synthetic, NutriGold multivitamin products do not contain any other synthetic vitamins (in isolated or cultured forms). When formulating multivitamin products, our preference always is to use organic food sources when available. However, our vitamin B12 is an exception to this because there are no known biologically active plant sources of B12. Our multivitamins include vitamin B12 in its biologically active methylcobalamin & adenosylcobalamin forms in an approximately 70/30 ratio.

                      Why don’t NutriGold multivitamins provide 100% DV of all vitamins and minerals?

                      Although natural foods are safe and bioavailable sources of many of the micronutrients that are essential for maintaining good health, they often contain these micronutrients in fairly small amounts. So, formulating a multivitamin product that provides 100% daily value of all of the micronutrients from natural food sources, while ideal and theoretically possible, would be associated with a prohibitive increase in the daily dosage as well as the product price, which can be a deal-breaker for many consumers. 

                      To ensure that our products provide safe and therapeutic doses of essential micronutrients at reasonable dosages and sustainable prices, we had to make some compromises on which nutrients end up in our multivitamin formulations. That being said, most of our multivitamins still provide 100% DV (or higher) of most vitamins and 50% DV or higher of some minerals.

                      Why don’t NutriGold multivitamins include minerals like calcium, magnesium and copper?

                      Calcium and magnesium can compete with other minerals for absorption in the GI tract and are often recommended to be taken separately from a multivitamin.  Also, depending on what calcium or magnesium is bound to, the size of the molecule can be quite large, which could make the serving size of a multivitamin that provides therapeutic amounts of either of these minerals larger than what many customers would be willing to take. For customers that need extra supplemental magnesium we offer Magnesium Gold, which provides a bioavailable source of magnesium (400 mg per 3 capsule serving).

                      Similarly, the reason we do not include copper in our multivitamins is that copper is poorly absorbed in the presence of iron and zinc. The decision to include iron (Women's formulas) and zinc (all multi formulas) at the expense of copper was based on population studies showing a higher rate of iron and zinc deficiency, rather than a copper deficiency,  in the general population.

                      Why don’t NutriGold multivitamins provide Vitamin A (beta carotene)?

                      Many multivitamin brands, including those that are marketed as "food-based", offer vitamin A as synthetic beta carotene or lab-created vitamin A (retinol). At NutriGold, we strive to avoid synthetic vitamins in our products and prefer nutrients that are derived entirely from natural foods. Unfortunately, food sources of beta carotene are not currently available that meet our stringent quality standards for stability. It is important to note, however, that all of our women’s 3-per-day multivitamins (except for the prenatal multi) and two of our men’s multivitamins (men’s multi 40+ & men’s 55+ multi) now feature SOD-B Extramel®, a clinically-proven ingredient that is a far more powerful antioxidant than beta-carotene and provides some of the same benefits as vitamin A.

                      Does NutriGold offer a gender-neutral multivitamin?

                      We do not currently offer a gender-neutral multivitamin. This allows our customers to choose the formulation (Men's, Women's, Prenatal, 40+, etc.) that best fits their needs based upon nutrient levels, without worrying about potentially unnecessary gender-specific herbs or herbal blends. Many brands include gender-specific herbs (e.g. saw palmetto, chaste tree); however, these gender-specific ingredients are usually in amounts that are too low to provide the intended therapeutic benefits and sometimes come at the expense of some of the essential micronutrients in the multivitamin formulation..

                      We recognize that gender-specific multivitamin formulas can have the unintended consequence of creating more confusion rather than introducing more clarity into the multivitamin purchasing process. According to the Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine, however, there are some variations in the nutrients that are needed for women of child-bearing age versus women who are going through menopause and later (e.g. folate, iron). Our women's multivitamin formulas reflect the differences in these variations. Likewise, iron is not added to our men's multivitamins or the 40 / 55+ women's multivitamins given that men and post-menopausal women (who are not at risk of iron deficiency) are typically directed to avoid multivitamins containing iron.

                      We recognize that we are all unique individuals with often varied nutritional needs. In light of this, we encourage all of our customers to consult with a licensed healthcare provider to determine what micronutrients they may or may not be lacking and what amounts are appropriate for their needs prior to supplementation.

                      Does NutriGold offer a children’s multivitamin?

                      While we have explored the possibility of offering a children’s multivitamin, our product Research & Development team has not yet approved moving forward with production on this product. Although adjusting our current adult multivitamin formulations to meet child-appropriate RDAs is easy enough to do, our goal is to be able to offer a children's multivitamin that is easier to take and more palatable, even without the sweeteners, colors, and artificial flavors found in many of the current children's multivitamin offerings. We are confident that we will eventually develop a formulation that checks all the boxes and conforms to our own high quality and safety standards, but as with all NutriGold products, the process can sometimes be excruciatingly long.

                      What is a pullulan capsule? What is it made of?

                      Pullulan is a vegetable-derived, water-soluble polysaccharide produced through a natural fermentation process. Pullulan capsules are considered more natural than HPMC (cellulose) capsules because they are naturally derived from fermented tapioca. Unlike cellulose capsules, which are considered semi-synthetic and not permitted in certified organic products, pullulan is included in the USDA’s National Organic Program list of accepted ingredients for organic products. 

                      What is the purpose of the organic rice concentrate?

                      Although we make every effort to manufacture products without any additives, we sometimes need to add an additive for optimal ingredient flow during manufacturing and to ensure finished product integrity. While many supplement companies prefer to use chemical additives like magnesium stearate and silicon dioxide, we prefer to use organic rice concentrate from USA-grown brown rice bran, which is naturally hypoallergenic and gluten-free. The rice concentrate is only added on an as-needed basis to ensure product integrity and is always declared in the spirit of complete transparency on the product label.

                      Are NutriGold multivitamins soy-free?

                      At NutriGold, we use the term “soy-free” to describe products that do not contain any ingredients derived from soy and the phrase “verified free of soy allergen” to confirm that soy allergen, if present, is less than 5 parts per million or 5 micrograms per gram of the product. Based on these definitions, our multivitamin products are not soy-free because vitamin K2 (as MK-7) in our multivitamins is sourced from natto, which is fermented soybeans.  We encourage consumers who are interested in taking the product, but are unsure about the suitability of the soy-derived K2 in the product for their particular health needs, to discuss their concerns with a qualified healthcare provider prior to supplementation.

                      Are NutriGold multivitamins gluten-free?

                      All of our multivitamin products are confirmed to be free of gluten through supply-chain verification and independently verified by a third-party lab to contain less than 20 parts per million or less than 20 micrograms per gram of gluten per serving of the product, which is consistent with the limit set by the FDA as per its gluten-free food labeling rule.

                      Should NutriGold multivitamins be taken with food?

                      Many customers find our multivitamins to be gentle enough to be taken on an empty stomach. However, it is generally recommended to take multivitamins with food, if possible, because the products include fat-soluble vitamins that are best absorbed with some fat (usually a component of most meals).

                      Can the recommended dosage of NutriGold multivitamins be taken in divided doses throughout the day or is it best to take it as a single dose?

                      Overall nutrient assimilation may be best if you are able to space the multivitamin throughout the day. However, if compliance is an issue, our multivitamins may be consumed as a single dose. It is also generally recommended to take multivitamins with food, if possible, because they include fat-soluble vitamins that are best absorbed with some fat (usually a component of most meals). We encourage you to consult with your trusted healthcare advisor to determine what usage is best for your individual needs.

                      Can I break apart the capsule and add the contents to liquid/food to consume?

                      All of our products are formulated to be taken as capsules and our purity and potency claims are based on the product being taken as recommended. We generally do not recommend breaking apart the capsules because it can introduce contaminants or otherwise compromise product potency and effectiveness.

                      Section updated  ↴

                      Questions about men’s multivitamins

                      Does NutriGold offer more than one men’ multivitamin formulation?

                      Yes. We offer 4 multivitamin options to support men’s health - 

                      • One Daily Men’s Multi Gold (available in 30-count and 60-count bottles/1 capsule per day) 
                      • Men’s Multi Gold (90 capsules/3 capsules per day)
                      • 40+ Multi Gold (90 capsules/3 capsules per day)
                      • 55+ Multi Gold (90 capsules/3 capsules per day)

                      How do the different men’s multivitamins compare?

                      Nutrients

                      One Daily Men’s

                      Men’s Multi

                      Men’s 40+ Multi

                      Men’s 55+ Multi

                      1 cap/day

                      3 caps/day

                      3 caps/day

                      3 caps/day

                      Size 0 pullulan capsule (length — 0.854” & outer diameter — 0.3”)

                      Water-Soluble Vitamins

                      Vitamin C

                      50%

                      100%

                      100%

                      100%

                      Thiamin (B1)

                      > 100%

                      > 100%

                      > 100%

                      > 100%

                      Riboflavin (B2)

                      > 100%

                      > 100%

                      > 100%

                      > 100%

                      Niacin (B3)

                      50%

                      100%

                      100%

                      100%

                      Pyridoxine (B6)

                      > 100%

                      > 100%

                      > 100%

                      > 100%

                      Folate (B9)

                      100%

                      100%

                      100%

                      100%

                      B-12

                      > 100%

                      > 100%

                      > 100%

                      > 100%

                      Biotin

                      > 100%

                      > 100%

                      > 100%

                      > 100%

                      Pantothenic Acid

                      > 100%

                      > 100%

                      > 100%

                      > 100%

                      Fat-Soluble Vitamins — Percent Daily Value (based on a 2,000 calorie diet)

                      Vitamin D3

                      100%

                      100%

                      100%

                      100%

                      Vitamin E

                      70%

                      > 100%

                      100%

                      100%

                      Vitamin K2 (MK-7)

                      100%

                      100%

                      100%

                      100%

                      Minerals — Percent Daily Value (based on a 2,000 calorie diet)

                      Iodine

                      50%

                      100%

                      100%

                      100%

                      Zinc

                      45%

                      100%

                      100%

                      100%

                      Selenium

                      > 100%

                      > 100%

                      > 100%

                      > 100%

                      Manganese

                      N/A

                      40%

                      40%

                      40%

                      Chromium

                      > 100%

                      > 100%

                      > 100%

                      > 100%

                      Added Ingredients to Support Healthy Aging

                      Solarplast®

                      SOD-B®

                      Additional Considerations

                      Certified Organic

                      Non-GMO Verified

                      Certified C.L.E.A.N

                      Certified Kosher

                      Certified Vegan

                      Vegan/Vegetarian


                      Can individuals with a known or suspected MTHFR gene mutation take NutriGold multivitamins to get the recommended daily value of folate?

                      There is some controversy with regard to the form of B9 that is best suited for individuals with a known or suspected MTHFR gene variant. According to the American Pregnancy Association, some women have a defect in their MTHFR gene that doesn’t allow them to properly convert synthetic folic acid into active methyl folate. As such, women taking folic acid may not be absorbing their B vitamins as expected. For this reason, it is preferable to take folate either from whole food sources (e.g. green leafy vegetables) or supplements that contain the natural form of active folate instead of synthesized folic acid whenever possible.

                      However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the most common variant in the MTHFR gene is MTHFR C677T and these are the 5 most important things to known about this variant —

                      1. People with MTHFR C677T variants can process all types of folate, including folic acid.
                      2. Folic acid is the only type of folate shown to help prevent neural tube defects.
                      3. MTHFR gene variants are common.
                      4. All women of reproductive age who could become pregnant should consume 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid each day, including those with an MTHFR C677T variant
                      5. Sometimes a woman may still have a baby with a neural tube defect even though she consumed the recommended 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid; the defect may be unrelated to the MTHFR gene variant or folate status.

                      Supplements containing forms of folate other than folic acid (such as 5-MTHF) should not be confused with the natural food folate found in fruits and vegetables. The effectiveness of these [5-MTHF] supplements in preventing neural tube defects has not been studied. For more information on the difference between folic acid and folate, please click here.

                      The form of B9 in our product is not the methylated form. While it can help bridge nutritional gaps in the diet, support good health, and help minimize the risk of folate deficiency when taken in conjunction with a diet that includes folate-rich foods, we regret we do not have any information on and cannot make any recommendations regarding the use of our product by individuals with a known or suspected MTHFR gene variant. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the folate form in our products, we ask that you discuss those concerns with your healthcare provider prior to supplementation so you can make an informed purchasing decision on the form of folate that will best support your particular health goals.

                      Why don’t NutriGold multivitamins include any ingredients to address specific men’s health issues (e.g. prostate)?

                      At NutriGold, we believe that a multivitamin should be just that—a multivitamin that helps consumers bridge nutrient gaps in the diet. It cannot and should not be used as a one-size-fits-all, kitchen-sink solution to specific health concerns that may or may not be shared by everyone in the target population.

                      From a practical standpoint, including the full therapeutic dosages of targeted ingredients that address specific women’s health issues (e.g. saw palmetto for prostate health) will likely mean more capsules, which could be a deal-breaker for consumers who either cannot or don’t prefer to take products with prohibitively high dosages. Formulating without these gender-specific, targeted ingredients allows consumers to choose the multivitamin that best fits their needs based upon micronutrient levels and without the distraction of ingredients that are either present in amounts too low to be therapeutically beneficial and/or are tangential to the purposes for which most consumers take a multivitamin.

                      That being said, while our men’s multivitamin formulations do not include targeted ingredients to provide specific health benefits, they do include broad-spectrum antioxidants (e.g. Solarplast®, SOD-B®) that have the potential to complement the activity of the essential micronutrients and support healthy aging.

                      Men’s Multi Gold


                      Section updated  ↴

                      General Questions About Multivitamins

                      What is a multivitamin?

                      A multivitamin is any product that contains 3 or more vitamins in amounts below established tolerable upper limits that can help minimize risk of deficiency. However, because most commercially available multivitamin supplements also include one or more minerals, multivitamins may also be referred to as multivitamin/mineral (or MVM) supplements.

                      Given that no standard definition is available for an MVM supplement—such as what nutrients it must contain and at what levels— MVM products by different brands vary greatly in terms of composition and characteristics. While some products only contain vitamins, others may include minerals and/or other value-added ingredients (e.g. botanicals, specialty ingredients).

                      What are % Daily Values?

                        The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine establish RDAs or “Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDA),” which are the average daily intake of nutrients sufficient to meet the nutrient requirements of nearly all (97%-98%) healthy people. The FDA relies on these RDAs to set the Percent Daily Value (or % DV) on supplement and nutrition labels as a “guide to the nutrients in one serving of food.” For example, if a supplement label lists 10% DV for vitamin E, it means that, at the recommended dosage, one serving of the supplement will provide 10% of the vitamin E you need each day. It must be noted that ‘Percent DVs’ are based on a 2,000-calorie diet for healthy adults, but the DVs can be used as a guide even if your diet is higher or lower than 2,000 calories. To be on the safer side, opt for a multivitamin that provides the nutrients essential for maintaining good health in amounts that don’t exceed established tolerable upper limits.

                        Where do the nutrients (vitamins, minerals) in a multivitamin come from?

                          The nutrients in a multivitamin may either be (1) synthesized using industrial chemicals and solvents; or (2) derived from natural food ingredients. For example, the synthetic vitamin B3 (niacin) that is present in the vast majority of commercially available multivitamin supplements is created in a lab using coal tar derivatives, 3-cyanopyridine, and ammonia. However, there are a small number of brands, including NutriGold, that provide vitamin B3 from natural food sources (e.g. holy basil). 

                          Be wary of brands that advertise their multivitamin products as being “food-based” or use the term “food” indiscriminately to describe products that are primarily made using synthetic vitamins mixed in with nutritional yeast or other food powders. Products that provide nutrients naturally derived “from” food are not the same as products that provide synthetic nutrients “mixed in” with food powders or products that are made by fortifying “nutritional yeast” with synthetic vitamins. 

                          What is the difference between synthetic (lab-made) and natural vitamins?

                            At NutriGold, we define “synthetic” vitamins as man-made vitamins that are created in a lab using industrial chemicals and solvents and “natural” vitamins as vitamins that are extracted, concentrated, or otherwise derived from natural food sources. The primary difference between lab-made vitamins and natural vitamins is that vitamins that occur in nature are present as food-vitamin complexes along with related co-factors, whereas synthetic vitamins that are created in a lab are isolated, fractionated, purified, and are not always structurally similar to vitamins that occurs in nature. Synthetic vitamins do not have the necessary cofactors for their proper utilization by the body; the body has to reconstruct the vitamins using its own reserve of cofactors, and this can, over time, lead to inadvertent nutrient depletion. Furthermore, synthetic vitamins are often made using petrochemical byproducts and industrial solvents that may not be fit for long-term use. 

                            Additionally, nutrients derived from natural sources also do not produce the metallic aftertaste and/or digestive discomfort commonly associated with the use of products made using synthetic vitamins. We invite you to review the information we have compiled to support our position against the use of synthetic vitamins on our website at:  https://nutrigold.com/pages/synthetics

                            How can I tell if a vitamin or mineral is from a natural source or a synthetic source?

                              The lack of standardization in the composition of multivitamin products by different brands and substantive differences in the terminology used by brands to describe their multivitamin products has contributed, in large part, to the confusion consumers experience when trying to make a multivitamin purchasing decision.

                              If you are in the market for a multivitamin product and want to know if the nutrients in the product are synthetic or natural, take a close look at the supplement facts panel on the label of the multivitamin product and rely on these general rules of thumb when making your purchasing decision — 

                              • Nutrient sources not listed — if the source of the nutrient is not listed in parentheses next to each of the nutrients on the label, it is likely that the nutrient is synthetic (lab-made)
                              • Nutrient sources may be listed and include yeast (S. cerevisiae) — if nutritional yeast or S. cerevisiae appears next to the nutrient or anywhere on the label, or if the terms, ‘cultured’ or ‘fermented’ or ‘matrix’ appear anywhere on the label or in descriptions of the product on the label, chances are the product contains synthetic vitamins in some amount. 
                                • Note: Even if we set aside the question of whether or not this ‘culturing’ or ‘fermenting’ process can make synthetic, lab-made vitamins more similar to nutrients from natural foods, the fact remains that the process starts with synthetic, lab-made vitamins and, in most cases, ends with fortifying the yeast blend with more synthetic vitamins to ensure that the product provides the amounts declared on the label.
                              • Nutrient sources are listed and they are foods — more likely than not that the nutrient is from a natural source.

                              When in doubt, always reach out to the manufacturer of the multivitamin and ask the following questions — “Are synthetic or lab-made nutrients used at any point during the production of your multivitamin product, either as starting materials, as intermediates, or to fortify the finished product?” The answer you receive in response to this question (or even the absence of a response) should help you make the purchasing decision that best meets your requirements.

                              How do I know if I need to take a multivitamin?

                                Most of the nutrients in multivitamin supplements are considered essential because the human body cannot produce them on its own; they must be consumed from food and/or dietary supplements. Evidence from human research clearly shows both that a significant proportion of the populations of developed countries suffer from deficiencies or insufficiencies in essential vitamins. At minimum, a multivitamin should contain the nutrients essential for bridging dietary gaps in amounts that don't exceed established tolerable upper limits.

                                When possible, it is always recommended that you get your essential nutrients from fresh, minimally-processed, organic foods that are grown locally and picked at the peak of freshness because they tend to be the most nutrient-dense and bioavailable sources of these nutrients. However, industrial  agricultural practices and the stressors of modern life have made it difficult, if not impossible, for the vast majority of us to get the required amounts of the essential nutrients exclusively from our diet, making supplementation the next best option to minimize deficiency risk and help maintain good health. Given that we are all unique individuals with often varied nutritional needs, we encourage you to consult with a licensed dietitian/healthcare provider to determine the product that is right for your nutritional needs.

                                What are some factors to consider when choosing a multivitamin?

                                Factors that impact a multivitamin purchasing decision are generally as complex as the reasons why people supplement with multivitamins. Although by no means an exhaustive list of all possible factors, see below a few things to keep in mind when making a purchasing decision —

                                1. Sustainability — are the micronutrients in the product derived from planet-friendly sources (e.g. organic, non-GMO)?
                                2. Quality — does the multivitamin provide therapeutic dosages (based on Percent DVs) of the essential micronutrients?
                                  1. More is not always better — you are not what you eat, you are what you absorb, so just because a product contains mega doses of the micronutrients doesn’t mean your body can actually absorb or use all of them. 
                                    1. Excess water-soluble vitamins — unused water-soluble vitamins have to be removed by the excretory organs (e.g. kidneys); which can increase the body’s workload. 
                                    2. Excess fat-soluble vitamins — unused fat-soluble vitamins (vitamins A, D, E, 7 K) are stored in the body for long periods of time and generally pose a greater risk for toxicity when consumed in excess. So, try and get as many of the micronutrients as you can from your diet and supplement with a multivitamin that provides the essential micronutrients in amounts that help bridge nutrient gaps in the diet and do not exceed established tolerable upper limits for toxicity.
                                  2. Value-added ingredients — does the product include ingredients that complement or enhance the activity of the micronutrients to support healthy aging? Are these value-added ingredients present in therapeutic dosages (rather than just a pixie dusting for marketing purposes)?
                                  3. Product composition — what is listed in the “other ingredients?”  Is the product free of chemical additives including fillers, binders, disintegrants, and coating agents?
                                3. Accountability — does the company provide assurance that what’s claimed on the label is actually inside the bottle (e.g. Certificate of Analysis, USP seal, ConsumerLab verified seal)?
                                4. Transparency — are the micronutrients in the multivitamin derived from natural foods or created in a lab? What is the country of origin of the different ingredients in the multivitamin blend?
                                5. Value — although price is definitely an important consideration for many consumers, it is as  unreliable an indicator of product quality, safety, or effectiveness as are creative packaging or fancy marketing copy. The only way to ensure that you are making the purchasing decision that is right for you or a loved one is to consider all of the factors listed above in their totality and evaluate which product is most likely to help support your health goals.

                                What is the best time of day to take a multivitamin?

                                The best time of day to take a multivitamin depends on several factors —

                                • Product composition — If the multivitamin you are taking only includes water-soluble nutrients, then you can take it at any time during the day, even on an empty stomach. If, however, your multivitamin includes fat-soluble nutrients, it is recommended that you take the supplement with the largest meal of your day.
                                • Nutrient type (synthetic vs. natural) — Synthetic vitamins can sometimes have a metallic aftertaste and/or produce digestive discomfort, so it is generally better to take them in the middle of the largest meal of the day. Products made using vitamins from natural sources are gentle enough to be taken on an empty stomach at any time during the day, but taking them with food can help with the optimal absorption of fat-soluble nutrients like vitamins D3, E, and K2.
                                • Serving size (one, two, or more) — If the recommended dosage is one capsule a day, then you can take the product at any time during the day, but preferably with a meal if the formulation includes any fat-soluble nutrients. If the serving size is two or more capsules, tablets, or softgels, it is desirable to take them in divided doses throughout the day. However, if taking them in divided at different times during the day is not an option, the next best thing is to take them with the largest meal of the day.
                                • Other supplements you may be taking — When taking one or more supplements, we recommend spacing the different supplements throughout the day to minimize the load on the digestive system and to support optimal absorption and assimilation of the nutrients in the multivitamin. In the interest of your safety and consistent with our fundamental guiding principle to ‘do no harm,’ we also encourage you to talk to your healthcare provider prior to adding a multivitamin to your regimen if you are taking other supplements or OTC/prescription medications.
                                • Practical considerations — Remembering to take multiple doses of a supplement throughout the day can be a challenge for many of us even on our best days. And if that’s the case with you, it may be best to take the recommended daily dosage as a single serving, preferably at the same time every day. On the other hand, if taking multiple capsules (or tablets) at one time is too difficult for you, it is perfectly okay to take them in divided doses throughout the day. As with any supplement, consistent compliance is key to reaping the intended benefits, so follow whatever dosing schedule  will help you consistently take the recommended daily dosage every day.

                                Can multivitamins be taken together with other dietary supplements?

                                A multivitamin serves to fill the gaps of what might be missing in the diet and is typically fine in combination with other dietary supplements. However, it may be best to take a multivitamin that includes iron and/or zinc separately from a calcium/magnesium supplement as iron and zinc may compete with calcium/magnesium for absorption. That being said, consistent with our guiding principle to “do no harm,” we encourage you to consult with your trusted healthcare provider to determine what use is best for your individual needs prior to adding a multivitamin (or any other supplement) to your regimen.

                                • Can multivitamins be taken together with OTC or prescription medications?

                                If you are taking or planning to take an OTC or prescription medication, please consult a licensed pharmacist or your healthcare provider before beginning supplementation to minimize risk of side effects associated with potential supplement-drug interactions.

                                Questions about NutriGold multivitamins

                                Are synthetic or lab-made nutrients used at any point during the production of NutriGold multivitamin products, either as starting materials, as intermediates, or to fortify the finished product?

                                Except for the B12, which is synthetic because a natural, vegan source is currently not commercially available, all of the other nutrients in our vitamin, mineral, and multivitamin products are derived from non-genetically modified, natural food sources; many of the nutrient sources are also certified organic. No synthetic isolates are not used at any point during the production of NutriGold multivitamins.

                                How can I be sure that what’s on a multivitamin product label is actually inside the bottle?

                                At NutriGold, we believe that consumers have the right to hold companies accountable for label claims and that companies, in return, are professionally, morally, and ethically obligated to make information that is material to making a purchasing decision available and accessible to consumers upon request. Our commitment to authentic transparency is best reflected not just in our willingness to share where our ingredients come from or in the ethical disclosures about the composition of our products, but also in our willingness to make product Certificates of Analysis readily and easily accessible to consumers with a simple scan of the QR code on our product labels or by visiting the product pages on our website.

                                The Certificate of Analysis is a summary of the results of all of the third-party testing performed on the product, is lot-specific, and updated each time a new lot of a product is authorized for distribution by our quality control team. The results summarized in the Certificate of Analysis provide reassurance that the product has been verified to contain what is claimed on the label.

                                What are the sources of the different nutrients in NutriGold multivitamins?

                                Every micronutrient that is listed as “from organic food blend” is 100% sourced from foods such as organic lemon, guava, amla, etc. The full list of organic foods from which the vast majority of the micronutrients in NutriGold multivitamins are derived is included in the ‘Organic Food Blend’ on the supplement facts panel. Micronutrients that originate from other sources include vegan vitamin D (from lichen), vitamin K (from natto), and iodine (from organic kelp) and are listed as such on the product labels. Vitamin B-12 is the only synthetic micronutrient in NutriGold multivitamins and this is produced by microbial fermentation of multiple species of propionibacterium.

                                Does NutriGold use synthetic vitamins at any stage during the multivitamin manufacturing process?

                                Other than vitamin B12, which is synthetic, NutriGold multivitamin products do not contain any other synthetic vitamins (in isolated or cultured forms). When formulating multivitamin products, our preference always is to use organic food sources when available. However, our vitamin B12 is an exception to this because there are no known biologically active plant sources of B12. Our multivitamins include vitamin B12 in its biologically active methylcobalamin & adenosylcobalamin forms in an approximately 70/30 ratio.

                                Why don’t NutriGold multivitamins provide 100% DV of all vitamins and minerals?

                                Although natural foods are safe and bioavailable sources of many of the micronutrients that are essential for maintaining good health, they often contain these micronutrients in fairly small amounts. So, formulating a multivitamin product that provides 100% daily value of all of the micronutrients from natural food sources, while ideal and theoretically possible, would be associated with a prohibitive increase in the daily dosage as well as the product price, which can be a deal-breaker for many consumers. 

                                To ensure that our products provide safe and therapeutic doses of essential micronutrients at reasonable dosages and sustainable prices, we had to make some compromises on which nutrients end up in our multivitamin formulations. That being said, most of our multivitamins still provide 100% DV (or higher) of most vitamins and 50% DV or higher of some minerals.

                                Why don’t NutriGold multivitamins include minerals like calcium, magnesium and copper?

                                Calcium and magnesium can compete with other minerals for absorption in the GI tract and are often recommended to be taken separately from a multivitamin.  Also, depending on what calcium or magnesium is bound to, the size of the molecule can be quite large, which could make the serving size of a multivitamin that provides therapeutic amounts of either of these minerals larger than what many customers would be willing to take. For customers that need extra supplemental magnesium we offer Magnesium Gold, which provides a bioavailable source of magnesium (400 mg per 3 capsule serving).

                                Similarly, the reason we do not include copper in our multivitamins is that copper is poorly absorbed in the presence of iron and zinc. The decision to include iron (Women's formulas) and zinc (all multi formulas) at the expense of copper was based on population studies showing a higher rate of iron and zinc deficiency, rather than a copper deficiency,  in the general population.

                                Why don’t NutriGold multivitamins provide Vitamin A (beta carotene)?

                                Many multivitamin brands, including those that are marketed as "food-based", offer vitamin A as synthetic beta carotene or lab-created vitamin A (retinol). At NutriGold, we strive to avoid synthetic vitamins in our products and prefer nutrients that are derived entirely from natural foods. Unfortunately, food sources of beta carotene are not currently available that meet our stringent quality standards for stability. It is important to note, however, that all of our women’s 3-per-day multivitamins (except for the prenatal multi) and two of our men’s multivitamins (men’s multi 40+ & men’s 55+ multi) now feature SOD-B Extramel®, a clinically-proven ingredient that is a far more powerful antioxidant than beta-carotene and provides some of the same benefits as vitamin A.

                                Does NutriGold offer a gender-neutral multivitamin?

                                We do not currently offer a gender-neutral multivitamin. This allows our customers to choose the formulation (Men's, Women's, Prenatal, 40+, etc.) that best fits their needs based upon nutrient levels, without worrying about potentially unnecessary gender-specific herbs or herbal blends. Many brands include gender-specific herbs (e.g. saw palmetto, chaste tree); however, these gender-specific ingredients are usually in amounts that are too low to provide the intended therapeutic benefits and sometimes come at the expense of some of the essential micronutrients in the multivitamin formulation..

                                We recognize that gender-specific multivitamin formulas can have the unintended consequence of creating more confusion rather than introducing more clarity into the multivitamin purchasing process. According to the Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine, however, there are some variations in the nutrients that are needed for women of child-bearing age versus women who are going through menopause and later (e.g. folate, iron). Our women's multivitamin formulas reflect the differences in these variations. Likewise, iron is not added to our men's multivitamins or the 40 / 55+ women's multivitamins given that men and post-menopausal women (who are not at risk of iron deficiency) are typically directed to avoid multivitamins containing iron.

                                We recognize that we are all unique individuals with often varied nutritional needs. In light of this, we encourage all of our customers to consult with a licensed healthcare provider to determine what micronutrients they may or may not be lacking and what amounts are appropriate for their needs prior to supplementation.

                                Does NutriGold offer a children’s multivitamin?

                                While we have explored the possibility of offering a children’s multivitamin, our product Research & Development team has not yet approved moving forward with production on this product. Although adjusting our current adult multivitamin formulations to meet child-appropriate RDAs is easy enough to do, our goal is to be able to offer a children's multivitamin that is easier to take and more palatable, even without the sweeteners, colors, and artificial flavors found in many of the current children's multivitamin offerings. We are confident that we will eventually develop a formulation that checks all the boxes and conforms to our own high quality and safety standards, but as with all NutriGold products, the process can sometimes be excruciatingly long.

                                What is a pullulan capsule? What is it made of?

                                Pullulan is a vegetable-derived, water-soluble polysaccharide produced through a natural fermentation process. Pullulan capsules are considered more natural than HPMC (cellulose) capsules because they are naturally derived from fermented tapioca. Unlike cellulose capsules, which are considered semi-synthetic and not permitted in certified organic products, pullulan is included in the USDA’s National Organic Program list of accepted ingredients for organic products. 

                                What is the purpose of the organic rice concentrate?

                                Although we make every effort to manufacture products without any additives, we sometimes need to add an additive for optimal ingredient flow during manufacturing and to ensure finished product integrity. While many supplement companies prefer to use chemical additives like magnesium stearate and silicon dioxide, we prefer to use organic rice concentrate from USA-grown brown rice bran, which is naturally hypoallergenic and gluten-free. The rice concentrate is only added on an as-needed basis to ensure product integrity and is always declared in the spirit of complete transparency on the product label.

                                Are NutriGold multivitamins soy-free?

                                At NutriGold, we use the term “soy-free” to describe products that do not contain any ingredients derived from soy and the phrase “verified free of soy allergen” to confirm that soy allergen, if present, is less than 5 parts per million or 5 micrograms per gram of the product. Based on these definitions, our multivitamin products are not soy-free because vitamin K2 (as MK-7) in our multivitamins is sourced from natto, which is fermented soybeans.  We encourage consumers who are interested in taking the product, but are unsure about the suitability of the soy-derived K2 in the product for their particular health needs, to discuss their concerns with a qualified healthcare provider prior to supplementation.

                                Are NutriGold multivitamins gluten-free?

                                All of our multivitamin products are confirmed to be free of gluten through supply-chain verification and independently verified by a third-party lab to contain less than 20 parts per million or less than 20 micrograms per gram of gluten per serving of the product, which is consistent with the limit set by the FDA as per its gluten-free food labeling rule.

                                Should NutriGold multivitamins be taken with food?

                                Many customers find our multivitamins to be gentle enough to be taken on an empty stomach. However, it is generally recommended to take multivitamins with food, if possible, because the products include fat-soluble vitamins that are best absorbed with some fat (usually a component of most meals).

                                Can the recommended dosage of NutriGold multivitamins be taken in divided doses throughout the day or is it best to take it as a single dose?

                                Overall nutrient assimilation may be best if you are able to space the multivitamin throughout the day. However, if compliance is an issue, our multivitamins may be consumed as a single dose. It is also generally recommended to take multivitamins with food, if possible, because they include fat-soluble vitamins that are best absorbed with some fat (usually a component of most meals). We encourage you to consult with your trusted healthcare advisor to determine what usage is best for your individual needs.

                                Can I break apart the capsule and add the contents to liquid/food to consume?

                                All of our products are formulated to be taken as capsules and our purity and potency claims are based on the product being taken as recommended. We generally do not recommend breaking apart the capsules because it can introduce contaminants or otherwise compromise product potency and effectiveness.

                                Section updated  ↴

                                Questions about men’s multivitamins

                                Does NutriGold offer more than one men’ multivitamin formulation?

                                Yes. We offer 4 multivitamin options to support men’s health - 

                                • One Daily Men’s Multi Gold (available in 30-count and 60-count bottles/1 capsule per day) 
                                • Men’s Multi Gold (90 capsules/3 capsules per day)
                                • 40+ Multi Gold (90 capsules/3 capsules per day)
                                • 55+ Multi Gold (90 capsules/3 capsules per day)

                                How do the different men’s multivitamins compare?

                                Nutrients

                                One Daily Men’s

                                Men’s Multi

                                Men’s 40+ Multi

                                Men’s 55+ Multi

                                1 cap/day

                                3 caps/day

                                3 caps/day

                                3 caps/day

                                Size 0 pullulan capsule (length — 0.854” & outer diameter — 0.3”)

                                Water-Soluble Vitamins

                                Vitamin C

                                50%

                                100%

                                100%

                                100%

                                Thiamin (B1)

                                > 100%

                                > 100%

                                > 100%

                                > 100%

                                Riboflavin (B2)

                                > 100%

                                > 100%

                                > 100%

                                > 100%

                                Niacin (B3)

                                50%

                                100%

                                100%

                                100%

                                Pyridoxine (B6)

                                > 100%

                                > 100%

                                > 100%

                                > 100%

                                Folate (B9)

                                100%

                                100%

                                100%

                                100%

                                B-12

                                > 100%

                                > 100%

                                > 100%

                                > 100%

                                Biotin

                                > 100%

                                > 100%

                                > 100%

                                > 100%

                                Pantothenic Acid

                                > 100%

                                > 100%

                                > 100%

                                > 100%

                                Fat-Soluble Vitamins — Percent Daily Value (based on a 2,000 calorie diet)

                                Vitamin D3

                                100%

                                100%

                                100%

                                100%

                                Vitamin E

                                70%

                                > 100%

                                100%

                                100%

                                Vitamin K2 (MK-7)

                                100%

                                100%

                                100%

                                100%

                                Minerals — Percent Daily Value (based on a 2,000 calorie diet)

                                Iodine

                                50%

                                100%

                                100%

                                100%

                                Zinc

                                45%

                                100%

                                100%

                                100%

                                Selenium

                                > 100%

                                > 100%

                                > 100%

                                > 100%

                                Manganese

                                N/A

                                40%

                                40%

                                40%

                                Chromium

                                > 100%

                                > 100%

                                > 100%

                                > 100%

                                Added Ingredients to Support Healthy Aging

                                Solarplast®

                                SOD-B®

                                Additional Considerations

                                Certified Organic

                                Non-GMO Verified

                                Certified C.L.E.A.N

                                Certified Kosher

                                Certified Vegan

                                Vegan/Vegetarian


                                Can individuals with a known or suspected MTHFR gene mutation take NutriGold multivitamins to get the recommended daily value of folate?

                                There is some controversy with regard to the form of B9 that is best suited for individuals with a known or suspected MTHFR gene variant. According to the American Pregnancy Association, some women have a defect in their MTHFR gene that doesn’t allow them to properly convert synthetic folic acid into active methyl folate. As such, women taking folic acid may not be absorbing their B vitamins as expected. For this reason, it is preferable to take folate either from whole food sources (e.g. green leafy vegetables) or supplements that contain the natural form of active folate instead of synthesized folic acid whenever possible.

                                However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the most common variant in the MTHFR gene is MTHFR C677T and these are the 5 most important things to known about this variant —

                                1. People with MTHFR C677T variants can process all types of folate, including folic acid.
                                2. Folic acid is the only type of folate shown to help prevent neural tube defects.
                                3. MTHFR gene variants are common.
                                4. All women of reproductive age who could become pregnant should consume 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid each day, including those with an MTHFR C677T variant
                                5. Sometimes a woman may still have a baby with a neural tube defect even though she consumed the recommended 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid; the defect may be unrelated to the MTHFR gene variant or folate status.

                                Supplements containing forms of folate other than folic acid (such as 5-MTHF) should not be confused with the natural food folate found in fruits and vegetables. The effectiveness of these [5-MTHF] supplements in preventing neural tube defects has not been studied. For more information on the difference between folic acid and folate, please click here.

                                The form of B9 in our product is not the methylated form. While it can help bridge nutritional gaps in the diet, support good health, and help minimize the risk of folate deficiency when taken in conjunction with a diet that includes folate-rich foods, we regret we do not have any information on and cannot make any recommendations regarding the use of our product by individuals with a known or suspected MTHFR gene variant. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the folate form in our products, we ask that you discuss those concerns with your healthcare provider prior to supplementation so you can make an informed purchasing decision on the form of folate that will best support your particular health goals.

                                Why don’t NutriGold multivitamins include any ingredients to address specific men’s health issues (e.g. prostate)?

                                At NutriGold, we believe that a multivitamin should be just that—a multivitamin that helps consumers bridge nutrient gaps in the diet. It cannot and should not be used as a one-size-fits-all, kitchen-sink solution to specific health concerns that may or may not be shared by everyone in the target population.

                                From a practical standpoint, including the full therapeutic dosages of targeted ingredients that address specific women’s health issues (e.g. saw palmetto for prostate health) will likely mean more capsules, which could be a deal-breaker for consumers who either cannot or don’t prefer to take products with prohibitively high dosages. Formulating without these gender-specific, targeted ingredients allows consumers to choose the multivitamin that best fits their needs based upon micronutrient levels and without the distraction of ingredients that are either present in amounts too low to be therapeutically beneficial and/or are tangential to the purposes for which most consumers take a multivitamin.

                                That being said, while our men’s multivitamin formulations do not include targeted ingredients to provide specific health benefits, they do include broad-spectrum antioxidants (e.g. Solarplast®, SOD-B®) that have the potential to complement the activity of the essential micronutrients and support healthy aging.

                                One Daily Men’s Multi Gold


                                Section updated  ↴

                                General Questions About Multivitamins

                                What is a multivitamin?

                                A multivitamin is any product that contains 3 or more vitamins in amounts below established tolerable upper limits that can help minimize risk of deficiency. However, because most commercially available multivitamin supplements also include one or more minerals, multivitamins may also be referred to as multivitamin/mineral (or MVM) supplements.

                                Given that no standard definition is available for an MVM supplement—such as what nutrients it must contain and at what levels— MVM products by different brands vary greatly in terms of composition and characteristics. While some products only contain vitamins, others may include minerals and/or other value-added ingredients (e.g. botanicals, specialty ingredients).

                                What are % Daily Values?

                                  The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine establish RDAs or “Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDA),” which are the average daily intake of nutrients sufficient to meet the nutrient requirements of nearly all (97%-98%) healthy people. The FDA relies on these RDAs to set the Percent Daily Value (or % DV) on supplement and nutrition labels as a “guide to the nutrients in one serving of food.” For example, if a supplement label lists 10% DV for vitamin E, it means that, at the recommended dosage, one serving of the supplement will provide 10% of the vitamin E you need each day. It must be noted that ‘Percent DVs’ are based on a 2,000-calorie diet for healthy adults, but the DVs can be used as a guide even if your diet is higher or lower than 2,000 calories. To be on the safer side, opt for a multivitamin that provides the nutrients essential for maintaining good health in amounts that don’t exceed established tolerable upper limits.

                                  Where do the nutrients (vitamins, minerals) in a multivitamin come from?

                                    The nutrients in a multivitamin may either be (1) synthesized using industrial chemicals and solvents; or (2) derived from natural food ingredients. For example, the synthetic vitamin B3 (niacin) that is present in the vast majority of commercially available multivitamin supplements is created in a lab using coal tar derivatives, 3-cyanopyridine, and ammonia. However, there are a small number of brands, including NutriGold, that provide vitamin B3 from natural food sources (e.g. holy basil). 

                                    Be wary of brands that advertise their multivitamin products as being “food-based” or use the term “food” indiscriminately to describe products that are primarily made using synthetic vitamins mixed in with nutritional yeast or other food powders. Products that provide nutrients naturally derived “from” food are not the same as products that provide synthetic nutrients “mixed in” with food powders or products that are made by fortifying “nutritional yeast” with synthetic vitamins. 

                                    What is the difference between synthetic (lab-made) and natural vitamins?

                                      At NutriGold, we define “synthetic” vitamins as man-made vitamins that are created in a lab using industrial chemicals and solvents and “natural” vitamins as vitamins that are extracted, concentrated, or otherwise derived from natural food sources. The primary difference between lab-made vitamins and natural vitamins is that vitamins that occur in nature are present as food-vitamin complexes along with related co-factors, whereas synthetic vitamins that are created in a lab are isolated, fractionated, purified, and are not always structurally similar to vitamins that occurs in nature. Synthetic vitamins do not have the necessary cofactors for their proper utilization by the body; the body has to reconstruct the vitamins using its own reserve of cofactors, and this can, over time, lead to inadvertent nutrient depletion. Furthermore, synthetic vitamins are often made using petrochemical byproducts and industrial solvents that may not be fit for long-term use. 

                                      Additionally, nutrients derived from natural sources also do not produce the metallic aftertaste and/or digestive discomfort commonly associated with the use of products made using synthetic vitamins. We invite you to review the information we have compiled to support our position against the use of synthetic vitamins on our website at:  https://nutrigold.com/pages/synthetics

                                      How can I tell if a vitamin or mineral is from a natural source or a synthetic source?

                                        The lack of standardization in the composition of multivitamin products by different brands and substantive differences in the terminology used by brands to describe their multivitamin products has contributed, in large part, to the confusion consumers experience when trying to make a multivitamin purchasing decision.

                                        If you are in the market for a multivitamin product and want to know if the nutrients in the product are synthetic or natural, take a close look at the supplement facts panel on the label of the multivitamin product and rely on these general rules of thumb when making your purchasing decision — 

                                        • Nutrient sources not listed — if the source of the nutrient is not listed in parentheses next to each of the nutrients on the label, it is likely that the nutrient is synthetic (lab-made)
                                        • Nutrient sources may be listed and include yeast (S. cerevisiae) — if nutritional yeast or S. cerevisiae appears next to the nutrient or anywhere on the label, or if the terms, ‘cultured’ or ‘fermented’ or ‘matrix’ appear anywhere on the label or in descriptions of the product on the label, chances are the product contains synthetic vitamins in some amount. 
                                          • Note: Even if we set aside the question of whether or not this ‘culturing’ or ‘fermenting’ process can make synthetic, lab-made vitamins more similar to nutrients from natural foods, the fact remains that the process starts with synthetic, lab-made vitamins and, in most cases, ends with fortifying the yeast blend with more synthetic vitamins to ensure that the product provides the amounts declared on the label.
                                        • Nutrient sources are listed and they are foods — more likely than not that the nutrient is from a natural source.

                                        When in doubt, always reach out to the manufacturer of the multivitamin and ask the following questions — “Are synthetic or lab-made nutrients used at any point during the production of your multivitamin product, either as starting materials, as intermediates, or to fortify the finished product?” The answer you receive in response to this question (or even the absence of a response) should help you make the purchasing decision that best meets your requirements.

                                        How do I know if I need to take a multivitamin?

                                          Most of the nutrients in multivitamin supplements are considered essential because the human body cannot produce them on its own; they must be consumed from food and/or dietary supplements. Evidence from human research clearly shows both that a significant proportion of the populations of developed countries suffer from deficiencies or insufficiencies in essential vitamins. At minimum, a multivitamin should contain the nutrients essential for bridging dietary gaps in amounts that don't exceed established tolerable upper limits.

                                          When possible, it is always recommended that you get your essential nutrients from fresh, minimally-processed, organic foods that are grown locally and picked at the peak of freshness because they tend to be the most nutrient-dense and bioavailable sources of these nutrients. However, industrial  agricultural practices and the stressors of modern life have made it difficult, if not impossible, for the vast majority of us to get the required amounts of the essential nutrients exclusively from our diet, making supplementation the next best option to minimize deficiency risk and help maintain good health. Given that we are all unique individuals with often varied nutritional needs, we encourage you to consult with a licensed dietitian/healthcare provider to determine the product that is right for your nutritional needs.

                                          What are some factors to consider when choosing a multivitamin?

                                          Factors that impact a multivitamin purchasing decision are generally as complex as the reasons why people supplement with multivitamins. Although by no means an exhaustive list of all possible factors, see below a few things to keep in mind when making a purchasing decision —

                                          1. Sustainability — are the micronutrients in the product derived from planet-friendly sources (e.g. organic, non-GMO)?
                                          2. Quality — does the multivitamin provide therapeutic dosages (based on Percent DVs) of the essential micronutrients?
                                            1. More is not always better — you are not what you eat, you are what you absorb, so just because a product contains mega doses of the micronutrients doesn’t mean your body can actually absorb or use all of them. 
                                              1. Excess water-soluble vitamins — unused water-soluble vitamins have to be removed by the excretory organs (e.g. kidneys); which can increase the body’s workload. 
                                              2. Excess fat-soluble vitamins — unused fat-soluble vitamins (vitamins A, D, E, 7 K) are stored in the body for long periods of time and generally pose a greater risk for toxicity when consumed in excess. So, try and get as many of the micronutrients as you can from your diet and supplement with a multivitamin that provides the essential micronutrients in amounts that help bridge nutrient gaps in the diet and do not exceed established tolerable upper limits for toxicity.
                                            2. Value-added ingredients — does the product include ingredients that complement or enhance the activity of the micronutrients to support healthy aging? Are these value-added ingredients present in therapeutic dosages (rather than just a pixie dusting for marketing purposes)?
                                            3. Product composition — what is listed in the “other ingredients?”  Is the product free of chemical additives including fillers, binders, disintegrants, and coating agents?
                                          3. Accountability — does the company provide assurance that what’s claimed on the label is actually inside the bottle (e.g. Certificate of Analysis, USP seal, ConsumerLab verified seal)?
                                          4. Transparency — are the micronutrients in the multivitamin derived from natural foods or created in a lab? What is the country of origin of the different ingredients in the multivitamin blend?
                                          5. Value — although price is definitely an important consideration for many consumers, it is as  unreliable an indicator of product quality, safety, or effectiveness as are creative packaging or fancy marketing copy. The only way to ensure that you are making the purchasing decision that is right for you or a loved one is to consider all of the factors listed above in their totality and evaluate which product is most likely to help support your health goals.

                                          What is the best time of day to take a multivitamin?

                                          The best time of day to take a multivitamin depends on several factors —

                                          • Product composition — If the multivitamin you are taking only includes water-soluble nutrients, then you can take it at any time during the day, even on an empty stomach. If, however, your multivitamin includes fat-soluble nutrients, it is recommended that you take the supplement with the largest meal of your day.
                                          • Nutrient type (synthetic vs. natural) — Synthetic vitamins can sometimes have a metallic aftertaste and/or produce digestive discomfort, so it is generally better to take them in the middle of the largest meal of the day. Products made using vitamins from natural sources are gentle enough to be taken on an empty stomach at any time during the day, but taking them with food can help with the optimal absorption of fat-soluble nutrients like vitamins D3, E, and K2.
                                          • Serving size (one, two, or more) — If the recommended dosage is one capsule a day, then you can take the product at any time during the day, but preferably with a meal if the formulation includes any fat-soluble nutrients. If the serving size is two or more capsules, tablets, or softgels, it is desirable to take them in divided doses throughout the day. However, if taking them in divided at different times during the day is not an option, the next best thing is to take them with the largest meal of the day.
                                          • Other supplements you may be taking — When taking one or more supplements, we recommend spacing the different supplements throughout the day to minimize the load on the digestive system and to support optimal absorption and assimilation of the nutrients in the multivitamin. In the interest of your safety and consistent with our fundamental guiding principle to ‘do no harm,’ we also encourage you to talk to your healthcare provider prior to adding a multivitamin to your regimen if you are taking other supplements or OTC/prescription medications.
                                          • Practical considerations — Remembering to take multiple doses of a supplement throughout the day can be a challenge for many of us even on our best days. And if that’s the case with you, it may be best to take the recommended daily dosage as a single serving, preferably at the same time every day. On the other hand, if taking multiple capsules (or tablets) at one time is too difficult for you, it is perfectly okay to take them in divided doses throughout the day. As with any supplement, consistent compliance is key to reaping the intended benefits, so follow whatever dosing schedule  will help you consistently take the recommended daily dosage every day.

                                          Can multivitamins be taken together with other dietary supplements?

                                          A multivitamin serves to fill the gaps of what might be missing in the diet and is typically fine in combination with other dietary supplements. However, it may be best to take a multivitamin that includes iron and/or zinc separately from a calcium/magnesium supplement as iron and zinc may compete with calcium/magnesium for absorption. That being said, consistent with our guiding principle to “do no harm,” we encourage you to consult with your trusted healthcare provider to determine what use is best for your individual needs prior to adding a multivitamin (or any other supplement) to your regimen.

                                          • Can multivitamins be taken together with OTC or prescription medications?

                                          If you are taking or planning to take an OTC or prescription medication, please consult a licensed pharmacist or your healthcare provider before beginning supplementation to minimize risk of side effects associated with potential supplement-drug interactions.

                                          Questions about NutriGold multivitamins

                                          Are synthetic or lab-made nutrients used at any point during the production of NutriGold multivitamin products, either as starting materials, as intermediates, or to fortify the finished product?

                                          Except for the B12, which is synthetic because a natural, vegan source is currently not commercially available, all of the other nutrients in our vitamin, mineral, and multivitamin products are derived from non-genetically modified, natural food sources; many of the nutrient sources are also certified organic. No synthetic isolates are not used at any point during the production of NutriGold multivitamins.

                                          How can I be sure that what’s on a multivitamin product label is actually inside the bottle?

                                          At NutriGold, we believe that consumers have the right to hold companies accountable for label claims and that companies, in return, are professionally, morally, and ethically obligated to make information that is material to making a purchasing decision available and accessible to consumers upon request. Our commitment to authentic transparency is best reflected not just in our willingness to share where our ingredients come from or in the ethical disclosures about the composition of our products, but also in our willingness to make product Certificates of Analysis readily and easily accessible to consumers with a simple scan of the QR code on our product labels or by visiting the product pages on our website.

                                          The Certificate of Analysis is a summary of the results of all of the third-party testing performed on the product, is lot-specific, and updated each time a new lot of a product is authorized for distribution by our quality control team. The results summarized in the Certificate of Analysis provide reassurance that the product has been verified to contain what is claimed on the label.

                                          What are the sources of the different nutrients in NutriGold multivitamins?

                                          Every micronutrient that is listed as “from organic food blend” is 100% sourced from foods such as organic lemon, guava, amla, etc. The full list of organic foods from which the vast majority of the micronutrients in NutriGold multivitamins are derived is included in the ‘Organic Food Blend’ on the supplement facts panel. Micronutrients that originate from other sources include vegan vitamin D (from lichen), vitamin K (from natto), and iodine (from organic kelp) and are listed as such on the product labels. Vitamin B-12 is the only synthetic micronutrient in NutriGold multivitamins and this is produced by microbial fermentation of multiple species of propionibacterium.

                                          Does NutriGold use synthetic vitamins at any stage during the multivitamin manufacturing process?

                                          Other than vitamin B12, which is synthetic, NutriGold multivitamin products do not contain any other synthetic vitamins (in isolated or cultured forms). When formulating multivitamin products, our preference always is to use organic food sources when available. However, our vitamin B12 is an exception to this because there are no known biologically active plant sources of B12. Our multivitamins include vitamin B12 in its biologically active methylcobalamin & adenosylcobalamin forms in an approximately 70/30 ratio.

                                          Why don’t NutriGold multivitamins provide 100% DV of all vitamins and minerals?

                                          Although natural foods are safe and bioavailable sources of many of the micronutrients that are essential for maintaining good health, they often contain these micronutrients in fairly small amounts. So, formulating a multivitamin product that provides 100% daily value of all of the micronutrients from natural food sources, while ideal and theoretically possible, would be associated with a prohibitive increase in the daily dosage as well as the product price, which can be a deal-breaker for many consumers. 

                                          To ensure that our products provide safe and therapeutic doses of essential micronutrients at reasonable dosages and sustainable prices, we had to make some compromises on which nutrients end up in our multivitamin formulations. That being said, most of our multivitamins still provide 100% DV (or higher) of most vitamins and 50% DV or higher of some minerals.

                                          Why don’t NutriGold multivitamins include minerals like calcium, magnesium and copper?

                                          Calcium and magnesium can compete with other minerals for absorption in the GI tract and are often recommended to be taken separately from a multivitamin.  Also, depending on what calcium or magnesium is bound to, the size of the molecule can be quite large, which could make the serving size of a multivitamin that provides therapeutic amounts of either of these minerals larger than what many customers would be willing to take. For customers that need extra supplemental magnesium we offer Magnesium Gold, which provides a bioavailable source of magnesium (400 mg per 3 capsule serving).

                                          Similarly, the reason we do not include copper in our multivitamins is that copper is poorly absorbed in the presence of iron and zinc. The decision to include iron (Women's formulas) and zinc (all multi formulas) at the expense of copper was based on population studies showing a higher rate of iron and zinc deficiency, rather than a copper deficiency,  in the general population.

                                          Why don’t NutriGold multivitamins provide Vitamin A (beta carotene)?

                                          Many multivitamin brands, including those that are marketed as "food-based", offer vitamin A as synthetic beta carotene or lab-created vitamin A (retinol). At NutriGold, we strive to avoid synthetic vitamins in our products and prefer nutrients that are derived entirely from natural foods. Unfortunately, food sources of beta carotene are not currently available that meet our stringent quality standards for stability. It is important to note, however, that all of our women’s 3-per-day multivitamins (except for the prenatal multi) and two of our men’s multivitamins (men’s multi 40+ & men’s 55+ multi) now feature SOD-B Extramel®, a clinically-proven ingredient that is a far more powerful antioxidant than beta-carotene and provides some of the same benefits as vitamin A.

                                          Does NutriGold offer a gender-neutral multivitamin?

                                          We do not currently offer a gender-neutral multivitamin. This allows our customers to choose the formulation (Men's, Women's, Prenatal, 40+, etc.) that best fits their needs based upon nutrient levels, without worrying about potentially unnecessary gender-specific herbs or herbal blends. Many brands include gender-specific herbs (e.g. saw palmetto, chaste tree); however, these gender-specific ingredients are usually in amounts that are too low to provide the intended therapeutic benefits and sometimes come at the expense of some of the essential micronutrients in the multivitamin formulation..

                                          We recognize that gender-specific multivitamin formulas can have the unintended consequence of creating more confusion rather than introducing more clarity into the multivitamin purchasing process. According to the Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine, however, there are some variations in the nutrients that are needed for women of child-bearing age versus women who are going through menopause and later (e.g. folate, iron). Our women's multivitamin formulas reflect the differences in these variations. Likewise, iron is not added to our men's multivitamins or the 40 / 55+ women's multivitamins given that men and post-menopausal women (who are not at risk of iron deficiency) are typically directed to avoid multivitamins containing iron.

                                          We recognize that we are all unique individuals with often varied nutritional needs. In light of this, we encourage all of our customers to consult with a licensed healthcare provider to determine what micronutrients they may or may not be lacking and what amounts are appropriate for their needs prior to supplementation.

                                          Does NutriGold offer a children’s multivitamin?

                                          While we have explored the possibility of offering a children’s multivitamin, our product Research & Development team has not yet approved moving forward with production on this product. Although adjusting our current adult multivitamin formulations to meet child-appropriate RDAs is easy enough to do, our goal is to be able to offer a children's multivitamin that is easier to take and more palatable, even without the sweeteners, colors, and artificial flavors found in many of the current children's multivitamin offerings. We are confident that we will eventually develop a formulation that checks all the boxes and conforms to our own high quality and safety standards, but as with all NutriGold products, the process can sometimes be excruciatingly long.

                                          What is a pullulan capsule? What is it made of?

                                          Pullulan is a vegetable-derived, water-soluble polysaccharide produced through a natural fermentation process. Pullulan capsules are considered more natural than HPMC (cellulose) capsules because they are naturally derived from fermented tapioca. Unlike cellulose capsules, which are considered semi-synthetic and not permitted in certified organic products, pullulan is included in the USDA’s National Organic Program list of accepted ingredients for organic products. 

                                          What is the purpose of the organic rice concentrate?

