Essential for Women
Multivitamin 18+

The clinical-backed multivitamin for women 18-49 formulated to help fill nutrient gaps in their diet.*

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Essential Duo Women 18+

Double the Daily Support*

Essential for Women Multivitamin 18+ provides Omega 3-DHA, plus an excellent source of Vitamin D3, Iron, and B12, while Essential Protein Daily Shake 18+ offers an excellent source of protein and Choline.

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Daily Multivitamin

  • The clinical-backed multivitamin for women 18+
  • Clean formula, third party tested, and essenced with mint
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Plant-Based Protein

  • 20g protein to support satiety and help build lean muscle mass*
  • USA-grown peas and a delicious handcrafted vanilla flavor
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In a clinical trial over 12 weeks, Essential for Women:

Increased Vitamin D levels by 43% significantly greater than placebo

Increased Omega-3 DHA by 41% significantly greater than placebo

About our Clinical Trial

In partnership with Auburn University, a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial measured the effects of Essential for Women in 94 adult women.

Peer Reviewed & Published

After passing a rigorous review, our gold standard clinical study was published in Frontiers In Nutrition — a leading, internationally recognized, peer-reviewed journal. 

Why It Matters

We are incredibly proud of the evidence-based products we formulate, and we believe clinical studies are the best way to directly measure their impact.

Published Clinical Study
Vegan
Gluten and Major Allergen Free
Made Traceable™
USP Verified
No Artificial Colorants or Synthetic Fillers
Woman holding a bottle of Ritual's Women Multivitamin 18+
Woman holding a bottle of Ritual's Women Multivitamin 18+

Bring Your Foundational Health Into Focus

You're more than hair, skin, and nails. Build a stronger foundation for better health.

Brain Health*

Combination of Omega-3 DHA from microalgae and methylated B12 to support brain health.*

Bone Health*

Calcium-helper nutrients Vitamin D, Magnesium and Boron to help maintain bone health.*

Blood-Building*

Gentle, chelated Iron and methylated Folate to promote red blood cell formation.*

Antioxidant Support*

Vitamin E, from mixed tocopherols, provides antioxidant support to fight free radicals.*

9 Traceable Ingredients

Essential for Women is Made Traceable™ with a visible supply chain so you know what you’re putting in your body. Because not all ingredients are created equal.

Notice something missing? We left out Calcium and Vitamin C for a reason.

Read Why Less Is More

Our Patented Beadlet In Oil Technology

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Beadlet In Oil

Our patented beadlet in oil technology combines oily and dry ingredients in one capsule. Get key nutrients in 2 pills daily.*
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Delayed-Release

Delayed-release capsules are designed to dissolve later in the small intestine, an ideal place to absorb nutrients.*
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Essenced With Mint

The mint tab in every bottle keeps things fresh, so taking your vitamins daily can be a more enjoyable experience.
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We Want You to Ask Questions

Seriously. Our team of nutrition experts and scientists has answers.

We go above and beyond, and when we say transparency, we mean it. Essential for Women 18+ is USP Verified, Non-GMO Project Verified, and in a clinical trial, Essential for Women was shown to increase Vitamin D and Omega-3 DHA levels in 12 weeks.* Learn more about our university-led clinical trial here. Having this trifecta of independent testing was important to us, and it sets us apart: None of the five best-selling women’s multivitamins are USP Verified, Non-GMO Project Verified, and disclose their clinical study information on their site.*

Additionally, each batch of our multivitamins is tested for identity, purity, strength, and composition, so we can be sure that what’s on the label is what’s in the capsules. We also complete third-party testing to help ensure our products are compliant with regulations and guidelines for heavy metals, microbes and major allergens and to help assure the quality and safety of our products.

†Based on the top 5 US women’s multivitamin brands by 2019 & trailing 12 month retail sales (through April '20).
More than 97% of women age 19-50 are not getting enough Vitamin D from their diet. That’s why we include 50 mcg of vegan-certified Vitamin D3 in Essential for Women 18+ to help support normal immune function. Better yet, Essential for Women 18+ was shown to increase vitamin D levels 43% over 12 weeks, as compared to no change in a placebo group in a university-led clinical study.*
Yes, in a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical study Essential for Women 18+ was shown to increase Vitamin D, Omega-3 DHA, and Folate levels in 12 weeks.* Most recently, our gold standard clinical study was published in Frontiers In Nutrition — a leading, internationally recognized, peer-reviewed journal. Getting published in Frontiers in Nutrition means our clinical study passed the rigorous review of experts in nutrition. From the design and implementation, to the accuracy of our results, our clinical study was put through the quality control ringer. Having a clinical study published in a peer reviewed journal is one of the highest awards scientific research can achieve.
Our formula is so unique that the United States Patent and Trademark Office awarded us a patent (# U.S. 11,083,738 B2). Below is a breakdown of our technology:

