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Core Essentials

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Multiple Vitamin/Mineral/Trace Element Supplement by Fit MD

Our most widely-preferred multiple formula. Iron-free.

This versatile, high-potency multiple vitamin and mineral supplement is formulated to be the primary dietary supplement for all types of patients. The amounts and ratios of nutrients are based on many years of clinical experience. Nutrient forms that provide documented bioavailability are included for maximum benefit. The high-potencies of vitamins E, C, D3, and B-complex, active forms of folate and vitamin B12, extra pantothenic acid for adrenal support, and full complement of trace elements distinguish this formula from ordinary multiple vitamins.

This iron-free formula option is most suitable for the majority of patients. Supplemental iron is unnecessary for most adult men and women and may be potentially harmful, as excessive amounts have been associated with heart disease, arthritis and cellular damage. Copper is included because of its importance for antioxidant enzyme activity and to maintain a healthy balance with zinc.

This concentrated formula is designed to fit into six tablets daily. A clear, water-soluble cellulose coating protects the stability of the nutritional ingredients and makes the tablets easy to swallow. Each batch is tested using USP protocols to ensure tablet disintegration time of 45 minutes or less to help maximize nutrient bioavailability.

Core Essentials™ contains well-absorbed forms and nutritionally meaningful amounts of 29 essential vitamins, minerals, and trace elements in 6 tablets or capsules daily. Core Essentials™1 is free of artificial flavors, colors, and preservatives. It is also free of the following common allergens: milk/casein, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat/gluten, yeast, and soybeans. Core Essentials™ is available with or without added iron.

Core Essentials™ 1 is especially recommended for men, postmenopausal women, and women with light or normal menstrual flow who may not need supplemental iron.

Core Essentials™ 1 is a full-spectrum multiple vitamin and mineral supplement formula containing:

More complete “families” of nutrients for natural balance and safety

  • 100% natural vitamin E complex, including all mixed tocopherol isomers (d-alpha, d-beta, d-gamma, and d-delta), provides broader antioxidant protection
  • Both preformed vitamin A (retinol) and its carotene precursor extend more complete vitamin A nutrition
  • All-natural mixed carotenoids, including alpha and beta carotenes, lutein, zeaxanthin, and beta-cryptoxanthin offer more diverse benefit and are safer than synthetic beta-carotene alone
  • Vitamin K1 and vitamin K2 (as menaquinone-7) are included to support both blood coagulation and bone metabolism
  • Complete vitamin B-complex supports many metabolic functions and includes significant amounts of B-vitamins most crucial to helping maintain normal homocysteine metabolism

Activated folate and vitamin B12 for highest absorption and bioavailability

  • Metafolin®** L-5-methyltetrahydrofolate (L-5-MTHF), an active form of folate, unlike folic acid, is absorbed and utilized directly and is the most beneficial form for patients with elevated homocysteine resulting from compromised utilization of folate
  • Methylcobalamin, an active form of vitamin B12, is a highly reliable oral form of this difficult-to-absorb nutrient

Extra vitamin D3 to optimize daily intake for broad physiological benefit

  • Natural vitamin D3 is included at 1,000 IU daily, a higher amount than typically found in daily multivitamins, to help achieve optimal intakes now recognized to support bone health as well as its numerous roles in tissues throughout the body

Mineral and trace element compounds with validated bioavailability

  • True amino acid chelates from Albion® Laboratories are fully-reacted, low molecular weight mineral compounds with exceptional tolerance and documented bioavailability
  • Calcium citrate-malate is a well-studied calcium compound with higher absorption and effectiveness than many other calcium sources
  • Organically-bound chromium and vanadium complexes offer high physiological activity

Suggested Use: 3 tablets twice daily with food.