                                          Although we make every effort to manufacture products without any additives, we sometimes need to add an additive for optimal ingredient flow during manufacturing and to ensure finished product integrity. While many supplement companies prefer to use chemical additives like magnesium stearate and silicon dioxide, we prefer to use organic rice concentrate from USA-grown brown rice bran, which is naturally hypoallergenic and gluten-free. The rice concentrate is only added on an as-needed basis to ensure product integrity and is always declared in the spirit of complete transparency on the product label.

                                          Are NutriGold multivitamins soy-free?

                                          At NutriGold, we use the term “soy-free” to describe products that do not contain any ingredients derived from soy and the phrase “verified free of soy allergen” to confirm that soy allergen, if present, is less than 5 parts per million or 5 micrograms per gram of the product. Based on these definitions, our multivitamin products are not soy-free because vitamin K2 (as MK-7) in our multivitamins is sourced from natto, which is fermented soybeans.  We encourage consumers who are interested in taking the product, but are unsure about the suitability of the soy-derived K2 in the product for their particular health needs, to discuss their concerns with a qualified healthcare provider prior to supplementation.

                                          Are NutriGold multivitamins gluten-free?

                                          All of our multivitamin products are confirmed to be free of gluten through supply-chain verification and independently verified by a third-party lab to contain less than 20 parts per million or less than 20 micrograms per gram of gluten per serving of the product, which is consistent with the limit set by the FDA as per its gluten-free food labeling rule.

                                          Should NutriGold multivitamins be taken with food?

                                          Many customers find our multivitamins to be gentle enough to be taken on an empty stomach. However, it is generally recommended to take multivitamins with food, if possible, because the products include fat-soluble vitamins that are best absorbed with some fat (usually a component of most meals).

                                          Can the recommended dosage of NutriGold multivitamins be taken in divided doses throughout the day or is it best to take it as a single dose?

                                          Overall nutrient assimilation may be best if you are able to space the multivitamin throughout the day. However, if compliance is an issue, our multivitamins may be consumed as a single dose. It is also generally recommended to take multivitamins with food, if possible, because they include fat-soluble vitamins that are best absorbed with some fat (usually a component of most meals). We encourage you to consult with your trusted healthcare advisor to determine what usage is best for your individual needs.

                                          Can I break apart the capsule and add the contents to liquid/food to consume?

                                          All of our products are formulated to be taken as capsules and our purity and potency claims are based on the product being taken as recommended. We generally do not recommend breaking apart the capsules because it can introduce contaminants or otherwise compromise product potency and effectiveness.

                                          Section updated  ↴

                                          Questions about men’s multivitamins

                                          Does NutriGold offer more than one men’ multivitamin formulation?

                                          Yes. We offer 4 multivitamin options to support men’s health - 

                                          • One Daily Men’s Multi Gold (available in 30-count and 60-count bottles/1 capsule per day) 
                                          • Men’s Multi Gold (90 capsules/3 capsules per day)
                                          • 40+ Multi Gold (90 capsules/3 capsules per day)
                                          • 55+ Multi Gold (90 capsules/3 capsules per day)

                                          How do the different men’s multivitamins compare?

                                          Nutrients

                                          One Daily Men’s

                                          Men’s Multi

                                          Men’s 40+ Multi

                                          Men’s 55+ Multi

                                          1 cap/day

                                          3 caps/day

                                          3 caps/day

                                          3 caps/day

                                          Size 0 pullulan capsule (length — 0.854” & outer diameter — 0.3”)

                                          Water-Soluble Vitamins

                                          Vitamin C

                                          50%

                                          100%

                                          100%

                                          100%

                                          Thiamin (B1)

                                          > 100%

                                          > 100%

                                          > 100%

                                          > 100%

                                          Riboflavin (B2)

                                          > 100%

                                          > 100%

                                          > 100%

                                          > 100%

                                          Niacin (B3)

                                          50%

                                          100%

                                          100%

                                          100%

                                          Pyridoxine (B6)

                                          > 100%

                                          > 100%

                                          > 100%

                                          > 100%

                                          Folate (B9)

                                          100%

                                          100%

                                          100%

                                          100%

                                          B-12

                                          > 100%

                                          > 100%

                                          > 100%

                                          > 100%

                                          Biotin

                                          > 100%

                                          > 100%

                                          > 100%

                                          > 100%

                                          Pantothenic Acid

                                          > 100%

                                          > 100%

                                          > 100%

                                          > 100%

                                          Fat-Soluble Vitamins — Percent Daily Value (based on a 2,000 calorie diet)

                                          Vitamin D3

                                          100%

                                          100%

                                          100%

                                          100%

                                          Vitamin E

                                          70%

                                          > 100%

                                          100%

                                          100%

                                          Vitamin K2 (MK-7)

                                          100%

                                          100%

                                          100%

                                          100%

                                          Minerals — Percent Daily Value (based on a 2,000 calorie diet)

                                          Iodine

                                          50%

                                          100%

                                          100%

                                          100%

                                          Zinc

                                          45%

                                          100%

                                          100%

                                          100%

                                          Selenium

                                          > 100%

                                          > 100%

                                          > 100%

                                          > 100%

                                          Manganese

                                          N/A

                                          40%

                                          40%

                                          40%

                                          Chromium

                                          > 100%

                                          > 100%

                                          > 100%

                                          > 100%

                                          Added Ingredients to Support Healthy Aging

                                          Solarplast®

                                          SOD-B®

                                          Additional Considerations

                                          Certified Organic

                                          Non-GMO Verified

                                          Certified C.L.E.A.N

                                          Certified Kosher

                                          Certified Vegan

                                          Vegan/Vegetarian


                                          Can individuals with a known or suspected MTHFR gene mutation take NutriGold multivitamins to get the recommended daily value of folate?

                                          There is some controversy with regard to the form of B9 that is best suited for individuals with a known or suspected MTHFR gene variant. According to the American Pregnancy Association, some women have a defect in their MTHFR gene that doesn’t allow them to properly convert synthetic folic acid into active methyl folate. As such, women taking folic acid may not be absorbing their B vitamins as expected. For this reason, it is preferable to take folate either from whole food sources (e.g. green leafy vegetables) or supplements that contain the natural form of active folate instead of synthesized folic acid whenever possible.

                                          However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the most common variant in the MTHFR gene is MTHFR C677T and these are the 5 most important things to known about this variant —

                                          1. People with MTHFR C677T variants can process all types of folate, including folic acid.
                                          2. Folic acid is the only type of folate shown to help prevent neural tube defects.
                                          3. MTHFR gene variants are common.
                                          4. All women of reproductive age who could become pregnant should consume 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid each day, including those with an MTHFR C677T variant
                                          5. Sometimes a woman may still have a baby with a neural tube defect even though she consumed the recommended 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid; the defect may be unrelated to the MTHFR gene variant or folate status.

                                          Supplements containing forms of folate other than folic acid (such as 5-MTHF) should not be confused with the natural food folate found in fruits and vegetables. The effectiveness of these [5-MTHF] supplements in preventing neural tube defects has not been studied. For more information on the difference between folic acid and folate, please click here.

                                          The form of B9 in our product is not the methylated form. While it can help bridge nutritional gaps in the diet, support good health, and help minimize the risk of folate deficiency when taken in conjunction with a diet that includes folate-rich foods, we regret we do not have any information on and cannot make any recommendations regarding the use of our product by individuals with a known or suspected MTHFR gene variant. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the folate form in our products, we ask that you discuss those concerns with your healthcare provider prior to supplementation so you can make an informed purchasing decision on the form of folate that will best support your particular health goals.

                                          Why don’t NutriGold multivitamins include any ingredients to address specific men’s health issues (e.g. prostate)?

                                          At NutriGold, we believe that a multivitamin should be just that—a multivitamin that helps consumers bridge nutrient gaps in the diet. It cannot and should not be used as a one-size-fits-all, kitchen-sink solution to specific health concerns that may or may not be shared by everyone in the target population.

                                          From a practical standpoint, including the full therapeutic dosages of targeted ingredients that address specific women’s health issues (e.g. saw palmetto for prostate health) will likely mean more capsules, which could be a deal-breaker for consumers who either cannot or don’t prefer to take products with prohibitively high dosages. Formulating without these gender-specific, targeted ingredients allows consumers to choose the multivitamin that best fits their needs based upon micronutrient levels and without the distraction of ingredients that are either present in amounts too low to be therapeutically beneficial and/or are tangential to the purposes for which most consumers take a multivitamin.

                                          That being said, while our men’s multivitamin formulations do not include targeted ingredients to provide specific health benefits, they do include broad-spectrum antioxidants (e.g. Solarplast®, SOD-B®) that have the potential to complement the activity of the essential micronutrients and support healthy aging.

                                          One Daily Women’s Multi Gold


                                          Section updated  ↴

                                          General Questions About Multivitamins

                                          What is a multivitamin?

                                          A multivitamin is any product that contains 3 or more vitamins in amounts below established tolerable upper limits that can help minimize risk of deficiency. However, because most commercially available multivitamin supplements also include one or more minerals, multivitamins may also be referred to as multivitamin/mineral (or MVM) supplements.

                                          Given that no standard definition is available for an MVM supplement—such as what nutrients it must contain and at what levels— MVM products by different brands vary greatly in terms of composition and characteristics. While some products only contain vitamins, others may include minerals and/or other value-added ingredients (e.g. botanicals, specialty ingredients).

                                          What are % Daily Values?

                                            The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine establish RDAs or “Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDA),” which are the average daily intake of nutrients sufficient to meet the nutrient requirements of nearly all (97%-98%) healthy people. The FDA relies on these RDAs to set the Percent Daily Value (or % DV) on supplement and nutrition labels as a “guide to the nutrients in one serving of food.” For example, if a supplement label lists 10% DV for vitamin E, it means that, at the recommended dosage, one serving of the supplement will provide 10% of the vitamin E you need each day. It must be noted that ‘Percent DVs’ are based on a 2,000-calorie diet for healthy adults, but the DVs can be used as a guide even if your diet is higher or lower than 2,000 calories. To be on the safer side, opt for a multivitamin that provides the nutrients essential for maintaining good health in amounts that don’t exceed established tolerable upper limits.

                                            Where do the nutrients (vitamins, minerals) in a multivitamin come from?

                                              The nutrients in a multivitamin may either be (1) synthesized using industrial chemicals and solvents; or (2) derived from natural food ingredients. For example, the synthetic vitamin B3 (niacin) that is present in the vast majority of commercially available multivitamin supplements is created in a lab using coal tar derivatives, 3-cyanopyridine, and ammonia. However, there are a small number of brands, including NutriGold, that provide vitamin B3 from natural food sources (e.g. holy basil). 

                                              Be wary of brands that advertise their multivitamin products as being “food-based” or use the term “food” indiscriminately to describe products that are primarily made using synthetic vitamins mixed in with nutritional yeast or other food powders. Products that provide nutrients naturally derived “from” food are not the same as products that provide synthetic nutrients “mixed in” with food powders or products that are made by fortifying “nutritional yeast” with synthetic vitamins. 

                                              What is the difference between synthetic (lab-made) and natural vitamins?

                                                At NutriGold, we define “synthetic” vitamins as man-made vitamins that are created in a lab using industrial chemicals and solvents and “natural” vitamins as vitamins that are extracted, concentrated, or otherwise derived from natural food sources. The primary difference between lab-made vitamins and natural vitamins is that vitamins that occur in nature are present as food-vitamin complexes along with related co-factors, whereas synthetic vitamins that are created in a lab are isolated, fractionated, purified, and are not always structurally similar to vitamins that occurs in nature. Synthetic vitamins do not have the necessary cofactors for their proper utilization by the body; the body has to reconstruct the vitamins using its own reserve of cofactors, and this can, over time, lead to inadvertent nutrient depletion. Furthermore, synthetic vitamins are often made using petrochemical byproducts and industrial solvents that may not be fit for long-term use. 

                                                Additionally, nutrients derived from natural sources also do not produce the metallic aftertaste and/or digestive discomfort commonly associated with the use of products made using synthetic vitamins. We invite you to review the information we have compiled to support our position against the use of synthetic vitamins on our website at:  https://nutrigold.com/pages/synthetics

                                                How can I tell if a vitamin or mineral is from a natural source or a synthetic source?

                                                  The lack of standardization in the composition of multivitamin products by different brands and substantive differences in the terminology used by brands to describe their multivitamin products has contributed, in large part, to the confusion consumers experience when trying to make a multivitamin purchasing decision.

                                                  If you are in the market for a multivitamin product and want to know if the nutrients in the product are synthetic or natural, take a close look at the supplement facts panel on the label of the multivitamin product and rely on these general rules of thumb when making your purchasing decision — 

                                                  • Nutrient sources not listed — if the source of the nutrient is not listed in parentheses next to each of the nutrients on the label, it is likely that the nutrient is synthetic (lab-made)
                                                  • Nutrient sources may be listed and include yeast (S. cerevisiae) — if nutritional yeast or S. cerevisiae appears next to the nutrient or anywhere on the label, or if the terms, ‘cultured’ or ‘fermented’ or ‘matrix’ appear anywhere on the label or in descriptions of the product on the label, chances are the product contains synthetic vitamins in some amount. 
                                                    • Note: Even if we set aside the question of whether or not this ‘culturing’ or ‘fermenting’ process can make synthetic, lab-made vitamins more similar to nutrients from natural foods, the fact remains that the process starts with synthetic, lab-made vitamins and, in most cases, ends with fortifying the yeast blend with more synthetic vitamins to ensure that the product provides the amounts declared on the label.
                                                  • Nutrient sources are listed and they are foods — more likely than not that the nutrient is from a natural source.

                                                  When in doubt, always reach out to the manufacturer of the multivitamin and ask the following questions — “Are synthetic or lab-made nutrients used at any point during the production of your multivitamin product, either as starting materials, as intermediates, or to fortify the finished product?” The answer you receive in response to this question (or even the absence of a response) should help you make the purchasing decision that best meets your requirements.

                                                  How do I know if I need to take a multivitamin?

                                                    Most of the nutrients in multivitamin supplements are considered essential because the human body cannot produce them on its own; they must be consumed from food and/or dietary supplements. Evidence from human research clearly shows both that a significant proportion of the populations of developed countries suffer from deficiencies or insufficiencies in essential vitamins. At minimum, a multivitamin should contain the nutrients essential for bridging dietary gaps in amounts that don't exceed established tolerable upper limits.

                                                    When possible, it is always recommended that you get your essential nutrients from fresh, minimally-processed, organic foods that are grown locally and picked at the peak of freshness because they tend to be the most nutrient-dense and bioavailable sources of these nutrients. However, industrial  agricultural practices and the stressors of modern life have made it difficult, if not impossible, for the vast majority of us to get the required amounts of the essential nutrients exclusively from our diet, making supplementation the next best option to minimize deficiency risk and help maintain good health. Given that we are all unique individuals with often varied nutritional needs, we encourage you to consult with a licensed dietitian/healthcare provider to determine the product that is right for your nutritional needs.

                                                    What are some factors to consider when choosing a multivitamin?

                                                    Factors that impact a multivitamin purchasing decision are generally as complex as the reasons why people supplement with multivitamins. Although by no means an exhaustive list of all possible factors, see below a few things to keep in mind when making a purchasing decision —

                                                    1. Sustainability — are the micronutrients in the product derived from planet-friendly sources (e.g. organic, non-GMO)?
                                                    2. Quality — does the multivitamin provide therapeutic dosages (based on Percent DVs) of the essential micronutrients?
                                                      1. More is not always better — you are not what you eat, you are what you absorb, so just because a product contains mega doses of the micronutrients doesn’t mean your body can actually absorb or use all of them. 
                                                        1. Excess water-soluble vitamins — unused water-soluble vitamins have to be removed by the excretory organs (e.g. kidneys); which can increase the body’s workload. 
                                                        2. Excess fat-soluble vitamins — unused fat-soluble vitamins (vitamins A, D, E, 7 K) are stored in the body for long periods of time and generally pose a greater risk for toxicity when consumed in excess. So, try and get as many of the micronutrients as you can from your diet and supplement with a multivitamin that provides the essential micronutrients in amounts that help bridge nutrient gaps in the diet and do not exceed established tolerable upper limits for toxicity.
                                                      2. Value-added ingredients — does the product include ingredients that complement or enhance the activity of the micronutrients to support healthy aging? Are these value-added ingredients present in therapeutic dosages (rather than just a pixie dusting for marketing purposes)?
                                                      3. Product composition — what is listed in the “other ingredients?”  Is the product free of chemical additives including fillers, binders, disintegrants, and coating agents?
                                                    3. Accountability — does the company provide assurance that what’s claimed on the label is actually inside the bottle (e.g. Certificate of Analysis, USP seal, ConsumerLab verified seal)?
                                                    4. Transparency — are the micronutrients in the multivitamin derived from natural foods or created in a lab? What is the country of origin of the different ingredients in the multivitamin blend?
                                                    5. Value — although price is definitely an important consideration for many consumers, it is as  unreliable an indicator of product quality, safety, or effectiveness as are creative packaging or fancy marketing copy. The only way to ensure that you are making the purchasing decision that is right for you or a loved one is to consider all of the factors listed above in their totality and evaluate which product is most likely to help support your health goals.

                                                    What is the best time of day to take a multivitamin?

                                                    The best time of day to take a multivitamin depends on several factors —

                                                    • Product composition — If the multivitamin you are taking only includes water-soluble nutrients, then you can take it at any time during the day, even on an empty stomach. If, however, your multivitamin includes fat-soluble nutrients, it is recommended that you take the supplement with the largest meal of your day.
                                                    • Nutrient type (synthetic vs. natural) — Synthetic vitamins can sometimes have a metallic aftertaste and/or produce digestive discomfort, so it is generally better to take them in the middle of the largest meal of the day. Products made using vitamins from natural sources are gentle enough to be taken on an empty stomach at any time during the day, but taking them with food can help with the optimal absorption of fat-soluble nutrients like vitamins D3, E, and K2.
                                                    • Serving size (one, two, or more) — If the recommended dosage is one capsule a day, then you can take the product at any time during the day, but preferably with a meal if the formulation includes any fat-soluble nutrients. If the serving size is two or more capsules, tablets, or softgels, it is desirable to take them in divided doses throughout the day. However, if taking them in divided at different times during the day is not an option, the next best thing is to take them with the largest meal of the day.
                                                    • Other supplements you may be taking — When taking one or more supplements, we recommend spacing the different supplements throughout the day to minimize the load on the digestive system and to support optimal absorption and assimilation of the nutrients in the multivitamin. In the interest of your safety and consistent with our fundamental guiding principle to ‘do no harm,’ we also encourage you to talk to your healthcare provider prior to adding a multivitamin to your regimen if you are taking other supplements or OTC/prescription medications.
                                                    • Practical considerations — Remembering to take multiple doses of a supplement throughout the day can be a challenge for many of us even on our best days. And if that’s the case with you, it may be best to take the recommended daily dosage as a single serving, preferably at the same time every day. On the other hand, if taking multiple capsules (or tablets) at one time is too difficult for you, it is perfectly okay to take them in divided doses throughout the day. As with any supplement, consistent compliance is key to reaping the intended benefits, so follow whatever dosing schedule  will help you consistently take the recommended daily dosage every day.

                                                    Can multivitamins be taken together with other dietary supplements?

                                                    A multivitamin serves to fill the gaps of what might be missing in the diet and is typically fine in combination with other dietary supplements. However, it may be best to take a multivitamin that includes iron and/or zinc separately from a calcium/magnesium supplement as iron and zinc may compete with calcium/magnesium for absorption. That being said, consistent with our guiding principle to “do no harm,” we encourage you to consult with your trusted healthcare provider to determine what use is best for your individual needs prior to adding a multivitamin (or any other supplement) to your regimen.

                                                    • Can multivitamins be taken together with OTC or prescription medications?

                                                    If you are taking or planning to take an OTC or prescription medication, please consult a licensed pharmacist or your healthcare provider before beginning supplementation to minimize risk of side effects associated with potential supplement-drug interactions.

                                                    Questions about NutriGold multivitamins

                                                    Are synthetic or lab-made nutrients used at any point during the production of NutriGold multivitamin products, either as starting materials, as intermediates, or to fortify the finished product?

                                                    Except for the B12, which is synthetic because a natural, vegan source is currently not commercially available, all of the other nutrients in our vitamin, mineral, and multivitamin products are derived from non-genetically modified, natural food sources; many of the nutrient sources are also certified organic. No synthetic isolates are not used at any point during the production of NutriGold multivitamins.

                                                    How can I be sure that what’s on a multivitamin product label is actually inside the bottle?

                                                    At NutriGold, we believe that consumers have the right to hold companies accountable for label claims and that companies, in return, are professionally, morally, and ethically obligated to make information that is material to making a purchasing decision available and accessible to consumers upon request. Our commitment to authentic transparency is best reflected not just in our willingness to share where our ingredients come from or in the ethical disclosures about the composition of our products, but also in our willingness to make product Certificates of Analysis readily and easily accessible to consumers with a simple scan of the QR code on our product labels or by visiting the product pages on our website.

                                                    The Certificate of Analysis is a summary of the results of all of the third-party testing performed on the product, is lot-specific, and updated each time a new lot of a product is authorized for distribution by our quality control team. The results summarized in the Certificate of Analysis provide reassurance that the product has been verified to contain what is claimed on the label.

                                                    What are the sources of the different nutrients in NutriGold multivitamins?

                                                    Every micronutrient that is listed as “from organic food blend” is 100% sourced from foods such as organic lemon, guava, amla, etc. The full list of organic foods from which the vast majority of the micronutrients in NutriGold multivitamins are derived is included in the ‘Organic Food Blend’ on the supplement facts panel. Micronutrients that originate from other sources include vegan vitamin D (from lichen), vitamin K (from natto), and iodine (from organic kelp) and are listed as such on the product labels. Vitamin B-12 is the only synthetic micronutrient in NutriGold multivitamins and this is produced by microbial fermentation of multiple species of propionibacterium.

                                                    Does NutriGold use synthetic vitamins at any stage during the multivitamin manufacturing process?

                                                    Other than vitamin B12, which is synthetic, NutriGold multivitamin products do not contain any other synthetic vitamins (in isolated or cultured forms). When formulating multivitamin products, our preference always is to use organic food sources when available. However, our vitamin B12 is an exception to this because there are no known biologically active plant sources of B12. Our multivitamins include vitamin B12 in its biologically active methylcobalamin & adenosylcobalamin forms in an approximately 70/30 ratio.

                                                    Why don’t NutriGold multivitamins provide 100% DV of all vitamins and minerals?

                                                    Although natural foods are safe and bioavailable sources of many of the micronutrients that are essential for maintaining good health, they often contain these micronutrients in fairly small amounts. So, formulating a multivitamin product that provides 100% daily value of all of the micronutrients from natural food sources, while ideal and theoretically possible, would be associated with a prohibitive increase in the daily dosage as well as the product price, which can be a deal-breaker for many consumers. 

                                                    To ensure that our products provide safe and therapeutic doses of essential micronutrients at reasonable dosages and sustainable prices, we had to make some compromises on which nutrients end up in our multivitamin formulations. That being said, most of our multivitamins still provide 100% DV (or higher) of most vitamins and 50% DV or higher of some minerals.

                                                    Why don’t NutriGold multivitamins include minerals like calcium, magnesium and copper?

                                                    Calcium and magnesium can compete with other minerals for absorption in the GI tract and are often recommended to be taken separately from a multivitamin.  Also, depending on what calcium or magnesium is bound to, the size of the molecule can be quite large, which could make the serving size of a multivitamin that provides therapeutic amounts of either of these minerals larger than what many customers would be willing to take. For customers that need extra supplemental magnesium we offer Magnesium Gold, which provides a bioavailable source of magnesium (400 mg per 3 capsule serving).

                                                    Similarly, the reason we do not include copper in our multivitamins is that copper is poorly absorbed in the presence of iron and zinc. The decision to include iron (Women's formulas) and zinc (all multi formulas) at the expense of copper was based on population studies showing a higher rate of iron and zinc deficiency, rather than a copper deficiency,  in the general population.

                                                    Why don’t NutriGold multivitamins provide Vitamin A (beta carotene)?

                                                    Many multivitamin brands, including those that are marketed as "food-based", offer vitamin A as synthetic beta carotene or lab-created vitamin A (retinol). At NutriGold, we strive to avoid synthetic vitamins in our products and prefer nutrients that are derived entirely from natural foods. Unfortunately, food sources of beta carotene are not currently available that meet our stringent quality standards for stability. It is important to note, however, that all of our women’s 3-per-day multivitamins (except for the prenatal multi) and two of our men’s multivitamins (men’s multi 40+ & men’s 55+ multi) now feature SOD-B Extramel®, a clinically-proven ingredient that is a far more powerful antioxidant than beta-carotene and provides some of the same benefits as vitamin A.

                                                    Does NutriGold offer a gender-neutral multivitamin?

                                                    We do not currently offer a gender-neutral multivitamin. This allows our customers to choose the formulation (Men's, Women's, Prenatal, 40+, etc.) that best fits their needs based upon nutrient levels, without worrying about potentially unnecessary gender-specific herbs or herbal blends. Many brands include gender-specific herbs (e.g. saw palmetto, chaste tree); however, these gender-specific ingredients are usually in amounts that are too low to provide the intended therapeutic benefits and sometimes come at the expense of some of the essential micronutrients in the multivitamin formulation..

                                                    We recognize that gender-specific multivitamin formulas can have the unintended consequence of creating more confusion rather than introducing more clarity into the multivitamin purchasing process. According to the Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine, however, there are some variations in the nutrients that are needed for women of child-bearing age versus women who are going through menopause and later (e.g. folate, iron). Our women's multivitamin formulas reflect the differences in these variations. Likewise, iron is not added to our men's multivitamins or the 40 / 55+ women's multivitamins given that men and post-menopausal women (who are not at risk of iron deficiency) are typically directed to avoid multivitamins containing iron.

                                                    We recognize that we are all unique individuals with often varied nutritional needs. In light of this, we encourage all of our customers to consult with a licensed healthcare provider to determine what micronutrients they may or may not be lacking and what amounts are appropriate for their needs prior to supplementation.

                                                    Does NutriGold offer a children’s multivitamin?

                                                    While we have explored the possibility of offering a children’s multivitamin, our product Research & Development team has not yet approved moving forward with production on this product. Although adjusting our current adult multivitamin formulations to meet child-appropriate RDAs is easy enough to do, our goal is to be able to offer a children's multivitamin that is easier to take and more palatable, even without the sweeteners, colors, and artificial flavors found in many of the current children's multivitamin offerings. We are confident that we will eventually develop a formulation that checks all the boxes and conforms to our own high quality and safety standards, but as with all NutriGold products, the process can sometimes be excruciatingly long.

                                                    What is a pullulan capsule? What is it made of?

                                                    Pullulan is a vegetable-derived, water-soluble polysaccharide produced through a natural fermentation process. Pullulan capsules are considered more natural than HPMC (cellulose) capsules because they are naturally derived from fermented tapioca. Unlike cellulose capsules, which are considered semi-synthetic and not permitted in certified organic products, pullulan is included in the USDA’s National Organic Program list of accepted ingredients for organic products. 

                                                    What is the purpose of the organic rice concentrate?

                                                    Although we make every effort to manufacture products without any additives, we sometimes need to add an additive for optimal ingredient flow during manufacturing and to ensure finished product integrity. While many supplement companies prefer to use chemical additives like magnesium stearate and silicon dioxide, we prefer to use organic rice concentrate from USA-grown brown rice bran, which is naturally hypoallergenic and gluten-free. The rice concentrate is only added on an as-needed basis to ensure product integrity and is always declared in the spirit of complete transparency on the product label.

                                                    Are NutriGold multivitamins soy-free?

                                                    At NutriGold, we use the term “soy-free” to describe products that do not contain any ingredients derived from soy and the phrase “verified free of soy allergen” to confirm that soy allergen, if present, is less than 5 parts per million or 5 micrograms per gram of the product. Based on these definitions, our multivitamin products are not soy-free because vitamin K2 (as MK-7) in our multivitamins is sourced from natto, which is fermented soybeans.  We encourage consumers who are interested in taking the product, but are unsure about the suitability of the soy-derived K2 in the product for their particular health needs, to discuss their concerns with a qualified healthcare provider prior to supplementation.

                                                    Are NutriGold multivitamins gluten-free?

                                                    All of our multivitamin products are confirmed to be free of gluten through supply-chain verification and independently verified by a third-party lab to contain less than 20 parts per million or less than 20 micrograms per gram of gluten per serving of the product, which is consistent with the limit set by the FDA as per its gluten-free food labeling rule.

                                                    Should NutriGold multivitamins be taken with food?

                                                    Many customers find our multivitamins to be gentle enough to be taken on an empty stomach. However, it is generally recommended to take multivitamins with food, if possible, because the products include fat-soluble vitamins that are best absorbed with some fat (usually a component of most meals).

                                                    Can the recommended dosage of NutriGold multivitamins be taken in divided doses throughout the day or is it best to take it as a single dose?

                                                    Overall nutrient assimilation may be best if you are able to space the multivitamin throughout the day. However, if compliance is an issue, our multivitamins may be consumed as a single dose. It is also generally recommended to take multivitamins with food, if possible, because they include fat-soluble vitamins that are best absorbed with some fat (usually a component of most meals). We encourage you to consult with your trusted healthcare advisor to determine what usage is best for your individual needs.

                                                    Can I break apart the capsule and add the contents to liquid/food to consume?

                                                    All of our products are formulated to be taken as capsules and our purity and potency claims are based on the product being taken as recommended. We generally do not recommend breaking apart the capsules because it can introduce contaminants or otherwise compromise product potency and effectiveness.

                                                    Section updated  ↴

                                                    Questions about women’s multivitamins

                                                    Does NutriGold offer more than one women’s multivitamin formulation?

                                                    Yes. In addition to our Prenatal Multivitamin, we offer 4 multivitamin options to support women's health - 

                                                    • One Daily Women’s Multi Gold (available in 30-count and 60-count bottles/1 capsule per day) 
                                                    • Women’s Multi Gold (90 capsules/3 capsules per day)
                                                    • 40+ Multi Gold (90 capsules/3 capsules per day)
                                                    • 55+ Multi Gold (90 capsules/3 capsules per day)

                                                    How do the different NutriGold women’s multivitamins compare?

                                                    Nutrients

                                                    Prenatal Multi

                                                    One Daily Women’s

                                                    Women’s Multi

                                                    Women’s 40+ Multi

                                                    Women’s 55+ Multi

                                                    3 caps/day

                                                    1 cap/day

                                                    3 caps/day

                                                    3 caps/day

                                                    3 caps/day

                                                    Size 0 pullulan capsule (length — 0.854” & outer diameter — 0.3”)

                                                    Water-Soluble Vitamins

                                                    Vitamin C

                                                    100%

                                                    50%

                                                    100%

                                                    100%

                                                    100%

                                                    Thiamin (B1)

                                                    > 100%

                                                    > 100%

                                                    > 100%

                                                    > 100%

                                                    > 100%

                                                    Riboflavin (B2)

                                                    > 100%

                                                    > 100%

                                                    > 100%

                                                    > 100%

                                                    > 100%

                                                    Niacin (B3)

                                                    100%

                                                    50%

                                                    100%

                                                    50%

                                                    50%

                                                    Pyridoxine (B6)

                                                    > 100%

                                                    > 100%

                                                    > 100%

                                                    > 100%

                                                    > 100%

                                                    Folate (B9)

                                                    100%

                                                    100%

                                                    > 100%

                                                    100%

                                                    100%

                                                    B-12

                                                    > 100%

                                                    > 100%

                                                    > 100%

                                                    > 100%

                                                    > 100%

                                                    Biotin

                                                    > 100%

                                                    > 100%

                                                    > 100%

                                                    > 100%

                                                    > 100%

                                                    Pantothenic Acid

                                                    > 100%

                                                    > 100%

                                                    > 100%

                                                    > 100%

                                                    > 100%

                                                    Fat-Soluble Vitamins — Percent Daily Value (based on a 2,000 calorie diet)

                                                    Vitamin D3

                                                    100%

                                                    50%

                                                    100%

                                                    100%

                                                    100%

                                                    Vitamin E

                                                    > 100%

                                                    50%

                                                    > 100%

                                                    100%

                                                    100%

                                                    Vitamin K (MK-7)

                                                    > 100%

                                                    100%

                                                    100%

                                                    100%

                                                    100%

                                                    Minerals — Percent Daily Value (based on a 2,000 calorie diet)

                                                    Iron

                                                    100%

                                                    30%

                                                    100%

                                                    N/A

                                                    N/A

                                                    Iodine

                                                    100%

                                                    50%

                                                    100%

                                                    100%

                                                    100%

                                                    Zinc

                                                    50%

                                                    50%

                                                    60%

                                                    100%

                                                    100%

                                                    Selenium

                                                    100%

                                                    > 100%

                                                    > 100%

                                                    100%

                                                    100%

                                                    Manganese

                                                    40%

                                                    N/A

                                                    45%

                                                    40%

                                                    40%

                                                    Chromium

                                                    90%

                                                    100%

                                                    100%

                                                    100%

                                                    100%

                                                    Added Ingredients to Support Antioxidant Protection and Healthy Aging

                                                    Solarplast®

                                                    SOD-B®

                                                    Additional Purchasing Considerations

                                                    Certified Organic

                                                    Non-GMO Verified

                                                    Certified C.L.E.A.N

                                                    Certified Kosher

                                                    Certified Vegan

                                                    Vegan/Vegetarian

                                                    Can individuals with a known or suspected MTHFR gene mutation take NutriGold multivitamins to get the recommended daily value of folate?

                                                    There is some controversy with regard to the form of B9 that is best suited for individuals with a known or suspected MTHFR gene variant. According to the American Pregnancy Association, some women have a defect in their MTHFR gene that doesn’t allow them to properly convert synthetic folic acid into active methyl folate. As such, women taking folic acid may not be absorbing their B vitamins as expected. For this reason, it is preferable to take folate either from whole food sources (e.g. green leafy vegetables) or supplements that contain the natural form of active folate instead of synthesized folic acid whenever possible.

                                                    However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the most common variant in the MTHFR gene is MTHFR C677T and these are the 5 most important things to known about this variant —

                                                    1. People with MTHFR C677T variants can process all types of folate, including folic acid.
                                                    2. Folic acid is the only type of folate shown to help prevent neural tube defects.
                                                    3. MTHFR gene variants are common.
                                                    4. All women of reproductive age who could become pregnant should consume 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid each day, including those with an MTHFR C677T variant
                                                    5. Sometimes a woman may still have a baby with a neural tube defect even though she consumed the recommended 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid; the defect may be unrelated to the MTHFR gene variant or folate status.

                                                    Supplements containing forms of folate other than folic acid (such as 5-MTHF) should not be confused with the natural food folate found in fruits and vegetables. The effectiveness of these [5-MTHF] supplements in preventing neural tube defects has not been studied. For more information on the difference between folic acid and folate, please click here.

                                                    The form of B9 in our product is not the methylated form. While it can help bridge nutritional gaps in the diet, support good health, and help minimize the risk of folate deficiency when taken in conjunction with a diet that includes folate-rich foods, we regret we do not have any information on and cannot make any recommendations regarding the use of our product by individuals with a known or suspected MTHFR gene variant. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the folate form in our products, we ask that you discuss those concerns with your healthcare provider prior to supplementation so you can make an informed purchasing decision on the form of folate that will best support your particular health goals.

                                                    Why don’t NutriGold multivitamins include any ingredients to address specific women’s health issues (e.g. fertility, PMS, menopause)?

                                                    The reason we do not include targeted health-specific ingredients in our multivitamin formulations is two-fold: (1) we are philosophically opposed to the idea of one-size-fits-all, kitchen-sink formulations because not all health concerns may be shared by everyone in the target population. We believe that a multivitamin should be, as the name suggests, a product that provides therapeutically beneficial amounts of vitamins and minerals that can help bridge nutrient gaps in diet and minimize deficiency risk; and (2) from a practical standpoint, including the full therapeutic dosages of targeted ingredients that address specific women’s health issues (e.g. cranberry for urinary tract health) will mean higher dosages; this can be a deal-breaker for consumers who either cannot or don’t prefer to take products with prohibitively high dosages.

                                                    Formulating without these health-specific ingredients allows consumers to choose the multivitamin that best fits their needs based upon micronutrient levels alone and without the distraction of ingredients that are either present in amounts too low to be therapeutically beneficial and/or are tangential to the purposes for which most consumers take a multivitamin.

                                                    That being said, while our women’s multivitamin formulations do not include targeted ingredients to address specific women’s health issues , they do include broad-spectrum antioxidants (e.g. Solarplast®, SOD-B®) that can complement the activity of the essential micronutrients to support healthy aging.

                                                    Prenatal Multi Gold


                                                    Section updated  ↴

                                                    General Questions About Multivitamins

                                                    What is a multivitamin?

                                                    A multivitamin is any product that contains 3 or more vitamins in amounts below established tolerable upper limits that can help minimize risk of deficiency. However, because most commercially available multivitamin supplements also include one or more minerals, multivitamins may also be referred to as multivitamin/mineral (or MVM) supplements.

                                                    Given that no standard definition is available for an MVM supplement—such as what nutrients it must contain and at what levels— MVM products by different brands vary greatly in terms of composition and characteristics. While some products only contain vitamins, others may include minerals and/or other value-added ingredients (e.g. botanicals, specialty ingredients).

                                                    What are % Daily Values?

                                                      The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine establish RDAs or “Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDA),” which are the average daily intake of nutrients sufficient to meet the nutrient requirements of nearly all (97%-98%) healthy people. The FDA relies on these RDAs to set the Percent Daily Value (or % DV) on supplement and nutrition labels as a “guide to the nutrients in one serving of food.” For example, if a supplement label lists 10% DV for vitamin E, it means that, at the recommended dosage, one serving of the supplement will provide 10% of the vitamin E you need each day. It must be noted that ‘Percent DVs’ are based on a 2,000-calorie diet for healthy adults, but the DVs can be used as a guide even if your diet is higher or lower than 2,000 calories. To be on the safer side, opt for a multivitamin that provides the nutrients essential for maintaining good health in amounts that don’t exceed established tolerable upper limits.

                                                      Where do the nutrients (vitamins, minerals) in a multivitamin come from?

                                                        The nutrients in a multivitamin may either be (1) synthesized using industrial chemicals and solvents; or (2) derived from natural food ingredients. For example, the synthetic vitamin B3 (niacin) that is present in the vast majority of commercially available multivitamin supplements is created in a lab using coal tar derivatives, 3-cyanopyridine, and ammonia. However, there are a small number of brands, including NutriGold, that provide vitamin B3 from natural food sources (e.g. holy basil). 

                                                        Be wary of brands that advertise their multivitamin products as being “food-based” or use the term “food” indiscriminately to describe products that are primarily made using synthetic vitamins mixed in with nutritional yeast or other food powders. Products that provide nutrients naturally derived “from” food are not the same as products that provide synthetic nutrients “mixed in” with food powders or products that are made by fortifying “nutritional yeast” with synthetic vitamins. 

                                                        What is the difference between synthetic (lab-made) and natural vitamins?

                                                          At NutriGold, we define “synthetic” vitamins as man-made vitamins that are created in a lab using industrial chemicals and solvents and “natural” vitamins as vitamins that are extracted, concentrated, or otherwise derived from natural food sources. The primary difference between lab-made vitamins and natural vitamins is that vitamins that occur in nature are present as food-vitamin complexes along with related co-factors, whereas synthetic vitamins that are created in a lab are isolated, fractionated, purified, and are not always structurally similar to vitamins that occurs in nature. Synthetic vitamins do not have the necessary cofactors for their proper utilization by the body; the body has to reconstruct the vitamins using its own reserve of cofactors, and this can, over time, lead to inadvertent nutrient depletion. Furthermore, synthetic vitamins are often made using petrochemical byproducts and industrial solvents that may not be fit for long-term use. 

                                                          Additionally, nutrients derived from natural sources also do not produce the metallic aftertaste and/or digestive discomfort commonly associated with the use of products made using synthetic vitamins. We invite you to review the information we have compiled to support our position against the use of synthetic vitamins on our website at:  https://nutrigold.com/pages/synthetics

                                                          How can I tell if a vitamin or mineral is from a natural source or a synthetic source?

                                                            The lack of standardization in the composition of multivitamin products by different brands and substantive differences in the terminology used by brands to describe their multivitamin products has contributed, in large part, to the confusion consumers experience when trying to make a multivitamin purchasing decision.

                                                            If you are in the market for a multivitamin product and want to know if the nutrients in the product are synthetic or natural, take a close look at the supplement facts panel on the label of the multivitamin product and rely on these general rules of thumb when making your purchasing decision — 

                                                            • Nutrient sources not listed — if the source of the nutrient is not listed in parentheses next to each of the nutrients on the label, it is likely that the nutrient is synthetic (lab-made)
                                                            • Nutrient sources may be listed and include yeast (S. cerevisiae) — if nutritional yeast or S. cerevisiae appears next to the nutrient or anywhere on the label, or if the terms, ‘cultured’ or ‘fermented’ or ‘matrix’ appear anywhere on the label or in descriptions of the product on the label, chances are the product contains synthetic vitamins in some amount. 
                                                              • Note: Even if we set aside the question of whether or not this ‘culturing’ or ‘fermenting’ process can make synthetic, lab-made vitamins more similar to nutrients from natural foods, the fact remains that the process starts with synthetic, lab-made vitamins and, in most cases, ends with fortifying the yeast blend with more synthetic vitamins to ensure that the product provides the amounts declared on the label.
                                                            • Nutrient sources are listed and they are foods — more likely than not that the nutrient is from a natural source.

                                                            When in doubt, always reach out to the manufacturer of the multivitamin and ask the following questions — “Are synthetic or lab-made nutrients used at any point during the production of your multivitamin product, either as starting materials, as intermediates, or to fortify the finished product?” The answer you receive in response to this question (or even the absence of a response) should help you make the purchasing decision that best meets your requirements.

                                                            How do I know if I need to take a multivitamin?

                                                              Most of the nutrients in multivitamin supplements are considered essential because the human body cannot produce them on its own; they must be consumed from food and/or dietary supplements. Evidence from human research clearly shows both that a significant proportion of the populations of developed countries suffer from deficiencies or insufficiencies in essential vitamins. At minimum, a multivitamin should contain the nutrients essential for bridging dietary gaps in amounts that don't exceed established tolerable upper limits.

                                                              When possible, it is always recommended that you get your essential nutrients from fresh, minimally-processed, organic foods that are grown locally and picked at the peak of freshness because they tend to be the most nutrient-dense and bioavailable sources of these nutrients. However, industrial  agricultural practices and the stressors of modern life have made it difficult, if not impossible, for the vast majority of us to get the required amounts of the essential nutrients exclusively from our diet, making supplementation the next best option to minimize deficiency risk and help maintain good health. Given that we are all unique individuals with often varied nutritional needs, we encourage you to consult with a licensed dietitian/healthcare provider to determine the product that is right for your nutritional needs.

                                                              What are some factors to consider when choosing a multivitamin?

                                                              Factors that impact a multivitamin purchasing decision are generally as complex as the reasons why people supplement with multivitamins. Although by no means an exhaustive list of all possible factors, see below a few things to keep in mind when making a purchasing decision —

                                                              1. Sustainability — are the micronutrients in the product derived from planet-friendly sources (e.g. organic, non-GMO)?
                                                              2. Quality — does the multivitamin provide therapeutic dosages (based on Percent DVs) of the essential micronutrients?
                                                                1. More is not always better — you are not what you eat, you are what you absorb, so just because a product contains mega doses of the micronutrients doesn’t mean your body can actually absorb or use all of them. 
                                                                  1. Excess water-soluble vitamins — unused water-soluble vitamins have to be removed by the excretory organs (e.g. kidneys); which can increase the body’s workload. 
                                                                  2. Excess fat-soluble vitamins — unused fat-soluble vitamins (vitamins A, D, E, 7 K) are stored in the body for long periods of time and generally pose a greater risk for toxicity when consumed in excess. So, try and get as many of the micronutrients as you can from your diet and supplement with a multivitamin that provides the essential micronutrients in amounts that help bridge nutrient gaps in the diet and do not exceed established tolerable upper limits for toxicity.
                                                                2. Value-added ingredients — does the product include ingredients that complement or enhance the activity of the micronutrients to support healthy aging? Are these value-added ingredients present in therapeutic dosages (rather than just a pixie dusting for marketing purposes)?
                                                                3. Product composition — what is listed in the “other ingredients?”  Is the product free of chemical additives including fillers, binders, disintegrants, and coating agents?
                                                              3. Accountability — does the company provide assurance that what’s claimed on the label is actually inside the bottle (e.g. Certificate of Analysis, USP seal, ConsumerLab verified seal)?
                                                              4. Transparency — are the micronutrients in the multivitamin derived from natural foods or created in a lab? What is the country of origin of the different ingredients in the multivitamin blend?
                                                              5. Value — although price is definitely an important consideration for many consumers, it is as  unreliable an indicator of product quality, safety, or effectiveness as are creative packaging or fancy marketing copy. The only way to ensure that you are making the purchasing decision that is right for you or a loved one is to consider all of the factors listed above in their totality and evaluate which product is most likely to help support your health goals.

                                                              What is the best time of day to take a multivitamin?

                                                              The best time of day to take a multivitamin depends on several factors —

                                                              • Product composition — If the multivitamin you are taking only includes water-soluble nutrients, then you can take it at any time during the day, even on an empty stomach. If, however, your multivitamin includes fat-soluble nutrients, it is recommended that you take the supplement with the largest meal of your day.
                                                              • Nutrient type (synthetic vs. natural) — Synthetic vitamins can sometimes have a metallic aftertaste and/or produce digestive discomfort, so it is generally better to take them in the middle of the largest meal of the day. Products made using vitamins from natural sources are gentle enough to be taken on an empty stomach at any time during the day, but taking them with food can help with the optimal absorption of fat-soluble nutrients like vitamins D3, E, and K2.
                                                              • Serving size (one, two, or more) — If the recommended dosage is one capsule a day, then you can take the product at any time during the day, but preferably with a meal if the formulation includes any fat-soluble nutrients. If the serving size is two or more capsules, tablets, or softgels, it is desirable to take them in divided doses throughout the day. However, if taking them in divided at different times during the day is not an option, the next best thing is to take them with the largest meal of the day.
                                                              • Other supplements you may be taking — When taking one or more supplements, we recommend spacing the different supplements throughout the day to minimize the load on the digestive system and to support optimal absorption and assimilation of the nutrients in the multivitamin. In the interest of your safety and consistent with our fundamental guiding principle to ‘do no harm,’ we also encourage you to talk to your healthcare provider prior to adding a multivitamin to your regimen if you are taking other supplements or OTC/prescription medications.
                                                              • Practical considerations — Remembering to take multiple doses of a supplement throughout the day can be a challenge for many of us even on our best days. And if that’s the case with you, it may be best to take the recommended daily dosage as a single serving, preferably at the same time every day. On the other hand, if taking multiple capsules (or tablets) at one time is too difficult for you, it is perfectly okay to take them in divided doses throughout the day. As with any supplement, consistent compliance is key to reaping the intended benefits, so follow whatever dosing schedule  will help you consistently take the recommended daily dosage every day.

                                                              Can multivitamins be taken together with other dietary supplements?

                                                              A multivitamin serves to fill the gaps of what might be missing in the diet and is typically fine in combination with other dietary supplements. However, it may be best to take a multivitamin that includes iron and/or zinc separately from a calcium/magnesium supplement as iron and zinc may compete with calcium/magnesium for absorption. That being said, consistent with our guiding principle to “do no harm,” we encourage you to consult with your trusted healthcare provider to determine what use is best for your individual needs prior to adding a multivitamin (or any other supplement) to your regimen.

                                                              • Can multivitamins be taken together with OTC or prescription medications?

                                                              If you are taking or planning to take an OTC or prescription medication, please consult a licensed pharmacist or your healthcare provider before beginning supplementation to minimize risk of side effects associated with potential supplement-drug interactions.

                                                              Questions about NutriGold multivitamins

                                                              Are synthetic or lab-made nutrients used at any point during the production of NutriGold multivitamin products, either as starting materials, as intermediates, or to fortify the finished product?

                                                              Except for the B12, which is synthetic because a natural, vegan source is currently not commercially available, all of the other nutrients in our vitamin, mineral, and multivitamin products are derived from non-genetically modified, natural food sources; many of the nutrient sources are also certified organic. No synthetic isolates are not used at any point during the production of NutriGold multivitamins.

                                                              How can I be sure that what’s on a multivitamin product label is actually inside the bottle?

                                                              At NutriGold, we believe that consumers have the right to hold companies accountable for label claims and that companies, in return, are professionally, morally, and ethically obligated to make information that is material to making a purchasing decision available and accessible to consumers upon request. Our commitment to authentic transparency is best reflected not just in our willingness to share where our ingredients come from or in the ethical disclosures about the composition of our products, but also in our willingness to make product Certificates of Analysis readily and easily accessible to consumers with a simple scan of the QR code on our product labels or by visiting the product pages on our website.

                                                              The Certificate of Analysis is a summary of the results of all of the third-party testing performed on the product, is lot-specific, and updated each time a new lot of a product is authorized for distribution by our quality control team. The results summarized in the Certificate of Analysis provide reassurance that the product has been verified to contain what is claimed on the label.

                                                              What are the sources of the different nutrients in NutriGold multivitamins?

                                                              Every micronutrient that is listed as “from organic food blend” is 100% sourced from foods such as organic lemon, guava, amla, etc. The full list of organic foods from which the vast majority of the micronutrients in NutriGold multivitamins are derived is included in the ‘Organic Food Blend’ on the supplement facts panel. Micronutrients that originate from other sources include vegan vitamin D (from lichen), vitamin K (from natto), and iodine (from organic kelp) and are listed as such on the product labels. Vitamin B-12 is the only synthetic micronutrient in NutriGold multivitamins and this is produced by microbial fermentation of multiple species of propionibacterium.

                                                              Does NutriGold use synthetic vitamins at any stage during the multivitamin manufacturing process?

                                                              Other than vitamin B12, which is synthetic, NutriGold multivitamin products do not contain any other synthetic vitamins (in isolated or cultured forms). When formulating multivitamin products, our preference always is to use organic food sources when available. However, our vitamin B12 is an exception to this because there are no known biologically active plant sources of B12. Our multivitamins include vitamin B12 in its biologically active methylcobalamin & adenosylcobalamin forms in an approximately 70/30 ratio.

                                                              Why don’t NutriGold multivitamins provide 100% DV of all vitamins and minerals?

                                                              Although natural foods are safe and bioavailable sources of many of the micronutrients that are essential for maintaining good health, they often contain these micronutrients in fairly small amounts. So, formulating a multivitamin product that provides 100% daily value of all of the micronutrients from natural food sources, while ideal and theoretically possible, would be associated with a prohibitive increase in the daily dosage as well as the product price, which can be a deal-breaker for many consumers. 

                                                              To ensure that our products provide safe and therapeutic doses of essential micronutrients at reasonable dosages and sustainable prices, we had to make some compromises on which nutrients end up in our multivitamin formulations. That being said, most of our multivitamins still provide 100% DV (or higher) of most vitamins and 50% DV or higher of some minerals.

                                                              Why don’t NutriGold multivitamins include minerals like calcium, magnesium and copper?

                                                              Calcium and magnesium can compete with other minerals for absorption in the GI tract and are often recommended to be taken separately from a multivitamin.  Also, depending on what calcium or magnesium is bound to, the size of the molecule can be quite large, which could make the serving size of a multivitamin that provides therapeutic amounts of either of these minerals larger than what many customers would be willing to take. For customers that need extra supplemental magnesium we offer Magnesium Gold, which provides a bioavailable source of magnesium (400 mg per 3 capsule serving).

                                                              Similarly, the reason we do not include copper in our multivitamins is that copper is poorly absorbed in the presence of iron and zinc. The decision to include iron (Women's formulas) and zinc (all multi formulas) at the expense of copper was based on population studies showing a higher rate of iron and zinc deficiency, rather than a copper deficiency,  in the general population.

                                                              Why don’t NutriGold multivitamins provide Vitamin A (beta carotene)?

                                                              Many multivitamin brands, including those that are marketed as "food-based", offer vitamin A as synthetic beta carotene or lab-created vitamin A (retinol). At NutriGold, we strive to avoid synthetic vitamins in our products and prefer nutrients that are derived entirely from natural foods. Unfortunately, food sources of beta carotene are not currently available that meet our stringent quality standards for stability. It is important to note, however, that all of our women’s 3-per-day multivitamins (except for the prenatal multi) and two of our men’s multivitamins (men’s multi 40+ & men’s 55+ multi) now feature SOD-B Extramel®, a clinically-proven ingredient that is a far more powerful antioxidant than beta-carotene and provides some of the same benefits as vitamin A.

                                                              Does NutriGold offer a gender-neutral multivitamin?

                                                              We do not currently offer a gender-neutral multivitamin. This allows our customers to choose the formulation (Men's, Women's, Prenatal, 40+, etc.) that best fits their needs based upon nutrient levels, without worrying about potentially unnecessary gender-specific herbs or herbal blends. Many brands include gender-specific herbs (e.g. saw palmetto, chaste tree); however, these gender-specific ingredients are usually in amounts that are too low to provide the intended therapeutic benefits and sometimes come at the expense of some of the essential micronutrients in the multivitamin formulation..

                                                              We recognize that gender-specific multivitamin formulas can have the unintended consequence of creating more confusion rather than introducing more clarity into the multivitamin purchasing process. According to the Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine, however, there are some variations in the nutrients that are needed for women of child-bearing age versus women who are going through menopause and later (e.g. folate, iron). Our women's multivitamin formulas reflect the differences in these variations. Likewise, iron is not added to our men's multivitamins or the 40 / 55+ women's multivitamins given that men and post-menopausal women (who are not at risk of iron deficiency) are typically directed to avoid multivitamins containing iron.

                                                              We recognize that we are all unique individuals with often varied nutritional needs. In light of this, we encourage all of our customers to consult with a licensed healthcare provider to determine what micronutrients they may or may not be lacking and what amounts are appropriate for their needs prior to supplementation.

                                                              Does NutriGold offer a children’s multivitamin?

                                                              While we have explored the possibility of offering a children’s multivitamin, our product Research & Development team has not yet approved moving forward with production on this product. Although adjusting our current adult multivitamin formulations to meet child-appropriate RDAs is easy enough to do, our goal is to be able to offer a children's multivitamin that is easier to take and more palatable, even without the sweeteners, colors, and artificial flavors found in many of the current children's multivitamin offerings. We are confident that we will eventually develop a formulation that checks all the boxes and conforms to our own high quality and safety standards, but as with all NutriGold products, the process can sometimes be excruciatingly long.

                                                              What is a pullulan capsule? What is it made of?

                                                              Pullulan is a vegetable-derived, water-soluble polysaccharide produced through a natural fermentation process. Pullulan capsules are considered more natural than HPMC (cellulose) capsules because they are naturally derived from fermented tapioca. Unlike cellulose capsules, which are considered semi-synthetic and not permitted in certified organic products, pullulan is included in the USDA’s National Organic Program list of accepted ingredients for organic products. 

                                                              What is the purpose of the organic rice concentrate?

                                                              Although we make every effort to manufacture products without any additives, we sometimes need to add an additive for optimal ingredient flow during manufacturing and to ensure finished product integrity. While many supplement companies prefer to use chemical additives like magnesium stearate and silicon dioxide, we prefer to use organic rice concentrate from USA-grown brown rice bran, which is naturally hypoallergenic and gluten-free. The rice concentrate is only added on an as-needed basis to ensure product integrity and is always declared in the spirit of complete transparency on the product label.

                                                              Are NutriGold multivitamins soy-free?

                                                              At NutriGold, we use the term “soy-free” to describe products that do not contain any ingredients derived from soy and the phrase “verified free of soy allergen” to confirm that soy allergen, if present, is less than 5 parts per million or 5 micrograms per gram of the product. Based on these definitions, our multivitamin products are not soy-free because vitamin K2 (as MK-7) in our multivitamins is sourced from natto, which is fermented soybeans.  We encourage consumers who are interested in taking the product, but are unsure about the suitability of the soy-derived K2 in the product for their particular health needs, to discuss their concerns with a qualified healthcare provider prior to supplementation.

                                                              Are NutriGold multivitamins gluten-free?

                                                              All of our multivitamin products are confirmed to be free of gluten through supply-chain verification and independently verified by a third-party lab to contain less than 20 parts per million or less than 20 micrograms per gram of gluten per serving of the product, which is consistent with the limit set by the FDA as per its gluten-free food labeling rule.

                                                              Should NutriGold multivitamins be taken with food?

                                                              Many customers find our multivitamins to be gentle enough to be taken on an empty stomach. However, it is generally recommended to take multivitamins with food, if possible, because the products include fat-soluble vitamins that are best absorbed with some fat (usually a component of most meals).

                                                              Can the recommended dosage of NutriGold multivitamins be taken in divided doses throughout the day or is it best to take it as a single dose?

                                                              Overall nutrient assimilation may be best if you are able to space the multivitamin throughout the day. However, if compliance is an issue, our multivitamins may be consumed as a single dose. It is also generally recommended to take multivitamins with food, if possible, because they include fat-soluble vitamins that are best absorbed with some fat (usually a component of most meals). We encourage you to consult with your trusted healthcare advisor to determine what usage is best for your individual needs.

                                                              Can I break apart the capsule and add the contents to liquid/food to consume?

                                                              All of our products are formulated to be taken as capsules and our purity and potency claims are based on the product being taken as recommended. We generally do not recommend breaking apart the capsules because it can introduce contaminants or otherwise compromise product potency and effectiveness.

                                                              Section updated  ↴

                                                              Questions about prenatal multivitamins

                                                              Can individuals with a known or suspected MTHFR gene mutation take NutriGold prenatal multivitamin to get the recommended daily value of folate?

                                                              Because individuals with a known or suspected medical condition are considered to be a vulnerable population, we cannot ethically or lawfully provide any information that has even the slightest potential to be misconstrued as an acceptable substitute for a professional medical opinion. So, consistent with our guiding principle to ‘do no harm’ and in the interest of your health and safety, we ask that you discuss your concerns regarding the suitability of our products for your particular health needs with your healthcare provider prior to supplementation.

                                                              Why don’t NutriGold multivitamins include any ingredients to address specific prenatal health issues (e.g. nausea)?

