SmartyPants - Teen Girl! Complete Multivitamin - 120 Gummies
SmartyPants Teen Girl Complete Multivitamin is more than a multivitamin. The future engineer. The gamer. The disrupter. She’s all of this and more, so you’ll want a vitamin that fuels her busy life of adventure. She doesn’t need to slow down. The world needs to keep up. SmartyPants Teen Girl Complete Multivitamin also contains
- Omega 3s
No Junk in These Gummies!
- No Synthetic Colors
- No Artificial Sweeteners
- No Artificial Flavors
- No Artificial Preservatives
- No High Fructose Corn Syrup
- No GMOs
- No Gluten
- No Wheat
- No Eggs
- No Peanuts
- No Soy
- No Dairy
SmartyPants Teen Complete Frequently Asked Questions
What Makes Teen Complete Different?
Teens. They're the ultimate smarty pants. And they think that's awesome (duh). So they created a product to help them push all the buttons they want, bend all the rules they can think of, and think so far out of the box they're in a box of their own (sorry parents…). Because at SmartyPants, they believe the best ideas happen when you dare to be different – when you dare to challenge the status quo.
SmartyPants Teen Complete is not your average vitamin – it's a powerhouse blend of 18 essential nutrients, lutein and zeaxanthin to help protect their eyes from harmful blue light, and omega 3 EPA and DHA fatty acids, all in one hassle-free, delicious package.
Nowadays, there's no escaping the screen, especially the one that is with us wherever they go. SmartyPants'd love to say they always follow the 20/20/20 rules, but let's be honest with ourselves. That doesn't mean they can't help protect their eyes from some of their less-than-perfect habits. SmartyPants Teen Complete is one-of-a-kind in the world of gummy vitamins – they include FloraGLO Lutein and OPTISHARP Zeaxanthin to help protect the eyes from overexposure to damaging blue light typically associated with LED light. Lutein and zeaxanthin help enhance visual performance and is an important nutrient for brain development.
FloraGLO Lutein is the most clinically researched lutein brand worldwide and is sourced from marigolds.
Rather than include 100% of 100 different nutrients, they focused on the nutrients that are hardest for some teenagers to get consistently through diet alone. Like all SmartyPants products, they use the premium form of ingredients that can be readily absorbed by the body whenever possible: folate as methylfolate, vitamin B12 as methylcobalamin, and vitamin D as D3.
And their taste? Well it's out of the world good. Seriously.
Like all their products, SmartyPants Teen Complete is non-GMO, contains no synthetic colors or artificial flavors, sweeteners, or preservatives, and is gluten and allergen-free. SmartyPants' Meg-3 fish oil comes from sustainable stocks of wild-caught small fish. Each batch is third-party lab tested for purity and potency, so you can be sure what you read on their label is what you get in their product.
By combining a full daily multivitamin with lutein, zeaxanthin, and omega 3 fish oil, SmartyPants Teen Complete can help you stay on top of your game.
How Much Lutein and Zeaxanthin Should I Get Per Day? What Foods Are They Found In?
Here's a riddle for you. What are three words that strike fear into any meat lover's heart?
The answer: Eat your greens.
Well, turns out that tried and true platitude your parents told you at every meal is right – at least when it comes to lutein and zeaxanthin.
While there is no recommended dietary allowance (RDA) for either of these critical nutrients yet, most recent clinical studies show health benefits at 10 mg of lutein and 2 mg of zeaxanthin per day for adults 18+. Additional studies suggest a daily intake of 6 mg lutein and 1 mg zeaxanthin for children 2 – 18.
Average lutein and zeaxanthin consumption across the world.
Most Americans only get 0.8 – 1.1 mg of lutein and zeaxanthin from their diet alone. Here's a list of the combined amounts of lutein and zeaxanthin in natural foods:
- Kale (cooked) – 23.8 mg / cup
- Spinach (cooked) – 20.4 mg / cup
- Collard Greens (cooked) – 14.6 mg / cup
- Turnip Greens (cooked) – 12.2 mg / cup
- Broccoli (cooked) – 1.6 mg / cup
- Green Beans (cooked) – 0.8 mg / cup
- Eggs – 0.3 mg / 2 large eggs
What's Your Lutein Level?
The measure of the amount of lutein and zeaxanthin in your eyes is called macular pigment optical density, or MPOD. Low MPOD means less protection from excess blue light.
Talk to your eye care professional about a quick and easy test to measure your MPOD.