1. Beadlet in oil. Our patented beadlet in oil design combines oily and dry ingredients in one capsule. Get key nutrients, like Omega-3 DHA, in 2 pills daily.*
2. Delayed-release. Delayed-release capsules are designed to dissolve later in the small intestine, an ideal place to absorb nutrients.*
3. Essenced with mint. The mint tab in every bottle helps keep things fresh, so taking multivitamins daily can be a more enjoyable experience.
The benefits you feel—happier mood, maintained energy—are just bonuses when it comes to improving your long-term health. While many people feel a difference within 1-2 weeks, some don’t notice any difference and that’s okay. It’s what’s happening inside that counts. The water-soluble nutrients (Fe, Mg, folate, B12, boron) start working right away to support your heart, nerves, and more. Fat-soluble nutrients take longer, except for D3, which helps your brain the next day if you have low levels. All in all, it takes 3-4 months for your body to reach a new equilibrium. By the time Essential For Women reaches neurons—the cells in your brain that signal mood—it’s already helping your heart cells, bone cells, and more.*
For decades, mainstream vitamins have been formulated with two primary goals: low cost and long shelf life. Made with low quality ingredients, the resulting products are not only less effective, but are often filled with harmful materials to help them "keep". At Ritual, we put quality and efficacy above all. We use obsessively researched nutrients, in forms identical to those found in healthy foods. We use clean alternatives to traditional fillers and preservatives. And we ship our product fresh--it never sits on a shelf. Our ingredients aren’t cheap. Purchased separately, they would cost $200/month. The omega-3s alone would set you back $25. But our scale, our capsule technology, and our direct-to-consumer model allow us to deliver everything your body needs in a single bottle for $30/month, or $1/day.
It’s your Ritual: we’ll send you an email each month, a few days before we charge you and ship your next bottle. You’re free to rush or delay an order, or cancel your subscription, at any time, right from your account page. You’re in control.
We have gone to great lengths to select ingredients that help to support our bodies. We also select materials that are better for the planet, too. For packaging that meant finding new use for old matter. For example, mailers are made from recovered newsprint and plant fibers, and bottles made from 100% recycled content. Sharing these choices with you is at the core of our mission; It’s why we created the first visible supply-chain of its kind. This is just the beginning of a more traceable future—and we’re committed to keeping you in the loop with every step forward.

More questions? Find answers on our FAQs page.

Skeptics Speak

With millions of Rituals delivered, discover why customers trust us with their daily health.

Meet Our In-House Scientists and Expert Council

We work with a lot of exceptional and thoughtful people—like the scientists, nutritionists, and medical doctors on our Scientific Advisory Board, who help guide our product innovation and clinical research.

Dr. Nima Alamdari, PhD

Dr. Nima Alamdari, PhD

Chief Scientific Officer at Ritual (Prev. Harvard Faculty)

Dr. Marie Caudill, PhD, RD

Dr. Marie Caudill, PhD, RD

Professor, Cornell University (Nutritional Sciences)

Dr. Jason Rothbart, MD, FACOG

Dr. Jason Rothbart, MD, FACOG

Physician, Cedars-Sinai (Obstetrics and Gynecology)

Dr. Luke Bucci, PhD, CCN, CNS

Dr. Luke Bucci, PhD, CCN, CNS

Biomedical Sciences

Dr. Mastaneh Sharafi, PhD, RD

Dr. Mastaneh Sharafi, PhD, RD

VP of Scientific Affairs at Ritual (Nutritional Sciences)

Dr. Robin Berzin, MD

Dr. Robin Berzin, MD

Doctor & CEO, Parsley Health (Functional Medicine)

Dr. Jordan Shlain, MD

Dr. Jordan Shlain, MD

Physician & Founder, Private Medical (Primary Care)

Dr. Michelle Davenport

Dr. Michelle Davenport

Registered Dietitian & Nutritionist

Dr. Blanche Ip, PhD

Dr. Blanche Ip, PhD

Assistant Professor, Brown University (Nutritional Biochemistry)

Dr. Dyan Hes, MD

Dr. Dyan Hes, MD

Medical Director, Gramercy Pediatrics

4.5 out of 5.0 stars

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Making Us Blush

Great vitamin!

I really enjoy taking Ritual vitamins. I love all the supplements included in one capsule and that I can take it with or without food. It made a big difference for me not having to buy so many different supplements to get what I needed and taking my …

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Keeping It Real

Still new

I am 2 months in. I haven’t seen any noticeable changes but I would expect that to take alittle longer. Regardless I like that there are simple ingredients that matter.

Meridith H.

10 months on Essential for Women 18+

Research

2021-10-30

I chose Ritual because I love the fact that the research is there, it’s sourced the way I want, and there are no extras that I don’t need! I know exactly what each ingredient is and where it came from! I love it for all the previous reasons and that …
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Yes, I'd tell a friend to take these vitamins.

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5
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Roma A.

Age 25 - 34

7 months on Essential for Women 18+

I am a Believer of Ritual

2021-09-28

I started taking Ritual vitamins about 6 months ago, and I honestly can't imagine life without them. I was initially skeptic about subscribing and the efficacy of the vitamins. But I love the subscription process - because in reality, I would pr…
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Yes, I'd tell a friend to take these vitamins.

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Angelica O.

Age 25 - 34

5 months on Essential for Women 18+

Amazing pills and amazing customer service

2021-09-14

So I started off using the women’s vitamins and later I Got the prenatal and now I use the postnatal also got men’s and children for my husband and son I absolutely love these vitamins I love knowing what is inside of them and Customer service is ama…
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Yes, I'd tell a friend to take these vitamins.

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5
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Meghan R.

Age 25 - 34

9 months on Essential for Women 18+

Clean ingredients; brand you can trust

2021-06-30

I've been subscribing to my Ritual Woman 18+ multivitamin for almost a year, and have no plans to stop. I love Ritual's simple, intentional labeling and the transparency with which the ingredients are described and communicated. It makes it…
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Yes, I'd tell a friend to take these vitamins.

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Kia

Age 25 - 34

1 month on Essential for Women 18+

Great Multivitamin!

2021-06-22

I'm taking a multivitamin per my doctor's orders but I wanted to make sure I'm investing in something thats backed by science. The supplement world has become saturated with so many different brands and it's hard to find products …
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Yes, I'd tell a friend to take these vitamins.

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