                                                              At NutriGold, we believe that a prenatal multivitamin should be just that—a multivitamin that helps support maternal health and fetal development from conception to childbirth.  It cannot and should not be used as a one-size-fits-all, kitchen-sink solution to other health concerns that may or may not be shared by all women of childbearing age.

                                                              Formulating without these targeted ingredients allows consumers to choose the prenatal multivitamin that best fits their needs based upon micronutrient levels and without the distraction of ingredients that are either present in amounts too low to be therapeutically beneficial or are tangential to the purposes for which most consumers take a prenatal multivitamin (e.g. healthy fetal development).

                                                              Is moringa leaf safe for use during pregnancy?

                                                              Moringa leaf is known to be one of the richest whole-food sources of vitamins and minerals available today and serves as a key source of micronutrients in Prenatal Multi Gold. Moringa is native to India and has been consumed and revered in Indian culture for thousands of years. While it may be advised to avoid consuming the root, bark or flowers of moringa, the leaf of moringa (what you find in Prenatal Multi Gold) remains a respected source of bioavailable nutrition. That said, we must clarify that we consider women trying to conceive, already pregnant, or breastfeeding to be a vulnerable population and we strongly encourage you to talk to a qualified healthcare professional regarding use, benefits, and possible risks prior to supplementation.

                                                              Is NutriGold’s Prenatal Multivitamin easy to digest and gentle on my stomach?

                                                              When formulating our prenatal multivitamin, one of the major goals was to provide nutrition essential for healthy fetal development from safe and nourishing organic foods. Except for vitamin B12 (which is synthetic), our multivitamin products do not contain any synthetic vitamins (in isolated or cultured forms); the result is a form of whole-food nutrition that is easy-to-digest and gentle on the stomach. In addition, our Prenatal Multivitamin is certified C.L.E.A.N., which is an acronym that stands for Conscious (or safe), Live (minimally processed and predominantly organic), Ethical (Non-GMO), Active (includes bioavailable enzymes as determined by CytoSolve technology), and Nourishing (as determined by the ANDI score).

                                                              Does NutriGold’s Prenatal Multivitamin provide DHA?

                                                              DHA is an omega-3 fatty acid that is considered an important nutrient for healthy fetal brain development. Unfortunately, the stability of DHA may be compromised when combined with and delivered as part of a multivitamin. For this reason, we do not include DHA in our Prenatal multivitamin. You may be interested in our omega-3 fish oil products which feature DHA from sustainable Alaska Pollock and are third-party tested for purity, potency, and freshness. However, because pregnant women are considered a vulnerable population, we ask that you discuss your interest in our fish oil products with your healthcare provider prior to supplementation.

                                                              Does NutriGold Prenatal Multivitamin provide choline?

                                                              Choline is a co-nutrient that can help support the bioavailability and activity of B vitamins. Unfortunately, organic, natural sources of choline are not readily available and when they are, the ingredients include synthetic additives (e.g. silicon dioxide), which renders them ineligible for inclusion in our clean-label products. We will continue to explore organic, additive-free sources of choline and if such an option becomes available, we will definitely consider it for inclusion in our products in the future.

                                                              Women’s 40+ Multi Gold


                                                              Section updated  ↴

                                                              General Questions About Multivitamins

                                                              What is a multivitamin?

                                                              A multivitamin is any product that contains 3 or more vitamins in amounts below established tolerable upper limits that can help minimize risk of deficiency. However, because most commercially available multivitamin supplements also include one or more minerals, multivitamins may also be referred to as multivitamin/mineral (or MVM) supplements.

                                                              Given that no standard definition is available for an MVM supplement—such as what nutrients it must contain and at what levels— MVM products by different brands vary greatly in terms of composition and characteristics. While some products only contain vitamins, others may include minerals and/or other value-added ingredients (e.g. botanicals, specialty ingredients).

                                                              What are % Daily Values?

                                                                The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine establish RDAs or “Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDA),” which are the average daily intake of nutrients sufficient to meet the nutrient requirements of nearly all (97%-98%) healthy people. The FDA relies on these RDAs to set the Percent Daily Value (or % DV) on supplement and nutrition labels as a “guide to the nutrients in one serving of food.” For example, if a supplement label lists 10% DV for vitamin E, it means that, at the recommended dosage, one serving of the supplement will provide 10% of the vitamin E you need each day. It must be noted that ‘Percent DVs’ are based on a 2,000-calorie diet for healthy adults, but the DVs can be used as a guide even if your diet is higher or lower than 2,000 calories. To be on the safer side, opt for a multivitamin that provides the nutrients essential for maintaining good health in amounts that don’t exceed established tolerable upper limits.

                                                                Where do the nutrients (vitamins, minerals) in a multivitamin come from?

                                                                  The nutrients in a multivitamin may either be (1) synthesized using industrial chemicals and solvents; or (2) derived from natural food ingredients. For example, the synthetic vitamin B3 (niacin) that is present in the vast majority of commercially available multivitamin supplements is created in a lab using coal tar derivatives, 3-cyanopyridine, and ammonia. However, there are a small number of brands, including NutriGold, that provide vitamin B3 from natural food sources (e.g. holy basil). 

                                                                  Be wary of brands that advertise their multivitamin products as being “food-based” or use the term “food” indiscriminately to describe products that are primarily made using synthetic vitamins mixed in with nutritional yeast or other food powders. Products that provide nutrients naturally derived “from” food are not the same as products that provide synthetic nutrients “mixed in” with food powders or products that are made by fortifying “nutritional yeast” with synthetic vitamins. 

                                                                  What is the difference between synthetic (lab-made) and natural vitamins?

                                                                    At NutriGold, we define “synthetic” vitamins as man-made vitamins that are created in a lab using industrial chemicals and solvents and “natural” vitamins as vitamins that are extracted, concentrated, or otherwise derived from natural food sources. The primary difference between lab-made vitamins and natural vitamins is that vitamins that occur in nature are present as food-vitamin complexes along with related co-factors, whereas synthetic vitamins that are created in a lab are isolated, fractionated, purified, and are not always structurally similar to vitamins that occurs in nature. Synthetic vitamins do not have the necessary cofactors for their proper utilization by the body; the body has to reconstruct the vitamins using its own reserve of cofactors, and this can, over time, lead to inadvertent nutrient depletion. Furthermore, synthetic vitamins are often made using petrochemical byproducts and industrial solvents that may not be fit for long-term use. 

                                                                    Additionally, nutrients derived from natural sources also do not produce the metallic aftertaste and/or digestive discomfort commonly associated with the use of products made using synthetic vitamins. We invite you to review the information we have compiled to support our position against the use of synthetic vitamins on our website at:  https://nutrigold.com/pages/synthetics

                                                                    How can I tell if a vitamin or mineral is from a natural source or a synthetic source?

                                                                      The lack of standardization in the composition of multivitamin products by different brands and substantive differences in the terminology used by brands to describe their multivitamin products has contributed, in large part, to the confusion consumers experience when trying to make a multivitamin purchasing decision.

                                                                      If you are in the market for a multivitamin product and want to know if the nutrients in the product are synthetic or natural, take a close look at the supplement facts panel on the label of the multivitamin product and rely on these general rules of thumb when making your purchasing decision — 

                                                                      • Nutrient sources not listed — if the source of the nutrient is not listed in parentheses next to each of the nutrients on the label, it is likely that the nutrient is synthetic (lab-made)
                                                                      • Nutrient sources may be listed and include yeast (S. cerevisiae) — if nutritional yeast or S. cerevisiae appears next to the nutrient or anywhere on the label, or if the terms, ‘cultured’ or ‘fermented’ or ‘matrix’ appear anywhere on the label or in descriptions of the product on the label, chances are the product contains synthetic vitamins in some amount. 
                                                                        • Note: Even if we set aside the question of whether or not this ‘culturing’ or ‘fermenting’ process can make synthetic, lab-made vitamins more similar to nutrients from natural foods, the fact remains that the process starts with synthetic, lab-made vitamins and, in most cases, ends with fortifying the yeast blend with more synthetic vitamins to ensure that the product provides the amounts declared on the label.
                                                                      • Nutrient sources are listed and they are foods — more likely than not that the nutrient is from a natural source.

                                                                      When in doubt, always reach out to the manufacturer of the multivitamin and ask the following questions — “Are synthetic or lab-made nutrients used at any point during the production of your multivitamin product, either as starting materials, as intermediates, or to fortify the finished product?” The answer you receive in response to this question (or even the absence of a response) should help you make the purchasing decision that best meets your requirements.

                                                                      How do I know if I need to take a multivitamin?

                                                                        Most of the nutrients in multivitamin supplements are considered essential because the human body cannot produce them on its own; they must be consumed from food and/or dietary supplements. Evidence from human research clearly shows both that a significant proportion of the populations of developed countries suffer from deficiencies or insufficiencies in essential vitamins. At minimum, a multivitamin should contain the nutrients essential for bridging dietary gaps in amounts that don't exceed established tolerable upper limits.

                                                                        When possible, it is always recommended that you get your essential nutrients from fresh, minimally-processed, organic foods that are grown locally and picked at the peak of freshness because they tend to be the most nutrient-dense and bioavailable sources of these nutrients. However, industrial  agricultural practices and the stressors of modern life have made it difficult, if not impossible, for the vast majority of us to get the required amounts of the essential nutrients exclusively from our diet, making supplementation the next best option to minimize deficiency risk and help maintain good health. Given that we are all unique individuals with often varied nutritional needs, we encourage you to consult with a licensed dietitian/healthcare provider to determine the product that is right for your nutritional needs.

                                                                        What are some factors to consider when choosing a multivitamin?

                                                                        Factors that impact a multivitamin purchasing decision are generally as complex as the reasons why people supplement with multivitamins. Although by no means an exhaustive list of all possible factors, see below a few things to keep in mind when making a purchasing decision —

                                                                        1. Sustainability — are the micronutrients in the product derived from planet-friendly sources (e.g. organic, non-GMO)?
                                                                        2. Quality — does the multivitamin provide therapeutic dosages (based on Percent DVs) of the essential micronutrients?
                                                                          1. More is not always better — you are not what you eat, you are what you absorb, so just because a product contains mega doses of the micronutrients doesn’t mean your body can actually absorb or use all of them. 
                                                                            1. Excess water-soluble vitamins — unused water-soluble vitamins have to be removed by the excretory organs (e.g. kidneys); which can increase the body’s workload. 
                                                                            2. Excess fat-soluble vitamins — unused fat-soluble vitamins (vitamins A, D, E, 7 K) are stored in the body for long periods of time and generally pose a greater risk for toxicity when consumed in excess. So, try and get as many of the micronutrients as you can from your diet and supplement with a multivitamin that provides the essential micronutrients in amounts that help bridge nutrient gaps in the diet and do not exceed established tolerable upper limits for toxicity.
                                                                          2. Value-added ingredients — does the product include ingredients that complement or enhance the activity of the micronutrients to support healthy aging? Are these value-added ingredients present in therapeutic dosages (rather than just a pixie dusting for marketing purposes)?
                                                                          3. Product composition — what is listed in the “other ingredients?”  Is the product free of chemical additives including fillers, binders, disintegrants, and coating agents?
                                                                        3. Accountability — does the company provide assurance that what’s claimed on the label is actually inside the bottle (e.g. Certificate of Analysis, USP seal, ConsumerLab verified seal)?
                                                                        4. Transparency — are the micronutrients in the multivitamin derived from natural foods or created in a lab? What is the country of origin of the different ingredients in the multivitamin blend?
                                                                        5. Value — although price is definitely an important consideration for many consumers, it is as  unreliable an indicator of product quality, safety, or effectiveness as are creative packaging or fancy marketing copy. The only way to ensure that you are making the purchasing decision that is right for you or a loved one is to consider all of the factors listed above in their totality and evaluate which product is most likely to help support your health goals.

                                                                        What is the best time of day to take a multivitamin?

                                                                        The best time of day to take a multivitamin depends on several factors —

                                                                        • Product composition — If the multivitamin you are taking only includes water-soluble nutrients, then you can take it at any time during the day, even on an empty stomach. If, however, your multivitamin includes fat-soluble nutrients, it is recommended that you take the supplement with the largest meal of your day.
                                                                        • Nutrient type (synthetic vs. natural) — Synthetic vitamins can sometimes have a metallic aftertaste and/or produce digestive discomfort, so it is generally better to take them in the middle of the largest meal of the day. Products made using vitamins from natural sources are gentle enough to be taken on an empty stomach at any time during the day, but taking them with food can help with the optimal absorption of fat-soluble nutrients like vitamins D3, E, and K2.
                                                                        • Serving size (one, two, or more) — If the recommended dosage is one capsule a day, then you can take the product at any time during the day, but preferably with a meal if the formulation includes any fat-soluble nutrients. If the serving size is two or more capsules, tablets, or softgels, it is desirable to take them in divided doses throughout the day. However, if taking them in divided at different times during the day is not an option, the next best thing is to take them with the largest meal of the day.
                                                                        • Other supplements you may be taking — When taking one or more supplements, we recommend spacing the different supplements throughout the day to minimize the load on the digestive system and to support optimal absorption and assimilation of the nutrients in the multivitamin. In the interest of your safety and consistent with our fundamental guiding principle to ‘do no harm,’ we also encourage you to talk to your healthcare provider prior to adding a multivitamin to your regimen if you are taking other supplements or OTC/prescription medications.
                                                                        • Practical considerations — Remembering to take multiple doses of a supplement throughout the day can be a challenge for many of us even on our best days. And if that’s the case with you, it may be best to take the recommended daily dosage as a single serving, preferably at the same time every day. On the other hand, if taking multiple capsules (or tablets) at one time is too difficult for you, it is perfectly okay to take them in divided doses throughout the day. As with any supplement, consistent compliance is key to reaping the intended benefits, so follow whatever dosing schedule  will help you consistently take the recommended daily dosage every day.

                                                                        Can multivitamins be taken together with other dietary supplements?

                                                                        A multivitamin serves to fill the gaps of what might be missing in the diet and is typically fine in combination with other dietary supplements. However, it may be best to take a multivitamin that includes iron and/or zinc separately from a calcium/magnesium supplement as iron and zinc may compete with calcium/magnesium for absorption. That being said, consistent with our guiding principle to “do no harm,” we encourage you to consult with your trusted healthcare provider to determine what use is best for your individual needs prior to adding a multivitamin (or any other supplement) to your regimen.

                                                                        • Can multivitamins be taken together with OTC or prescription medications?

                                                                        If you are taking or planning to take an OTC or prescription medication, please consult a licensed pharmacist or your healthcare provider before beginning supplementation to minimize risk of side effects associated with potential supplement-drug interactions.

                                                                        Questions about NutriGold multivitamins

                                                                        Are synthetic or lab-made nutrients used at any point during the production of NutriGold multivitamin products, either as starting materials, as intermediates, or to fortify the finished product?

                                                                        Except for the B12, which is synthetic because a natural, vegan source is currently not commercially available, all of the other nutrients in our vitamin, mineral, and multivitamin products are derived from non-genetically modified, natural food sources; many of the nutrient sources are also certified organic. No synthetic isolates are not used at any point during the production of NutriGold multivitamins.

                                                                        How can I be sure that what’s on a multivitamin product label is actually inside the bottle?

                                                                        At NutriGold, we believe that consumers have the right to hold companies accountable for label claims and that companies, in return, are professionally, morally, and ethically obligated to make information that is material to making a purchasing decision available and accessible to consumers upon request. Our commitment to authentic transparency is best reflected not just in our willingness to share where our ingredients come from or in the ethical disclosures about the composition of our products, but also in our willingness to make product Certificates of Analysis readily and easily accessible to consumers with a simple scan of the QR code on our product labels or by visiting the product pages on our website.

                                                                        The Certificate of Analysis is a summary of the results of all of the third-party testing performed on the product, is lot-specific, and updated each time a new lot of a product is authorized for distribution by our quality control team. The results summarized in the Certificate of Analysis provide reassurance that the product has been verified to contain what is claimed on the label.

                                                                        What are the sources of the different nutrients in NutriGold multivitamins?

                                                                        Every micronutrient that is listed as “from organic food blend” is 100% sourced from foods such as organic lemon, guava, amla, etc. The full list of organic foods from which the vast majority of the micronutrients in NutriGold multivitamins are derived is included in the ‘Organic Food Blend’ on the supplement facts panel. Micronutrients that originate from other sources include vegan vitamin D (from lichen), vitamin K (from natto), and iodine (from organic kelp) and are listed as such on the product labels. Vitamin B-12 is the only synthetic micronutrient in NutriGold multivitamins and this is produced by microbial fermentation of multiple species of propionibacterium.

                                                                        Does NutriGold use synthetic vitamins at any stage during the multivitamin manufacturing process?

                                                                        Other than vitamin B12, which is synthetic, NutriGold multivitamin products do not contain any other synthetic vitamins (in isolated or cultured forms). When formulating multivitamin products, our preference always is to use organic food sources when available. However, our vitamin B12 is an exception to this because there are no known biologically active plant sources of B12. Our multivitamins include vitamin B12 in its biologically active methylcobalamin & adenosylcobalamin forms in an approximately 70/30 ratio.

                                                                        Why don’t NutriGold multivitamins provide 100% DV of all vitamins and minerals?

                                                                        Although natural foods are safe and bioavailable sources of many of the micronutrients that are essential for maintaining good health, they often contain these micronutrients in fairly small amounts. So, formulating a multivitamin product that provides 100% daily value of all of the micronutrients from natural food sources, while ideal and theoretically possible, would be associated with a prohibitive increase in the daily dosage as well as the product price, which can be a deal-breaker for many consumers. 

                                                                        To ensure that our products provide safe and therapeutic doses of essential micronutrients at reasonable dosages and sustainable prices, we had to make some compromises on which nutrients end up in our multivitamin formulations. That being said, most of our multivitamins still provide 100% DV (or higher) of most vitamins and 50% DV or higher of some minerals.

                                                                        Why don’t NutriGold multivitamins include minerals like calcium, magnesium and copper?

                                                                        Calcium and magnesium can compete with other minerals for absorption in the GI tract and are often recommended to be taken separately from a multivitamin.  Also, depending on what calcium or magnesium is bound to, the size of the molecule can be quite large, which could make the serving size of a multivitamin that provides therapeutic amounts of either of these minerals larger than what many customers would be willing to take. For customers that need extra supplemental magnesium we offer Magnesium Gold, which provides a bioavailable source of magnesium (400 mg per 3 capsule serving).

                                                                        Similarly, the reason we do not include copper in our multivitamins is that copper is poorly absorbed in the presence of iron and zinc. The decision to include iron (Women's formulas) and zinc (all multi formulas) at the expense of copper was based on population studies showing a higher rate of iron and zinc deficiency, rather than a copper deficiency,  in the general population.

                                                                        Why don’t NutriGold multivitamins provide Vitamin A (beta carotene)?

                                                                        Many multivitamin brands, including those that are marketed as "food-based", offer vitamin A as synthetic beta carotene or lab-created vitamin A (retinol). At NutriGold, we strive to avoid synthetic vitamins in our products and prefer nutrients that are derived entirely from natural foods. Unfortunately, food sources of beta carotene are not currently available that meet our stringent quality standards for stability. It is important to note, however, that all of our women’s 3-per-day multivitamins (except for the prenatal multi) and two of our men’s multivitamins (men’s multi 40+ & men’s 55+ multi) now feature SOD-B Extramel®, a clinically-proven ingredient that is a far more powerful antioxidant than beta-carotene and provides some of the same benefits as vitamin A.

                                                                        Does NutriGold offer a gender-neutral multivitamin?

                                                                        We do not currently offer a gender-neutral multivitamin. This allows our customers to choose the formulation (Men's, Women's, Prenatal, 40+, etc.) that best fits their needs based upon nutrient levels, without worrying about potentially unnecessary gender-specific herbs or herbal blends. Many brands include gender-specific herbs (e.g. saw palmetto, chaste tree); however, these gender-specific ingredients are usually in amounts that are too low to provide the intended therapeutic benefits and sometimes come at the expense of some of the essential micronutrients in the multivitamin formulation..

                                                                        We recognize that gender-specific multivitamin formulas can have the unintended consequence of creating more confusion rather than introducing more clarity into the multivitamin purchasing process. According to the Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine, however, there are some variations in the nutrients that are needed for women of child-bearing age versus women who are going through menopause and later (e.g. folate, iron). Our women's multivitamin formulas reflect the differences in these variations. Likewise, iron is not added to our men's multivitamins or the 40 / 55+ women's multivitamins given that men and post-menopausal women (who are not at risk of iron deficiency) are typically directed to avoid multivitamins containing iron.

                                                                        We recognize that we are all unique individuals with often varied nutritional needs. In light of this, we encourage all of our customers to consult with a licensed healthcare provider to determine what micronutrients they may or may not be lacking and what amounts are appropriate for their needs prior to supplementation.

                                                                        Does NutriGold offer a children’s multivitamin?

                                                                        While we have explored the possibility of offering a children’s multivitamin, our product Research & Development team has not yet approved moving forward with production on this product. Although adjusting our current adult multivitamin formulations to meet child-appropriate RDAs is easy enough to do, our goal is to be able to offer a children's multivitamin that is easier to take and more palatable, even without the sweeteners, colors, and artificial flavors found in many of the current children's multivitamin offerings. We are confident that we will eventually develop a formulation that checks all the boxes and conforms to our own high quality and safety standards, but as with all NutriGold products, the process can sometimes be excruciatingly long.

                                                                        What is a pullulan capsule? What is it made of?

                                                                        Pullulan is a vegetable-derived, water-soluble polysaccharide produced through a natural fermentation process. Pullulan capsules are considered more natural than HPMC (cellulose) capsules because they are naturally derived from fermented tapioca. Unlike cellulose capsules, which are considered semi-synthetic and not permitted in certified organic products, pullulan is included in the USDA’s National Organic Program list of accepted ingredients for organic products. 

                                                                        What is the purpose of the organic rice concentrate?

                                                                        Although we make every effort to manufacture products without any additives, we sometimes need to add an additive for optimal ingredient flow during manufacturing and to ensure finished product integrity. While many supplement companies prefer to use chemical additives like magnesium stearate and silicon dioxide, we prefer to use organic rice concentrate from USA-grown brown rice bran, which is naturally hypoallergenic and gluten-free. The rice concentrate is only added on an as-needed basis to ensure product integrity and is always declared in the spirit of complete transparency on the product label.

                                                                        Are NutriGold multivitamins soy-free?

                                                                        At NutriGold, we use the term “soy-free” to describe products that do not contain any ingredients derived from soy and the phrase “verified free of soy allergen” to confirm that soy allergen, if present, is less than 5 parts per million or 5 micrograms per gram of the product. Based on these definitions, our multivitamin products are not soy-free because vitamin K2 (as MK-7) in our multivitamins is sourced from natto, which is fermented soybeans.  We encourage consumers who are interested in taking the product, but are unsure about the suitability of the soy-derived K2 in the product for their particular health needs, to discuss their concerns with a qualified healthcare provider prior to supplementation.

                                                                        Are NutriGold multivitamins gluten-free?

                                                                        All of our multivitamin products are confirmed to be free of gluten through supply-chain verification and independently verified by a third-party lab to contain less than 20 parts per million or less than 20 micrograms per gram of gluten per serving of the product, which is consistent with the limit set by the FDA as per its gluten-free food labeling rule.

                                                                        Should NutriGold multivitamins be taken with food?

                                                                        Many customers find our multivitamins to be gentle enough to be taken on an empty stomach. However, it is generally recommended to take multivitamins with food, if possible, because the products include fat-soluble vitamins that are best absorbed with some fat (usually a component of most meals).

                                                                        Can the recommended dosage of NutriGold multivitamins be taken in divided doses throughout the day or is it best to take it as a single dose?

                                                                        Overall nutrient assimilation may be best if you are able to space the multivitamin throughout the day. However, if compliance is an issue, our multivitamins may be consumed as a single dose. It is also generally recommended to take multivitamins with food, if possible, because they include fat-soluble vitamins that are best absorbed with some fat (usually a component of most meals). We encourage you to consult with your trusted healthcare advisor to determine what usage is best for your individual needs.

                                                                        Can I break apart the capsule and add the contents to liquid/food to consume?

                                                                        All of our products are formulated to be taken as capsules and our purity and potency claims are based on the product being taken as recommended. We generally do not recommend breaking apart the capsules because it can introduce contaminants or otherwise compromise product potency and effectiveness.

                                                                        Section updated  ↴

                                                                        Questions about women’s multivitamins

                                                                        Does NutriGold offer more than one women’s multivitamin formulation?

                                                                        Yes. In addition to our Prenatal Multivitamin, we offer 4 multivitamin options to support women's health - 

                                                                        • One Daily Women’s Multi Gold (available in 30-count and 60-count bottles/1 capsule per day) 
                                                                        • Women’s Multi Gold (90 capsules/3 capsules per day)
                                                                        • 40+ Multi Gold (90 capsules/3 capsules per day)
                                                                        • 55+ Multi Gold (90 capsules/3 capsules per day)

                                                                        How do the different NutriGold women’s multivitamins compare?

                                                                        Nutrients

                                                                        Prenatal Multi

                                                                        One Daily Women’s

                                                                        Women’s Multi

                                                                        Women’s 40+ Multi

                                                                        Women’s 55+ Multi

                                                                        3 caps/day

                                                                        1 cap/day

                                                                        3 caps/day

                                                                        3 caps/day

                                                                        3 caps/day

                                                                        Size 0 pullulan capsule (length — 0.854” & outer diameter — 0.3”)

                                                                        Water-Soluble Vitamins

                                                                        Vitamin C

                                                                        100%

                                                                        50%

                                                                        100%

                                                                        100%

                                                                        100%

                                                                        Thiamin (B1)

                                                                        > 100%

                                                                        > 100%

                                                                        > 100%

                                                                        > 100%

                                                                        > 100%

                                                                        Riboflavin (B2)

                                                                        > 100%

                                                                        > 100%

                                                                        > 100%

                                                                        > 100%

                                                                        > 100%

                                                                        Niacin (B3)

                                                                        100%

                                                                        50%

                                                                        100%

                                                                        50%

                                                                        50%

                                                                        Pyridoxine (B6)

                                                                        > 100%

                                                                        > 100%

                                                                        > 100%

                                                                        > 100%

                                                                        > 100%

                                                                        Folate (B9)

                                                                        100%

                                                                        100%

                                                                        > 100%

                                                                        100%

                                                                        100%

                                                                        B-12

                                                                        > 100%

                                                                        > 100%

                                                                        > 100%

                                                                        > 100%

                                                                        > 100%

                                                                        Biotin

                                                                        > 100%

                                                                        > 100%

                                                                        > 100%

                                                                        > 100%

                                                                        > 100%

                                                                        Pantothenic Acid

                                                                        > 100%

                                                                        > 100%

                                                                        > 100%

                                                                        > 100%

                                                                        > 100%

                                                                        Fat-Soluble Vitamins — Percent Daily Value (based on a 2,000 calorie diet)

                                                                        Vitamin D3

                                                                        100%

                                                                        50%

                                                                        100%

                                                                        100%

                                                                        100%

                                                                        Vitamin E

                                                                        > 100%

                                                                        50%

                                                                        > 100%

                                                                        100%

                                                                        100%

                                                                        Vitamin K (MK-7)

                                                                        > 100%

                                                                        100%

                                                                        100%

                                                                        100%

                                                                        100%

                                                                        Minerals — Percent Daily Value (based on a 2,000 calorie diet)

                                                                        Iron

                                                                        100%

                                                                        30%

                                                                        100%

                                                                        N/A

                                                                        N/A

                                                                        Iodine

                                                                        100%

                                                                        50%

                                                                        100%

                                                                        100%

                                                                        100%

                                                                        Zinc

                                                                        50%

                                                                        50%

                                                                        60%

                                                                        100%

                                                                        100%

                                                                        Selenium

                                                                        100%

                                                                        > 100%

                                                                        > 100%

                                                                        100%

                                                                        100%

                                                                        Manganese

                                                                        40%

                                                                        N/A

                                                                        45%

                                                                        40%

                                                                        40%

                                                                        Chromium

                                                                        90%

                                                                        100%

                                                                        100%

                                                                        100%

                                                                        100%

                                                                        Added Ingredients to Support Antioxidant Protection and Healthy Aging

                                                                        Solarplast®

                                                                        SOD-B®

                                                                        Additional Purchasing Considerations

                                                                        Certified Organic

                                                                        Non-GMO Verified

                                                                        Certified C.L.E.A.N

                                                                        Certified Kosher

                                                                        Certified Vegan

                                                                        Vegan/Vegetarian

                                                                        Can individuals with a known or suspected MTHFR gene mutation take NutriGold multivitamins to get the recommended daily value of folate?

                                                                        There is some controversy with regard to the form of B9 that is best suited for individuals with a known or suspected MTHFR gene variant. According to the American Pregnancy Association, some women have a defect in their MTHFR gene that doesn’t allow them to properly convert synthetic folic acid into active methyl folate. As such, women taking folic acid may not be absorbing their B vitamins as expected. For this reason, it is preferable to take folate either from whole food sources (e.g. green leafy vegetables) or supplements that contain the natural form of active folate instead of synthesized folic acid whenever possible.

                                                                        However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the most common variant in the MTHFR gene is MTHFR C677T and these are the 5 most important things to known about this variant —

                                                                        1. People with MTHFR C677T variants can process all types of folate, including folic acid.
                                                                        2. Folic acid is the only type of folate shown to help prevent neural tube defects.
                                                                        3. MTHFR gene variants are common.
                                                                        4. All women of reproductive age who could become pregnant should consume 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid each day, including those with an MTHFR C677T variant
                                                                        5. Sometimes a woman may still have a baby with a neural tube defect even though she consumed the recommended 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid; the defect may be unrelated to the MTHFR gene variant or folate status.

                                                                        Supplements containing forms of folate other than folic acid (such as 5-MTHF) should not be confused with the natural food folate found in fruits and vegetables. The effectiveness of these [5-MTHF] supplements in preventing neural tube defects has not been studied. For more information on the difference between folic acid and folate, please click here.

                                                                        The form of B9 in our product is not the methylated form. While it can help bridge nutritional gaps in the diet, support good health, and help minimize the risk of folate deficiency when taken in conjunction with a diet that includes folate-rich foods, we regret we do not have any information on and cannot make any recommendations regarding the use of our product by individuals with a known or suspected MTHFR gene variant. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the folate form in our products, we ask that you discuss those concerns with your healthcare provider prior to supplementation so you can make an informed purchasing decision on the form of folate that will best support your particular health goals.

                                                                        Why don’t NutriGold multivitamins include any ingredients to address specific women’s health issues (e.g. fertility, PMS, menopause)?

                                                                        The reason we do not include targeted health-specific ingredients in our multivitamin formulations is two-fold: (1) we are philosophically opposed to the idea of one-size-fits-all, kitchen-sink formulations because not all health concerns may be shared by everyone in the target population. We believe that a multivitamin should be, as the name suggests, a product that provides therapeutically beneficial amounts of vitamins and minerals that can help bridge nutrient gaps in diet and minimize deficiency risk; and (2) from a practical standpoint, including the full therapeutic dosages of targeted ingredients that address specific women’s health issues (e.g. cranberry for urinary tract health) will mean higher dosages; this can be a deal-breaker for consumers who either cannot or don’t prefer to take products with prohibitively high dosages.

                                                                        Formulating without these health-specific ingredients allows consumers to choose the multivitamin that best fits their needs based upon micronutrient levels alone and without the distraction of ingredients that are either present in amounts too low to be therapeutically beneficial and/or are tangential to the purposes for which most consumers take a multivitamin.

                                                                        That being said, while our women’s multivitamin formulations do not include targeted ingredients to address specific women’s health issues , they do include broad-spectrum antioxidants (e.g. Solarplast®, SOD-B®) that can complement the activity of the essential micronutrients to support healthy aging.

                                                                        Women’s 55+ Multi Gold


                                                                        Section updated  ↴

                                                                        General Questions About Multivitamins

                                                                        What is a multivitamin?

                                                                        A multivitamin is any product that contains 3 or more vitamins in amounts below established tolerable upper limits that can help minimize risk of deficiency. However, because most commercially available multivitamin supplements also include one or more minerals, multivitamins may also be referred to as multivitamin/mineral (or MVM) supplements.

                                                                        Given that no standard definition is available for an MVM supplement—such as what nutrients it must contain and at what levels— MVM products by different brands vary greatly in terms of composition and characteristics. While some products only contain vitamins, others may include minerals and/or other value-added ingredients (e.g. botanicals, specialty ingredients).

                                                                        What are % Daily Values?

                                                                          The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine establish RDAs or “Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDA),” which are the average daily intake of nutrients sufficient to meet the nutrient requirements of nearly all (97%-98%) healthy people. The FDA relies on these RDAs to set the Percent Daily Value (or % DV) on supplement and nutrition labels as a “guide to the nutrients in one serving of food.” For example, if a supplement label lists 10% DV for vitamin E, it means that, at the recommended dosage, one serving of the supplement will provide 10% of the vitamin E you need each day. It must be noted that ‘Percent DVs’ are based on a 2,000-calorie diet for healthy adults, but the DVs can be used as a guide even if your diet is higher or lower than 2,000 calories. To be on the safer side, opt for a multivitamin that provides the nutrients essential for maintaining good health in amounts that don’t exceed established tolerable upper limits.

                                                                          Where do the nutrients (vitamins, minerals) in a multivitamin come from?

                                                                            The nutrients in a multivitamin may either be (1) synthesized using industrial chemicals and solvents; or (2) derived from natural food ingredients. For example, the synthetic vitamin B3 (niacin) that is present in the vast majority of commercially available multivitamin supplements is created in a lab using coal tar derivatives, 3-cyanopyridine, and ammonia. However, there are a small number of brands, including NutriGold, that provide vitamin B3 from natural food sources (e.g. holy basil). 

                                                                            Be wary of brands that advertise their multivitamin products as being “food-based” or use the term “food” indiscriminately to describe products that are primarily made using synthetic vitamins mixed in with nutritional yeast or other food powders. Products that provide nutrients naturally derived “from” food are not the same as products that provide synthetic nutrients “mixed in” with food powders or products that are made by fortifying “nutritional yeast” with synthetic vitamins. 

                                                                            What is the difference between synthetic (lab-made) and natural vitamins?

                                                                              At NutriGold, we define “synthetic” vitamins as man-made vitamins that are created in a lab using industrial chemicals and solvents and “natural” vitamins as vitamins that are extracted, concentrated, or otherwise derived from natural food sources. The primary difference between lab-made vitamins and natural vitamins is that vitamins that occur in nature are present as food-vitamin complexes along with related co-factors, whereas synthetic vitamins that are created in a lab are isolated, fractionated, purified, and are not always structurally similar to vitamins that occurs in nature. Synthetic vitamins do not have the necessary cofactors for their proper utilization by the body; the body has to reconstruct the vitamins using its own reserve of cofactors, and this can, over time, lead to inadvertent nutrient depletion. Furthermore, synthetic vitamins are often made using petrochemical byproducts and industrial solvents that may not be fit for long-term use. 

                                                                              Additionally, nutrients derived from natural sources also do not produce the metallic aftertaste and/or digestive discomfort commonly associated with the use of products made using synthetic vitamins. We invite you to review the information we have compiled to support our position against the use of synthetic vitamins on our website at:  https://nutrigold.com/pages/synthetics

                                                                              How can I tell if a vitamin or mineral is from a natural source or a synthetic source?

                                                                                The lack of standardization in the composition of multivitamin products by different brands and substantive differences in the terminology used by brands to describe their multivitamin products has contributed, in large part, to the confusion consumers experience when trying to make a multivitamin purchasing decision.

                                                                                If you are in the market for a multivitamin product and want to know if the nutrients in the product are synthetic or natural, take a close look at the supplement facts panel on the label of the multivitamin product and rely on these general rules of thumb when making your purchasing decision — 

                                                                                • Nutrient sources not listed — if the source of the nutrient is not listed in parentheses next to each of the nutrients on the label, it is likely that the nutrient is synthetic (lab-made)
                                                                                • Nutrient sources may be listed and include yeast (S. cerevisiae) — if nutritional yeast or S. cerevisiae appears next to the nutrient or anywhere on the label, or if the terms, ‘cultured’ or ‘fermented’ or ‘matrix’ appear anywhere on the label or in descriptions of the product on the label, chances are the product contains synthetic vitamins in some amount. 
                                                                                  • Note: Even if we set aside the question of whether or not this ‘culturing’ or ‘fermenting’ process can make synthetic, lab-made vitamins more similar to nutrients from natural foods, the fact remains that the process starts with synthetic, lab-made vitamins and, in most cases, ends with fortifying the yeast blend with more synthetic vitamins to ensure that the product provides the amounts declared on the label.
                                                                                • Nutrient sources are listed and they are foods — more likely than not that the nutrient is from a natural source.

                                                                                When in doubt, always reach out to the manufacturer of the multivitamin and ask the following questions — “Are synthetic or lab-made nutrients used at any point during the production of your multivitamin product, either as starting materials, as intermediates, or to fortify the finished product?” The answer you receive in response to this question (or even the absence of a response) should help you make the purchasing decision that best meets your requirements.

                                                                                How do I know if I need to take a multivitamin?

                                                                                  Most of the nutrients in multivitamin supplements are considered essential because the human body cannot produce them on its own; they must be consumed from food and/or dietary supplements. Evidence from human research clearly shows both that a significant proportion of the populations of developed countries suffer from deficiencies or insufficiencies in essential vitamins. At minimum, a multivitamin should contain the nutrients essential for bridging dietary gaps in amounts that don't exceed established tolerable upper limits.

                                                                                  When possible, it is always recommended that you get your essential nutrients from fresh, minimally-processed, organic foods that are grown locally and picked at the peak of freshness because they tend to be the most nutrient-dense and bioavailable sources of these nutrients. However, industrial  agricultural practices and the stressors of modern life have made it difficult, if not impossible, for the vast majority of us to get the required amounts of the essential nutrients exclusively from our diet, making supplementation the next best option to minimize deficiency risk and help maintain good health. Given that we are all unique individuals with often varied nutritional needs, we encourage you to consult with a licensed dietitian/healthcare provider to determine the product that is right for your nutritional needs.

                                                                                  What are some factors to consider when choosing a multivitamin?

                                                                                  Factors that impact a multivitamin purchasing decision are generally as complex as the reasons why people supplement with multivitamins. Although by no means an exhaustive list of all possible factors, see below a few things to keep in mind when making a purchasing decision —

                                                                                  1. Sustainability — are the micronutrients in the product derived from planet-friendly sources (e.g. organic, non-GMO)?
                                                                                  2. Quality — does the multivitamin provide therapeutic dosages (based on Percent DVs) of the essential micronutrients?
                                                                                    1. More is not always better — you are not what you eat, you are what you absorb, so just because a product contains mega doses of the micronutrients doesn’t mean your body can actually absorb or use all of them. 
                                                                                      1. Excess water-soluble vitamins — unused water-soluble vitamins have to be removed by the excretory organs (e.g. kidneys); which can increase the body’s workload. 
                                                                                      2. Excess fat-soluble vitamins — unused fat-soluble vitamins (vitamins A, D, E, 7 K) are stored in the body for long periods of time and generally pose a greater risk for toxicity when consumed in excess. So, try and get as many of the micronutrients as you can from your diet and supplement with a multivitamin that provides the essential micronutrients in amounts that help bridge nutrient gaps in the diet and do not exceed established tolerable upper limits for toxicity.
                                                                                    2. Value-added ingredients — does the product include ingredients that complement or enhance the activity of the micronutrients to support healthy aging? Are these value-added ingredients present in therapeutic dosages (rather than just a pixie dusting for marketing purposes)?
                                                                                    3. Product composition — what is listed in the “other ingredients?”  Is the product free of chemical additives including fillers, binders, disintegrants, and coating agents?
                                                                                  3. Accountability — does the company provide assurance that what’s claimed on the label is actually inside the bottle (e.g. Certificate of Analysis, USP seal, ConsumerLab verified seal)?
                                                                                  4. Transparency — are the micronutrients in the multivitamin derived from natural foods or created in a lab? What is the country of origin of the different ingredients in the multivitamin blend?
                                                                                  5. Value — although price is definitely an important consideration for many consumers, it is as  unreliable an indicator of product quality, safety, or effectiveness as are creative packaging or fancy marketing copy. The only way to ensure that you are making the purchasing decision that is right for you or a loved one is to consider all of the factors listed above in their totality and evaluate which product is most likely to help support your health goals.

                                                                                  What is the best time of day to take a multivitamin?

                                                                                  The best time of day to take a multivitamin depends on several factors —

                                                                                  • Product composition — If the multivitamin you are taking only includes water-soluble nutrients, then you can take it at any time during the day, even on an empty stomach. If, however, your multivitamin includes fat-soluble nutrients, it is recommended that you take the supplement with the largest meal of your day.
                                                                                  • Nutrient type (synthetic vs. natural) — Synthetic vitamins can sometimes have a metallic aftertaste and/or produce digestive discomfort, so it is generally better to take them in the middle of the largest meal of the day. Products made using vitamins from natural sources are gentle enough to be taken on an empty stomach at any time during the day, but taking them with food can help with the optimal absorption of fat-soluble nutrients like vitamins D3, E, and K2.
                                                                                  • Serving size (one, two, or more) — If the recommended dosage is one capsule a day, then you can take the product at any time during the day, but preferably with a meal if the formulation includes any fat-soluble nutrients. If the serving size is two or more capsules, tablets, or softgels, it is desirable to take them in divided doses throughout the day. However, if taking them in divided at different times during the day is not an option, the next best thing is to take them with the largest meal of the day.
                                                                                  • Other supplements you may be taking — When taking one or more supplements, we recommend spacing the different supplements throughout the day to minimize the load on the digestive system and to support optimal absorption and assimilation of the nutrients in the multivitamin. In the interest of your safety and consistent with our fundamental guiding principle to ‘do no harm,’ we also encourage you to talk to your healthcare provider prior to adding a multivitamin to your regimen if you are taking other supplements or OTC/prescription medications.
                                                                                  • Practical considerations — Remembering to take multiple doses of a supplement throughout the day can be a challenge for many of us even on our best days. And if that’s the case with you, it may be best to take the recommended daily dosage as a single serving, preferably at the same time every day. On the other hand, if taking multiple capsules (or tablets) at one time is too difficult for you, it is perfectly okay to take them in divided doses throughout the day. As with any supplement, consistent compliance is key to reaping the intended benefits, so follow whatever dosing schedule  will help you consistently take the recommended daily dosage every day.

                                                                                  Can multivitamins be taken together with other dietary supplements?

                                                                                  A multivitamin serves to fill the gaps of what might be missing in the diet and is typically fine in combination with other dietary supplements. However, it may be best to take a multivitamin that includes iron and/or zinc separately from a calcium/magnesium supplement as iron and zinc may compete with calcium/magnesium for absorption. That being said, consistent with our guiding principle to “do no harm,” we encourage you to consult with your trusted healthcare provider to determine what use is best for your individual needs prior to adding a multivitamin (or any other supplement) to your regimen.

                                                                                  • Can multivitamins be taken together with OTC or prescription medications?

                                                                                  If you are taking or planning to take an OTC or prescription medication, please consult a licensed pharmacist or your healthcare provider before beginning supplementation to minimize risk of side effects associated with potential supplement-drug interactions.

                                                                                  Questions about NutriGold multivitamins

                                                                                  Are synthetic or lab-made nutrients used at any point during the production of NutriGold multivitamin products, either as starting materials, as intermediates, or to fortify the finished product?

                                                                                  Except for the B12, which is synthetic because a natural, vegan source is currently not commercially available, all of the other nutrients in our vitamin, mineral, and multivitamin products are derived from non-genetically modified, natural food sources; many of the nutrient sources are also certified organic. No synthetic isolates are not used at any point during the production of NutriGold multivitamins.

                                                                                  How can I be sure that what’s on a multivitamin product label is actually inside the bottle?

                                                                                  At NutriGold, we believe that consumers have the right to hold companies accountable for label claims and that companies, in return, are professionally, morally, and ethically obligated to make information that is material to making a purchasing decision available and accessible to consumers upon request. Our commitment to authentic transparency is best reflected not just in our willingness to share where our ingredients come from or in the ethical disclosures about the composition of our products, but also in our willingness to make product Certificates of Analysis readily and easily accessible to consumers with a simple scan of the QR code on our product labels or by visiting the product pages on our website.

                                                                                  The Certificate of Analysis is a summary of the results of all of the third-party testing performed on the product, is lot-specific, and updated each time a new lot of a product is authorized for distribution by our quality control team. The results summarized in the Certificate of Analysis provide reassurance that the product has been verified to contain what is claimed on the label.

                                                                                  What are the sources of the different nutrients in NutriGold multivitamins?

                                                                                  Every micronutrient that is listed as “from organic food blend” is 100% sourced from foods such as organic lemon, guava, amla, etc. The full list of organic foods from which the vast majority of the micronutrients in NutriGold multivitamins are derived is included in the ‘Organic Food Blend’ on the supplement facts panel. Micronutrients that originate from other sources include vegan vitamin D (from lichen), vitamin K (from natto), and iodine (from organic kelp) and are listed as such on the product labels. Vitamin B-12 is the only synthetic micronutrient in NutriGold multivitamins and this is produced by microbial fermentation of multiple species of propionibacterium.

                                                                                  Does NutriGold use synthetic vitamins at any stage during the multivitamin manufacturing process?

                                                                                  Other than vitamin B12, which is synthetic, NutriGold multivitamin products do not contain any other synthetic vitamins (in isolated or cultured forms). When formulating multivitamin products, our preference always is to use organic food sources when available. However, our vitamin B12 is an exception to this because there are no known biologically active plant sources of B12. Our multivitamins include vitamin B12 in its biologically active methylcobalamin & adenosylcobalamin forms in an approximately 70/30 ratio.

                                                                                  Why don’t NutriGold multivitamins provide 100% DV of all vitamins and minerals?

                                                                                  Although natural foods are safe and bioavailable sources of many of the micronutrients that are essential for maintaining good health, they often contain these micronutrients in fairly small amounts. So, formulating a multivitamin product that provides 100% daily value of all of the micronutrients from natural food sources, while ideal and theoretically possible, would be associated with a prohibitive increase in the daily dosage as well as the product price, which can be a deal-breaker for many consumers. 

                                                                                  To ensure that our products provide safe and therapeutic doses of essential micronutrients at reasonable dosages and sustainable prices, we had to make some compromises on which nutrients end up in our multivitamin formulations. That being said, most of our multivitamins still provide 100% DV (or higher) of most vitamins and 50% DV or higher of some minerals.

                                                                                  Why don’t NutriGold multivitamins include minerals like calcium, magnesium and copper?

                                                                                  Calcium and magnesium can compete with other minerals for absorption in the GI tract and are often recommended to be taken separately from a multivitamin.  Also, depending on what calcium or magnesium is bound to, the size of the molecule can be quite large, which could make the serving size of a multivitamin that provides therapeutic amounts of either of these minerals larger than what many customers would be willing to take. For customers that need extra supplemental magnesium we offer Magnesium Gold, which provides a bioavailable source of magnesium (400 mg per 3 capsule serving).

                                                                                  Similarly, the reason we do not include copper in our multivitamins is that copper is poorly absorbed in the presence of iron and zinc. The decision to include iron (Women's formulas) and zinc (all multi formulas) at the expense of copper was based on population studies showing a higher rate of iron and zinc deficiency, rather than a copper deficiency,  in the general population.

                                                                                  Why don’t NutriGold multivitamins provide Vitamin A (beta carotene)?

                                                                                  Many multivitamin brands, including those that are marketed as "food-based", offer vitamin A as synthetic beta carotene or lab-created vitamin A (retinol). At NutriGold, we strive to avoid synthetic vitamins in our products and prefer nutrients that are derived entirely from natural foods. Unfortunately, food sources of beta carotene are not currently available that meet our stringent quality standards for stability. It is important to note, however, that all of our women’s 3-per-day multivitamins (except for the prenatal multi) and two of our men’s multivitamins (men’s multi 40+ & men’s 55+ multi) now feature SOD-B Extramel®, a clinically-proven ingredient that is a far more powerful antioxidant than beta-carotene and provides some of the same benefits as vitamin A.

                                                                                  Does NutriGold offer a gender-neutral multivitamin?

                                                                                  We do not currently offer a gender-neutral multivitamin. This allows our customers to choose the formulation (Men's, Women's, Prenatal, 40+, etc.) that best fits their needs based upon nutrient levels, without worrying about potentially unnecessary gender-specific herbs or herbal blends. Many brands include gender-specific herbs (e.g. saw palmetto, chaste tree); however, these gender-specific ingredients are usually in amounts that are too low to provide the intended therapeutic benefits and sometimes come at the expense of some of the essential micronutrients in the multivitamin formulation..

                                                                                  We recognize that gender-specific multivitamin formulas can have the unintended consequence of creating more confusion rather than introducing more clarity into the multivitamin purchasing process. According to the Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine, however, there are some variations in the nutrients that are needed for women of child-bearing age versus women who are going through menopause and later (e.g. folate, iron). Our women's multivitamin formulas reflect the differences in these variations. Likewise, iron is not added to our men's multivitamins or the 40 / 55+ women's multivitamins given that men and post-menopausal women (who are not at risk of iron deficiency) are typically directed to avoid multivitamins containing iron.

                                                                                  We recognize that we are all unique individuals with often varied nutritional needs. In light of this, we encourage all of our customers to consult with a licensed healthcare provider to determine what micronutrients they may or may not be lacking and what amounts are appropriate for their needs prior to supplementation.

                                                                                  Does NutriGold offer a children’s multivitamin?

                                                                                  While we have explored the possibility of offering a children’s multivitamin, our product Research & Development team has not yet approved moving forward with production on this product. Although adjusting our current adult multivitamin formulations to meet child-appropriate RDAs is easy enough to do, our goal is to be able to offer a children's multivitamin that is easier to take and more palatable, even without the sweeteners, colors, and artificial flavors found in many of the current children's multivitamin offerings. We are confident that we will eventually develop a formulation that checks all the boxes and conforms to our own high quality and safety standards, but as with all NutriGold products, the process can sometimes be excruciatingly long.

                                                                                  What is a pullulan capsule? What is it made of?

                                                                                  Pullulan is a vegetable-derived, water-soluble polysaccharide produced through a natural fermentation process. Pullulan capsules are considered more natural than HPMC (cellulose) capsules because they are naturally derived from fermented tapioca. Unlike cellulose capsules, which are considered semi-synthetic and not permitted in certified organic products, pullulan is included in the USDA’s National Organic Program list of accepted ingredients for organic products. 

                                                                                  What is the purpose of the organic rice concentrate?

                                                                                  Although we make every effort to manufacture products without any additives, we sometimes need to add an additive for optimal ingredient flow during manufacturing and to ensure finished product integrity. While many supplement companies prefer to use chemical additives like magnesium stearate and silicon dioxide, we prefer to use organic rice concentrate from USA-grown brown rice bran, which is naturally hypoallergenic and gluten-free. The rice concentrate is only added on an as-needed basis to ensure product integrity and is always declared in the spirit of complete transparency on the product label.

                                                                                  Are NutriGold multivitamins soy-free?

                                                                                  At NutriGold, we use the term “soy-free” to describe products that do not contain any ingredients derived from soy and the phrase “verified free of soy allergen” to confirm that soy allergen, if present, is less than 5 parts per million or 5 micrograms per gram of the product. Based on these definitions, our multivitamin products are not soy-free because vitamin K2 (as MK-7) in our multivitamins is sourced from natto, which is fermented soybeans.  We encourage consumers who are interested in taking the product, but are unsure about the suitability of the soy-derived K2 in the product for their particular health needs, to discuss their concerns with a qualified healthcare provider prior to supplementation.

                                                                                  Are NutriGold multivitamins gluten-free?

                                                                                  All of our multivitamin products are confirmed to be free of gluten through supply-chain verification and independently verified by a third-party lab to contain less than 20 parts per million or less than 20 micrograms per gram of gluten per serving of the product, which is consistent with the limit set by the FDA as per its gluten-free food labeling rule.

                                                                                  Should NutriGold multivitamins be taken with food?

                                                                                  Many customers find our multivitamins to be gentle enough to be taken on an empty stomach. However, it is generally recommended to take multivitamins with food, if possible, because the products include fat-soluble vitamins that are best absorbed with some fat (usually a component of most meals).

                                                                                  Can the recommended dosage of NutriGold multivitamins be taken in divided doses throughout the day or is it best to take it as a single dose?

                                                                                  Overall nutrient assimilation may be best if you are able to space the multivitamin throughout the day. However, if compliance is an issue, our multivitamins may be consumed as a single dose. It is also generally recommended to take multivitamins with food, if possible, because they include fat-soluble vitamins that are best absorbed with some fat (usually a component of most meals). We encourage you to consult with your trusted healthcare advisor to determine what usage is best for your individual needs.

                                                                                  Can I break apart the capsule and add the contents to liquid/food to consume?

                                                                                  All of our products are formulated to be taken as capsules and our purity and potency claims are based on the product being taken as recommended. We generally do not recommend breaking apart the capsules because it can introduce contaminants or otherwise compromise product potency and effectiveness.

                                                                                  Section updated  ↴

                                                                                  Questions about women’s multivitamins

                                                                                  Does NutriGold offer more than one women’s multivitamin formulation?

                                                                                  Yes. In addition to our Prenatal Multivitamin, we offer 4 multivitamin options to support women's health - 

                                                                                  • One Daily Women’s Multi Gold (available in 30-count and 60-count bottles/1 capsule per day) 
                                                                                  • Women’s Multi Gold (90 capsules/3 capsules per day)
                                                                                  • 40+ Multi Gold (90 capsules/3 capsules per day)
                                                                                  • 55+ Multi Gold (90 capsules/3 capsules per day)

                                                                                  How do the different NutriGold women’s multivitamins compare?

                                                                                  Nutrients

                                                                                  Prenatal Multi

                                                                                  One Daily Women’s

                                                                                  Women’s Multi

                                                                                  Women’s 40+ Multi

                                                                                  Women’s 55+ Multi

                                                                                  3 caps/day

                                                                                  1 cap/day

                                                                                  3 caps/day

                                                                                  3 caps/day

                                                                                  3 caps/day

                                                                                  Size 0 pullulan capsule (length — 0.854” & outer diameter — 0.3”)

                                                                                  Water-Soluble Vitamins

                                                                                  Vitamin C

                                                                                  100%

                                                                                  50%

                                                                                  100%

                                                                                  100%

                                                                                  100%

                                                                                  Thiamin (B1)

                                                                                  > 100%

                                                                                  > 100%

                                                                                  > 100%

                                                                                  > 100%

                                                                                  > 100%

                                                                                  Riboflavin (B2)

                                                                                  > 100%

                                                                                  > 100%

                                                                                  > 100%

                                                                                  > 100%

                                                                                  > 100%

                                                                                  Niacin (B3)

                                                                                  100%

                                                                                  50%

                                                                                  100%

                                                                                  50%

                                                                                  50%

                                                                                  Pyridoxine (B6)

                                                                                  > 100%

                                                                                  > 100%

                                                                                  > 100%

                                                                                  > 100%

                                                                                  > 100%

                                                                                  Folate (B9)

                                                                                  100%

                                                                                  100%

                                                                                  > 100%

                                                                                  100%

                                                                                  100%

                                                                                  B-12

                                                                                  > 100%

                                                                                  > 100%

                                                                                  > 100%

                                                                                  > 100%

                                                                                  > 100%

                                                                                  Biotin

                                                                                  > 100%

                                                                                  > 100%

                                                                                  > 100%

                                                                                  > 100%

                                                                                  > 100%

                                                                                  Pantothenic Acid

                                                                                  > 100%

                                                                                  > 100%

                                                                                  > 100%

                                                                                  > 100%

                                                                                  > 100%

                                                                                  Fat-Soluble Vitamins — Percent Daily Value (based on a 2,000 calorie diet)

                                                                                  Vitamin D3

                                                                                  100%

                                                                                  50%

                                                                                  100%

                                                                                  100%

                                                                                  100%

                                                                                  Vitamin E

                                                                                  > 100%

                                                                                  50%

                                                                                  > 100%

                                                                                  100%

                                                                                  100%

                                                                                  Vitamin K (MK-7)

                                                                                  > 100%

                                                                                  100%

                                                                                  100%

                                                                                  100%

                                                                                  100%

                                                                                  Minerals — Percent Daily Value (based on a 2,000 calorie diet)

                                                                                  Iron

                                                                                  100%

                                                                                  30%

                                                                                  100%

                                                                                  N/A

                                                                                  N/A

                                                                                  Iodine

                                                                                  100%

                                                                                  50%

                                                                                  100%

                                                                                  100%

                                                                                  100%

                                                                                  Zinc

                                                                                  50%

                                                                                  50%

                                                                                  60%

                                                                                  100%

                                                                                  100%

                                                                                  Selenium

                                                                                  100%

                                                                                  > 100%

                                                                                  > 100%

                                                                                  100%

                                                                                  100%

                                                                                  Manganese

                                                                                  40%

                                                                                  N/A

                                                                                  45%

                                                                                  40%

                                                                                  40%

                                                                                  Chromium

                                                                                  90%

                                                                                  100%

                                                                                  100%

                                                                                  100%

                                                                                  100%

                                                                                  Added Ingredients to Support Antioxidant Protection and Healthy Aging

                                                                                  Solarplast®

                                                                                  SOD-B®

                                                                                  Additional Purchasing Considerations

                                                                                  Certified Organic

                                                                                  Non-GMO Verified

                                                                                  Certified C.L.E.A.N

                                                                                  Certified Kosher

                                                                                  Certified Vegan

                                                                                  Vegan/Vegetarian

                                                                                  Can individuals with a known or suspected MTHFR gene mutation take NutriGold multivitamins to get the recommended daily value of folate?

                                                                                  There is some controversy with regard to the form of B9 that is best suited for individuals with a known or suspected MTHFR gene variant. According to the American Pregnancy Association, some women have a defect in their MTHFR gene that doesn’t allow them to properly convert synthetic folic acid into active methyl folate. As such, women taking folic acid may not be absorbing their B vitamins as expected. For this reason, it is preferable to take folate either from whole food sources (e.g. green leafy vegetables) or supplements that contain the natural form of active folate instead of synthesized folic acid whenever possible.

