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Garden of Life FAQ’s

Garden of Life LogoAll customer questions have been answered directly by Garden of Life’s support team.

When is the best time to take Garden of Life Raw Iron

RAW Iron may be taken with or without food and therefore, it would not be an issue to take the product around the same time as various foods and beverages.  It is best taken with water or raw juice.

What is the size and weight of Garden of Life’s Wobenzyme 400 tablets?

The Wobenzyme 400 has the dimensions of 5.5 x 3 x 3
If you want to know the dimensions of the box that we ship it in, it is 6 x 3 x 3
The weight is 12 oz

 

Primal Defense Kids 76.8 powder
Are these soil based probiotics like the adult line of this brand are?

No, there are no HSO’s in the kids line.Primal Defense Kids is a powdered probiotic designed for children
age 3 years and older. Made with a hint of organic banana, it contains a unique blend of 3 Bifidobacterium
including Bifidobacterium breve, Bifidobacterium infantis and Bifidobacterium longum,
along with Saccharomyces boulardii to support children’s digestive and immune system health.

 

Lovely Legs from Garden of Life
How much hesperidin dose it contain?

Lovely Legs is the original 95% diosmin formula supported by extensive human clinical research.
Diosmin is a flavonoid that can be sourced from various plants or derived from the flavonoid hesperidin.
Diosmin can be manufactured by extracting hesperidin from citrus rinds, followed by conversion of hesperidin to diosmin.
The process begins with hesperidin from Citrus sinensis (sweet oranges).
The oxidation of highly pure hesperidin leads to diosmin.
Finally the crude diosmin obtained is washed in an alkaline medium and then purified by filtration.
The result is a 95% diosmin product that has a higher level of purity than the 90% diosmin products currently on the market.

 

Vitamin Code Women’s formula
Does this formula contain yeast?

Yes. All of the Vitamin Code formulas contain Saccharomyces cerevisiae (Brewer’s yeast). The yeast is deactivated in part of the formulating process.

 

Super Seed Beyond Fiber
What type of cinnamon is used?

The Cinnamon used is Cassia

 

Raw Iron
What type of Iron is this?

Garden of Life does not have a list of the forms of each of our vitamins and minerals unless otherwise stated on the label.
The iron is in a whole food form and is RAW Food-Created.  All of the iron is elemental iron.

The vitamins and minerals included in their Vitamin Code formulas are delivered in a whole food form as RAW Food-Created Nutrients.  The vitamins and minerals are produced through a fermentation process prior to going through Grows process as described below.

They “grow” the vitamins via their proprietary dual cultivation process using yeast and probiotics.
This process utilizes a single isolated vitamin or mineral that is fed to the yeast or probiotic.
A specific peptide designed for that particular nutrient is then introduced in order to allow the nutrient to be metabolized (or absorbed) through the yeast’s cell wall.

This process mimics nature, just like when a plant takes an inorganic mineral salt that is naturally occurring in the soil (selenium for example), and absorbs it into its roots, the plant becomes rich in selenium.

This process is conducted with two distinct organisms – S. cerevisiae (baker’s yeast) and L. bulgaricus (probiotic culture used in traditional yogurt recipes which is non-dairy).

RAW Food-Created Nutrients are delivered “body ready”.

 

Raw B Complex from Garden of Life
Does this contain Folic acid?

Garden of Life products contain Folate and not Folic Acid.
The Folate found in the Vitamin Code formulas is in a whole food form grown as a RAW Food-Created Nutrient.

 

Healthy Hormones Ocean 3
Does it contain soy?

Yes, it contains soy lecithin which is a byproduct from soy.

 

Oceans 3 Beyond Omega.
Is this product Hexane Free?

There are no hexanes used in the Oceans 3 products. It would be hexane-free.

 

Garden of Life Detoxifiber 
Barley contains gluten. How is this gluten free?

Gluten containing grains such as wheat, barley and rye, (the so-called “prohibited grains”) are not included in any of their dietary supplements; in the case of cereal grasses, they utilize the grasses (not the grain), which are cut early before gluten is formed.

Garden of Life products that are exposed to or derived from a “prohibited grain” have specifically been tested for gluten content and results have confirmed that they meet the FDA’s proposed criteria for such labeling.

They only feel comfortable labeling a product as gluten free after verifying these test results and receiving proper documentation for such a claim and of course if there are no gluten containing ingredients in the formula.

Their formulas and labels are reviewed and updated regularly.

They are committed to our customer’s health and well being, and they actively monitor the quality of our products in addition to the accuracy of our labels.

Labels may change based on batch testing and consumers need to read the actual label on the bottle they purchase to verify whether a product of ours is gluten free.  For those with Celiac Disease or a serious gluten allergy it is always best for them to get the approval from their doctors before trying any new supplements even when they are tested as being gluten free.

