B-Complex. Of all the B vitamins, we prefer to only include folate and B12 in our multi. That’s because they're so essential for life (both help out with DNA synthesis, for example) and can be really difficult to absorb through diet alone for different reasons. Consider B12, which is most commonly found in meat, dairy and eggs—that's tough for vegans and vegetarians. And in the case of folate, up to 40% of women have genetic variations that make it difficult to reap the full benefits of folic acid through diet alone. (That's why we opted for a form called MTHF, which is easier to the body to use.)
Vitamin B6 is also important for nervous and immune system health, but most women get enough of it through foods like eggs, meat, whole grains, and vegetables—which is why we decided it wasn’t necessary in our vitamins. The same goes for other members of the complex, which you might recognize by their other names: thiamine (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), and pantothenic acid (B5), for example.
Vitamin C. Vitamin C’s great rep is well-deserved, since it’s vital for immune system support, bone and teeth health and more. But the good news is that we typically get plenty of it from our diet (citrus fruits, broccoli, spinach, and bell peppers, to name a few), so most women don’t need additional supplementation. It’s also worth mentioning that overdoing it on vitamin C can interfere with the absorption of certain other nutrients, namely B12.
Copper. Copper is an important supporting player, aiding iron absorption and partnering with it to form new red blood cells. But most women get enough of it from their diets: nuts, beans, and seeds are great sources of copper.
Manganese. If anything, we’ve found that most women are actually getting too much manganese in their diets—and that’s an issue, since an excess can interfere with the absorption of other nutrients like iron and zinc. This nutrient is important for brain health, but you’re almost definitely getting plenty of it through food products containing soy, as well as shellfish and sweet potatoes. You won’t find it in our vitamins.
Selenium. This mineral aids with our metabolism and thyroid, but we only need a small amount of it—which most women get easily through food sources like nuts and fish.
Fillers and additives have no place in your multivitamin.
Nutrient overflow is one thing. Filler ingredients are quite another, especially since they’re often difficult to discern on your vitamin label, so you don’t totally know what you’re putting in your body. We skip unnecessary extras like colorants, mystery synthetic fillers, sugar, and common allergens like gluten. Instead, we only include high-quality, vegan-friendly nutrients your body needs… and none of the B.S.
Basically, we decluttered your vitamin for you. But the nine nutrients we do include in our Essential for Women are where we put the “more” in “less is more.” It wasn’t enough for us to zero in on the nutritional gaps most of us need filling (and skip the rest). We also had to cross the globe to find some of the very best forms of those nutrients, and reimagine a capsule that would deliver those forms in the most optimal way possible. In other words, it’s doing way more with way less—an MO we can definitely stand behind.