FAQ


Brand Information FAQs

Q. What formulas does GetSmart Vitamins offer?
A.
We have different supplements, some that areSolutionSpecifics™, and other specialty stand-alone supplements.

SolutionSpecifics™

  • EnergySmart™
  • JointSmart™
  • LipoSmart™
  • LiverSmart™
  • LongevitySmart™
  • MenopauseSmart™
  • MultiSmart™
  • ProstateSmart™
  • TrimSmart™
  • VisionSmart™

Specialty Products

  • CoQsol™ COQ10
  • OptiMSM® with Alpha-Lipoic Acid
  • Leci-PS® PhosphatidylSerine

Q. Why do you call your company GetSmart Vitamins when you have minerals and herbs as well?
A.
Even though our product line contains a host of vitamins, minerals, and herbs, for the sake of simplicity, and easier identification, we call our company GetSmart Vitamins.

Q. Why do you have SolutionSpecifics™ supplements?
A.
By targeting specific health needs, we take the confusion out of the supplement market. For example, if a person wants to improve his/her memory, we have a product called MemorySmart™, which contains a host of memory enhancing ingredients, in one easy-to-take formula.

We combine all of the crucial nutrients in the appropriate dose for you, so, there’s no question of how you mix and match various supplements to get the desired health benefit. This approach also offers you added convenience and a serious, cost savings… so you get much better value for your money.

Q. What makes GetSmart Vitamins special?
A. GetSmart Vitamins
provides products that are based on the most up-to-date scientific research available. The team of experts, who designed the supplements (both technical and consumer), have extensive knowledge and experience in the fields of health and supplements.
Since we are committed to providing you with products that produce the health results you desire, we use therapeutic amounts of only premium-quality, standardized, natural extracts, which offer the greatest bioavailability. Greater bioavailability, means more complete absorption!
When designing our formulas, we always think in terms of synergy… which nutrients enhance the effectiveness of which other nutrients. As a result, our SolutionSpecifics™ formulas contain several key ingredients… many at therapeutic doses! In essence, what you actually get is several stand-alone nutrients packaged in one complete formula; a great cost savings; in addition to tremendous convenience.
Our prices can’t be beat! You get true value for your money. That’s because every day is a whole-sale day!

Q. Do you use natural or synthetic vitamins?
A.
When research shows that the natural form is better absorbed, more active, and stays in your system longer, we use that natural form. For example, research shows that the natural source of the carotenoids, including beta carotene, lutein, and lycopene, as well as vitamin E, is better absorbed, more active, and stays in your system longer. That’s why we provide natural mixed carotenoids and natural forms of the vitamin E family in MultiSmart™, all natural vitamin E and beta carotene as well as natural lutein and zeaxanthin inCoQsol™, and all natural lycopene in ProstateSmart™.
Even though the natural form is sometimes far more expensive, we firmly believe there’s little benefit in taking something that’s not well absorbed by your body.
Yet, with many other nutrients, there’s no real difference between natural and synthetic. So, there is no added value in using the natural form. It will just drive up the price of the supplement, offering you no health benefit.

Q. How do I know which GetSmart products to take?
A.
First, decide what your specific health-related goals are. Then, select the formula which targets that specific need. While all our specialty formulas are complete formulas which provide a specific health solution, they are most effective when combined with a broad spectrum supplement, such as MultiSmart™ a comprehensive multi-vitamin/mineral formula that is rich in antioxidants. Our specialSolutionSpecific™ supplements are designed to work in combination with one another plus our central core formula, MultiSmart™.

Q. How do I know if your products are safe?
A.
There is extensive, worldwide, research on each of the ingredients we included in every formula. A number of studies were conducted in Europe, particularly Germany. We’ve also taken into account the most recent research from the U.S. All the ingredients in the Get Smart product line were specifically chosen because of the quality and quantity of research available to support their safe use.

Q. Where do I find out the individual ingredients of each formula and the benefits it provides?
A.
Check out the detailed product information sheet for each specific product. You’ll get a full description of the ingredients, plus the answers to the most commonly asked questions for each product.