Supplement Facts

Serving Size: 6 Tablets

Amount Per 6 Tablets

Vitamin A (86% (15,000 I.U.) as natural carotenes (alpha, beta, beta-cryptoxanthin, zeaxanthin, and lutein) from D. salina and 14% (2,500 I.U.) as vitamin A palmitate) 17,500 IU 350%
Vitamin C (as ascorbic acid) 1.2 g 2000%
Vitamin D3 (as cholecalciferol) 1,000 IU 250%
Vitamin E (as d-alpha tocopheryl succinate plus mixed tocopherols d-alpha, d-beta, d-delta, d-gamma) from soy 400 IU 1333%
Vitamin K (67% as vitamin K1 phytonadione and 33% as vitamin K2 menaquinone-7) 60 mcg 75%
Thiamine (as thiamine hydrochloride USP) 100 mg 6667%
Riboflavin (as riboflavin USP) 50 mg 2941%
Niacin (75% as niacinamide USP and 25% as niacin USP) 200 mg 1000%
Vitamin B6 (as pyridoxine hydrochloride USP) 50 mg 2500%
Folate (as Metafolin®** L-5-methyltetrahydrofolate) 800 mcg 200%
Vitamin B12 (as methylcobalamin) 200 mcg 3333%
Biotin USP 300 mcg 100%
Pantothenic Acid (as d-calcium pantothenate USP) 400 mg 4000%
Calcium (82% as calcium citrate-malate and 18% as d-calcium pantothenate) 253 mg 25%
Iodine (from kelp) 150 mcg 100%
Magnesium (75% as dimagnesium malate and 25% as TRAACS® magnesium bisglycinate chelate***) 200 mg 50%
Zinc (as zinc arginate chelate) 15 mg 100%
Selenium (as L-selenomethionine) 200 mcg 286%
Copper (as copper bisglycinate chelate***) 2 mg 100%
Manganese (as manganese bisglycinate chelate***) 2 mg 100%
Chromium (as chromium nicotinate glycinate chelate***) 200 mcg 167%
Molybdenum (as molybdenum glycinate chelate***) 150 mcg 200%
Boron (as boron aspartate-citrate) 2 mg *
Vanadium (as bisglycinato oxovanadium) 100 mcg *
Choline (as choline bitartrate) 150 mg *
Inositol 50 mg *
para-Aminobenzoic Acid USP 50 mg *
Citrus Bioflavonoids (85 mg as citrus bioflavonoid complex, min. 50% bioflavonoids, and 15 mg as hesperidin methylchalcone) 100 mg *
* Daily value not established

Other Ingredients: Silicified microcrystalline cellulose, croscarmellose sodium, stearic acid, silicon dioxide, Opadry® coating, magnesium stearate, and natural citrus flavor.

**Metafolin® is a registered trademark of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany
***Albion® Laboratories


What is Core Essentials™?

Core Essentials™ is a high-potency multiple vitamin/mineral supplement recommended by healthcare professionals to provide patients with a sound, daily foundation of essential nutrients important to health. It contains 30 important vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants in well-absorbed forms.

How is Core Essentials™ different from regular multiple vitamins?

Core Essentials™ is much more complete than ordinary multiple vitamins. It not only provides all of the vitamins found in regular multivitamin products, it also includes extra amounts of vitamins C, E, and B-complex vitamins, plus calcium, magnesium, and other crucial minerals and trace elements. In addition, this product contains all-natural forms of vitamins E and beta-carotene, whereas most common brands contain synthetic forms that are not as effective.

Why is it important to take higher amounts of vitamins and minerals than provided in ordinary multivitamins?

There is increasing scientific evidence that antioxidants like vitamins C and E exert their greatest health protective benefit when taken in significantly higher amounts than the RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) levels found in most regular multivitamins or than can be obtained through diet alone. Similarly, generous amounts of B-vitamins like folate, vitamin B6 and vitamin B12 are being shown to help regulate homocysteine metabolism. The critical actions of these nutrients for maintaining heart health, immune function, vision protection, and brain function are just a few examples of how important it is to regularly consume adequate amounts of essential vitamins and minerals.

I can buy less expensive vitamins elsewhere. Why should I pay more for Core Essentials™?

While regular multivitamins may seem cheaper, they don’t even come close to providing as much nutritional benefit as Core Essentials™. Actually, the total cost to duplicate the amounts of each nutrient supplied in Core Essentials™ is typically about 30% higher when purchasing separate products. Core Essentials™ is more potent than ordinary multiple vitamins to provide an extra measure of health protection. Core Essentials™ is really four basic products in one. It is a multivitamin, an extra vitamin C supplement, an extra vitamin E supplement, and an extra calcium supplement. These four supplement categories are considered to be necessary, integral components of a healthy diet by nutrition experts.

Why are six tablets per day needed?

