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Meet the Perfect Multi: Vita-Lea®

Almost 90% of Americans are not getting the recommended daily amount of at least one nutrient.1 And even the healthiest of diets can lack vital nutrients. Some of the most common inadequacies include vitamins A, C, D, and E, calcium, potassium, iron, and magnesium. Under consuming these nutrients can lead to adverse health effects. Your wellness relies on a solid nutritional foundation, which is why it’s so important to fill the gaps in your nutrition with a multivitamin. But how do you choose the perfect multi for you? 

In 1915, Dr. Forrest C. Shaklee invented the first multivitamin in the United States, Vitalized Minerals. And after over 100 years of science and innovation, we now have a comprehensive Vita-Lea multivitamin line. Let’s break down all the ways that Vita-Lea raises the bar for vitamins and which Vita-Lea you should choose for your daily nutrition. 

Backed by Science

A lot of people wonder if supplementation really works. Well science tells us that the answer is “yes.” Vita-Lea multivitamins are backed by 7 clinical studies that show us the effects of taking Vita-Lea. In one clinical study, subjects in the Vita-Lea group had significant increases in nutrient levels in the blood (serum vitamin B12, vitamin C, and folate) compared to those in the placebo group. The Vita-Lea group also had a decrease in the number of individuals with below-normal serum vitamin and mineral levels.(2)  These higher blood nutrient levels after taking Vita-Lea tell us that the vitamins in Vita-Lea were affectively absorbed. 

Vita-Lea multivitamins are also backed by the Landmark Health Studies, the first studies to examine 30+ years of supplement use. The Landmark Health Studies showed that people who took Shaklee supplements, including Vita-Lea, had better health biomarkers than people who took a single multivitamin and people who took no supplements at all. 

  • Optimal Blood Nutrient Levels
    Shaklee supplement users had higher amounts of iron, folate, omega-3s, and vitamins A, B12, C, D, and E in their blood compared to supplement non-users. 
  • Optimal Biomarkers of Health
    Shaklee supplement users had better biomarkers for heart health, brain health, blood sugar control, and weight management than supplement non-users. 
  • Better Health Outcomes
    Shaklee supplement users had lower medication usage and higher ratings of overall health than supplement non-users. 

Want to see the numbers? Learn more about the Landmark Health Studies here.

Meticulously Tested for the Highest Quality

We hold ourselves to the highest product quality and safety standards. There are over 1,700+ quality tests conducted across the Vita-Lea line for every production. We conduct over 100,000 tests per year across all our product lines and test every new botanical ingredient for over 350+ harmful contaminants. We test three times more than the industry standard set by the US Pharmacopeia, an independent, scientific nonprofit organization that builds trust in the supply of safe products. Here’s a glimpse of our testing process. 

  • Clean, potent ingredients
    We work with ethical ingredient partners and do extensive tests on every ingredient before it goes into a product. 
  • Finished product
    All products go through a comprehensive testing process for quality, safety, and efficacy. 
  • Stability testing
    We evaluate how our products retain potency and quality over time, from packaging date to expiration date. 

All Shaklee products, including Vita-Lea, are rigorously tested throughout production so that you always have the highest quality wellness solutions. Learn more about our Quality Standards here. 

Everything You Need, Nothing You Don’t

We believe that less is more, and more isn’t always better. While we use clean, potent ingredients in Vita-Lea, we only put in what’s absolutely needed. There are no artificial flavors, colors, sweeteners, or preservatives in any Vita-Lea multivitamin. We also don’t use fillers like cheap vitamins or additives that are no use to the body. Other vitamins can sometimes have excessive amounts of particular nutrients (B vitamins, for example) because they’re cheaper to add in and make the label look better, but that means there’s less space for other crucial nutrients you actually need. Also, excess nutrients aren’t always absorbed by the body and instead the body works to get rid of the excess nutrients. 

Comprehensive Nutrition

Vitalea options

With Vita-Lea, there’s a multivitamin for everybody. Age and sex can play a factor in the nutrition that you need, but Vita-Lea addresses these nutritional needs comprehensively. Vita-Lea has a range of options for various preferences, requirements, or form factors, including formulations tailored for men, women, and older adults. Take a look at your options below. 

Vita-Lea Men 

Vita-Lea Men is designed to support men’s health and vitality.* Each serving delivers 100% or more of the Daily Value of all vitamins, including twice the Daily Value of vitamins C, D, and E—plus beta-carotene for safely increasing antioxidant protection.* It’s formulated with nutrition to support bone and joint health, immunity, metabolism, and muscle function.* Vita-Lea Men also contains more magnesium to support muscle contraction and energy production.* 

Vita-Lea Women 

Vita-Lea Women has 100% DV of all essential vitamins, plus it’s optimized with 600 mcg of folic acid, 290 mcg of iodine, and 18 mg of iron for the unique needs of women. Folic acid and iodine are important nutrients for women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, so Vita-Lea Women can also be used as a prenatal/postnatal vitamin. And iron is a crucial nutrient for any woman during their reproductive years. 

Vita-Lea Gold® 

Vita-Lea Gold is a great option for adults ages 50+ and contains added B vitamins, zinc, and N-acetylcysteine. B vitamins are essential for energy production, cognitive function, and cardiovascular health.* And zinc is essential for maintaining skin integrity and supporting the immune system, which is vital for overall health as people age.* Your body also experiences more oxidative stress as you age, which contributes to cellular damage. N-acetylcysteine is an antioxidant that helps counteract oxidative stress by neutralizing harmful free radicals, supporting cellular health.* 

NEW Vita-Lea Gummies 

If tablets and pills aren’t your thing, or you just want to add some taste to your nutrition. Vita-Lea Gummies are perfect for you. Treat yourself to a delicious, sugar-free gummy that delivers the core nutrients you need to support immune, brain, and heart health and boost energy levels.* 

Vita-Lea Methylated 

Looking for methylated vitamins? Vita-Lea Methylated has you covered. It’s formulated with methylcobalamin and methylfolate in place of B12 and folic acid for specialized nutritional support. 

Find Your Perfect Multi 

We know no two bodies are the same, so we’ve got something on offer for everyone. Find the Vita-Lea that’s right for you at shaklee.com. 


*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. 

  1. Fulgoni VL 3rd, Keast DR, Bailey RL, Dwyer J. Foods, fortificants, and supplements: Where do Americans get their nutrients? J Nutr. 2011 Oct;141(10):1847-54.
  2. Spiller, G.A., et al., Multivitamin-Mineral Supplementation: Effects on Blood Chemistries of College-Age Women. Acta Vitaminol Enzymol, 1985.7(3-4): p. 217-222.

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