Your SmartyPants PhD capsule supplements contain green tea and coffea arabica? Is there caffeine in it?
Thanks for reaching out to us. We understand that caffeine is a concern to caffeine-sensitive individuals. That’s why we made sure that the green tea and coffea arabica extracts included in our PhD Formula capsules are decaffeinated.
However, just like with decaffeinated coffee, there may be trace amounts of caffeine in our PhD Formulas. Having said that, our PhD supplements contain less than 1 mg of caffeine per 2 capsule serving, whereas decaffeinated coffee can have trace amounts of caffeine generally ranging from 9 to 14 mg per 8 oz serving.
If you have a caffeine allergy, please check with your doctor to determine if our PhD Formulas are right for you.
Why do the directions for your SmartyPants PhD capsule supplements say to take them on an empty stomach for the best experience?
Even if it is just a little hiccup, we wanted to let you know...
Our new PhD Women's, Men's, Prenatal, Women's 50+ and Men's 50+ Formulas contain vegan omega-3 DHA from algal oil to support brain health and deliver a high-quality source of essential fatty acids.* How your body processes this ingredient differs by individual. But it’s important to note that, like with all encapsulated fish oil, algal oil and similar health supplements, a small percentage of people might experience a “marine aftertaste” (aka fish burp) after taking this supplement. However, taking it without food can help eliminate this. Here’s why.
To break it down a bit further, the introduction of food changes the acidic environment of the stomach. When this happens, the capsule may break down and release algal oil into the stomach as opposed to the small intestine, where it’s intended to break down and get absorbed. This may cause a marine aftertaste. While we’ve noted that taking it without food can address this issue, individual reactions may vary. And that’s no fish story.
Is it ok to take SmartyPants PhD capsule multivitamin supplements with food?
Absolutely! Taking our PhD Formula capsule supplements with food doesn’t impair how your body utilizes the nutrients. But it’s important to note that when taken with food, it changes the acidic environment of the stomach.
As a result, the capsule may break down and release algal oil into the stomach as opposed to the small intestine, where it’s intended to break down and get absorbed. When this happens, some people may experience an unplanned oceanographic encore (i.e. the aforementioned fish burp). Don’t worry. It’s not a shore thing.
For pregnant women experiencing nausea, is it ok to take your SmartyPants PhD Prenatal capsules with food?
Yes, of course! Taking our PhD Prenatal Formula with food doesn’t impair how your body utilizes the nutrients.
However, when taken with food, the acidic environment of the stomach changes. As a result, the capsule may break down and release algal oil into the stomach as opposed to the small intestine, where it’s intended to break down and get absorbed. When this happens, some people may experience an unplanned maritime moment (aka fish burp). Individual reactions may vary. But we want to be transparent by letting you know.
Are SmartyPants PhD capsule multivitamin supplements Kosher?
Are SmartyPants PhD capsule vitamin supplements vegetarian? Vegan?
Are SmartyPants PhD capsule supplements safe to take for people with allergies?
All SmartyPants products are free of the top 8 most common allergens. These include milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, soy, wheat, peanuts and tree nuts allergens. SmartyPants PhD Formulas are also non-GMO, gluten-free, gelatin-free and do not contain any synthetic colors, artificial flavors or artificial sweeteners.
As always, please consult your healthcare provider before using any of our products to determine if they are right for you.
For more information on food allergens, please check out the FDA’s food allergen labeling here.
Is it okay to combine SmartyPants PhD capsule multivitamins with other SPV products?
Since our PhD Formulas include a premium multivitamin, they should not be combined with an additional multivitamin. With that said, it can be combined with our probiotic or mineral Formulas depending on your digestive or mineral needs. As always, we recommend speaking with your healthcare provider to identify the right amounts for your specific dietary needs.
How do you choose the nutrient levels in your SmartyPants PhD capsule supplements?
We carefully-select which nutrients and the amounts to include based on recommendations from The National Academies, Health and Medicine Division (formerly the Institute of Medicine), research on current dietary patterns, advice from leading nutrition experts and our Scientific Advisory Board. With that information, we ensure that our multifunctional formulas can help fill a range of nutrient gaps in the average Western diet and offer many health benefits too! So, you get more of the nutrients you want and less of what you don’t - all in one easy serving.
How big are the capsules? How many do I have to take?
SmartyPants PhD capsules are approximately 3/4 inches long and 1/4 inches wide. Adults take two (2) capsules daily, with or without food. For best experience, take on an empty stomach.
Is there Iron in SmartyPants PhD capsule Formulas?
Iron is an essential nutrient for good health, especially for the health of our red blood cells, and is excreted from the body through blood loss, thus women who are menstruating can benefit from supplemental iron.
In terms of iron being included in the Prenatal formula, expectant mothers have heightened needs for certain essential daily nutrients including iron.
We made this product with the health and safety of our own family in mind. As always, speak with your healthcare provider to identify the right amount of iron supplementation for your needs.
Read our blog to learn more about the health benefits of iron.
How are SmartyPants PhD Formulas different from competitors?
Our superstar ingredients include, omega-3 DHA from algal oil for brain health, CoQ10 for heart health and lutein & zeaxanthin for eye health.*
This formula also includes a Spectra™ Whole Food Antioxidant Blend – bringing together a blend of extracts and whole fruits and vegetables into one pill.
