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Q. What is an International Unit (I.U.)?
A. An I.U. is the standard unit of measurement for fat-soluble vitamins
A, D, and E.
Q. What is the difference between grams (g), milligrams (mg), and micrograms (mcg)?
A. These are all units of measure. The gram is the largest unit, followed by the milligram, and then the microgram.
1 gram (g) contains 1000 milligrams (mg). A gram is roughly equivalent to one-quarter teaspoon. There are about 4000mg (or 4 grams) in a teaspoon.
1 milligram (mg) contains 1000 micrograms (mcg). This means that a microgram (mcg) is 1/1000th of a milligram.
Q. What information appears on the supplement label provide?
A. ‘The Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act’ requires that a Supplement Facts box appear on all dietary supplements. This is very similar to the Nutrition Facts box that is printed on all food product labels.
Each nutrient appears with the amount of that nutrient, together with a percent of the recommended daily intake value, expressed as "Percent Daily Value". This Percent Daily Value tells us what percentage of the recommended Daily Value established by federal government, is provided by each nutrient.
Each nutrient on the GetSmart label lists the nutrient name followed by the form of the nutrient in parenthesis, for example: zinc (as zinc glycinate). The form identifies the active ingredient of each nutrient used. We spell it out clearly. Unlike most other vitamin companies, if there are two different forms, we tell you exactly how much of each form the supplement provides, so there is no guessing on your part.
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Q. What is the % Daily Value (% DV)?
A. The National Research Council's Food and Nutrition Board has established its recommendations in the form of Daily Value (DV), a term that replaced the previously used Recommended Daily Allowance.
The DV’s spell out the types and amounts of nutrients the government believes are required by an average healthy person to prevent deficiency disease, based on age, gender and other factors. They are not designed to maintain optimal health nor address the needs of people who have a medical problem or illness, are suffering from stress, taking medications, or who are dealing with other particular conditions.
% DV on food and dietary supplement labels indicate the percent of the recommended daily amount of each nutrient that a serving provides.
Q. Why does GetSmart Vitamins have such high % DV?
A. The amount of each nutrient provided in GetSmart Vitamins is designed not merely to prevent disease, but to provide optimal intake for health promotion. The amounts provided in each supplement are based on the latest scientific research recommendations. That’s why you will frequently see the % DV on the GetSmart Vitamins product label to have a high % DV. For example, in MultiSmart™ we provide 200 International Units (IU) of vitamin E per day - 566 times the DV; and 500 mg for Vitamin C, 833 % DV.
Q. If you list a serving size on the Supplement Facts box as “2” or “3” or “4”, does this mean should take all my supplements at once?
A. The Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act requires that each product list nutrient ingredients on supplements by “Serving Size” instead of the previous method of showing the recommended daily usage. Yet, if you refer to the “Directions” information on the panel, you’ll get more detailed serving information. For example, in the supplement <>MultiSmart™, the “Serving Size” on the label indicates 4 caplets; and the “Directions” section reads “As a dietary supplement, take 2 caplets twice daily, preferably with meals”. That's to ensure you get all of its nutritional benefits throughout the day.
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Q. Even though you recommend I take a supplement in divided servings, will it hurt me if I take it all at once?
A. No, it won’t hurt you, but it’s an inefficient way to take supplements. That’s because your body can only absorb a limited amount of a nutrient at a time. So, it’s best to always divide the serving throughout the day to maximize your body's use of the nutrients. For instance, if you're taking 750 mg of vitamin C each day, take 250 mg at breakfast and the rest with lunch or dinner.
Q. Why do the serving directions sometimes give a range such as 1-2 capsules/caplets a day?
A. GetSmart™ Vitamins provides a servings range for several of its supplements including: LipoSmart™, LongevitySmart™; MSM™, and CoQsol™. A dosage range is provided to give you the flexibility in tailoring your supplement intake to your specific needs. The amount you select would be based on your individual nutritional goals and your overall health status.
Q. If I take more than the recommended amount, will I see the health benefits quicker?
A. It’s a good idea to follow label directions for use. Yet, for certain concerns you may want to start with a higher serving. For example, to obtain the best results with LECI-PS®, although the recommended use on the label is 1 softgel (100 mg), twice daily, a reasonable daily supplement strategy would be to begin at higher levels of intake, as 2 -3 softgels (200-to 300mg) for a month or two. This should saturate the cell membranes. You can then continue on a maintenance mode at a lower level of intake 1-2 softgels (100 -200 mg daily). Because it is so safe, patients with Alzheimer’s and/or anxiety and depression, can take between 3 - 5 softgels (300 to 500mg) a day.
Another example is our product OptiMSM™. Our recommended use is 2 to 4 caplets, twice daily. Over the years thousands of people have experienced incredible life-changing benefits from taking 2 to 4 caplets (2 to 4 grams) of MSM a day. However, because we are all different, the amount that you need to take to reach your desired goals may be quite different from someone else. It is our opinion, that 2 to 4 caplets a day would be adequate for general health maintenance. Higher doses (4 to 8 caplets) are typically necessary to experience therapeutic effects.
In deciding on your daily serving, the key is to understand your therapeutic needs and adjust accordingly. It’s a good idea to always check with your health care provider.
Q. Why is it best to take certain supplements with meals?
A. Taking certain supplements with food aids in their absorption. For example, fat-soluble vitamins, require some fat in a meal for their absorption. Also, food has a buffering effect, so the supplement is less likely to “repeat” on you.
Q. Should I introduce all my supplements at once?
A. It’s always a good idea to start with one supplement at a time. After you are taking it for two days, then introduce the next supplement. If you add all supplements at once, and you find one doesn’t agree with you, how will you know which one it is? For that reason, it’s best to proceed in gradual fashion.
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