 

Primal Defense kids 76.8 powder
Does it contain Soy?

The Kids Primal Defense has traces of soy in it. It is Vegetarian, and Gluten Free

 

Super Seed 600 gram powder
Since ground flax needs to be frozen or refrigerated to keep from going rancid, Does this need to be frozen or refrigerated?

No. Super Seed does not required refrigeration and Garden of Life suggests storing the product in a cool dry place such as a kitchen cabinet/pantry.

The refrigerator and freezer have a lot of moisture, so they suggest storing the products as directed.

It is the oil in the flax seeds that causes rancidity and the flax seeds that Garden of Life use are de-fatted, thus preventing the product from becoming rancid easily.

Is the folate in the raw iron, Plant-based folate or added synthetic folic acid?

Garden of Life products contain Folate and not Folic Acid.
The Folate found in the Vitamin Code formulas is in a whole food form, grown as a RAW Food-Created Nutrient.
The Folate that is in the products is not labeled as methyl-Folate.

Is ester alcohol used to extract the toxins from the Oceans 3 Beyond Omega?
If so, is the ester alcohol then extracted out of the fish oil?

Oceans 3 formulas utilize a proprietary, multi-state molecular distillation process to produce pharmaceutical-grade fish oil that sets the industry standard for purity and concentration.

Oceans 3 Beyond Omega-3 is in ethyl ester form.
Omega-3 consumed as triglycerides or as ethyl esters does not have any effect on biological availability (absorption rate) after 24 hours.

After that time the same amount of Omega-3 fatty acids is available to the body irrespective of the origin of these fatty acids, triglycerides or ethyl esters.

Vitamin Code- Grow Bone
“Is the vitamin k made from fermented soy, metro, fermented chickpeas, or something else?

The RAW Calcium provides 100mcg of RAW Food-Created vitamin K2 in the form of MK-7. Vitamin K2 is derived from Natto (fermented soy), the richest natural source of vitamin K2; however, it does not include soy protein allergens or soybean ingredients.

Is it OK to freeze Garden of Life Primal Defense Ultra?

No. Garden of Life Primal Defense formulas are shelf stable and should not be stored in the freezer.

The probiotics used in the Primal Defense formulas do not need refrigeration because they remain dormant in a dry state and only activate when they become moist.

This process begins when they are ingested and so activation will begin in the gut. If the products are refrigerated once opened the probiotics may become moist, and possibly activate before they are ingested.

This goes for all of our Primal Defense formulas. Please store the Primal Defense in a cool dry place such as a kitchen cabinet/pantry.

Does Primal Defense Ultra contain Yeast?

Yes. Primal Defense Ultra contains Saccharomyces boulardii.

Saccharomyces boulardii is a beneficial yeast, because it actively competes with other fungal cells and therefore, supports a healthy intestinal environment that is inhospitable for various fungal cells.

Perfect Foods
Is your sea kelp or any other aquatic vegetable sourced from Japan, or anywhere in the Pacific near Japan?

The Algae (Spirulina/Chlorella) is all grown in spring fed ponds where the environment can be controlled.

The Chlorella is grown in Hawaii and the Spirulina is grown in Utah.

Vitamin Code Raw B12
Other brands have listed 5000mcg. Why does this one only have 1000mcg?

Garden of Life’s Science Team determines the appropriate amounts of each ingredient that goes into their supplements, as well as which ones to include in each formula based on the most up to date research and safety.

The recommended Daily Value for vitamin B12 is only 6 mcg per day. Most B12 products on the market range anywhere from 100 mcg to 5,000 mcg per serving, with the average being 500-1,000 mcg.

The 1,000 mcg capsule gives you the flexibility to take the quantity you actually need, based on your individual diet.

Wobenzyme – Is this enteric coated?

It is a Vegetable-Based Enteric-Coated Tablet.

What is the difference between the raw men’s and the my Kind organics men’s other than the my Kind is certified organic?

Mykind Organics Multi’s are Certified USDA Organic, Non-GMO Project Verified and Vegan certified whole food vitamins and minerals derived from authentic organic foods, delivered in tablets.

Vitamin Code Multi’s are RAW, Non-GMO Project Verified and Vegetarian formulas including cultured vitamins and minerals with a wide array of cofactors, all in a base of 22 raw and organic fruits and vegetables and the digestive benefits of live probiotics and enzymes. Vitamin Code supplements are delivered in capsules without the use of any binders or fillers in capsule form.

