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ESSENTIAL NUTRIENTS FOR WOMEN

NPN 80032247

What You Can Expect from FemmEssentials®:

FemmeEssentials®

  • Support Bones and Cartilage
  • Maintain Teeth and Gums
  • Support Brain Function
  • Support Immune Function
  • Support Thyroid Function
  • Maintain Muscle Function
  • Support Liver Function
  • Provide Healthy Metabolism
  • Reduce Risk of Osteoporosis
  • Maintain Night Vision
  • Maintain Eyesight
  • Help wound healing
  • Help connective tissue formation
  • Source of Essential Fatty Acid (for Maintaining Good Health)
  • Reduce Risk of Neural Tube Defects When Taken Prior to Becoming Pregnant

FemmEssentials is a complete daily nutrient program for women of all ages. It contains carefully selected vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, herbs and essential fatty acids to provide a strong foundation for good health.

The best thing a woman can do for herself is to eat a well-balanced diet, exercise regularly and supplement with FemmEssentials. Taking a multinutrient formula that is designed specifically for the unique needs of women is a simple yet very effective way to maintain nutrition levels and stay healthy. FemmEssentials gives women the nutrition they need for optimum health and well-being, in individual easy-to-take packets.

EACH 4 FemmEssentials® CAPSULES CONTAIN

Medicinal Ingredients
  • Vitamin A... 1250 IU
    (Palmitate)
  • Beta Carotene... 3750 IU
    (Provitamin A)
  • Vitamin C (Calcium ascorbate)... 300 mg
  • Pantothenic Acid (Calcium d-pantothenate)... 125 mg
  • Vitamin B1... 30 mg
    (Thiamine hydrochloride)
  • Vitamin B2... 30 mg
    (Riboflavin 5-phosphate)
  • Niacinamide... 15 mg
  • Vitamin B6... 30 mg
    (Pyridoxine hydrochloride)
  • Vitamin B12... 500 mcg
    (Methylcobalamin)
  • Folic Acid... 0.5 mg
  • Biotin... 250 mcg
  • Vitamin E... 100 IU
    (d-alpha Tocopheryl acid succinate)
Minerals:
  • Magnesium... 158.9 mg
    (Citrate)
  • Potassium (Citrate)... 50 mg
  • Manganese (Citrate)... 7.5 mg
  • Zinc (Picolinate)... 7.5 mg
  • Iodine (Potassium iodide)... 0.15 mg
  • Chromium (Picolinate)... 100 mcg
  • Selenium... 50 mcg
    (Selenomethionine)
  • Vanadium (Vanadyl sulfate)... 37.5 mcg
  • Molybdenum (Citrate)... 12.5 mcg
Other Medicinal Ingredients:
  • Choline Bitartrate... 20 mg
  • Inositol... 50 mg
  • Fennel Seed Extract 4:1... 25 mg
    (Foeniculum vulgare)
  • Red Wine Extract (fruit)... 5 mg
  • Red Orange Extract 30:1 (fruit)... 5 mg
  • Lutein... 1 mg
    (flower) (Tagetes erecta)

Encapsulated in a vegetarian capsule (cellulose, purified water, silicon dioxide) with cellulose.

EACH 3 OsteoSense® CAPSULES CONTAIN

Medicinal Ingredients
  • Calcium (Citrate/HVP* Chelate)... 500 mg
  • Magnesium (Bisglycinate)... 91 mg
  • silicon (aerial)... 2 mg
  • Vitamin D3 (Cholecalciferol)... 500 IU

*HVP: Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein

Encapsulated in a vegetarian capsule (cellulose, purified water, silicon dioxide) with cellulose and vegetable grade magnesium stearate (lubricant).

EACH 1 FemmOmega® SOFTGEL CONTAINS

Medicinal Ingredients
  • Flaxseed Oil (seed)... 266.6 mg
  • Evening Primrose Oil (seed)... 166.6 mg

Encapsulated in a softgel capsule (gelatin, glycerin, purified water).

Daily dosage: Take one packet daily food, a few hours before or after taking other medications, or as directed by a health care practitioner. Each packet contains 4 FemmEssentials® capsules, 3 OsteoSense® bone support capsules and 1 FemmOmega® softgel.

This product does not contain artificial colours or sweeteners; no dairy, wheat or yeast.

My previous box of FemmEssentials contained 3 very yellow capsules, and now all the capsules appear to be just off-white (the colour of the OsteoSense capsules).  Did something change?