What's the Big Deal with Lutein and Zeaxanthin? Why are They Important?
When it comes to lutein and zeaxanthin, two big questions may come to mind: What are they and what do they do?
Long story short: lutein and zeaxanthin are two carotenoids that help support eye health, enhance visual performance, and help protect the eye from overexposure to damaging blue light, often associated with LED screens.
Now that they have your attention, let's get down to the nitty gritty of how lutein and zeaxanthin promote healthy vision.
Located near the center of the retina is an area known as the macula. The pigment in the macula is primarily composed of 3 carotenoids – lutein, zeaxanthin, and meso-zeaxanthin isomers.
SmartyPants' bodies cannot synthetize lutein or zeaxanthin, so these carotenoids must be obtained from food or supplements.
Meso-zeaxanthin is created from metabolizing lutein and is not obtainable from dietary sources. In other words, lutein does double duty, acting as a nutrient itself and acting as the raw material for the synthesis of meso-zeaxanthin.
So what about the macular pigment – how is connected to eye health and visual performance?
The thickness and density of the macular pigment is called the macular pigment optical density (MPOD). The thicker and denser the macular pigment, the better your visual acuity, i.e. your ability to see clearly and in fine detail.
This includes glare recovery, sensitivity to bright lights, contrast sensitivity, and visual processing speed. The macular pigment acts as internal sunglasses for the eyes, absorbing and filtering blue light, the most damaging spectrum of visible light, that is emitted by LED screens on computers, cell phones, tablets, televisions, and etc.
At 10 mg and 2 mg daily, lutein and zeaxanthin are clinically-proven to increase MPOD.
Lutein is also able to cross the blood brain barrier and is the predominant carotenoid found in the brain. Strong emerging science suggests that lutein may serve as a safe and natural support for cognitive function, especially as you age. Lutein is also an important nutrient for brain development and may provide antioxidant protection for the brain.
With 60% of Americans spending more than 5 hours a day on digital devices, it has become increasingly important to get lutein and zeaxanthin in your daily diet.
That's why they include FloraGLO Lutein and OPTISHARP Natural Zeaxanthin in their Masters Complete and Teen Complete products – and they hope to add it to many more of their formulas in the future.
SmartyPants Masters Complete is the only gummy vitamin with clinically-proven doses of lutein and zeaxanthin.
SmartyPants' Teen Complete product contain 6 mg and 1 mg of lutein and zeaxanthin respectively for a safe and efficacious dose for those under 18 years of age.
At SmartyPants, they know ingredients matter – that's why they use the best of the best whenever possible. SmartyPants chose to use FloraGLO Lutein because it is the most clinically researched lutein brand worldwide and was the chosen lutein brand used by the National Eye Institute (NEI) in the landmark AREDS2 study.
SmartyPants know they have to earn your trust, so that's why they work hard to create the best possible product they can. If you have any questions regarding lutein or zeaxanthin, please don't hesitate to ask!
At What Age Should You Switch From Kids Complete to Teen Complete?
The answer to this question is a little fuzzy.
There's no hard and fast rule, or, in this case, age, for when a teenager should make the switch from Kids Complete to Teen Complete. Kids physically mature at different rates and, thus, at different ages.
When a teen makes the switch is more related to weight and physical maturity than age, strictly speaking. There may be some 11 to 12 year olds for whom this product is perfect, but, for others, 14 to 15 years old may be more appropriate.
Please consult your child's primary healthcare provider to determine when your child should make the switch from Kids Complete to Teen Complete.
How is Teen Complete Different from Kids Complete?
SmartyPants Teen Complete differs from their Kids Complete in 3 ways.
The first is the inclusion of FloraGLO Lutein and OPTISHARP Natural Zeaxanthin in their Teen Complete supplements. Lutein and zeaxanthin are the two primary carotenoids of the macular pigment that are essential for eye health. Click here to learn more about lutein and zeaxanthin.
The second is the addition of 4 additional minerals in Teen Girl and Teen Guy Complete. SmartyPants include 50% of the DV for selenium, manganese, chromium, and molybdenum in both products.
The third is the amounts they include in both their Kids and Teen products – vitamin A, C, D, and E, the B vitamins, and iodine and zinc. The levels for each nutrient differ across products to match the nutritional demands of the target demographic, with consideration to average intake of the nutrient is in the Western diet, the latest recommended dietary allowances (RDAs), and the latest science and advice from leading nutritional experts.
How Are Teen Guy and Teen Girl Complete Different?
