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Can I overdose on probiotic gummies?

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There is no documented problem with taking too many probiotics, but every body is different. Taking too many probiotics could cause some people to experience a little GI discomfort.

Since our gummies taste soooo delicious, we have to be extremely thoughtful about the nutrients we include and their amounts. Safety, especially with good tasting kids’ products, is our first priority; and we design our products to account for accidental over-consumption.

That said, we always recommend you check with your healthcare practitioner before taking any of our products, stick to the serving size on the label, and please keep all of our products out of reach of children.

Can I take SmartyPants Probiotic Complete gummies with my other SmartyPants vitamins?

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Sure! We design all SmartyPants gummies so that you can eat them whenever and however you want. Eat them together, all at once, or space them out throughout the day – whatever makes taking your gummies easiest for you.

If you already take our SmartyPants and Fiber gummies, the soluble fiber may compliment our probiotic gummies.

Like the Wellmune prebiotic fiber that’s already in SmartyPants Probiotic Complete, the soluble fiber in SmartyPants and Fiber Complete products also acts as a prebiotic, helping to feed probiotic bacteria so it can flourish, multiply, and thrive in your gut.

As always, we recommend you check with your healthcare practitioner before taking any of our products, stick to the serving size on the label, and please keep all of our products out of reach of children.

Are SmartyPants Probiotic Complete gummies vegan?

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Yes!

We are pleased to announce that both SmartyPants Adult Probiotic Complete and Kids Probiotic Complete are Certified Vegan by the American Vegetarian Association (AVA)! Yay!

They are also non-GMO, contain no synthetic colors, flavors, or preservatives, and are gluten and allergen-free. Each batch of finished gummies is tested by an independent third-party lab for purity and potency. For every bottle sold, we make a 1-for-1 nutrient grant to Vitamin Angels.

 

What is a PRE-biotic?

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SmartyPants Probiotic Complete gummies contain Wellmune PRE-biotic fiber and PRO-biotics.

PRO-biotics are live bacteria you find in fermented foods like sauerkraut and kombucha and supplements.

PRE-biotics are special plant fibers that are resistant to digestion. Because the body cannot digest these fibers, they pass through the body to the large intestine where they act as food for the good PRO-biotic bacteria.

Probiotics introduce good bacteria into the gut, and prebiotics feed that good bacteria – helping the bacteria grow, multiply, and thrive. 

What makes SmartyPants Probiotic Complete different from other probiotics?

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SmartyPants Adult & Kids Probiotic Complete products are more than probiotics – they combine multi-strain probiotics and Wellmune® prebiotic immune support, all in one.

Each serving of SmartyPants Adult Probiotic Complete delivers 7X more CFU than leading gummy probiotics, while each serving of SmartyPants Kids Probiotic Complete delivers 4X more.

Our multi-strain probiotics are in spore form – the form of probiotics that can survive the test of time, changing temperature, and harsh stomach acid. Natural microencapsulation ensures that 99% of our probiotics reach all the way to your large intestine alive, where they can flourish, multiply, and help you and your kids thrive. We specifically chose to include Bacillus subtilis DE111® and Bacillus coagulans IS2 because they are two of the most researched strains available.

Our multi-strain probiotics are reinforced by Wellmune®, a 3rd party pre-biotic fiber that strengthens your immune system, and acts as an ideal food to feed the probiotic bacteria in SmartyPants Probiotic Complete products. Wellmune® does not artificially stimulate the immune system, or put immune cells into overdrive, it just prepares them to be ready for a challenge.

Our powerful prebiotic • probiotic • immunity combination supports optimal digestive and immune health.*

It’s important to us that what we claim on our label is what you get in our gummies. For this reason, a third-party lab tests each batch for purity and potency.

SmartyPants Probiotic Complete gummies are AVA-Certified Vegan and made with premium ingredients. We are non-GMO, use natural sugars to sweeten our products, contain no synthetic colors,  artificial flavors or preservatives, and are gluten and allergen-free. Like all SmartyPants gummies, our incredibly amazing taste will keep you and your kids coming back every day.

We want to bring more health to more people, so for every bottle sold, we make a 1-for-1 nutrient grant to Vitamin Angels. So far, we’ve helped over 3.2 million children, thanks to your support. With your help, we hope to make 10 million grants by 2018!


* 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.

How can your products be ‘free of fish allergens’ if they contain fish oil?

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The fish oil ingredient used in SmartyPants products, MEG-3®,  is highly refined, undergoing molecular distillation and passing more than 200 checks to make sure it’s safe, pure, and the highest possible quality.

According to the FDA, consuming highly refined oils derived from major food allergens by allergic individuals does not appear to be associated with allergic reactions.

