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Nature's Plus Ultra Source of Life® Whole Life Energy Enhancer with Lutein -- 180 Tablets


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Nature's Plus Ultra Source of Life® Whole Life Energy Enhancer with Lutein -- 180 Tablets

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Nature's Plus Ultra Source of Life® Whole Life Energy Enhancer with Lutein Description

 Multi-Vtiamin Supplement with Whole Foods, Herbs, Enzymes & Much More!

Ultra Source of Life with Lutein builds on the already proven Source of Life multi-vitamin formula to offer an even higher level of support for active adults pursuing optimal well-being. Ultra Source of Life with Lutein derives its power from more than 50 whole food concentrates and extracts, including 17 fruits, 12 vegetables, 11 species of marine algae and 10 herbs. Ultra Source of Life with Lutein incorporates Thione Complex™, a specialized complex of glutathione, N-acetyl cysteine, selenium and grape seed extract, for maximum antioxidant support.


Directions

As a dietary supplement, take three tablets once daily.
Free Of
Yeast, wheat, soy, milk, artificial colors and preservatives.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.


Supplement Facts
Serving Size: 3 Tablets
Servings per Container: 60
Amount Per Serving% Daily Value
Calories20
Total Carbohydrate3 g1%
   Dietary Fiber1 g4%
Protein1 g
Vitamin A (as beta carotene)10000 IU200%
Vitamin C (as ascorbic acid)1000 mg1,667%
Vitamin D (as ergocalciferol)400 IU100%
Vitamin E (as d-alpha tocopheryl succinate)200 IU667%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)80 mcg100%
Thiamin (vitamin B1) (as thiamine HCl)25 mg1,667%
Riboflavin (vitamin B2)25 mg1,471%
Niacin (as niacinamide)40 mg200%
Vitamin B6 (as pyridoxine HCl)25 mg1,250%
Folate (as folic acid)400 mcg100%
Vitamin B12 (as cyanocobalamin)200 mcg3,333%
Biotin100 mcg33%
Pantothenic Acid (as calcium pantothenate)60 mg600%
Calcium (as aminoate complex)200 mg20%
Iron (as aminoate complex, ascorbate)18 mg100%
Iodine (from kelp)150 mcg100%
Magnesium (as aminoate complex)100 mg25%
Zinc (as monomethionine)15 mg100%
Selenium (as selenomethionine aminoate complex)25 mcg36%
Copper (as aminoate complex)0.5 mg25%
Manganese (as aminoate complex)4 mg200%
Chromium (as polynicotinate)20 mcg17%
Potassium (as aminoate complex)50 mg1%
Whole Food PhytoAlgae
Proprietary complex of spirulina (Hawaiian Spirulina platensis), Phenalgin (Cystoseira canariensis from Canary Islands) (stand. Polyphenols calc. as phlorotannins), chlorella (Bulgarian Chlorella vulgaris) (broken cell), cryptomondales (Asian), red kelp (Norwegian Palmaria palmata), brown kelp (Norwegian Laminaria digitata), ulva (Asian Ulva rigida & Ulva fasciata), red seaweed (Irish Lithothamnium calcarium), dulse (Mediterranean Rhodymenia palmata), rockweed (American Ascophyllum nodosum)
1000 mg*
Bee Pollen (Spanish)100 mg*
Sunflower Oil (supplying linoleic acid 54.1 mg, oleic acid 9.3 mg, palmitic acid 4.4 mg, stearic acid 2.2 mg)70 mg*
Bioflavonoids (from Citrus limon exocarp) (active flavonols, flavonones, flavones & naringen 26 mg)60 mg*
Food Fiber Complex
Proprietary Fiber Blend: apple pectin, arabinogalactan, modified citrus pectin, soluble oat bran
50 mg*
Black Currant Seed Oil50 mg*
Whole Food Wellness Complex
Whole fruit concentrates 10X: apple, apricot, banana, camu-camu (Myrciaria dubia), cranberry, orange, peach, red raspberry, strawberry, tomato; concentrates 10X: alfalfa sprout, barley grass juice, beet geens, cabbage leaf, onion bulb, parsley leaf; concentrate 4X: celery seed; standardized extracts: papaya fruit, red grape (Vitis vinifera), broccoli floret, carrot root, garlic clove; standardized concentrate: spinach leaf
50 mg*
Bromelain (from pineapple fruit) (24 gelatin digesting units)40 mg*
Choline (as bitartrate)30 mg*
Inositol30 mg*
Quercetin (from Sophora japonica leaf)30 mg*
Rutin (from Sophora japonica leaf)25 mg*
Thione Complex
Proprietary Blend: glutathione, selenium (as selenomethionine), N-acetyl-cysteine and grape seed extract
25 mg*
Whole Food Antioxidants
Proprietary blend: milk thistle seed, Chinese green tea leaf (decaffeinated), turmeric rhizome, red wine (Vitis vinifera fruit concentrate) (alcohol free), pau d'arco bark
25 mg*
Whole Food Amino Acid Complex
(from spirulina and isolated pea protein) - providing complete profile of critical essential and non-essential amino acids: isoleucine, histidine, leucine, arginine, lysine, aspartic acid, methionine, serine, cysteine, glutamic acid, threonine, proline, phenylalanine, glycine, tryptophan, alanine, valine and tyrosine
25 mg*
Betaine HCl (from beet molasses)25 mg*
RNA (ribonucleic acid)21 mg*
PABA (para-aminobenzoic acid)15 mg*
Hesperidin (from Citrus limon exocarp)10 mg*
Whole Food Enzymes
Proprietary Enzyme Complex: papain (papaya fruit), amylase (Aspergillus oryzae), lipase (A. oryzae), cellulase (A. niger), protease (A. oryzae)
10 mg*
Neurosyn
Ginkgo biloba leaf (std. ginkgo flavone-glycosides), ginseng (Panax) (std. ginsenosides)
10 mg*
Source-70 (whole food based soluble mineral complex)10 mg*
Chlorophyll (from spirulina)7.5 mg*
DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid)6 mg*
Carotenoid4 mg*
Lutein (active carotenoid from marigold flower extract)3 mg*
Eriocitrin (from Citrus limon exocarp)3 mg*
Boron (as citrate)1 mg*
Octacosanol200 mcg*
*Daily value not established.
Other Ingredients: Microcrystalline cellulose, stearic acid, magnesium stearate, silica, astragalus root, young barley leaf, Echinacea angustifolia root, Irish moss (Chondrus crispus), thyme leaf, ligustrum berry, schisandra fruit, rice bran, pharmaceutical glaze.
Warnings

