How does the formula compare to other SmartyPants formulas?
We’ve graduated! Meet the ultimate multifunctional supplement, made with premium ingredients like omega-3 DHA from algal oil, CoQ10 for heart health, lutein & zeaxanthin for brain health and probiotics for digestion,* all in two easy-to-swallow vegan capsules.
This formula also includes Spectra™ Whole Food Antioxidant Blend; Spectra™ Whole Food Antioxidant Blend is a blend of extracts and whole fruits & vegetables. This blend helps stimulate antioxidant activity in the body and also boosts the body’s response to free radicals.* In addition, the PhD Women’s Formula and PhD Prenatal Formula include iron, perfect for supplementing daily health and supporting the oxygen-carrying red blood cells in your body.*
Why do I need to take these without food?
Even if it is just a little hiccup, we wanted to let you know...
Our new PhD Formulas contain vegan omega-3 DHA from algal oil to 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 these with food?
Absolutely! Taking our PhD Formulas 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 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 and let you know.
Is this product Kosher?
What does “allergen free” mean?
All SmartyPants products are free of the top 8 major allergens – milk, eggs, peanuts, fish, shellfish, soy, wheat, and tree nuts allergens. SmartyPants PhD are also non-GMO, gluten-free, gelatin-free and do not contain any synthetic colors, artificial flavors or artificial sweeteners.
That being said, if you have a known allergy and would like to check if any of our products contain certain ingredients, please email us at email@example.com so we can assist you. 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 this formula with other SPV products?
Since our PhD Formula is a premium multivitamin, it 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 formulas?
Based on recommendations from The National Academies, Health and Medicine Division (formerly the Institute of Medicine) and advice from leading nutrition experts and our Scientific Advisory Board, we carefully-select our ingredients and put each nutrient through a rigorous screening process. With that information, we ensure that our multifunctional formulas fill a range of nutrient gaps in the average Western diet. 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?
The PhD capsules are approximately 3/4 inches long and 1/4 inches wide. Take 2 capsules daily without food on an empty stomach.
Is there Iron in SmartyPants PhD Pill? Why?
There is iron in the PhD Women’s Formula and PhD Prenatal Formula, but not the Men’s formula. 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 and require an increase in many of our essential daily nutrients, with iron being one of those.
We made this product with the health and safety of our own family in mind, so you can be sure we thought long and hard about every nutrient we included in our PhD formulas. As always, speak with your healthcare provider to identify the right amount of iron supplementation for your needs.
How is SmartyPants PhD different from competitors?
Our PhD Formulas are made with premium ingredients and essential nutrients, all in two easy-to-take vegan capsules. Our superstar ingredients include, omega-3 DHA from algal oil, CoQ10 for heart health, lutein & zeaxanthin for brain health and probiotics for digestion.
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 for men, women and prenatal women.
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 you’d like to know more about our quality of ingredients you can check out our blog.
Where are your ingredients sourced?
All SmartyPants products are made with globally-sourced ingredients to ensure you are getting the most premium forms that are easily absorbed by the body. Every batch is also third-party lab tested to make sure what you see on our labels is what your get in our bottles. This means you can trust that our vitamins have been produced to the highest quality standards on the market.
Are there nuts in your facility?
Our entire mission as a company is to bring health to more people by making premium nutrients affordable and easy to take. We take rigorous measures all along the process of manufacture, from raw materials to final product, to ensure any and all allergen "free of" statements we place on our labels and our marketing materials are accurate and true. The somewhat technical language we use to describe our allergen-free status, which is certainly familiar to you by now from other products, arises from an abundance of caution and a desire to do the safest thing possible.
With multiple manufacturing facilities for different products, some facilities are 100% allergen free and some work with allergens such as nuts. However, the facilities that work with allergens meet or exceed the FDA allergen food requirements set forth by the Food Safety Modernization Act to manage all allergens in contained rooms with separate equipment and controls, which allows us to manufacture our products in allergen-free environments. We take rigorous measures, from raw materials to final product, to ensure any and all allergen "free of" claims we make are accurate and true.
While we’ve taken all the appropriate measures to maintain an allergen-free standard, the utmost importance to us is your safety and peace of mind when seeking out products that are harmless for both you and your family. If you have additional questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
What ages are this product for?
Are SmartyPants PhD food based?
The PhD Formulas are not food based, but it does 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.*
Why are SmartyPants products more expensive than other brands?
SmartyPants was founded on the belief that good health shouldn’t be so complicated. We set out to create multifunctional supplements made with premium ingredients, delivered in a delightful-to-take package at a fair price. We use only the best and most well-researched nutrients, and we use the form that is easy for your body to absorb. Our multifunctional formulas help minimize the need to purchase multiple products to fulfill the same nutrient profile delivered in a single bottle of SmartyPants. At the end of the day, our goal is to save you time and money and give you peace of mind.
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 your omega-3 come from? Why was this chosen?