Since our fish oil is so refined, it is not required to be labeled as an allergen by the FDA. You can read more about food allergen labeling here.

For more information on the kind of fish oil we use, see here. 

Are your products free of tree nut allergens?

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Yes. All our products are free of tree nut allergens.

Although our fiber and Women’s Complete products do contain coconut oil, the coconut oil we use is refined and fractionated to capture mostly medium chain triglycerides.

According to the FDA, consuming highly refined oils derived from major food allergens by allergic individuals does not appear to be associated with allergic reactions. You can read more about food allergen labeling here.

Why do I need to take so many gummies?

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Our gummies are packed with significant amounts of at least ten essential nutrients and omega 3 fish oil. We pride ourselves on our great taste, so we spread the nutrients and fish oil across six gummies for adults and four gummies for kids so that they don’t taste fishy or vitamin-y… because we figured nobody would take a fish-flavored gummy.

We recommend splitting up your gummies into two servings: 3 gummies 2x/day for adults and 2 gummies 2x/day for kids (this helps maximize B12 absorption!)

Why do you use sugar in SmartyPants?

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We have a singular goal at SmartyPants: bring more health to more people, every day. Of course, the first place you should always get your nutrients from is food, or, in the case of vitamin D3, the sun. But even the best of us have days when our diet is less than perfect. In fact, studies show only 5% of the US population is meeting the RDI for fruits and vegetables daily, and that percentage is falling every year. This is where high-quality supplements can help with optimal health.

The problem is:

The supplements with the best ingredients are often expensive, packaged in hard-to-swallow horse pills. Cheaper alternatives are filled with nutrients our bodies may not absorb, synthetic additives, and fillers.

We knew we had to create a solution that included the highest quality nutrients available but also tasted good. So good, people would not only remember to take their supplements, they’d look forward to doing so. But how? Wouldn’t including sugar defeat the purpose?

We gathered a team of the most respected leaders in preventative health and asked them to help us design our supplements. Our team of experts decided that natural sweeteners, such as cane sugar and Lo Han fruit, are the best way to help the medicine go down, for a couple of reasons…

First, cheaper alternatives, such as glucose syrup and sucrose, can be from pesticide-laden, GMO sources. Sugar-free options are no better, as artificial sweeteners have been linked to numerous health conditions.

Second, all our experts (and most in the medical community) agree: a little added sugar in your diet is okay. In fact, the brain alone needs about 130 grams of glucose per day to function.

When it comes to eating sugar, it’s about what you are getting with the sugar: are those calories empty or do they come packed with other nutrients?

With SmartyPants, you’re not just getting sugar, you’re getting a nutrient-dense blend of the vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and EPA and DHA fatty acids that can be hard for some people to get from food, in forms that are easily and safely absorbed by the body. In some products, you’re also getting an excellent source of fiber, which helps slow the absorption of the sugar. With our Probiotic Complete products, you’re getting two strains of immunity-boosting probiotic bacteria to help restore digestive health.*

But the sugar in SmartyPants is about more than just taste – it helps activate your digestive system. Unlike some pills, which can make you feel sick if taken on an empty stomach, our small amount of sugar means you can take SmartyPants whenever you want. With or without food.

SmartyPants fiber gummies are sweetened with inulin syrup and Lo Han fruit. All other SmartyPants supplements are sweetened with cane sugar and tapioca syrup.

SmartyPants gummy vitamins contain around one gram of sugar per gummy. But many gummy vitamin brands require you to take multiple different kinds of gummies to get the same amount of nutrients we include in SmartyPants: a full multivitamin, vitamin D3, and omega 3 EPA and DHA fish oil. All those individual gummies add up – both in terms of total sugar per serving as well as extra additives and calories (not to mention cost!)

All that said, we take this issue very, very seriously. We understand many people are trying to cut added sugar consumption wherever they can. For this reason, we are working continuously to find ways to lower the sugar content in our products.

At SmartyPants, our goal is to create all-in-one products that contain the greatest number of high quality nutrients in a form that people enjoy taking. We are continuously working to find the most nutritious, eco-friendly way to do this. As of right now, that’s with a little sugar. If we ever find anything better, we promise, you’ll be the first to reap the benefits.

 

 

 

 

Where can I buy SmartyPants products?

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Click here for a full list of Online Retailers. Click here to find a brick and mortar store near you. You can also purchase directly from us here.

What makes SmartyPants different from other supplements?

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SmartyPants was one of the first companies to combine ten essential nutrients, omega 3 EPA and DHA fish oil, and an amount of B12 equivalent to a standalone supplement into one, delicious gummy.