                                                                                  However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the most common variant in the MTHFR gene is MTHFR C677T and these are the 5 most important things to known about this variant —

                                                                                  1. People with MTHFR C677T variants can process all types of folate, including folic acid.
                                                                                  2. Folic acid is the only type of folate shown to help prevent neural tube defects.
                                                                                  3. MTHFR gene variants are common.
                                                                                  4. All women of reproductive age who could become pregnant should consume 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid each day, including those with an MTHFR C677T variant
                                                                                  5. Sometimes a woman may still have a baby with a neural tube defect even though she consumed the recommended 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid; the defect may be unrelated to the MTHFR gene variant or folate status.

                                                                                  Supplements containing forms of folate other than folic acid (such as 5-MTHF) should not be confused with the natural food folate found in fruits and vegetables. The effectiveness of these [5-MTHF] supplements in preventing neural tube defects has not been studied. For more information on the difference between folic acid and folate, please click here.

                                                                                  The form of B9 in our product is not the methylated form. While it can help bridge nutritional gaps in the diet, support good health, and help minimize the risk of folate deficiency when taken in conjunction with a diet that includes folate-rich foods, we regret we do not have any information on and cannot make any recommendations regarding the use of our product by individuals with a known or suspected MTHFR gene variant. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the folate form in our products, we ask that you discuss those concerns with your healthcare provider prior to supplementation so you can make an informed purchasing decision on the form of folate that will best support your particular health goals.

                                                                                  Why don’t NutriGold multivitamins include any ingredients to address specific women’s health issues (e.g. fertility, PMS, menopause)?

                                                                                  The reason we do not include targeted health-specific ingredients in our multivitamin formulations is two-fold: (1) we are philosophically opposed to the idea of one-size-fits-all, kitchen-sink formulations because not all health concerns may be shared by everyone in the target population. We believe that a multivitamin should be, as the name suggests, a product that provides therapeutically beneficial amounts of vitamins and minerals that can help bridge nutrient gaps in diet and minimize deficiency risk; and (2) from a practical standpoint, including the full therapeutic dosages of targeted ingredients that address specific women’s health issues (e.g. cranberry for urinary tract health) will mean higher dosages; this can be a deal-breaker for consumers who either cannot or don’t prefer to take products with prohibitively high dosages.

                                                                                  Formulating without these health-specific ingredients allows consumers to choose the multivitamin that best fits their needs based upon micronutrient levels alone and without the distraction of ingredients that are either present in amounts too low to be therapeutically beneficial and/or are tangential to the purposes for which most consumers take a multivitamin.

                                                                                  That being said, while our women’s multivitamin formulations do not include targeted ingredients to address specific women’s health issues , they do include broad-spectrum antioxidants (e.g. Solarplast®, SOD-B®) that can complement the activity of the essential micronutrients to support healthy aging.

                                                                                  Women’s Multi Gold


                                                                                  Section updated  ↴

                                                                                  General Questions About Multivitamins

                                                                                  What is a multivitamin?

                                                                                  A multivitamin is any product that contains 3 or more vitamins in amounts below established tolerable upper limits that can help minimize risk of deficiency. However, because most commercially available multivitamin supplements also include one or more minerals, multivitamins may also be referred to as multivitamin/mineral (or MVM) supplements.

                                                                                  Given that no standard definition is available for an MVM supplement—such as what nutrients it must contain and at what levels— MVM products by different brands vary greatly in terms of composition and characteristics. While some products only contain vitamins, others may include minerals and/or other value-added ingredients (e.g. botanicals, specialty ingredients).

                                                                                  What are % Daily Values?

                                                                                    The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine establish RDAs or “Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDA),” which are the average daily intake of nutrients sufficient to meet the nutrient requirements of nearly all (97%-98%) healthy people. The FDA relies on these RDAs to set the Percent Daily Value (or % DV) on supplement and nutrition labels as a “guide to the nutrients in one serving of food.” For example, if a supplement label lists 10% DV for vitamin E, it means that, at the recommended dosage, one serving of the supplement will provide 10% of the vitamin E you need each day. It must be noted that ‘Percent DVs’ are based on a 2,000-calorie diet for healthy adults, but the DVs can be used as a guide even if your diet is higher or lower than 2,000 calories. To be on the safer side, opt for a multivitamin that provides the nutrients essential for maintaining good health in amounts that don’t exceed established tolerable upper limits.

                                                                                    Where do the nutrients (vitamins, minerals) in a multivitamin come from?

                                                                                      The nutrients in a multivitamin may either be (1) synthesized using industrial chemicals and solvents; or (2) derived from natural food ingredients. For example, the synthetic vitamin B3 (niacin) that is present in the vast majority of commercially available multivitamin supplements is created in a lab using coal tar derivatives, 3-cyanopyridine, and ammonia. However, there are a small number of brands, including NutriGold, that provide vitamin B3 from natural food sources (e.g. holy basil). 

                                                                                      Be wary of brands that advertise their multivitamin products as being “food-based” or use the term “food” indiscriminately to describe products that are primarily made using synthetic vitamins mixed in with nutritional yeast or other food powders. Products that provide nutrients naturally derived “from” food are not the same as products that provide synthetic nutrients “mixed in” with food powders or products that are made by fortifying “nutritional yeast” with synthetic vitamins. 

                                                                                      What is the difference between synthetic (lab-made) and natural vitamins?

                                                                                        At NutriGold, we define “synthetic” vitamins as man-made vitamins that are created in a lab using industrial chemicals and solvents and “natural” vitamins as vitamins that are extracted, concentrated, or otherwise derived from natural food sources. The primary difference between lab-made vitamins and natural vitamins is that vitamins that occur in nature are present as food-vitamin complexes along with related co-factors, whereas synthetic vitamins that are created in a lab are isolated, fractionated, purified, and are not always structurally similar to vitamins that occurs in nature. Synthetic vitamins do not have the necessary cofactors for their proper utilization by the body; the body has to reconstruct the vitamins using its own reserve of cofactors, and this can, over time, lead to inadvertent nutrient depletion. Furthermore, synthetic vitamins are often made using petrochemical byproducts and industrial solvents that may not be fit for long-term use. 

                                                                                        Additionally, nutrients derived from natural sources also do not produce the metallic aftertaste and/or digestive discomfort commonly associated with the use of products made using synthetic vitamins. We invite you to review the information we have compiled to support our position against the use of synthetic vitamins on our website at:  https://nutrigold.com/pages/synthetics

                                                                                        How can I tell if a vitamin or mineral is from a natural source or a synthetic source?

                                                                                          The lack of standardization in the composition of multivitamin products by different brands and substantive differences in the terminology used by brands to describe their multivitamin products has contributed, in large part, to the confusion consumers experience when trying to make a multivitamin purchasing decision.

                                                                                          If you are in the market for a multivitamin product and want to know if the nutrients in the product are synthetic or natural, take a close look at the supplement facts panel on the label of the multivitamin product and rely on these general rules of thumb when making your purchasing decision — 

                                                                                          • Nutrient sources not listed — if the source of the nutrient is not listed in parentheses next to each of the nutrients on the label, it is likely that the nutrient is synthetic (lab-made)
                                                                                          • Nutrient sources may be listed and include yeast (S. cerevisiae) — if nutritional yeast or S. cerevisiae appears next to the nutrient or anywhere on the label, or if the terms, ‘cultured’ or ‘fermented’ or ‘matrix’ appear anywhere on the label or in descriptions of the product on the label, chances are the product contains synthetic vitamins in some amount. 
                                                                                            • Note: Even if we set aside the question of whether or not this ‘culturing’ or ‘fermenting’ process can make synthetic, lab-made vitamins more similar to nutrients from natural foods, the fact remains that the process starts with synthetic, lab-made vitamins and, in most cases, ends with fortifying the yeast blend with more synthetic vitamins to ensure that the product provides the amounts declared on the label.
                                                                                          • Nutrient sources are listed and they are foods — more likely than not that the nutrient is from a natural source.

                                                                                          When in doubt, always reach out to the manufacturer of the multivitamin and ask the following questions — “Are synthetic or lab-made nutrients used at any point during the production of your multivitamin product, either as starting materials, as intermediates, or to fortify the finished product?” The answer you receive in response to this question (or even the absence of a response) should help you make the purchasing decision that best meets your requirements.

                                                                                          How do I know if I need to take a multivitamin?

                                                                                            Most of the nutrients in multivitamin supplements are considered essential because the human body cannot produce them on its own; they must be consumed from food and/or dietary supplements. Evidence from human research clearly shows both that a significant proportion of the populations of developed countries suffer from deficiencies or insufficiencies in essential vitamins. At minimum, a multivitamin should contain the nutrients essential for bridging dietary gaps in amounts that don't exceed established tolerable upper limits.

                                                                                            When possible, it is always recommended that you get your essential nutrients from fresh, minimally-processed, organic foods that are grown locally and picked at the peak of freshness because they tend to be the most nutrient-dense and bioavailable sources of these nutrients. However, industrial  agricultural practices and the stressors of modern life have made it difficult, if not impossible, for the vast majority of us to get the required amounts of the essential nutrients exclusively from our diet, making supplementation the next best option to minimize deficiency risk and help maintain good health. Given that we are all unique individuals with often varied nutritional needs, we encourage you to consult with a licensed dietitian/healthcare provider to determine the product that is right for your nutritional needs.

                                                                                            What are some factors to consider when choosing a multivitamin?

                                                                                            Factors that impact a multivitamin purchasing decision are generally as complex as the reasons why people supplement with multivitamins. Although by no means an exhaustive list of all possible factors, see below a few things to keep in mind when making a purchasing decision —

                                                                                            1. Sustainability — are the micronutrients in the product derived from planet-friendly sources (e.g. organic, non-GMO)?
                                                                                            2. Quality — does the multivitamin provide therapeutic dosages (based on Percent DVs) of the essential micronutrients?
                                                                                              1. More is not always better — you are not what you eat, you are what you absorb, so just because a product contains mega doses of the micronutrients doesn’t mean your body can actually absorb or use all of them. 
                                                                                                1. Excess water-soluble vitamins — unused water-soluble vitamins have to be removed by the excretory organs (e.g. kidneys); which can increase the body’s workload. 
                                                                                                2. Excess fat-soluble vitamins — unused fat-soluble vitamins (vitamins A, D, E, 7 K) are stored in the body for long periods of time and generally pose a greater risk for toxicity when consumed in excess. So, try and get as many of the micronutrients as you can from your diet and supplement with a multivitamin that provides the essential micronutrients in amounts that help bridge nutrient gaps in the diet and do not exceed established tolerable upper limits for toxicity.
                                                                                              2. Value-added ingredients — does the product include ingredients that complement or enhance the activity of the micronutrients to support healthy aging? Are these value-added ingredients present in therapeutic dosages (rather than just a pixie dusting for marketing purposes)?
                                                                                              3. Product composition — what is listed in the “other ingredients?”  Is the product free of chemical additives including fillers, binders, disintegrants, and coating agents?
                                                                                            3. Accountability — does the company provide assurance that what’s claimed on the label is actually inside the bottle (e.g. Certificate of Analysis, USP seal, ConsumerLab verified seal)?
                                                                                            4. Transparency — are the micronutrients in the multivitamin derived from natural foods or created in a lab? What is the country of origin of the different ingredients in the multivitamin blend?
                                                                                            5. Value — although price is definitely an important consideration for many consumers, it is as  unreliable an indicator of product quality, safety, or effectiveness as are creative packaging or fancy marketing copy. The only way to ensure that you are making the purchasing decision that is right for you or a loved one is to consider all of the factors listed above in their totality and evaluate which product is most likely to help support your health goals.

                                                                                            What is the best time of day to take a multivitamin?

                                                                                            The best time of day to take a multivitamin depends on several factors —

                                                                                            • Product composition — If the multivitamin you are taking only includes water-soluble nutrients, then you can take it at any time during the day, even on an empty stomach. If, however, your multivitamin includes fat-soluble nutrients, it is recommended that you take the supplement with the largest meal of your day.
                                                                                            • Nutrient type (synthetic vs. natural) — Synthetic vitamins can sometimes have a metallic aftertaste and/or produce digestive discomfort, so it is generally better to take them in the middle of the largest meal of the day. Products made using vitamins from natural sources are gentle enough to be taken on an empty stomach at any time during the day, but taking them with food can help with the optimal absorption of fat-soluble nutrients like vitamins D3, E, and K2.
                                                                                            • Serving size (one, two, or more) — If the recommended dosage is one capsule a day, then you can take the product at any time during the day, but preferably with a meal if the formulation includes any fat-soluble nutrients. If the serving size is two or more capsules, tablets, or softgels, it is desirable to take them in divided doses throughout the day. However, if taking them in divided at different times during the day is not an option, the next best thing is to take them with the largest meal of the day.
                                                                                            • Other supplements you may be taking — When taking one or more supplements, we recommend spacing the different supplements throughout the day to minimize the load on the digestive system and to support optimal absorption and assimilation of the nutrients in the multivitamin. In the interest of your safety and consistent with our fundamental guiding principle to ‘do no harm,’ we also encourage you to talk to your healthcare provider prior to adding a multivitamin to your regimen if you are taking other supplements or OTC/prescription medications.
                                                                                            • Practical considerations — Remembering to take multiple doses of a supplement throughout the day can be a challenge for many of us even on our best days. And if that’s the case with you, it may be best to take the recommended daily dosage as a single serving, preferably at the same time every day. On the other hand, if taking multiple capsules (or tablets) at one time is too difficult for you, it is perfectly okay to take them in divided doses throughout the day. As with any supplement, consistent compliance is key to reaping the intended benefits, so follow whatever dosing schedule  will help you consistently take the recommended daily dosage every day.

                                                                                            Can multivitamins be taken together with other dietary supplements?

                                                                                            A multivitamin serves to fill the gaps of what might be missing in the diet and is typically fine in combination with other dietary supplements. However, it may be best to take a multivitamin that includes iron and/or zinc separately from a calcium/magnesium supplement as iron and zinc may compete with calcium/magnesium for absorption. That being said, consistent with our guiding principle to “do no harm,” we encourage you to consult with your trusted healthcare provider to determine what use is best for your individual needs prior to adding a multivitamin (or any other supplement) to your regimen.

                                                                                            • Can multivitamins be taken together with OTC or prescription medications?

                                                                                            If you are taking or planning to take an OTC or prescription medication, please consult a licensed pharmacist or your healthcare provider before beginning supplementation to minimize risk of side effects associated with potential supplement-drug interactions.

                                                                                            Questions about NutriGold multivitamins

                                                                                            Are synthetic or lab-made nutrients used at any point during the production of NutriGold multivitamin products, either as starting materials, as intermediates, or to fortify the finished product?

                                                                                            Except for the B12, which is synthetic because a natural, vegan source is currently not commercially available, all of the other nutrients in our vitamin, mineral, and multivitamin products are derived from non-genetically modified, natural food sources; many of the nutrient sources are also certified organic. No synthetic isolates are not used at any point during the production of NutriGold multivitamins.

                                                                                            How can I be sure that what’s on a multivitamin product label is actually inside the bottle?

                                                                                            At NutriGold, we believe that consumers have the right to hold companies accountable for label claims and that companies, in return, are professionally, morally, and ethically obligated to make information that is material to making a purchasing decision available and accessible to consumers upon request. Our commitment to authentic transparency is best reflected not just in our willingness to share where our ingredients come from or in the ethical disclosures about the composition of our products, but also in our willingness to make product Certificates of Analysis readily and easily accessible to consumers with a simple scan of the QR code on our product labels or by visiting the product pages on our website.

                                                                                            The Certificate of Analysis is a summary of the results of all of the third-party testing performed on the product, is lot-specific, and updated each time a new lot of a product is authorized for distribution by our quality control team. The results summarized in the Certificate of Analysis provide reassurance that the product has been verified to contain what is claimed on the label.

                                                                                            What are the sources of the different nutrients in NutriGold multivitamins?

                                                                                            Every micronutrient that is listed as “from organic food blend” is 100% sourced from foods such as organic lemon, guava, amla, etc. The full list of organic foods from which the vast majority of the micronutrients in NutriGold multivitamins are derived is included in the ‘Organic Food Blend’ on the supplement facts panel. Micronutrients that originate from other sources include vegan vitamin D (from lichen), vitamin K (from natto), and iodine (from organic kelp) and are listed as such on the product labels. Vitamin B-12 is the only synthetic micronutrient in NutriGold multivitamins and this is produced by microbial fermentation of multiple species of propionibacterium.

                                                                                            Does NutriGold use synthetic vitamins at any stage during the multivitamin manufacturing process?

                                                                                            Other than vitamin B12, which is synthetic, NutriGold multivitamin products do not contain any other synthetic vitamins (in isolated or cultured forms). When formulating multivitamin products, our preference always is to use organic food sources when available. However, our vitamin B12 is an exception to this because there are no known biologically active plant sources of B12. Our multivitamins include vitamin B12 in its biologically active methylcobalamin & adenosylcobalamin forms in an approximately 70/30 ratio.

                                                                                            Why don’t NutriGold multivitamins provide 100% DV of all vitamins and minerals?

                                                                                            Although natural foods are safe and bioavailable sources of many of the micronutrients that are essential for maintaining good health, they often contain these micronutrients in fairly small amounts. So, formulating a multivitamin product that provides 100% daily value of all of the micronutrients from natural food sources, while ideal and theoretically possible, would be associated with a prohibitive increase in the daily dosage as well as the product price, which can be a deal-breaker for many consumers. 

                                                                                            To ensure that our products provide safe and therapeutic doses of essential micronutrients at reasonable dosages and sustainable prices, we had to make some compromises on which nutrients end up in our multivitamin formulations. That being said, most of our multivitamins still provide 100% DV (or higher) of most vitamins and 50% DV or higher of some minerals.

                                                                                            Why don’t NutriGold multivitamins include minerals like calcium, magnesium and copper?

                                                                                            Calcium and magnesium can compete with other minerals for absorption in the GI tract and are often recommended to be taken separately from a multivitamin.  Also, depending on what calcium or magnesium is bound to, the size of the molecule can be quite large, which could make the serving size of a multivitamin that provides therapeutic amounts of either of these minerals larger than what many customers would be willing to take. For customers that need extra supplemental magnesium we offer Magnesium Gold, which provides a bioavailable source of magnesium (400 mg per 3 capsule serving).

                                                                                            Similarly, the reason we do not include copper in our multivitamins is that copper is poorly absorbed in the presence of iron and zinc. The decision to include iron (Women's formulas) and zinc (all multi formulas) at the expense of copper was based on population studies showing a higher rate of iron and zinc deficiency, rather than a copper deficiency,  in the general population.

                                                                                            Why don’t NutriGold multivitamins provide Vitamin A (beta carotene)?

                                                                                            Many multivitamin brands, including those that are marketed as "food-based", offer vitamin A as synthetic beta carotene or lab-created vitamin A (retinol). At NutriGold, we strive to avoid synthetic vitamins in our products and prefer nutrients that are derived entirely from natural foods. Unfortunately, food sources of beta carotene are not currently available that meet our stringent quality standards for stability. It is important to note, however, that all of our women’s 3-per-day multivitamins (except for the prenatal multi) and two of our men’s multivitamins (men’s multi 40+ & men’s 55+ multi) now feature SOD-B Extramel®, a clinically-proven ingredient that is a far more powerful antioxidant than beta-carotene and provides some of the same benefits as vitamin A.

                                                                                            Does NutriGold offer a gender-neutral multivitamin?

                                                                                            We do not currently offer a gender-neutral multivitamin. This allows our customers to choose the formulation (Men's, Women's, Prenatal, 40+, etc.) that best fits their needs based upon nutrient levels, without worrying about potentially unnecessary gender-specific herbs or herbal blends. Many brands include gender-specific herbs (e.g. saw palmetto, chaste tree); however, these gender-specific ingredients are usually in amounts that are too low to provide the intended therapeutic benefits and sometimes come at the expense of some of the essential micronutrients in the multivitamin formulation..

                                                                                            We recognize that gender-specific multivitamin formulas can have the unintended consequence of creating more confusion rather than introducing more clarity into the multivitamin purchasing process. According to the Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine, however, there are some variations in the nutrients that are needed for women of child-bearing age versus women who are going through menopause and later (e.g. folate, iron). Our women's multivitamin formulas reflect the differences in these variations. Likewise, iron is not added to our men's multivitamins or the 40 / 55+ women's multivitamins given that men and post-menopausal women (who are not at risk of iron deficiency) are typically directed to avoid multivitamins containing iron.

                                                                                            We recognize that we are all unique individuals with often varied nutritional needs. In light of this, we encourage all of our customers to consult with a licensed healthcare provider to determine what micronutrients they may or may not be lacking and what amounts are appropriate for their needs prior to supplementation.

                                                                                            Does NutriGold offer a children’s multivitamin?

                                                                                            While we have explored the possibility of offering a children’s multivitamin, our product Research & Development team has not yet approved moving forward with production on this product. Although adjusting our current adult multivitamin formulations to meet child-appropriate RDAs is easy enough to do, our goal is to be able to offer a children's multivitamin that is easier to take and more palatable, even without the sweeteners, colors, and artificial flavors found in many of the current children's multivitamin offerings. We are confident that we will eventually develop a formulation that checks all the boxes and conforms to our own high quality and safety standards, but as with all NutriGold products, the process can sometimes be excruciatingly long.

                                                                                            What is a pullulan capsule? What is it made of?

                                                                                            Pullulan is a vegetable-derived, water-soluble polysaccharide produced through a natural fermentation process. Pullulan capsules are considered more natural than HPMC (cellulose) capsules because they are naturally derived from fermented tapioca. Unlike cellulose capsules, which are considered semi-synthetic and not permitted in certified organic products, pullulan is included in the USDA’s National Organic Program list of accepted ingredients for organic products. 

                                                                                            What is the purpose of the organic rice concentrate?

                                                                                            Although we make every effort to manufacture products without any additives, we sometimes need to add an additive for optimal ingredient flow during manufacturing and to ensure finished product integrity. While many supplement companies prefer to use chemical additives like magnesium stearate and silicon dioxide, we prefer to use organic rice concentrate from USA-grown brown rice bran, which is naturally hypoallergenic and gluten-free. The rice concentrate is only added on an as-needed basis to ensure product integrity and is always declared in the spirit of complete transparency on the product label.

                                                                                            Are NutriGold multivitamins soy-free?

                                                                                            At NutriGold, we use the term “soy-free” to describe products that do not contain any ingredients derived from soy and the phrase “verified free of soy allergen” to confirm that soy allergen, if present, is less than 5 parts per million or 5 micrograms per gram of the product. Based on these definitions, our multivitamin products are not soy-free because vitamin K2 (as MK-7) in our multivitamins is sourced from natto, which is fermented soybeans.  We encourage consumers who are interested in taking the product, but are unsure about the suitability of the soy-derived K2 in the product for their particular health needs, to discuss their concerns with a qualified healthcare provider prior to supplementation.

                                                                                            Are NutriGold multivitamins gluten-free?

                                                                                            All of our multivitamin products are confirmed to be free of gluten through supply-chain verification and independently verified by a third-party lab to contain less than 20 parts per million or less than 20 micrograms per gram of gluten per serving of the product, which is consistent with the limit set by the FDA as per its gluten-free food labeling rule.

                                                                                            Should NutriGold multivitamins be taken with food?

                                                                                            Many customers find our multivitamins to be gentle enough to be taken on an empty stomach. However, it is generally recommended to take multivitamins with food, if possible, because the products include fat-soluble vitamins that are best absorbed with some fat (usually a component of most meals).

                                                                                            Can the recommended dosage of NutriGold multivitamins be taken in divided doses throughout the day or is it best to take it as a single dose?

                                                                                            Overall nutrient assimilation may be best if you are able to space the multivitamin throughout the day. However, if compliance is an issue, our multivitamins may be consumed as a single dose. It is also generally recommended to take multivitamins with food, if possible, because they include fat-soluble vitamins that are best absorbed with some fat (usually a component of most meals). We encourage you to consult with your trusted healthcare advisor to determine what usage is best for your individual needs.

                                                                                            Can I break apart the capsule and add the contents to liquid/food to consume?

                                                                                            All of our products are formulated to be taken as capsules and our purity and potency claims are based on the product being taken as recommended. We generally do not recommend breaking apart the capsules because it can introduce contaminants or otherwise compromise product potency and effectiveness.

                                                                                            Section updated  ↴

                                                                                            Questions about women’s multivitamins

                                                                                            Does NutriGold offer more than one women’s multivitamin formulation?

                                                                                            Yes. In addition to our Prenatal Multivitamin, we offer 4 multivitamin options to support women's health - 

                                                                                            • One Daily Women’s Multi Gold (available in 30-count and 60-count bottles/1 capsule per day) 
                                                                                            • Women’s Multi Gold (90 capsules/3 capsules per day)
                                                                                            • 40+ Multi Gold (90 capsules/3 capsules per day)
                                                                                            • 55+ Multi Gold (90 capsules/3 capsules per day)

                                                                                            How do the different NutriGold women’s multivitamins compare?

                                                                                            Nutrients

                                                                                            Prenatal Multi

                                                                                            One Daily Women’s

                                                                                            Women’s Multi

                                                                                            Women’s 40+ Multi

                                                                                            Women’s 55+ Multi

                                                                                            3 caps/day

                                                                                            1 cap/day

                                                                                            3 caps/day

                                                                                            3 caps/day

                                                                                            3 caps/day

                                                                                            Size 0 pullulan capsule (length — 0.854” & outer diameter — 0.3”)

                                                                                            Water-Soluble Vitamins

                                                                                            Vitamin C

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Thiamin (B1)

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            Riboflavin (B2)

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            Niacin (B3)

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            Pyridoxine (B6)

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            Folate (B9)

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            B-12

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            Biotin

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            Pantothenic Acid

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            Fat-Soluble Vitamins — Percent Daily Value (based on a 2,000 calorie diet)

                                                                                            Vitamin D3

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Vitamin E

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Vitamin K (MK-7)

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Minerals — Percent Daily Value (based on a 2,000 calorie diet)

                                                                                            Iron

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            30%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            N/A

                                                                                            N/A

                                                                                            Iodine

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Zinc

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            60%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Selenium

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Manganese

                                                                                            40%

                                                                                            N/A

                                                                                            45%

                                                                                            40%

                                                                                            40%

                                                                                            Chromium

                                                                                            90%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Added Ingredients to Support Antioxidant Protection and Healthy Aging

                                                                                            Solarplast®

                                                                                            SOD-B®

                                                                                            Additional Purchasing Considerations

                                                                                            Certified Organic

                                                                                            Non-GMO Verified

                                                                                            Certified C.L.E.A.N

                                                                                            Certified Kosher

                                                                                            Certified Vegan

                                                                                            Vegan/Vegetarian

                                                                                            Can individuals with a known or suspected MTHFR gene mutation take NutriGold multivitamins to get the recommended daily value of folate?

                                                                                            There is some controversy with regard to the form of B9 that is best suited for individuals with a known or suspected MTHFR gene variant. According to the American Pregnancy Association, some women have a defect in their MTHFR gene that doesn’t allow them to properly convert synthetic folic acid into active methyl folate. As such, women taking folic acid may not be absorbing their B vitamins as expected. For this reason, it is preferable to take folate either from whole food sources (e.g. green leafy vegetables) or supplements that contain the natural form of active folate instead of synthesized folic acid whenever possible.

                                                                                            However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the most common variant in the MTHFR gene is MTHFR C677T and these are the 5 most important things to known about this variant —

                                                                                            1. People with MTHFR C677T variants can process all types of folate, including folic acid.
                                                                                            2. Folic acid is the only type of folate shown to help prevent neural tube defects.
                                                                                            3. MTHFR gene variants are common.
                                                                                            4. All women of reproductive age who could become pregnant should consume 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid each day, including those with an MTHFR C677T variant
                                                                                            5. Sometimes a woman may still have a baby with a neural tube defect even though she consumed the recommended 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid; the defect may be unrelated to the MTHFR gene variant or folate status.

                                                                                            Supplements containing forms of folate other than folic acid (such as 5-MTHF) should not be confused with the natural food folate found in fruits and vegetables. The effectiveness of these [5-MTHF] supplements in preventing neural tube defects has not been studied. For more information on the difference between folic acid and folate, please click here.

                                                                                            The form of B9 in our product is not the methylated form. While it can help bridge nutritional gaps in the diet, support good health, and help minimize the risk of folate deficiency when taken in conjunction with a diet that includes folate-rich foods, we regret we do not have any information on and cannot make any recommendations regarding the use of our product by individuals with a known or suspected MTHFR gene variant. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the folate form in our products, we ask that you discuss those concerns with your healthcare provider prior to supplementation so you can make an informed purchasing decision on the form of folate that will best support your particular health goals.

                                                                                            Why don’t NutriGold multivitamins include any ingredients to address specific women’s health issues (e.g. fertility, PMS, menopause)?

                                                                                            The reason we do not include targeted health-specific ingredients in our multivitamin formulations is two-fold: (1) we are philosophically opposed to the idea of one-size-fits-all, kitchen-sink formulations because not all health concerns may be shared by everyone in the target population. We believe that a multivitamin should be, as the name suggests, a product that provides therapeutically beneficial amounts of vitamins and minerals that can help bridge nutrient gaps in diet and minimize deficiency risk; and (2) from a practical standpoint, including the full therapeutic dosages of targeted ingredients that address specific women’s health issues (e.g. cranberry for urinary tract health) will mean higher dosages; this can be a deal-breaker for consumers who either cannot or don’t prefer to take products with prohibitively high dosages.

                                                                                            Formulating without these health-specific ingredients allows consumers to choose the multivitamin that best fits their needs based upon micronutrient levels alone and without the distraction of ingredients that are either present in amounts too low to be therapeutically beneficial and/or are tangential to the purposes for which most consumers take a multivitamin.

                                                                                            That being said, while our women’s multivitamin formulations do not include targeted ingredients to address specific women’s health issues , they do include broad-spectrum antioxidants (e.g. Solarplast®, SOD-B®) that can complement the activity of the essential micronutrients to support healthy aging.

                                                                                            B-Complex Gold


                                                                                            Section updated  ↴

                                                                                            General Questions about B Vitamins

                                                                                            What are B vitamins?

                                                                                            B vitamins are a set of nutrients that function as coenzymes, which means that they assist and allow enzymes to carry out their intended functions in the body.  There are eight B vitamins—Thiamin (B1), Riboflavin (B2), Niacin (B3), Pyridoxine (B6), Folate (B9), B-12, Biotin and Pantothenic Acid (B5).  While each B vitamin has its own unique role in the body, many of the B vitamins work synergistically with each other to support cellular energy, cardiovascular and cognitive functions, and healthy hair, skin, and nails.

                                                                                            What are some risk factors for a B vitamin deficiency?

                                                                                            Evidence from human research shows that a significant proportion of the populations of developed countries suffer from deficiencies or insufficiencies in one or more of this group of vitamins. Unfortunately, today’s over-reliance on refined and processed foods can provide a challenge to optimal B vitamin intake. Individuals that are at risk for B vitamin deficiency include alcoholics and those with gastrointestinal disorders such as persistent diarrhea, malabsorption syndromes, celiac disease, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.  Pregnant women and senior citizens may also be at greater risk of deficiency. Strict vegetarians sometimes require B12 supplementation given that B12 is mainly found in animal products.

                                                                                            Are there any food sources of B vitamins?

                                                                                            The best way to obtain most essential B vitamins is to consume a plant-based diet rich in fruits, vegetables (leafy greens), seeds/nuts, and whole grains. Active forms of vitamin B12, however, are mainly found in animal products and are generally not present in plant-based foods. Many people today simply do not meet the daily requirement for B vitamins, making supplementation often necessary to support optimal health.

                                                                                            What is the recommended dietary allowance for B vitamins?

                                                                                            100% DV of B vitamins for individuals 18 years and older

                                                                                            B Vitamins

                                                                                            Adult Males

                                                                                            Adult Females

                                                                                            Pregnant

                                                                                            Breast-feeding

                                                                                            Thiamin (B1)

                                                                                            1.2 mg

                                                                                            1.2 mg

                                                                                            1.4 mg

                                                                                            1.4 mg

                                                                                            Riboflavin (B2)

                                                                                            1.3 mg

                                                                                            1.3 mg

                                                                                            1.6 mg

                                                                                            1.6 mg

                                                                                            Niacin (B3)

                                                                                            16 mg

                                                                                            16 mg

                                                                                            18 mg

                                                                                            18 mg

                                                                                            Pyridoxine (B6)

                                                                                            1.7 mg

                                                                                            1.7 mg

                                                                                            2 mg

                                                                                            2 mg

                                                                                            Folate (B9)

                                                                                            400 mcg DFE

                                                                                            400 mcg DFE

                                                                                            600 mcg DFE

                                                                                            600 mcg DFE

                                                                                            B12

                                                                                            2.4 mcg

                                                                                            2.4 mcg

                                                                                            2.8 mcg

                                                                                            2.8 mcg

                                                                                            Biotin

                                                                                            30 mcg

                                                                                            30 mcg

                                                                                            35 mcg

                                                                                            35 mcg

                                                                                            Pantothenic Acid

                                                                                            5 mg

                                                                                            5 mg

                                                                                            7 mg

                                                                                            7 mg

                                                                                            Is there an established upper toxicity limit for B vitamins?

                                                                                            The Upper Tolerable Limit (UL), established by the Food and Nutrition Bard (FNB) of the Institute of Medicine, is considered to be the highest amount you can take of a nutrient without theoretical risk. Currently, the only B vitamins that have an established UL are Niacin (B3), Pyridoxine (B6) and Folic acid.  The other five B vitamins do not have an established UL due to a lack of reports showing negative effects from high intake amounts.

                                                                                            B Vitamins

                                                                                            Upper Tolerable Limit (UL)

                                                                                            Thiamin (B1)

                                                                                            Not established

                                                                                            Riboflavin (B2)

                                                                                            Not established

                                                                                            Niacin (B3)

                                                                                            35 mg

                                                                                            Pyridoxine (B6)

                                                                                            100 mg

                                                                                            Folate (B9)

                                                                                            1000 mcg*

                                                                                            B12

                                                                                            Not established

                                                                                            Biotin

                                                                                            Not established

                                                                                            Pantothenic Acid

                                                                                            Not established

                                                                                            *UL —The UL is not based on mcg DFE, but on mcg of synthetic folate, such as folic acid or methylfolate. There is no UL for natural folate. Consequently, if a product made with folic acid lists 1,000 mcg DFE, it only contains about 600 mcg of folic acid (which is far below the adult UL of 1,000 mcg of synthetic folate).

                                                                                            Can a B Complex supplement be taken with OTC or prescription medications?

                                                                                            If you are taking or planning to take an OTC or prescription medication, please consult a licensed pharmacist or your healthcare provider before beginning supplementation to minimize risk of side effects associated with potential supplement-drug interactions.

                                                                                            Questions about B Complex Gold

                                                                                            What are the sources of the B vitamins in B-Complex Gold?

                                                                                            B-Complex Gold is a gentle and nourishing form of plant-based B vitamins that are derived entirely from natural food sources (e.g. organic lemon peel, guava fruit, etc.) —they are not synthetic B vitamins fermented, grown or cultured in yeast or a blend of organic foods fortified with synthetic B vitamins and marketed as “whole-food” or “food-based” B-Complex. The only exception is vitamin B-12, which is synthetic and  produced by microbial fermentation of multiple species of propionibacterium. The full list of organic foods from which our B vitamins are derived is included in the ‘Organic Food Blend’ on the supplement facts panel and on the product page on our website.

                                                                                            How is B-Complex Gold different from other  B-Complex supplements?

                                                                                            The most important distinction between the different commercially-available B-Complex supplements, including B-Complex Gold, is the source of the B vitamins in the product—in other words, were the B vitamins made in a lab using chemicals or derived from a living food source? The vast majority of commercially available B-Complex supplements provide B vitamins that were created in a lab using chemicals. Except for the B12, all the other B vitamins in B-Complex Gold are derived entirely from natural food sources—no synthetic B vitamins are used at any point during the production process.

                                                                                            Regardless of what “else” may be in a B-Complex product (e.g. food powders, nutritional yeast) or how the product is marketed (e.g. whole-food, food-based, real food, raw food), almost all B-Complex supplements can be broadly categorized based on the source of the B vitamins in the product —

                                                                                            Category

                                                                                            Finished Product Composition

                                                                                            Source of B vitamins

                                                                                            Marketed as

                                                                                            1

                                                                                            Synthetic B vitamins

                                                                                            (+ additives)

                                                                                            Lab-made, synthetic isolates

                                                                                            B-Complex supplement

                                                                                            2

                                                                                            B vitamins + “base” of food powders

                                                                                            Lab-made, synthetic isolates

                                                                                            Food-based, Whole-food

                                                                                            3

                                                                                            B vitamins + Yeast

                                                                                            (S. cerevisiae)

                                                                                            Lab-made, synthetic isolates fermented/grown/cultured in nutritional yeast

                                                                                            Real food, Whole-food, 

                                                                                            Raw food, Food-based

                                                                                            NutriGold B-Complex

                                                                                            B vitamins

                                                                                            Living food sources 

                                                                                            (e.g. lemon peel, guava leaf)

                                                                                            Plant-Based

                                                                                            Categories 1 to 3 represent over 95% of B-Complex supplements that are currently available in the industry and include nutrients that have been synthesized using industrial chemicals and solvents. For example, synthetic vitamin B3 (niacin) is typically created in a lab using coal tar derivatives, 3-cyanopyridine, and ammonia.  Even though the products in Categories 2 and 3 may be marketed as “whole food,” “food based,” or some kind of food “derivative,” the fact remains that synthetic B vitamins are used at some point in the production process—either at the beginning as a starting material and/or to fortify the end product so it meets label claims. 

                                                                                            At NutriGold, we understand “synthetic” vitamins to be man-made vitamins that are created in a lab using industrial chemicals and “natural” vitamins to be vitamins that are extracted, concentrated, or otherwise derived from living food sources. The primary difference between man-made vitamins and natural vitamins is that man-made vitamins are created in a lab and are not always structurally similar to vitamins that occur in nature. Synthetic vitamin isolates do not always have the necessary cofactors for their proper utilization by the body; the body has to reconstruct the vitamins using its own reserve of cofactors, and this can, over time, lead to inadvertent nutrient depletion. Furthermore, synthetic vitamins can sometimes result in GI disturbances, nausea or a metallic aftertaste.

                                                                                            B-Complex Gold is made from non-GMO verified, organic foods. Other than B12, all of the B vitamins are derived from food and formulated as part of a food blend. The result is a form of plant-based nutrition that is gentle and easy-to-digest. When formulating our vitamin products, we mindfully choose organic foods as the starting material for our micronutrients. However, our vitamin B12 is an exception to this because there are no known biologically-active, plant sources of B12. B-Complex Gold provides vitamin B12 as methylcobalamin & adenosylcobalamin, both of which are synthetic and produced by microbial fermentation of multiple species of propionibacterium. 

                                                                                            In addition, B-Complex Gold is certified C.L.E.A.N., which is an acronym that stands for Conscious (or safe), Live (minimally processed and predominantly organic), Ethical (Non-GMO), Active (includes bioavailable enzymes as determined by CytoSolve technology), and Nourishing (as determined by the ANDI score).

                                                                                            What is the source of the folate in B-Complex Gold?

                                                                                            Given the confusion that exists over the use of the terms folic acid and folate when describing or marketing vitamin B9 supplements, we would like to begin by clarifying the difference between folate and folic acid as described in the scientific literature.

                                                                                            Folic acid and folate are used interchangeably as they are both forms of vitamin B9, but there is an important difference. According to the American Pregnancy Association, folic acid is the synthesized version that is commonly used in processed foods and supplements; it is man-made and does not occur naturally in foods. Folate, on the other hand, can be found in whole foods such as leafy vegetables, eggs, and citrus fruits. The vitamin B9 in our product is from organic food sources (e.g. lemon peel extract) and, according to the Office of Dietary Supplements, food folates are typically in the tetrahydrofolate form; they are not structurally similar to the synthetic folic acid or methyl folate forms (5-MTHF) available in the market. No synthetic folic acid is added to our products at any point during the production of our finished product. 

                                                                                            What are methylcobalamin and adenosylcobalamin?

                                                                                            Methylcobalamin and adenosylcobalamin are biologically active forms of vitamin B-12 in the human body. Our products feature both bioactive forms for broad-spectrum benefits. Overall, methylcobalamin supports cardiovascular function, neurological health, and emotional wellness. Adenosylcobalamin is found in cellular tissues where it is stored in the mitochondria and supports cellular energy production.

                                                                                            Are synthetic or lab-made nutrients used at any point during the production of B-Complex Gold?

                                                                                            Except for the B12, which is synthetic because a natural, vegan source is not commercially available, all of the other nutrients in our B Complex Gold product are derived from non-genetically modified, organic food sources. No other synthetic isolates are not used at any point during the production of B-Complex Gold.

                                                                                            Should B-Complex Gold be taken with food?

                                                                                            The micronutrients in B-Complex Gold are derived from organic foods and are gentle enough to be taken anytime, even on an empty stomach. However, as a matter of principle and in the interest of your health and safety, we encourage you to consult your healthcare provider prior to supplementation to determine what use, if any, is best for your individual needs.

                                                                                            Does the niacin in B-Complex Gold produce a flush?

                                                                                            Niacin (Vitamin B3) is a water-soluble vitamin that is composed of niacin (or nicotinic acid) and niacinamide. Although niacin and niacinamide have similar functional benefits, their pharmacological properties differ. While niacin has vasodilating properties that can produce the characteristic "niacin" flush, niacinamide does not have this property and, therefore, does not produce flushing. The vitamin B3 in our B-Complex product is sourced from organic foods and provides both niacin and niacinamide. Although individual experiences can and do vary with any supplement, our B-Complex Gold is generally well-tolerated and reports of “flushing,” are less common than with synthetic niacin supplements.

                                                                                            Why does B Complex Gold provide 36 mcg of vitamin B12 per serving when only 2.4 mcg is the RDA for adults?

                                                                                            Customers are often directed to look for higher amounts of vitamin B12 because only about 1% is passively absorbed in the human body. So, even though our B-Complex Gold product provides 36 mcg of vitamin B12 per serving, not all of it is utilized by the body. In fact, we are sometimes asked why we do not include more B12 in our multivitamin products, given that no upper intake level (UL) has been set by the Food & Nutrition Board for vitamin B12 due to its low level of toxicity. (Source - https://lpi.oregonstate.edu/mic/vitamins/vitamin-B12) We recognize that we are all unique individuals with often varied nutritional needs and we encourage all of our customers to consult with a licensed healthcare provider to determine what micronutrients they may or may not be lacking and what amounts are appropriate for their needs.

                                                                                            Can individuals with a known or suspected MTHFR gene mutation take B-Complex Gold to get the recommended daily value of folate?

                                                                                            There is some controversy with regard to the form of B9 that is best suited for individuals with a known or suspected MTHFR gene variant. According to the American Pregnancy Association, some women have a defect in their MTHFR gene that doesn’t allow them to properly convert synthetic folic acid into active methyl folate. As such, women taking folic acid may not be absorbing their B vitamins as expected. For this reason, it is preferable to take folate either from whole food sources (e.g. green leafy vegetables) or supplements that contain the natural form of active folate instead of synthesized folic acid whenever possible. 

                                                                                            However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the most common variant in the MTHFR gene is MTHFR C677T and these are the 5 most important things to known about this variant —

                                                                                            1. People with MTHFR C677T variants can process all types of folate, including folic acid.
                                                                                            2. Folic acid is the only type of folate shown to help prevent neural tube defects.
                                                                                            3. MTHFR gene variants are common.
                                                                                            4. All women of reproductive age who could become pregnant should consume 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid each day, including those with an MTHFR C677T variant
                                                                                            5. Sometimes a woman may still have a baby with a neural tube defect even though she consumed the recommended 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid; the defect may be unrelated to the MTHFR gene variant or folate status.

                                                                                            Supplements containing forms of folate other than folic acid (such as 5-MTHF) should not be confused with the natural food folate found in fruits and vegetables. The effectiveness of these [5-MTHF] supplements in preventing neural tube defects has not been studied. For more information on the difference between folic acid and folate, please click here

                                                                                            The form of B9 in our product is not the methylated form. While it can help bridge nutritional gaps in the diet, support good health, and help minimize the risk of folate deficiency when taken in conjunction with a diet that includes folate-rich foods, we regret we do not have any information on and cannot make any recommendations regarding the use of our product by individuals with a known or suspected MTHFR gene variant. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the folate form in our products, we ask that you discuss those concerns with your healthcare provider prior to supplementation so you can make an informed purchasing decision on the form of folate that will best support your particular health goals. 

                                                                                            What is a pullulan capsule? What is it made of?

                                                                                            Pullulan is a vegetable-derived, water-soluble polysaccharide produced through a natural fermentation process. Pullulan capsules are considered more natural than HPMC (cellulose) capsules because they are naturally derived from fermented tapioca. Unlike cellulose capsules, which are considered semi-synthetic and not permitted in certified organic products, pullulan is included in the USDA’s National Organic Program list of accepted ingredients for organic products. 

                                                                                            What is the purpose of the organic rice concentrate?

                                                                                            Although we make every effort to manufacture products without any additives, we sometimes need to add an additive for optimal ingredient flow during manufacturing and to ensure finished product integrity. While many supplement companies prefer to use chemical additives like magnesium stearate and silicon dioxide, we prefer to use organic rice concentrate from USA-grown brown rice bran, which is naturally hypoallergenic and gluten-free. The rice concentrate is only added on an as-needed basis to ensure product integrity and is always declared in the spirit of authentic transparency on the product label.

                                                                                            Is B-Complex Gold suitable for children (under 18 years of age)?

                                                                                            B-Complex Gold is formulated for individuals over 18 years. Because children are considered a vulnerable population, we regret we cannot make any recommendations regarding the use of our products by or for children under the age of 18. We ask that you talk to your pediatrician or family practitioner about whether or not B-Complex Gold is suitable and safe for your child’s particular healthcare needs prior to supplementation.

                                                                                            Section updated  ↴

                                                                                            Questions about women’s multivitamins

                                                                                            Does NutriGold offer more than one women’s multivitamin formulation?

                                                                                            Yes. In addition to our Prenatal Multivitamin, we offer 4 multivitamin options to support women's health - 

                                                                                            • One Daily Women’s Multi Gold (available in 30-count and 60-count bottles/1 capsule per day) 
                                                                                            • Women’s Multi Gold (90 capsules/3 capsules per day)
                                                                                            • 40+ Multi Gold (90 capsules/3 capsules per day)
                                                                                            • 55+ Multi Gold (90 capsules/3 capsules per day)

                                                                                            How do the different NutriGold women’s multivitamins compare?

                                                                                            Nutrients

                                                                                            Prenatal Multi

                                                                                            One Daily Women’s

                                                                                            Women’s Multi

                                                                                            Women’s 40+ Multi

                                                                                            Women’s 55+ Multi

                                                                                            3 caps/day

                                                                                            1 cap/day

                                                                                            3 caps/day

                                                                                            3 caps/day

                                                                                            3 caps/day

                                                                                            Size 0 pullulan capsule (length — 0.854” & outer diameter — 0.3”)

                                                                                            Water-Soluble Vitamins

                                                                                            Vitamin C

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Thiamin (B1)

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            Riboflavin (B2)

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            Niacin (B3)

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            Pyridoxine (B6)

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            Folate (B9)

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            B-12

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            Biotin

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            Pantothenic Acid

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            Fat-Soluble Vitamins — Percent Daily Value (based on a 2,000 calorie diet)

                                                                                            Vitamin D3

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Vitamin E

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Vitamin K (MK-7)

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Minerals — Percent Daily Value (based on a 2,000 calorie diet)

                                                                                            Iron

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            30%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            N/A

                                                                                            N/A

                                                                                            Iodine

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Zinc

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            60%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Selenium

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Manganese

                                                                                            40%

                                                                                            N/A

                                                                                            45%

                                                                                            40%

                                                                                            40%

                                                                                            Chromium

                                                                                            90%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Added Ingredients to Support Antioxidant Protection and Healthy Aging

                                                                                            Solarplast®

                                                                                            SOD-B®

                                                                                            Additional Purchasing Considerations

                                                                                            Certified Organic

                                                                                            Non-GMO Verified

                                                                                            Certified C.L.E.A.N

                                                                                            Certified Kosher

                                                                                            Certified Vegan

                                                                                            Vegan/Vegetarian

                                                                                            Can individuals with a known or suspected MTHFR gene mutation take NutriGold multivitamins to get the recommended daily value of folate?

                                                                                            There is some controversy with regard to the form of B9 that is best suited for individuals with a known or suspected MTHFR gene variant. According to the American Pregnancy Association, some women have a defect in their MTHFR gene that doesn’t allow them to properly convert synthetic folic acid into active methyl folate. As such, women taking folic acid may not be absorbing their B vitamins as expected. For this reason, it is preferable to take folate either from whole food sources (e.g. green leafy vegetables) or supplements that contain the natural form of active folate instead of synthesized folic acid whenever possible.

                                                                                            However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the most common variant in the MTHFR gene is MTHFR C677T and these are the 5 most important things to known about this variant —

                                                                                            1. People with MTHFR C677T variants can process all types of folate, including folic acid.
                                                                                            2. Folic acid is the only type of folate shown to help prevent neural tube defects.
                                                                                            3. MTHFR gene variants are common.
                                                                                            4. All women of reproductive age who could become pregnant should consume 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid each day, including those with an MTHFR C677T variant
                                                                                            5. Sometimes a woman may still have a baby with a neural tube defect even though she consumed the recommended 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid; the defect may be unrelated to the MTHFR gene variant or folate status.

                                                                                            Supplements containing forms of folate other than folic acid (such as 5-MTHF) should not be confused with the natural food folate found in fruits and vegetables. The effectiveness of these [5-MTHF] supplements in preventing neural tube defects has not been studied. For more information on the difference between folic acid and folate, please click here.

                                                                                            The form of B9 in our product is not the methylated form. While it can help bridge nutritional gaps in the diet, support good health, and help minimize the risk of folate deficiency when taken in conjunction with a diet that includes folate-rich foods, we regret we do not have any information on and cannot make any recommendations regarding the use of our product by individuals with a known or suspected MTHFR gene variant. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the folate form in our products, we ask that you discuss those concerns with your healthcare provider prior to supplementation so you can make an informed purchasing decision on the form of folate that will best support your particular health goals.

                                                                                            Why don’t NutriGold multivitamins include any ingredients to address specific women’s health issues (e.g. fertility, PMS, menopause)?

                                                                                            The reason we do not include targeted health-specific ingredients in our multivitamin formulations is two-fold: (1) we are philosophically opposed to the idea of one-size-fits-all, kitchen-sink formulations because not all health concerns may be shared by everyone in the target population. We believe that a multivitamin should be, as the name suggests, a product that provides therapeutically beneficial amounts of vitamins and minerals that can help bridge nutrient gaps in diet and minimize deficiency risk; and (2) from a practical standpoint, including the full therapeutic dosages of targeted ingredients that address specific women’s health issues (e.g. cranberry for urinary tract health) will mean higher dosages; this can be a deal-breaker for consumers who either cannot or don’t prefer to take products with prohibitively high dosages.

                                                                                            Formulating without these health-specific ingredients allows consumers to choose the multivitamin that best fits their needs based upon micronutrient levels alone and without the distraction of ingredients that are either present in amounts too low to be therapeutically beneficial and/or are tangential to the purposes for which most consumers take a multivitamin.

                                                                                            That being said, while our women’s multivitamin formulations do not include targeted ingredients to address specific women’s health issues , they do include broad-spectrum antioxidants (e.g. Solarplast®, SOD-B®) that can complement the activity of the essential micronutrients to support healthy aging.

                                                                                            Biotin Gold


                                                                                            Section updated  ↴

                                                                                            General Questions about Biotin

                                                                                            What is Biotin?

                                                                                            Biotin (vitamin B7) is a water-soluble vitamin that is one of the eight B vitamins.  In the human body, Biotin often works in synergy with other B vitamins to convert carbohydrates, fat and protein into usable energy.  Biotin also supports normal functioning of the nervous system and healthy hair, skin, and nails. Biotin is especially important for pregnant women because it helps support healthy fetal development.

                                                                                            What are some risk factors for a Biotin deficiency?

                                                                                            Even though a severe Biotin deficiency is considered to be rare, today’s over-reliance on refined and processed foods can provide a challenge to optimal biotin intake for some individuals. Pregnant women may be more prone to a Biotin deficiency due to the vital role it plays in healthy fetal development. Other individuals at risk for a Biotin deficiency include smokers, people on dialysis and those with gastrointestinal disorders such as malabsorption syndromes, celiac disease, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Some medications taken long term (e.g. anti-seizure drugs, antibiotics) may also raise the risk for biotin deficiency.

                                                                                            Are there any food sources of Biotin?

                                                                                            The best way to obtain enough Biotin is to consume a diverse diet featuring seafood, vegetables, beans, nuts, and whole grains. Some of the best food sources of biotin include brewer’s yeast, eggs, sardines, salmon, almonds, pecans, carrots, cauliflower, bananas, and mushrooms.

                                                                                            What is the recommended dietary allowance for Biotin?

                                                                                            The 100% daily value (%DV) for vitamin B7 (Biotin) for individuals 18 years of age and older is 30 mcg. This goes up to 35 mcg per day during pregnancy/breastfeeding. As with any supplement, please talk to your healthcare provider prior to supplementation to ensure you are following the dosing schedule that is right for your particular health needs.

                                                                                            Is there an established upper toxicity limit for Biotin?

                                                                                            The Upper Tolerable Limit (UL), established by the Food and Nutrition Bard (FNB) of the Institute of Medicine, is considered to be the highest amount you can take of a nutrient without theoretical risk. The FNB has not established an upper intake level (UL) for Biotin due to its low level of toxicity.

                                                                                            Can Biotin supplements be taken with OTC or prescription medications?

                                                                                            If you are taking or planning to take an OTC or prescription medication, please consult a licensed pharmacist or your healthcare provider before beginning supplementation to minimize risk of side effects associated with potential supplement-drug interactions.

                                                                                            Questions about Biotin Gold

                                                                                            What is the source of biotin in Biotin Gold?

                                                                                            Biotin Gold provides a gentle and nourishing form of  plant-based biotin from Sesbania leaf. Biotin Gold is not synthetic biotin fermented, grown or cultured in yeast or a blend of organic foods fortified with synthetic biotin and marketed as “whole-food” or “food-based” biotin. 

                                                                                            How does Biotin Gold compare to other commercially-available Biotin supplements?

                                                                                            At NutriGold, we understand “synthetic” vitamins to be man-made vitamins that are created in a lab using industrial chemicals and “natural” vitamins to be vitamins that are extracted, concentrated, or otherwise derived from living food sources. The primary difference between man-made vitamins and natural vitamins is that man-made vitamins are created in a lab and are not always structurally similar to vitamins that occur in nature. Synthetic vitamin isolates do not always have the necessary cofactors for their proper utilization by the body; the body has to reconstruct the vitamins using its own reserve of cofactors, and this can, over time, lead to inadvertent nutrient depletion. Furthermore, synthetic vitamins can sometimes result in GI disturbances, nausea or a metallic aftertaste.

                                                                                            Biotin Gold is a gentle and nourishing form of plant-based biotin that is derived entirely from a natural food source—it is not synthetic biotin fermented, grown or cultured in yeast or a blend of organic foods fortified with synthetic biotin and marketed as “whole-food” or “food-based” Biotin. Biotin Gold is certified C.L.E.A.N., which is an acronym that stands for Conscious (or safe), Live (minimally processed and predominantly organic), Ethical (Non-GMO), Active (includes bioavailable enzymes as determined by CytoSolve technology), and Nourishing (as determined by the ANDI score).

                                                                                            How does NutriGold ensure the purity of the ingredients used in its Biotin Gold product?

                                                                                            At NutriGold, we go above and beyond what is recommended or required under current GMPs to independently verify that the raw materials used in our products as well as the finished products themselves meet industry-defining quality and purity standards. Depending on the complexity of the testing involved, including determining what needs to be tested, what methods are fit-for-purpose, and which lab is most qualified to perform the testing, we sometimes have results from as many as 4 or 5 different independent, ISO-certified labs for each product. We take these results from third-party labs and summarize them in lot-specific Certificates of Analysis that are  freely available in the spirit of authentic transparency on the product pages on our website so consumers can make informed purchasing decisions.

                                                                                            What assurance can you provide that the amount of  Biotin listed on the label is actually in the product?

                                                                                            All of our products are verified by independent third-party labs to meet identity, purity, and potency label claims. We take these results from third-party labs and summarize them in lot-specific Certificates of Analysis (C of A) that are  freely available in the spirit of authentic transparency on the product pages on our website so consumers can make informed purchasing decisions. The C of A provides assurance that the claims made on the label accurately reflect the contents of the product inside the bottle. If interested, more information on our our commitment to independent, third party quality testing can be found at this link - https://nutrigold.com/pages/accountability  

                                                                                            What is the best time of day to take Biotin Gold? Should it be taken with food?

                                                                                            Biotin is a water-soluble vitamin that can generally be taken anytime, even on an empty stomach. However, as a matter of principle and in the interest of your health and safety, we encourage you to consult your healthcare provider prior to supplementation to determine what use, if any, is best for your individual needs.

                                                                                            What is a pullulan capsule? What is it made of?

                                                                                            Pullulan is a vegetable-derived, water-soluble polysaccharide produced through a natural fermentation process. Pullulan capsules are considered more natural than HPMC (cellulose) capsules because they are naturally derived from fermented tapioca. Unlike cellulose capsules, which are considered semi-synthetic and not permitted in certified organic products, pullulan is included in the USDA’s National Organic Program list of accepted ingredients for organic products. 

                                                                                            Can I break apart the capsule and add the contents to liquid/food to consume?

                                                                                            All of our products are formulated to be taken as capsules and our purity and potency claims are based on the product being taken as recommended. We generally do not recommend breaking apart the capsules because it can introduce contaminants or otherwise compromise product potency and effectiveness.

                                                                                            Is Biotin Gold suitable for children (under 18 years of age)?

                                                                                            Biotin Gold is formulated for individuals over 18 years. Because children are considered a vulnerable population, we regret we cannot make any recommendations regarding the use of our products by or for children under the age of 18. We ask that you talk to your pediatrician or family practitioner about whether or not Biotin Gold is suitable and safe for your child’s particular healthcare needs prior to supplementation.

