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What Makes Teen Complete Different?

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Teens. They’re the ultimate smarty pants. And we think that’s awesome (duh). So we created a product to help them push all the buttons they want, bend all the rules they can think of, and think so far out of the box they’re in a box of their own (sorry parents…). Because at SmartyPants, we believe the best ideas happen when you dare to be different – when you dare to challenge the status quo.

SmartyPants Teen Complete is not your average vitamin – it’s a powerhouse blend of 18 essential nutrients, lutein and zeaxanthin to help protect their eyes from harmful blue light*, and omega 3 EPA and DHA fatty acids, all in one hassle-free, delicious package.

Nowadays, there’s no escaping the screen, especially the one that is with us wherever we go. We’d love to say we always follow the 20/20/20 rules, but let’s be honest with ourselves. That doesn’t mean we can’t help protect our eyes from some of our less-than-perfect habits. SmartyPants Teen Complete is one-of-a-kind in the world of gummy vitamins – we include FloraGLO Lutein and OPTISHARP Zeaxanthin to help protect the eyes from overexposure to damaging blue light typically associated with LED light.* Lutein and zeaxanthin help enhance visual performance and is an important nutrient for brain development.*

FloraGLO Lutein is the most clinically researched lutein brand worldwide and is sourced from marigolds.  

Rather than include 100% of 100 different nutrients, we focused on the nutrients that are hardest for some teenagers to get consistently through diet alone. Like all SmartyPants products, we use the premium form of ingredients that can be readily absorbed by the body whenever possible: folate as methylfolate, vitamin B12 as methylcobalamin, and vitamin D as D3.

And our taste? Well it’s out of the world good. Seriously.

Like all our products, SmartyPants Teen Complete is non-GMO, contains no synthetic colors or artificial flavors, sweeteners, or preservatives, and is gluten and allergen-free. Our Meg-3 fish oil comes from sustainable stocks of wild-caught small fish. Each batch is third-party lab tested for purity and potency, so you can be sure what you read on our label is what you get in our product.

By combining a full daily multivitamin with lutein, zeaxanthin, and omega 3 fish oil, SmartyPants Teen Complete can help you stay on top of your game.

* 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 Much Lutein and Zeaxanthin Should I Get Per Day? What Foods Are They Found In?

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Here’s a riddle for you. What are three words that strike fear into any meat lover’s heart?

The answer: Eat your greens.

Well, turns out that tried and true platitude your parents told you at every meal is right – at least when it comes to lutein and zeaxanthin.

While there is no recommended dietary allowance (RDA) for either of these critical nutrients yet, most recent clinical studies show health benefits at 10 mg of lutein and 2 mg of zeaxanthin per day for adults 18+. Additional studies suggest a daily intake of 6 mg lutein and 1 mg zeaxanthin for children 2 – 18.*

Average lutein and zeaxanthin consumption across the world.†

 

Most Americans only get 0.8 – 1.1 mg of lutein and zeaxanthin from their diet alone. Here’s a list of the combined amounts of lutein and zeaxanthin in natural foods:

  • Kale (cooked) – 23.8 mg / cup
  • Spinach (cooked) – 20.4 mg / cup
  • Collard Greens (cooked) – 14.6 mg / cup
  • Turnip Greens (cooked) – 12.2 mg / cup
  • Broccoli (cooked) – 1.6 mg / cup
  • Green Beans (cooked) – 0.8 mg / cup
  • Eggs – 0.3 mg / 2 large eggs

* 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.

† FloraGLO® by Kemin: The Pioneers of Lutein Science and Discovery.

What’s Your Lutein Level?

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The measure of the amount of lutein and zeaxanthin in your eyes is called macular pigment optical density, or MPOD. Low MPOD means less protection from excess blue light.

Talk to your eye care professional about a quick and easy test to measure your MPOD†.

†MPOD devices are fairly new and might not be available everywhere. Ask your eye doctors if MPOD testing is available in your area.

What’s the Big Deal with Lutein and Zeaxanthin? Why are They Important?

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When it comes to lutein and zeaxanthin, two big questions may come to mind: What are they and what do they do?

Long story short: lutein and zeaxanthin are two carotenoids that help support eye health, enhance visual performance, and help protect the eye from overexposure to damaging blue light, often associated with LED screens.*

Now that we have your attention, let’s get down to the nitty gritty of how lutein and zeaxanthin promote healthy vision.

Located near the center of the retina is an area known as the macula.  The pigment in the macula is primarily composed of 3 carotenoids – lutein, zeaxanthin, and meso-zeaxanthin isomers.

Our bodies cannot synthetize lutein or zeaxanthin, so these carotenoids must be obtained from food or supplements.

Meso-zeaxanthin is created from metabolizing lutein and is not obtainable from dietary sources. In other words, lutein does double duty, acting as a nutrient itself and acting as the raw material for the synthesis of meso-zeaxanthin.

So what about the macular pigment – how is connected to eye health and visual performance?

