Advanced Antioxidant, Vitamin and Mineral Supplement (Wellness International)

Uses: Phyto-Vite® is a state-of-the-art nutritional supplement providing chelated minerals, vitamins and a diverse group of antioxidants. It was formulated to meet the nutritional needs of our society where studies estimate only 9% consume foods in the quantities necessary to protect against the oxidative damage caused by free radicals.

The antioxidant coverage provided by Phyto-Vite is both comprehensive and diverse. First, it includes optimal amounts of vitamins A, C, and E as well as the pro-vitamins alpha and beta carotene. Vitamin A, in addition to its antioxidant capabilities, is also felt to improve immune function, protein synthesis, RNA synthesis and steroid hormone synthesis. In this product, vitamin A is derived from two sources: retinyl palmitate and lemongrass. Additional vitamin A activity is provided by the alpha and beta carotene found in Dunaliella salina. These carotenoids are strong antioxidants in their own right; however, they can also be converted to vitamin A. This occurs only when the body is deficient in this vitamin. Consequently, vitamin A toxicity cannot be caused by alpha or beta carotene. Vitamin C has long been associated with wound healing, collagen formation, and maintaining the structural integrity of capillaries, cartilage, dentine and bone. Its antioxidant effects are felt to play a major role in the prevention of cardiovascular disease and some cancers. Phyto-Vite utilizes esterified vitamin C which has been shown to provide a quicker uptake and a decreased rate of excretion when compared with conventional vitamin C. This allows for higher, more sustained levels of this vitamin in the body. Phyto-Vite also contains 400 I.U. of vitamin E, from natural sources. The antioxidant effects of vitamin E have been shown to stabilize cell membranes, increase HDL cholesterol, and decrease platelet aggregation.

Many flavonoids are incorporated into Phyto-Vite. These substances possess antioxidant activity themselves and also potentiate the effects of vitamins C and E. This later effect is produced by decreasing the degradation of vitamin C and E into inactive metabolites. Ginkgo biloba has flavonoid activity as well as other significant effects. Among these are a decrease in platelet aggregation and an increase in vasodilation which appears to increase blood flow to the peripheral arteries and the brain. Some improvement in cognitive abilities has been noted. It also helps to inhibit lipid peroxidation, thereby stabilizing the cell wall against free radical attack.

A phytonutrient blend has been incorporated into Phyto-Vite to further enhance its antioxidant effects. Phytonutrient is a term given to the thousands of chemical compounds found in fruits and vegetables. Some of these compounds, including sulforaphane in broccoli and isothiocyanate in cabbage, have been shown to inhibit cancer in laboratory animals and human cell cultures. Others have shown great promise in aiding the cardiovascular system. Currently, much research is ongoing to isolate and identify more of these compounds, but it has already been clearly established that phytonutrients work best when the entire plant source is used rather than just the isolated compound. The phytonutrients found in Phyto-Vite are obtained from alfalfa (lutein), broccoli (indoles), cabbage (isothiocyanates), cayenne (capsanthin and capsorubin), green onion (thioallyl compounds), parsley (chlorophyll), spirulina (gamma linolenic acid), tomato (lycopene), soy isoflavones (genistein, lecithin and daidzein), aged garlic concentrate, and Pure-Gar-A-8000 (allicin).

The antioxidant minerals copper, zinc, manganese and selenium have also been incorporated into Phyto-Vite. These minerals have been chelated via a patented process in which the mineral is wrapped within an amino acid. Once inside the body, the minerals can then be utilized in the millions of metabolic reactions that take place in the body. With this process, overall mineral absorption can approach 95% instead of the 5 to 10% absorption seen with other mineral supplements.

Phyto-Vite also provides two antioxidant enzymes (catalase and peroxidase). These help to reduce the body's free radical burden by neutralizing free radicals in the pharynx or stomach.

There are three other features that make Phyto-Vite unique among supplements. First, a small amount of canola oil was included to aid in the proper absorption of fat soluble vitamins, even on an empty stomach. Canola oil also provides essential fatty acids. Second, the product is formed into prolonged-release tablets which allow flexibility in dosing frequency. It can be taken all at once or staggered throughout the day. Dissolution testing has been performed to insure that the product will dissolve properly. Lastly, Phyto-Vite tablets are covered with a Betacoat. This is a beta carotene coating that is designed to provide antioxidant coverage to the tablet itself. This helps to protect the integrity and activity of the product.

