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What’s the Best Time to Take Mineral Complete?

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Like fine wine and fromage or just peas and carrots, our Mineral Complete formulas were designed to complement our other daily supplements. But you know what they say, timing is everything – even when it comes to your multivitamins.

Our Mineral Complete formulas can be taken with or without food, as the label says. However, to get the most from your minerals, we recommend taking them at a different time than our formulas that contain fiber or when eating a high-fiber meal. This is because fiber can interfere with mineral absorption. We like taking these chews separately from our gummies, like in the evening. Some customers even say that the magnesium helps them relax, but we’ll let you decide.

When it comes to texture and flavor, our Mineral Complete formulas are slightly different from our gummies due to the natural characteristics of minerals. They’re more chewy, similar to Starburst. Taste masking is a little trickier with minerals than with gummies. So, we carefully-select each ingredient to ensure the taste of our chews, while different from our gummies, is still delicious (especially when compared to other mineral chews on the market). Call us chew-sy.

Can I Take Mineral Complete with Other SmartyPants Products?

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Great question! We designed Mineral Complete to complement many of our vitamin products.† Just as our vitamin products contain essential vitamins that are difficult for some people to get consistently from diet alone, our mineral products include essential minerals to help fill in common dietary gaps. Vitamins and minerals often work together to help the body perform many critical metabolic functions. Additionally, our products are meant to complement the average American diet, so the amount of each vitamin and mineral in each of our products is well below the Tolerable Upper Intake Level (UL).

Our mineral and vitamin products can also be taken with Probiotic Complete.

That being said, we always recommend that you consult your health care provider before taking any of our products or before adding any new products to your daily regimen. They can help determine whether our products are right for you.

†We do not recommend taking Mineral Complete and Complete and Fiber at the same time. Click here to learn why.

What’s the Big Deal with Magnesium? What Does It Have to Do with Calcium?

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Everyone knows calcium is critical for strong bones and teeth, but did you know that magnesium play an important role as well?*

Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium, but before it can do that, it must be converted to its active form. Magnesium is one compound that helps convert vitamin D to its active form. A balanced ratio of magnesium to calcium also is key to proper calcium uptake and metabolism. Magnesium helps regulate the amount of calcium in our blood and directs any excess calcium to our bones for storage. Consuming excess calcium without sufficient magnesium can cause calcium to deposit and accumulate in our joints, kidneys, and arteries instead of our bones.

Magnesium also enables smooth muscle relaxation and helps reduce occasional aches and pains associated with strenuous exercise.* Currently, approximately 60% of Americans’ diets are deficient in magnesium, so we’ve included 250 mg of highly absorbable magnesium citrate to our Adult and Kids Mineral Complete.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

What is the Difference Between Magnesium Citrate and Magnesium Oxide?

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Elemental magnesium must be bonded to another molecule – it cannot exist stably on its own. The difference between magnesium citrate and magnesium oxide all comes down to what molecule magnesium is bonded to. Two common bonding agents are citric acid (magnesium citrate) and oxygen (magnesium oxide). In general, magnesium is a poorly absorbed mineral (usually between 35-45% absorption from dietary sources), and is best absorbed on an empty stomach. Oxygen is a smaller molecule than citric acid, so magnesium oxide has a higher percentage of elemental magnesium per unit when compared to magnesium citrate. Magnesium citrate, however, is the best absorbed form of magnesium when taken orally [1,2,3,4]. We include 250 mg of magnesium citrate in our Adult and Kids Mineral Complete for optimal absorption so you can reap all the amazing benefits of this powerhouse mineral.

How Did You Decide on Which Minerals to Include? Why Those Amounts?

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Some minerals are already consumed at adequate levels in the Western diet and are not a concern for most Americans. These include minerals such as sodium, chlorine, and phosphorous. So we chose not to include these minerals in our Mineral Complete formulas because we focus on the nutrients hardest for some to get from diet alone. Our products are designed to complement a well-balanced diet, not replace it. We strive to help fill in those pesky dietary gaps.

