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Meet our new vegan, capsule supplement SmartyPants PhD

by Caroline Fontein

We’ve graduated! In addition to our multifunctional gummy multivitamins, we now have a certified-vegansugar-free and ultra-premium supplement available in capsule form.

Introducing SmartyPants PhD Formulas: 

  • PhD Women's Formula
  • PhD Men's Formula
  • PhD Prenatal Formula

  • We use the highest-quality vitamins and essential nutrients available to support brain, heart, bone and digestive health - all in two easy-to-swallow capsules.*  

    Ultimate multifunctional supplement 

    SmartyPants New PhD Capsule Supplements

    Instead of just focusing on a few ingredients or functions, our new PhD Formulas deliver premium overall health support - all in two easy-to-swallow capsules

    Each serving includes: 

    • Omega-3 DHA essential fatty acids (from vegan algal oil) for brain health*
    • CoQ10 for heart health *
    • Lutein & Zeaxantin for eye health*
    • Vitamin D3 for bone health*
    • Probiotics (Bacillus subtilis and Bacillus coagulans) for digestive health*
    • Zinc for immune health*
    • Vitamin B12 for energy health*
    • Biotin to help maintain healthy hair, skin and nails*
    • Choline for liver function*
    • Spectra™Whole Food Antioxidant Blend of 29 fruits, herbs and vegetable extracts and concentrates to boost your body’s response to free radicals
    • And, even more nutrients customized by formula just for women, men and prenatal women.

    So you get more of the nutrients you want - in one convenient serving.

    Smarter science for a healthier you

    Vegan multifunctional capsule supplement

    Creating the ultimate multifunctional daily supplement isn’t rocket science. It’s harder.

    Our in-house team of nutritional scientists utilizes recommendations from the Health and Medicine Division of the National Academies of Sciences (formerly known as the Institute of Medicine), recommendations from our Scientific Advisory Board, current research on dietary patterns and the latest science to ensure our multifunctional formulas can both offer a number of health benefits and fill a wide variety of nutrient gaps.

    PhD Women's Formula

    Because we know some days your meal plan (or lack thereof) may be less than perfect. We’ve got this!

    So, what's inside?
    SmartyPants PhD Capsule Supplements

    We want to help your body work smarter for a happier and healthier you.

    So, each ingredient goes through a rigorous screening process to ensure we’re delivering nutrients in premium forms your body prefers and can easily use, like folate as methylfolate, zinc as zinc citrate, vitamin B12 as methylcobalamin, vitamin D as D3… well you get the idea.

    Here's a breakdown of each ingredient and why we include it...

    Omega-3 DHA essential fatty acids
    Thought starter. We include vegan omega-3 DHA essential fatty acids to support your brain health and cognitive function.* Our omega-3 DHA is sourced from algal oil to deliver a high-quality source of essential fatty acids that’s entirely plant-based.

    Think about it. Omega-3 DHA is well-known for its many health benefits, but your body doesn’t produce enough of these good-for-you fats. Instead, they must come from your diet. We include them to help fill those nutritional gaps.

    Wondering what algal oil is?
    Our Algal DHA is produced from non-GMO microalgae called Schizochytrium sp.Microalgae are microscopic, photosynthetic microorganisms present in almost all existing earth ecosystems.

    They're typically found in aquatic environments. Schizochytrium sp is a type of microalgae has the natural capacity to produce DHA essential fatty acids, and it’s one of the most concentrated non-animal sources of the compound.

    The algal oil we use is refined in France under strict quality control procedures. Algal oils rich in DHA are known to be very sensitive to oxidation. However, the algal oil we use in our PhD Formulas is 4x’s more stable than conventional algal oils.

    Lutein and Zeaxanthin
    Be visionary. We include lutein and zeaxanthin (Lutemax®2020), derived from marigold flowers for your eye health.* (Dare we say flower power.)
    These superstar ingredients are clinically-tested to support eye health against high energy blue light, like from your smartphone. They also support the eyes' ability to see distant objects more clearly and improve visual performance.*

    CoQ10
    For us, getting to the heart of the matter means delivering a high-quality source of CoQ10 to support cardiovascular health.* This nutrient occurs naturally in the body. However, the amount your body produces declines with age.

    CoQ10 is found in organ meats (heart, liver and kidney), but even dietary sources with the highest amounts are still at insufficient levels to make up for the body’s lowered production of this nutrient due to aging.
    We includeCoQ10 in a vegan and synthetic form to support heart health and help fill those dietary gaps. (Because when’s the last time you were craving offal?)*

    Probiotics* 
    Time for a gut check. To help support normal digestion and promote healthy immune function, we include two strains of probiotics, Bacillus coagulans and Bacillus subtilis

    Our formulas include naturally-encapsulated, spore-forming bacteria with at least 95% survivability rate to ensure that the majority of this good bacteria reaches your gut alive where it can flourish and help benefit your digestive health.* No refrigeration needed!

    Vitamin D3
    Because you should feel good to the bone. So we include vitamin D in the premium form D3 (cholecalciferol), sourced from vegan lichen (Cladonia rangiferina) extract. We use this form because it’s what your body prefers and can easily use.

