OptiVega® frequently asked questions
Who should take OptiVega® Multivitamin & Mineral?
This product is intended for healthy vegan and vegetarian adult women and men ages 18 and above. OptiVega® Multivitamin & Mineral is also suitable for anyone trying to follow a more plant-based diet.
Can pregnant or breastfeeding women take OptiVega® Multivitamin & Mineral?
Although this product is safe for pregnant and breastfeeding women, it does not provide some of the extra nutrient levels recommended during pregnancy or lactation. Your physician may determine if additional supplementation is recommended for you.
Is there enough folate in OptiVega(R) Multivitamin & Mineral for women of child-bearing age?
Can children and teenagers take OptiVega® Multivitamin & Mineral?
This product has been developed for adults ages 18 and older. We do not recommend OptiVega® Multivitamin & Mineral for children under age 12, and there is a choking hazard with the capsules for small children.
Although OptiVega® Multivitamin & Mineral is safe and adequate for teenagers (ages 13 to 17) you should consult with your pediatrician to determine whether or not this product is a good choice or if additional supplementation is recommended.
Is OptiVega® Multivitamin & Mineral easy on the stomach?
Yes. Even people with very sensitive stomachs generally tolerate OptiVega(R) Multivitamin & Mineral without problems. This is because we painstakingly selected all ingredients for best safety, tolerance and efficacy.
Typical forms of iron and copper, for example, can cause nausea in some people. Instead, we use ferrous and copper bisglycinate chelates as the iron and copper forms, and both have excellent tolerability. We also stay away from calcium carbonate and magnesium oxide which may cause constipation or diarrhea.
Finally, we added organic ginger extract to help calm even the most sensitive stomachs.
Are OptiVega® Multivitamin & Mineral capsules easy to swallow?
Yes. We use small (size 1) vegan capsules that are smooth and easy to swallow. It also helps to take them with beverages that have more body than water, e.g., almond, rice or soy milks, orange juice, green drinks or a fruit shake. If all fails, you can take advantage of our 30-day money back guarantee.
Can I take OptiVega® Multivitamin & Mineral with prescription drugs?
Please, consult with your physician before taking any dietary supplements with prescription drugs. OptiVega® Multivitamin & Mineral contains 40 mcg of vitamin K which—at much higher dosages (300 mcg and above) may interfere with certain anticoagulant drugs, such as warfarin.
How do you verify all ingredients are vegan?
As part of our stringent raw ingredient qualification process we require and verify vegan statements from the manufacturer of every ingredient. These vegan statements, along with the ingredient specifications and manufacturing processes are then submitted to an independent third-party vegan certification agency. We use the well-recognized Vegan Action agency of the Vegan Awareness Foundation.
Vegan Action has reviewed and approved all ingredients in OptiVega® as well as the manufacturing procedures, and granted the “Certified Vegan” logo and trademark.
Is OptiVega® Multivitamin & Mineral tested on animals?
No, never. We have a deep respect for animal rights. OptiVega® does not test products or ingredients on animals or use sourced materials or ingredients that have been tested on animals. OptiVega® does not contract other companies to test ingredients or products on animals.
Are there any known allergens in OptiVega® Multivitamin & Mineral?
No, all ingredients have been carefully screened and selected to be free of all common allergens, including corn, gluten, shellfish, egg, fish, peanut, soy, milk, lactose, and nuts.
OptiVega® Multivitamin & Mineral is produced in an FDA-compliant state-of-the-art manufacturing facility with FDA Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) that prevent cross-contamination with allergen-containing ingredients.
Are all ingredients in OptiVega® Multivitamin & Mineral GMO-free?
Yes, all ingredients are either non-GMO or GMO-free (“PCR-negative”). All ingredients have GMO-free statements from all ingredient manufacturers.
OptiVega® Multivitamin & Mineral is produced in an FDA-compliant state-of-the-art manufacturing facility with FDA Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) that prevent cross-contamination with GMO-containing ingredients.
Is OptiVega® Multivitamin & Mineral gluten-free?
Yes, we do not use gluten-containing or wheat-derived ingredients.
OptiVega® Multivitamin & Mineral is produced in an FDA-compliant state-of-the-art manufacturing facility with FDA Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) that prevent cross-contamination with gluten-containing ingredients.
Is OptiVega® Multivitamin & Mineral kosher?
All ingredients are kosher, but the finished product has not yet been certified kosher.
We plan to obtain kosher certification when feasible.
Are all ingredients from “whole food” sources?
We would like to use whole food sources for all our ingredients, but after careful examination of virtually all known whole food vitamin sources we discovered that none of them was truly whole-food derived.
Unfortunately, it’s common practice in the industry to spike whole food ingredients with synthetic vitamins, or to incubate synthetic vitamins with yeasts or probiotics, hoping that they get assimilated into yeast or bacterial cells. However, nobody has analyzed how much—if any—of the synthetic vitamins have been assimilated, and nobody has done any studies to test if humans can absorb and utilize them (bioavailability).