Our goal was to reduce the number of separate supplements people take –
saving people time, money, and peace of mind. 

Rather than include 100% of 100 different nutrients, we focused on including the nutrients that seem hardest for some people to get through diet alone. We use the forms of these nutrients that are readily used by the body whenever possible. All  SmartyPants ingredients are non-GMO. Our eco-friendly fish oil comes from sustainable stocks of wild-caught fish and our products contain no synthetic colors, flavors, sweeteners, or preservatives. SmartyPants supplements are also gluten, casein, and allergen-free. Finally, an independent third-party lab tests each finished batch of SmartyPants supplements for purity and potency – so you can be sure what you read on our label is what you get in our product.

We want to make health easier for everyone, so for every bottle sold, we make a 1-for-1 nutrient grant to Vitamin Angels. So far, we’ve helped over 3.2 million children. With your help, we hope to make 10 million grants by 2018!

Why don’t SmartyPants supplements contain magnesium?

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Magnesium is a critical nutrient needed for over 500 enzymatic reactions in the body, and many people are low in magnesium due to the poor nutrient quality of our soils. Magnesium is so important it is often recommended as a supplement.

We choose not to include magnesium in SmartyPants because this nutrient helps relax the body (and can even help support healthy sleep). Many of the nutrients in SmartyPants, specifically the B vitamins, support daytime energy, so it would be counterproductive to take them together.

We recommend focusing on eating lots of magnesium-rich foods, such as dark, leafy greens, sprouted pumpkin seeds, mackerel, and avocados. If you’re unable to get adequate magnesium from dietary sources, we recommend working with your primary healthcare provider to figure out the right amount of magnesium for you.

If you decide to supplement, we recommend you take magnesium at night as you begin to prepare for bed, as well as during times of extreme stress or anxiety, to help relax the body and mind.

Why don’t SmartyPants multivitamins contain calcium?

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While our PM Bariatric Chews contain calcium, we don’t include it in any of our other multivitamin supplements because we focus on the nutrients that seem to be hardest to get consistently from diet alone.

Calcium is found in many commonly eaten foods including dairy products, sardines, salmon, and dark, leafy greens. Additionally, many commonly consumed foods in the United States are fortified with supplemental forms of calcium, including orange juice, breakfast cereals, non-dairy milks, breads, instant oatmeal, and graham crackers.

Many leading health experts agree that whole-food sources are the best way to get your calcium, as opposed to supplements.

If you’re concerned about maintaining healthy bones, we recommend you focus on eating calcium-rich foods, while also ensuring an adequate intake of the other nutrients needed for healthy bone formation, specifically magnesium, vitamin D3 and vitamin K2 – all of which regulate how calcium is absorbed and used by our bodies. Combining adequate levels of these nutrients, with regular, weight-bearing exercise, will put you well on your way to supporting strong, healthy bones for life.

If you’re unable to get your calcium from dietary sources, we recommend working with your primary healthcare provider to figure out the right amount of calcium. The form we like the best is calcium citrate.

How can I be sure your labels are accurate?

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We created SmartyPants with our own children in mind, so you can be sure we take safety and quality extremely seriously.

An independent, third party lab tests every batch of ingredients that go into our products and every batch of our finished supplements.

Our products are 100% non-GMO sources, and our manufacturing facilities are regularly inspected by both the FDA and third parties to ensure that they meet federally-mandated GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) standards.

All of our products also comply with California’s prop 65 regulatory limits – some of the strictest standards, worldwide, for endocrine-disrupting and cancer-causing environmental toxins. We are proud to say that each batch of fish oil has always met, or fallen below, these rigorous limits. Although we’re made in North America, we still hold ourselves to these standards because we believe they are the best way to ensure the safety and quality of our product.

Thanks to these rigorous testing processes, you can be sure what you see printed on our labels is what you get inside our supplements.

Are SmartyPants vitamins gluten-free? Wheat free? Dairy Free?

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Yes, our products are ALLERGEN-FREE, meaning we are free of yeast, wheat, milk, eggs, soy, gluten, salt, fish allergens, peanuts, tree nut allergens, shellfish, synthetic colors, and artificial flavors, sweeteners, or preservatives.

For more information on food allergens, please check out the FDA’s food allergen labeling here.

Click here for more information on our fish allergen and tree nut allergen claims.

Do adults need to take 6 gummies per day and children 4? And what if I want to take more than the recommended dose?

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Our suggested gummy multivitamin serving size for grownups (6) or for kids (4) is meant to enhance and supplement a well-balanced, healthy diet by providing a full multivitamin along with best-in-class Omega 3 fish oil and vitamin D3.

