That’s why these results were particularly exciting for our Senior Director of Scientific Affairs, Dr. Mastaneh Sharafi, PhD, RD. As a dietitian and nutrition researcher, she knows better than most that vitamin D levels are commonly low for most Americans, regardless of diet. (Even those who follow the Mediterranean diet—which is seen as a kind of gold standard for nutrition—still may not be getting sufficient vitamin D from their diet, as a rule.)*
“I believe to get the most health benefits, we should follow healthy nutrient-rich diets but make sure to supplement when it comes to limited nutrients,” she says. That’s why it’s so key that the results showed that Essential for Women helped fill vitamin D gaps.*
Essential for Women was shown to increase omega-3 DHA levels by 41%, significantly greater than placebo.*
Grey = placebo; Yellow = Essential for Women
As with vitamin D, most Americans commonly fall below recommended intakes for omega-3 DHA—so it was exciting to see omega-3 DHA levels increase after 12 weeks on Essential for Women. As a reminder, omega-3 DHA helps support brain health, eye health, and heart health. We source our omega-3 DHA from microalgae, which means it’s vegan-friendly.*
Why vitamin D and omega-3 DHA?
For us, these nutrients were especially noteworthy. “Our main goal with our products is to help fill gaps in the diet,” says Dr. Mastaneh. “The amounts of vitamin D and omega-3 DHA Americans are getting from their diet are commonly below the recommended levels which makes these two nutrients particularly noteworthy.” It’s also worth mentioning that on average, the participants in our clinical trial started at lower levels for both of these nutrients—so the fact that they were able to reach significantly higher levels for both after 12 weeks is all the more noteworthy.*
What does this all mean?
Ritual was created for vitamin skeptics, by vitamin skeptics—it’s why we’ve always chosen to go above and beyond, and now, that includes conducting a clinical trial. And it means a lot to us that we can go one step further in showing how our product worked in a clinical trial. “These results confirmed that forms and dosages of Essential for Women key nutrients were efficacious to help our participants to achieve increased nutrient levels,” says Dr. Mastaneh.*
It’s exciting stuff, for sure—but it’s also important to remember that while we’re happy to see results that quantified the impact of Essential for Women, we still stand by our food-first philosophy. “Foods aren't just comprised of vitamins and minerals,” she says. “They also provide beneficial phytochemicals and components, some that we may not even be aware of that can help support our well-being.”*
As for us? We’re now more confident than ever that we formulated a product designed to help fill gaps in the diet—and this is just the first step of a clinical-backed future.*