Swisse Women's Ultivite 50+ V are multivitamins specifically developed for people over 50 to assist in supporting a healthy cardiovascular system, memory function and stamina.Q1: What is the difference between the original Swisse Ultivite formulae and the 50+ Ultivite formulae?The 50+ Ultivites are high potency multivitamin, mineral and antioxidant formulas in line with our existing Ultivites, however they have been specifically developed for people over 50 to assist in supporting a healthy cardiovascular system, memory function and stamina.Q2: What are some of the specific ingredients for people over 50?The 50+ Ultivites's contain the herb Ginkgo biloba to promote mental function, alertness and memory. The Women's 50+ Ultivite also contains the herb black cohosh to help balance the hormones, while the Men's 50+ Ultivite contains the herb tribulus to promote energy and stamina.Q3: What differentiates the Swisse Ultivites from other brands?What really differentiates one product from another is the scientific evidence available on the multivitamin, as well as the potency and type of ingredients that make up the formulae.Q4: Are there any other benefits of the Swisse Ultivites?The Swisse 50+ Ultivites are also one of the few multivitamins on the market that contain probiotics. Probiotics are beneficial for maintaining a healthy digestive system.Q5: What is the Swisse Tri-Synergy Formulation about?Tri- Synergy is another reflection of the benchmark standards and extra benefits behind the Swisse formulae. Tri-Synergy defines 3 key advantages that differentiate the Swisse products from other brands and keeps them at the forefront of medical research...i) Tri-Clinical Potencies - the right combination with the right amountTri-clinical is the first of the Tri-synergy benefits. Swisse Ultivite formulae are some of the only products incorporating clinical potencies, based on the assessment of scientific studies - not theoretic RDA's/RDI's. Such clinical potencies have shown to be effective in delivering immediate and long term health benefits. The clinical potencies also work in synergy to promote wellbeing and give you the desired results. Take vitamin C for example. It's a vital nutrient, however too much of it can deplete other important nutrients. Too much vitamin B1 may deplete vitamin B3. Conversely, too little of some nutrients is useless, and so on. The Swisse formulae ensure that you get the right combination with the right amount for peak performance and well-being.ii) Tri-Matrix - redefining 'Maximum Absorption'Tri-Matrix is the second of the Tri-synergy benefits. You are what you absorb and retain, not just what you eat (or ingest). Even if you're on the best diet in the world but have a sluggish digestive system or absorption disorders, you can still suffer from nutritional deficiencies. The biggest portion of most fruits and vegetables -up to 95% or more - is water and fibre. The balance is some of the most valuable vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. These nutrients however are attached to fibre molecules. Fibre cannot be absorbed and passes through the digestive system in totality. Those people with digestive and assimilative problems or people on excessively high fibre diets may find that the fibre sometimes takes these nutrients with it, preventing their absorption. Swisse's Tri-matrix formulae contain the pure grade of nutrients that are quickly assimilated into the bloodstream. The Swisse Tri-Matrix formulae also ensures rapid disintegration, which allows the product to disperse within minutes after you swallow it. However, more than absorption is required. It's about absorption and retention. Absorption is the beginning to an end. Once absorbed, nutrients then need to be delivered to our cells and retained there for an adequate time for them to be utilised by the body for their therapeutic benefits. Otherwise they're almost useless. That's where Swisse's Tri-matrix formulae also increases the bio-availability and retention factor (nutrient uptake and duration of use by the cells). This means that when you take the Swisse formulae in the morning, you'll feel the benefits of stress relief, increased stamina and well-being throughout the day - not just 2 or 3 hours. Natural Source, Standardised ExtractsSwisse also use natural source, standardised extracts and water-soluble nutrients whenever possible. That allows us to guarantee a consistency in benchmark standards every time. It also means better absorption, and retention, and can prevent toxicity. We use standardised herbal extracts which are more expensive, but they ensure consistency of active ingredients from batch to batch. So we incorporate the highest grade of standardised extracts - not the cheapest.iii)Tri-nalysis Tri-nalysis is the third of the Tri-synergy benefits. The Swisse formulae undergo some of the most rigid analytical testing procedures before they are approved for sale. Over 300 different tests are conducted during the three