                                                                                            Section updated  ↴

                                                                                            Questions about women’s multivitamins

                                                                                            Does NutriGold offer more than one women’s multivitamin formulation?

                                                                                            Yes. In addition to our Prenatal Multivitamin, we offer 4 multivitamin options to support women's health - 

                                                                                            • One Daily Women’s Multi Gold (available in 30-count and 60-count bottles/1 capsule per day) 
                                                                                            • Women’s Multi Gold (90 capsules/3 capsules per day)
                                                                                            • 40+ Multi Gold (90 capsules/3 capsules per day)
                                                                                            • 55+ Multi Gold (90 capsules/3 capsules per day)

                                                                                            How do the different NutriGold women’s multivitamins compare?

                                                                                            Nutrients

                                                                                            Prenatal Multi

                                                                                            One Daily Women’s

                                                                                            Women’s Multi

                                                                                            Women’s 40+ Multi

                                                                                            Women’s 55+ Multi

                                                                                            3 caps/day

                                                                                            1 cap/day

                                                                                            3 caps/day

                                                                                            3 caps/day

                                                                                            3 caps/day

                                                                                            Size 0 pullulan capsule (length — 0.854” & outer diameter — 0.3”)

                                                                                            Water-Soluble Vitamins

                                                                                            Vitamin C

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Thiamin (B1)

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            Riboflavin (B2)

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            Niacin (B3)

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            Pyridoxine (B6)

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            Folate (B9)

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            B-12

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            Biotin

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            Pantothenic Acid

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            Fat-Soluble Vitamins — Percent Daily Value (based on a 2,000 calorie diet)

                                                                                            Vitamin D3

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Vitamin E

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Vitamin K (MK-7)

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Minerals — Percent Daily Value (based on a 2,000 calorie diet)

                                                                                            Iron

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            30%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            N/A

                                                                                            N/A

                                                                                            Iodine

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Zinc

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            60%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Selenium

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Manganese

                                                                                            40%

                                                                                            N/A

                                                                                            45%

                                                                                            40%

                                                                                            40%

                                                                                            Chromium

                                                                                            90%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Added Ingredients to Support Antioxidant Protection and Healthy Aging

                                                                                            Solarplast®

                                                                                            SOD-B®

                                                                                            Additional Purchasing Considerations

                                                                                            Certified Organic

                                                                                            Non-GMO Verified

                                                                                            Certified C.L.E.A.N

                                                                                            Certified Kosher

                                                                                            Certified Vegan

                                                                                            Vegan/Vegetarian

                                                                                            Can individuals with a known or suspected MTHFR gene mutation take NutriGold multivitamins to get the recommended daily value of folate?

                                                                                            There is some controversy with regard to the form of B9 that is best suited for individuals with a known or suspected MTHFR gene variant. According to the American Pregnancy Association, some women have a defect in their MTHFR gene that doesn’t allow them to properly convert synthetic folic acid into active methyl folate. As such, women taking folic acid may not be absorbing their B vitamins as expected. For this reason, it is preferable to take folate either from whole food sources (e.g. green leafy vegetables) or supplements that contain the natural form of active folate instead of synthesized folic acid whenever possible.

                                                                                            However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the most common variant in the MTHFR gene is MTHFR C677T and these are the 5 most important things to known about this variant —

                                                                                            1. People with MTHFR C677T variants can process all types of folate, including folic acid.
                                                                                            2. Folic acid is the only type of folate shown to help prevent neural tube defects.
                                                                                            3. MTHFR gene variants are common.
                                                                                            4. All women of reproductive age who could become pregnant should consume 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid each day, including those with an MTHFR C677T variant
                                                                                            5. Sometimes a woman may still have a baby with a neural tube defect even though she consumed the recommended 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid; the defect may be unrelated to the MTHFR gene variant or folate status.

                                                                                            Supplements containing forms of folate other than folic acid (such as 5-MTHF) should not be confused with the natural food folate found in fruits and vegetables. The effectiveness of these [5-MTHF] supplements in preventing neural tube defects has not been studied. For more information on the difference between folic acid and folate, please click here.

                                                                                            The form of B9 in our product is not the methylated form. While it can help bridge nutritional gaps in the diet, support good health, and help minimize the risk of folate deficiency when taken in conjunction with a diet that includes folate-rich foods, we regret we do not have any information on and cannot make any recommendations regarding the use of our product by individuals with a known or suspected MTHFR gene variant. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the folate form in our products, we ask that you discuss those concerns with your healthcare provider prior to supplementation so you can make an informed purchasing decision on the form of folate that will best support your particular health goals.

                                                                                            Why don’t NutriGold multivitamins include any ingredients to address specific women’s health issues (e.g. fertility, PMS, menopause)?

                                                                                            The reason we do not include targeted health-specific ingredients in our multivitamin formulations is two-fold: (1) we are philosophically opposed to the idea of one-size-fits-all, kitchen-sink formulations because not all health concerns may be shared by everyone in the target population. We believe that a multivitamin should be, as the name suggests, a product that provides therapeutically beneficial amounts of vitamins and minerals that can help bridge nutrient gaps in diet and minimize deficiency risk; and (2) from a practical standpoint, including the full therapeutic dosages of targeted ingredients that address specific women’s health issues (e.g. cranberry for urinary tract health) will mean higher dosages; this can be a deal-breaker for consumers who either cannot or don’t prefer to take products with prohibitively high dosages.

                                                                                            Formulating without these health-specific ingredients allows consumers to choose the multivitamin that best fits their needs based upon micronutrient levels alone and without the distraction of ingredients that are either present in amounts too low to be therapeutically beneficial and/or are tangential to the purposes for which most consumers take a multivitamin.

                                                                                            That being said, while our women’s multivitamin formulations do not include targeted ingredients to address specific women’s health issues , they do include broad-spectrum antioxidants (e.g. Solarplast®, SOD-B®) that can complement the activity of the essential micronutrients to support healthy aging.

                                                                                            Folate Gold


                                                                                            Section updated  ↴

                                                                                            General Questions about Folate

                                                                                            What is Folate?

                                                                                            Given the confusion that exists over the use of the terms folic acid and folate when describing or marketing vitamin B9 supplements, we would like to begin by clarifying the difference between folate and folic acid as described in the scientific literature.

                                                                                            Folic acid and folate are used interchangeably as they are both forms of water-soluble vitamin B9, but there is an important difference. According to the American Pregnancy Association, folic acid is the synthesized version that is commonly used in processed foods and supplements; it is man-made and does not occur naturally in foods. Folate, on the other hand, is natural B9 that is found in whole foods such as leafy vegetables, eggs, and citrus fruits. Folate not only helps the body create new cells but is directly involved in the creation of DNA and RNA. In addition, folate also supports healthy fetal development and cardiovascular health.

                                                                                            What are some risk factors for a folate deficiency?

                                                                                            A lack of folate in the diet is the biggest risk factor for folate deficiency. Unfortunately, today’s over-reliance on refined and processed foods can provide a challenge to optimal folate intake. Pregnant women must be especially mindful of their folate intake given that higher amounts are needed to support cell replication and healthy fetal development. Other individuals that are at risk for a folate deficiency include smokers, alcoholics and those with gastrointestinal disorders such as malabsorption syndromes, celiac disease, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Some genetic diseases may also impair folate absorption and activity.

                                                                                            Are there any naturally-occurring food sources of folate?

                                                                                            Folate is naturally-occurring in a wide variety of plant-based foods including leafy green vegetables, asparagus, avocados, bananas, mushrooms, whole grains, beans, and legumes.

                                                                                            How does folate differ from folic acid?

                                                                                            Folate occurs naturally in food and in the human body. Folic acid, on the other hand, is synthetic and created in a lab. Folic acid is the form that is typically found in most dietary supplements and fortified foods. It may be important to note that folic acid is not biologically active and must be converted into folate in order to be used by the body.

                                                                                            What is the recommended dietary allowance for Folate?

                                                                                            The 100% daily value (%DV) for vitamin B9 (folate) for individuals 18 years of age and older is 400 mcg DFE. This goes up to 600 mcg DFE per day during pregnancy/breastfeeding. As with any supplement, please talk to your healthcare provider prior to supplementation to ensure you are following the dosing schedule that is right for your particular health needs.

                                                                                            Is there an established upper toxicity limit for Folate?

                                                                                            The Upper Tolerable Limit (UL), established by the Food and Nutrition Bard (FNB) of the Institute of Medicine, is considered to be the highest amount you can take of a nutrient without theoretical risk. The UL for folic acid in adults is set at 1,000 mcg per day. It is important to note that this UL applies to synthetic folic acid and not to folate from food. The consumption of folate from food is not associated with adverse effects.

                                                                                            Can folate supplements be taken with OTC or prescription medications?

                                                                                            If you are taking or planning to take an OTC or prescription medication, please consult a licensed pharmacist or your healthcare provider before beginning supplementation to minimize risk of side effects associated with potential supplement-drug interactions.

                                                                                            Questions about Folate Gold

                                                                                            What is the source of folate in Folate Gold?

                                                                                            Folate Gold provides a gentle and nourishing form of  plant-based folate from lemon peel and other ingredients in the organic food blend. The full list of organic foods can be found under the ‘Organic Food Blend’ in the supplement facts panel (on the label) and on the product page on our website. Folate Gold is not synthetic folic acid fermented, grown or cultured in yeast, or a blend of organic foods fortified with synthetic folic acid and marketed as “whole-food” or “food-based” folate.

                                                                                            What form of folate does Folate Gold provide? Is it methylated?

                                                                                            Folic acid and folate are used interchangeably as they are both forms of vitamin B9, but there is an important difference. According to the American Pregnancy Association, folic acid is the synthesized version that is commonly used in processed foods and supplements; it is man-made and does not occur naturally in foods. Folate, on the other hand, can be found in whole foods such as leafy vegetables, eggs, and citrus fruits.

                                                                                            The vitamin B9 in our product is from organic food sources (lemon peel extract, spinach powder) and, according to the Office of Dietary Supplements, food folates are typically in the tetrahydrofolate form; they are not structurally similar to the methyl folate forms (5-MTHF) available in the market, which are generally also from synthetic folic acid. Consistent with our guiding principle to ‘do no harm’ and in the interest of your health and safety, we ask that you discuss your concerns regarding the suitability of our product for your particular health needs with a healthcare provider prior to supplementation.

                                                                                            Folate Gold provides 800 mcg DFE per serving.  Is the dose too high? Is there risk of toxicity associated with supplementing with greater than 100% DV of folate?

                                                                                            We completely understand, value, and respect your concerns regarding supplement safety because they are aligned with our own guiding principle to "do no harm." The Upper Tolerable Limit (UL), established by the Food and Nutrition Bard (FNB) of the Institute of Medicine, for folic acid in adults is set at 1,000 mcg per day. It is important to note that this UL applies to synthetic folic acid and not to folate from food. The consumption of folate from food is not associated with adverse effects. Furthermore, the bioavailability of folate from food sources is estimated to be about 50%. After accounting for relative bioavailability, 800 mcg DFE of folate is equivalent to only 480 mcg of folic acid. These factors support the 800 mcg DFE folate dosage included in our Folate Gold product. Regardless, as a matter of principle and in the interest of your health and safety, we encourage you to discuss any concerns you may have in regard to supplementing your nutrient intake with a licensed healthcare provider prior to supplementation.

                                                                                            Can individuals with a known or suspected MTHFR gene mutation take Folate Gold to get the recommended daily value of folate?

                                                                                            There is some controversy with regard to the form of B9 that is best suited for individuals with a known or suspected MTHFR gene variant. According to the American Pregnancy Association, some women have a defect in their MTHFR gene that doesn’t allow them to properly convert synthetic folic acid into active methyl folate. As such, women taking folic acid may not be absorbing their B vitamins as expected. For this reason, it is preferable to take folate either from whole food sources (e.g. green leafy vegetables) or supplements that contain the natural form of active folate instead of synthesized folic acid whenever possible. 

                                                                                            However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the most common variant in the MTHFR gene is MTHFR C677T and these are the 5 most important things to known about this variant —

                                                                                            1. People with MTHFR C677T variants can process all types of folate, including folic acid.
                                                                                            2. Folic acid is the only type of folate shown to help prevent neural tube defects.
                                                                                            3. MTHFR gene variants are common.
                                                                                            4. All women of reproductive age who could become pregnant should consume 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid each day, including those with an MTHFR C677T variant
                                                                                            5. Sometimes a woman may still have a baby with a neural tube defect even though she consumed the recommended 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid; the defect may be unrelated to the MTHFR gene variant or folate status.

                                                                                            Supplements containing forms of folate other than folic acid (such as 5-MTHF) should not be confused with the natural food folate found in fruits and vegetables. The effectiveness of these [5-MTHF] supplements in preventing neural tube defects has not been studied. For more information on the difference between folic acid and folate, please click here

                                                                                            The form of B9 in our product is not the methylated form. While it can help bridge nutritional gaps in the diet, support good health, and help minimize the risk of folate deficiency when taken in conjunction with a diet that includes folate-rich foods, we regret we do not have any information on and cannot make any recommendations regarding the use of our product by individuals with a known or suspected MTHFR gene variant. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the folate form in our products, we ask that you discuss those concerns with your healthcare provider prior to supplementation so you can make an informed purchasing decision on the form of folate that will best support your particular health goals. 

                                                                                            What is the best time of day to take Folate Gold? Should it be taken with food?

                                                                                            Folate is a water-soluble vitamin that can generally be taken anytime, even on an empty stomach. However, as a matter of principle and in the interest of your health and safety, we encourage you to consult your healthcare provider prior to supplementation to determine what use, if any, is best for your individual needs.

                                                                                            How does NutriGold ensure the purity of the ingredients used in its Folate Gold products?

                                                                                            At NutriGold, we go above and beyond what is recommended or required under current GMPs to independently verify that the raw materials used in our products as well as the finished products themselves meet industry-defining quality and purity standards. Depending on the complexity of the testing involved, including determining what needs to be tested, what methods are fit-for-purpose, and which lab is most qualified to perform the testing, we sometimes have results from as many as 4 or 5 different independent, ISO-certified labs for each product. We take these results from third-party labs and summarize them in lot-specific Certificates of Analysis that are  freely available in the spirit of authentic transparency on the product pages on our website so consumers can make informed purchasing decisions.

                                                                                            What assurance can you provide that the amount of  Folate  listed on the label is actually in the product?

                                                                                            All of our products are verified by independent third-party labs to meet identity, purity, and potency label claims. We take these results from third-party labs and summarize them in lot-specific Certificates of Analysis (C of A) that are  freely available in the spirit of authentic transparency on the product pages on our website so consumers can make informed purchasing decisions. The C of A provides assurance that the claims made on the label accurately reflect the contents of the product inside the bottle. If interested, more information on our our commitment to independent, third party quality testing can be found at this link - https://nutrigold.com/pages/accountability  

                                                                                            What is a pullulan capsule? What is it made of?

                                                                                            Pullulan is a vegetable-derived, water-soluble polysaccharide produced through a natural fermentation process. Pullulan capsules are considered more natural than HPMC (cellulose) capsules because they are naturally derived from fermented tapioca. Unlike cellulose capsules, which are considered semi-synthetic and not permitted in certified organic products, pullulan is included in the USDA’s National Organic Program list of accepted ingredients for organic products. 

                                                                                            Can I break apart the capsule and add the contents to liquid/food to consume?

                                                                                            All of our products are formulated to be taken as capsules and our purity and potency claims are based on the product being taken as recommended. We generally do not recommend breaking apart the capsules because it can introduce contaminants or otherwise compromise product potency and effectiveness.

                                                                                            Is Folate Gold suitable for children (under 18 years of age)?

                                                                                            Folate Gold is formulated for individuals over 18 years. Because children are considered a vulnerable population, we regret we cannot make any recommendations regarding the use of our products by or for children under the age of 18. We ask that you talk to your pediatrician or family practitioner about whether or not Folate Gold is suitable and safe for your child’s particular healthcare needs prior to supplementation.

                                                                                            Section updated  ↴

                                                                                            Questions about women’s multivitamins

                                                                                            Does NutriGold offer more than one women’s multivitamin formulation?

                                                                                            Yes. In addition to our Prenatal Multivitamin, we offer 4 multivitamin options to support women's health - 

                                                                                            • One Daily Women’s Multi Gold (available in 30-count and 60-count bottles/1 capsule per day) 
                                                                                            • Women’s Multi Gold (90 capsules/3 capsules per day)
                                                                                            • 40+ Multi Gold (90 capsules/3 capsules per day)
                                                                                            • 55+ Multi Gold (90 capsules/3 capsules per day)

                                                                                            How do the different NutriGold women’s multivitamins compare?

                                                                                            Nutrients

                                                                                            Prenatal Multi

                                                                                            One Daily Women’s

                                                                                            Women’s Multi

                                                                                            Women’s 40+ Multi

                                                                                            Women’s 55+ Multi

                                                                                            3 caps/day

                                                                                            1 cap/day

                                                                                            3 caps/day

                                                                                            3 caps/day

                                                                                            3 caps/day

                                                                                            Size 0 pullulan capsule (length — 0.854” & outer diameter — 0.3”)

                                                                                            Water-Soluble Vitamins

                                                                                            Vitamin C

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Thiamin (B1)

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            Riboflavin (B2)

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            Niacin (B3)

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            Pyridoxine (B6)

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            Folate (B9)

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            B-12

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            Biotin

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            Pantothenic Acid

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            Fat-Soluble Vitamins — Percent Daily Value (based on a 2,000 calorie diet)

                                                                                            Vitamin D3

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Vitamin E

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Vitamin K (MK-7)

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Minerals — Percent Daily Value (based on a 2,000 calorie diet)

                                                                                            Iron

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            30%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            N/A

                                                                                            N/A

                                                                                            Iodine

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Zinc

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            60%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Selenium

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Manganese

                                                                                            40%

                                                                                            N/A

                                                                                            45%

                                                                                            40%

                                                                                            40%

                                                                                            Chromium

                                                                                            90%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Added Ingredients to Support Antioxidant Protection and Healthy Aging

                                                                                            Solarplast®

                                                                                            SOD-B®

                                                                                            Additional Purchasing Considerations

                                                                                            Certified Organic

                                                                                            Non-GMO Verified

                                                                                            Certified C.L.E.A.N

                                                                                            Certified Kosher

                                                                                            Certified Vegan

                                                                                            Vegan/Vegetarian

                                                                                            Can individuals with a known or suspected MTHFR gene mutation take NutriGold multivitamins to get the recommended daily value of folate?

                                                                                            There is some controversy with regard to the form of B9 that is best suited for individuals with a known or suspected MTHFR gene variant. According to the American Pregnancy Association, some women have a defect in their MTHFR gene that doesn’t allow them to properly convert synthetic folic acid into active methyl folate. As such, women taking folic acid may not be absorbing their B vitamins as expected. For this reason, it is preferable to take folate either from whole food sources (e.g. green leafy vegetables) or supplements that contain the natural form of active folate instead of synthesized folic acid whenever possible.

                                                                                            However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the most common variant in the MTHFR gene is MTHFR C677T and these are the 5 most important things to known about this variant —

                                                                                            1. People with MTHFR C677T variants can process all types of folate, including folic acid.
                                                                                            2. Folic acid is the only type of folate shown to help prevent neural tube defects.
                                                                                            3. MTHFR gene variants are common.
                                                                                            4. All women of reproductive age who could become pregnant should consume 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid each day, including those with an MTHFR C677T variant
                                                                                            5. Sometimes a woman may still have a baby with a neural tube defect even though she consumed the recommended 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid; the defect may be unrelated to the MTHFR gene variant or folate status.

                                                                                            Supplements containing forms of folate other than folic acid (such as 5-MTHF) should not be confused with the natural food folate found in fruits and vegetables. The effectiveness of these [5-MTHF] supplements in preventing neural tube defects has not been studied. For more information on the difference between folic acid and folate, please click here.

                                                                                            The form of B9 in our product is not the methylated form. While it can help bridge nutritional gaps in the diet, support good health, and help minimize the risk of folate deficiency when taken in conjunction with a diet that includes folate-rich foods, we regret we do not have any information on and cannot make any recommendations regarding the use of our product by individuals with a known or suspected MTHFR gene variant. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the folate form in our products, we ask that you discuss those concerns with your healthcare provider prior to supplementation so you can make an informed purchasing decision on the form of folate that will best support your particular health goals.

                                                                                            Why don’t NutriGold multivitamins include any ingredients to address specific women’s health issues (e.g. fertility, PMS, menopause)?

                                                                                            The reason we do not include targeted health-specific ingredients in our multivitamin formulations is two-fold: (1) we are philosophically opposed to the idea of one-size-fits-all, kitchen-sink formulations because not all health concerns may be shared by everyone in the target population. We believe that a multivitamin should be, as the name suggests, a product that provides therapeutically beneficial amounts of vitamins and minerals that can help bridge nutrient gaps in diet and minimize deficiency risk; and (2) from a practical standpoint, including the full therapeutic dosages of targeted ingredients that address specific women’s health issues (e.g. cranberry for urinary tract health) will mean higher dosages; this can be a deal-breaker for consumers who either cannot or don’t prefer to take products with prohibitively high dosages.

                                                                                            Formulating without these health-specific ingredients allows consumers to choose the multivitamin that best fits their needs based upon micronutrient levels alone and without the distraction of ingredients that are either present in amounts too low to be therapeutically beneficial and/or are tangential to the purposes for which most consumers take a multivitamin.

                                                                                            That being said, while our women’s multivitamin formulations do not include targeted ingredients to address specific women’s health issues , they do include broad-spectrum antioxidants (e.g. Solarplast®, SOD-B®) that can complement the activity of the essential micronutrients to support healthy aging.

                                                                                            K2 + D3 Gold


                                                                                            Section updated  ↴

                                                                                            General Questions about Vitamin K2 and Vitamin D3

                                                                                            What is vitamin K2?  What is vitamin D3?

                                                                                            Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that has many documented functions in the human body including supporting calcium absorption, bone, dental, immune, breast and prostate health. Vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol) is a form of Vitamin D found in some plants, mushrooms, and yeast. Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) is the form made within human skin upon exposure to UVB radiation from the sun. Vitamin D3 can also be found in dietary supplements produced from lanolin or lichen. Evidence suggests that vitamin D3 may be more effective than D2 in maintaining stable levels in the human body.

                                                                                            The name vitamin K refers to a family of fat-soluble vitamins that possess a similar chemical structure but differ by the length of their side chains.  Vitamin K1 (phylloquinone) is found in green leafy vegetables and is the primary source of vitamin K in the American diet. Vitamin K2 (menaquinone) is of microbial origin and is mainly present in select fermented foods like natto (fermented soybeans). While there are multiple forms of vitamin K2, the most bioavailable and biologically active form is MK-7, naturally present in natto. Vitamin K supports calcium absorption, and heart, bone dental, and prostate health.

                                                                                            What are some risk factors for a vitamin K and/or vitamin D deficiency?

                                                                                            Vitamin K

                                                                                            Individuals who have a difficult time digesting or absorbing fats are at a greater risk of deficiency since vitamin K is a fat-soluble nutrient. This includes those with gastrointestinal malabsorption disorders, impaired liver function and those with cystic fibrosis. The long-term use of some antibiotics may also negatively impact vitamin K synthesis and absorption. Anticoagulant medications, such as Warfarin, often function as vitamin K antagonists and may impact vitamin K levels and/or vitamin K-dependent clotting factors. If taking medication, especially anticoagulant medications, it is very important to consult with a healthcare provider before consuming vitamin K from food or supplementation.

                                                                                            Vitamin D

                                                                                            Vitamin D is a common nutrient deficiency in the United States. Groups that are at high risk for developing vitamin D deficiency include: 

                                                                                            • individuals who primarily work indoors with limited sun exposure;
                                                                                            • individuals with dark skin because their skin has less ability to produce vitamin D from the sun;
                                                                                            • obese individuals because their body fat binds to vitamin D, which prevents it from getting into the blood; and
                                                                                            • older adults because their skin doesn't make vitamin D when exposed to sunlight as efficiently as it does in younger individuals. 

                                                                                            It may be important to note that those who live in northern climates, where the intensity of UVB radiation tends to be less, often make insufficient amounts of Vitamin D and people with gastrointestinal disorders or malabsorption syndromes may also be at an increased risk for deficiency.

                                                                                            Are there any food sources of vitamin K or vitamin D?

                                                                                            Most western diets today provide vitamin K1 (phylloquinone) but very little vitamin K2 (menaquinones).  Vitamin K1 can be found in leafy green vegetables and some plant oils. Vitamin K2, however, is of microbial origin and is typically found only in select fermented foods such as some types of cheese (not processed), curds, and natto. The most reliable food source of Vitamin K2 is natto, a type of fermented soybeans. Natto provides vitamin K2 as MK-7, the most bioavailable and biologically active form of vitamin K2. Given that most diets provide little to no vitamin K2, supplementation may sometimes be necessary to meet the recommended dietary allowance.

                                                                                            One of the main sources of vitamin D comes from sunlight as it stimulates vitamin D synthesis in the skin. There are a few reliable food sources of vitamin D as well including salmon, tuna, sardines, and eggs.  Some foods are fortified with vitamin D such as milk, cereal and juices. However, these fortified foods may sometimes contain the less bioavailable Vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol) form.

                                                                                            How does vitamin K1 differ from vitamin K2 in regard to function and benefits?

                                                                                            The main role of vitamin K1 is supporting normal blood coagulation, or clotting. Vitamin K1 is primarily active in the liver with only a small amount being released for circulation in the body. Vitamin K2, on the other hand, especially the long-chain form MK-7, is circulated throughout the body and activates multiple vitamin K dependent proteins. This is one reason why vitamin K2 may provide unique and separate benefits from vitamin K1.  Research demonstrates that vitamin K2 helps the body absorb and utilize calcium efficiently, directing calcium to bones and away from arteries, supporting both bone and cardiovascular health in the process. 

                                                                                            What’s the difference between Vitamin D2 and Vitamin D3?

                                                                                            Vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol) is a form of vitamin D found in some plants, mushrooms, and yeast.  Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) is the form made by the body when the skin is exposed to UVB radiation from the sun. Vitamin D3 can also be found in dietary supplements produced from lanolin or lichen. Evidence suggests that vitamin D3 may be more effective than D2 in maintaining stable vitamin D levels in the human body.

                                                                                            Is it necessary to take vitamin K with vitamin D?

                                                                                            Vitamin D and vitamin K2 work synergistically to support proper calcium absorption in the body. While vitamin D promotes the absorption of dietary calcium and helps maintain blood calcium levels, vitamin K2 helps activate specific proteins that direct calcium to bones and teeth. Vitamin D and vitamin K2 work together to support both bone and cardiovascular health.

                                                                                            Some customers prefer the convenience of getting both vitamins in one product. If interested, we make a combination product called K2 + D3 Gold. However, as a matter of principle and in the interest of your health and safety, we encourage you to consult your healthcare provider prior to supplementation to determine what use, if any, is best for your individual needs.

                                                                                            What is the recommended dietary allowance for vitamin K and vitamin D?

                                                                                            The 100% daily value (%DV) for vitamin K for individuals 18 years of age and older is 120 mcg. This goes down to 90 mcg per day during pregnancy/breastfeeding. As with any supplement, please talk to your healthcare provider prior to supplementation to ensure you are following the dosing schedule that is right for your particular health needs.

                                                                                            The 100% daily value (%DV) for vitamin D for individuals 18 years of age and older is 20 mcg (800 IU). This goes down to 15 mcg (600 IU) per day during pregnancy/breastfeeding. As with any supplement, please talk to your healthcare provider prior to supplementation to ensure you are following the dosing schedule that is right for your particular health needs.

                                                                                            Is there an established upper toxicity limit for vitamin K or vitamin D?

                                                                                            The Upper Tolerable Limit (UL), established by the Food and Nutrition Bard (FNB) of the Institute of Medicine, is considered to be the highest amount you can take of a nutrient without theoretical risk. The UL established for Vitamin D in adults is 100 micrograms (4,000 IU) per day. However, it is common for a medical provider to determine that a larger amount of Vitamin D is necessary in cases of severe deficiency.

                                                                                            The Upper Tolerable Limit (UL), established by the Food and Nutrition Bard (FNB) of the Institute of Medicine, is considered to be the highest amount you can take of a nutrient without theoretical risk. Vitamin K has a very low level of toxicity in the human body since it is rapidly metabolized and is stored only in small amounts. Given this, the FNB has not established an upper intake level (UL) for vitamin K. This applies to both vitamin K1 (phylloquinone) and vitamin K2 (menaquinone).

                                                                                            Can vitamin K2 and D3 supplements be taken with OTC or prescription medications?

                                                                                            If you are taking or planning to take an OTC or prescription medication, please consult a licensed pharmacist or your healthcare provider before beginning supplementation to minimize risk of side effects associated with potential supplement-drug interactions. Vitamin K may interfere with oral anticoagulants or blood thinning medications and should always be discussed with a licensed health provider before consuming.

                                                                                            Questions about Vitamin K2 + D3 Gold

                                                                                            What are the sources of K2 and D3 in Vitamin K2 + D3 Gold?

                                                                                            The vitamin K2 in our Vitamin K2 Gold product is sourced from natto, a traditional Japanese food made from fermented soybeans. We have chosen this natto source of vitamin K2 for two key reasons—Vitamin K2 (as MK-7) is naturally present in high amounts in natto and the MK-7 form of K2 is the most bioavailable and biologically active form of vitamin K and helps ensure consistent blood levels of this vitamin. 

                                                                                            All of our Vitamin D3 Gold products, including Vitamin K2 + D3 Gold, feature vitamin D from wild-crafted, sustainable lichen—a food source of natural Vitamin D3. Lichen is an organic-compliant, vegan, kosher, allergen-free non-GMO verified source of bioavailable D3.

                                                                                            Is lichen-sourced vitamin D3 safe for human consumption?

                                                                                            Yes, lichen has been historically consumed in Europe, Asia and America as human food. The vitamin D3 in our product is sourced from Reindeer Lichen, a species of lichen traditionally used by Native Americans as food. Our wild-crafted lichen is not treated with any pesticides, collected using an environmentally-friendly and sustainable method, and gently extracted using food-grade ethanol only. In addition, lichen is an organic-compliant, vegan, kosher, allergen-free non-GMO verified source of bioavailable D3, which is consistent with our commitment to making the cleanest supplements using the purest and most sustainable ingredients available.

                                                                                            Which source of Vitamin D is more bioavailable—lichen or lanolin?

                                                                                            There should be no difference in bioavailability between vitamin D from lichen and vitamin D from lanolin. Both sources provide vitamin D as cholecalciferol, the form made in skin upon exposure to sunlight.

                                                                                            How does NutriGold ensure the purity of the ingredients used in its K2+D3 Gold product?

                                                                                            At NutriGold, we go above and beyond what is recommended or required under current GMPs to independently verify that the raw materials used in our products as well as the finished products themselves meet industry-defining quality and purity standards. Depending on the complexity of the testing involved, including determining what needs to be tested, what methods are fit-for-purpose, and which lab is most qualified to perform the testing, we sometimes have results from as many as 4 or 5 different independent, ISO-certified labs for each product. We take these results from third-party labs and summarize them in lot-specific Certificates of Analysis that are  freely available in the spirit of authentic transparency on the product pages on our website so consumers can make informed purchasing decisions.

                                                                                            What assurance can you provide that the amount of  K2 and D3  listed on the label is actually in the product?

                                                                                            All of our products are verified by independent third-party labs to meet identity, purity, and potency label claims. We take these results from third-party labs and summarize them in lot-specific Certificates of Analysis (C of A) that are  freely available in the spirit of authentic transparency on the product pages on our website so consumers can make informed purchasing decisions. The C of A provides assurance that the claims made on the label accurately reflect the contents of the product inside the bottle. If interested, more information on our our commitment to independent, third party quality testing can be found at this link - https://nutrigold.com/pages/accountability  

                                                                                            What is the best time of day to take Vitamin K2 + D3 Gold? Should it be taken with food?

                                                                                            Vitamin K2 and vitamin D3 are fat-soluble vitamins. Most fat-soluble vitamins (e.g. A, E, K) are better absorbed when consumed with dietary fat (usually a component of most meals). However, as a matter of principle and in the interest of your health and safety, we encourage you to consult your healthcare provider prior to supplementation to determine what use, if any, is best for your individual needs.

                                                                                            Why does K2+D3 Gold contain tapioca maltodextrin?

                                                                                            At NutriGold, we are philosophically opposed to the use of chemical additives and synthetic preservatives in our products. For this reason we avoid magnesium stearate and silicon dioxide as well as additives commonly sourced from GM ingredients like corn starch, corn maltodextrin, and soy lecithin. Although we make every effort to manufacture products without the use of any excipients, there are situations when an additive may be required to ensure production efficiency and finished product integrity. When that happens, we take care to use plant-based additives like the tapioca maltodextrin in our K2+D3 Gold product. 

                                                                                            Can I break apart the capsule and add the contents to liquid/food to consume?

                                                                                            All of our products are formulated to be taken as capsules and our purity and potency claims are based on the product being taken as recommended. We generally do not recommend breaking apart the capsules because it can introduce contaminants or otherwise compromise product potency and effectiveness.

                                                                                            Is K2+D3 Gold suitable for children (under 18 years of age)?

                                                                                            K2+D3 Gold is formulated for individuals over 18 years. Because children are considered a vulnerable population, we regret we cannot make any recommendations regarding the use of our products by or for children under the age of 18. We ask that you talk to your pediatrician or family practitioner about whether or not Vitamin D3 Gold is suitable and safe for your child’s particular healthcare needs prior to supplementation.

                                                                                            Section updated  ↴

                                                                                            Questions about women’s multivitamins

                                                                                            Does NutriGold offer more than one women’s multivitamin formulation?

                                                                                            Yes. In addition to our Prenatal Multivitamin, we offer 4 multivitamin options to support women's health - 

                                                                                            • One Daily Women’s Multi Gold (available in 30-count and 60-count bottles/1 capsule per day) 
                                                                                            • Women’s Multi Gold (90 capsules/3 capsules per day)
                                                                                            • 40+ Multi Gold (90 capsules/3 capsules per day)
                                                                                            • 55+ Multi Gold (90 capsules/3 capsules per day)

                                                                                            How do the different NutriGold women’s multivitamins compare?

                                                                                            Nutrients

                                                                                            Prenatal Multi

                                                                                            One Daily Women’s

                                                                                            Women’s Multi

                                                                                            Women’s 40+ Multi

                                                                                            Women’s 55+ Multi

                                                                                            3 caps/day

                                                                                            1 cap/day

                                                                                            3 caps/day

                                                                                            3 caps/day

                                                                                            3 caps/day

                                                                                            Size 0 pullulan capsule (length — 0.854” & outer diameter — 0.3”)

                                                                                            Water-Soluble Vitamins

                                                                                            Vitamin C

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Thiamin (B1)

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            Riboflavin (B2)

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            Niacin (B3)

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            Pyridoxine (B6)

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            Folate (B9)

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            B-12

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            Biotin

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            Pantothenic Acid

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            Fat-Soluble Vitamins — Percent Daily Value (based on a 2,000 calorie diet)

                                                                                            Vitamin D3

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Vitamin E

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Vitamin K (MK-7)

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Minerals — Percent Daily Value (based on a 2,000 calorie diet)

                                                                                            Iron

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            30%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            N/A

                                                                                            N/A

                                                                                            Iodine

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Zinc

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            60%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Selenium

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Manganese

                                                                                            40%

                                                                                            N/A

                                                                                            45%

                                                                                            40%

                                                                                            40%

                                                                                            Chromium

                                                                                            90%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Added Ingredients to Support Antioxidant Protection and Healthy Aging

                                                                                            Solarplast®

                                                                                            SOD-B®

                                                                                            Additional Purchasing Considerations

                                                                                            Certified Organic

                                                                                            Non-GMO Verified

                                                                                            Certified C.L.E.A.N

                                                                                            Certified Kosher

                                                                                            Certified Vegan

                                                                                            Vegan/Vegetarian

                                                                                            Can individuals with a known or suspected MTHFR gene mutation take NutriGold multivitamins to get the recommended daily value of folate?

                                                                                            There is some controversy with regard to the form of B9 that is best suited for individuals with a known or suspected MTHFR gene variant. According to the American Pregnancy Association, some women have a defect in their MTHFR gene that doesn’t allow them to properly convert synthetic folic acid into active methyl folate. As such, women taking folic acid may not be absorbing their B vitamins as expected. For this reason, it is preferable to take folate either from whole food sources (e.g. green leafy vegetables) or supplements that contain the natural form of active folate instead of synthesized folic acid whenever possible.

                                                                                            However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the most common variant in the MTHFR gene is MTHFR C677T and these are the 5 most important things to known about this variant —

                                                                                            1. People with MTHFR C677T variants can process all types of folate, including folic acid.
                                                                                            2. Folic acid is the only type of folate shown to help prevent neural tube defects.
                                                                                            3. MTHFR gene variants are common.
                                                                                            4. All women of reproductive age who could become pregnant should consume 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid each day, including those with an MTHFR C677T variant
                                                                                            5. Sometimes a woman may still have a baby with a neural tube defect even though she consumed the recommended 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid; the defect may be unrelated to the MTHFR gene variant or folate status.

                                                                                            Supplements containing forms of folate other than folic acid (such as 5-MTHF) should not be confused with the natural food folate found in fruits and vegetables. The effectiveness of these [5-MTHF] supplements in preventing neural tube defects has not been studied. For more information on the difference between folic acid and folate, please click here.

                                                                                            The form of B9 in our product is not the methylated form. While it can help bridge nutritional gaps in the diet, support good health, and help minimize the risk of folate deficiency when taken in conjunction with a diet that includes folate-rich foods, we regret we do not have any information on and cannot make any recommendations regarding the use of our product by individuals with a known or suspected MTHFR gene variant. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the folate form in our products, we ask that you discuss those concerns with your healthcare provider prior to supplementation so you can make an informed purchasing decision on the form of folate that will best support your particular health goals.

                                                                                            Why don’t NutriGold multivitamins include any ingredients to address specific women’s health issues (e.g. fertility, PMS, menopause)?

                                                                                            The reason we do not include targeted health-specific ingredients in our multivitamin formulations is two-fold: (1) we are philosophically opposed to the idea of one-size-fits-all, kitchen-sink formulations because not all health concerns may be shared by everyone in the target population. We believe that a multivitamin should be, as the name suggests, a product that provides therapeutically beneficial amounts of vitamins and minerals that can help bridge nutrient gaps in diet and minimize deficiency risk; and (2) from a practical standpoint, including the full therapeutic dosages of targeted ingredients that address specific women’s health issues (e.g. cranberry for urinary tract health) will mean higher dosages; this can be a deal-breaker for consumers who either cannot or don’t prefer to take products with prohibitively high dosages.

                                                                                            Formulating without these health-specific ingredients allows consumers to choose the multivitamin that best fits their needs based upon micronutrient levels alone and without the distraction of ingredients that are either present in amounts too low to be therapeutically beneficial and/or are tangential to the purposes for which most consumers take a multivitamin.

                                                                                            That being said, while our women’s multivitamin formulations do not include targeted ingredients to address specific women’s health issues , they do include broad-spectrum antioxidants (e.g. Solarplast®, SOD-B®) that can complement the activity of the essential micronutrients to support healthy aging.

                                                                                            Vitamin B12 Gold


                                                                                            Section updated  ↴

                                                                                            General Questions about Vitamin B12

                                                                                            What is vitamin B12?

                                                                                            Vitamin B12 is a water-soluble nutrient known for having one of the most complex chemical structures of all vitamins. Vitamin B12 is also referred to as cobalamin because it contains a metal ion, cobalt. Vitamin B12 has many important functions in the human body.  Vitamin B12 supports cellular energy production by helping the body convert carbohydrates into glucose. Vitamin B12 is also necessary for supporting a healthy nervous system, cognitive health and overall emotional wellness. Even the body’s genetic material, DNA and RNA, requires vitamin B12 for production.

                                                                                            What are some risk factors for a B12 deficiency?

                                                                                            Individuals at risk for B12 vitamin deficiency include alcoholics and those with gastrointestinal disorders such as persistent diarrhea, malabsorption syndromes, celiac disease, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.  Because adequate levels of stomach acid are required to absorb B12 from food, senior citizens and anyone with reduced levels of stomach acid may be at greater risk of deficiency as well. In addition, strict vegetarians sometimes require supplementation since B12 is mainly found in animal products, not plant-based foods.

                                                                                            Are there any food sources of B12?

                                                                                            Vitamin B12 is mainly found in animal products and not plant-based foods. Reliable sources of vitamin B12 include seafood (sardines, salmon, tuna, cod), and beef, yogurt, cow’s milk, and eggs.  Some processed foods, such as cereal, are fortified with small amounts of vitamin B12. It may also be worth noting that certain vegetarian foods, like spirulina or wakame seaweed, often claim to have vitamin B12. However, these plant-based foods typically contain B12 analogues, which may not be properly utilized by the human body.

                                                                                            What is the recommended dietary allowance for vitamin B12?

                                                                                            The 100% daily value (%DV) for vitamin B12 for individuals 18 years of age and older is 2.4 mcg. This goes up to 2.8 mcg per day during pregnancy/breastfeeding. As with any supplement, please talk to your healthcare provider prior to supplementation to ensure you are following the dosing schedule that is right for your particular health needs.

                                                                                            Is there an established upper toxicity limit for B12?

                                                                                            The Upper Tolerable Limit (UL), established by the Food and Nutrition Bard (FNB) of the Institute of Medicine, is considered to be the highest amount you can take of a nutrient without theoretical risk. The FNB has not established an upper intake level (UL) for vitamin B12 due to its low level of toxicity.

                                                                                            Can B12 supplements be taken with OTC or prescription medications?

                                                                                            If you are taking or planning to take an OTC or prescription medication, please consult a licensed pharmacist or your healthcare provider before beginning supplementation to minimize risk of side effects associated with potential supplement-drug interactions.

                                                                                            Questions about B12 Gold

                                                                                            What is the source of B12 in Vitamin B12 Gold?

                                                                                            When formulating our vitamin products our preference is for organic, plant-based nutrients. However, vitamin B12 is an exception to this because there are no known biologically-active plant sources of B12. Our B-12 Gold product provides synthetic B12 in its biologically active forms—methylcobalamin and adenosylcobalamin. These bioactive forms of B12 are produced through microbial fermentation of multiple species of propionibacterium. The bacteria used in the process are verified non-GMO by the Non-GMO Project and verified vegan by Vegan Action.

                                                                                            What are methylcobalamin and adenosylcobalamin?

                                                                                            Methylcobalamin and adenosylcobalamin are biologically active forms of vitamin B-12 in the human body. Our products feature both bioactive forms for broad-spectrum benefits. Overall, methylcobalamin supports cardiovascular function, neurological health, and emotional wellness. Adenosylcobalamin is found in cellular tissues where it is stored in the mitochondria and supports cellular energy production.

                                                                                            Why does Vitamin B12 Gold contain organic sprouted foods?

                                                                                            At Nutrigold, we are mindful of the fact that every ingredient in a product, regardless of whether it is an active ingredient that provides a health benefit or an additive that ensures finished product integrity, can and will likely have some impact on consumers’ health. This is why we are philosophically opposed to the use of synthetic, semi-synthetic, or commodity additives like magnesium stearate and silicon dioxide commonly found in most commercially-available supplements. We choose instead to use organic, plant-based, pantry-friendly functional additives that not only have a history of safe use, but may help support the bioavailability and absorption of B12 in the finished product.

                                                                                            How does NutriGold ensure the purity of the ingredients used in its B-12 Gold product?

                                                                                            At NutriGold, we go above and beyond what is recommended or required under current GMPs to independently verify that the raw materials used in our products as well as the finished products themselves meet industry-defining quality and purity standards. Depending on the complexity of the testing involved, including determining what needs to be tested, what methods are fit-for-purpose, and which lab is most qualified to perform the testing, we sometimes have results from as many as 4 or 5 different independent, ISO-certified labs for each product. We take these results from third-party labs and summarize them in lot-specific Certificates of Analysis that are  freely available in the spirit of authentic transparency on the product pages on our website so consumers can make informed purchasing decisions.

                                                                                            What assurance can you provide that the amount of  vitamin B12  listed on the label is actually in the product?

                                                                                            All of our products are verified by independent third-party labs to meet identity, purity, and potency label claims. We take these results from third-party labs and summarize them in lot-specific Certificates of Analysis (C of A) that are  freely available in the spirit of authentic transparency on the product pages on our website so consumers can make informed purchasing decisions. The C of A provides assurance that the claims made on the label accurately reflect the contents of the product inside the bottle. If interested, more information on our our commitment to independent, third party quality testing can be found at this link - https://nutrigold.com/pages/accountability  

                                                                                            Why does B12 Gold provide such a high amount of vitamin B12?  Is it safe to take this much?

                                                                                            Healthcare providers often recommend high amounts of supplemental vitamin B12 because only about 1% is passively absorbed in the human body. Customers that are directed to supplement with vitamin B12 are often trying to correct a deficiency and may need more than what would be typically supplied in a daily multivitamin. To date, no upper intake level (UL) has been set by the Food & Nutrition Board for vitamin B12 due to its low level of toxicity and, according to the Linus Pauling Institute, "no toxic or adverse effects have been associated with large intakes of vitamin B12 from food or supplements in healthy people." We recognize that we are all unique individuals with often varied nutritional needs and we encourage all of our customers to consult with a licensed healthcare provider to determine what micronutrients they may or may not be lacking and what amounts are appropriate for their needs.

                                                                                            What is the best time of day to take B12 Gold? Should it be taken with food?

                                                                                            Vitamin B12 is a water-soluble vitamin that can generally be taken anytime, even on an empty stomach. However, as a matter of principle and in the interest of your health and safety, we encourage you to consult your healthcare provider prior to supplementation to determine what use, if any, is best for your individual needs.

                                                                                            Should vitamin B12 be taken in a sublingual form for optimal absorption?

                                                                                            There is little evidence that sublingual forms are more bioavailable or better absorbed than the capsule form. In fact, according to the Office of Dietary Supplements, "sublingual and liquid preparations are frequently marketed as having superior bioavailability, although evidence suggests no difference in efficacy between oral and sublingual forms." Considering there is no difference between oral (capsule) and sublingual forms, we offer B12 Gold in capsule form because we are philosophically opposed to the use of any additives that are generally added to sublingual preparations. B12 Gold does, however, include an organic food blend, as a substitute for commodity additives like magnesium stearate or silicon dioxide, which are safe, gentle, and may support the absorption and utilization of B12. 

                                                                                            What is a pullulan capsule? What is it made of?

                                                                                            Pullulan is a vegetable-derived, water-soluble polysaccharide produced through a natural fermentation process. Pullulan capsules are considered more natural than HPMC (cellulose) capsules because they are naturally derived from fermented tapioca. Unlike cellulose capsules, which are considered semi-synthetic and not permitted in certified organic products, pullulan is included in the USDA’s National Organic Program list of accepted ingredients for organic products. 

                                                                                            Can I break apart the capsule and add the contents to liquid/food to consume?

                                                                                            All of our products are formulated to be taken as capsules and our purity and potency claims are based on the product being taken as recommended. We generally do not recommend breaking apart the capsules because it can introduce contaminants or otherwise compromise product potency and effectiveness.

                                                                                            Is B-12 Gold suitable for children (under 18 years of age)?

                                                                                            B-12 Gold is formulated for individuals over 18 years. Because children are considered a vulnerable population, we regret we cannot make any recommendations regarding the use of our products by or for children under the age of 18. We ask that you talk to your pediatrician or family practitioner about whether or not B-12 Gold is suitable and safe for your child’s particular healthcare needs prior to supplementation.

                                                                                            Section updated  ↴

                                                                                            Questions about women’s multivitamins

                                                                                            Does NutriGold offer more than one women’s multivitamin formulation?

                                                                                            Yes. In addition to our Prenatal Multivitamin, we offer 4 multivitamin options to support women's health - 

                                                                                            • One Daily Women’s Multi Gold (available in 30-count and 60-count bottles/1 capsule per day) 
                                                                                            • Women’s Multi Gold (90 capsules/3 capsules per day)
                                                                                            • 40+ Multi Gold (90 capsules/3 capsules per day)
                                                                                            • 55+ Multi Gold (90 capsules/3 capsules per day)

                                                                                            How do the different NutriGold women’s multivitamins compare?

                                                                                            Nutrients

                                                                                            Prenatal Multi

                                                                                            One Daily Women’s

                                                                                            Women’s Multi

                                                                                            Women’s 40+ Multi

                                                                                            Women’s 55+ Multi

                                                                                            3 caps/day

                                                                                            1 cap/day

                                                                                            3 caps/day

                                                                                            3 caps/day

                                                                                            3 caps/day

                                                                                            Size 0 pullulan capsule (length — 0.854” & outer diameter — 0.3”)

                                                                                            Water-Soluble Vitamins

                                                                                            Vitamin C

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Thiamin (B1)

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            Riboflavin (B2)

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            Niacin (B3)

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            Pyridoxine (B6)

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            Folate (B9)

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            B-12

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            Biotin

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            Pantothenic Acid

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            Fat-Soluble Vitamins — Percent Daily Value (based on a 2,000 calorie diet)

                                                                                            Vitamin D3

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Vitamin E

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Vitamin K (MK-7)

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Minerals — Percent Daily Value (based on a 2,000 calorie diet)

                                                                                            Iron

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            30%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            N/A

                                                                                            N/A

                                                                                            Iodine

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Zinc

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            60%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Selenium

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Manganese

                                                                                            40%

                                                                                            N/A

                                                                                            45%

                                                                                            40%

                                                                                            40%

                                                                                            Chromium

                                                                                            90%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Added Ingredients to Support Antioxidant Protection and Healthy Aging

                                                                                            Solarplast®

                                                                                            SOD-B®

                                                                                            Additional Purchasing Considerations

                                                                                            Certified Organic

                                                                                            Non-GMO Verified

                                                                                            Certified C.L.E.A.N

                                                                                            Certified Kosher

                                                                                            Certified Vegan

                                                                                            Vegan/Vegetarian

                                                                                            Can individuals with a known or suspected MTHFR gene mutation take NutriGold multivitamins to get the recommended daily value of folate?

                                                                                            There is some controversy with regard to the form of B9 that is best suited for individuals with a known or suspected MTHFR gene variant. According to the American Pregnancy Association, some women have a defect in their MTHFR gene that doesn’t allow them to properly convert synthetic folic acid into active methyl folate. As such, women taking folic acid may not be absorbing their B vitamins as expected. For this reason, it is preferable to take folate either from whole food sources (e.g. green leafy vegetables) or supplements that contain the natural form of active folate instead of synthesized folic acid whenever possible.

                                                                                            However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the most common variant in the MTHFR gene is MTHFR C677T and these are the 5 most important things to known about this variant —

                                                                                            1. People with MTHFR C677T variants can process all types of folate, including folic acid.
                                                                                            2. Folic acid is the only type of folate shown to help prevent neural tube defects.
                                                                                            3. MTHFR gene variants are common.
                                                                                            4. All women of reproductive age who could become pregnant should consume 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid each day, including those with an MTHFR C677T variant
                                                                                            5. Sometimes a woman may still have a baby with a neural tube defect even though she consumed the recommended 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid; the defect may be unrelated to the MTHFR gene variant or folate status.

                                                                                            Supplements containing forms of folate other than folic acid (such as 5-MTHF) should not be confused with the natural food folate found in fruits and vegetables. The effectiveness of these [5-MTHF] supplements in preventing neural tube defects has not been studied. For more information on the difference between folic acid and folate, please click here.

                                                                                            The form of B9 in our product is not the methylated form. While it can help bridge nutritional gaps in the diet, support good health, and help minimize the risk of folate deficiency when taken in conjunction with a diet that includes folate-rich foods, we regret we do not have any information on and cannot make any recommendations regarding the use of our product by individuals with a known or suspected MTHFR gene variant. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the folate form in our products, we ask that you discuss those concerns with your healthcare provider prior to supplementation so you can make an informed purchasing decision on the form of folate that will best support your particular health goals.

                                                                                            Why don’t NutriGold multivitamins include any ingredients to address specific women’s health issues (e.g. fertility, PMS, menopause)?

                                                                                            The reason we do not include targeted health-specific ingredients in our multivitamin formulations is two-fold: (1) we are philosophically opposed to the idea of one-size-fits-all, kitchen-sink formulations because not all health concerns may be shared by everyone in the target population. We believe that a multivitamin should be, as the name suggests, a product that provides therapeutically beneficial amounts of vitamins and minerals that can help bridge nutrient gaps in diet and minimize deficiency risk; and (2) from a practical standpoint, including the full therapeutic dosages of targeted ingredients that address specific women’s health issues (e.g. cranberry for urinary tract health) will mean higher dosages; this can be a deal-breaker for consumers who either cannot or don’t prefer to take products with prohibitively high dosages.

                                                                                            Formulating without these health-specific ingredients allows consumers to choose the multivitamin that best fits their needs based upon micronutrient levels alone and without the distraction of ingredients that are either present in amounts too low to be therapeutically beneficial and/or are tangential to the purposes for which most consumers take a multivitamin.

                                                                                            That being said, while our women’s multivitamin formulations do not include targeted ingredients to address specific women’s health issues , they do include broad-spectrum antioxidants (e.g. Solarplast®, SOD-B®) that can complement the activity of the essential micronutrients to support healthy aging.

                                                                                            Vitamin C Gold


                                                                                            Section updated  ↴

                                                                                            General Questions about Vitamin C

                                                                                            What is vitamin C?

                                                                                            Vitamin C is a water-soluble micronutrient that is essential for many vital functions in the human body. While plants and most animals have the ability to synthesize their own vitamin C, humans do not have this ability and must consume vitamin C each day either in the diet or through supplementation. 

                                                                                            • As an antioxidant, vitamin C supports immune health and protects cells from free radicals. 
                                                                                            • Vitamin C also has the ability to extend the life of other key antioxidants, like vitamin E, by recycling or regenerating them. 
                                                                                            • The production of collagen in the body depends upon vitamin C. Given this, the health of connective tissue (skin, tendons, ligaments) requires vitamin C for normal functioning and structure. 
                                                                                            • Vitamin C also supports liver, heart, eye, and prenatal health. 

                                                                                            What are some risk factors for a vitamin C deficiency?

                                                                                            Consuming a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables each day may provide adequate amounts of vitamin C for some individuals. However, today’s over-reliance on refined and processed foods can provide a challenge to optimal vitamin C for others. It is important to note that vitamin C is not stored in the human body and must be consumed each day, either from the diet or through supplementation. Vitamin C requirements are sometimes increased during periods of psychological (e.g. anxiety) and physiological stress (e.g. infection, alcohol and drug use, injury, surgery, burns or fatigue). Other individuals that are at risk for a vitamin C deficiency include smokers and those with gastrointestinal disorders such as malabsorption syndromes, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

                                                                                            Are there any food sources of vitamin C?

                                                                                            Vitamin C can be found in a wide variety of plant-based foods. Consuming at least five servings a day of fresh fruits and vegetables is the best way to ensure an adequate intake of vitamin C. Fruits that contain substantial amounts of vitamin C include strawberries, kiwifruit, bell peppers, papaya, pineapple, lemons/limes, watermelon, and grapefruit.  The richest vegetable sources of vitamin C are broccoli, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, kale, cabbage, bok choy, collard greens, swiss chard, asparagus, sweet potatoes, and winter/summer squash.

                                                                                            What is the recommended dietary allowance for vitamin C?

                                                                                            The 100% daily value (%DV) for vitamin C for individuals 18 years of age and older is 90 mg. This goes up to 120 mg per day during pregnancy/breastfeeding. As with any supplement, please talk to your healthcare provider prior to supplementation to ensure you are following the dosing schedule that is right for your particular health needs.

                                                                                            Is there an established upper toxicity limit for Vitamin C?

                                                                                            The Upper Tolerable Limit (UL), established by the Food and Nutrition Bard (FNB) of the Institute of Medicine, is considered to be the highest amount you can take of a nutrient without theoretical risk. The UL for vitamin C in adults is set at 2,000 milligrams per day. This UL has been established primarily in an effort to prevent gastrointestinal disturbances (e.g. diarrhea, nausea, abdominal cramps) which can occur from a high intake of vitamin C. In addition, excess Vitamin C (~ 2000 mg a day) may increase urine oxalate, a component of a common variety of kidney stone.

                                                                                            Can vitamin C supplements be taken with OTC or prescription medications?

                                                                                            Taking vitamin C supplements at the same time as some medications may result in decreased absorption and efficacy of the medication and/or the vitamin C supplement. If you are taking or planning to take an OTC or prescription medication, please consult a licensed pharmacist or your healthcare provider before beginning supplementation to minimize risk of side effects associated with potential supplement-drug interactions.

                                                                                            Questions about Vitamin C Gold

                                                                                            What is the source of vitamin C in Vitamin C Gold?

                                                                                            Vitamin C Gold provides a gentle and nourishing form of  plant-based vitamin C from amla and other ingredients in the organic food blend. The full list of organic foods can be found under the ‘Organic Food Blend’ in the supplement facts panel (on the label) and on the product page on our website. Vitamin C Gold is not synthetic vitamin C fermented, grown or cultured in yeast or a blend of organic foods fortified with synthetic vitamin C and marketed as “whole-food” or “food-based” vitamin C.

                                                                                            How does Vitamin C Gold compare to other commercially-available vitamin C supplements?

                                                                                            Most vitamin C products on the market provide ascorbic acid, a lab-made compound that does not occur in its isolated form in nature and is distinct from the vitamin C that is naturally present in food. Ascorbic Acid is frequently used to describe vitamin C, but ascorbic acid is merely the shell of vitamin C. In nature, vitamin C actually contains numerous other biologically active compounds (e.g. bioflavonoids) and enzymes, in addition to ascorbic acid, that work synergistically to deliver health benefits.

                                                                                            Vitamin C Gold provides plant-based vitamin C from organic amla and other fruits and berries in the organic food blend.  The full list of organic foods can be found under the ‘Organic Food Blend’ in the supplement facts panel (on the label) and on the product page on our website. Vitamin C Gold is not synthetic vitamin C fermented, grown or cultured in yeast, or a blend of organic foods fortified with synthetic vitamin C and marketed as “whole-food” or “food-based” vitamin C. 