SmartyPants Teen Guy Complete and Teen Girl Complete differ in two major ways – the amount of zinc and biotin in each product and the inclusion of vitamin K as K2 (MK7) in their Teen Girl Complete.
SmartyPants' Teen Guy Complete and Teen Girl Complete contain different levels of zinc and biotin. See the chart below for a comparison.
||Teen Guy Complete
||Teen Girl Complete |
||11 mg (100% DV)
||7.3 mg (67% DV)|
||30 mcg (100% DV)
||60 mcg (200% DV)|
SmartyPants' Teen Girl Complete also contains 24 mcg or 20% DV of vitamin K2 as premium MK7, the form of K2 that lasts the longest in the blood stream. Vitamin K2 is not included in their Teen Guy Complete.
Each SmartyPants formula is carefully customized to match the specific nutritional demands of their target demographic. SmartyPants consider a wide range of conditions when crafting each product – including the age and sex of the intended user, the average intake of the nutrient in the Western diet, the latest recommended dietary allowances (RDAs), and the latest science and advice from leading nutritional experts, all with consideration to cost.
That being said, their Teen Complete products are similar in many ways – both contain FloraGLO Lutein and OPTISHARP Natural Zeaxanthin at the dose and ratio recommended by experts and backed by science and omega 3 fish oil as premium EPA and DHA fatty acids.
Additionally, both products include at least 18 essential nutrients, including vitamins A, C, D, and E, all 8 major B vitamins, and 6 essential minerals. Neither products contain iron, as they are the leading cause of supplemental overdose and they didn't feel it would be responsible to include it in a product that tasted so good.
Why Should Teenagers Have Their Own Supplement? What Nutrients Are Most Important for Teens?
Remember puberty? Yeah, that's why. Let's all get it out of the way and say hello to that very awkward, lurking elephant in the room.
In addition to all the mental and emotional changes involved, “growing up” involves a whole lot of physical changes too. Those changes are very different from the changes a child or adult goes through and go hand in hand with a teenager's nutritional demands.
While all essential nutrients are important to growing teens, making sure they get plenty of omega 3 fatty acids, fiber, B-vitamins, calcium, iron, and zinc is especially important.
Especially since, according to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2015, the Average Daily Intake (ADI) of dark green vegetables, whole grains, and seafood for adolescents 9-18 fell well below the recommended dietary allowances (RDAs) across the board, regardless of biological sex or ethnicity.
On average teens between the ages of 11 – 17 do not meet the dietary recommendations for fruits, vegetables, and calcium-rich foods and are often low in iron.
Refining, processing, and cooking can remove many of the nutrients contained in foods, like grains and vegetables.
Eating a wide variety of foods and eating more whole, unprocessed foods is the best way to incorporate all the nutrients you need into your and your teen's diet. That being said, for the days when that extra greasy pepperoni pizza is just too delicious to pass up for dinner, dietary supplements can be an awesome nutritional safety net for the whole family.
Why Should Teenagers Be Concerened with Eye Health? Aren't They Too Young to Be Worried About That?
To put it simply – they love their electronic gadgets.
From their 4K LED HD TVs (wow that's a lot of acronyms) to their Fitbit and apple watches, they are constantly connected to their digital devices. Think about it – how many times have you opened your phone calculator to figure out how much to tip at a restaurant?
60% of Americans use a digital device for more than 5 hours a day.
And more digital devices means more blue light in their lives. In fact, 33% of kids use a digital device for more than 3 hours a day. Blue light is a major concern in today's digital age. The more time you spend staring at a screen, the more you could be affecting your eyes from excess blue light.
All screen devices emit high energy blue light, so their eyes are more vulnerable to potential damage than ever before.
So yes, while teens are young, they are not too young to worry about digital eye strain and eye fatigue, which can manifest in headaches, dry eyes, and blurred vision. SmartyPants can't detach from technology completely – it's just not feasible in their increasingly digitized world – but a few simple behavioral changes can help relieve some of those unpleasant symptoms.
- Try the 20/20/20 rule – for every 20 minutes on a digital device, look 20 feet away for 20 seconds. This can help reduce the strain on your eyes.
- Be sure to have good ambient lighting when using a digital device. SmartyPants get it, most people like to watch movies or television in the dark. SmartyPants do too. But when you're reading the news, scrolling through your feed, or playing an intense game of Words with Friends, make sure you're in a well-lit environment.
