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mykind Organics Q’s!

I have been receiving so many great questions related to mykind Organics, so I thought it would be worthwhile do one big forum on them. Thank you kind lifers for your support and questions, truly!

Two of the ingredients included in most of the line are Tapioca Maltodextrin and Tapioca Dextrose. What do these do? Are they food based?

Great question! I was initially worried about this too, not cause I didn’t think it was food but because I didn’t want the sugar. But thankfully there is no sugar! These ingredients are used in such a small amount that the sugar fiber is non-existent. In regards to what they are and why they are used, Organic Tapioca Dextrose is used to hold the ingredients together in the tablet; it is used in place of magnesium stearate, which is traditionally used in almost all common vitamin brands. Organic Tapioca Maltodextrin is used as part of the tablet coating, we use in place of an insect resin called shellac (yes, really) that is commonly used for the coating of most other vitamins brands! And the reason we coat tablets are for safety (i.e. to stop them sticking in your throat).

I want to give my child B12, and I trust mykind Organics as the cleanest brand, but notice it says “not intended for children use”. Is it still OK to give children some of the b12 spray? If not, how can I make sure my child is getting adequate B12? – Joanna

The nutritional needs of children vary greatly depending on their size, age and health status. Mykind B12 is formulated for adults. Just one spray delivers 500mcg of Vitamin B12, which is 8333% of adult daily, needs called DV (Daily Value)! This product should only be used for older children age 4 and up under medical /practitioner supervision so they can determine the appropriate dosage using blood work along with medical and diet history. That said, my son has it often and loves it! B12 can’t be dangerous, even in high doses (for more info watch this video from Dr. Neal Barnard).

 I want to know if anyone uses the Vitamin D3 for his or her kids? My son does get out in the sun but maybe not as much as he should since he is disabled. It says that it is not intended for children I don’t see how it would hurt since it is all natural. His Vitamin D is low and they want to give him supplements but I want to get him all natural, vegan supplements.  – Laura 

Similar to B12, the nutritional needs of children vary greatly depending on their size, age and health status. If your practitioner has determined that your son has low levels and needs a Vitamin D supplement this would be an excellent option. One spray daily provides 1,000IU. We also have a chewable version. You can work with your practitioner to test your son’s blood regularly for insight on where his levels are at and adjust the dosage accordingly. I have been giving Bear the D3 spray in a milkshake concoction – not daily but mostly on days when he isn’t getting a ton of sun or for an extra boost if he’s around sick friends/family!

I am currently taking the prenatal vitamin. I really like it! The only drawback is that the calcium content is a lot lower than others and I don’t want to have to take a calcium supplement in addition to the prenatal. Is there a particular reason why it doesn’t have more calcium? –Christine

You are most likely getting a solid about of calcium from your diet. Do you eat veggies like kale and broccoli? Those are calcium-packed. For more ideas on what foods are rich in calcium check out Dr. Fuhrman’s guest post on preventing Osteoporosis. The key is to get just the right amount, with no need to over-dose and take so many pills. So if you are eating your greens and taking a prenatal vitamin, you should be pretty set! More technically speaking, the reason there isn’t a ‘higher’ calcium value is because a) it already has the amount you need and b) it would require larger tablets and at that several tablets per serving. If you are concerned about calcium levels in addition to a clean diet and some supplementation, we offer Organic Plant Calcium.

Is the Organic Plant Calcium supplement safe to take throughout pregnancy and together with the prenatal? – S.K

Yes, absolutely.  I  believe that first and foremost nutrients should come from real food.  I recommend mykind Prenatal Organic Multi vitamins which are made with Organic food to provide all the essential vitamins needed during pregnancy but it contains very little calcium.  Calcium is an important mineral needed for baby’s health, especially developing bones, so I recommend eating a diet rich in leafy greens like kale, broccoli, collard greens, bok choy plus legumes, almonds, tofu and other calcium rich foods. If you are not able to meet your calcium needs during pregnancy through food, then Organic Plant Calcium is a great way to get your calcium because it is made with organic food (plant calcium)  and not crushed rocks like many other calcium supplements! Also Organic Plant Calcium is Vegan certified and  provides Vitamin D3 (from Lichen) and Vitamin K2 which are needed for optimal absorption and utilization of calcium in the body.

 I just found mykind Organics at Whole Foods and purchased, glad to see D3 made from lichen. I would like to know what Niacin is derived from  – Doreen

Niacin is a B vitamin (B3) found in several of the ingredients in the Organic Food blend, two of the main sources in this blend are the Organic Guava and Organic Holy Basil.

Why is there so little calcium in the 1-a-day multivitamin? – Julia

To include 100% of Calcium in a once daily multi would result in a huge tablet which would be way too big to swallow safely; in fact it would be about equal to the size of 4 or 5 large tablets! We know that people like a one daily multi for convenience and so we offer mykind Organic Plant Calcium as a separate source of calcium and minerals, which you can take according to need, especially as not everyone needs the same amount of extra calcium. And just remember, there’s no use in overdosing in vitamins so just make sure your getting what you actually need.

I have a HIGH standard of excellence as a vegan mother, and that I something I really enjoy about your blog, is that you also care about every last drop/ingredient in the food and supplements that you support and endorse. It has been SO hard trying to find a multivitamin for my son (20 months old) who is vegan that doesn’t contain fillers/binding agents/GMO’s/non-organic. Can kids be given the multivitamin? Our pediatrician wants my son to take them once he turns one next month, but I’m not finding too many great options. Will we be able to buy a product like that soon?  – Danielle & Tiffany

Thank you! And to be clear, I don’t support or endorse this vitamin; rather, it is my baby! I partnered with Garden of Life to create it, as I couldn’t find anything I was willing to take. You can read more about how these came to be on this post.