    Vitamin D is necessary to help your body absorb calcium. It acts as a conductor and makes sure you’re utilizing the calcium you get from your diet to help build strong bones and teeth.*

    Wondering what lichen is?
    Lichen, pronounced lahy-kun, are complex plant life forms that arise from a symbiotic partnership between fungus and alga. Fungi can’t produce their own food. So, they rely on organisms like lichen to get nutrients from their algal partnership. Cladonia rangiferina, is also known as reindeer lichen because it’s an important food for those animals.

    Spectra™ Whole Food Antioxidant Blend
    Help boost your body’s response to free radicals with our Spectra ™ Whole Food Antioxidant Blend. It includes a whole foods blend of 29 fruits, herbs and vegetable extracts and concentrates. These clinically-researched ingredients help stimulate antioxidant activity in the human body.* Want to know more about the health benefits of antioxidants? Read more.

    Vitamin B12
    You’ve got the power! Because we include vitamin B12 in the premium form, methylcobalamin, for energy production.* This B vitamin is essential to your overall well-being. It’s found in many animal products including fish, meat and poultry.

    To deliver a premium and vegan source of this B vitamin, we use the synthetic form, methylcobalamin, because it’s what your body prefers and can easily use.

    Iron
    NOTE: This ingredient is found only in our PhD Women’s and Prenatal Formulas. These are the only SmartyPants supplements to contain iron.

    You may have pumped some iron today, but did any get in your diet? Iron is an essential nutrient that your body uses to form healthy red blood cells and transport oxygen to tissues in the body. We include iron (SunActive® FE) as ferrous pyrophosphate because it’s gentle on the stomach and mild on your digestive system. In our PhD Prenatal Formula iron also supports early fetal development.*

    Iodine 
    NOTE: This essential nutrient is in all of our PhD Formulas. However, in our PhD Prenatal Formula, we include a different amount to support fetal development.*

    Iodine provides thyroid support for mom and fetal nervous system and brain development for the little one on the way. It’s not something your body makes and must come from your diet. We include it to help fill those nutritional gaps.*

    Folate 
    NOTE: Folate is another important nutrient that we include in almost every SmartyPants supplement. We use a specific amount in our PhD Prenatal Formula to help support prenatal health and development.*

    Folate is an essential nutrient that your body needs. It helps support energy production and form red blood cells.*

    We include folate in the premium form methylfolate because it’s what your body prefers. Methylfolate is the metabolically active form of this B vitamin and doesn’t need to be converted before your body can use it. In our Prenatal formula, methylfolate supports normal early development of the fetal brain and spinal cord.*

    Choline 
    Choline is an essential nutrient found in egg yolks. (Not eggsactly fitting for herbivores). To help fill those nutritional gaps, we include VitaCholine, a premium, synthetic form of choline that’s vegan and helps support liver function.*

    Made with only the good stuff

    We don’t use any synthetic colors, artificial sweeteners or flavors. Our PhD formulas are also non-GMO, gluten-free, gelatin-free, sugar-free and free of milk, eggs, shellfish, soy, peanuts, wheat, fish and tree nut allergens.

    Just premium nutrients without any junk.

    Manufacturing you can trust

    All of our supplements are produced in a cGMP-compliant (Good Manufacturing Practice) facility and must adhere to a series of strict quality control rules outlined by the FDA and designed to ensure that dietary supplements are produced in a manner that safeguards the health of the consumer.

    This let’s you know that our supplements are made according to the highest-quality standards in the industry.

    Each batch of finished product is third-party lab tested for purity and potency to comply with FDA regulations. So you can always trust that what you read on that label is what’s inside our supplements.

    Good for the real world, all of it SmartyPants Sustainable Packaging

    Eco-friendly packaging

    We want good health for our planet too. So, we’re always looking for new ways to be more sustainable, especially when it comes to packaging. Our new PhD Formulas use 80% post consumer recycled packaging (PCR).

    This means, 80% of the materials used to package our new supplements comes from recycled waste that was generated from everyday homes (like yours and ours). By using PCR packaging, we’re helping to reuse waste that would have otherwise ended up in a landfill. Yay!

    Labels that rock (no really…)

    It’s not just our bottles that are eco-friendly. Our PhD labels are printed on 100% tree-free stone paper made primarily from mineral powder (calcium carbonate) bound with a dash of non-toxic resin (20 percent high-density polyethelene). Producing stone paper is clean and helps minimize waste because it doesn’t require water or bleach, like most traditional paper made from wood pulp. Our SmartyPants Organic line of supplements also use stone paper.

    Vitamin Angels

    Whether you know it or not, you’re helping us save lives! Just like all our other supplements, we’re making a 1-for-1 nutrient grant to Vitamin Angels for every bottle sold. Vitamin Angels provides lifesaving vitamins to more than 70 million mothers and children at risk of malnutrition in 74 countries worldwide.

    Thanks to your help, we’ve made more than 10.2 million grants to date!

    Still have a few questions on our newest capsule supplement?

    Visit our PhD FAQs

    You can always comment below or contact our Customer Service Team at hoot@smartypantscorp.com. We’d love to hear from you!

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    Caroline Fontein

    Caroline Fontein is the Editor and Content Manager for SmartyPants Vitamins. When she's not writing about the latest and greatest in gummy nutrition, she loves rollerblading (it's a thing), long walks on the beach (with her dog) and wine tasting (sometimes the whole bottle).