May 9, 2019
Since 1982, New Chapter has been making whole-food supplements to support people on their personal health journeys—including vitamins specifically developed for women. To create its signature formulas, New Chapter travels around the world searching for ingredients that meet its strict standards for purity, potency, and sustainable sourcing—such as organic turmeric from India, wild-caught salmon from Alaska, and sustainably harvested plant calcium from Iceland.
So what do women need to support their health? To find out, we spoke with Vice President of Innovation Design, Jen Toomey. If you’re just starting out, Toomey recommends taking a complete multivitamin like Every Woman’s One Daily. “It’s a great way to build sturdy foundations for everyday health, plus it’s fermented for better nutrient absorption—that’s important.” This multi is filled with good-for-you ingredients like B vitamins for energy support, vitamin C for collagen protection, and herbs like chaste tree berry, red clover flower, and organic raspberry leaf.* “Whether you’re under 40, 40+, or 55+, there’s a targeted multivitamin for your needs. We also offer a prenatal and postnatal regimen for women who are pregnant, nursing, or planning to be.”
Toomey also suggests doing your research, because not all vitamins are created equal. “Some are just synthetic, isolated nutrients that can be hard on the digestive system, causing nausea and going right through the body without being used to their potential.” New Chapter uses fermentation to mitigate discomfort and to help you get the most out of your supplement. “This process breaks down nutrients into food form, unlocking their full nourishing potential for your body to recognize and absorb. Choosing fermented means you get the full value out of every part of your multivitamin,” Toomey says.
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This daily multivitamin is one and done. No need to swallow multiple pills to reap the benefits—a single tablet is filled with the vitamins and minerals women over 40 need to support their health. New Chapter’s multi’s are made with third-party-certified organic vegetables and herbs, are certified gluten free by NSF, and verified by the Non-GMO Project.
“I love a whole food vitamin, and like that this is formulated for my age group. Others have made me sick to my stomach, but not these!”
Here’s a nutrient-dense pre- and postnatal softgel made with soon-to-be and new mamas in mind. Wild Alaskan salmon oil delivers omega-3s and vitamin D to support baby’s development during pregnancy and beyond.*
“I was really impressed with the lack of fishy aftertaste! These went down smoothly and they worked great.”
When you’re transitioning to the postnatal period, nourish your body with nutrients designed to help revive your energy and support lactation.* Each capsule is made with organic vegetables and herbs (like chamomile and turmeric) plus vitamins and minerals like vitamin B6, iron, and iodine.
“When I took these supplements after birth I really saw an energy boost and overall well-being. Thanks for this product.”
“Maintaining bone health is key for women at every stage of life. This supplement provides plant calcium plus vitamin K2 that helps send calcium to your bones, where you need it,* and reduces the risk of osteoporosis.†” Toomey says. Bonus: the slim tablets make this an easy pill to swallow.
“I love the size of these pills, they’re very easy to swallow and they have lots of calcium, along with some other vitamins that go well with it, like magnesium and MK-7.”
*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.
† Adequate calcium throughout life, as part of a well-balanced diet, may reduce the risk of osteoporosis.
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