Q: What are the main differences between the original formula and the new Essentials+?
The original Raspberry Morning Multivitamin contains a blend of 13 vitamins, 4 essential minerals whereas the new Essentials+ blends have 14 vitamins and 3 essential minerals and an additional organic fruit blend that includes Elderberry! We also adjusted the amounts of several of the vitamins. Depending on your body’s nutrient needs, one formula might be more beneficial for you than the other. If you are unsure which multivitamin would best fit your needs, we’d recommend consulting with your physician or healthcare professional.
Q: How should I use this? Can I take it with drinks or food?
A: We suggest that everyone start with ½, or even ¼, the recommended dose to see how their body responds. You may see that you do better with a smaller dosage because our formula is potent! It can be taken on an empty stomach or with food, any kind of liquid or juice.
Q: I see there is NO SUGAR in the vitamins, which is great! What makes it sweet then?
A: Great question! We pride ourselves in being one of the only liquid vitamins that does not use fructose as its base! Instead we use purified water. The sweetness comes from natural vegetable glycerin which is known for its sweet taste while still being very low in the glycemic index. We also use Organic, Non-GMO Vegan Stevia (leaf) Extract. When tested by a third party lab, our vitamins were confirmed to have ZERO sugars per serving!
Q: Can I give the Multivitamin to children? What is the dosing?
A: Yes, children, ages two and up, can use our formula. However, before you give the Multivitamin to your children, we highly recommend that you show our formula to your physician, pediatrician or healthcare professional to see if our formula is right for your child. Your healthcare professional knows your child’s health best, including what other supplements or prescriptions your child may be taking, as well as knowing if your child is facing any health challenges. We recommend that the child's physician, pediatrician or healthcare professional approve all new wellness supplements. Your healthcare professional can also assess an appropriate dosage for your child. Each child is unique and different, and we want to make sure that they receive the best care possible!
Q: How can I travel with your vitamins?
A: We are currently working on a travel size which should be available soon. Meanwhile, many customers ration the appropriate amount of liquid they need for their trip and put it in a lunch box with an ice pack until they can refrigerate it when they arrive at their destination. Pack-It lunch boxes are a great option as they stay cold for the entire day.
Q: I have MTHFR gene variant(s). Is this product safe for me?
A: Navigating B-vitamins and MTHFR can be tricky! While there is a considerable amount of information coming out on genetic variations and how they affect our biochemistry and health, the MTHFR deficiency is not yet fully understood, including how various B-vitamins affect any given individual. Elevated homocysteine levels, often caused by the MTHFR gene variants, is associated with deficiencies in B9 (Folate), B6 and B12.
The primary concern for those with MTHFR gene variant(s) is Folate (vitamin B9). People with MTHFR gene variant(s) need to avoid synthetic forms of folate (B9), like Folic Acid. There seems to be some evidence that Folinic Acid is safe for those with the less severe MTHFR gene variants, while preliminary studies show that those with more severe MTHFR variants may require 5-MTHR (Methylated Folate) supplementation and/or treatment with betaine (trimethylglycine) to aid in metabolizing homocysteine.
We have six products in our line of supplements that contain some form of folate: all three of our Morning Multivitamins, our Kid’s Multivitamin Gummies, Biotin Gummies and our B-Complex Spray.
Of those products, the Liquid Multivitamins Essentials+ (Fruit Punch and Strawberry) & Organic B-Complex have Folinic Acid since methylated folate is not stable in liquid formulas. Folinic Acid is suitable for many with MTHFR. If you are unsure whether or not you can use Calcium Folinate or Folinic Acid, please speak with your physician.
We advise those with the MTHFR gene variants against using the Liquid Morning Multivitamin in Raspberry flavor, as this version currently has non-methylated folate which is not suitable for this with MTHFR. We do plan on updating this formula to have Folinic Acid with the next batch going to production very soon. However, this new formula is not yet available. (If you are interested in this product, please check with us before ordering to ensure the batches have been updated.)
Our Children's Multivitamin Gummies, as well as our Biotin Gummies, contain Methylated Folate (as Calcium L-5-methyl-THF). Methylated folate is considered safest for those with MTHFR, especially for people who have multiple MTHFR variants.
The remaining products in our line of supplements do not have B9. However, we do have a number of products which contain other B-vitamins. We created a spreadsheet to help our customers review all our products with B-vitamins and their forms, so you can make the best choices for your health. Please reach out to our customer care team for access to this spreadsheet. Generally, the vitamer of B6 that is recommended for those with MTHFR variants is Pyridoxal-5-Phosphate (P5P) and the vitamer of B12 that is recommended for those with MTHFR variants is Methylcobalamin. Please consult with your healthcare professional to determine what is best for you.
In general, when starting any new health and wellness supplement, you should check with your physician or healthcare professional to make sure the supplement is suitable for you and your health. This is especially true when there is the added complexity of the MTHFR gene variants. We encourage you to partner with your healthcare professional to determine the best course of action.
Please do not hesitate to let us know of any additional questions you may have or if you need further assistance.
Q: I’m not feeling a difference when taking this, why?
A: Many of our customers see immediate physical results, in energy or improvements in hair, skin and nails. However, some of our customers don’t feel any difference at all. Many changes the multivitamin will have on you will be strictly internal and show results in bloodwork or better digestion. We have seen that those who are more vitamin deficient experience greater positive results right away. Regardless, please reach out if you are not satisfied with the product.
Q: What if I forgot to refrigerate my Multivitamin?
A: Some customers have forgotten to refrigerate their Multis after opening. We have done testing on the multivitamins and multiminerals: results suggest they are good for 7 days out of the refrigerator. We like to err on the side of safety and say 5 days.
Q: Are the bottles BPA-free?
A: Yes, the brown and white bottles we use for our Multis are BPA free.