Q. How can everyday be a ‘wholesale day’ with the Get Smart product line?
A.
By providing you with direct access to us via the Internet, it allows us to eliminate the cost of retail stores and staff. We pass that saving onto you, so you get the best price. Even though the costs are low, the quality of our products are exceptionally high!

Q. Can vegetarians take Get Smart Vitamins?
A. JointSmart™, OptiMSM™, CoQsol™, MultiSmart™, Leci-PS™, TrimSmart™, EnergySmart™ and LiverSmart™,
are suitable for vegetarians. The following products have gelatin added:
LongevitySmart™, LipoSmart™, MemorySmart™, Menopause Smart™, ProstateSmart™ and VisionSmart™.


Category Information

Q. What are vitamins?
A.
Vitamins are organic compounds (carbon containing) required by every part of your body to maintain health and prevent disease. In most cases they are not produced by the body or are produced in insufficient quantities and so must be obtained from food or supplements. Vitamins help the body digest, absorb and metabolize the protein, carbohydrates, and fats you eat as well as helping to regulate growth, metabolism, and cell reproduction. They also ensure the proper functioning of the heart and nervous system. There are 13 vitamins in all, and you need every single one of them.

Q. What are the different types of vitamins?
A.
Vitamins are broken down into two categories, water-soluble and fat-soluble.

Water-soluble vitamins include vitamin C, and the family of B-complex vitamins: thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, B6, folic acid, biotin, pantothenic acid, and B12. They are not stored in your body for very long. Since these vitamins dissolve in water, any that is not absorbed by your body is eliminated in the urine. Because you don’t store them, you need a fresh supply every day.

Fat-soluble vitamins include A, D, E and K. Unlike water-soluble vitamins, they can be stored in the body; usually in the liver or tissues. When taken in excess for a prolonged period of time, they may build up to toxic levels. That’s why it is important to use them in reasonable and not excessive quantities. The fat-soluble vitamins are best absorbed when eaten with foods containing fat.

Q. What are minerals?
A.
Minerals are inorganic compounds (non carbon-containing), required by every part of your body to maintain health and prevent disease. Minerals also belong to two groups: the macro or bulk minerals and the micro or trace minerals. Macro minerals are needed in larger amounts than micro minerals. This doesn’t mean they are more or less important.

Macro minerals include calcium, chloride, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, sodium, and sulfur.

Micro minerals include chromium, copper, iodine, iron, manganese, molybdenum, selenium, zinc, boron, cobalt, nickel, silicon, tin, and vanadium.
Minerals are stored in various parts of the body; primarily bone and muscle tissues. When taken in excess, they may build up to toxic levels.

Q. What are herbs?
A.
An herb is a plant or a part of a plant that is used for its therapeutic, or health promoting value. Although there are an estimated 250,000 to 500,000 different kinds of plants on the earth, only about 5000 of these have been extensively studied for their therapeutic value. The leaf, flower, seed, root, stem, bark, fruit, or any other plant part can be used. Herbal products often contain a mixture of ingredients from a plant. They come in many different forms including, capsule, tincture, extract, oils, ointment, whole herbs, and tea.

Q. What are herbal extracts?
A.
In an extract, the active ingredients in a plant or plant part are separated (extracted) and partially purified to reduce both the weight and size of the final dosage form. The specific active ingredients extracted are those that have been researched and reported, by the scientific community as providing therapeutic value.
Extracts remove all of the undesirable taste and smell associated with crude herbal preparations. They also allow the herbs to be consumed in the convenient forms of either a caplet or tablet.

Q. How do herbs differ from vitamins and minerals?
A.
Our bodies require about 45 different vitamins and minerals to ensure optimal health. These nutrients must be included in a person’s daily diet to maintain health. Supplementation with a multivitamin/mineral helps to insure adequate intake of these nutrients.
Herbs are not considered essential to our health. Although they offer therapeutic value, our body does not require them for optimal health. Yet, current research indicates that herbs do play an active role in health maintenance, disease prevention, and helping to alleviate illnesses.