Mykind Organics
• USDA Certified Organic
• Non-GMO Project Verified
• Vegan Certified – D3 Lichen
• Nutrients from organic food
• 34 Certified Organic Fruits, Veggies & Herbs
• No added Probiotics & Enzymes
• Gluten Free & Dairy Free
• Clean Tablet Technology™

Vitamin Code
• RAW
• Non-GMO Project verified
• Vegetarian – D3 Lanolin
• Cultured Nutrients
• 22 Organically Grown Fruits & Veggies
• Live Probiotics & Enzymes
• Gluten Free & Dairy Free
• No Binders or Fillers

Vitamin Code Women’s Formula
Are the amino acids in chelated form? and what form are the magnesium, calcium, etc. in?

Garden of Life does not have a list of the forms/sources of each of vitamins and minerals unless otherwise stated on
the label.

The vitamins and minerals included in the Vitamin Code formulas are delivered in a whole food form as RAW Food-Created Nutrients.

The vitamins and minerals are produced through a fermentation process prior to going through Grows process as described below.

They “grow” the vitamins via a proprietary dual cultivation process using yeast and probiotics.

This process utilizes a single isolated vitamin or mineral that is fed to the yeast or probiotic. A specific peptide designed for that particular nutrient is then introduced in order to allow the nutrient to be metabolized (or absorbed) through the yeast’s cell wall.

This process mimics nature, just like when a plant takes an inorganic mineral salt that is naturally occurring in the soil (selenium for example), and absorbs it into its roots, the plant becomes rich in selenium.

This process is conducted with two distinct organisms – S. cerevisiae (baker’s yeast) and L. bulgaricus (probiotic culture used in traditional yogurt recipes which is non-dairy).

RAW Food-Created Nutrients are delivered “body ready”.

What is the pill size of the Primal Defense ULTRA?

UltraZorbe™ capsules are 100% vegetarian, they are not pills/tablets.

They are free of chemical solvents, animal by-products and colorants found in other delivery forms.

UltraZorbe capsules provide rapid nutrient release through faster and more complete dissolution than other vegetarian capsules.

The UltraZorbe capsules are size “00”

Is the base of Primal Defense ULTRA the same as the base used to make
Primal Defense?

Yes, the fermented cereal grass juice base is the same, made with barley grass juice and oat grass juice.

Why are there only 410mg of probiotics in the Primal Defense ULTRA compared to 610mg in Primal Defense, given that ULTRA is more expensive?

Primal Defense ULTRA, as the name suggests, provides more probiotics based on a live cell count than Primal Defense.

Primal Defense ULTRA provides 15 billion probiotic cells per day based on 3 capsules daily (5 billion live CFU per capsule).

Earlier formulations of Primal Defense were formulated to deliver 1 billion CFU per caplet.

Different probiotics come in different concentrations.

Less weight of a more concentrated probiotic provides a higher live cell count than a greater weight of a lower concentration.

Garden of Life  Primal Defense ULTRA is made with higher quality, more concentrated probiotics, providing a higher live cell at some additional cost.

A portion of the modest additional cost is also due to the unique BioProtect packaging system designed to preserve the integrity and freshness of the product.

Vitamin Code for Women:
Is the selenium made from mustard seeds? If not, what is it from?

We do not have a list of the forms/sources of each of our vitamins and minerals unless otherwise stated on the label. The Selenium is in a whole food form, grown as a RAW Food-Created Nutrient.

The vitamins and minerals included in our Vitamin Code formulas are delivered in a whole food form as RAW Food-Created Nutrients.

The vitamins and minerals are produced through a fermentation process prior to going through a grow process as described below.

We “grow” the vitamins via our proprietary dual cultivation process using yeast and probiotics.

This process utilizes a single isolated vitamin or mineral that is fed to the yeast or probiotic.

A specific peptide designed for that particular nutrient is then introduced in order to allow the nutrient to be metabolized (or absorbed) through the yeast’s cell wall.

This process mimics nature, just like when a plant takes an inorganic mineral salt that is naturally occurring in the soil (selenium for example), and absorbs it into its roots, the plant becomes rich in selenium.

This process is conducted with two distinct organisms – S. cerevisiae (baker’s yeast) and L. bulgaricus (probiotic culture used in traditional yogurt recipes which is non-dairy). RAW Food-Created Nutrients are delivered “body ready.

Raw B Complex- Is this vitamin synthetic?

It is a High Potency Whole Food B-Complex Formula

No Binders or Fillers Non-GMO Project Verified, it is Kosher,Raw,Vegan and Gluten Free

What Raw Means

– No high heat, synthetic binders, fillers, artificial flavors, sweeteners, colors or additives commonly used in tablets.

Whole Food Raw Food-Created Nutrients are blended in a base of organically grown fruits and  vegetables together with food cofactors.