If you wish to supplement beyond our products’ nutrient levels, you should do so under the guidance of a doctor or healthcare professional. Since our products contain fat-soluble nutrients, we do not advise children or adults to take more than our recommended dosage per day. Sticking to the recommended dosage ensures your nutrient stores remain well below possible toxicity thresholds.

This recommended dose seems high- why?

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Our goal was to create a gummy that would provide a full multivitamin, plus vitamin D, omega 3 fish oil, and vitamin B12- all in one. We are really like four separate supplements in one. If you took a Vitamin D, multvitamin, B12, and fish oil supplement with equivalent nutrient levels separately, you would likely be taking more than six a day. Separate supplements also cost more – usually around ten dollars each. This way, you actually save money!

How can I be sure your gummies are safe?

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We created SmartyPants with our own children in mind, so you can be sure, we take safety and quality extremely seriously.

We only use only FDA GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) ingredients, and we test every batch at each stage of the manufacturing process.

The fish oil in SmartyPants supplements, MEG-3®,  is one of the most trusted sources of Omega-3 EPA/DHA available and undergoes more than 200 checks to make sure it’s safe, pure, and the highest possible quality.

We do not include any synthetic colors, artificial flavors, sweeteners, preservatives, or iron SmartyPants products. Iron is the leading cause of supplemental overdose, and we didn’t feel good about making a product that tasted great, yet could be harmful if eaten in large amounts.

We care about each and every ingredient that goes into SmartyPants.
Read more about the choices we make and our full testing process.

For more information on the safety and quality of our fish oil see our FAQ:
Where do you source your fish oil from and is it free from contaminants?

 

 

 

 

 

Can I give this product to my child if he/she is under three years of age?

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Most physicians agree that the choking hazard for kids exists until 3 years of age, so we recommend checking with your pediatrician to see if SmartyPants is right for them.

Is SmartyPants Worth 50 Calories?

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With every calorie you eat you have to consider what you’re getting along with those calories. Empty calories, such as refined, white sugar, offer no additional nutrition – no fat, no protein, no vitamins, no minerals. SmartyPants, on the other hand, is sweetened with 100% non-GMO natural sweeteners and, in 50 calories, delivers thirteen essential nutrients, including the active forms of vitamin D and vitamin B12, and omega 3 DHA and EPA fish oil.

At SmartyPants, we like to think of calories like money – each day you have a budget. You have to decide where you’re going to spend your money, and what you’re going to get in return. We agree, you definitely shouldn’t spend any of your calorie budget on empty calories that give you nothing in return.

But we created SmartyPants to deliver an enormous nutritional bang for your buck. 

What kind of gelatin do you use?

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The gelatin in SmartyPants vitamins is 100% non-GMO and extracted exclusively from pork skin. Gelatin is one of the most important proteins in connective tissue, skin, and bones. We use gelatin to encapsulate the fish oil. Gelatin encapsulation helps protect the fish oil from spoiling and giving our gummies a fishy taste. The actual base of our gummies is pectin, which comes from citrus peels. We are currently working on a vegetarian and Kosher version of our product. If you would like to be added to our mailing list to hear about these new products first, please email us at [email protected].

Do you ship internationally?

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If you are outside the U.S., please check out iherb.com, VitaminLife.com, AheersHealth.com, or VitaminShoppe.com where they ship internationally wherever you are!

How should I store my SmartyPants vitamins?

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It is best to store SmartyPants away from direct sunlight and other sources of heat. Store in a cool, dry place at room temperatures up to 75° F (25° C). SmartyPants gummies can be stored in the refrigerator, and it’s probably a good idea because all vitamins lose their potency when stored for long periods at elevated temperatures. For this reason, we use special, opaque white bottles which (unlike clear bottles) repel heat and light – the arch enemies of gummies. On the other hand, our gummies will not melt in the heat, unlike a gelatin gummy that melts around 100ᴼF.

The one thing you don’t want to do is to change the temperature of the gummies repeatedly by, say, taking them out of the refrigerator and forgetting to put them back in until the next day. (Taking them out to get a couple for your kids’ lunch is not an issue). Repeated cycling of the temperature will cause the gummies to release moisture, and they could start sticking together.

Where should I NOT store my gummies?

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We recommend storing your SmartyPants in a cool, dry place.

SmartyPants can be stored in the refrigerator, and it might be the best place, because all vitamins lose their potency when stored for long periods at elevated temperatures.

Avoid storing your gummies in places like:

  1. Your car for long periods of time
  2. Near a furnace or heater
  3. On a windowsill which gets direct sunlight
  4. On top of a refrigerator
  5. Inside a cabinet near an oven or microwave
  6. On, or adjacent to, the planet Mercury

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