                                                                                            Due to its acidic nature, some people experience gastrointestinal problems when supplementing with ascorbic acid.  In an effort to make it less irritating to the digestive system, some brands offer buffered forms of ascorbic acid which is made by binding it to an alkaline mineral, such as calcium. Synthetic vitamin C, regardless of the delivery form, is not the same as vitamin C from living foods like amla, strawberries, kiwi, and papaya, among others. Generally speaking, plant-based forms of vitamin C do not cause digestive upset and therefore do not require any extra buffering agent. 

                                                                                            Vitamin C Gold is certified C.L.E.A.N., which is an acronym that stands for Conscious (or safe), Live (minimally processed and predominantly organic), Ethical (Non-GMO), Active (includes bioavailable enzymes as determined by CytoSolve technology), and Nourishing (as determined by the ANDI score).

                                                                                            I was told that it is okay to take vitamin C in high dosages. Can I take more than what is suggested on the label?

                                                                                            Because we are not a licensed healthcare provider, we regret we cannot make any recommendations with regard to taking a dosage higher than what is suggested on the product label. However, we can provide context for why we offer a 240 mg vitamin C supplement (instead of a higher dose vitamin C product) so you can make the purchasing decision that is right for you.

                                                                                            There is very little consensus on what the optimal daily amount of vitamin C is and the actual amount varies from about 250 mg to as much as 10 grams per day. Some of this variation may be explained by the reasons for supplementing with vitamin C. Vitamin C requirement is increased during periods of psychological (e.g. anxiety) and physiological stress (e.g. infection, alcohol and drug use, injury, surgery, burns or fatigue), so depending on the reasons for supplementation, recommended dosages can vary based on diet, lifestyle factors, and individual health goals.

                                                                                            The Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) of vitamin C for an adult ranges from 75 mg to 120 mg per day and this dosage is considered adequate for the prevention of vitamin C deficiency. However, if a higher dosage is warranted, there are a number of reasons why smaller doses of vitamin C taken throughout the day may be more effective than taking a single high dose of vitamin C —

                                                                                            • Blood levels of vitamin C take about 2 to 3 hours to reach their peak, after which point levels start to decrease as unabsorbed vitamin C is eliminated in the urine and through perspiration;
                                                                                            • Higher doses of vitamin C don't necessarily provide additional benefits beyond what are achieved at smaller doses (~ 250 mg);
                                                                                            • Taken orally, the larger the dose, the less is absorbed. For example, 80% of a 250 mg vitamin C supplement will be absorbed, whereas only 50% of a 2000 mg supplement will be absorbed (the rest is excreted through urination or perspiration)
                                                                                            • Excess vitamin C (~ 2000 mg a day) increases urine oxalate, a component of a common variety of kidney stone, by 22%, and men who take 1000 mg or more of vitamin C have up to a 40% higher risk of stone formation.

                                                                                            Given this, we believe the optimal dosing for vitamin C may be to take a small daily dose (~250 mg) to minimize deficiency risk and increase the frequency of dosing (~ 250 mg every 3 to 4 hours up to 4 times a day) during times of psychological and/or physiological stress to support the body’s increased need for vitamin C. As a matter of principle and in the interest of your health and safety, we encourage you to consult your healthcare provider prior to supplementation to determine what use, if any, is best to support your particular health goals.

                                                                                            How does NutriGold ensure the purity of the ingredients used in its Vitamin C Gold products?

                                                                                            At NutriGold, we go above and beyond what is recommended or required under current GMPs to independently verify that the raw materials used in our products as well as the finished products themselves meet industry-defining quality and purity standards. Depending on the complexity of the testing involved, including determining what needs to be tested, what methods are fit-for-purpose, and which lab is most qualified to perform the testing, we sometimes have results from as many as 4 or 5 different independent, ISO-certified labs for each product. We take these results from third-party labs and summarize them in lot-specific Certificates of Analysis that are  freely available in the spirit of authentic transparency on the product pages on our website so consumers can make informed purchasing decisions.

                                                                                            What assurance can you provide that the amount of  vitamin C listed on the label is actually in the product?

                                                                                            All of our products are verified by independent third-party labs to meet identity, purity, and potency label claims. We take these results from third-party labs and summarize them in lot-specific Certificates of Analysis (C of A) that are  freely available in the spirit of authentic transparency on the product pages on our website so consumers can make informed purchasing decisions. The C of A provides assurance that the claims made on the label accurately reflect the contents of the product inside the bottle. If interested, more information on our our commitment to independent, third party quality testing can be found at this link - https://nutrigold.com/pages/accountability  

                                                                                            What is the best time of day to take Vitamin C Gold? Should it be taken with food?

                                                                                            Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin that can generally be taken anytime, even on an empty stomach. However, as a matter of principle and in the interest of your health and safety, we encourage you to consult your healthcare provider prior to supplementation to determine what use, if any, is best for your individual needs.

                                                                                            What is a pullulan capsule? What is it made of?

                                                                                            Pullulan is a vegetable-derived, water-soluble polysaccharide produced through a natural fermentation process. Pullulan capsules are considered more natural than HPMC (cellulose) capsules because they are naturally derived from fermented tapioca. Unlike cellulose capsules, which are considered semi-synthetic and not permitted in certified organic products, pullulan is included in the USDA’s National Organic Program list of accepted ingredients for organic products. 

                                                                                            Can I break apart the capsule and add the contents to liquid/food to consume?

                                                                                            All of our products are formulated to be taken as capsules and our purity and potency claims are based on the product being taken as recommended. We generally do not recommend breaking apart the capsules because it can introduce contaminants or otherwise compromise product potency and effectiveness.

                                                                                            Is Vitamin C Gold suitable for children (under 18 years of age)?

                                                                                            Vitamin C Gold is formulated for individuals over 18 years. Because children are considered a vulnerable population, we regret we cannot make any recommendations regarding the use of our products by or for children under the age of 18. We ask that you talk to your pediatrician or family practitioner about whether or not Vitamin C Gold is suitable and safe for your child’s particular healthcare needs prior to supplementation.

                                                                                            Section updated  ↴

                                                                                            Questions about women’s multivitamins

                                                                                            Does NutriGold offer more than one women’s multivitamin formulation?

                                                                                            Yes. In addition to our Prenatal Multivitamin, we offer 4 multivitamin options to support women's health - 

                                                                                            • One Daily Women’s Multi Gold (available in 30-count and 60-count bottles/1 capsule per day) 
                                                                                            • Women’s Multi Gold (90 capsules/3 capsules per day)
                                                                                            • 40+ Multi Gold (90 capsules/3 capsules per day)
                                                                                            • 55+ Multi Gold (90 capsules/3 capsules per day)

                                                                                            How do the different NutriGold women’s multivitamins compare?

                                                                                            Nutrients

                                                                                            Prenatal Multi

                                                                                            One Daily Women’s

                                                                                            Women’s Multi

                                                                                            Women’s 40+ Multi

                                                                                            Women’s 55+ Multi

                                                                                            3 caps/day

                                                                                            1 cap/day

                                                                                            3 caps/day

                                                                                            3 caps/day

                                                                                            3 caps/day

                                                                                            Size 0 pullulan capsule (length — 0.854” & outer diameter — 0.3”)

                                                                                            Water-Soluble Vitamins

                                                                                            Vitamin C

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Thiamin (B1)

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            Riboflavin (B2)

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            Niacin (B3)

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            Pyridoxine (B6)

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            Folate (B9)

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            B-12

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            Biotin

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            Pantothenic Acid

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            Fat-Soluble Vitamins — Percent Daily Value (based on a 2,000 calorie diet)

                                                                                            Vitamin D3

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Vitamin E

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Vitamin K (MK-7)

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Minerals — Percent Daily Value (based on a 2,000 calorie diet)

                                                                                            Iron

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            30%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            N/A

                                                                                            N/A

                                                                                            Iodine

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Zinc

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            60%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Selenium

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Manganese

                                                                                            40%

                                                                                            N/A

                                                                                            45%

                                                                                            40%

                                                                                            40%

                                                                                            Chromium

                                                                                            90%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Added Ingredients to Support Antioxidant Protection and Healthy Aging

                                                                                            Solarplast®

                                                                                            SOD-B®

                                                                                            Additional Purchasing Considerations

                                                                                            Certified Organic

                                                                                            Non-GMO Verified

                                                                                            Certified C.L.E.A.N

                                                                                            Certified Kosher

                                                                                            Certified Vegan

                                                                                            Vegan/Vegetarian

                                                                                            Can individuals with a known or suspected MTHFR gene mutation take NutriGold multivitamins to get the recommended daily value of folate?

                                                                                            There is some controversy with regard to the form of B9 that is best suited for individuals with a known or suspected MTHFR gene variant. According to the American Pregnancy Association, some women have a defect in their MTHFR gene that doesn’t allow them to properly convert synthetic folic acid into active methyl folate. As such, women taking folic acid may not be absorbing their B vitamins as expected. For this reason, it is preferable to take folate either from whole food sources (e.g. green leafy vegetables) or supplements that contain the natural form of active folate instead of synthesized folic acid whenever possible.

                                                                                            However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the most common variant in the MTHFR gene is MTHFR C677T and these are the 5 most important things to known about this variant —

                                                                                            1. People with MTHFR C677T variants can process all types of folate, including folic acid.
                                                                                            2. Folic acid is the only type of folate shown to help prevent neural tube defects.
                                                                                            3. MTHFR gene variants are common.
                                                                                            4. All women of reproductive age who could become pregnant should consume 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid each day, including those with an MTHFR C677T variant
                                                                                            5. Sometimes a woman may still have a baby with a neural tube defect even though she consumed the recommended 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid; the defect may be unrelated to the MTHFR gene variant or folate status.

                                                                                            Supplements containing forms of folate other than folic acid (such as 5-MTHF) should not be confused with the natural food folate found in fruits and vegetables. The effectiveness of these [5-MTHF] supplements in preventing neural tube defects has not been studied. For more information on the difference between folic acid and folate, please click here.

                                                                                            The form of B9 in our product is not the methylated form. While it can help bridge nutritional gaps in the diet, support good health, and help minimize the risk of folate deficiency when taken in conjunction with a diet that includes folate-rich foods, we regret we do not have any information on and cannot make any recommendations regarding the use of our product by individuals with a known or suspected MTHFR gene variant. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the folate form in our products, we ask that you discuss those concerns with your healthcare provider prior to supplementation so you can make an informed purchasing decision on the form of folate that will best support your particular health goals.

                                                                                            Why don’t NutriGold multivitamins include any ingredients to address specific women’s health issues (e.g. fertility, PMS, menopause)?

                                                                                            The reason we do not include targeted health-specific ingredients in our multivitamin formulations is two-fold: (1) we are philosophically opposed to the idea of one-size-fits-all, kitchen-sink formulations because not all health concerns may be shared by everyone in the target population. We believe that a multivitamin should be, as the name suggests, a product that provides therapeutically beneficial amounts of vitamins and minerals that can help bridge nutrient gaps in diet and minimize deficiency risk; and (2) from a practical standpoint, including the full therapeutic dosages of targeted ingredients that address specific women’s health issues (e.g. cranberry for urinary tract health) will mean higher dosages; this can be a deal-breaker for consumers who either cannot or don’t prefer to take products with prohibitively high dosages.

                                                                                            Formulating without these health-specific ingredients allows consumers to choose the multivitamin that best fits their needs based upon micronutrient levels alone and without the distraction of ingredients that are either present in amounts too low to be therapeutically beneficial and/or are tangential to the purposes for which most consumers take a multivitamin.

                                                                                            That being said, while our women’s multivitamin formulations do not include targeted ingredients to address specific women’s health issues , they do include broad-spectrum antioxidants (e.g. Solarplast®, SOD-B®) that can complement the activity of the essential micronutrients to support healthy aging.

                                                                                            Vitamin D3 Gold 1000 IU


                                                                                            Section updated  ↴

                                                                                            General Questions about Vitamin D

                                                                                            What is Vitamin D?

                                                                                            Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin with many functions in the human body including supporting calcium absorption, bone, dental, immune, breast and prostate health.

                                                                                            What are some risk factors for a vitamin D deficiency?

                                                                                            Vitamin D is a common nutrient deficiency in the United States. Groups that are at high risk for developing vitamin D deficiency include: 

                                                                                            • individuals who primarily work indoors with limited sun exposure;
                                                                                            • individuals with dark skin because their skin has less ability to produce vitamin D from the sun;
                                                                                            • obese individuals because their body fat binds to vitamin D, which prevents it from getting into the blood; and
                                                                                            • older adults because their skin doesn't make vitamin D when exposed to sunlight as efficiently as it does in younger individuals. 

                                                                                            It may be important to note that those who live in northern climates, where the intensity of UVB radiation tends to be less, often make insufficient amounts of Vitamin D and people with gastrointestinal disorders or malabsorption syndromes may also be at an increased risk for deficiency.

                                                                                            Are there any food sources of Vitamin D?

                                                                                            One of the main sources of vitamin D comes from sunlight as it stimulates vitamin D synthesis in the skin. There are a few reliable food sources of vitamin D as well including salmon, tuna, sardines, and eggs.  Some foods are fortified with vitamin D such as milk, cereal and juices. However, these fortified foods may sometimes contain the less bioavailable Vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol) form.

                                                                                            What’s the difference between Vitamin D2 and Vitamin D3?

                                                                                            Vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol) is a form of vitamin D found in some plants, mushrooms, and yeast.  Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) is the form made by the body when the skin is exposed to UVB radiation from the sun. Vitamin D3 can also be found in dietary supplements produced from lanolin or lichen. Evidence suggests that vitamin D3 may be more effective than D2 in maintaining stable vitamin D levels in the human body.

                                                                                            Is it necessary to take vitamin K with vitamin D?

                                                                                            Vitamin D and vitamin K work synergistically to support proper calcium absorption in the body. While vitamin D promotes the absorption of dietary calcium and helps maintain blood calcium levels, vitamin K helps activate specific proteins that direct calcium to bones and teeth. Vitamin D and vitamin K work together to support both bone and cardiovascular health.

                                                                                            Some customers prefer the convenience of getting both vitamins in one product. If interested, we make a combination product called K2 + D3 Gold. However, as a matter of principle and in the interest of your health and safety, we encourage you to consult your healthcare provider prior to supplementation to determine what use, if any, is best for your individual needs.

                                                                                            What is the recommended dietary allowance for vitamin D?

                                                                                            The 100% daily value (%DV) for vitamin D for individuals 18 years of age and older is 20 mcg (800 IU). This goes down to 15 mcg (600 IU) per day during pregnancy/breastfeeding. As with any supplement, please talk to your healthcare provider prior to supplementation to ensure you are following the dosing schedule that is right for your particular health needs.

                                                                                            Is there an established upper toxicity limit for Vitamin D?

                                                                                            The Upper Tolerable Limit (UL), established by the Food and Nutrition Bard (FNB) of the Institute of Medicine, is considered to be the highest amount you can take of a nutrient without theoretical risk. The UL established for Vitamin D in adults is 100 micrograms (4,000 IU) per day. However, it is common for a medical provider to determine that a larger amount of Vitamin D is necessary in cases of severe deficiency.

                                                                                            Can vitamin D supplements be taken with OTC or prescription medications?

                                                                                            If you are taking or planning to take an OTC or prescription medication, please consult a licensed pharmacist or your healthcare provider before beginning supplementation to minimize risk of side effects associated with potential supplement-drug interactions.

                                                                                            Questions about Vitamin D3 Gold

                                                                                            What is the source of vitamin D in Vitamin D3 Gold?

                                                                                            All of our Vitamin D3 Gold products feature vitamin D from wild-crafted, sustainable lichen. Lichen is a complex life form that represents a symbiotic partnership of two separate organisms—fungi and algae. Lichen is an organic-compliant, vegan, kosher, allergen-free, non-GMO verified source of bioavailable vitamin D (as D3 cholecalciferol).

                                                                                            Is lichen-sourced vitamin D3 safe for human consumption?

                                                                                            Yes, lichen has been historically consumed in Europe, Asia and America as human food. The vitamin D3 in our product is sourced from Reindeer Lichen, a species of lichen traditionally used by Native Americans as food. Our wild-crafted lichen is not treated with any pesticides, collected using an environmentally-friendly and sustainable method, and gently extracted using food-grade ethanol only. In addition, lichen is an organic-compliant, vegan, kosher, allergen-free non-GMO verified source of bioavailable D3, which is consistent with our commitment to making the cleanest supplements using the purest and most sustainable ingredients available.

                                                                                            Which source of Vitamin D is more bioavailable - lichen or lanolin?

                                                                                            There should be no difference in bioavailability between vitamin D from lichen and vitamin D from lanolin. Both sources provide vitamin D as cholecalciferol, the form made in skin upon exposure to sunlight.

                                                                                            How do I know which Vitamin D3 Gold product is right for me?

                                                                                            NutriGold offers 4 different formulations of vitamin D3 with varying potencies—1000 IU, 2000 IU, 2500 IU, and 5000 IU. The decision on the vitamin D supplement that is right for your particular health needs should be made in consultation with and under the guidance of your healthcare provider. Contrary to popular belief, more is not always better, and there can be very real adverse consequences to taking a higher dose of vitamin D than what is needed to maintain optimal health. 

                                                                                            Is Vitamin D3 Gold certified organic?

                                                                                            Vitamin D3 Gold is made from wild-crafted lichen and wild-crafted products cannot be certified organic at this time. However, our lichen source is not exposed to any industrial pesticides or agricultural chemicals and is considered compliant with organic farming practices in terms of purity and sustainability.

                                                                                            How does NutriGold ensure the purity of the ingredients used in its Vitamin D3 Gold products?

                                                                                            At NutriGold, we go above and beyond what is recommended or required under current GMPs to independently verify that the raw materials used in our products as well as the finished products themselves meet industry-defining quality and purity standards. Depending on the complexity of the testing involved, including determining what needs to be tested, what methods are fit-for-purpose, and which lab is most qualified to perform the testing, we sometimes have results from as many as 4 or 5 different independent, ISO-certified labs for each product. We take these results from third-party labs and summarize them in lot-specific Certificates of Analysis that are  freely available in the spirit of authentic transparency on the product pages on our website so consumers can make informed purchasing decisions.

                                                                                            What assurance can you provide that the amount of  vitamin D3  listed on the label is actually in the product?

                                                                                            All of our products are verified by independent third-party labs to meet identity, purity, and potency label claims. We take these results from third-party labs and summarize them in lot-specific Certificates of Analysis (C of A) that are  freely available in the spirit of authentic transparency on the product pages on our website so consumers can make informed purchasing decisions. The C of A provides assurance that the claims made on the label accurately reflect the contents of the product inside the bottle. If interested, more information on our our commitment to independent, third party quality testing can be found at this link - https://nutrigold.com/pages/accountability  

                                                                                            What is the best time of day to take Vitamin D3 Gold? Should it be taken with food?

                                                                                            Most fat-soluble vitamins (e.g. A, E, K) are better absorbed when consumed with dietary fat (usually a component of most meals). Research demonstrates, however, that the amount of fat that is consumed with oral supplementation of vitamin D does not significantly modify the bioavailability of vitamin D3. Given this, Vitamin D3 Gold can be taken anytime, even on an empty stomach. However, as a matter of principle and in the interest of your health and safety, we encourage you to consult your healthcare provider prior to supplementation to determine what use, if any, is best for your individual needs.

                                                                                            Why does Vitamin D3 Gold contain tapioca maltodextrin?

                                                                                            At NutriGold, we are philosophically opposed to the use of chemical additives and synthetic preservatives in our products. For this reason we avoid magnesium stearate and silicon dioxide as well as additives commonly sourced from GM ingredients like corn starch, corn maltodextrin, and soy lecithin. Although we make every effort to manufacture products without the use of any additives, there may be situations when an additive may be required to ensure production efficiency and finished product integrity. When that happens, we take care to use plant-based additives like the tapioca maltodextrin in our Vitamin D3 Gold. 

                                                                                            Can I break apart the capsule and add the contents to liquid/food to consume?

                                                                                            All of our products are formulated to be taken as capsules and our purity and potency claims are based on the product being taken as recommended. We generally do not recommend breaking apart the capsules because it can introduce contaminants or otherwise compromise product potency and effectiveness.

                                                                                            Is Vitamin D3 Gold suitable for children (under 18 years of age)?

                                                                                            Vitamin D3 Gold is formulated for individuals over 18 years. Because children are considered a vulnerable population, we regret we cannot make any recommendations regarding the use of our products by or for children under the age of 18. We ask that you talk to your pediatrician or family practitioner about whether or not Vitamin D3 Gold is suitable and safe for your child’s particular healthcare needs prior to supplementation.

                                                                                            Section updated  ↴

                                                                                            Questions about women’s multivitamins

                                                                                            Does NutriGold offer more than one women’s multivitamin formulation?

                                                                                            Yes. In addition to our Prenatal Multivitamin, we offer 4 multivitamin options to support women's health - 

                                                                                            • One Daily Women’s Multi Gold (available in 30-count and 60-count bottles/1 capsule per day) 
                                                                                            • Women’s Multi Gold (90 capsules/3 capsules per day)
                                                                                            • 40+ Multi Gold (90 capsules/3 capsules per day)
                                                                                            • 55+ Multi Gold (90 capsules/3 capsules per day)

                                                                                            How do the different NutriGold women’s multivitamins compare?

                                                                                            Nutrients

                                                                                            Prenatal Multi

                                                                                            One Daily Women’s

                                                                                            Women’s Multi

                                                                                            Women’s 40+ Multi

                                                                                            Women’s 55+ Multi

                                                                                            3 caps/day

                                                                                            1 cap/day

                                                                                            3 caps/day

                                                                                            3 caps/day

                                                                                            3 caps/day

                                                                                            Size 0 pullulan capsule (length — 0.854” & outer diameter — 0.3”)

                                                                                            Water-Soluble Vitamins

                                                                                            Vitamin C

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Thiamin (B1)

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            Riboflavin (B2)

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            Niacin (B3)

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            Pyridoxine (B6)

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            Folate (B9)

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            B-12

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            Biotin

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            Pantothenic Acid

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            Fat-Soluble Vitamins — Percent Daily Value (based on a 2,000 calorie diet)

                                                                                            Vitamin D3

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Vitamin E

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Vitamin K (MK-7)

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Minerals — Percent Daily Value (based on a 2,000 calorie diet)

                                                                                            Iron

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            30%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            N/A

                                                                                            N/A

                                                                                            Iodine

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Zinc

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            60%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Selenium

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Manganese

                                                                                            40%

                                                                                            N/A

                                                                                            45%

                                                                                            40%

                                                                                            40%

                                                                                            Chromium

                                                                                            90%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Added Ingredients to Support Antioxidant Protection and Healthy Aging

                                                                                            Solarplast®

                                                                                            SOD-B®

                                                                                            Additional Purchasing Considerations

                                                                                            Certified Organic

                                                                                            Non-GMO Verified

                                                                                            Certified C.L.E.A.N

                                                                                            Certified Kosher

                                                                                            Certified Vegan

                                                                                            Vegan/Vegetarian

                                                                                            Can individuals with a known or suspected MTHFR gene mutation take NutriGold multivitamins to get the recommended daily value of folate?

                                                                                            There is some controversy with regard to the form of B9 that is best suited for individuals with a known or suspected MTHFR gene variant. According to the American Pregnancy Association, some women have a defect in their MTHFR gene that doesn’t allow them to properly convert synthetic folic acid into active methyl folate. As such, women taking folic acid may not be absorbing their B vitamins as expected. For this reason, it is preferable to take folate either from whole food sources (e.g. green leafy vegetables) or supplements that contain the natural form of active folate instead of synthesized folic acid whenever possible.

                                                                                            However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the most common variant in the MTHFR gene is MTHFR C677T and these are the 5 most important things to known about this variant —

                                                                                            1. People with MTHFR C677T variants can process all types of folate, including folic acid.
                                                                                            2. Folic acid is the only type of folate shown to help prevent neural tube defects.
                                                                                            3. MTHFR gene variants are common.
                                                                                            4. All women of reproductive age who could become pregnant should consume 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid each day, including those with an MTHFR C677T variant
                                                                                            5. Sometimes a woman may still have a baby with a neural tube defect even though she consumed the recommended 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid; the defect may be unrelated to the MTHFR gene variant or folate status.

                                                                                            Supplements containing forms of folate other than folic acid (such as 5-MTHF) should not be confused with the natural food folate found in fruits and vegetables. The effectiveness of these [5-MTHF] supplements in preventing neural tube defects has not been studied. For more information on the difference between folic acid and folate, please click here.

                                                                                            The form of B9 in our product is not the methylated form. While it can help bridge nutritional gaps in the diet, support good health, and help minimize the risk of folate deficiency when taken in conjunction with a diet that includes folate-rich foods, we regret we do not have any information on and cannot make any recommendations regarding the use of our product by individuals with a known or suspected MTHFR gene variant. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the folate form in our products, we ask that you discuss those concerns with your healthcare provider prior to supplementation so you can make an informed purchasing decision on the form of folate that will best support your particular health goals.

                                                                                            Why don’t NutriGold multivitamins include any ingredients to address specific women’s health issues (e.g. fertility, PMS, menopause)?

                                                                                            The reason we do not include targeted health-specific ingredients in our multivitamin formulations is two-fold: (1) we are philosophically opposed to the idea of one-size-fits-all, kitchen-sink formulations because not all health concerns may be shared by everyone in the target population. We believe that a multivitamin should be, as the name suggests, a product that provides therapeutically beneficial amounts of vitamins and minerals that can help bridge nutrient gaps in diet and minimize deficiency risk; and (2) from a practical standpoint, including the full therapeutic dosages of targeted ingredients that address specific women’s health issues (e.g. cranberry for urinary tract health) will mean higher dosages; this can be a deal-breaker for consumers who either cannot or don’t prefer to take products with prohibitively high dosages.

                                                                                            Formulating without these health-specific ingredients allows consumers to choose the multivitamin that best fits their needs based upon micronutrient levels alone and without the distraction of ingredients that are either present in amounts too low to be therapeutically beneficial and/or are tangential to the purposes for which most consumers take a multivitamin.

                                                                                            That being said, while our women’s multivitamin formulations do not include targeted ingredients to address specific women’s health issues , they do include broad-spectrum antioxidants (e.g. Solarplast®, SOD-B®) that can complement the activity of the essential micronutrients to support healthy aging.

                                                                                            Vitamin D3 Gold 2000 IU


                                                                                            Section updated  ↴

                                                                                            General Questions about Vitamin D

                                                                                            What is Vitamin D?

                                                                                            Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin with many functions in the human body including supporting calcium absorption, bone, dental, immune, breast and prostate health.

                                                                                            What are some risk factors for a vitamin D deficiency?

                                                                                            Vitamin D is a common nutrient deficiency in the United States. Groups that are at high risk for developing vitamin D deficiency include: 

                                                                                            • individuals who primarily work indoors with limited sun exposure;
                                                                                            • individuals with dark skin because their skin has less ability to produce vitamin D from the sun;
                                                                                            • obese individuals because their body fat binds to vitamin D, which prevents it from getting into the blood; and
                                                                                            • older adults because their skin doesn't make vitamin D when exposed to sunlight as efficiently as it does in younger individuals. 

                                                                                            It may be important to note that those who live in northern climates, where the intensity of UVB radiation tends to be less, often make insufficient amounts of Vitamin D and people with gastrointestinal disorders or malabsorption syndromes may also be at an increased risk for deficiency.

                                                                                            Are there any food sources of Vitamin D?

                                                                                            One of the main sources of vitamin D comes from sunlight as it stimulates vitamin D synthesis in the skin. There are a few reliable food sources of vitamin D as well including salmon, tuna, sardines, and eggs.  Some foods are fortified with vitamin D such as milk, cereal and juices. However, these fortified foods may sometimes contain the less bioavailable Vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol) form.

                                                                                            What’s the difference between Vitamin D2 and Vitamin D3?

                                                                                            Vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol) is a form of vitamin D found in some plants, mushrooms, and yeast.  Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) is the form made by the body when the skin is exposed to UVB radiation from the sun. Vitamin D3 can also be found in dietary supplements produced from lanolin or lichen. Evidence suggests that vitamin D3 may be more effective than D2 in maintaining stable vitamin D levels in the human body.

                                                                                            Is it necessary to take vitamin K with vitamin D?

                                                                                            Vitamin D and vitamin K work synergistically to support proper calcium absorption in the body. While vitamin D promotes the absorption of dietary calcium and helps maintain blood calcium levels, vitamin K helps activate specific proteins that direct calcium to bones and teeth. Vitamin D and vitamin K work together to support both bone and cardiovascular health.

                                                                                            Some customers prefer the convenience of getting both vitamins in one product. If interested, we make a combination product called K2 + D3 Gold. However, as a matter of principle and in the interest of your health and safety, we encourage you to consult your healthcare provider prior to supplementation to determine what use, if any, is best for your individual needs.

                                                                                            What is the recommended dietary allowance for vitamin D?

                                                                                            The 100% daily value (%DV) for vitamin D for individuals 18 years of age and older is 20 mcg (800 IU). This goes down to 15 mcg (600 IU) per day during pregnancy/breastfeeding. As with any supplement, please talk to your healthcare provider prior to supplementation to ensure you are following the dosing schedule that is right for your particular health needs.

                                                                                            Is there an established upper toxicity limit for Vitamin D?

                                                                                            The Upper Tolerable Limit (UL), established by the Food and Nutrition Bard (FNB) of the Institute of Medicine, is considered to be the highest amount you can take of a nutrient without theoretical risk. The UL established for Vitamin D in adults is 100 micrograms (4,000 IU) per day. However, it is common for a medical provider to determine that a larger amount of Vitamin D is necessary in cases of severe deficiency.

                                                                                            Can vitamin D supplements be taken with OTC or prescription medications?

                                                                                            If you are taking or planning to take an OTC or prescription medication, please consult a licensed pharmacist or your healthcare provider before beginning supplementation to minimize risk of side effects associated with potential supplement-drug interactions.

                                                                                            Questions about Vitamin D3 Gold

                                                                                            What is the source of vitamin D in Vitamin D3 Gold?

                                                                                            All of our Vitamin D3 Gold products feature vitamin D from wild-crafted, sustainable lichen. Lichen is a complex life form that represents a symbiotic partnership of two separate organisms—fungi and algae. Lichen is an organic-compliant, vegan, kosher, allergen-free, non-GMO verified source of bioavailable vitamin D (as D3 cholecalciferol).

                                                                                            Is lichen-sourced vitamin D3 safe for human consumption?

                                                                                            Yes, lichen has been historically consumed in Europe, Asia and America as human food. The vitamin D3 in our product is sourced from Reindeer Lichen, a species of lichen traditionally used by Native Americans as food. Our wild-crafted lichen is not treated with any pesticides, collected using an environmentally-friendly and sustainable method, and gently extracted using food-grade ethanol only. In addition, lichen is an organic-compliant, vegan, kosher, allergen-free non-GMO verified source of bioavailable D3, which is consistent with our commitment to making the cleanest supplements using the purest and most sustainable ingredients available.

                                                                                            Which source of Vitamin D is more bioavailable - lichen or lanolin?

                                                                                            There should be no difference in bioavailability between vitamin D from lichen and vitamin D from lanolin. Both sources provide vitamin D as cholecalciferol, the form made in skin upon exposure to sunlight.

                                                                                            How do I know which Vitamin D3 Gold product is right for me?

                                                                                            NutriGold offers 4 different formulations of vitamin D3 with varying potencies—1000 IU, 2000 IU, 2500 IU, and 5000 IU. The decision on the vitamin D supplement that is right for your particular health needs should be made in consultation with and under the guidance of your healthcare provider. Contrary to popular belief, more is not always better, and there can be very real adverse consequences to taking a higher dose of vitamin D than what is needed to maintain optimal health. 

                                                                                            Is Vitamin D3 Gold certified organic?

                                                                                            Vitamin D3 Gold is made from wild-crafted lichen and wild-crafted products cannot be certified organic at this time. However, our lichen source is not exposed to any industrial pesticides or agricultural chemicals and is considered compliant with organic farming practices in terms of purity and sustainability.

                                                                                            How does NutriGold ensure the purity of the ingredients used in its Vitamin D3 Gold products?

                                                                                            At NutriGold, we go above and beyond what is recommended or required under current GMPs to independently verify that the raw materials used in our products as well as the finished products themselves meet industry-defining quality and purity standards. Depending on the complexity of the testing involved, including determining what needs to be tested, what methods are fit-for-purpose, and which lab is most qualified to perform the testing, we sometimes have results from as many as 4 or 5 different independent, ISO-certified labs for each product. We take these results from third-party labs and summarize them in lot-specific Certificates of Analysis that are  freely available in the spirit of authentic transparency on the product pages on our website so consumers can make informed purchasing decisions.

                                                                                            What assurance can you provide that the amount of  vitamin D3  listed on the label is actually in the product?

                                                                                            All of our products are verified by independent third-party labs to meet identity, purity, and potency label claims. We take these results from third-party labs and summarize them in lot-specific Certificates of Analysis (C of A) that are  freely available in the spirit of authentic transparency on the product pages on our website so consumers can make informed purchasing decisions. The C of A provides assurance that the claims made on the label accurately reflect the contents of the product inside the bottle. If interested, more information on our our commitment to independent, third party quality testing can be found at this link - https://nutrigold.com/pages/accountability  

                                                                                            What is the best time of day to take Vitamin D3 Gold? Should it be taken with food?

                                                                                            Most fat-soluble vitamins (e.g. A, E, K) are better absorbed when consumed with dietary fat (usually a component of most meals). Research demonstrates, however, that the amount of fat that is consumed with oral supplementation of vitamin D does not significantly modify the bioavailability of vitamin D3. Given this, Vitamin D3 Gold can be taken anytime, even on an empty stomach. However, as a matter of principle and in the interest of your health and safety, we encourage you to consult your healthcare provider prior to supplementation to determine what use, if any, is best for your individual needs.

                                                                                            Why does Vitamin D3 Gold contain tapioca maltodextrin?

                                                                                            At NutriGold, we are philosophically opposed to the use of chemical additives and synthetic preservatives in our products. For this reason we avoid magnesium stearate and silicon dioxide as well as additives commonly sourced from GM ingredients like corn starch, corn maltodextrin, and soy lecithin. Although we make every effort to manufacture products without the use of any additives, there may be situations when an additive may be required to ensure production efficiency and finished product integrity. When that happens, we take care to use plant-based additives like the tapioca maltodextrin in our Vitamin D3 Gold. 

                                                                                            Can I break apart the capsule and add the contents to liquid/food to consume?

                                                                                            All of our products are formulated to be taken as capsules and our purity and potency claims are based on the product being taken as recommended. We generally do not recommend breaking apart the capsules because it can introduce contaminants or otherwise compromise product potency and effectiveness.

                                                                                            Is Vitamin D3 Gold suitable for children (under 18 years of age)?

                                                                                            Vitamin D3 Gold is formulated for individuals over 18 years. Because children are considered a vulnerable population, we regret we cannot make any recommendations regarding the use of our products by or for children under the age of 18. We ask that you talk to your pediatrician or family practitioner about whether or not Vitamin D3 Gold is suitable and safe for your child’s particular healthcare needs prior to supplementation.

                                                                                            Section updated  ↴

                                                                                            Questions about women’s multivitamins

                                                                                            Does NutriGold offer more than one women’s multivitamin formulation?

                                                                                            Yes. In addition to our Prenatal Multivitamin, we offer 4 multivitamin options to support women's health - 

                                                                                            • One Daily Women’s Multi Gold (available in 30-count and 60-count bottles/1 capsule per day) 
                                                                                            • Women’s Multi Gold (90 capsules/3 capsules per day)
                                                                                            • 40+ Multi Gold (90 capsules/3 capsules per day)
                                                                                            • 55+ Multi Gold (90 capsules/3 capsules per day)

                                                                                            How do the different NutriGold women’s multivitamins compare?

                                                                                            Nutrients

                                                                                            Prenatal Multi

                                                                                            One Daily Women’s

                                                                                            Women’s Multi

                                                                                            Women’s 40+ Multi

                                                                                            Women’s 55+ Multi

                                                                                            3 caps/day

                                                                                            1 cap/day

                                                                                            3 caps/day

                                                                                            3 caps/day

                                                                                            3 caps/day

                                                                                            Size 0 pullulan capsule (length — 0.854” & outer diameter — 0.3”)

                                                                                            Water-Soluble Vitamins

                                                                                            Vitamin C

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Thiamin (B1)

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            Riboflavin (B2)

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            Niacin (B3)

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            Pyridoxine (B6)

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            Folate (B9)

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            B-12

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            Biotin

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            Pantothenic Acid

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            Fat-Soluble Vitamins — Percent Daily Value (based on a 2,000 calorie diet)

                                                                                            Vitamin D3

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Vitamin E

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Vitamin K (MK-7)

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Minerals — Percent Daily Value (based on a 2,000 calorie diet)

                                                                                            Iron

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            30%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            N/A

                                                                                            N/A

                                                                                            Iodine

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Zinc

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            60%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Selenium

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Manganese

                                                                                            40%

                                                                                            N/A

                                                                                            45%

                                                                                            40%

                                                                                            40%

                                                                                            Chromium

                                                                                            90%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Added Ingredients to Support Antioxidant Protection and Healthy Aging

                                                                                            Solarplast®

                                                                                            SOD-B®

                                                                                            Additional Purchasing Considerations

                                                                                            Certified Organic

                                                                                            Non-GMO Verified

                                                                                            Certified C.L.E.A.N

                                                                                            Certified Kosher

                                                                                            Certified Vegan

                                                                                            Vegan/Vegetarian

                                                                                            Can individuals with a known or suspected MTHFR gene mutation take NutriGold multivitamins to get the recommended daily value of folate?

                                                                                            There is some controversy with regard to the form of B9 that is best suited for individuals with a known or suspected MTHFR gene variant. According to the American Pregnancy Association, some women have a defect in their MTHFR gene that doesn’t allow them to properly convert synthetic folic acid into active methyl folate. As such, women taking folic acid may not be absorbing their B vitamins as expected. For this reason, it is preferable to take folate either from whole food sources (e.g. green leafy vegetables) or supplements that contain the natural form of active folate instead of synthesized folic acid whenever possible.

                                                                                            However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the most common variant in the MTHFR gene is MTHFR C677T and these are the 5 most important things to known about this variant —

                                                                                            1. People with MTHFR C677T variants can process all types of folate, including folic acid.
                                                                                            2. Folic acid is the only type of folate shown to help prevent neural tube defects.
                                                                                            3. MTHFR gene variants are common.
                                                                                            4. All women of reproductive age who could become pregnant should consume 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid each day, including those with an MTHFR C677T variant
                                                                                            5. Sometimes a woman may still have a baby with a neural tube defect even though she consumed the recommended 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid; the defect may be unrelated to the MTHFR gene variant or folate status.

                                                                                            Supplements containing forms of folate other than folic acid (such as 5-MTHF) should not be confused with the natural food folate found in fruits and vegetables. The effectiveness of these [5-MTHF] supplements in preventing neural tube defects has not been studied. For more information on the difference between folic acid and folate, please click here.

                                                                                            The form of B9 in our product is not the methylated form. While it can help bridge nutritional gaps in the diet, support good health, and help minimize the risk of folate deficiency when taken in conjunction with a diet that includes folate-rich foods, we regret we do not have any information on and cannot make any recommendations regarding the use of our product by individuals with a known or suspected MTHFR gene variant. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the folate form in our products, we ask that you discuss those concerns with your healthcare provider prior to supplementation so you can make an informed purchasing decision on the form of folate that will best support your particular health goals.

                                                                                            Why don’t NutriGold multivitamins include any ingredients to address specific women’s health issues (e.g. fertility, PMS, menopause)?

                                                                                            The reason we do not include targeted health-specific ingredients in our multivitamin formulations is two-fold: (1) we are philosophically opposed to the idea of one-size-fits-all, kitchen-sink formulations because not all health concerns may be shared by everyone in the target population. We believe that a multivitamin should be, as the name suggests, a product that provides therapeutically beneficial amounts of vitamins and minerals that can help bridge nutrient gaps in diet and minimize deficiency risk; and (2) from a practical standpoint, including the full therapeutic dosages of targeted ingredients that address specific women’s health issues (e.g. cranberry for urinary tract health) will mean higher dosages; this can be a deal-breaker for consumers who either cannot or don’t prefer to take products with prohibitively high dosages.

                                                                                            Formulating without these health-specific ingredients allows consumers to choose the multivitamin that best fits their needs based upon micronutrient levels alone and without the distraction of ingredients that are either present in amounts too low to be therapeutically beneficial and/or are tangential to the purposes for which most consumers take a multivitamin.

                                                                                            That being said, while our women’s multivitamin formulations do not include targeted ingredients to address specific women’s health issues , they do include broad-spectrum antioxidants (e.g. Solarplast®, SOD-B®) that can complement the activity of the essential micronutrients to support healthy aging.

                                                                                            Vitamin D3 Gold 2500 IU


                                                                                            Section updated  ↴

                                                                                            General Questions about Vitamin D

                                                                                            What is Vitamin D?

                                                                                            Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin with many functions in the human body including supporting calcium absorption, bone, dental, immune, breast and prostate health.

                                                                                            What are some risk factors for a vitamin D deficiency?

                                                                                            Vitamin D is a common nutrient deficiency in the United States. Groups that are at high risk for developing vitamin D deficiency include: 

                                                                                            • individuals who primarily work indoors with limited sun exposure;
                                                                                            • individuals with dark skin because their skin has less ability to produce vitamin D from the sun;
                                                                                            • obese individuals because their body fat binds to vitamin D, which prevents it from getting into the blood; and
                                                                                            • older adults because their skin doesn't make vitamin D when exposed to sunlight as efficiently as it does in younger individuals. 

                                                                                            It may be important to note that those who live in northern climates, where the intensity of UVB radiation tends to be less, often make insufficient amounts of Vitamin D and people with gastrointestinal disorders or malabsorption syndromes may also be at an increased risk for deficiency.

                                                                                            Are there any food sources of Vitamin D?

                                                                                            One of the main sources of vitamin D comes from sunlight as it stimulates vitamin D synthesis in the skin. There are a few reliable food sources of vitamin D as well including salmon, tuna, sardines, and eggs.  Some foods are fortified with vitamin D such as milk, cereal and juices. However, these fortified foods may sometimes contain the less bioavailable Vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol) form.

                                                                                            What’s the difference between Vitamin D2 and Vitamin D3?

                                                                                            Vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol) is a form of vitamin D found in some plants, mushrooms, and yeast.  Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) is the form made by the body when the skin is exposed to UVB radiation from the sun. Vitamin D3 can also be found in dietary supplements produced from lanolin or lichen. Evidence suggests that vitamin D3 may be more effective than D2 in maintaining stable vitamin D levels in the human body.

                                                                                            Is it necessary to take vitamin K with vitamin D?

                                                                                            Vitamin D and vitamin K work synergistically to support proper calcium absorption in the body. While vitamin D promotes the absorption of dietary calcium and helps maintain blood calcium levels, vitamin K helps activate specific proteins that direct calcium to bones and teeth. Vitamin D and vitamin K work together to support both bone and cardiovascular health.

                                                                                            Some customers prefer the convenience of getting both vitamins in one product. If interested, we make a combination product called K2 + D3 Gold. However, as a matter of principle and in the interest of your health and safety, we encourage you to consult your healthcare provider prior to supplementation to determine what use, if any, is best for your individual needs.

                                                                                            What is the recommended dietary allowance for vitamin D?

                                                                                            The 100% daily value (%DV) for vitamin D for individuals 18 years of age and older is 20 mcg (800 IU). This goes down to 15 mcg (600 IU) per day during pregnancy/breastfeeding. As with any supplement, please talk to your healthcare provider prior to supplementation to ensure you are following the dosing schedule that is right for your particular health needs.

                                                                                            Is there an established upper toxicity limit for Vitamin D?

                                                                                            The Upper Tolerable Limit (UL), established by the Food and Nutrition Bard (FNB) of the Institute of Medicine, is considered to be the highest amount you can take of a nutrient without theoretical risk. The UL established for Vitamin D in adults is 100 micrograms (4,000 IU) per day. However, it is common for a medical provider to determine that a larger amount of Vitamin D is necessary in cases of severe deficiency.

                                                                                            Can vitamin D supplements be taken with OTC or prescription medications?

                                                                                            If you are taking or planning to take an OTC or prescription medication, please consult a licensed pharmacist or your healthcare provider before beginning supplementation to minimize risk of side effects associated with potential supplement-drug interactions.

                                                                                            Questions about Vitamin D3 Gold

                                                                                            What is the source of vitamin D in Vitamin D3 Gold?

                                                                                            All of our Vitamin D3 Gold products feature vitamin D from wild-crafted, sustainable lichen. Lichen is a complex life form that represents a symbiotic partnership of two separate organisms—fungi and algae. Lichen is an organic-compliant, vegan, kosher, allergen-free, non-GMO verified source of bioavailable vitamin D (as D3 cholecalciferol).

                                                                                            Is lichen-sourced vitamin D3 safe for human consumption?

                                                                                            Yes, lichen has been historically consumed in Europe, Asia and America as human food. The vitamin D3 in our product is sourced from Reindeer Lichen, a species of lichen traditionally used by Native Americans as food. Our wild-crafted lichen is not treated with any pesticides, collected using an environmentally-friendly and sustainable method, and gently extracted using food-grade ethanol only. In addition, lichen is an organic-compliant, vegan, kosher, allergen-free non-GMO verified source of bioavailable D3, which is consistent with our commitment to making the cleanest supplements using the purest and most sustainable ingredients available.

                                                                                            Which source of Vitamin D is more bioavailable - lichen or lanolin?

                                                                                            There should be no difference in bioavailability between vitamin D from lichen and vitamin D from lanolin. Both sources provide vitamin D as cholecalciferol, the form made in skin upon exposure to sunlight.

                                                                                            How do I know which Vitamin D3 Gold product is right for me?

                                                                                            NutriGold offers 4 different formulations of vitamin D3 with varying potencies—1000 IU, 2000 IU, 2500 IU, and 5000 IU. The decision on the vitamin D supplement that is right for your particular health needs should be made in consultation with and under the guidance of your healthcare provider. Contrary to popular belief, more is not always better, and there can be very real adverse consequences to taking a higher dose of vitamin D than what is needed to maintain optimal health. 

                                                                                            Is Vitamin D3 Gold certified organic?

                                                                                            Vitamin D3 Gold is made from wild-crafted lichen and wild-crafted products cannot be certified organic at this time. However, our lichen source is not exposed to any industrial pesticides or agricultural chemicals and is considered compliant with organic farming practices in terms of purity and sustainability.

                                                                                            How does NutriGold ensure the purity of the ingredients used in its Vitamin D3 Gold products?

                                                                                            At NutriGold, we go above and beyond what is recommended or required under current GMPs to independently verify that the raw materials used in our products as well as the finished products themselves meet industry-defining quality and purity standards. Depending on the complexity of the testing involved, including determining what needs to be tested, what methods are fit-for-purpose, and which lab is most qualified to perform the testing, we sometimes have results from as many as 4 or 5 different independent, ISO-certified labs for each product. We take these results from third-party labs and summarize them in lot-specific Certificates of Analysis that are  freely available in the spirit of authentic transparency on the product pages on our website so consumers can make informed purchasing decisions.

                                                                                            What assurance can you provide that the amount of  vitamin D3  listed on the label is actually in the product?

                                                                                            All of our products are verified by independent third-party labs to meet identity, purity, and potency label claims. We take these results from third-party labs and summarize them in lot-specific Certificates of Analysis (C of A) that are  freely available in the spirit of authentic transparency on the product pages on our website so consumers can make informed purchasing decisions. The C of A provides assurance that the claims made on the label accurately reflect the contents of the product inside the bottle. If interested, more information on our our commitment to independent, third party quality testing can be found at this link - https://nutrigold.com/pages/accountability  

                                                                                            What is the best time of day to take Vitamin D3 Gold? Should it be taken with food?

                                                                                            Most fat-soluble vitamins (e.g. A, E, K) are better absorbed when consumed with dietary fat (usually a component of most meals). Research demonstrates, however, that the amount of fat that is consumed with oral supplementation of vitamin D does not significantly modify the bioavailability of vitamin D3. Given this, Vitamin D3 Gold can be taken anytime, even on an empty stomach. However, as a matter of principle and in the interest of your health and safety, we encourage you to consult your healthcare provider prior to supplementation to determine what use, if any, is best for your individual needs.

                                                                                            Why does Vitamin D3 Gold contain tapioca maltodextrin?

                                                                                            At NutriGold, we are philosophically opposed to the use of chemical additives and synthetic preservatives in our products. For this reason we avoid magnesium stearate and silicon dioxide as well as additives commonly sourced from GM ingredients like corn starch, corn maltodextrin, and soy lecithin. Although we make every effort to manufacture products without the use of any additives, there may be situations when an additive may be required to ensure production efficiency and finished product integrity. When that happens, we take care to use plant-based additives like the tapioca maltodextrin in our Vitamin D3 Gold. 

                                                                                            Can I break apart the capsule and add the contents to liquid/food to consume?

                                                                                            All of our products are formulated to be taken as capsules and our purity and potency claims are based on the product being taken as recommended. We generally do not recommend breaking apart the capsules because it can introduce contaminants or otherwise compromise product potency and effectiveness.

                                                                                            Is Vitamin D3 Gold suitable for children (under 18 years of age)?

                                                                                            Vitamin D3 Gold is formulated for individuals over 18 years. Because children are considered a vulnerable population, we regret we cannot make any recommendations regarding the use of our products by or for children under the age of 18. We ask that you talk to your pediatrician or family practitioner about whether or not Vitamin D3 Gold is suitable and safe for your child’s particular healthcare needs prior to supplementation.

                                                                                            Section updated  ↴

                                                                                            Questions about women’s multivitamins

                                                                                            Does NutriGold offer more than one women’s multivitamin formulation?

                                                                                            Yes. In addition to our Prenatal Multivitamin, we offer 4 multivitamin options to support women's health - 

                                                                                            • One Daily Women’s Multi Gold (available in 30-count and 60-count bottles/1 capsule per day) 
                                                                                            • Women’s Multi Gold (90 capsules/3 capsules per day)
                                                                                            • 40+ Multi Gold (90 capsules/3 capsules per day)
                                                                                            • 55+ Multi Gold (90 capsules/3 capsules per day)

                                                                                            How do the different NutriGold women’s multivitamins compare?

                                                                                            Nutrients

                                                                                            Prenatal Multi

                                                                                            One Daily Women’s

                                                                                            Women’s Multi

                                                                                            Women’s 40+ Multi

                                                                                            Women’s 55+ Multi

                                                                                            3 caps/day

                                                                                            1 cap/day

                                                                                            3 caps/day

                                                                                            3 caps/day

                                                                                            3 caps/day

                                                                                            Size 0 pullulan capsule (length — 0.854” & outer diameter — 0.3”)

                                                                                            Water-Soluble Vitamins

                                                                                            Vitamin C

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Thiamin (B1)

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            Riboflavin (B2)

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            Niacin (B3)

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            Pyridoxine (B6)

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            Folate (B9)

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            B-12

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            Biotin

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            Pantothenic Acid

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            Fat-Soluble Vitamins — Percent Daily Value (based on a 2,000 calorie diet)

                                                                                            Vitamin D3

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Vitamin E

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Vitamin K (MK-7)

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Minerals — Percent Daily Value (based on a 2,000 calorie diet)

                                                                                            Iron

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            30%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            N/A

                                                                                            N/A

                                                                                            Iodine

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Zinc

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            60%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Selenium

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Manganese

                                                                                            40%

                                                                                            N/A

                                                                                            45%

                                                                                            40%

                                                                                            40%

                                                                                            Chromium

                                                                                            90%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Added Ingredients to Support Antioxidant Protection and Healthy Aging

                                                                                            Solarplast®

                                                                                            SOD-B®

                                                                                            Additional Purchasing Considerations

                                                                                            Certified Organic

                                                                                            Non-GMO Verified

                                                                                            Certified C.L.E.A.N

                                                                                            Certified Kosher

                                                                                            Certified Vegan

                                                                                            Vegan/Vegetarian

                                                                                            Can individuals with a known or suspected MTHFR gene mutation take NutriGold multivitamins to get the recommended daily value of folate?

                                                                                            There is some controversy with regard to the form of B9 that is best suited for individuals with a known or suspected MTHFR gene variant. According to the American Pregnancy Association, some women have a defect in their MTHFR gene that doesn’t allow them to properly convert synthetic folic acid into active methyl folate. As such, women taking folic acid may not be absorbing their B vitamins as expected. For this reason, it is preferable to take folate either from whole food sources (e.g. green leafy vegetables) or supplements that contain the natural form of active folate instead of synthesized folic acid whenever possible.

                                                                                            However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the most common variant in the MTHFR gene is MTHFR C677T and these are the 5 most important things to known about this variant —

                                                                                            1. People with MTHFR C677T variants can process all types of folate, including folic acid.
                                                                                            2. Folic acid is the only type of folate shown to help prevent neural tube defects.
                                                                                            3. MTHFR gene variants are common.
                                                                                            4. All women of reproductive age who could become pregnant should consume 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid each day, including those with an MTHFR C677T variant
                                                                                            5. Sometimes a woman may still have a baby with a neural tube defect even though she consumed the recommended 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid; the defect may be unrelated to the MTHFR gene variant or folate status.

                                                                                            Supplements containing forms of folate other than folic acid (such as 5-MTHF) should not be confused with the natural food folate found in fruits and vegetables. The effectiveness of these [5-MTHF] supplements in preventing neural tube defects has not been studied. For more information on the difference between folic acid and folate, please click here.

                                                                                            The form of B9 in our product is not the methylated form. While it can help bridge nutritional gaps in the diet, support good health, and help minimize the risk of folate deficiency when taken in conjunction with a diet that includes folate-rich foods, we regret we do not have any information on and cannot make any recommendations regarding the use of our product by individuals with a known or suspected MTHFR gene variant. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the folate form in our products, we ask that you discuss those concerns with your healthcare provider prior to supplementation so you can make an informed purchasing decision on the form of folate that will best support your particular health goals.

                                                                                            Why don’t NutriGold multivitamins include any ingredients to address specific women’s health issues (e.g. fertility, PMS, menopause)?

                                                                                            The reason we do not include targeted health-specific ingredients in our multivitamin formulations is two-fold: (1) we are philosophically opposed to the idea of one-size-fits-all, kitchen-sink formulations because not all health concerns may be shared by everyone in the target population. We believe that a multivitamin should be, as the name suggests, a product that provides therapeutically beneficial amounts of vitamins and minerals that can help bridge nutrient gaps in diet and minimize deficiency risk; and (2) from a practical standpoint, including the full therapeutic dosages of targeted ingredients that address specific women’s health issues (e.g. cranberry for urinary tract health) will mean higher dosages; this can be a deal-breaker for consumers who either cannot or don’t prefer to take products with prohibitively high dosages.

                                                                                            Formulating without these health-specific ingredients allows consumers to choose the multivitamin that best fits their needs based upon micronutrient levels alone and without the distraction of ingredients that are either present in amounts too low to be therapeutically beneficial and/or are tangential to the purposes for which most consumers take a multivitamin.

                                                                                            That being said, while our women’s multivitamin formulations do not include targeted ingredients to address specific women’s health issues , they do include broad-spectrum antioxidants (e.g. Solarplast®, SOD-B®) that can complement the activity of the essential micronutrients to support healthy aging.

                                                                                            Vitamin D3 Gold 5000 IU


                                                                                            Section updated  ↴

                                                                                            General Questions about Vitamin D

                                                                                            What is Vitamin D?

                                                                                            Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin with many functions in the human body including supporting calcium absorption, bone, dental, immune, breast and prostate health.

                                                                                            What are some risk factors for a vitamin D deficiency?

                                                                                            Vitamin D is a common nutrient deficiency in the United States. Groups that are at high risk for developing vitamin D deficiency include: 

                                                                                            • individuals who primarily work indoors with limited sun exposure;
                                                                                            • individuals with dark skin because their skin has less ability to produce vitamin D from the sun;
                                                                                            • obese individuals because their body fat binds to vitamin D, which prevents it from getting into the blood; and
                                                                                            • older adults because their skin doesn't make vitamin D when exposed to sunlight as efficiently as it does in younger individuals. 

                                                                                            It may be important to note that those who live in northern climates, where the intensity of UVB radiation tends to be less, often make insufficient amounts of Vitamin D and people with gastrointestinal disorders or malabsorption syndromes may also be at an increased risk for deficiency.

                                                                                            Are there any food sources of Vitamin D?

                                                                                            One of the main sources of vitamin D comes from sunlight as it stimulates vitamin D synthesis in the skin. There are a few reliable food sources of vitamin D as well including salmon, tuna, sardines, and eggs.  Some foods are fortified with vitamin D such as milk, cereal and juices. However, these fortified foods may sometimes contain the less bioavailable Vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol) form.

                                                                                            What’s the difference between Vitamin D2 and Vitamin D3?

                                                                                            Vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol) is a form of vitamin D found in some plants, mushrooms, and yeast.  Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) is the form made by the body when the skin is exposed to UVB radiation from the sun. Vitamin D3 can also be found in dietary supplements produced from lanolin or lichen. Evidence suggests that vitamin D3 may be more effective than D2 in maintaining stable vitamin D levels in the human body.

                                                                                            Is it necessary to take vitamin K with vitamin D?

                                                                                            Vitamin D and vitamin K work synergistically to support proper calcium absorption in the body. While vitamin D promotes the absorption of dietary calcium and helps maintain blood calcium levels, vitamin K helps activate specific proteins that direct calcium to bones and teeth. Vitamin D and vitamin K work together to support both bone and cardiovascular health.

                                                                                            Some customers prefer the convenience of getting both vitamins in one product. If interested, we make a combination product called K2 + D3 Gold. However, as a matter of principle and in the interest of your health and safety, we encourage you to consult your healthcare provider prior to supplementation to determine what use, if any, is best for your individual needs.

                                                                                            What is the recommended dietary allowance for vitamin D?