Q. Are natural vitamins better than synthetic vitamins?
A.
With many nutrients, there’s no real difference between natural and synthetic. But, there are a few exceptions to this rule.
Research shows that the natural source of the carotenoids, including beta carotene, lutein, and lycopene, as well as vitamin E is better absorbed, more active, and stays in your system longer. That’s why we provide natural mixed carotenoids and natural forms of the vitamin E family in MultiSmart™; all natural vitamin E and beta carotene as well as natural lutein and zeaxanthin in VisionSmart™; and all natural lycopene in ProstateSmart™.
Even though the natural form is sometimes far more expensive, there’s little benefit in taking something that’s not well absorbed by your body. Where research shows a benefit from the natural, rather than synthetic form, we always provide you with it.

Q. If I eat a healthy diet, do I still need supplements?
A.
Yes! Our bodies need more than 45 different nutrients a day, and it’s difficult (if not impossible) to obtain all the nutrients from food alone. Part of the problem is that even the most nutrient-packed foods lose vital vitamins, minerals, and other health-promoting constituents in a variety of ways. For example, so-called “fresh” fruits and vegetables begin losing their nutrients the moment they’re picked. By the time “fresh” produce reaches your home, it was shipped and stored for several days (or longer), further depleting its natural nutrient level. Cooking it, and exposing it to heat and/or water, decreases its nutrient content even more.
Other factors to consider: our food supply has become depleted of nutrients, as a result of soil erosion; we are exposed to more environmental toxins as pesticides, insecticides and other chemicals resulting in the “pollution” of our food supply; we eat a lot more processed foods, which are nutrient depleted. This all adds up to nutrient-depleted foods. That’s why supplements are a smart idea.

Q. If I plan my food intake carefully, can I get all I need from food?
A.
Perhaps an example will answer this question. Let’s say you wanted to try to get a daily intake of 100 I.U. of vitamin E. In order to get that amount solely from your diet, you’d need to eat:

* 2 1/2 cups of sweet potatoes

* 3 cups of spinach

* 2 ounces of nuts

* 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil

This combination would pack in 1607 calories – and that wouldn’t even be your total day’s intake of food. Clearly, it would be impossible to fulfill this vitamin E intake through food alone and also maintain a healthy weight!

Q. How do I decide which supplements I need?
A.
You, along with your health care provider, are the best judge of what will help you optimize your health, prevent disease, and help to alleviate or even reverse any medical conditions you have. In making your decision, you’ll both want to take into consideration such factors as your diet history, your (and your family’s) medical history, a complete nutritional laboratory analysis, any medications you may be taking, the severity of your symptoms, and such lifestyle habits as smoking and drinking alcohol.

Q. Am I guaranteed good health if I take supplements?
A.
Always keep in mind that these are supplements, not replacements for a sound diet and healthy lifestyle. Whatever supplements you decide to take should not be an excuse to eat an unhealthy diet nor stop exercising! If your goal is to live a long healthy life and prevent, or help reverse any health problems, you need a healthy foundation, a nutritious diet, regular exercise, stress management, plus supplemental support. All these factors work synergistically.

Q. Are supplements safe for everyone?
A.
Yes, for most people. However, if you are currently taking medication, are ill, have a past medical history, or are pregnant or nursing, always consult with your health care professional before taking supplements.

Q. How can I tell if my supplements are working?
A.
That’s easy – by the way you feel! If you’re taking supplements for general health and disease prevention (all other things being equal), you feel better, are more energetic, and have fewer colds… then they’re working. Similarly, if you’re taking vitamin E for hot flashes and they last for a shorter period of time, are less intense, or disappear altogether, then it appears the vitamin E is working. Remember, unlike “quick-relief” pills or powders; vitamins, minerals and herbs frequently don’t work overnight. While some supplements do provide immediate relief, with others, you may have to take them up several weeks before you start noticing a positive effect.

Q. Do supplements have calories?
A.
No. Vitamins, minerals and herbs do not have calories. If a supplement has any calories it is due to added ingredients which contain calories. However, essential fatty acids do have calories. If you are taking flaxseed oil, evening primrose oil, fish oils, etc., they are a source of healthy fat and provide some calories.

It is because of our passion for excellence and our total commitment to providing you the highest quality products at the very best price that GetSmart Vitamins should be your one-source for ALL your nutritional needs!