In March 2010 the source of our Riboflavin switched from a (yellow) fine powder to (yellow) small granules and these granules have resulted in a paler yellow finished product.  As this switch is permanent, then going forward it is expected that the FemmEssentials capsules will continue to have a pale, off-white colour.  Upon close examination, however, you will notice that there is a difference between the FemmEssentials capsules and the OsteoSense capsule, in that the FemmEssentials capsules can be distinguished by the orange/yellow speckles in the fill material.

There are 7 capsules and 1 softgel in these packages!  Do I take them all at once?

That is entirely up to you - you may take all of the capsules and the softgel at once or divide them up throughout the day with or without meals. As long as you are taking all capsules over the course of the day it does not matter if you take them all together. 

I noticed that the Iodine in this product is not from kelp.  Can you tell me what it is from?

The Potassium Iodide in FemmEssentials from a synthetic ingredient, and it contains approximately 7.65% of Iodine.

I bought a box of your product, and although it seemed to feel lighter than usual, I didn't think much of it, until I opened the box and discovered that there is nowhere near the amount of packages inside as there should have been.  How can this happen?

As part of our corporate policy and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) requirement, our procedures incorporate routine in-process checks plus a final examination of the finished product to ensure conformance to all aspects of quality, including correct product count.  There are a number of checks and balances performed by both Production and Quality Assurance personnel prior to, during, and after the packaging operations to ensure that product under-counts do not happen. Although product under-counts can happen, this occurrence is rare.  Should you discover that your box contains packets that are far below the label claim count upon opening - we recommend you return it to your point of purchase as per our 100% customer satisfaction guarantee.

Do all of your products have an NPN?

Yes, all of our products have been issued a Natural Product Number (NPN) by Health Canada – these numbers do appear on our labels.  Further Natural Health Product criteria and information can be found on the Health Canada website www.hc-sc.gc.ca  Under the Food and Drugs Act items that are considered a food – for example, our protein powders and herbal teas – do not require an NPN. 

Are your capsules GMO free?

Yes, our vegetarian capsule shells, our gelatin capsule shells and our softgel shells are all non-GMO.

Are your products GMO free?

Preferred Nutrition is currently in the process of testing all of our products so that we can advise the public if any of them contain ingredients that come from genetically modified organisms or not.  Once the testing is complete we will indicate on our website, as well as on our product information sheets and on our labels.  This will be done as quickly as possible and on a product-by-product basis.

Why have your cautions and your recommended/suggested usages changed so dramatically on many of your labels?

The changes you are noticing to our suggested usage and cautionary statements have been at the directive of Health Canada.  There have been many regulatory changes with regards to Natural Health Products causing companies to change their labels accordingly.  We update our website, product information sheets and labels on the actual products to reflect these regulations as quickly as we possibly can.  Health Canada and the industry representing natural health products act according to the interest of consumers and their safety.  As a result, if there is any concern with an existing condition, a caution is added to advise the consumer to seek out feedback from their Health Care professional.  

Will this product help me lose weight?

There is no such thing as a "magic" pill or product - the only way to succeed (and maintain) true weight loss is by adopting a healthy lifestyle combining adequate exercise and proper nutrition. If you are concerned about poor eating habits or cravings, then we recommend you seek advice from a Nutritionist or Naturopath to obtain some guidance on healthy eating, as well as to investigate possible underlying (or undiagnosed) hormonal imbalances, which can make it harder to lose weight.  You might also want to consider speaking with a personal trainer to help you discover a fun fitness program that you enjoy - because, no matter what, in order to achieve and maintain any type of weight loss, exercise is required.  Our vitamins and supplements are designed to help you in your quest to a daily, healthy lifestyle, however it also requires effort on your part.

Where do you source your products from?  

Please be advised that all of our ingredients, including flavourings, are derived from natural ingredients and are ISURA tested & certified (in order to ensure the absence of GMOs, contaminants, heavy metals and adulteration).  All of our products are manufactured at a GMP facility certified by Health Canada.  All raw materials come in and are tested for purity, safety and potency.  If they do not meet our standards they are rejected and sent back or destroyed.  We use the highest quality ingredients available, and choose organic whenever we can.  Many of our products contain proprietary patented ingredients that have been clinically researched to help deliver optimal results and outstanding quality.

Are your products gluten free?

Confirmation for many products has been listed separately as to whether or not gluten is added and/or present in the formula.  If nothing is indicated on the FAQs then we are in the process of having gluten testing done and the product information will be updated once complete.  Please be advised however that our manufacturing facility is NOT a gluten free facility.

Are your products peanut free?