The thickness and density of the macular pigment is called the macular pigment optical density (MPOD). The thicker and denser the macular pigment, the better your visual acuity, i.e. your ability to see clearly and in fine detail.*

This includes glare recovery, sensitivity to bright lights, contrast sensitivity, and visual processing speed. The macular pigment acts as internal sunglasses for the eyes, absorbing and filtering blue light, the most damaging spectrum of visible light, that is emitted by LED screens on computers, cell phones, tablets, televisions, and etc.*

At 10 mg and 2 mg daily, lutein and zeaxanthin are clinically-proven to increase MPOD.*

Lutein is also able to cross the blood brain barrier and is the predominant carotenoid found in the brain. Strong emerging science suggests that lutein may serve as a safe and natural support for cognitive function, especially as you age. Lutein is also an important nutrient for brain development and may provide antioxidant protection for the brain.*

With 60% of Americans spending more than 5 hours a day on digital devices, it has become increasingly important to get lutein and zeaxanthin in your daily diet.

That’s why we include FloraGLO Lutein and OPTISHARP Natural Zeaxanthin in our Masters Complete and Teen Complete products – and we hope to add it to many more of our formulas in the future.

SmartyPants Masters Complete is the only gummy vitamin with clinically-proven doses of lutein and zeaxanthin.

Our Teen Complete product contain 6 mg and 1 mg of lutein and zeaxanthin respectively for a safe and efficacious dose for those under 18 years of age.

At SmartyPants, we know ingredients matter – that’s why we use the best of the best whenever possible. We chose to use FloraGLO Lutein because it is the most clinically researched lutein brand worldwide and was the chosen lutein brand used by the National Eye Institute (NEI) in the landmark AREDS2 study.

We know we have to earn your trust, so that’s why we work hard to create the best possible product we can. If you have any questions regarding lutein or zeaxanthin, please don’t hesitate to ask!

* 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.

At What Age Should You Switch From Kids Complete to Teen Complete?

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The answer to this question is a little fuzzy.

There’s no hard and fast rule, or, in this case, age, for when a teenager should make the switch from Kids Complete to Teen Complete. Kids physically mature at different rates and, thus, at different ages.

When a teen makes the switch is more related to weight and physical maturity than age, strictly speaking. There may be some 11 to 12 year olds for whom this product is perfect, but, for others, 14 to 15 years old may be more appropriate.

Please consult your child’s primary healthcare provider to determine when your child should make the switch from Kids Complete to Teen Complete.

How Are Teen Guy and Teen Girl Complete Different?

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SmartyPants Teen Guy Complete and Teen Girl Complete differ in two major ways – the amount of zinc and biotin in each product and the inclusion of vitamin K as K2 (MK7) in our Teen Girl Complete.

Our Teen Guy Complete and Teen Girl Complete contain different levels of zinc and biotin. See the chart below for a comparison.

Teen Guy Complete                Teen Girl Complete

 

Zinc                               11 mg (100% DV)                   7.3 mg (67% DV)

Biotin                         30 mcg (100% DV)              60 mcg (200% DV)

 

Our Teen Girl Complete also contains 24 mcg or 20% DV of vitamin K2 as premium MK7, the form of K2 that lasts the longest in the blood stream. Vitamin K2 is not included in our Teen Guy Complete.

Each SmartyPants formula is carefully customized to match the specific nutritional demands of our target demographic. We consider a wide range of conditions when crafting each product – including the age and sex of the intended user, the average intake of the nutrient in the Western diet, the latest recommended dietary allowances (RDAs), and the latest science and advice from leading nutritional experts, all with consideration to cost.

That being said, our Teen Complete products are similar in many ways – both contain FloraGLO Lutein and OPTISHARP Natural Zeaxanthin at the dose and ratio recommended by experts and backed by science and omega 3 fish oil as premium EPA and DHA fatty acids.

Additionally, both products include at least 18 essential nutrients, including vitamins A, C, D, and E, all 8 major B vitamins, and 6 essential minerals. Neither products contain iron, as they are the leading cause of supplemental overdose and we didn’t feel it would be responsible to include it in a product that tasted so good.

How is Teen Complete Different from Kids Complete?

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SmartyPants Teen Complete differs from our Kids Complete in 3 ways.

The first is the inclusion of FloraGLO Lutein and OPTISHARP Natural Zeaxanthin in our Teen Complete supplements. Lutein and zeaxanthin are the two primary carotenoids of the macular pigment that are essential for eye health.* Click here to learn more about lutein and zeaxanthin.

The second is the addition of 4 additional minerals in Teen Girl and Teen Guy Complete. We include 50% of the DV for selenium, manganese, chromium, and molybdenum in both products.

The third is the amounts we include in both our Kids and Teen products – vitamin A, C, D, and E, the B vitamins, and iodine and zinc. The levels for each nutrient differ across products to match the nutritional demands of the target demographic, with consideration to average intake of the nutrient is in the Western diet, the latest recommended dietary allowances (RDAs), and the latest science and advice from leading nutritional experts.

* 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.

Why Should Teenagers Have Their Own Supplement? What Nutrients Are Most Important for Teens?

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Remember puberty? Yeah, that’s why. Let’s all get it out of the way and say hello to that very awkward, lurking elephant in the room.