Ingredients

Q. What is a chelated mineral?
A. A chelated mineral is one that is surrounded by a carrier protein which transports the mineral to the bloodstream. This is done to increase the mineral’s absorbability. As a result, many of ourGetSmart Vitamins contain chelated nutrients. In some cases, chelated minerals may be less irritating to the stomach than non-chelated minerals.

What are time-released supplements?
A. Time-released supplements are designed to be absorbed and released in the body more slowly, to prolong the availability of the nutrients to the tissues. Since research to date has failed to prove that time-released vitamins offer any real advantage to others, theGetSmart™ Vitaminsproduct line does not provide time-released supplements.

Q. What type of “ingredients” do you use in GetSmart Vitamins?
A. GetSmart Vitamins utilizes standardized extracts to ensure you obtain the full health benefits of the active ingredients as reflected in studies.
All other nutrients we use, including vitamins, minerals and herbs are of the highest quality, purity, and potency. We use trusted sources as suppliers of our ingredients to guarantee this. We use natural ingredients when the research has demonstrated that the natural source has increased value… as in vitamin E, and the carotenoids (lutein, zeaxthanin, lycopene, beta-carotene, etc.). And in many case we use therapeutic amounts of each active ingredient to ensure you derive the full health benefit.

Q. How do you select your ingredients for each formula?
A. GetSmart™ Vitamins are selected totally on the basis of quality. We only rely on trusted sources, for example:
Covitol® as our source for Vitamin E in our MultiSmart;
Betatene® as our source for natural mixed carotenoids in MultiSmart;
ChitoClear™ as our source of chitosan in LipoSmart;
Gravinol-S™ as our source of grape seed extract in LongevitySmart;
AdvantraZ™ as our source of the herb, citrus aurantium extract, inTrimSmart;
CoQsol™ as our source for CoQ10;
Leci-PS®, for Phosphatidylserineand
OptiMSM® as our source for MSM.

We also get many botanical extracts from the top continental herbalists. These meet the uncompromising standards of the German Commission E (equivalent to the FDA).

We are so confident of each ingredient that we include in every product, that we provide full disclosure on all labels. We have nothing to hide and everything to be proud of. Other companies may not provide full disclosure since their products contain allergenic fillers or other substances which may inhibit optimal nutrient absorption.

Additionally, if an herbal ingredient is listed, the strength of the standardized extract is also detailed. And all nutrients are listed with their true elemental weight.

Q. What undesirable ingredients do other companies put in their formulas that GetSmart Vitamins does NOT use?
A. GetSmart’s formulas contain NO hydrogenated oils, digestible plastics, wax, common allergens, preservatives, artificial colors or flavors. People sensitive to wheat, starch, salt, sugar, dairy, soy, yeast or corn can use our formulas with full confidence.

Q. Why is it important that herbal extracts are standardized?
A. By standardizing an ingredient, we are ensuring that the pharmacologically active ingredient is available in potent doses to provide a therapeutic effect. Standardization ensures that each extract contains the same percentage amount of this active ingredient.
For example, the herb, milk thistle, included in LiverSmart™, the most biologically active ingredient is silymarin. That’s why milk thistle is standardized in LiverSmart™ to provide 80% of this active constituent. And artichoke leaf extract is standardized to provide 3-5% cynarin and 15% caffeoylquinic acid; two of the main active ingredients. If you take a look at the label of LiverSmart™, you’ll notice schizandra berry extract and dandelion root extract also provide standardized amounts of their active ingredients.
Although the standardization process is costly, it is critical, as it ensures that you are getting the highest quality herbal product possible.