main stages - analysis of raw materials, manufacturing and finished products testing. Quality control procedures for the Swisse formulae exceed the minimum requirements set - because Swisse are obsessed with benchmark standards. If raw materials, manufacturing, or the finished product falls short of our benchmark standards, they're rejected. If they meet the benchmark standards, they're accepted. A simple Swisse rule that applies to everything we do from beginning to end. The Swisse formulae are developed around what's best for our well-being regardless of the cost. We research and develop the product and then price it rather than work to some commercial equation. Compare the Swisse formulae and judge for yourself. With Tri-Synergy, Swisse sets another benchmark - Clinical Potencies, Tri-Matrix Absorption, and over 300 QA (quality assurance) tests. Because we choose not to be conventional, and our consumers' health comes first - people come before profits!Q6: Are the potencies/dosages in the formula adequate?Yes, both as a nutritional foundation and for therapeutic benefits. Swisse 50+ Ultivites contain all the important nutrients that work in synergy with each other in promoting general well-being.Therefore as a team, the Swisse formula is scientifically balanced for maximum effectiveness. This is different to taking a high therapeutic dose of any one nutrient for a specific period of time. It's not always the 'highest strength' that achieves best results, but 'correct combination'. That's the objective of the Swisse formulae. At times, for specific health conditions, you need to take other supplements additional to Swisse 50+ Ultivites, such as the Clinicals range, under the direction of your heath care professional, in which case it's best used as a companion product with the Swisse Ultivites which are nutritional foundations.Q7: Can Swisse 50+ Ultivites be used with other medication?Under such circumstances, we advise that you first speak with your health care professional. In general, the formula may be used with other medication, but not simultaneously as some medication can decrease the absorption of nutrients from the 50+ Ultivites. Some medication can also increase our body's requirements for some vitamins and minerals, and the Swisse Ultivites help to replenish these nutrients and improve general well-being.Q8: When is the best time to take Swisse 50+ Ultivites?In the morning, during or straight after breakfast (all vitamins should be taken with meals). The product contains stamina nutrients, so avoid taking it at night unless you need the extra vitality. Used as directed, the Tri-Synergy formula ensures that the body uses the required amounts and the balance is excreted to prevent build up or toxicity. Q9: Are the Swisse 50+ Ultivites slow release formulae?No, because the Swisse medical team believes the Swisse Tri-Synergy design to be superior. Tri-Synergy is a scientific balance of nutrients in doses that provide a high level of bioavailability and retention to ensure that you get optimum results throughout the day.Q10: I'm allergic to some preservatives and additives. Do the Swisse formulae contain any ingredients that could trigger a reaction?Swisse has developed low allergy formulae, wherever possible refraining from the use of ingredients that may trigger an allergic reaction. The formulas do not contain preservatives, artificial colours or flavours. However, some people may have allergies to the most natural of foods. So if you experience discomfort from the use of any product, immediately speak with your health care professional.Q11: How long can I take the Swisse 50+ Ultivite? Is there a danger if taking indefinitely?It can be used daily for as long as desired, to assist in maintaining/promoting general well-being. The majority of nutrients in the Swisse formula are water-soluble. This means that the body absorbs what it requires and any remainder is excreted via the urine. Furthermore, the Journal of American Medical Association published a medical article, vol 287, no 23, 19 June 2002, recommending that 'all adults take a multivitamin daily'.**** This statement was made by Robert H Fletcher, MD MSc, Kathleen M Fairfield in the article 'Vitamins for Chronic Disease Prevention in Adults: Clinical Applications' Journal of American Medical Association, Volume 287, No. 23 June 19, 2002 Page 3127. It was based on the assessment of over 30 years of clinical studies in the area of scientifically validated natural medicine, and the links between nutritional deficiencies and disease. Dr Fletcher and Dr Fairfield are not associated with Swisse and do not recommend any specific brand.Q12: Is it normal for the colour of the urine to turn bright yellow from the use of the Swisse formulae?Yes. These are generally surplus B vitamins being excreted. What your body requires for that day is utilised, and the remainder is excreted to prevent build up. This also shows that the tablet/capsule has broken up properly in the body.