We believe that our customers should not have to pay extra for “whole foods” vitamins that are in fact synthetic vitamins in disguise. Instead, we use only natural and nature-identical ingredients that are well studied for proven safety and efficacy.
What are nature-identical vitamins?
At OptiVega®, we are fully committed to providing the best of nature and science. In general, naturally sourced ingredients are the best option when it comes to safety and performance, and we strive to use natural sources of the ingredients in our dietary supplements as much as possible.
Sometimes, however, there are no appropriate natural, vegan sources for certain ingredients that meet our high standards of quality, safety, and efficacy validation (e.g., “whole foods” vitamins, see above). In these cases, we use the highest quality man/woman-made ingredients that are 100% identical to natural ingredients in all aspects (including stereo isomers).
Nature-identical vitamins behave, perform and represent their natural form in every single aspect. With OptiVega® ingredients, you can always rely on our full commitment to provide the most natural forms of the highest quality and solid scientific substantiation for safety and efficacy.
Where are your ingredients sourced from?
We source our ingredients only from the best suppliers around the world who pass our stringent ingredient qualification program. As a result, over 60% of OptiVega’s ingredients are sourced from the USA with the remainder coming from Denmark, Italy, India, Israel, Malaysia, China and the UK.
We apply the high US FDA dietary supplement manufacturing standards (GMPs) and United States Pharmacopeia (USP) identity and purity standards to all of our ingredients irrespective of country of origin.
Is there manganese in OptiVega® Multivitamin & Mineral?
Manganese is ubiquitous in foods, and plant-based diets are higher in manganese than typical mixed diets. There are no reported cases of human manganese deficiency. Environmental manganese exposure has increased in recent decades due to its use as a gasoline additive.
Recent studies suggest that too much manganese may have adverse neurological effects. That’s why OptiVega® Multivitamin & Mineral does not provide manganese.
Is there choline in OptiVega® Multivitamin & Mineral?
Choline is found in almost all plant-derived foods in small but significant amounts, and vegans and vegetarians generally get enough choline from foods alone. Broccoli, beans, tofu, potatoes and raisins are particularly good choline sources.
While some experts have recommended choline supplementation, others have advised against it. That’s because too much choline may be metabolized by the gut microflora into a potentially toxic compound called trimethylamine-N-oxide (TMAO) with adverse cardiovascular effects.
That’s why OptiVega® Multivitamin & Mineral does not provide choline.
Is this product suitable for people with MTHFR gene mutations?
Yes. MTHFR gene mutations affects over 25% of the population and it impairs the body’s ability to use folic acid which is found in all fortified cereal foods and most multivitamins. That’s why OptiVega® Multivitamin & Mineral supplies all of its folate as 5-methyltetrahydrofolate (5MTHF) which is its natural and most biologically active form. 5MTHF is easily absorbed and metabolized by people with MTHFR gene mutations.
How much folate is in OptiVega® Multivitamin & Mineral?
Vegans and vegetarians generally get significantly more folate from their diets than people on mixed regular diets. OptiVega® Multivitamin & Mineral supplies all of its folate as 5-methyltetrahydrofolate (5MTHF) which is its natural and most biologically active form. However, to this date there are no studies comparing 5MTHF folate with folic acid in the ability to prevent neural tube defects.
Health authorities recommend that women of child-bearing age should supplement with 400 mcg of folic acid (synthetic) to help prevent neural tube defects during pregnancy. However, there is concern about folic acid being metabolized slowly in many people with potential adverse effects.
To be on the safe side, for women who may become pregnant and who are concerned about neural tube defects we recommend taking an additional 400 mcg folic acid supplement that’s widely available.
OptiVega® MultiVitamin and Mineral contains 200mcg of folate.
Why do the Supplement Facts not list vitamins A and E in IUs?
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently introduced a new format for the Supplement Facts with updated (more accurate) Daily Values and completely metric units (mg and mcg) instead of IUs (International Units).
OptiVega® Multivitamin & Mineral is already in compliance with these new rules (while most other dietary supplement companies will have to adopt it between now and January 2020).
Vitamin A is now listed in micrograms (mcg) retinol activity equivalents (RAE): 1 mcg RAE Vitamin A = 3.33 IU, and 1 mcg RAE beta-carotene = 1.67 IU.
Vitamin D is now listed in micrograms (mcg): 1 mcg = 40 IUs. Vitamin E is listed in milligrams (mg): 1 mg = 1.49 IU.
Can I take more than the recommended dose?
Although it’s tempting, more is not better. OptiVega® Multivitamin & Mineral has been carefully formulated to provide the optimum amounts of all vitamins, minerals and trace elements to complement plant-based diets.