Product

Herbal

Standardization

EnergySmart

Panax ginseng root extract 5-20% ginsenosides
Siberian ginseng root extract 0.8% leutherosides
American ginseng root extract 5% ginsenosides
Gotu kola leaf extract 10% asiaticosides
Royal jelly extract 6%10-HDA
Rhodiola rosea root extract 40-45% phenylpropanoids
0.8% salidrosides
0.8% rosavins
Green tea leaf extract 20% methylxanthines
LiverSmart Milk thistle seed extract 80% silymarin
Artichoke leaf extract 3-5% cynarin
15% caffeoylquinic acid
Schizandra berry extract 9% schizandrins
Dandelion root extract 20% taraxasterol
LongevitySmart Grape seed extract 95% total flavanols
85%proanthocyanidins
MemorySmart Ginkgo biloba leaf extract 27% ginkgoflavonglycosides
7% sesquiterpene lactones 1.55% ginkgolide B
MenopauseSmart Red clover extract 8% isoflavones
Black cohosh root extract 2.5% triterpene glycosides
Dong quai root extract 1% ligustilide
MultiSmart Citrus bioflavonoids 30-40% total flavones
Grape skin extract 14-18% phenolics
ProstateSmart Saw palmetto berry extract 85-95% sterols/fatty acids
Stinging nettle leaf extract 1% organic silica
Pygeum bark extract 13% sterols
Panax ginseng root extract 15-20% ginsenosides
Puereria root extract 40% total isoflavones
TrimSmart Citrus aurantium extract 5-7% alkaloids
Rhodiola rosea root 40-45% phenylpropanoids
Siberian ginseng root extract 0.8% salidrosides
Green tea leaf extract 0.8% rosavins
VisionSmart Bilberry fruit extract 0.8% eleutherosides
20% methylxanthines
25% anthocyanosides
Citrus bioflavonoids 30-40% total flavones
Grape skin extract 14-18% phenolics

Q. How does GetSmart insure the potency of each ingredient?
A. GetSmart Vitamins
takes extra steps in the manufacture of its formulas to maintain the integrity of each ingredient. We only deal with reputable raw material suppliers, and each ingredient comes with a certificate of analysis. Each ingredient is further tested in-house to ensure its purity and potency. We also ensure that there is no loss of potency due to certain nutrients chemically interacting with others. We also place an expiration date on each formula, so you know they are always fresh. All our formulas offer reliable ingredient potency, verified against USP standards.

It is because of our passion for excellence and our total commitment to providing you the highest quality products at the very best price that GetSmart Vitamins should be your one-source for ALL your nutritional needs!


Packaging and Storage

Q. Where is it best to store my Get Smart supplements?
A.
It’s best to store them at room temperature of 59-66 degrees F (15-30 degrees C), with the caps tightly closed. Try to avoid exposure to light, moisture and extreme temperatures; either very hold or very cold.

Q. Should I use the supplement if it’s delivered with a broken seal?
A.
No. It’s best not to use the product and exchange it for another.

It is because of our passion for excellence and our total commitment to providing you the highest quality products at the very best price that GetSmart Vitamins should be your one-source for ALL your nutritional needs!


Servings/Directions

Q. What is an International Unit (I.U.)?
A.
An I.U. is the standard unit of measurement for fat-soluble vitamins
A, D, and E.

Q. What is the difference between grams (g), milligrams (mg), and micrograms (mcg)?
A.
These are all units of measure. The gram is the largest unit, followed by the milligram, and then the microgram.
1 gram (g) contains 1000 milligrams (mg). A gram is roughly equivalent to one-quarter teaspoon. There are about 4000mg (or 4 grams) in a teaspoon.
1 milligram (mg) contains 1000 micrograms (mcg). This means that a microgram (mcg) is 1/1000th of a milligram.

Q. What information appears on the supplement label provide?
A.
‘The Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act’ requires that a Supplement Facts box appear on all dietary supplements. This is very similar to the Nutrition Facts box that is printed on all food product labels.
Each nutrient appears with the amount of that nutrient, together with a percent of the recommended daily intake value, expressed as “Percent Daily Value”. This Percent Daily Value tells us what percentage of the recommended Daily Value established by federal government, is provided by each nutrient.
Each nutrient on the GetSmart label lists the nutrient name followed by the form of the nutrient in parenthesis, for example: zinc (as zinc glycinate). The form identifies the active ingredient of each nutrient used. We spell it out clearly. Unlike most other vitamin companies, if there are two different forms, we tell you exactly how much of each form the supplement provides, so there is no guessing on your part.