I’m thrilled you bring up this topic since we are actually in the process of developing a kid’s multi right now (ages 4 & up) I’m sorry it’s not available at this very moment… For the time being, breast milk is the best vitamin you can give him if you’re eating clean! The World Health Organization says that infants should be breastfed exclusively until 6 months or so to “achieve optimal growth, development, and health” and the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that women who breastfeed for at least 12 months to give their children the full health benefits.

I am in love with Kind Organics! I take the B-12 spray, the D3 spray and the women’s multi one a day. I have a question…If I start taking the pre-natal from Kind organics, should I also continue to take the multi?  – Tali

No, once you are taking the mykind Prenatal you will not need the Women’s One a day as well. Please discuss your supplements with your doctor and/or midwife if you have any health issues.

I just started using your prenatal vitamin, and am wondering if you have any suggestions about a DHA/omega-3 supplement.  – Nicole

We are developing them this very moment! Look out for them soon!! If you need asap, the Minami line of Omega-3 supplements from Garden of Life offers Vegan DHA.

I would like to know whether the Organic Plant Calcium, the Organic B-12, and the Vegan D-3 are all safe to take during pregnancy and breastfeeding along with the Prenatal Multi. Also, is it sufficient to take the Women’s Once Daily instead of the Prenatal Multi while nursing as a vegan? Finally, I am looking for a recommendation for a good vegan DHA supplement that I could take during pregnancy. Right now I am adding 11/2 tablespoons Chia seeds or flaxseed meal to my oatmeal in the morning but I am worried that it may not be sufficient during a pregnancy and during the first year of breastfeeding.  – Daniela

Hi Daniela! Thanks for the question. Since you are pregnant, it is important that you speak with your midwife/doctor about your individual needs for vitamins. But yes these are all safe to take during pregnancy! Assuming you are healthy and your diet is plant packed, generally I would suggest you take the Prenatal while nursing, and not take both the Prenatal and Once Daily. You may need more Vegan D and B12 if your blood levels are low. We are developing a DHA/omega 3 supplement right now so stay tuned! In the meantime, load up on omega foods! Chia and flaxseeds as you mentioned are great, same with organic beans and hempseed oil. 

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Please keep in mind I am not able to diagnose, treat or prescribe for any medical conditions. 

Thank you kind lifers for all your questions! Have you tried mykind Organics? I would love to hear your experience and any questions you have in the comments below. 

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  • Jasmine Elison

    Congratulations on this much-needed line of organic vitamins! I am a retina surgeon/ specialist of the back of the eye (and a big fan of the Kind Diet). There has been much evidence in recent years that anti-oxidant vitamins, particularly lutein, vitamin C, vitamin E, and zinc are helpful in maintaining the health of the macula, the part of the eye responsible for our central vision. This is based on a large study called the Age Related Eye Disease Study 2 (AREDS 2) by the National Eye Institute. Many big pharmaceutical companies are now making vitamins for macular degeneration, and physicians are recommending these vitamins to patients with macular degeneration, as they have been shown to slow the disease by about 25% (and there is no other good treatment for dry macular degeneration at this time). I’ve had many patients ask for organic vitamins containing the nutrients recommended by the AREDS 2 study for macular degeneration. Do you think that Mykind Organics might develop an eye vitamin? Thanks!

  • Laura

    Thank you Alicia for answering all those questions. I am giving my son the D3 chewables and I am taking them as well. I tell everyone about your vitamins! Thank you so much for giving us this option!

  • Michelle K.

    this was really helpful to read! thank you for doing this. we have 4 different kind organic vitamins in our home. love them!!!

  • gittie

    can you do a post or a video of what you eat in a typical day including pictures?

    • TheKindLife

      Hi Gittie! Thanks for the suggestion.. We will plan to do this! If you are on Instagram Alicia frequently snaps photos of her meals day to day!

  • AnamariEsk

    Hi! The multivitamin contains very little B12 compared to your B12 spray for example. Do you think it is necessary to do both. I’ve been battling acne with the B12 supplements as I have found that it is the reason behind my breakouts. If the amount in the multivitamin is enough, I would be happy to take just that!

  • Kimberly Ireland

    Hi Alicia! I was wondering if you had any plans to offer a mykind children’s
    multivitamin in the near future? I can’t find any currently on the
    market my dd likes, and we absolutely LOVE your other vitamins! Thanks
    SO much for your time and consideration.

    Best,

    Kimberly

    • TheKindLife

      Yes! It’s in the works!! Stay tuned :)

  • TheKindLife

    Hey Maggy!

    Thanks so much for your question. We reached out to a MKO team member are here is their thoughts:

    The reaction you described sounds very much like a Niacin (vitamin B3) flush, which is common (and even considered desirable) in many sports products that use very high amounts of Niacin. Sometimes adults taking higher doses of Niacin to lower their cholesterol experience a more intense flushing . This flushing is not an allergic reaction although it feels like one at the time. A Niacin flush is very temporary, harmless and usually subsides within 1 or 2 hours.

    However, it is a known fact that certain individuals may be more sensitive to Niacin (vitamin B3), and these people may experience a flush at a lower dose if the vitamin is very well absorbed. Niacin is an essential water soluble vitamin, and because it is water soluble, the body tends to eliminate the niacin through normal urination. On rare occasions we do hear of customers who are highly sensitive to this natural vitamin and experience a Niacin flush while taking the mykind formulas. However, as the top selling Women’s Multi in health food stores across America, I can tell you confidently that this is a very rare experience and most people take this products without an issue.