Learn about OptiVega® ingedients

Vitamin A, Retinol

Vitamin A is essential for eye health, color vision, immune function, reproductive health and the growth and development of all cells.

There are two forms of vitamin A in our foods: preformed vitamin A (retinol) from animal products (esp., meats, dairy, eggs) and provitamin A carotenoids (see beta-carotene) from fruit and vegetables (esp., carrots, sweet potatoes and green leafy vegetables).

Vegan and vegetarian diets have very low or no preformed vitamin A, and many people cannot efficiently convert beta-carotene into active vitamin A. That’s why OptiVega® Multivitamin & Mineral provides 600 mcg (= 2,000 IU) per day of vitamin A as bioavailable vitamin A acetate. This amount is very safe and effective, and it is well within normal physiological intakes of humans on the best diets.

Vitamin A, Beta-carotene

50% of the vitamin A is provided as natural beta-carotene (pro-vitamin A) which is sourced from the healthy fungus Blakeslea trispora. This source provides a similar ratio of cis- and trans-beta-carotene that is found in a healthy diet. It is vegan, GMO-free, gluten-free, and kosher.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is sourced from naturally-derived ascorbic acid from non-GMO corn. It has been extensively purified to eliminate all potential corn allergens. It is vegan, GMO-free, gluten-free, and kosher.

Vitamin D, Vitashine D3

50% of vitamin D is provided by Vitamin D3, which is sourced from naturally-derived cholecalciferol from lichen trademarked as Vitashine D3. This is the only truly vegan source of vitamin D3. It is non-GMO, gluten-free, and kosher.

Vitamin D, Vitamin D2

50% of vitamin D is provided by Vitamin D2, which is sourced from naturally-derived ergocalciferol from mushrooms. It is vegan, non-GMO, gluten-free, and kosher.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is sourced from a combination of naturally-derived mixed tocopherols providing d-alpha-tocopherol, d-beta-tocopherol, d-gamma-tocopherol, and d-delta-tocopherol, as well as natural tocotrienols. All these natural forms are derived from soy bean oil which has been extensively purified to eliminate all potential soy allergens. It is vegan, GMO-free, gluten-free, and kosher.

We do not use synthetic vitamin E, because it contains the inactive and unnatural dl-alpha-tocopherol isomer.

Vitamin K

Vitamin K is provided in its two major dietary forms, vitamin K1 and K2 in an 83:17 ratio. Vitamin K1 is sourced from nature-identical phytonadione (phylloquinone). This is by far the best studied and clinically validated form of vitamin K1. Vitamin K2 (menaquinone) is from a natural fermentation source and provided as menaquinone-7 (MK7), which is the natural bioactive form of vitamin K2 with the highest bioavailability and longest half-life in the body. Both sources are vegan, non-GMO, gluten-free and kosher.

Thiamin (Vitamin B1)

Thiamin (vitamin B1) is provided as nature-identical thiamin which is stabilized using the mononitrate salt. This is by far the best studied and clinically validated form of thiamin. It is vegan, non-GMO, gluten-free and kosher.

Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)

Riboflavin (vitamin B2) is provided as nature-identical riboflavin, which is by far the best studied and clinically validated form of riboflavin. It is vegan, non-GMO, gluten-free and kosher.

Niacin (Vitamin B3)

Niacin (vitamin B3) is provided exclusively as niacinamide which is the well-tolerated (no skin flushing) form of niacin. Niacinamide is nature-identical, vegan, non-GMO, gluten-free and kosher.

Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine)

Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) is provided as nature-identical pyridoxine stabilized using the HCl salt. This is by far the best studied and clinically validated form of vitamin B6. It is vegan, non-GMO, gluten-free and kosher.

Folate

Folate is provided by the calcium salt of nature-identical (6S)-5-methyltetrahydrofolate (MTHF). Unlike most multivitamins, we do not use folic acid, because many people have a genetically reduced ability to convert folic acid into the biologically active MTHF form. Our source of MTHF supplies only the (6S)-5’-methyltetrahydrofolate form, which is identical to the natural stereoisomer. It is vegan, non-GMO, gluten-free and kosher.

Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 is provided as naturally-derived methylcobalamin, which is the same chemical form of vitamin B12 that naturally circulates in blood. It is produced using a microbial fermentation process. It is vegan, non-GMO, gluten-free and kosher.

Biotin

Biotin is provided as nature-identical d-biotin. This is by far the best studied and clinically validated form of biotin. It is vegan, non-GMO, gluten-free and kosher.

Pantothenic Acid

Pantothenic acid is provided as nature-identical d-calcium pantothenate. This is by far the best studied and clinically validated form of pantothenic acid. It is vegan, non-GMO, gluten-free and kosher.

Calcium

Calcium is provided as dicalcium malate (DimaCal®), which is a naturally-derived, water-soluble form of calcium manufactured by Albion Human Nutrition. As a naturally occurring organic compound, malic acid (malate) is found in apples, watermelon, plums, lychees, and cherries in high concentrations. It is vegan, non-GMO, gluten-free and kosher.

Iodine

Iodine is sourced from naturally-derived potassium iodide, which is by far the best studied and clinically validated form of iodine with very high bioavailability. It is vegan, non-GMO, gluten-free and kosher.
We do not use iodine from kelp or related plant sources, because their iodine contents are too variable.

Magnesium

Magnesium is provided as dimagnesium malate (Albion Human Nutrition), which is a naturally-derived, water-soluble form of magnesium. As a naturally occurring organic compound, malic acid (malate) is found in apples, watermelon, plums, lychees, and cherries in high concentration. It is vegan, non-GMO, gluten-free and kosher.

Iron

Iron is provided as ferrous bisglycinate chelate (Ferrochel®, Albion Human Nutrition). Clinical studies show that Ferrochel® is highly bioavailable, safe and effective, even for infants and pregnant women. It is naturally-derived, very well tolerated and easy on the stomach. Ferrochel® does not interact with other nutrients, which is a common concern for most other iron forms. Ferrochel® is vegan, non-GMO, gluten-free and kosher.

Zinc

Zinc is provided as naturally-derived zinc bisglycinate chelate (Albion Human Nutrition), which is a highly bioavailable and well-tolerated form of zinc. It is vegan, non-GMO, gluten-free and kosher.

Selenium

Selenium is provided as selenium glycinate complex (Albion Human Nutrition), which is naturally derived. It is vegan, non-GMO, gluten-free and kosher.

Copper

Copper is provided as naturally-derived copper bisglycinate chelate (Albion Human Nutrition), which is a highly bioavailable and well-tolerated form of copper. It is vegan, non-GMO, gluten-free and kosher.

Chromium

Chromium is provided exclusively as chromium-(III) nicotinate glycinate chelate (Albion Human Nutrition), which is a naturally derived organic form of bioavailable chromium. It is vegan, non-GMO, gluten-free and kosher.

Ginger Extract, organic

Our ginger extract is a 10:1 concentrated extract from organically grown ginger roots (Zingiber officinale L.). It is thoroughly screened to pass strict limits for contaminants, and it is vegan, non-GMO, gluten-free and kosher

Taurine

Taurine is sourced from nature-identical taurine. It is vegan, non-GMO, gluten-free and kosher.

Stearic and Palmitic Acids

We use small amounts of vegetable-derived stearic and palmitic acid as a natural lubricant to help with the encapsulation of all ingredients into the vegan capsules. This ingredient is vegan, non-GMO, gluten-free and kosher.

Bamboo Leaf Extract

We use small amounts of bamboo leaf extract as a manufacturing aide. It provides silica which serves as a natural flow agent. It is vegan, non-GMO, gluten-free and kosher.

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