Q. What is the % Daily Value (% DV)?
A.
The National Research Council’s Food and Nutrition Board has established its recommendations in the form of Daily Value (DV), a term that replaced the previously used Recommended Daily Allowance.
The DV’s spell out the types and amounts of nutrients the government believes are required by an average healthy person to prevent deficiency disease, based on age, gender and other factors. They are not designed to maintain optimal health nor address the needs of people who have a medical problem or illness, are suffering from stress, taking medications, or who are dealing with other particular conditions.
% DV on food and dietary supplement labels indicate the percent of the recommended daily amount of each nutrient that a serving provides.

Q. Why does GetSmart Vitamins have such high % DV?
A.
The amount of each nutrient provided in GetSmart Vitamins is designed not merely to prevent disease, but to provide optimal intake for health promotion. The amounts provided in each supplement are based on the latest scientific research recommendations. That’s why you will frequently see the % DV on the GetSmart Vitamins product label to have a high % DV. For example, in MultiSmart™ we provide 200 International Units (IU) of vitamin E per day – 566 times the DV; and 500 mg for Vitamin C, 833 % DV.

Q. If you list a serving size on the Supplement Facts box as “2” or “3” or “4”, does this mean should take all my supplements at once?
A.
The Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act requires that each product list nutrient ingredients on supplements by “Serving Size” instead of the previous method of showing the recommended daily usage. Yet, if you refer to the “Directions” information on the panel, you’ll get more detailed serving information. For example, in the supplement <>MultiSmart™, the “Serving Size” on the label indicates 4 caplets; and the “Directions” section reads “As a dietary supplement, take 2 caplets twice daily, preferably with meals”. That’s to ensure you get all of its nutritional benefits throughout the day.

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Q. Even though you recommend I take a supplement in divided servings, will it hurt me if I take it all at once?
A.
No, it won’t hurt you, but it’s an inefficient way to take supplements. That’s because your body can only absorb a limited amount of a nutrient at a time. So, it’s best to always divide the serving throughout the day to maximize your body’s use of the nutrients. For instance, if you’re taking 750 mg of vitamin C each day, take 250 mg at breakfast and the rest with lunch or dinner.

Q. Why do the serving directions sometimes give a range such as 1-2 capsules/caplets a day?
A. GetSmart™ Vitamins
provides a servings range for several of its supplements including: LipoSmart™, LongevitySmart™; MSM™, and CoQsol™. A dosage range is provided to give you the flexibility in tailoring your supplement intake to your specific needs. The amount you select would be based on your individual nutritional goals and your overall health status.

Q. If I take more than the recommended amount, will I see the health benefits quicker?
A.
It’s a good idea to follow label directions for use. Yet, for certain concerns you may want to start with a higher serving. For example, to obtain the best results with LECI-PS®, although the recommended use on the label is 1 softgel (100 mg), twice daily, a reasonable daily supplement strategy would be to begin at higher levels of intake, as 2 -3 softgels (200-to 300mg) for a month or two. This should saturate the cell membranes. You can then continue on a maintenance mode at a lower level of intake 1-2 softgels (100 -200 mg daily). Because it is so safe, patients with Alzheimer’s and/or anxiety and depression, can take between 3 – 5 softgels (300 to 500mg) a day.
Another example is our product OptiMSM™. Our recommended use is 2 to 4 caplets, twice daily. Over the years thousands of people have experienced incredible life-changing benefits from taking 2 to 4 caplets (2 to 4 grams) of MSM a day. However, because we are all different, the amount that you need to take to reach your desired goals may be quite different from someone else. It is our opinion, that 2 to 4 caplets a day would be adequate for general health maintenance. Higher doses (4 to 8 caplets) are typically necessary to experience therapeutic effects.
In deciding on your daily serving, the key is to understand your therapeutic needs and adjust accordingly. It’s a good idea to always check with your health care provider.

Q. Why is it best to take certain supplements with meals?
A.
Taking certain supplements with food aids in their absorption. For example, fat-soluble vitamins, require some fat in a meal for their absorption. Also, food has a buffering effect, so the supplement is less likely to “repeat” on you.

Q. Should I introduce all my supplements at once?
A.
It’s always a good idea to start with one supplement at a time. After you are taking it for two days, then introduce the next supplement. If you add all supplements at once, and you find one doesn’t agree with you, how will you know which one it is? For that reason, it’s best to proceed in gradual fashion.