Do not take with sulfonamide since PABA interferes with the activity of the drug.

Accidental overdose of iron-containing products is a leading cause of fatal poisoning in children under 6. Keep this product out of reach of children. In case of accidental overdose, call a physician or poison control center immediately.

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Supplement Regulation: All Your Questions, Answered

A growing number of Americans are turning to multivitamins and supplements to support their daily nutrition. According to the 2018 CRN Consumer Survey on Dietary Supplements, 75 percent of adults in the United States currently take dietary supplements, compared to 65 percent in 2009. But as interest rises, so do questions and concerns about supplement regulation: Are supplements regulated? How do I know what’s in the bottle? Can manufacturers put anything they want in their formulations?

In this article, we dive into those details and demystify the supplement industry, so you can make a more informed decision.

White Bottle Tipped Over Spilling Out Blue Tablets Representing Concept of Supplement Regulation | Vitacost.com/blog

Are Supplements Regulated?

The Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA) is the United States federal legislation that guides and regulates dietary supplements. Within DSHEA, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) governs the current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs) for supplements under 21 CFR Part 111.

The current Good Manufacturing Practices require manufacturers to produce supplements that meet quality standards. Compliant manufacturers must prove their supplements:

  • do not contain contaminants
  • do not contain impurities
  • are accurately labeled

While DSHEA imposes strict quality standards, it does not give the FDA authorization to approve dietary supplements the way it does pharmaceutical drugs. With DSHEA, there is no pre-market approval for a finished product. Instead, each individual ingredient is scrutinized. Ingredients get approved one of two ways: through Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) certification or through New Dietary Ingredient (NDI) requirements.