In addition to all the mental and emotional changes involved, “growing up” involves a whole lot of physical changes too. Those changes are very different from the changes a child or adult goes through and go hand in hand with a teenager’s nutritional demands.

While all essential nutrients are important to growing teens, making sure they get plenty of omega 3 fatty acids, fiber, B-vitamins, calcium, iron, and zinc is especially important.

Especially since, according to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2015, the Average Daily Intake (ADI) of dark green vegetables, whole grains, and seafood for adolescents 9-18 fell well below the recommended dietary allowances (RDAs) across the board, regardless of biological sex or ethnicity.

On average teens between the ages of 11 – 17 do not meet the dietary recommendations for fruits, vegetables, and calcium-rich foods and are often low in iron.†

Refining, processing, and cooking can remove many of the nutrients contained in foods, like grains and vegetables.

Eating a wide variety of foods and eating more whole, unprocessed foods is the best way to incorporate all the nutrients you need into your and your teen’s diet. That being said, for the days when that extra greasy pepperoni pizza is just too delicious to pass up for dinner, dietary supplements can be an awesome nutritional safety net for the whole family.

†Please note that SmartyPants Teen Guy Complete and Teen Girl Complete do not contain iron. Click here to find out why. They also do not contain calcium.

Why Should Teenagers Be Concerened with Eye Health? Aren’t They Too Young to Be Worried About That?

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To put it simply – we love our electronic gadgets.

From our 4K LED HD TVs (wow that’s a lot of acronyms) to our Fitbit and apple watches, we are constantly connected to our digital devices. Think about it – how many times have you opened your phone calculator to figure out how much to tip at a restaurant?

60% of Americans use a digital device for more than 5 hours a day.

And more digital devices means more blue light in our lives. In fact, 33% of kids use a digital device for more than 3 hours a day. Blue light is a major concern in today’s digital age. The more time you spend staring at a screen, the more you could be affecting your eyes from excess blue light.

All screen devices emit high energy blue light, so our eyes are more vulnerable to potential damage than ever before.

So yes, while teens are young, they are not too young to worry about digital eye strain and eye fatigue, which can manifest in headaches, dry eyes, and blurred vision. We can’t detach from technology completely – it’s just not feasible in our increasingly digitized world – but a few simple behavioral changes can help relieve some of those unpleasant symptoms.

  • Try the 20/20/20 rule – for every 20 minutes on a digital device, look 20 feet away for 20 seconds. This can help reduce the strain on your eyes.
  • Be sure to have good ambient lighting when using a digital device. We get it, most people like to watch movies or television in the dark. We do too. But when you’re reading the news, scrolling through your feed, or playing an intense game of Words with Friends, make sure you’re in a well-lit environment.
  • Keep your eyes as far away from the screen as possible. We know it’s tempting to bring your phone as close to your face as humanly possible, but remember, personal space applies to your screens as much as it applies to Ken, the door-to-door salesman.
  • Make sure you’re getting enough lutein and zeaxanthin – the two primary carotenoids that help your eyes – in your diet, whether through food or a high-quality supplement. They help act as internal sunglasses for the eyes and help protect them from the harmful effects of blue light.*

* 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.

Where Does Blue Light Come From? Why is it Bad for My Eyes?

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Blue light is everywhere. And we mean everywhere. The sun, your kitchen lightbulbs, and your cell phone all emit blue light. Digital devices, however, emit blue light in significantly high concentrations than natural sources of light. Coupled with the fact that we are spending more time on more digital devices each day, our eyes are more vulnerable to potential damage from blue light than ever before.

Nearly every light source – whether natural or artificial – emits blue light. It’s everywhere and it’s unavoidable.

To understand blue light, it’s important to understand how visible light is measured. Visible light is part of something called the electromagnetic spectrum. The electromagnetic spectrum is a set of waves measured in nanometers (nm) and classified by wavelength. Think of it as a ladder. At the bottom of the ladder are high energy waves such as ultraviolet light and x-rays (0.01 to 360 nm). In the middle of the ladder are waves we call visible light (380 nm to 760 nm). At the top of the ladder are low energy waves such as radio waves, micro waves, and infrared waves (760 nm and up).

Visible light is the portion of the electromagnetic spectrum detected by the human eye. This portion of the electromagnetic spectrum is where color enters our life.

Waves below 380 nm are absorbed by your lens and cornea, so they do not usually reach the back of your retina where your macular pigment and photoreceptors are located. Waves from 500 nm and up – think your greens, yellows, oranges, and reds – are less energetic and therefore cause less damage to your eyes.

Blue light, on the other hand, runs between 380 to 500 nm wavelengths. So blue light lives in an awkward spot on the electromagnetic spectrum – it’s not energetic enough to be filtered out but it is energetic enough to cause damage to your eyes, specifically your macular pigment.

Of all the colors in the light spectrum, blue is the hardest on your eyes.

While it’s impossible to completely avoid exposure to blue light, help protect your eyes from its damaging effects by getting plenty of lutein and zeaxanthin in your diet, either from foods like spinach, eggs, broccoli, red and yellow peppers, and corn or from high-quality supplements like SmartyPants Masters Complete and Teen 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.

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