Following compliance with food regulations, in order to make a negative claim such as "peanut free", it would be necessary to insure a zero tolerance of any peanut traces, including the possibility of cross contamination.  Although our manufacturing facility has a policy in place for allergen control, there is no specific policy for peanuts, nor is there a specific "no peanut agreement" with our raw material suppliers.

Can your products be used after the expiry date has passed?

Supplements generally keep their potency long after the expiry date.  There is certainly no safety issues with consuming after the expiry date has passed however the potency degrades over longer periods of time.

If a product does not specify "vegetarian capsule", then what is it made from?

These capsules are gelatin capsules sourced from either pork or beef.

Are any of your products "vegan-friendly"?

Yes, AdrenaSense, EstroSense, MenoSense, BioSil, Medi-C Plus, Magnesium and MagSense (from our WomenSense and Preferred Nutrition product lines), the Healing Teas, our Ultimate Maca Energy products and the Ultimate VEGAN line are all vegan friendly.

Why can't I find any prices on your website?

Preferred Nutrition is the wholesale distribution company for the products on this website. However we sell exclusively to Health Food stores & selected Natural Pharmacies across Canada, not directly to the general public.  Because the prices of our products can vary from store-to-store, we are unable to list our suggested prices on our website.  We recommend you contact your local retailer and inquire about prices directly with them.

Can I purchase products directly from you?  I went to a health food store and the prices seem very expensive.

We distribute our products in Canada only and we sell directly to Health Food stores - since they have a personal commitment to the natural health lifestyle.  Consumers are then able to buy our products from knowledgeable staff that are genuinely interested in helping people be well - people who care!  Always be sure to look for in store promotions or coupons when you are making your purchases as this can help alleviate your cost concerns.

Do all health food stores carry all of your products?

To find Health Food stores in your area that carry our products, please click on "Store Locator" at the top of this screen.  All you have to do is enter your postal code and you will be given a list of retailers in the radius that you choose. We do recommend calling ahead to see if they stock the item you are looking for and in most cases if a store does not normally carry something, they will offer to do a special order for you.

Are any of your products tested on animals?

No, there is no animal testing on any of our products.

Should your supplements be taken with or without food?

Most of our products will specify directly on the bottle whether they should be taken with a meal or not.  If nothing is stated, then the choice is yours as to when the best time is for you to take them.  In general, however, most vitamin supplements should be taken with food because once eating starts the digestive process, enzymes and gastric juices are generated and usually the nutrients will be absorbed and assimilated better.

I like the sound of many of your products.  Am I able to take different formulas at the same time?

Yes, it's safe to combine various WomenSense products to help support the body in achieving optimal health.  The same applies to the Preferred Nutrition line, Dr. Whitaker's formulas and Brad King's.  If you are unsure of any combination, then please consult your Health Care Practitioner.

I have heard that drinking green tea along with my supplements will end up flushing out all the nutrients?  Is this true?

No, you are fine taking your supplements with green tea.  Coffee inhibits the absorption of nutrients, but the caffeine in green tea will not pose the same problem.

Can you tell me if I can combine any of your supplements with the medication(s) I am on, as prescribed by my doctor?

It is best to consult your Doctor or alternative Health Practitioner before taking any new supplements while on prescribed medication.  If you have been approved to add our supplement(s) to your daily regime, then we do recommend that you space the medication and the supplements out by at least one hour.

Can I take your products when I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

We are not able to make any recommendations with any of our products when it comes to pregnancy or while nursing.  You must contact your Health Practitioner, Naturopath or Pharmacist.

I understand that you put a recommended dosage on your labels, but I can take more or less than that, right?  And, really, do I have to take the product every day?

With regards to the recommended dosage, we would suggest you speak to your Doctor or Health Care Practitioner before increasing any amounts.  As with any supplement you can determine your amount based on your personal preference - if you find that a product works for you immediately then you should be fine to take it just on the days you feel you need it, but again we suggest you discuss this with you MD or HP.  Some consumers find that a product needs to be in their system for a few days to a few weeks before they notice results and/or feel the full benefits.  

What is your 100% money-back (customer satisfaction) guarantee?

Our 100% money-back/customer satisfaction guarantee ensures that if a customer is not completely satisfied with their purchase, they can return the unused portion of the product (in its original packaging) back to their point of purchase and we will credit the Health Food store 100% of their purchase price from us.  We cannot dictate if a store will give cash back or an in-store credit, nor can we override store policies already in place ~ but we do promise to credit them, regardless of the reason for the return.

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