All in all, our PhD Formulas feature a robust blend of the highest-quality ingredients available to help fill a range of nutritional gaps and help offer a number of health benefits too.*
*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 well are your products absorbed?
When it comes to absorption, we include premium ingredients in the form your body prefers. That being said, the rate at which this happens isn’t the same for everyone. Everything from your nutritional profile to your age, diet, stress levels and even your gut bacteria can impact your body’s ability to absorb vitamins, but we can assure you that we do our best to include nutrients in their most premium form.
If your'd like to know more about our quality of ingredients, check out our blog Why Premium Ingredients Matter.
What ages are your PhD capsule supplements for?
Are SmartyPants PhD Formulas food based?
SmartyPants PhD Formulas are not food based. However, our multivitamin capsule formulas include a Spectra™ Whole Food Antioxidant Blend. Spectra™ Whole Food Antioxidant Blend is a blend of extracts and whole fruits and vegetables. This blend helps stimulate antioxidant activity in the body and also boosts the body’s response to free radicals.*
Do I need to discontinue use prior to surgery?
If you are planning on having surgery, please speak with your healthcare provider about any supplements you are currently taking.
Where does the omega-3 DHA in SmartyPants PhD capsule supplements come from? Why was this chosen?
For our PhD formulas, we source our omega-3 DHA from algal oil to support brain health and deliver a high-quality source of essential fatty acids that’s also vegan.*
Do SmartyPants PhD 50+ Formulas include the same nutrients as those found in our SmartyPants Masters gummy formulas?
No, they include even MORE good-for-you ingredients.* SmartyPants PhD 50+ capsules are packed with over 25 nutrients including omega-3 DHA from vegan algal oil for brain health, CoQ10 for heart health, vitamin D3 for bone and immune health, lutein and zeaxanthin for eye health, and a Spectra™ Whole Food Antioxidant Blend to boost your body’s response to free radicals — all in two easy-to-swallow vegan capsules.
Our Women's and Men's 50+ PhD capsules are specially-formulated based on the latest scientific research and recommendations from the Health & Medicine Division of the National Academies and include additional nutrients for Men's and Women's-specific health needs.
Do SmartyPants PhD 50+ Formulas include Lutein and Zeaxanthin in same amounts as SmartyPants Masters gummy formulas?
Yes, both our Masters gummy formulas and PhD capsules include 10mg lutein and 2mg zeaxanthin for clinically-proven eye health.
Do SmartyPants PhD 50+ Formulas contain nutrients specifically focused on over 50 needs? How?
Our PhD Women's 50+ and Men's 50+ capsules are specially-formulated based on the latest scientific research and recommendations by the Health & Medicine Division of the National Academies (the “HMD,” formerly known as the Institute of Medicine).
The HMD conducts comprehensive research and generates nutrient recommendations into 22 life-stage groups based on age, gender, reproductive status and other population characteristics that could potentially influence the adequacy and safety of a given nutrient intake.
So, you can rest assured knowing the nutrients and amounts we include have been carefully and thoughtfully curated by our research team.
How do SmartyPants PhD 50+ Formulas differ from PhD Women's and PhD Men's formulas?
Our PhD Women's 50+ and Men's 50+ capsules are specially-formulated for that demographic based on the latest scientific research and recommendations by the Health & Medicine Division of the National Academies (the “HMD,” formerly known as the Institute of Medicine).
The HMD conducts comprehensive research and generates nutrient recommendations into 22 life-stage groups based on age, gender, reproductive status and other population characteristics that could potentially influence the adequacy and safety of a given nutrient intake. So, you can always trust that the nutrients and amounts we include have been carefully and thoughtfully curated by our research team.
Are there nutrients in SmartyPants PhD Women's 50+ capsule that will help with my menopausal symptoms (or specific concerns for over 50 women)?
Our PhD Women's 50+ Formula includes over 25 nutrients specially-formulated for maturing women.
Over time, the body's ability to absorb vitamin B12 can diminish, and lower estrogen levels in menopause can affect bone density. That's why our PhD Women's 50+ capsules include the premium forms of these nutrients that our bodies prefer and can more easily use, like vitamin D in the form of D3 from lichen and vitamin B12 as methylcobalamin.
Are SmartyPants PhD 50+ capsules sublingual formulas?
No, they are not.
What is the Spectra Whole Food Antioxidant blend. How will this be helpful to me?
The Spectra™ Whole Food Antioxidant Blend is a blend of 29 fruits, herbs and vegetables extracts and concentrates. These clinically-researched ingredients help stimulate antioxidant activity in the human body and boost the body’s response to free radicals to support immunity.
How should I store my SmartyPants PhD Formula capsules?
We recommend storing your SmartyPants PhD capsule multivitamin supplements in a cool, dry place. SmartyPants PhD Formula capsules do not need to be refrigerated. We do not recommend storing them in direct sunlight as the UV rays can deteriorate the nutrients in the bottle.
No, they are not.
My PhD Capsules have gotten darker. Is this normal?
Because we don’t put artificial preservatives in any of our products, certain ingredients can darken over time when exposed to things like light, oxygen and moisture – it’s only natural! The good news is that this doesn’t affect potency, purity or taste of our supplements.