Other minerals, such as calcium, magnesium, zinc, selenium, copper, manganese, chromium, and molybdenum, are often consumed at levels below the Estimated Average Requirements in the American diet.  Some minerals, when consumed in large quantities, may inhibit the absorption of other minerals, so we, along with our scientific advisory board, think it’s better to take smaller doses regularly to optimize absorption and efficacy.

As for potassium and iron? Well, it’s complicated.

Potassium is one major-mineral that most Americans are deficient in, but we don’t include potassium in our Mineral Complete formulas because it can cause stomach irritation when taken in supplemental form.  Additionally, because high blood levels of potassium can cause major side effects, it is best to consume this major-mineral in your diet over the course of the day so you kidneys can keep your blood levels regulated. We think potassium is best obtained bit by bit through lots of nutrient-dense foods like avocados, sweet potatoes, potatoes, spinach, black beans, beets, and, of course, bananas.

To learn more about why we do not include iron in any of our products, click here.

Stevia? I Thought SmartyPants Were Free of Artificial Sweeteners?

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Yes, and we still are!

The stevia leaf extract used to help sweeten our Mineral Complete chews (in addition to organic cane sugar and organic rice syrup) is a high-intensity, natural sweetener derived from the Stevia rebaudiana plant. Our stevia leaf extract comes in the form of high-purity steviol glycosides, the sweet compounds insolated and purified from stevia leaves. Our stevia leaf extract has not undergone chemical alteration.

At SmartyPants, we are always mindful of the amount of sugar in our products and are always looking for ways to lower the sugar content without affecting the taste or stability of our gummies. Any new ingredient we introduce to our products must be subjected to the same level of rigorous testing and evidence that we require for all our ingredients. We will only include a new ingredient in our products if it presents a meaningful, evidenced-based nutritional advantage. We’re proud to add stevia leaf extract to our family of SmartyPants-approved sweeteners.

 

The Amount of Calcium in Your Mineral Chews Seem Low. Why Not Include More?

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Each serving of our Adult and Kids Mineral Complete contains 150 mg of calcium as premium calcium citrate. The Recommended Dietary Allowances are: 700 mg/day for kids 1-3 years old, 1,000 mg/day for kids 4-8 years old, 1,300 mg/day for kids 9-18 years old, and 1,000 mg/day for adults 19-70 years old. So, you might be wondering – isn’t the amount you include low? I thought I needed a lot of calcium for strong, healthy bones and teeth?*

Well, we’re happy you’re asking the right questions! You’re absolutely correct that calcium is critical mineral our bodies use to strengthen our bones and teeth. Calcium is found in many commonly eaten drinks and foods such as milk, broccoli, yogurt, and spinach. Many foods in the United States are also fortified with calcium, such as orange juice, breakfast cereals, non-dairy milks, and instant oat meals. Despite that, many Americans still don’t consume an adequate amount of calcium per day through diet alone, and the challenge is especially difficult for those who don’t consume dairy regularly or at all.*

At SmartyPants, we always recommend you get nutrients from food first. We formulate our products to complement the average American diet, not replace it. We focus on filling dietary gaps. When it comes to calcium, it’s important to consider both the form of calcium and complementary vitamins and minerals which help the body regulate and absorb calcium.

Calcium citrate is one of the most easily absorbed form of calcium available and is the premium form we include in our chews. Calcium carbonate, the most prevalent form on the market, requires a large amount of stomach acid to be absorbed, which can be a problem for certain groups of people.

Unbeknownst to many, vitamin D and magnesium play and important role in bone and teeth health as well. Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium. Magnesium helps convert vitamin D into its active form and a balanced ratio of magnesium to calcium is also key to proper calcium metabolism. In adults, on-going research shows that vitamin K2 helps activate proteins involved in bone strengthening. We include vitamin D and magnesium in both our Kids and Adult Mineral Complete and vitamin K2 in our Adult Mineral Complete.*

Combining adequate levels of calcium and complementary nutrients with regular, weight-bearing exercise will put you well on your way to supporting strong, healthy bones for life. If you’re concerned about your calcium levels, we always recommend you consult your healthcare provider to figure out the right amount of calcium supplementation for you.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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