Directions: As a dietary supplement take six tablets per day with eight ounces of liquid. Tablets may be taken all at once or staggered throughout the day.

Warnings: If pregnant or lactating, consult physician before using. Accidental overdose of iron-containing products is a leading cause of fatal poisoning in children under 6. Keep this product out of reach of children. In case of accidental overdose, call a doctor or poison control center immediately. This hypoallergenic formula is free of dairy, yeast, wheat, sugar, starch, animal products, dyes, preservatives, artificial flavors and pesticide residues.

Above is the manufacturer's description of this product, which is marketed under the Dietary Supplement, Health and Education Act of 1994, as recorded in the Physicians' Desk Reference (PDR) for Nonprescription Drugs and Dietary Supplements - 24th Edition (2003).

Supplement Facts

Serving Size 6 tablets
Servings Per Container 30

Amount per Serving
% Daily Value*

Vitamin A (as retinyl palmitate and 80% as beta-carotene and mixed carotenoids from D. saline algae)

25,000 IU
Vitamin C (as calcium ascorbate)
500 mg
Vitamin D (as cholecalciferol)
200 IU
Vitamin E (as D-alpha-tocopheryl succinate)
400 IU
Vitamin K (as phylloquinone)
70 mcg 
Thiamin (as thiamin mononitrate)
15 mg
17 mg 
Niacin (as niacinamide)
100 mg 
Vitamin B6 (as pyridoxine hydrochloride)
20 mg 
Folate (as folic acid)
400 mcg
Vitamin B12 (as cyanocobalamin)
60 mcg
300 mcg
Pantothenic Acid (as D-calcium panthothenate)
75 mg
Calcium (as dicalcium phosphate, calcium carbonate, citrate and lactate)
500 mg
Iron (as Ferrochel® iron bisglycinate) **
4 mg
Phosphorus (as dicalcium phosphate)
250 mg
Iodine [from kelp (Ascophyllum nodosum)]
150 mcg
Magnesium (as magnesium oxide, magnesium amino acid chelate and magnesium citrate)
400 mg
Zinc (as zinc Chelazome® glycinate)
15 mg
Selenium (as L-selenomethionine)
200 mcg
Copper (as copper Chelazome® glycinate)
2 mg
Manganese (as manganese Chelazome® glycinate)
5 mg
Chromium (as chromium chloride)
200 mcg
Potassium (as potassium citrate)
70 mg
Proprietary Phytonutrient Blend
800 mg
  Alfalfa leaf
  Aged garlic bulb concentrate
  Pure-Gar® A-10,000 odorless
  garlic bulb
  Soy protein isolate
  Broccoli floret
  Cabbage leaf
  Cayenne pepper fruit
  Green onion bulb
  Parsley leaf
  Spirulina algae
Canola oil concentrate
100 mg
Citrus bioflavonoid complex
50 mg
Rutin and quercetin dihydrate
50 mg
Choline (as choline bitartrate)
50 mg
50 mg
25 mg
Ginkgo biloba leaf standardized extract (24% ginkgo flavone glycosides and 6% terpene lactones)
20 mg
Bilberry fruit standardized extract (25% anthocyanosides)
10 mg
Catalase enzymes
10 mg
Grape seed proanthocyanidins
5 mg
Red grape skin extract (14-18% total polyphenols)
5 mg
Boron (as boron chelate)
1 mg

* Percentages are based on a 2,000 calorie/day diet.

† Daily Value not established

OTHER INGREDIENTS: Microcrystalline cellulose, croscarmelose sodium, stearic acid, silica, magnesium stearate, and pharmaceutical glaze with vanillin

DIRECTIONS: As a dietary supplement, take 6 tablets per day.

**CAUTION: Accidental overdose of iron-containing products is a leading cause of fatal poisoning in children under 6. Keep this product out of reach of children. In case of accidental overdose, call a doctor or poison control center immediately.