GRAS – The Food Additive Amendment to the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act of 1958 established that food additives are subject to FDA approval unless “the substance is generally recognized, among qualified experts, as having been adequately shown to be safe under the conditions of its intended use,” according to FDA.gov. In many cases, the ingredient is GRAS-certified if it has been used for centuries and has not caused harm, such as salt, certain botanical herbs and caffeine, to name a few. These ingredients would not need FDA review, because they are already recognized as safe.

NDI – If the ingredient is not GRAS, it must follow NDI requirements, which were brought on with the implementation of DSHEA. It states that any new ingredient must be submitted to the FDA for review. “New” ingredients are those that have not been used in dietary supplements since October 15, 1994 (when DSHEA was enacted). Also under these requirements, any New Dietary Ingredient Notification must be submitted to the FDA within a certain time frame – well before the ingredient is to be marketed to consumers.

To sum it up:

  • The FDA is NOT authorized to approve dietary supplement formulations for safety and effectiveness.
  • However, the FDA is authorized to review individual ingredients used in dietary supplements in order to ensure they are safe for consumption.
  • If an ingredient has GRAS certification, it does not need to be reviewed by the FDA.
  • If an ingredient is new and does not have GRAS certification, it must be submitted to the FDA well before the product hits shelves, giving the FDA ample time to review it for safety.
  • The FDA never reviews supplement ingredients for their effectiveness – only for their safety.

In addition to DSHEA, GRAS and NDI, most supplement companies – including the Vitacost Brand – have an internal quality assurance and regulatory department. These critical teams make sure the company abides by the laws and regulations that govern the supplement industry.

How Do I Know What’s in the Bottle?

Sometimes, reading a supplement label isn’t enough. For instance, have you ever seen the words “proprietary blend” on a supplement label and wondered what was in the blend? Or maybe you’ve had a bad reaction to a formula and thought there might be a hidden ingredient.

Unfortunately, there will always be a few bad apples – those companies that don’t put the right claims on their labels or sneak banned substances into their products. But for the most part, these companies are long gone, or are heavily punished for their actions.

Over the years, consumer advocacy groups, like the Council on Responsible Nutrition (CRN), have made a big push for transparency in the supplement industry. Because of this, it’s now more common to see blends broken out, so the consumer knows the dose of each individual ingredient.

There’s also been a rise of third-party certifications, including organic certifications and safety verifications. NSF International is one example of a prominent and well-trusted certifying body. You’ve probably seen the NSF mark on a supplement bottle. This circular icon guarantees that the product meets certain safety and quality standards, as well as subjects the manufacturer to periodic, unannounced inspections.

With organizations like these fighting for consumers’ well-being, you can rest assured supplement companies have your best interest at heart. And any company that doesn’t, will face swift and appropriate consequences.

What’s the Best Way to Shop for Supplements?

Now that you have a better understanding of the industry’s regulations and best practices, you can start supplement shopping with more confidence. Here are a few additional tips to help you choose the safest and most effective products:

  • Look out for claims. If the supplement touts claims that seem too good to be true, they probably are. Also, any claims relating to diseases – diabetes, cancer, high blood pressure and even the common cold – are illegal in the eyes of the FDA.

  • Don’t be afraid of unfamiliar names. Sometimes, regulation requires that the Latin or formal name of a very common ingredient be used instead of the layman’s term. The good news is that you can easily look up the common name, keeping in mind that “clean labels” may contain synthetic ingredients.

For example, the synthetic form of folate, or vitamin B9, is folic acid. Though manmade, folic acid is better absorbed by the body, because it’s the active form of vitamin B9. Many people do not have the enzyme that converts inactive folate into the active state. So by providing the synthetic form (folic acid) in a supplement, your body can effectively enjoy the benefits of this important vitamin. 

  • Follow instructions carefully. When it comes to vitamins and supplements, more is not always better. It’s important that you always stick to the recommended dose as noted on the packaging, especially if the formula contains stimulants like caffeine. Be a smart consumer and understand that there is an efficacy plateau with dietary supplements.

  • Consult your healthcare provider. You should always speak to your doctor before starting a new supplement regimen. This is especially true if you have any current health conditions that require medication. Make sure you ask about the best time to take vitamins and if there are any known drug interactions between your prescription medication and dietary supplements.
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