                                                                                            The 100% daily value (%DV) for vitamin D for individuals 18 years of age and older is 20 mcg (800 IU). This goes down to 15 mcg (600 IU) per day during pregnancy/breastfeeding. As with any supplement, please talk to your healthcare provider prior to supplementation to ensure you are following the dosing schedule that is right for your particular health needs.

                                                                                            Is there an established upper toxicity limit for Vitamin D?

                                                                                            The Upper Tolerable Limit (UL), established by the Food and Nutrition Bard (FNB) of the Institute of Medicine, is considered to be the highest amount you can take of a nutrient without theoretical risk. The UL established for Vitamin D in adults is 100 micrograms (4,000 IU) per day. However, it is common for a medical provider to determine that a larger amount of Vitamin D is necessary in cases of severe deficiency.

                                                                                            Can vitamin D supplements be taken with OTC or prescription medications?

                                                                                            If you are taking or planning to take an OTC or prescription medication, please consult a licensed pharmacist or your healthcare provider before beginning supplementation to minimize risk of side effects associated with potential supplement-drug interactions.

                                                                                            Questions about Vitamin D3 Gold

                                                                                            What is the source of vitamin D in Vitamin D3 Gold?

                                                                                            All of our Vitamin D3 Gold products feature vitamin D from wild-crafted, sustainable lichen. Lichen is a complex life form that represents a symbiotic partnership of two separate organisms—fungi and algae. Lichen is an organic-compliant, vegan, kosher, allergen-free, non-GMO verified source of bioavailable vitamin D (as D3 cholecalciferol).

                                                                                            Is lichen-sourced vitamin D3 safe for human consumption?

                                                                                            Yes, lichen has been historically consumed in Europe, Asia and America as human food. The vitamin D3 in our product is sourced from Reindeer Lichen, a species of lichen traditionally used by Native Americans as food. Our wild-crafted lichen is not treated with any pesticides, collected using an environmentally-friendly and sustainable method, and gently extracted using food-grade ethanol only. In addition, lichen is an organic-compliant, vegan, kosher, allergen-free non-GMO verified source of bioavailable D3, which is consistent with our commitment to making the cleanest supplements using the purest and most sustainable ingredients available.

                                                                                            Which source of Vitamin D is more bioavailable - lichen or lanolin?

                                                                                            There should be no difference in bioavailability between vitamin D from lichen and vitamin D from lanolin. Both sources provide vitamin D as cholecalciferol, the form made in skin upon exposure to sunlight.

                                                                                            How do I know which Vitamin D3 Gold product is right for me?

                                                                                            NutriGold offers 4 different formulations of vitamin D3 with varying potencies—1000 IU, 2000 IU, 2500 IU, and 5000 IU. The decision on the vitamin D supplement that is right for your particular health needs should be made in consultation with and under the guidance of your healthcare provider. Contrary to popular belief, more is not always better, and there can be very real adverse consequences to taking a higher dose of vitamin D than what is needed to maintain optimal health. 

                                                                                            Is Vitamin D3 Gold certified organic?

                                                                                            Vitamin D3 Gold is made from wild-crafted lichen and wild-crafted products cannot be certified organic at this time. However, our lichen source is not exposed to any industrial pesticides or agricultural chemicals and is considered compliant with organic farming practices in terms of purity and sustainability.

                                                                                            How does NutriGold ensure the purity of the ingredients used in its Vitamin D3 Gold products?

                                                                                            At NutriGold, we go above and beyond what is recommended or required under current GMPs to independently verify that the raw materials used in our products as well as the finished products themselves meet industry-defining quality and purity standards. Depending on the complexity of the testing involved, including determining what needs to be tested, what methods are fit-for-purpose, and which lab is most qualified to perform the testing, we sometimes have results from as many as 4 or 5 different independent, ISO-certified labs for each product. We take these results from third-party labs and summarize them in lot-specific Certificates of Analysis that are  freely available in the spirit of authentic transparency on the product pages on our website so consumers can make informed purchasing decisions.

                                                                                            What assurance can you provide that the amount of  vitamin D3  listed on the label is actually in the product?

                                                                                            All of our products are verified by independent third-party labs to meet identity, purity, and potency label claims. We take these results from third-party labs and summarize them in lot-specific Certificates of Analysis (C of A) that are  freely available in the spirit of authentic transparency on the product pages on our website so consumers can make informed purchasing decisions. The C of A provides assurance that the claims made on the label accurately reflect the contents of the product inside the bottle. If interested, more information on our our commitment to independent, third party quality testing can be found at this link - https://nutrigold.com/pages/accountability  

                                                                                            What is the best time of day to take Vitamin D3 Gold? Should it be taken with food?

                                                                                            Most fat-soluble vitamins (e.g. A, E, K) are better absorbed when consumed with dietary fat (usually a component of most meals). Research demonstrates, however, that the amount of fat that is consumed with oral supplementation of vitamin D does not significantly modify the bioavailability of vitamin D3. Given this, Vitamin D3 Gold can be taken anytime, even on an empty stomach. However, as a matter of principle and in the interest of your health and safety, we encourage you to consult your healthcare provider prior to supplementation to determine what use, if any, is best for your individual needs.

                                                                                            Why does Vitamin D3 Gold contain tapioca maltodextrin?

                                                                                            At NutriGold, we are philosophically opposed to the use of chemical additives and synthetic preservatives in our products. For this reason we avoid magnesium stearate and silicon dioxide as well as additives commonly sourced from GM ingredients like corn starch, corn maltodextrin, and soy lecithin. Although we make every effort to manufacture products without the use of any additives, there may be situations when an additive may be required to ensure production efficiency and finished product integrity. When that happens, we take care to use plant-based additives like the tapioca maltodextrin in our Vitamin D3 Gold. 

                                                                                            Can I break apart the capsule and add the contents to liquid/food to consume?

                                                                                            All of our products are formulated to be taken as capsules and our purity and potency claims are based on the product being taken as recommended. We generally do not recommend breaking apart the capsules because it can introduce contaminants or otherwise compromise product potency and effectiveness.

                                                                                            Is Vitamin D3 Gold suitable for children (under 18 years of age)?

                                                                                            Vitamin D3 Gold is formulated for individuals over 18 years. Because children are considered a vulnerable population, we regret we cannot make any recommendations regarding the use of our products by or for children under the age of 18. We ask that you talk to your pediatrician or family practitioner about whether or not Vitamin D3 Gold is suitable and safe for your child’s particular healthcare needs prior to supplementation.

                                                                                            Section updated  ↴

                                                                                            Questions about women’s multivitamins

                                                                                            Does NutriGold offer more than one women’s multivitamin formulation?

                                                                                            Yes. In addition to our Prenatal Multivitamin, we offer 4 multivitamin options to support women's health - 

                                                                                            • One Daily Women’s Multi Gold (available in 30-count and 60-count bottles/1 capsule per day) 
                                                                                            • Women’s Multi Gold (90 capsules/3 capsules per day)
                                                                                            • 40+ Multi Gold (90 capsules/3 capsules per day)
                                                                                            • 55+ Multi Gold (90 capsules/3 capsules per day)

                                                                                            How do the different NutriGold women’s multivitamins compare?

                                                                                            Nutrients

                                                                                            Prenatal Multi

                                                                                            One Daily Women’s

                                                                                            Women’s Multi

                                                                                            Women’s 40+ Multi

                                                                                            Women’s 55+ Multi

                                                                                            3 caps/day

                                                                                            1 cap/day

                                                                                            3 caps/day

                                                                                            3 caps/day

                                                                                            3 caps/day

                                                                                            Size 0 pullulan capsule (length — 0.854” & outer diameter — 0.3”)

                                                                                            Water-Soluble Vitamins

                                                                                            Vitamin C

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Thiamin (B1)

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            Riboflavin (B2)

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            Niacin (B3)

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            Pyridoxine (B6)

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            Folate (B9)

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            B-12

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            Biotin

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            Pantothenic Acid

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            Fat-Soluble Vitamins — Percent Daily Value (based on a 2,000 calorie diet)

                                                                                            Vitamin D3

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Vitamin E

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Vitamin K (MK-7)

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Minerals — Percent Daily Value (based on a 2,000 calorie diet)

                                                                                            Iron

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            30%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            N/A

                                                                                            N/A

                                                                                            Iodine

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Zinc

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            60%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Selenium

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Manganese

                                                                                            40%

                                                                                            N/A

                                                                                            45%

                                                                                            40%

                                                                                            40%

                                                                                            Chromium

                                                                                            90%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Added Ingredients to Support Antioxidant Protection and Healthy Aging

                                                                                            Solarplast®

                                                                                            SOD-B®

                                                                                            Additional Purchasing Considerations

                                                                                            Certified Organic

                                                                                            Non-GMO Verified

                                                                                            Certified C.L.E.A.N

                                                                                            Certified Kosher

                                                                                            Certified Vegan

                                                                                            Vegan/Vegetarian

                                                                                            Can individuals with a known or suspected MTHFR gene mutation take NutriGold multivitamins to get the recommended daily value of folate?

                                                                                            There is some controversy with regard to the form of B9 that is best suited for individuals with a known or suspected MTHFR gene variant. According to the American Pregnancy Association, some women have a defect in their MTHFR gene that doesn’t allow them to properly convert synthetic folic acid into active methyl folate. As such, women taking folic acid may not be absorbing their B vitamins as expected. For this reason, it is preferable to take folate either from whole food sources (e.g. green leafy vegetables) or supplements that contain the natural form of active folate instead of synthesized folic acid whenever possible.

                                                                                            However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the most common variant in the MTHFR gene is MTHFR C677T and these are the 5 most important things to known about this variant —

                                                                                            1. People with MTHFR C677T variants can process all types of folate, including folic acid.
                                                                                            2. Folic acid is the only type of folate shown to help prevent neural tube defects.
                                                                                            3. MTHFR gene variants are common.
                                                                                            4. All women of reproductive age who could become pregnant should consume 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid each day, including those with an MTHFR C677T variant
                                                                                            5. Sometimes a woman may still have a baby with a neural tube defect even though she consumed the recommended 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid; the defect may be unrelated to the MTHFR gene variant or folate status.

                                                                                            Supplements containing forms of folate other than folic acid (such as 5-MTHF) should not be confused with the natural food folate found in fruits and vegetables. The effectiveness of these [5-MTHF] supplements in preventing neural tube defects has not been studied. For more information on the difference between folic acid and folate, please click here.

                                                                                            The form of B9 in our product is not the methylated form. While it can help bridge nutritional gaps in the diet, support good health, and help minimize the risk of folate deficiency when taken in conjunction with a diet that includes folate-rich foods, we regret we do not have any information on and cannot make any recommendations regarding the use of our product by individuals with a known or suspected MTHFR gene variant. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the folate form in our products, we ask that you discuss those concerns with your healthcare provider prior to supplementation so you can make an informed purchasing decision on the form of folate that will best support your particular health goals.

                                                                                            Why don’t NutriGold multivitamins include any ingredients to address specific women’s health issues (e.g. fertility, PMS, menopause)?

                                                                                            The reason we do not include targeted health-specific ingredients in our multivitamin formulations is two-fold: (1) we are philosophically opposed to the idea of one-size-fits-all, kitchen-sink formulations because not all health concerns may be shared by everyone in the target population. We believe that a multivitamin should be, as the name suggests, a product that provides therapeutically beneficial amounts of vitamins and minerals that can help bridge nutrient gaps in diet and minimize deficiency risk; and (2) from a practical standpoint, including the full therapeutic dosages of targeted ingredients that address specific women’s health issues (e.g. cranberry for urinary tract health) will mean higher dosages; this can be a deal-breaker for consumers who either cannot or don’t prefer to take products with prohibitively high dosages.

                                                                                            Formulating without these health-specific ingredients allows consumers to choose the multivitamin that best fits their needs based upon micronutrient levels alone and without the distraction of ingredients that are either present in amounts too low to be therapeutically beneficial and/or are tangential to the purposes for which most consumers take a multivitamin.

                                                                                            That being said, while our women’s multivitamin formulations do not include targeted ingredients to address specific women’s health issues , they do include broad-spectrum antioxidants (e.g. Solarplast®, SOD-B®) that can complement the activity of the essential micronutrients to support healthy aging.

                                                                                            Vitamin E Gold


                                                                                            Section updated  ↴

                                                                                            General questions about vitamin E

                                                                                            What is vitamin E?

                                                                                            Contrary to popular belief, vitamin E is not a single compound—it is a collection of 8 isomers including 4 tocopherols and 4 tocotrienols. These isomers function as fat-soluble antioxidants that support multiple areas of health in the body including brain, liver, heart, immune and skin health. 

                                                                                            The most studied and well known isomer is d-alpha tocopherol. This is the only form of vitamin E that currently has an established RDA to maintain optimal health. Recent studies, however, suggest that there may be broad-spectrum benefits to consuming the full-spectrum of vitamin E isomers, particularly the tocotrienols, than just tocopherols alone.

                                                                                            What are some risk factors for a vitamin E deficiency?

                                                                                            According to the Linus Pauling Institute, more than 90% of the United States population fails to meet the RDA for vitamin E in their daily diet. Optimal vitamin E intake is challenged by modern diets that lack adequate amounts of fresh fruits, vegetables, seeds, and nuts. Given that vitamin E is a fat-soluble nutrient, individuals that have a difficult time digesting or absorbing fats are at a greater risk of deficiency. Likewise, those with gastrointestinal disorders, like Crohn’s disease, must be especially mindful of their vitamin E intake because long-term deficiency of vitamin E may lead to nerve and muscle damage, vision problems, liver/kidney problems, and immune challenges.

                                                                                            Are there any food sources of vitamin E?

                                                                                            Vitamin E tocopherols can be found in a wide variety of plant-based foods. Fruits and vegetables that are good sources of vitamin E include spinach, swiss chard, mustard greens, beet greens, broccoli, carrots, avocado, olives, cranberries, raspberries, and kiwifruit. Some seeds and nuts, like sunflower seeds, almonds, hazelnuts, and pecans, as well as plant-sourced oils like sunflower, safflower, grapeseed, and olive oil can also be good sources of tocopherols provided they are not overly refined or processed. Virgin red palm oil is known to be the richest food source of tocotrienols while rice bran, barley, and wheat germ may have more limited amounts. Supplementation may sometimes be required to get therapeutic amounts of tocotrienols.

                                                                                            What is the recommended dietary allowance for vitamin E?

                                                                                            Until recently, only one of the eight isomers of vitamin E, d-alpha tocopherol, was considered nutritionally significant and it is the only form of vitamin E that currently has an established RDA to maintain optimal health. The 100% daily value (%DV) for vitamin E (as d-alpha tocopherol) for individuals 18 years of age and older is 15 mg. This goes up to 19 mg per day during pregnancy/breastfeeding. As with any supplement, please talk to your healthcare provider prior to supplementation to ensure you are following the dosing schedule that is right for your particular health needs.

                                                                                            Is there an established upper toxicity limit for vitamin E?

                                                                                            The Upper Tolerable Limit (UL), established by the Food and Nutrition Bard (FNB) of the Institute of Medicine, is considered to be the highest amount you can take of a nutrient without theoretical risk. The UL for vitamin E (d-alpha tocopherol) in adults is set at 1000 milligrams per day. This UL has been established primarily in an effort to avoid impaired blood clotting, which may potentially occur from high intakes of vitamin E.

                                                                                            Can vitamin E supplements be taken with OTC or prescription medications?

                                                                                            If you are taking or planning to take an OTC or prescription medication, please consult a licensed pharmacist or your healthcare provider before beginning supplementation to minimize risk of side effects associated with potential supplement-drug interactions.

                                                                                            Questions about Vitamin E Gold

                                                                                            What is the source of vitamin E in Vitamin E Gold?

                                                                                            Vitamin E Gold provides all eight (8) isomers of vitamin E—4 tocopherols and 4 tocotrienols—from sunflower and sustainable red palm oils.

                                                                                            How does Vitamin E Gold compare with conventional vitamin E supplements?

                                                                                            Full-Spectrum — Contrary to popular belief, Vitamin E is not a single compound; it is a collection of 8 isomers, each of which has a slightly different pharmacological activity in the body. Most vitamin E products contain ONLY d-alpha tocopherol (natural) or dl-alpha tocopherol (synthetic) without the other tocopherols or tocotrienols. Vitamin E Gold features all eight (8) isomers of vitamin E (4 tocopherols + 4 tocotrienols) offering broad-spectrum benefits.

                                                                                            Powerful Antioxidant — Recent studies are highlighting the benefits of consuming the full-spectrum of vitamin E isomers, particularly the tocotrienols, which appear to possess greater and more powerful antioxidant potential than tocopherols alone. Tocotrienols may be therapeutically more beneficial in terms of supporting healthy cognitive, liver, and heart functions. Vitamin E Gold includes Evnol SupraBio™, a clinically-proven tocotrienol complex that supports brain, liver, heart, immune and skin health*.

                                                                                            Bioavailable — The clinically-proven Evnol SupraBio™ ingredient in Vitamin E Gold contains a patented self-emulsifying delivery system that ensures enhanced and consistent absorption of each individual tocotrienol into human plasma of up to 300% compared to a regular tocotrienol oil extract.

                                                                                            Natural (Non-synthetic) — Some vitamin E products contain synthetic vitamin E (dl-alpha tocopherol), which is generally produced from petrochemicals and may suffer from low bioavailability. Vitamin E Gold features a 100% natural, soy-free source of all 8 isomers of vitamin E.

                                                                                            How does NutriGold ensure the purity of the ingredients used in its Vitamin E Gold product?

                                                                                            At NutriGold, we go above and beyond what is recommended or required under current GMPs to independently verify that the raw materials used in our products as well as the finished products themselves meet industry-defining quality and purity standards. Depending on the complexity of the testing involved, including determining what needs to be tested, what methods are fit-for-purpose, and which lab is most qualified to perform the testing, we sometimes have results from as many as 4 or 5 different independent, ISO-certified labs for each product. We take these results from third-party labs and summarize them in lot-specific Certificates of Analysis that are  freely available in the spirit of authentic transparency on the product pages on our website so consumers can make informed purchasing decisions.

                                                                                            What assurance can you provide that the amount of  vitamin E listed on the label is actually in the product?

                                                                                            All of our products are verified by independent third-party labs to meet identity, purity, and potency label claims. We take these results from third-party labs and summarize them in lot-specific Certificates of Analysis (C of A) that are  freely available in the spirit of authentic transparency on the product pages on our website so consumers can make informed purchasing decisions. The C of A provides assurance that the claims made on the label accurately reflect the contents of the product inside the bottle. If interested, more information on our our commitment to independent, third party quality testing can be found at this link - https://nutrigold.com/pages/accountability  

                                                                                            What is the best time of day to take Vitamin E Gold? Should it be taken with food?

                                                                                            Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin that tends to be better absorbed when consumed with dietary fat (usually a component of most meals). However, as a matter of principle and in the interest of your health and safety, we encourage you to consult your healthcare provider prior to supplementation to determine what use, if any, is best for your individual needs.

                                                                                            What is the polyglyceryl-10 caprylate/caprate in Vitamin E Gold?

                                                                                            The health benefits of vitamin E can only be fully experienced if it is properly absorbed. Research has demonstrated that the bioavailability of tocotrienols in the human body is dependent upon not only the consumption of other dietary fats but also proper bile secretion and emulsification in the small intestine.  Given this, the clinically proven Evnol SupraBio™ ingredient included in Vitamin E Gold contains a patented self-emulsifying delivery system that ensures enhanced and consistent absorption of each individual tocotrienol into human plasma of up to 300% compared to a regular tocotrienol oil extract. The use of a plant-based emulsifier, polyglyceryl-10 caprylate/caprate ensures optimal absorption in the human body so that one may obtain the proven health benefits of these tocotrienols.

                                                                                            The safety of the EVNol SupraBio™ complex in Vitamin E Gold, which includes the polyglyceryl-10 caprylate emulsifier, has been established in many clinical trials with various doses of tocotrienols. In addition, the safety of EVNol SupraBio™ was reviewed by a panel of experts and it was granted GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) with no objection letter from US FDA (GRAS Notice No is GRN000307).

                                                                                            Can I break apart the capsule and add the contents to liquid/food to consume?

                                                                                            All of our products are formulated to be taken as capsules and our purity and potency claims are based on the product being taken as recommended. We generally do not recommend breaking apart the capsules because it can introduce contaminants or otherwise compromise product potency and effectiveness.

                                                                                            Is Vitamin E Gold suitable for children (under 18 years of age)?

                                                                                            Vitamin E Gold is formulated for individuals over 18 years. Because children are considered a vulnerable population, we regret we cannot make any recommendations regarding the use of our products by or for children under the age of 18. We ask that you talk to your pediatrician or family practitioner about whether or not Vitamin E Gold is suitable and safe for your child’s particular healthcare needs prior to supplementation.

                                                                                            Section updated  ↴

                                                                                            Questions about women’s multivitamins

                                                                                            Does NutriGold offer more than one women’s multivitamin formulation?

                                                                                            Yes. In addition to our Prenatal Multivitamin, we offer 4 multivitamin options to support women's health - 

                                                                                            • One Daily Women’s Multi Gold (available in 30-count and 60-count bottles/1 capsule per day) 
                                                                                            • Women’s Multi Gold (90 capsules/3 capsules per day)
                                                                                            • 40+ Multi Gold (90 capsules/3 capsules per day)
                                                                                            • 55+ Multi Gold (90 capsules/3 capsules per day)

                                                                                            How do the different NutriGold women’s multivitamins compare?

                                                                                            Nutrients

                                                                                            Prenatal Multi

                                                                                            One Daily Women’s

                                                                                            Women’s Multi

                                                                                            Women’s 40+ Multi

                                                                                            Women’s 55+ Multi

                                                                                            3 caps/day

                                                                                            1 cap/day

                                                                                            3 caps/day

                                                                                            3 caps/day

                                                                                            3 caps/day

                                                                                            Size 0 pullulan capsule (length — 0.854” & outer diameter — 0.3”)

                                                                                            Water-Soluble Vitamins

                                                                                            Vitamin C

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Thiamin (B1)

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            Riboflavin (B2)

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            Niacin (B3)

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            Pyridoxine (B6)

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            Folate (B9)

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            B-12

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            Biotin

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            Pantothenic Acid

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            Fat-Soluble Vitamins — Percent Daily Value (based on a 2,000 calorie diet)

                                                                                            Vitamin D3

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Vitamin E

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Vitamin K (MK-7)

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Minerals — Percent Daily Value (based on a 2,000 calorie diet)

                                                                                            Iron

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            30%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            N/A

                                                                                            N/A

                                                                                            Iodine

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Zinc

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            60%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Selenium

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Manganese

                                                                                            40%

                                                                                            N/A

                                                                                            45%

                                                                                            40%

                                                                                            40%

                                                                                            Chromium

                                                                                            90%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Added Ingredients to Support Antioxidant Protection and Healthy Aging

                                                                                            Solarplast®

                                                                                            SOD-B®

                                                                                            Additional Purchasing Considerations

                                                                                            Certified Organic

                                                                                            Non-GMO Verified

                                                                                            Certified C.L.E.A.N

                                                                                            Certified Kosher

                                                                                            Certified Vegan

                                                                                            Vegan/Vegetarian

                                                                                            Can individuals with a known or suspected MTHFR gene mutation take NutriGold multivitamins to get the recommended daily value of folate?

                                                                                            There is some controversy with regard to the form of B9 that is best suited for individuals with a known or suspected MTHFR gene variant. According to the American Pregnancy Association, some women have a defect in their MTHFR gene that doesn’t allow them to properly convert synthetic folic acid into active methyl folate. As such, women taking folic acid may not be absorbing their B vitamins as expected. For this reason, it is preferable to take folate either from whole food sources (e.g. green leafy vegetables) or supplements that contain the natural form of active folate instead of synthesized folic acid whenever possible.

                                                                                            However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the most common variant in the MTHFR gene is MTHFR C677T and these are the 5 most important things to known about this variant —

                                                                                            1. People with MTHFR C677T variants can process all types of folate, including folic acid.
                                                                                            2. Folic acid is the only type of folate shown to help prevent neural tube defects.
                                                                                            3. MTHFR gene variants are common.
                                                                                            4. All women of reproductive age who could become pregnant should consume 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid each day, including those with an MTHFR C677T variant
                                                                                            5. Sometimes a woman may still have a baby with a neural tube defect even though she consumed the recommended 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid; the defect may be unrelated to the MTHFR gene variant or folate status.

                                                                                            Supplements containing forms of folate other than folic acid (such as 5-MTHF) should not be confused with the natural food folate found in fruits and vegetables. The effectiveness of these [5-MTHF] supplements in preventing neural tube defects has not been studied. For more information on the difference between folic acid and folate, please click here.

                                                                                            The form of B9 in our product is not the methylated form. While it can help bridge nutritional gaps in the diet, support good health, and help minimize the risk of folate deficiency when taken in conjunction with a diet that includes folate-rich foods, we regret we do not have any information on and cannot make any recommendations regarding the use of our product by individuals with a known or suspected MTHFR gene variant. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the folate form in our products, we ask that you discuss those concerns with your healthcare provider prior to supplementation so you can make an informed purchasing decision on the form of folate that will best support your particular health goals.

                                                                                            Why don’t NutriGold multivitamins include any ingredients to address specific women’s health issues (e.g. fertility, PMS, menopause)?

                                                                                            The reason we do not include targeted health-specific ingredients in our multivitamin formulations is two-fold: (1) we are philosophically opposed to the idea of one-size-fits-all, kitchen-sink formulations because not all health concerns may be shared by everyone in the target population. We believe that a multivitamin should be, as the name suggests, a product that provides therapeutically beneficial amounts of vitamins and minerals that can help bridge nutrient gaps in diet and minimize deficiency risk; and (2) from a practical standpoint, including the full therapeutic dosages of targeted ingredients that address specific women’s health issues (e.g. cranberry for urinary tract health) will mean higher dosages; this can be a deal-breaker for consumers who either cannot or don’t prefer to take products with prohibitively high dosages.

                                                                                            Formulating without these health-specific ingredients allows consumers to choose the multivitamin that best fits their needs based upon micronutrient levels alone and without the distraction of ingredients that are either present in amounts too low to be therapeutically beneficial and/or are tangential to the purposes for which most consumers take a multivitamin.

                                                                                            That being said, while our women’s multivitamin formulations do not include targeted ingredients to address specific women’s health issues , they do include broad-spectrum antioxidants (e.g. Solarplast®, SOD-B®) that can complement the activity of the essential micronutrients to support healthy aging.

                                                                                            Vitamin K2 MK-7 Gold


                                                                                            Section updated  ↴

                                                                                            General Questions about Vitamin K2

                                                                                            What is vitamin K?

                                                                                            Vitamin K refers to a family of fat-soluble vitamins that possess a similar chemical structure but differ by the length of their side chains.  Vitamin K1 (phylloquinone) is found in green leafy vegetables and is the primary source of vitamin K in the American diet. Vitamin K2 (menaquinone) is of microbial origin and is mainly present in select fermented foods like natto (fermented soybeans). While there are multiple forms of vitamin K2, the most bioavailable and biologically active form is MK-7, which is the form that is present in natto. Vitamin K supports calcium absorption, and heart, bone dental, and prostate health.

                                                                                            What are some risk factors for a vitamin K deficiency?

                                                                                            Individuals who have a difficult time digesting or absorbing fats are at a greater risk of deficiency since vitamin K is a fat-soluble nutrient. This includes those with gastrointestinal malabsorption disorders, impaired liver function and those with cystic fibrosis. The long-term use of some antibiotics may also negatively impact vitamin K synthesis and absorption. Anticoagulant medications, such as Warfarin, often function as vitamin K antagonists and may impact vitamin K levels and/or vitamin K-dependent clotting factors. If taking medication, especially anticoagulant medications, it is very important to consult with a healthcare provider before consuming vitamin K from food or supplementation.

                                                                                            Are there any food sources of vitamin K?

                                                                                            Most western diets today provide vitamin K1 (phylloquinone) but very little vitamin K2 (menaquinones).  Vitamin K1 can be found in leafy green vegetables and some plant oils. Vitamin K2, however, is of microbial origin and is typically found only in select fermented foods such as some types of cheese (not processed), curds, and natto. The most reliable food source of Vitamin K2 is natto, a type of fermented soybeans. Natto provides vitamin K2 as MK-7, the most bioavailable and biologically active form of vitamin K2. Given that most diets provide little to no vitamin K2, supplementation may sometimes be necessary to meet the recommended dietary allowance.

                                                                                            How does vitamin K1 differ from vitamin K2 in regard to function and benefits?

                                                                                            The main role of vitamin K1 is supporting normal blood coagulation, or clotting. Vitamin K1 is primarily active in the liver with only a small amount being released for circulation in the body. Vitamin K2, on the other hand, especially the long-chain form MK-7, is circulated throughout the body and activates multiple vitamin K dependent proteins. This is one reason why vitamin K2 may provide unique and separate benefits from vitamin K1.  Research demonstrates that vitamin K2 helps the body absorb and utilize calcium efficiently, directing calcium to bones and away from arteries, supporting both bone and cardiovascular health in the process. 

                                                                                            Is it necessary to take vitamin K2 with vitamin D?

                                                                                            Vitamin D and vitamin K2 work synergistically to support proper calcium absorption in the body. While vitamin D promotes the absorption of dietary calcium and helps maintain blood calcium levels, vitamin K2 helps activate specific proteins that direct calcium to bones and teeth. Vitamin D and vitamin K2 work together to support both bone and cardiovascular health.

                                                                                            Some customers prefer the convenience of getting both vitamins in one product. If interested, we make a combination product called K2 + D3 Gold. However, as a matter of principle and in the interest of your health and safety, we encourage you to consult your healthcare provider prior to supplementation to determine what use, if any, is best for your individual needs.

                                                                                            What is the recommended dietary allowance for vitamin K?

                                                                                            The 100% daily value (%DV) for vitamin K for individuals 18 years of age and older is 120 mcg. This goes down to 90 mcg per day during pregnancy/breastfeeding. As with any supplement, please talk to your healthcare provider prior to supplementation to ensure you are following the dosing schedule that is right for your particular health needs.

                                                                                            Is there an established upper toxicity limit for vitamin K?

                                                                                            The Upper Tolerable Limit (UL), established by the Food and Nutrition Bard (FNB) of the Institute of Medicine, is considered to be the highest amount you can take of a nutrient without theoretical risk. Vitamin K has a very low level of toxicity in the human body since it is rapidly metabolized and is stored only in small amounts. Given this, the FNB has not established an upper intake level (UL) for vitamin K. This applies to both vitamin K1 (phylloquinone) and vitamin K2 (menaquinone).

                                                                                            Can vitamin K2 supplements be taken with OTC or prescription medications?

                                                                                            If you are taking or planning to take an OTC or prescription medication, please consult a licensed pharmacist or your healthcare provider before beginning supplementation to minimize risk of side effects associated with potential supplement-drug interactions. Vitamin K may interfere with oral anticoagulants or blood thinning medications and should always be discussed with a licensed health provider before consuming.

                                                                                            Questions about Vitamin K2 Gold

                                                                                            What is the source of K2 in Vitamin K2 Gold?

                                                                                            The vitamin K2 in our Vitamin K2 Gold product is sourced from natto, a traditional Japanese food made from fermented soybeans. We have chosen this natto source of vitamin K2 for two key reasons— 

                                                                                            1. Vitamin K2 (as MK-7) is naturally present in high amounts in natto. 
                                                                                            2. The MK-7 form of K2 is the most bioavailable and biologically active form of vitamin K and helps ensure consistent blood levels of this vitamin. 

                                                                                            How does Vitamin K2 Gold compare with other commercially-available vitamin K supplements?

                                                                                            There are generally three forms of K vitamins presently available in dietary supplements—synthetic vitamin K1, synthetic menaquinone-4 (MK-4), and natural or synthetic vitamin K2 as menaquinone-7 (MK-7). NutriGold’s Vitamin K2 (as MK-7) is naturally created through the action of Bacillus subtilis bacteria on natto, a traditional Japanese food made from fermented soybeans, without the use of any chemical solvents. The soy protein in natto is removed during processing and the finished product is verified free of soy allergen by an independent, third-party lab. 

                                                                                            The K2 (as MK-7) in Vitamin K2 Gold is highly stable, bioavailable, and 100% trans-form. Recent studies show that natural vitamin K2 as MK-7 is consistently much more effective compared to both vitamin K1 and MK-4 because of its enhanced bioavailability (well-absorbed) and bioactivity (half-life time). 

                                                                                            How does NutriGold ensure the purity of the ingredients used in its Vitamin K2 Gold product?

                                                                                            At NutriGold, we go above and beyond what is recommended or required under current GMPs to independently verify that the raw materials used in our products as well as the finished products themselves meet industry-defining quality and purity standards. Depending on the complexity of the testing involved, including determining what needs to be tested, what methods are fit-for-purpose, and which lab is most qualified to perform the testing, we sometimes have results from as many as 4 or 5 different independent, ISO-certified labs for each product. We take these results from third-party labs and summarize them in lot-specific Certificates of Analysis that are  freely available in the spirit of authentic transparency on the product pages on our website so consumers can make informed purchasing decisions.

                                                                                            What assurance can you provide that the amount of  vitamin K listed on the label is actually in the product?

                                                                                            All of our products are verified by independent third-party labs to meet identity, purity, and potency label claims. We take these results from third-party labs and summarize them in lot-specific Certificates of Analysis (C of A) that are  freely available in the spirit of authentic transparency on the product pages on our website so consumers can make informed purchasing decisions. The C of A provides assurance that the claims made on the label accurately reflect the contents of the product inside the bottle. If interested, more information on our our commitment to independent, third party quality testing can be found at this link - https://nutrigold.com/pages/accountability  

                                                                                            What is the best time of day to take Vitamin K2 Gold? Should it be taken with food?

                                                                                            Vitamin K2 is a fat-soluble vitamin. Most fat-soluble vitamins (e.g. A, E, K) are better absorbed when consumed with dietary fat (usually a component of most meals). However, as a matter of principle and in the interest of your health and safety, we encourage you to consult your healthcare provider prior to supplementation to determine what use, if any, is best for your individual needs.

                                                                                            Why does Vitamin K2 Gold contain tapioca maltodextrin?

                                                                                            At NutriGold, we are philosophically opposed to the use of chemical additives and synthetic preservatives in our products. For this reason we avoid magnesium stearate and silicon dioxide as well as additives that are typically at risk of being sourced from GM ingredients (e.g. corn, soy). Although we make every effort to manufacture products without the use of any additives, we sometimes have to use plant-based additives that are generally recognized as safe on an as-needed basis to ensure finished product integrity, and the tapioca maltodextrin we use as a carrier meets that standard. 

                                                                                            Can I break apart the capsule and add the contents to liquid/food to consume?

                                                                                            All of our products are formulated to be taken as capsules and our purity and potency claims are based on the product being taken as recommended. We generally do not recommend breaking apart the capsules because it can introduce contaminants or otherwise compromise product potency and effectiveness.

                                                                                            Is Vitamin K2 Gold suitable for children (under 18 years of age)?

                                                                                            Vitamin K2 Gold is formulated for individuals over 18 years. Because children are considered a vulnerable population, we regret we cannot make any recommendations regarding the use of our products by or for children under the age of 18. We ask that you talk to your pediatrician or family practitioner about whether or not Vitamin K2 Gold is suitable and safe for your child’s particular healthcare needs prior to supplementation.

                                                                                            Section updated  ↴

                                                                                            Questions about women’s multivitamins

                                                                                            Does NutriGold offer more than one women’s multivitamin formulation?

                                                                                            Yes. In addition to our Prenatal Multivitamin, we offer 4 multivitamin options to support women's health - 

                                                                                            • One Daily Women’s Multi Gold (available in 30-count and 60-count bottles/1 capsule per day) 
                                                                                            • Women’s Multi Gold (90 capsules/3 capsules per day)
                                                                                            • 40+ Multi Gold (90 capsules/3 capsules per day)
                                                                                            • 55+ Multi Gold (90 capsules/3 capsules per day)

                                                                                            How do the different NutriGold women’s multivitamins compare?

                                                                                            Nutrients

                                                                                            Prenatal Multi

                                                                                            One Daily Women’s

                                                                                            Women’s Multi

                                                                                            Women’s 40+ Multi

                                                                                            Women’s 55+ Multi

                                                                                            3 caps/day

                                                                                            1 cap/day

                                                                                            3 caps/day

                                                                                            3 caps/day

                                                                                            3 caps/day

                                                                                            Size 0 pullulan capsule (length — 0.854” & outer diameter — 0.3”)

                                                                                            Water-Soluble Vitamins

                                                                                            Vitamin C

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Thiamin (B1)

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            Riboflavin (B2)

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            Niacin (B3)

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            Pyridoxine (B6)

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            Folate (B9)

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            B-12

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            Biotin

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            Pantothenic Acid

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            Fat-Soluble Vitamins — Percent Daily Value (based on a 2,000 calorie diet)

                                                                                            Vitamin D3

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Vitamin E

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Vitamin K (MK-7)

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Minerals — Percent Daily Value (based on a 2,000 calorie diet)

                                                                                            Iron

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            30%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            N/A

                                                                                            N/A

                                                                                            Iodine

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Zinc

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            60%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Selenium

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Manganese

                                                                                            40%

                                                                                            N/A

                                                                                            45%

                                                                                            40%

                                                                                            40%

                                                                                            Chromium

                                                                                            90%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Added Ingredients to Support Antioxidant Protection and Healthy Aging

                                                                                            Solarplast®

                                                                                            SOD-B®

                                                                                            Additional Purchasing Considerations

                                                                                            Certified Organic

                                                                                            Non-GMO Verified

                                                                                            Certified C.L.E.A.N

                                                                                            Certified Kosher

                                                                                            Certified Vegan

                                                                                            Vegan/Vegetarian

                                                                                            Can individuals with a known or suspected MTHFR gene mutation take NutriGold multivitamins to get the recommended daily value of folate?

                                                                                            There is some controversy with regard to the form of B9 that is best suited for individuals with a known or suspected MTHFR gene variant. According to the American Pregnancy Association, some women have a defect in their MTHFR gene that doesn’t allow them to properly convert synthetic folic acid into active methyl folate. As such, women taking folic acid may not be absorbing their B vitamins as expected. For this reason, it is preferable to take folate either from whole food sources (e.g. green leafy vegetables) or supplements that contain the natural form of active folate instead of synthesized folic acid whenever possible.

                                                                                            However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the most common variant in the MTHFR gene is MTHFR C677T and these are the 5 most important things to known about this variant —

                                                                                            1. People with MTHFR C677T variants can process all types of folate, including folic acid.
                                                                                            2. Folic acid is the only type of folate shown to help prevent neural tube defects.
                                                                                            3. MTHFR gene variants are common.
                                                                                            4. All women of reproductive age who could become pregnant should consume 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid each day, including those with an MTHFR C677T variant
                                                                                            5. Sometimes a woman may still have a baby with a neural tube defect even though she consumed the recommended 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid; the defect may be unrelated to the MTHFR gene variant or folate status.

                                                                                            Supplements containing forms of folate other than folic acid (such as 5-MTHF) should not be confused with the natural food folate found in fruits and vegetables. The effectiveness of these [5-MTHF] supplements in preventing neural tube defects has not been studied. For more information on the difference between folic acid and folate, please click here.

                                                                                            The form of B9 in our product is not the methylated form. While it can help bridge nutritional gaps in the diet, support good health, and help minimize the risk of folate deficiency when taken in conjunction with a diet that includes folate-rich foods, we regret we do not have any information on and cannot make any recommendations regarding the use of our product by individuals with a known or suspected MTHFR gene variant. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the folate form in our products, we ask that you discuss those concerns with your healthcare provider prior to supplementation so you can make an informed purchasing decision on the form of folate that will best support your particular health goals.

                                                                                            Why don’t NutriGold multivitamins include any ingredients to address specific women’s health issues (e.g. fertility, PMS, menopause)?

                                                                                            The reason we do not include targeted health-specific ingredients in our multivitamin formulations is two-fold: (1) we are philosophically opposed to the idea of one-size-fits-all, kitchen-sink formulations because not all health concerns may be shared by everyone in the target population. We believe that a multivitamin should be, as the name suggests, a product that provides therapeutically beneficial amounts of vitamins and minerals that can help bridge nutrient gaps in diet and minimize deficiency risk; and (2) from a practical standpoint, including the full therapeutic dosages of targeted ingredients that address specific women’s health issues (e.g. cranberry for urinary tract health) will mean higher dosages; this can be a deal-breaker for consumers who either cannot or don’t prefer to take products with prohibitively high dosages.

                                                                                            Formulating without these health-specific ingredients allows consumers to choose the multivitamin that best fits their needs based upon micronutrient levels alone and without the distraction of ingredients that are either present in amounts too low to be therapeutically beneficial and/or are tangential to the purposes for which most consumers take a multivitamin.

                                                                                            That being said, while our women’s multivitamin formulations do not include targeted ingredients to address specific women’s health issues , they do include broad-spectrum antioxidants (e.g. Solarplast®, SOD-B®) that can complement the activity of the essential micronutrients to support healthy aging.

                                                                                            Chromium Gold


                                                                                            Section updated  ↴

                                                                                            General Questions about Chromium

                                                                                            What is chromium?

                                                                                            Chromium is a trace mineral found naturally in fresh produce, seeds, nuts, and whole grains that have been cultivated in mineral-rich soil. Chromium supports glucose metabolism by helping sensitize the body to insulin, a hormone that promotes the cellular uptake of glucose to be used as energy.

                                                                                            What are some risk factors for a chromium deficiency?

                                                                                            A diet rich in fresh produce and whole grains can typically supply the body with adequate amounts of chromium. However, today’s over-reliance on refined and processed foods can be an obstacle to consuming adequate amounts of chromium from dietary sources alone. Further, research suggests that diets high in sugar, excessive exercise, and stress may cause chromium losses through increased urination and that senior citizens may be more vulnerable to chromium deficiency than younger adults. 

                                                                                            Are there any food sources of chromium?

                                                                                            Broccoli is often considered one of the best sources of chromium with an estimated 11 mcg of chromium per ½ cup serving. Most whole-grains, leafy green vegetables, seeds and nuts provide chromium. However, chromium in food is typically present in very small amounts and the absorption of chromium in the digestive tract is low (less than 2.5% of the amount consumed), which makes chromium supplementation essential for individuals who are at risk for deficiency or deficiency-related health conditions.

                                                                                            What is the recommended daily allowance for chromium?

                                                                                            The 100% daily value (%DV) for chromium for individuals 18 years of age and older is 35 mcg. However, the body’s need for chromium goes up to 45 mcg per day during pregnancy/breastfeeding. As with any supplement, please talk to your healthcare provider prior to supplementation to ensure you are following the dosing schedule that is right for your particular health needs.

                                                                                            Is there an established upper toxicity limit for chromium?

                                                                                            The Tolerable Upper Intake Level (UL) is considered to be the highest amount you can take of a nutrient without theoretical risk. The Food and Nutrition Board (FNB) of the Institute of Medicine has not set a tolerable upper intake level (UL) for chromium since no adverse effects have been observed from the intake of chromium from food or supplements.

                                                                                            Isn’t chromium an environmental toxin and carcinogen?

                                                                                            Hexavalent chromium (Cr6+) is used for industrial purposes and is a highly toxic human carcinogen. Trivalent chromium (Cr3+), on the other hand, is a form of chromium found naturally in food and is safe and non-toxic.

                                                                                            Can chromium supplements be taken with OTC or prescription medications?

                                                                                            If you are taking or planning to take an OTC or prescription medication, please consult a licensed pharmacist or your healthcare provider before beginning supplementation to minimize risk of side effects associated with potential supplement-drug interactions.

                                                                                            Still have questions?

                                                                                            Questions about Chromium Gold

                                                                                            What form of chromium is in Chromium Gold?

                                                                                            Chromium Gold provides a gentle and nourishing form of  plant-based chromium from Moringa leaf and other ingredients in the organic food blend. The full list of organic foods can be found under the ‘Organic Food Blend’ in the supplement facts panel (on the label) and on the product page on our website.

                                                                                            The form of chromium found in food is trivalent chromium (Cr3+). Chromium Gold is a gentle and nourishing form of plant-based chromium that is derived entirely from natural food sources—it is not synthetic chromium fermented, grown or cultured in yeast marketed as “whole-food” chromium or a blend of organic foods fortified with synthetic chromium marketed as “food-based” chromium.

                                                                                            What is moringa leaf?

                                                                                            Moringa leaf is known to be one of the richest food sources of vitamins and minerals currently available and serves as a primary source of the elemental chromium in Chromium Gold. It is native to India and has been used for centuries to support whole-body wellness.

                                                                                            How does Chromium Gold compare with chromium picolinate and GTF chromium?

                                                                                            Chromium picolinate is synthetically created by binding chromium to picolinic acid.  Picolinic acid is used as a chelation agent in an effort to increase absorption and enhance uptake of chromium by the body's tissues. In 1957, a compound in brewer's yeast was discovered that helped support normal levels of blood glucose in rats.  This compound was called Glucose Tolerance Factor (GTF) and chromium was eventually identified as the active ingredient in this glucose tolerance factor.  Many chromium supplements today are offered as part of a brewer's yeast complex and are typically labeled as GTF chromium.

                                                                                            The chromium in Chromium Gold is derived entirely from natural foods—it is not synthetic chromium fermented, grown or cultured in yeast or a blend of organic foods fortified with synthetic chromium and marketed as “whole-food” or “food-based” chromium.

                                                                                            What is the best time of day to take Chromium Gold?

                                                                                            Chromium supports insulin sensitivity and the metabolism of carbohydrates, fat, and protein. Given this, chromium is often best taken before eating. For optimal results, we suggest taking 1 capsule of Chromium Gold 30 minutes before food, once or twice per day.  However, as a matter of principle and in the interest of your health and safety, we encourage you to consult your healthcare provider prior to supplementation to determine what use, if any, is best for your particular needs.

                                                                                            What is the purpose of the organic food blend in Chromium Gold?

                                                                                            At Nutrigold, we are mindful of the fact that every ingredient in a product, regardless of whether it is an active ingredient that provides a health benefit or an additive that ensures finished product integrity, can and will likely have some impact on consumers’ health. This is why we are philosophically opposed to the use of synthetic, semi-synthetic, or commodity additives like magnesium stearate and silicon dioxide commonly found in most commercially-available supplements. We choose instead to use plant-based, pantry-friendly functional additives that not only have a history of safe use, but may help support the bioavailability and absorption of chromium in the food blend.

                                                                                            How does NutriGold ensure the purity of the ingredients used in its Chromium Gold product?

                                                                                            At NutriGold, we go above and beyond what is recommended or required under current GMPs to independently verify that the raw materials used in our products as well as the finished products themselves meet industry-defining quality and purity standards. Depending on the complexity of the testing involved, including determining what needs to be tested, what methods are fit-for-purpose, and which lab is most qualified to perform the testing, we sometimes have results from as many as 4 or 5 different independent, ISO-certified labs for each product. We take these results from third-party labs and summarize them in lot-specific Certificates of Analysis that are  freely available in the spirit of authentic transparency on the product pages on our website so consumers can make informed purchasing decisions.

                                                                                            What assurance can you provide that the amount of chromium listed on the label (200 mcg) is actually in the product?

                                                                                            All of our products are verified by independent third-party labs to meet identity, purity, and potency label claims. We take these results from third-party labs and summarize them in lot-specific Certificates of Analysis (C of A) that are  freely available in the spirit of authentic transparency on the product pages on our website so consumers can make informed purchasing decisions. The C of A provides assurance that the claims made on the label accurately reflect the contents of the product inside the bottle. If interested, more information on our our commitment to independent, third party quality testing can be found at this link - https://nutrigold.com/pages/accountability 

                                                                                            What is a pullulan capsule? What is it made from?

                                                                                            Pullulan is a vegetable-derived, water-soluble polysaccharide produced through a natural fermentation process. Pullulan capsules are considered more natural than HPMC (cellulose) capsules because they are naturally derived from fermented tapioca. Unlike cellulose capsules, which are considered semi-synthetic and not permitted in certified organic products, pullulan is included in the USDA’s National Organic Program list of accepted ingredients for organic products.

                                                                                            Can I break apart the capsule and add the contents to liquid/food to consume?

                                                                                            All of our products are formulated to be taken as capsules and our purity and potency claims are based on the product being taken as recommended. We generally do not recommend breaking apart the capsules because it can introduce contaminants or otherwise compromise product potency and effectiveness.

                                                                                            Is Chromium Gold suitable for children (under 18 years of age)?

                                                                                            Chromium Gold is formulated for individuals over 18 years. Because children are considered a vulnerable population, we regret we cannot make any recommendations regarding the use of our products by or for children under the age of 18. We ask that you talk to your pediatrician or family practitioner about whether or not Chromium Gold is suitable and safe for your child’s particular healthcare needs prior to supplementation.

                                                                                            Section updated  ↴

                                                                                            Questions about women’s multivitamins

                                                                                            Does NutriGold offer more than one women’s multivitamin formulation?

                                                                                            Yes. In addition to our Prenatal Multivitamin, we offer 4 multivitamin options to support women's health - 

                                                                                            • One Daily Women’s Multi Gold (available in 30-count and 60-count bottles/1 capsule per day) 
                                                                                            • Women’s Multi Gold (90 capsules/3 capsules per day)
                                                                                            • 40+ Multi Gold (90 capsules/3 capsules per day)
                                                                                            • 55+ Multi Gold (90 capsules/3 capsules per day)

                                                                                            How do the different NutriGold women’s multivitamins compare?

                                                                                            Nutrients

                                                                                            Prenatal Multi

                                                                                            One Daily Women’s

                                                                                            Women’s Multi

                                                                                            Women’s 40+ Multi

                                                                                            Women’s 55+ Multi

                                                                                            3 caps/day

                                                                                            1 cap/day

                                                                                            3 caps/day

                                                                                            3 caps/day

                                                                                            3 caps/day

                                                                                            Size 0 pullulan capsule (length — 0.854” & outer diameter — 0.3”)

                                                                                            Water-Soluble Vitamins

                                                                                            Vitamin C

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Thiamin (B1)

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            Riboflavin (B2)

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            Niacin (B3)

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            Pyridoxine (B6)

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            Folate (B9)

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            B-12

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            Biotin

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            Pantothenic Acid

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            Fat-Soluble Vitamins — Percent Daily Value (based on a 2,000 calorie diet)

                                                                                            Vitamin D3

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Vitamin E

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Vitamin K (MK-7)

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Minerals — Percent Daily Value (based on a 2,000 calorie diet)

                                                                                            Iron

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            30%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            N/A

                                                                                            N/A

                                                                                            Iodine

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Zinc

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            60%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Selenium

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Manganese

                                                                                            40%

                                                                                            N/A

                                                                                            45%

                                                                                            40%

                                                                                            40%

                                                                                            Chromium

                                                                                            90%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Added Ingredients to Support Antioxidant Protection and Healthy Aging

                                                                                            Solarplast®

                                                                                            SOD-B®

                                                                                            Additional Purchasing Considerations

                                                                                            Certified Organic

                                                                                            Non-GMO Verified

                                                                                            Certified C.L.E.A.N

                                                                                            Certified Kosher

                                                                                            Certified Vegan

                                                                                            Vegan/Vegetarian

                                                                                            Can individuals with a known or suspected MTHFR gene mutation take NutriGold multivitamins to get the recommended daily value of folate?

                                                                                            There is some controversy with regard to the form of B9 that is best suited for individuals with a known or suspected MTHFR gene variant. According to the American Pregnancy Association, some women have a defect in their MTHFR gene that doesn’t allow them to properly convert synthetic folic acid into active methyl folate. As such, women taking folic acid may not be absorbing their B vitamins as expected. For this reason, it is preferable to take folate either from whole food sources (e.g. green leafy vegetables) or supplements that contain the natural form of active folate instead of synthesized folic acid whenever possible.

                                                                                            However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the most common variant in the MTHFR gene is MTHFR C677T and these are the 5 most important things to known about this variant —

                                                                                            1. People with MTHFR C677T variants can process all types of folate, including folic acid.
                                                                                            2. Folic acid is the only type of folate shown to help prevent neural tube defects.
                                                                                            3. MTHFR gene variants are common.
                                                                                            4. All women of reproductive age who could become pregnant should consume 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid each day, including those with an MTHFR C677T variant
                                                                                            5. Sometimes a woman may still have a baby with a neural tube defect even though she consumed the recommended 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid; the defect may be unrelated to the MTHFR gene variant or folate status.

                                                                                            Supplements containing forms of folate other than folic acid (such as 5-MTHF) should not be confused with the natural food folate found in fruits and vegetables. The effectiveness of these [5-MTHF] supplements in preventing neural tube defects has not been studied. For more information on the difference between folic acid and folate, please click here.

                                                                                            The form of B9 in our product is not the methylated form. While it can help bridge nutritional gaps in the diet, support good health, and help minimize the risk of folate deficiency when taken in conjunction with a diet that includes folate-rich foods, we regret we do not have any information on and cannot make any recommendations regarding the use of our product by individuals with a known or suspected MTHFR gene variant. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the folate form in our products, we ask that you discuss those concerns with your healthcare provider prior to supplementation so you can make an informed purchasing decision on the form of folate that will best support your particular health goals.

                                                                                            Why don’t NutriGold multivitamins include any ingredients to address specific women’s health issues (e.g. fertility, PMS, menopause)?

                                                                                            The reason we do not include targeted health-specific ingredients in our multivitamin formulations is two-fold: (1) we are philosophically opposed to the idea of one-size-fits-all, kitchen-sink formulations because not all health concerns may be shared by everyone in the target population. We believe that a multivitamin should be, as the name suggests, a product that provides therapeutically beneficial amounts of vitamins and minerals that can help bridge nutrient gaps in diet and minimize deficiency risk; and (2) from a practical standpoint, including the full therapeutic dosages of targeted ingredients that address specific women’s health issues (e.g. cranberry for urinary tract health) will mean higher dosages; this can be a deal-breaker for consumers who either cannot or don’t prefer to take products with prohibitively high dosages.

                                                                                            Formulating without these health-specific ingredients allows consumers to choose the multivitamin that best fits their needs based upon micronutrient levels alone and without the distraction of ingredients that are either present in amounts too low to be therapeutically beneficial and/or are tangential to the purposes for which most consumers take a multivitamin.

                                                                                            That being said, while our women’s multivitamin formulations do not include targeted ingredients to address specific women’s health issues , they do include broad-spectrum antioxidants (e.g. Solarplast®, SOD-B®) that can complement the activity of the essential micronutrients to support healthy aging.

                                                                                            Iodine Gold


                                                                                            Section updated  ↴

                                                                                            General Questions about Iodine

                                                                                            What is iodine?

                                                                                            Iodine is a mineral required by the human body to make thyroid hormones, which play a key role in metabolism, as well as bone and brain development during pregnancy and infancy.

                                                                                            What is the difference between iodine (from kelp) and potassium iodide supplements?

                                                                                            Potassium iodide is synthetic and typically created in a lab using industrial chemicals. The iodine in Iodine Gold is from whole kelp thallus, which contains a multitude of nutrients in addition to iodine, including trace minerals, vitamins, and amino acids. Seaweed sources of iodine may be safer than synthetic forms due to a natural delayed release which may provide for greater bioavailability of iodine in the human body. That being said, different forms of iodine may be indicated based on individual needs, so we recommend talking to your healthcare provider prior to supplementation. 

                                                                                            What are some risk factors for an iodine deficiency?

                                                                                            Iodine deficiency is common in many countries. In fact, over 30% of the world’s population may have insufficient iodine intake, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Iodine content in the soil can vary greatly by region, which impacts the iodine content of fruits and vegetables. For example, the Midwest region of the United States is known for being an iodine-deficient area. The processing of food can also contribute to iodine loss.

                                                                                            It is important to note that a developing fetus and newborn infant are completely dependent upon maternal iodine intake in order to produce necessary thyroid hormones. So, pregnant women and lactating mothers are especially prone to iodine deficiency since they require higher amounts of iodine each day to support healthy fetal development. 

                                                                                            Are there any food sources of iodine?

                                                                                            Seafood and edible seaweed (e.g. kelp, wakame) tend to be the richest food sources of iodine since they come from seawater, which is naturally high in iodine. Other food sources include eggs, fruit, and whole grains. Salt can also contribute to iodine intake but only if it is iodized, or fortified with iodine.

                                                                                            What is the recommended daily allowance for iodine?

                                                                                            The 100% daily value (%DV) for iodine for individuals 18 years of age and older is 150 mcg. This goes up to 290 mcg per day during pregnancy/breastfeeding. As with any supplement, please talk to your healthcare provider prior to supplementation to ensure you are following the dosing schedule that is right for your particular health needs.

                                                                                            Is there an established upper toxicity limit for iodine?

                                                                                            The Food and Nutrition Board (FNB) of the Institute of Medicine has set the tolerable upper intake level (UL) for iodine at 1,100 mcg/day. The Upper Tolerable Limit (UL) is considered to be the highest amount you can take of a nutrient without theoretical risk.

                                                                                            Can iodine supplements be taken with OTC or prescription medications?

                                                                                            Iodine supplements may potentially interact or interfere with some types of medication including thyroid medication and ACE inhibitors. If you are taking or planning to take an OTC or prescription medication, please consult a licensed pharmacist or your healthcare provider before beginning supplementation to minimize risk of side effects associated with potential supplement-drug interactions.

                                                                                            Still have questions?

                                                                                            Questions about Iodine Gold

                                                                                            What is the source of the iodine in Iodine Gold?

                                                                                            Our iodine is delivered as part of kelp seaweed, sustainably harvested from either the pristine sea lochs of the Scottish Outer Hebridean Islands or the cold, clean waters of Northwest Iceland. Both sources provide safe, sustainable and highly traceable forms of natural iodine. The kelp seaweed used in our product is fresh-dried at controlled low temperatures to protect the complex array of minerals, vitamins, and beneficial phytonutrients.

                                                                                            What is the purpose of the organic food blend in Iodine Gold?

                                                                                            At Nutrigold, we are mindful of the fact that every ingredient in a product, regardless of whether it is an active ingredient that provides a health benefit or an additive that ensures finished product integrity, can and will likely have some impact on consumers’ health. This is why we are philosophically opposed to the use of synthetic, semi-synthetic, or commodity additives like magnesium stearate and silicon dioxide commonly found in most commercially-available supplements. We choose instead to use plant-based, pantry-friendly functional additives that not only have a history of safe use, but may help support the bioavailability and absorption of iodine and other nutrients in kelp.