It is physically impossible to deliver the amount of nutrients in Core Essentials™ in only one or two tablets per day. Core Essentials™provides about five times more calcium than one tablet of a regular multivitamin with minerals. Calcium and other important minerals like magnesium take up quite a bit of space. Consider that by the time you take a regular multivitamin and then add extra calcium, extra vitamin E, and extra vitamin C, you would be taking between 4 and 6 tablets per day from different bottles. With Core Essentials™, you get all these nutrients plus more, and are buying only one bottle instead of 4 or more.

What steps are taken to ensure that nutrients in Core Essentials™ are absorbed?

First, Core Essentials™ includes “nutrient families” that offer the widest range of nutritional activity for natural forms of vitamin E and beta-carotene instead of synthetic. This helps ensure proper nutrient utilization. And, for certain especially difficult-to-absorb nutrients like folate and vitamin B12, Core Essentials™ uses the activated forms that are easily absorbed. Calcium bound to citric and malic acids (citrate-malate) is used in Core Essentials™ because it has been shown to have higher absorption and effectiveness compared to common forms such as calcium carbonate. Difficult-to-absorb trace elements such as zinc are attached to amino acid carriers that assist their absorption and prevent interference by other nutrients, food components, or medications. Second, every batch of Core Essentials™ tablets is tested according to official USP protocols to be sure the tablets break down in 45 minutes or less after ingestion. The water-soluble tablet coating dissolves quickly in water or stomach acid, thus releasing active ingredients.

Why are activated folate and B12 important?

Folate and vitamin B12 help maintain the normal metabolism of homocysteine, a potentially harmful amino acid metabolite. Biologically active forms of folate (Metafolin®* L-5-methyltetrahydrofolate) and vitamin B12 (methylcobalamin) are used in Core Essentials™ instead of common forms of these B-vitamins found in most other supplements. These forms are already fully “active” and readily usable by the body. Some individuals are more susceptible to homocysteine accumulation as they are unable to fully convert common forms of folate such as oxidized folic acid and B12 such as cyanocobalamin into these active forms.

Why is Core Essentials™ available only through physician recommendation?

Core Essentials™ is a potent product that is recommended by healthcare professionals as the core nutritional foundation for their patient’s therapeutic programs. It can be readily combined with other Fit MD products to address special health concerns in individual patients. Physicians need to depend on the quality and activity of the products they recommend so that patients get the results expected. Although vitamins and supplements can currently be sold without quality control and without licensing or review by any government agency, healthcare professionals choose Core Essentials™ and other Fit MD and ProThera® products because they are produced under pharmaceutical licensing and rigorous manufacturing standards.

Are the higher nutrient amounts in Core Essentials™ safe to take everyday?

Yes, the amounts of each nutrient are well below the upper safe levels of intake recommended by government agencies and nutrition experts.

Why is iron excluded?

Supplemental iron is unnecessary for most adult men and women and may be potentially harmful, as excessive amounts have been associated with heart disease, arthritis, and cellular damage. Although iron is an essential mineral, care must be used to avoid ingesting too much.

Who should take Core Essentials™?

Anyone who desires maximum nutritional protection for maintaining healthy lifespan can take Core Essentials™. This product is especially recommended for individuals with metabolic disorders, such as heart disease and diabetes. It is also recommended during illness or other times of increased physiological demands, as well as when using medications that may compromise nutrient status. Core Essentials™ 1 is recommended for adult men, postmenopausal women, and women with light or reduced menstrual flow who may not need supplemental iron.

When is the best time to take Core Essentials™?

Core Essentials™ is best taken in divided doses throughout the day with meals. Three tablets in the morning and three tablets in the evening is generally a convenient way to take this product.

What benefits can I expect from taking Core Essentials™?

Core Essentials™ provides key nutrients that help support these important health concerns: 1) common nutrient deficiencies, 2) specialized requirements of individuals to support cardiovascular function, glucose metabolism, energy, immune responses, and fat metabolism, 3) antioxidant protection, 4) bone health, 5) nervous system function, 6) eye health, and 7) health maintenance. Improved sleep quality, mental clarity, enhanced energy, and general feeling of well-being are among the common benefits typically noticed within a short time of starting Core Essentials™.

*Metafolin® is a registered trademark of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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