Vitamin Code Raw B-Complex is whole food nutrition, specifically formulated to include high potencies of eight whole food complexed B Vitamins.

It contains 23 organically grown fruits and vegetables that add supporting antioxidants, vitamins and nutrient cofactors.

Raw One For Men- what form of magnesium?

The Magnesium in the Garden of Life Vitamin Code formulas is Magnesium Oxide.

Are Vitamin Code products FDA approved?

All supplements are government approved but none are FDA approved.

FDA does not test supplements or provide approvals.

All Vitamin Code formulas are certified by multiple 3rd parties and verified for content label accuracy.

What trace minerals are in Primal Defense Ultra?

The Ionic Plant Based Minerals found in Garden of Life Primal Defense are naturally occurring trace minerals that come from a single domestic source.

Over fifty minerals in very trace amounts are found in this proprietary ingredient. The Ionic Plant Based Minerals that are in the Primal Defense are needed to activate the enzymes and probiotics found in the digestive system.

How many CFU’s in Primal Defense Regular?

The caplets contain 1 billion CFU per caplet for a total daily intake of 3 billion CFU

The powder contains 1 billion CFU per scoop for a total daily intake of 3 billion CFU

Can I use Perfect Food or Perfect Food Berry on a gluten free diet?

Perfect Food Line is no longer labeled as gluten free.

The product use to be labeled as gluten free however they have removed the “gluten free” from the labels based on a new regulation which became law in Europe in January 2012 that states that: Any product or dietary supplement composed primarily of prohibited grains (including cereal grasses) cannot be labeled as Gluten Free irrespective of gluten test results.

They have not changed the formula or the ingredients used in the product but they are no longer testing for gluten therefore they removed it from the labels.

Their  Raw Organic Perfect Food has recently been reformulated and is now labeled again as gluten free.

Does Perfect Food need to be shipped in a cold pack like probiotics?

No, this product is not refrigerated. It is best kept in a cool, dry place.

Is ​Primal Defense Ultra Dairy free and gluten free?

​Garden of Life Primal Def Ultra is not dairy free, but it is vegetarian and gluten free.

Vitamin Code- Raw B Complex
Is every ingredient plant based including biotin?

They do not have a list of the forms/sources of each of our vitamins and minerals unless otherwise stated on the label.

The vitamins and minerals included in  Vitamin Code formulas are delivered in a whole food form as RAW Food-Created Nutrients. The vitamins and minerals are produced through a fermentation process prior to going through Grows process as described below.

They “grow” the vitamins via a proprietary dual cultivation process using yeast and probiotics.

This process utilizes a single isolated vitamin or mineral that is fed to the yeast or probiotic. A specific peptide designed for that particular nutrient is then introduced in order to allow the nutrient to be metabolized (or absorbed) through the yeast’s cell wall.

This process mimics nature, just like when a plant takes an inorganic mineral salt that is naturally occurring in the soil (selenium for example), and absorbs it into its roots, the plant becomes rich in selenium.

This process is conducted with two distinct organisms – S. cerevisiae (baker’s yeast) and L. bulgaricus (probiotic culture used in traditional yogurt recipes which is non-dairy). RAW Food-Created Nutrients are delivered “body ready”.

Vitamin Code for women
​Why is there only 2% of the daily value of calcium in this product if it is specifically formulated for women?

Vitamin Code multi’s contain all the essential vitamins and minerals; however they do not contain 100% of the Daily Value of all of them and therefore cannot legally be labeled as complete.

In some cases they contain more of certain vitamins and/or minerals that may be lacking in the diet and less of others.

The Vitamin Code formulas are not designed to deliver 100% RDI of Calcium.

Products that deliver 100% RDI use isolated forms of Calcium in their finished product.

Most people take Calcium formulas separately from their multivitamin.

Additionally they believe providing Calcium separately works best for most people, plus it gives you the flexibility to take the quantity you actually need based on your individual diet.

The Grow Bone System  can be taken in conjunction with other Garden of Life products including our multivitamins.

It is important that you discuss ALL supplement use with your health care practitioner, particularly if you have any kind of medical condition.

​Perfect Food Powder
Can it be stored in the freezer?

There is no harm in storing the powder in the freezer, but, if it is sealed properly and stored in a cool, dry place, it lasts for up to two years.

Freezing the product may change the color of the powder as well as the taste.

Here is a very interesting article on storing & freezing all goods.
http://extension.oregonstate.edu/fch/sites/default/files/documents/pnw_612_storingfoodforsafetyquality.pdf

Oceans 3 Better Brain
Are the B Vitamins from Food Sources?

Oceans 3 Better Brain provides good levels of the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K plus B vitamins, all delivered in a whole food form as RAW Food-Created Nutrients.

 

 

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