                                                                                            How does NutriGold ensure the purity of the ingredients used in its Iodine Gold product?

                                                                                            At NutriGold, we go above and beyond what is recommended or required under current GMPs to independently verify that the raw materials used in our products as well as the finished products themselves meet industry-defining quality and purity standards. Depending on the complexity of the testing involved, including determining what needs to be tested, what methods are fit-for-purpose, and which lab is most qualified to perform the testing, we sometimes have results from as many as 4 or 5 different independent, ISO-certified labs for each product. We take these results from third-party labs and summarize them in lot-specific Certificates of Analysis that are  freely available in the spirit of authentic transparency on the product pages on our website so consumers can make informed purchasing decisions.

                                                                                            What assurance can you provide that the amount of  iodine  listed on the label (300 mcg) is actually in the product?

                                                                                            All of our products are verified by independent third-party labs to meet identity, purity, and potency label claims. We take these results from third-party labs and summarize them in lot-specific Certificates of Analysis (C of A) that are  freely available in the spirit of authentic transparency on the product pages on our website so consumers can make informed purchasing decisions. The C of A provides assurance that the claims made on the label accurately reflect the contents of the product inside the bottle. If interested, more information on our our commitment to independent, third party quality testing can be found at this link - https://nutrigold.com/pages/accountability  

                                                                                            Should Iodine Gold be taken with food?

                                                                                            Iodine Gold is made using whole kelp and can be taken anytime, even on an empty stomach. However, as a matter of principle and in the interest of your health and safety, we encourage you to consult your healthcare provider prior to supplementation to determine what use, if any, is best for your individual needs.

                                                                                            What is a pullulan capsule? What is it made of?

                                                                                            Pullulan is a vegetable-derived, water-soluble polysaccharide produced through a natural fermentation process. Pullulan capsules are considered more natural than HPMC (cellulose) capsules because they are naturally derived from fermented tapioca. Unlike cellulose capsules, which are considered semi-synthetic and not permitted in certified organic products, pullulan is included in the USDA’s National Organic Program list of accepted ingredients for organic products.

                                                                                            Can I break apart the capsule and add the contents to liquid/food to consume?

                                                                                            All of our products are formulated to be taken as capsules and our purity and potency claims are based on the product being taken as recommended. We generally do not recommend breaking apart the capsules because it can introduce contaminants or otherwise compromise product potency and effectiveness.

                                                                                            Is Iodine Gold suitable for children (under 18 years of age)?

                                                                                            Iodine Gold is formulated for individuals over 18 years. Because children are considered a vulnerable population, we regret we cannot make any recommendations regarding the use of our products by or for children under the age of 18. We ask that you talk to your pediatrician or family practitioner about whether or not Iodine Gold is suitable and safe for your child’s particular healthcare needs prior to supplementation.

                                                                                            Section updated  ↴

                                                                                            Questions about women’s multivitamins

                                                                                            Does NutriGold offer more than one women’s multivitamin formulation?

                                                                                            Yes. In addition to our Prenatal Multivitamin, we offer 4 multivitamin options to support women's health - 

                                                                                            • One Daily Women’s Multi Gold (available in 30-count and 60-count bottles/1 capsule per day) 
                                                                                            • Women’s Multi Gold (90 capsules/3 capsules per day)
                                                                                            • 40+ Multi Gold (90 capsules/3 capsules per day)
                                                                                            • 55+ Multi Gold (90 capsules/3 capsules per day)

                                                                                            How do the different NutriGold women’s multivitamins compare?

                                                                                            Nutrients

                                                                                            Prenatal Multi

                                                                                            One Daily Women’s

                                                                                            Women’s Multi

                                                                                            Women’s 40+ Multi

                                                                                            Women’s 55+ Multi

                                                                                            3 caps/day

                                                                                            1 cap/day

                                                                                            3 caps/day

                                                                                            3 caps/day

                                                                                            3 caps/day

                                                                                            Size 0 pullulan capsule (length — 0.854” & outer diameter — 0.3”)

                                                                                            Water-Soluble Vitamins

                                                                                            Vitamin C

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Thiamin (B1)

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            Riboflavin (B2)

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            Niacin (B3)

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            Pyridoxine (B6)

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            Folate (B9)

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            B-12

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            Biotin

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            Pantothenic Acid

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            Fat-Soluble Vitamins — Percent Daily Value (based on a 2,000 calorie diet)

                                                                                            Vitamin D3

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Vitamin E

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Vitamin K (MK-7)

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Minerals — Percent Daily Value (based on a 2,000 calorie diet)

                                                                                            Iron

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            30%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            N/A

                                                                                            N/A

                                                                                            Iodine

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Zinc

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            60%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Selenium

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Manganese

                                                                                            40%

                                                                                            N/A

                                                                                            45%

                                                                                            40%

                                                                                            40%

                                                                                            Chromium

                                                                                            90%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Added Ingredients to Support Antioxidant Protection and Healthy Aging

                                                                                            Solarplast®

                                                                                            SOD-B®

                                                                                            Additional Purchasing Considerations

                                                                                            Certified Organic

                                                                                            Non-GMO Verified

                                                                                            Certified C.L.E.A.N

                                                                                            Certified Kosher

                                                                                            Certified Vegan

                                                                                            Vegan/Vegetarian

                                                                                            Can individuals with a known or suspected MTHFR gene mutation take NutriGold multivitamins to get the recommended daily value of folate?

                                                                                            There is some controversy with regard to the form of B9 that is best suited for individuals with a known or suspected MTHFR gene variant. According to the American Pregnancy Association, some women have a defect in their MTHFR gene that doesn’t allow them to properly convert synthetic folic acid into active methyl folate. As such, women taking folic acid may not be absorbing their B vitamins as expected. For this reason, it is preferable to take folate either from whole food sources (e.g. green leafy vegetables) or supplements that contain the natural form of active folate instead of synthesized folic acid whenever possible.

                                                                                            However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the most common variant in the MTHFR gene is MTHFR C677T and these are the 5 most important things to known about this variant —

                                                                                            1. People with MTHFR C677T variants can process all types of folate, including folic acid.
                                                                                            2. Folic acid is the only type of folate shown to help prevent neural tube defects.
                                                                                            3. MTHFR gene variants are common.
                                                                                            4. All women of reproductive age who could become pregnant should consume 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid each day, including those with an MTHFR C677T variant
                                                                                            5. Sometimes a woman may still have a baby with a neural tube defect even though she consumed the recommended 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid; the defect may be unrelated to the MTHFR gene variant or folate status.

                                                                                            Supplements containing forms of folate other than folic acid (such as 5-MTHF) should not be confused with the natural food folate found in fruits and vegetables. The effectiveness of these [5-MTHF] supplements in preventing neural tube defects has not been studied. For more information on the difference between folic acid and folate, please click here.

                                                                                            The form of B9 in our product is not the methylated form. While it can help bridge nutritional gaps in the diet, support good health, and help minimize the risk of folate deficiency when taken in conjunction with a diet that includes folate-rich foods, we regret we do not have any information on and cannot make any recommendations regarding the use of our product by individuals with a known or suspected MTHFR gene variant. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the folate form in our products, we ask that you discuss those concerns with your healthcare provider prior to supplementation so you can make an informed purchasing decision on the form of folate that will best support your particular health goals.

                                                                                            Why don’t NutriGold multivitamins include any ingredients to address specific women’s health issues (e.g. fertility, PMS, menopause)?

                                                                                            The reason we do not include targeted health-specific ingredients in our multivitamin formulations is two-fold: (1) we are philosophically opposed to the idea of one-size-fits-all, kitchen-sink formulations because not all health concerns may be shared by everyone in the target population. We believe that a multivitamin should be, as the name suggests, a product that provides therapeutically beneficial amounts of vitamins and minerals that can help bridge nutrient gaps in diet and minimize deficiency risk; and (2) from a practical standpoint, including the full therapeutic dosages of targeted ingredients that address specific women’s health issues (e.g. cranberry for urinary tract health) will mean higher dosages; this can be a deal-breaker for consumers who either cannot or don’t prefer to take products with prohibitively high dosages.

                                                                                            Formulating without these health-specific ingredients allows consumers to choose the multivitamin that best fits their needs based upon micronutrient levels alone and without the distraction of ingredients that are either present in amounts too low to be therapeutically beneficial and/or are tangential to the purposes for which most consumers take a multivitamin.

                                                                                            That being said, while our women’s multivitamin formulations do not include targeted ingredients to address specific women’s health issues , they do include broad-spectrum antioxidants (e.g. Solarplast®, SOD-B®) that can complement the activity of the essential micronutrients to support healthy aging.

                                                                                            Iron Gold


                                                                                            Section updated  ↴

                                                                                            General Questions about Iron

                                                                                            What is iron?

                                                                                            Iron is a mineral required by the human body for growth and development. Every cell in the body requires oxygen to function and iron is an essential component of hemoglobin and myoglobin, which provide and carry oxygen to all parts of the body.

                                                                                            What are some risk factors for an iron deficiency?

                                                                                            Iron deficiency is the most common nutritional deficiency worldwide. Children, women of childbearing age, frequent blood donors, and individuals with certain medical conditions (e.g. malabsorption syndromes) are often most at risk. In addition, diets that are overly reliant on refined and processed foods can also pose challenges to achieving optimal iron intake.

                                                                                            How do I know if I need to supplement with iron?

                                                                                            While individuals with a mild iron deficiency may not experience or exhibit any obvious symptoms, those with a severe deficiency may experience fatigue, shortness of breath, or chest pain. It is never a good idea to self-diagnose or self-treat a health condition, so we encourage you to consult your healthcare provider prior to supplementation to determine if an iron supplement is appropriate for your individual needs.

                                                                                            Are there any food sources of iron?

                                                                                            Meat, poultry and fish, spinach, swiss chard, and parsley are all excellent dietary sources of iron.  Iron can also be found in a variety of plant-based foods like bok choy, brussel sprouts, kale, cabbage, asparagus, leeks, and lettuce. It may be important to note that plant sources of iron are in the non-heme form, which has lower bioavailability than the heme form found in meat, poultry, and fish. However, the quantity of non-heme iron in plant sources is much higher, so even with the lower bioavailability, non-heme iron contributes more in terms of nutrition than heme iron. Legumes such as soybeans, black beans and lentils may also contain decent amounts of iron but the phytic acid they contain may reduce iron absorption.  Certain methods of food preparation, such as soaking, sprouting, fermenting, and cooking, can reduce phytic acid content which may help improve iron absorption from these foods.

                                                                                            What is the recommended daily allowance for iron?

                                                                                            The 100% daily value (%DV) for iron for individuals 18 years of age and older is 18 mg. This goes up to 27 mg per day during pregnancy/breastfeeding. The body’s demand for iron is lower in some population groups (e.g. men, post-menopausal women), so, as with any supplement, please talk to your healthcare provider prior to supplementation to ensure you are following the dosing schedule that is right for your particular health needs.

                                                                                            Is there an established upper toxicity limit for iron?

                                                                                            The Tolerable Upper Intake Level (UL) is considered to be the highest amount you can take of a nutrient without theoretical risk. The Food and Nutrition Board (FNB) of the Institute of Medicine has based the tolerable upper intake level (UL) for iron at 45 mg per day. This amount is largely based on preventing symptoms of gastrointestinal distress (e.g. constipation) that can occur from excess iron intake from supplements or fortified foods.

                                                                                            Can iron supplements be taken with OTC or prescription medications?

                                                                                            Taking iron supplements at the same time as some medications may result in decreased absorption and efficacy of the medication and/or the iron supplement. If you are taking or planning to take an OTC or prescription medication, please consult a licensed pharmacist or your healthcare provider before beginning supplementation to minimize risk of side effects associated with potential supplement-drug interactions.

                                                                                            Still have questions?

                                                                                            Questions about Iron Gold

                                                                                            What form of Iron does Iron Gold provide?

                                                                                            Iron Gold provides a gentle and nourishing form of  plant-based iron from curry leaf and other ingredients in the organic food blend. The full list of organic foods can be found under the ‘Organic Food Blend’ in the supplement facts panel (on the label) and on the product page on our website. Iron Gold is not synthetic iron fermented, grown or cultured in yeast or a blend of organic foods fortified with synthetic iron and marketed as “whole-food” or “food-based” iron. 

                                                                                            Does Iron Gold cause constipation or any other gastric discomfort?

                                                                                            Most iron supplements are synthetically created and, in high doses, can cause gastrointestinal side effects such as nausea and constipation. Although individual experiences can vary, Iron Gold is gentle, well-tolerated, and does not cause any digestive discomfort.

                                                                                            What is the purpose of the organic food blend in Iron Gold?

                                                                                            At Nutrigold, we are mindful of the fact that every ingredient in a product, regardless of whether it is an active ingredient that provides a health benefit or an additive that ensures finished product integrity, can and will likely have some impact on consumers’ health. This is why we are philosophically opposed to the use of synthetic, semi-synthetic, or commodity additives like magnesium stearate and silicon dioxide commonly found in most commercially-available supplements. We choose instead to use organic, plant-based, pantry-friendly functional additives that not only have a history of safe use, but may help support the bioavailability and absorption of iron from the curry leaf in the food blend.

                                                                                            How does NutriGold ensure the purity of the ingredients used in its Iron Gold product?

                                                                                            At NutriGold, we go above and beyond what is recommended or required under current GMPs to independently verify that the raw materials used in our products as well as the finished products themselves meet industry-defining quality and purity standards. Depending on the complexity of the testing involved, including determining what needs to be tested, what methods are fit-for-purpose, and which lab is most qualified to perform the testing, we sometimes have results from as many as 4 or 5 different independent, ISO-certified labs for each product. We take these results from third-party labs and summarize them in lot-specific Certificates of Analysis that are  freely available in the spirit of authentic transparency on the product pages on our website so consumers can make informed purchasing decisions.

                                                                                            What assurance can you provide that the amount of  iron listed on the label (18 mg) is actually in the product?

                                                                                            All of our products are verified by independent third-party labs to meet identity, purity, and potency label claims. We take these results from third-party labs and summarize them in lot-specific Certificates of Analysis (C of A) that are  freely available in the spirit of authentic transparency on the product pages on our website so consumers can make informed purchasing decisions. The C of A provides assurance that the claims made on the label accurately reflect the contents of the product inside the bottle. If interested, more information on our our commitment to independent, third party quality testing can be found at this link - https://nutrigold.com/pages/accountability  

                                                                                            What is the best time of day to take Iron Gold?

                                                                                            Iron Gold is gentle and easy-to-digest and can be taken anytime, even on an empty stomach. However, as a matter of principle and in the interest of your health and safety, we encourage you to consult your healthcare provider prior to supplementation to determine what dosing schedule is best for your individual needs.

                                                                                            Can I take more than 1 capsule per day?

                                                                                            Iron Gold provides 18 mg of plant-based iron in each 1 capsule serving, meeting 100% of the FDA Daily Value for Iron. If you are interested in or considering taking a higher dosage, we ask that you do so only under the guidance and supervision of your healthcare provider. 

                                                                                            Is Iron Gold safe during pregnancy?

                                                                                            To the best of our knowledge, our product should be safe for consumption by pregnant women because it provides gentle, plant-based iron that supports women’s health. That said, we must clarify that we consider women trying to conceive, already pregnant, or breastfeeding to be a vulnerable population and we strongly encourage you to talk to a qualified healthcare professional regarding use, benefits, and possible risks prior to supplementation.

                                                                                            What is a pullulan capsule? What is it made of?

                                                                                            Pullulan is a vegetable-derived, water-soluble polysaccharide produced through a natural fermentation process. Pullulan capsules are considered more natural than HPMC (cellulose) capsules because they are naturally derived from fermented tapioca. Unlike cellulose capsules, which are considered semi-synthetic and not permitted in certified organic products, pullulan is included in the USDA’s National Organic Program list of accepted ingredients for organic products. 

                                                                                            Can I break apart the capsule and add the contents to liquid/food to consume?

                                                                                            All of our products are formulated to be taken as capsules and our purity and potency claims are based on the product being taken as recommended. We generally do not recommend breaking apart the capsules because it can introduce contaminants or otherwise compromise product potency and effectiveness.

                                                                                            Is Iron Gold suitable for children (under 18 years of age)?

                                                                                            Iron Gold is formulated for individuals over 18 years. Because children are considered a vulnerable population, we regret we cannot make any recommendations regarding the use of our products by or for children under the age of 18. We ask that you talk to your pediatrician or family practitioner about whether or not Iron Gold is suitable and safe for your child’s particular healthcare needs prior to supplementation.

                                                                                            Please be advised that, per 21 CFR 101.17(e)(1), “Accidental overdose of iron-containing products is a leading cause of fatal poisoning in children under 6. Keep this product out of reach of children. In case of accidental overdose, call a doctor or poison control center immediately.”

                                                                                            Section updated  ↴

                                                                                            Questions about women’s multivitamins

                                                                                            Does NutriGold offer more than one women’s multivitamin formulation?

                                                                                            Yes. In addition to our Prenatal Multivitamin, we offer 4 multivitamin options to support women's health - 

                                                                                            • One Daily Women’s Multi Gold (available in 30-count and 60-count bottles/1 capsule per day) 
                                                                                            • Women’s Multi Gold (90 capsules/3 capsules per day)
                                                                                            • 40+ Multi Gold (90 capsules/3 capsules per day)
                                                                                            • 55+ Multi Gold (90 capsules/3 capsules per day)

                                                                                            How do the different NutriGold women’s multivitamins compare?

                                                                                            Nutrients

                                                                                            Prenatal Multi

                                                                                            One Daily Women’s

                                                                                            Women’s Multi

                                                                                            Women’s 40+ Multi

                                                                                            Women’s 55+ Multi

                                                                                            3 caps/day

                                                                                            1 cap/day

                                                                                            3 caps/day

                                                                                            3 caps/day

                                                                                            3 caps/day

                                                                                            Size 0 pullulan capsule (length — 0.854” & outer diameter — 0.3”)

                                                                                            Water-Soluble Vitamins

                                                                                            Vitamin C

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Thiamin (B1)

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            Riboflavin (B2)

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            Niacin (B3)

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            Pyridoxine (B6)

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            Folate (B9)

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            B-12

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            Biotin

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            Pantothenic Acid

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            Fat-Soluble Vitamins — Percent Daily Value (based on a 2,000 calorie diet)

                                                                                            Vitamin D3

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Vitamin E

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Vitamin K (MK-7)

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Minerals — Percent Daily Value (based on a 2,000 calorie diet)

                                                                                            Iron

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            30%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            N/A

                                                                                            N/A

                                                                                            Iodine

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Zinc

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            60%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Selenium

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Manganese

                                                                                            40%

                                                                                            N/A

                                                                                            45%

                                                                                            40%

                                                                                            40%

                                                                                            Chromium

                                                                                            90%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Added Ingredients to Support Antioxidant Protection and Healthy Aging

                                                                                            Solarplast®

                                                                                            SOD-B®

                                                                                            Additional Purchasing Considerations

                                                                                            Certified Organic

                                                                                            Non-GMO Verified

                                                                                            Certified C.L.E.A.N

                                                                                            Certified Kosher

                                                                                            Certified Vegan

                                                                                            Vegan/Vegetarian

                                                                                            Can individuals with a known or suspected MTHFR gene mutation take NutriGold multivitamins to get the recommended daily value of folate?

                                                                                            There is some controversy with regard to the form of B9 that is best suited for individuals with a known or suspected MTHFR gene variant. According to the American Pregnancy Association, some women have a defect in their MTHFR gene that doesn’t allow them to properly convert synthetic folic acid into active methyl folate. As such, women taking folic acid may not be absorbing their B vitamins as expected. For this reason, it is preferable to take folate either from whole food sources (e.g. green leafy vegetables) or supplements that contain the natural form of active folate instead of synthesized folic acid whenever possible.

                                                                                            However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the most common variant in the MTHFR gene is MTHFR C677T and these are the 5 most important things to known about this variant —

                                                                                            1. People with MTHFR C677T variants can process all types of folate, including folic acid.
                                                                                            2. Folic acid is the only type of folate shown to help prevent neural tube defects.
                                                                                            3. MTHFR gene variants are common.
                                                                                            4. All women of reproductive age who could become pregnant should consume 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid each day, including those with an MTHFR C677T variant
                                                                                            5. Sometimes a woman may still have a baby with a neural tube defect even though she consumed the recommended 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid; the defect may be unrelated to the MTHFR gene variant or folate status.

                                                                                            Supplements containing forms of folate other than folic acid (such as 5-MTHF) should not be confused with the natural food folate found in fruits and vegetables. The effectiveness of these [5-MTHF] supplements in preventing neural tube defects has not been studied. For more information on the difference between folic acid and folate, please click here.

                                                                                            The form of B9 in our product is not the methylated form. While it can help bridge nutritional gaps in the diet, support good health, and help minimize the risk of folate deficiency when taken in conjunction with a diet that includes folate-rich foods, we regret we do not have any information on and cannot make any recommendations regarding the use of our product by individuals with a known or suspected MTHFR gene variant. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the folate form in our products, we ask that you discuss those concerns with your healthcare provider prior to supplementation so you can make an informed purchasing decision on the form of folate that will best support your particular health goals.

                                                                                            Why don’t NutriGold multivitamins include any ingredients to address specific women’s health issues (e.g. fertility, PMS, menopause)?

                                                                                            The reason we do not include targeted health-specific ingredients in our multivitamin formulations is two-fold: (1) we are philosophically opposed to the idea of one-size-fits-all, kitchen-sink formulations because not all health concerns may be shared by everyone in the target population. We believe that a multivitamin should be, as the name suggests, a product that provides therapeutically beneficial amounts of vitamins and minerals that can help bridge nutrient gaps in diet and minimize deficiency risk; and (2) from a practical standpoint, including the full therapeutic dosages of targeted ingredients that address specific women’s health issues (e.g. cranberry for urinary tract health) will mean higher dosages; this can be a deal-breaker for consumers who either cannot or don’t prefer to take products with prohibitively high dosages.

                                                                                            Formulating without these health-specific ingredients allows consumers to choose the multivitamin that best fits their needs based upon micronutrient levels alone and without the distraction of ingredients that are either present in amounts too low to be therapeutically beneficial and/or are tangential to the purposes for which most consumers take a multivitamin.

                                                                                            That being said, while our women’s multivitamin formulations do not include targeted ingredients to address specific women’s health issues , they do include broad-spectrum antioxidants (e.g. Solarplast®, SOD-B®) that can complement the activity of the essential micronutrients to support healthy aging.

                                                                                            Magnesium Gold


                                                                                            Section updated  ↴

                                                                                            Questions about women’s multivitamins

                                                                                            Does NutriGold offer more than one women’s multivitamin formulation?

                                                                                            Yes. In addition to our Prenatal Multivitamin, we offer 4 multivitamin options to support women's health - 

                                                                                            • One Daily Women’s Multi Gold (available in 30-count and 60-count bottles/1 capsule per day) 
                                                                                            • Women’s Multi Gold (90 capsules/3 capsules per day)
                                                                                            • 40+ Multi Gold (90 capsules/3 capsules per day)
                                                                                            • 55+ Multi Gold (90 capsules/3 capsules per day)

                                                                                            How do the different NutriGold women’s multivitamins compare?

                                                                                            Nutrients

                                                                                            Prenatal Multi

                                                                                            One Daily Women’s

                                                                                            Women’s Multi

                                                                                            Women’s 40+ Multi

                                                                                            Women’s 55+ Multi

                                                                                            3 caps/day

                                                                                            1 cap/day

                                                                                            3 caps/day

                                                                                            3 caps/day

                                                                                            3 caps/day

                                                                                            Size 0 pullulan capsule (length — 0.854” & outer diameter — 0.3”)

                                                                                            Water-Soluble Vitamins

                                                                                            Vitamin C

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Thiamin (B1)

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            Riboflavin (B2)

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            Niacin (B3)

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            Pyridoxine (B6)

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            Folate (B9)

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            B-12

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            Biotin

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            Pantothenic Acid

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            Fat-Soluble Vitamins — Percent Daily Value (based on a 2,000 calorie diet)

                                                                                            Vitamin D3

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Vitamin E

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Vitamin K (MK-7)

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Minerals — Percent Daily Value (based on a 2,000 calorie diet)

                                                                                            Iron

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            30%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            N/A

                                                                                            N/A

                                                                                            Iodine

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Zinc

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            60%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Selenium

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Manganese

                                                                                            40%

                                                                                            N/A

                                                                                            45%

                                                                                            40%

                                                                                            40%

                                                                                            Chromium

                                                                                            90%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Added Ingredients to Support Antioxidant Protection and Healthy Aging

                                                                                            Solarplast®

                                                                                            SOD-B®

                                                                                            Additional Purchasing Considerations

                                                                                            Certified Organic

                                                                                            Non-GMO Verified

                                                                                            Certified C.L.E.A.N

                                                                                            Certified Kosher

                                                                                            Certified Vegan

                                                                                            Vegan/Vegetarian

                                                                                            Can individuals with a known or suspected MTHFR gene mutation take NutriGold multivitamins to get the recommended daily value of folate?

                                                                                            There is some controversy with regard to the form of B9 that is best suited for individuals with a known or suspected MTHFR gene variant. According to the American Pregnancy Association, some women have a defect in their MTHFR gene that doesn’t allow them to properly convert synthetic folic acid into active methyl folate. As such, women taking folic acid may not be absorbing their B vitamins as expected. For this reason, it is preferable to take folate either from whole food sources (e.g. green leafy vegetables) or supplements that contain the natural form of active folate instead of synthesized folic acid whenever possible.

                                                                                            However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the most common variant in the MTHFR gene is MTHFR C677T and these are the 5 most important things to known about this variant —

                                                                                            1. People with MTHFR C677T variants can process all types of folate, including folic acid.
                                                                                            2. Folic acid is the only type of folate shown to help prevent neural tube defects.
                                                                                            3. MTHFR gene variants are common.
                                                                                            4. All women of reproductive age who could become pregnant should consume 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid each day, including those with an MTHFR C677T variant
                                                                                            5. Sometimes a woman may still have a baby with a neural tube defect even though she consumed the recommended 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid; the defect may be unrelated to the MTHFR gene variant or folate status.

                                                                                            Supplements containing forms of folate other than folic acid (such as 5-MTHF) should not be confused with the natural food folate found in fruits and vegetables. The effectiveness of these [5-MTHF] supplements in preventing neural tube defects has not been studied. For more information on the difference between folic acid and folate, please click here.

                                                                                            The form of B9 in our product is not the methylated form. While it can help bridge nutritional gaps in the diet, support good health, and help minimize the risk of folate deficiency when taken in conjunction with a diet that includes folate-rich foods, we regret we do not have any information on and cannot make any recommendations regarding the use of our product by individuals with a known or suspected MTHFR gene variant. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the folate form in our products, we ask that you discuss those concerns with your healthcare provider prior to supplementation so you can make an informed purchasing decision on the form of folate that will best support your particular health goals.

                                                                                            Why don’t NutriGold multivitamins include any ingredients to address specific women’s health issues (e.g. fertility, PMS, menopause)?

                                                                                            The reason we do not include targeted health-specific ingredients in our multivitamin formulations is two-fold: (1) we are philosophically opposed to the idea of one-size-fits-all, kitchen-sink formulations because not all health concerns may be shared by everyone in the target population. We believe that a multivitamin should be, as the name suggests, a product that provides therapeutically beneficial amounts of vitamins and minerals that can help bridge nutrient gaps in diet and minimize deficiency risk; and (2) from a practical standpoint, including the full therapeutic dosages of targeted ingredients that address specific women’s health issues (e.g. cranberry for urinary tract health) will mean higher dosages; this can be a deal-breaker for consumers who either cannot or don’t prefer to take products with prohibitively high dosages.

                                                                                            Formulating without these health-specific ingredients allows consumers to choose the multivitamin that best fits their needs based upon micronutrient levels alone and without the distraction of ingredients that are either present in amounts too low to be therapeutically beneficial and/or are tangential to the purposes for which most consumers take a multivitamin.

                                                                                            That being said, while our women’s multivitamin formulations do not include targeted ingredients to address specific women’s health issues , they do include broad-spectrum antioxidants (e.g. Solarplast®, SOD-B®) that can complement the activity of the essential micronutrients to support healthy aging.
                                                                                            Section updated  ↴

                                                                                            General Questions about Magnesium

                                                                                            What is magnesium?

                                                                                            Magnesium is an essential mineral that is required for more than 300 essential metabolic reactions. Magnesium is required for cellular energy production and is a key structural component of bones.  In addition, magnesium supports nerve, brain, cardiovascular and immune health.

                                                                                            What are some risk factors for a magnesium deficiency?

                                                                                            It is estimated that around 50% of the adult population may be at risk for inadequate magnesium intake (Source). Individuals that are most at risk for magnesium deficiency include those with gastrointestinal disorders such as prolonged diarrhea, malabsorption syndromes, celiac disease or those that have had part of their small intestine removed. Some renal, endocrine, and metabolic disorders can also lead to magnesium depletion. In addition, magnesium status can also be impacted by the consumption of alcohol, drug use and some medications.

                                                                                            Are there any food sources of magnesium?

                                                                                            Magnesium is a primary component of chlorophyll, the green pigment in plants. Given this, leafy greens like spinach, swiss chard, turnip greens, and beet greens tend to be the best sources of dietary magnesium. Good sources of magnesium also include pumpkin seeds, Brazil nuts, cashews and almonds.

                                                                                            It is worth noting that decreases in food crop magnesium content can make it difficult to get the recommended allowance of magnesium from food alone. So, if you are relying exclusively on dietary sources of magnesium to meet the recommended daily intake, please check with your healthcare provider if a magnesium supplement is right for you.

                                                                                            What is the recommended daily allowance for magnesium?

                                                                                            The 100% daily value (%DV) for magnesium for individuals 18 years of age and older is 420 mg. This drops down to 400 mg per day during pregnancy/breastfeeding. As with any supplement, please talk to your healthcare provider prior to supplementation to ensure you are following the dosing schedule that is right for your particular health needs.

                                                                                            Is there an established upper toxicity limit for magnesium?

                                                                                            The Tolerable Upper Intake Level (UL) is considered to be the highest amount you can take of a nutrient without theoretical risk. The Food and Nutrition Board (FNB) of the US Institute of Medicine has set the tolerable upper intake level (UL) for magnesium at 350 mg/day. This UL is largely based on avoiding gastrointestinal disturbances which can occur when supplementing with magnesium salts.  It is important to note that adverse effects have not been observed from magnesium in food. Given this, the magnesium one consumes from food does not count towards the UL; this only applies to supplemental magnesium. Medical providers will sometimes determine that a higher amount of magnesium is necessary in cases of severe deficiency.

                                                                                            Is it necessary to take calcium with magnesium?

                                                                                            No, calcium does not have to be taken with magnesium. In fact, it is often recommended to avoid taking large amounts of both minerals at the same time as they can compete with each other for absorption. Regardless, as a matter of principle and in the interest of your health and safety, we encourage you to consult your healthcare provider prior to supplementation to determine what use, if any, is best for your individual needs.

                                                                                            Can magnesium supplements be taken with OTC or prescription medications?

                                                                                            Magnesium may interfere with the absorption of some drugs. If you are taking or planning to take an OTC or prescription medication, please consult a licensed pharmacist or your healthcare provider before beginning supplementation to minimize risk of side effects associated with potential supplement-drug interactions.

                                                                                            Still have questions?

                                                                                            Questions about Magnesium Gold

                                                                                            What form of magnesium is provided in Magnesium Gold?

                                                                                            Magnesium Gold provides magnesium as a full-spectrum chelate. Magnesium isn't stable in its free form and needs to be bound to something to be stable, and the biggest difference among magnesium products does not come from the elemental magnesium itself (which is all the same across all products), but from what the magnesium is actually bound to. The magnesium in our product is chelated to a full-spectrum amino acid complex from USA-grown, hydrolyzed rice protein for enhanced bioavailability.

                                                                                            What does “elemental” mean?

                                                                                            The term "elemental" refers to how much of the actual element, in this case magnesium, is present per capsule or serving of the product. Each 3-capsule serving of  Magnesium Gold provides 400 mg of elemental magnesium from a 2000 mg complex consisting of magnesium and amino acids.

                                                                                            What is the original source of magnesium in Magnesium Gold?

                                                                                            The elemental magnesium in Magnesium Gold is from magnesium oxide from the Dead Sea in Israel. However, because magnesium oxide is generally believed to have poor bioavailability in the gut, the magnesium oxide is solubilized in a solvent-free, aqueous environment and chelated to USA-grown, hydrolyzed rice protein for enhanced bioavailability. To the best of our knowledge, there is no residual magnesium as magnesium oxide in the finished product.

                                                                                            Why chelated to an amino acid complex instead of a single amino acid molecule?

                                                                                            Most commercially available magnesium products feature magnesium bound to a single, large, synthetically-created amino acid molecule (e.g. magnesium glycinate). However, the magnesium in our product is chelated to the full spectrum of amino acids naturally found in hydrolyzed rice protein. As with other chelates, there is less magnesium by weight in this form as well, but the amino acid complex in Magnesium Gold may confer benefits other than what may be available with other individual mineral chelates like magnesium glycinate.

                                                                                            There are a couple of benefits to chelating to an amino acid complex instead of a single amino acid molecule—first, the product delivers a complete amino acid profile including 'essential' amino acids (those that must be consumed in the diet because the body is unable to produce them itself); and second, there is some scientific evidence (Mackenzie, Loo, Fei, et. al., 1996) that amino acids are taken up in short chains and not as single molecules. The process used to chelate the magnesium in our product delivers the mineral sequestered in these short chains, which supports the body's own uptake mechanism to deliver highly available mineral nutrients.

                                                                                            What amino acids are in Magnesium Gold?

                                                                                            The magnesium in our product is chelated to a full-spectrum amino acid complex that is naturally found in USA-grown, hydrolyzed rice protein. This full-spectrum amino acid complex includes aspartic acid, threonine, serine, glutamic acid, glycine, alanine, cystine, valine, methionine, isoleucine, leucine, tyrosine, phenylalanine, lysine, histidine, tryptophan, arginine, and proline. The approximate amino acid content in the organic hydrolyzed rice protein that is used in our Magnesium Gold product is summarized in Table 1.

                                                                                            Table 1. HYDROLYZED RICE PROTEIN AMINO ACID PROFILE

                                                                                            Amino Acid

                                                                                            Amount per 3-capsule (2000 mg) serving

                                                                                            Aspartic Acid

                                                                                            154.215 mg

                                                                                            Threonine

                                                                                            66.654 mg

                                                                                            Serine

                                                                                            90.666 mg

                                                                                            Glutamic Acid

                                                                                            332.856 mg

                                                                                            Glycine

                                                                                            76.59 mg

                                                                                            Alanine

                                                                                            110.745 mg

                                                                                            Cysteine

                                                                                            42.228 mg

                                                                                            Valine

                                                                                            122.544 mg

                                                                                            Methionine

                                                                                            48.645 mg

                                                                                            Isoleucine

                                                                                            81.351 mg

                                                                                            Leucine

                                                                                            152.145 mg

                                                                                            Tyrosine

                                                                                            104.328 mg

                                                                                            Phenylalanine

                                                                                            104.535 mg

                                                                                            Lysine

                                                                                            61.686 mg

                                                                                            Histidine

                                                                                            45.126 mg

                                                                                            Tryptophan

                                                                                            22.149 mg

                                                                                            Arginine

                                                                                            156.699 mg

                                                                                            Proline

                                                                                            88.803 mg

                                                                                            Total Protein (mg)

                                                                                            1,861.97 mg

                                                                                            How many grams of carbohydrates are in each 3-capsule serving of Magnesium Gold?

                                                                                            We do not currently assay the Magnesium Gold for carbohydrate content; however, we can provide an approximate estimation of the amount of carbohydrates per 3-capsule serving of our Magnesium Gold, which is 0.2 g (or 200 mg).

                                                                                            For reference, the Daily Value (DV) for total carbohydrate is 300 grams (g) or 100% DV, based on a 2,000-calorie diet. So, one serving of Magnesium Gold would contribute < 0.1% of the DV of carbohydrates.

                                                                                            How does NutriGold ensure the purity of the ingredients used in its Magnesium Gold product?

                                                                                            At NutriGold, we go above and beyond what is recommended or required under current GMPs to independently verify that the raw materials used in our products as well as the finished products themselves meet industry-defining quality and purity standards. Depending on the complexity of the testing involved, including determining what needs to be tested, what methods are fit-for-purpose, and which lab is most qualified to perform the testing, we sometimes have results from as many as 4 or 5 different independent, ISO-certified labs for each product. We take these results from third-party labs and summarize them in lot-specific Certificates of Analysis that are  freely available in the spirit of authentic transparency on the product pages on our website so consumers can make informed purchasing decisions.

                                                                                            What assurance can you provide that the amount of magnesium listed on the label (400 mg) is actually in the product?

                                                                                            All of our products are verified by independent third-party labs to meet identity, purity, and potency label claims. We take these results from third-party labs and summarize them in lot-specific Certificates of Analysis (C of A) that are  freely available in the spirit of authentic transparency on the product pages on our website so consumers can make informed purchasing decisions. The C of A provides assurance that the claims made on the label accurately reflect the contents of the product inside the bottle. If interested, more information on our our commitment to independent, third party quality testing can be found at this link - https://nutrigold.com/pages/accountability 

                                                                                            Is Magnesium Gold easy to digest and gentle on my stomach (non-laxative)?

                                                                                            The magnesium in our product is chelated to hydrolyzed rice protein for enhanced bioavailability. Chelated magnesium tends to be a gentler form than magnesium citrate or oxide and is less likely to cause a laxative effect. However, high doses of magnesium, regardless of what form the magnesium is in, may produce a laxative effect in some individuals. Consistent with our guiding principle to ‘do no harm’ and in the interest of your health and safety, we ask that you discuss any concerns you may have regarding the suitability of our products for your particular health needs with your healthcare provider prior to supplementation.

                                                                                            What is the best time of day to take Magnesium Gold?

                                                                                            Many customers often take magnesium in the evening hours to support muscle relaxation and restful sleep.  However, for whole body health, it may be best to space supplemental magnesium throughout the day for optimal absorption.  Regardless, as a matter of principle and in the interest of your health and safety, we encourage you to consult your healthcare provider prior to supplementation to determine what use is best for your individual needs.

                                                                                            Can I break apart the capsule and add the contents to liquid/food to consume?

                                                                                            All of our products are formulated to be taken as capsules and our purity and potency claims are based on the product being taken as recommended. We generally do not recommend breaking apart the capsules because it can introduce contaminants or otherwise compromise product potency and effectiveness.

                                                                                            Is Magnesium Gold suitable for children (under 18 years of age)?

                                                                                            Magnesium Gold is formulated for individuals over 18 years. Because children are considered a vulnerable population, we regret we cannot make any recommendations regarding the use of our products by or for children under the age of 18. We ask that you talk to your pediatrician or family practitioner about whether or not Magnesium Gold is suitable and safe for your child’s particular healthcare needs prior to supplementation.

                                                                                            Selenium Gold


                                                                                            Section updated  ↴

                                                                                            General Questions about Selenium

                                                                                            What is selenium?

                                                                                            Selenium is a trace mineral found naturally in produce, seeds, nuts, and whole grains that are grown in selenium-rich soil. Selenium functions as an antioxidant in the human body.  A number of antioxidant enzymes in the body, including glutathione peroxidase, require selenium in order to function. Selenium is also necessary for the normal functioning and health of the thyroid gland and immune system.

                                                                                            What are some risk factors for a selenium deficiency?

                                                                                            A diet rich in fresh produce and whole grains can typically supply the body with adequate amounts of selenium. However, today’s over-reliance on refined and processed foods can provide a challenge to optimal selenium intake. It may be important to note that selenium concentration in plants is highly dependent upon the selenium content of the soil they are grown in.  For instance, the soil of the South and Northeast is known to have less selenium than some other sections of the United States. Individuals with certain medical conditions (e.g. malabsorption syndromes, Crohn’s disease) are also at an increased risk of selenium deficiency.

                                                                                            Are there any food sources of selenium?

                                                                                            Brazil nuts are considered to be the richest food source of selenium. Other good sources of selenium include seafood (tuna, shrimp, sardines, salmon, cod), whole grains, organ meats, eggs, and dairy products.

                                                                                            What is the recommended daily allowance for selenium?

                                                                                            The 100% daily value (%DV) for selenium for individuals 18 years of age and older is 55 mcg. This goes up to 70 mcg per day during pregnancy/breastfeeding. As with any supplement, please talk to your healthcare provider prior to supplementation to ensure you are following the dosing schedule that is right for your particular health needs.

                                                                                            Is there an established upper toxicity limit for selenium?

                                                                                            The Food and Nutrition Board (FNB) of the Institute of Medicine has set the tolerable upper intake level (UL) for selenium at 400  mcg/day for adults. The Upper Tolerable Limit (UL) is considered to be the highest amount you can take of a nutrient without theoretical risk.

                                                                                            Can selenium supplements be taken with OTC or prescription medications?

                                                                                            If you are taking or planning to take an OTC or prescription medication, please consult a licensed pharmacist or your healthcare provider before beginning supplementation to minimize risk of side effects associated with potential supplement-drug interactions.

                                                                                            Still have questions?

                                                                                            Questions about Selenium Gold

                                                                                            What is the source of selenium in Selenium Gold?

                                                                                            Selenium Gold provides a gentle and nourishing form of  plant-based selenium from mustard seed and other ingredients in the organic food blend. The full list of organic foods can be found under the ‘Organic Food Blend’ in the supplement facts panel (on the label) and on the product page on our website. 

                                                                                            What is the purpose of the organic food blend in Selenium Gold?

                                                                                            At Nutrigold, we are mindful of the fact that every ingredient in a product, regardless of whether it is an active ingredient that provides a health benefit or an additive that ensures finished product integrity, can and will likely have some impact on consumers’ health. This is why we are philosophically opposed to the use of synthetic, semi-synthetic, or commodity additives like magnesium stearate and silicon dioxide commonly found in most commercially-available supplements. We choose instead to use organic, plant-based, pantry-friendly functional additives that not only have a history of safe use, but may help support the bioavailability and absorption of selenium from the mustard seed in the food blend.

                                                                                            How does Selenium Gold compare to other forms of selenium such as sodium selenite or selenomethionine?

                                                                                            Sodium selenite is an inorganic form of selenium that may have limited bioavailability and/or efficacy.  Likewise, another form of selenium, selenomethionine, occurs naturally in food like brazil nuts and whole grains, but there is not enough information on how the selenomethionine in dietary supplements is processed and whether it has the same form and will provide the same benefits as naturally-occurring selenomethionine in foods.

                                                                                            Selenium Gold is a gentle and nourishing form of plant-based selenium that is derived entirely from natural food sources—it is not synthetic selenium fermented, grown or cultured in yeast or a blend of organic foods fortified with synthetic selenium and marketed as “whole-food” or “food-based” selenium.

                                                                                            How does NutriGold ensure the purity of the ingredients used in its Selenium Gold product?

                                                                                            At NutriGold, we go above and beyond what is recommended or required under current GMPs to independently verify that the raw materials used in our products as well as the finished products themselves meet industry-defining quality and purity standards. Depending on the complexity of the testing involved, including determining what needs to be tested, what methods are fit-for-purpose, and which lab is most qualified to perform the testing, we sometimes have results from as many as 4 or 5 different independent, ISO-certified labs for each product. We take these results from third-party labs and summarize them in lot-specific Certificates of Analysis that are  freely available in the spirit of authentic transparency on the product pages on our website so consumers can make informed purchasing decisions.

                                                                                            What assurance can you provide that the amount of  selenium  listed on the label (200 mcg) is actually in the product?

                                                                                            All of our products are verified by independent third-party labs to meet identity, purity, and potency label claims. We take these results from third-party labs and summarize them in lot-specific Certificates of Analysis (C of A) that are  freely available in the spirit of authentic transparency on the product pages on our website so consumers can make informed purchasing decisions. The C of A provides assurance that the claims made on the label accurately reflect the contents of the product inside the bottle. If interested, more information on our our commitment to independent, third party quality testing can be found at this link - https://nutrigold.com/pages/accountability  

                                                                                            What is the best time of day to take Selenium Gold? Should it be taken with food?

                                                                                            Selenium Gold is made using organic foods and can be taken anytime, even on an empty stomach. However, as a matter of principle and in the interest of your health and safety, we encourage you to consult your healthcare provider prior to supplementation to determine what use, if any, is best for your individual needs.

                                                                                            What is a pullulan capsule? What is it made of?

                                                                                            Pullulan is a vegetable-derived, water-soluble polysaccharide produced through a natural fermentation process. Pullulan capsules are considered more natural than HPMC (cellulose) capsules because they are naturally derived from fermented tapioca. Unlike cellulose capsules, which are considered semi-synthetic and not permitted in certified organic products, pullulan is included in the USDA’s National Organic Program list of accepted ingredients for organic products. 

                                                                                            Can I break apart the capsule and add the contents to liquid/food to consume?

                                                                                            All of our products are formulated to be taken as capsules and our purity and potency claims are based on the product being taken as recommended. We generally do not recommend breaking apart the capsules because it can introduce contaminants or otherwise compromise product potency and effectiveness.

                                                                                            Is Selenium Gold suitable for children (under 18 years of age)?

                                                                                            Selenium Gold is formulated for individuals over 18 years. Because children are considered a vulnerable population, we regret we cannot make any recommendations regarding the use of our products by or for children under the age of 18. We ask that you talk to your pediatrician or family practitioner about whether or not Selenium Gold is suitable and safe for your child’s particular healthcare needs prior to supplementation.

                                                                                            Section updated  ↴

                                                                                            Questions about women’s multivitamins

                                                                                            Does NutriGold offer more than one women’s multivitamin formulation?

                                                                                            Yes. In addition to our Prenatal Multivitamin, we offer 4 multivitamin options to support women's health - 

                                                                                            • One Daily Women’s Multi Gold (available in 30-count and 60-count bottles/1 capsule per day) 
                                                                                            • Women’s Multi Gold (90 capsules/3 capsules per day)
                                                                                            • 40+ Multi Gold (90 capsules/3 capsules per day)
                                                                                            • 55+ Multi Gold (90 capsules/3 capsules per day)

                                                                                            How do the different NutriGold women’s multivitamins compare?

                                                                                            Nutrients

                                                                                            Prenatal Multi

                                                                                            One Daily Women’s

                                                                                            Women’s Multi

                                                                                            Women’s 40+ Multi

                                                                                            Women’s 55+ Multi

                                                                                            3 caps/day

                                                                                            1 cap/day

                                                                                            3 caps/day

                                                                                            3 caps/day

                                                                                            3 caps/day

                                                                                            Size 0 pullulan capsule (length — 0.854” & outer diameter — 0.3”)

                                                                                            Water-Soluble Vitamins

                                                                                            Vitamin C

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Thiamin (B1)

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            Riboflavin (B2)

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            Niacin (B3)

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            Pyridoxine (B6)

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            Folate (B9)

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            B-12

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            Biotin

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            Pantothenic Acid

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            Fat-Soluble Vitamins — Percent Daily Value (based on a 2,000 calorie diet)

                                                                                            Vitamin D3

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Vitamin E

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Vitamin K (MK-7)

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Minerals — Percent Daily Value (based on a 2,000 calorie diet)

                                                                                            Iron

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            30%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            N/A

                                                                                            N/A

                                                                                            Iodine

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Zinc

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            50%

                                                                                            60%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Selenium

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            > 100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Manganese

                                                                                            40%

                                                                                            N/A

                                                                                            45%

                                                                                            40%

                                                                                            40%

                                                                                            Chromium

                                                                                            90%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            100%

                                                                                            Added Ingredients to Support Antioxidant Protection and Healthy Aging

                                                                                            Solarplast®

                                                                                            SOD-B®

                                                                                            Additional Purchasing Considerations

                                                                                            Certified Organic

                                                                                            Non-GMO Verified

                                                                                            Certified C.L.E.A.N

                                                                                            Certified Kosher

                                                                                            Certified Vegan

                                                                                            Vegan/Vegetarian

                                                                                            Can individuals with a known or suspected MTHFR gene mutation take NutriGold multivitamins to get the recommended daily value of folate?

                                                                                            There is some controversy with regard to the form of B9 that is best suited for individuals with a known or suspected MTHFR gene variant. According to the American Pregnancy Association, some women have a defect in their MTHFR gene that doesn’t allow them to properly convert synthetic folic acid into active methyl folate. As such, women taking folic acid may not be absorbing their B vitamins as expected. For this reason, it is preferable to take folate either from whole food sources (e.g. green leafy vegetables) or supplements that contain the natural form of active folate instead of synthesized folic acid whenever possible.

                                                                                            However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the most common variant in the MTHFR gene is MTHFR C677T and these are the 5 most important things to known about this variant —

                                                                                            1. People with MTHFR C677T variants can process all types of folate, including folic acid.
                                                                                            2. Folic acid is the only type of folate shown to help prevent neural tube defects.
                                                                                            3. MTHFR gene variants are common.
                                                                                            4. All women of reproductive age who could become pregnant should consume 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid each day, including those with an MTHFR C677T variant
                                                                                            5. Sometimes a woman may still have a baby with a neural tube defect even though she consumed the recommended 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid; the defect may be unrelated to the MTHFR gene variant or folate status.

                                                                                            Supplements containing forms of folate other than folic acid (such as 5-MTHF) should not be confused with the natural food folate found in fruits and vegetables. The effectiveness of these [5-MTHF] supplements in preventing neural tube defects has not been studied. For more information on the difference between folic acid and folate, please click here.

                                                                                            The form of B9 in our product is not the methylated form. While it can help bridge nutritional gaps in the diet, support good health, and help minimize the risk of folate deficiency when taken in conjunction with a diet that includes folate-rich foods, we regret we do not have any information on and cannot make any recommendations regarding the use of our product by individuals with a known or suspected MTHFR gene variant. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the folate form in our products, we ask that you discuss those concerns with your healthcare provider prior to supplementation so you can make an informed purchasing decision on the form of folate that will best support your particular health goals.

                                                                                            Why don’t NutriGold multivitamins include any ingredients to address specific women’s health issues (e.g. fertility, PMS, menopause)?

                                                                                            The reason we do not include targeted health-specific ingredients in our multivitamin formulations is two-fold: (1) we are philosophically opposed to the idea of one-size-fits-all, kitchen-sink formulations because not all health concerns may be shared by everyone in the target population. We believe that a multivitamin should be, as the name suggests, a product that provides therapeutically beneficial amounts of vitamins and minerals that can help bridge nutrient gaps in diet and minimize deficiency risk; and (2) from a practical standpoint, including the full therapeutic dosages of targeted ingredients that address specific women’s health issues (e.g. cranberry for urinary tract health) will mean higher dosages; this can be a deal-breaker for consumers who either cannot or don’t prefer to take products with prohibitively high dosages.

                                                                                            Formulating without these health-specific ingredients allows consumers to choose the multivitamin that best fits their needs based upon micronutrient levels alone and without the distraction of ingredients that are either present in amounts too low to be therapeutically beneficial and/or are tangential to the purposes for which most consumers take a multivitamin.

                                                                                            That being said, while our women’s multivitamin formulations do not include targeted ingredients to address specific women’s health issues , they do include broad-spectrum antioxidants (e.g. Solarplast®, SOD-B®) that can complement the activity of the essential micronutrients to support healthy aging.

                                                                                            Zinc Gold


                                                                                            Section updated  ↴

                                                                                            General Questions about Zinc

                                                                                            What is zinc?

                                                                                            Zinc is an essential mineral that is found within every cell of the human body. Zinc is required for normal growth and development, immune health, vision, reproduction, insulin regulation and thyroid function.  Zinc also has antioxidant properties and is a primary structural component of the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase. 

                                                                                            What are some risk factors for a zinc deficiency?

                                                                                            Severe zinc deficiency is considered to be rare in the developed world. However, marginal zinc deficiency may be much more common. Individuals that are at risk for zinc deficiency include—

                                                                                            • alcoholics and those with gastrointestinal disorders such as persistent diarrhea, malabsorption syndromes, celiac disease, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis;
                                                                                            • pregnant and lactating women who need higher amounts of zinc to support healthy fetal development and, for this reason, may be at greater risk of deficiency;
                                                                                            • strict vegetarians primarily due to the zinc-blocking effects of phytate, a compound present in some grains and legumes; and
                                                                                            • senior citizens due to a reduced capacity to absorb zinc. Some medications may also decrease zinc absorption and limit its utilization in the body.

                                                                                            Are there any food sources of zinc?

                                                                                            Zinc can be found in a wide variety of foods. Oysters are considered to be the richest food source of zinc. Meat, eggs, and seafood also provide good amounts of zinc and are generally free of compounds like phytic acid, which may lessen absorption of zinc.  Vegetarian sources of zinc include leafy greens (bok choy, spinach, beet greens, swiss chard), mushrooms, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, cashews, quinoa, green peas, brussel sprouts, broccoli, oats, and sea vegetables.

                                                                                            What is the recommended dietary allowance for zinc?

                                                                                            The 100% daily value (%DV) for zinc for individuals 18 years of age and older is 11 mg. This goes up to 13 mg per day during pregnancy/breastfeeding. As with any supplement, please talk to your healthcare provider prior to supplementation to ensure you are following the dosing schedule that is right for your particular health needs.

                                                                                            Is there an established upper toxicity limit for zinc?

                                                                                            The Upper Tolerable Limit (UL), established by the Food and Nutrition Bard (FNB) of the Institute of Medicine, is considered to be the highest amount you can take of a nutrient without theoretical risk. The UL for zinc is 40 milligrams per day for adults. This UL was largely based on the concern that long term consumption of high amounts of zinc could result in copper deficiency, given that zinc and copper compete with each other for absorption in the human body.

                                                                                            Can zinc supplements be taken with OTC or prescription medications?

                                                                                            Taking zinc supplements at the same time as some medications may result in decreased absorption and efficacy of the medication and/or the zinc supplement. If you are taking or planning to take an OTC or prescription medication, please consult a licensed pharmacist or your healthcare provider before beginning supplementation to minimize risk of side effects associated with potential supplement-drug interactions.

                                                                                            Still have questions?

                                                                                            Questions about Zinc Gold

                                                                                            What is the source of zinc in Zinc Gold?

                                                                                            Zinc Gold provides a gentle and nourishing form of  plant-based zinc from guava leaf and other ingredients in the organic food blend. The full list of organic foods can be found under the ‘Organic Food Blend’ in the supplement facts panel (on the label) and on the product page on our website. 

                                                                                            How does Zinc Gold compare to other zinc supplements?

                                                                                            Zinc Gold is a gentle and nourishing form of plant-based zinc that is derived entirely from natural food sources—it is not synthetic zinc fermented, grown or cultured in yeast or a blend of organic foods fortified with synthetic zinc and marketed as “whole-food” or “food-based” zinc.

                                                                                            How does NutriGold ensure the purity of the ingredients used in its Zinc Gold product?

                                                                                            At NutriGold, we go above and beyond what is recommended or required under current GMPs to independently verify that the raw materials used in our products as well as the finished products themselves meet industry-defining quality and purity standards. Depending on the complexity of the testing involved, including determining what needs to be tested, what methods are fit-for-purpose, and which lab is most qualified to perform the testing, we sometimes have results from as many as 4 or 5 different independent, ISO-certified labs for each product. We take these results from third-party labs and summarize them in lot-specific Certificates of Analysis that are  freely available in the spirit of authentic transparency on the product pages on our website so consumers can make informed purchasing decisions.

                                                                                            What assurance can you provide that the amount of zinc listed on the label (15 mg) is actually in the product?

                                                                                            All of our products are verified by independent third-party labs to meet identity, purity, and potency label claims. We take these results from third-party labs and summarize them in lot-specific Certificates of Analysis (C of A) that are freely available in the spirit of authentic transparency on the product pages on our website so consumers can make informed purchasing decisions. The C of A provides assurance that the claims made on the label accurately reflect the contents of the product inside the bottle. If interested, more information on our our commitment to independent, third party quality testing can be found at this link - https://nutrigold.com/pages/accountability  

                                                                                            What is the best time of day to take Zinc Gold? Should it be taken with food?

                                                                                            Zinc Gold is gentle and can be taken anytime, even on an empty stomach. However, as a matter of principle and in the interest of your health and safety, we encourage you to consult your healthcare provider prior to supplementation to determine what use, if any, is best for your individual needs.

                                                                                            What is a pullulan capsule? What is it made of?

                                                                                            Pullulan is a vegetable-derived, water-soluble polysaccharide produced through a natural fermentation process. Pullulan capsules are considered more natural than HPMC (cellulose) capsules because they are naturally derived from fermented tapioca. Unlike cellulose capsules, which are considered semi-synthetic and not permitted in certified organic products, pullulan is included in the USDA’s National Organic Program list of accepted ingredients for organic products. 

                                                                                            Can I break apart the capsule and add the contents to liquid/food to consume?

                                                                                            All of our products are formulated to be taken as capsules and our purity and potency claims are based on the product being taken as recommended. We generally do not recommend breaking apart the capsules because it can introduce contaminants or otherwise compromise product potency and effectiveness.

                                                                                            Is Zinc Gold suitable for children (under 18 years of age)?

                                                                                            Zinc Gold is formulated for individuals over 18 years. Because children are considered a vulnerable population, we regret we cannot make any recommendations regarding the use of our products by or for children under the age of 18. We ask that you talk to your pediatrician or family practitioner about whether or not Zinc Gold is suitable and safe for your child’s particular healthcare needs prior to supplementation.

                                                                                            Section updated  ↴

                                                                                            Questions about women’s multivitamins

                                                                                            Does NutriGold offer more than one women’s multivitamin formulation?

                                                                                            Yes. In addition to our Prenatal Multivitamin, we offer 4 multivitamin options to support women's health - 

                                                                                            • One Daily Women’s Multi Gold (available in 30-count and 60-count bottles/1 capsule per day) 
                                                                                            • Women’s Multi Gold (90 capsules/3 capsules per day)
                                                                                            • 40+ Multi Gold (90 capsules/3 capsules per day)
                                                                                            • 55+ Multi Gold (90 capsules/3 capsules per day)

                                                                                            How do the different NutriGold women’s multivitamins compare?