- Keep your eyes as far away from the screen as possible. SmartyPants know it's tempting to bring your phone as close to your face as humanly possible, but remember, personal space applies to your screens as much as it applies to Ken, the door-to-door salesman.
- Make sure you're getting enough lutein and zeaxanthin – the two primary carotenoids that help your eyes – in your diet, whether through food or a high-quality supplement. They help act as internal sunglasses for the eyes and help protect them from the harmful effects of blue light.
Where Does Blue Light Come From? Why is it Bad for My Eyes?
Blue light is everywhere. And they mean everywhere. The sun, your kitchen lightbulbs, and your cell phone all emit blue light. Digital devices, however, emit blue light in significantly high concentrations than natural sources of light. Coupled with the fact that they are spending more time on more digital devices each day, their eyes are more vulnerable to potential damage from blue light than ever before.
Nearly every light source – whether natural or artificial – emits blue light. It's everywhere and it's unavoidable.
To understand blue light, it's important to understand how visible light is measured. Visible light is part of something called the electromagnetic spectrum. The electromagnetic spectrum is a set of waves measured in nanometers (nm) and classified by wavelength. Think of it as a ladder. At the bottom of the ladder are high energy waves such as ultraviolet light and x-rays (0.01 to 360 nm). In the middle of the ladder are waves they call visible light (380 nm to 760 nm). At the top of the ladder are low energy waves such as radio waves, micro waves, and infrared waves (760 nm and up).
Visible light is the portion of the electromagnetic spectrum detected by the human eye. This portion of the electromagnetic spectrum is where color enters their life.
Waves below 380 nm are absorbed by your lens and cornea, so they do not usually reach the back of your retina where your macular pigment and photoreceptors are located. Waves from 500 nm and up – think your greens, yellows, oranges, and reds – are less energetic and therefore cause less damage to your eyes.
Blue light, on the other hand, runs between 380 to 500 nm wavelengths. So blue light lives in an awkward spot on the electromagnetic spectrum – it's not energetic enough to be filtered out but it is energetic enough to cause damage to your eyes, specifically your macular pigment.
Of all the colors in the light spectrum, blue is the hardest on your eyes.
While it's impossible to completely avoid exposure to blue light, help protect your eyes from its damaging effects by getting plenty of lutein and zeaxanthin in your diet, either from foods like spinach, eggs, broccoli, red and yellow peppers, and corn or from high-quality supplements like SmartyPants Masters Complete and Teen Complete.
The SmartyPants Story & Mission
All for One. One for All. It's All Good.
From the start, SmartyPants Vitamins has been about family, authenticity and a core commitment to their collective well-being.
"SmartyPants saw an opportunity to help us all be a bit healthier, to help their fellow humans—be they employees, customers, partners, investors or grant recipients—and to have a lot of fun along the way. That way they all profit." -Courtney & Gordon, CoFounders & CoCEOs of SmartyPants Vitamins
The Good Gummy
At SmartyPants, they're all about simplifying health. SmartyPants' gummy obsession started because they believed that the very best vitamins are all in one: premium ingredients delivered in a delicious package and sold at a fair price. SmartyPants combine nutrients like omega 3 EPA and DHA fatty acids and vitamin D3 with a full multivitamin to save you money, time, and peace of mind.
The people they care most about take these gummies, so they wake up every day trying to make them better and better. That's why all SmartyPants are non-GMO, allergen-free, and made with eco-friendly ingredients. They contain no synthetic colors or artificial flavors or sweeteners, and each batch is third-party lab tested for purity and potency.
SmartyPants' goal, good health for the real world. All of it.
SmartyPants' Core Values
You should know. You have a right to know what it is you are feeding yourself and those you care about most.
SmartyPants have an obligation. SmartyPants have a legal and moral responsibility to tell you exactly what their products contain, and to do their utmost to ensure that their products contain exactly what they tell you they do.
That is the front line of transparency for us as a company. SmartyPants get it that a lot of companies are talking about transparency at the moment, and that's a good thing. They should. People should demand that of the brands they give their trust to. In that spirit, they are going to do their best to furnish you with all the information they can, in a way that doesn't require a PhD, about their process and their product. At the same time they are safeguarding, through careful attention and testing, that what goes out in the bottle is what they say it is, and that it is safe, pure and healthy.
SmartyPants want you to hear what's in their products, see where they come from, know why they put them there, and understand why they leave certain things out. Because they want you to question. SmartyPants want you to know. And they believe that when you understand why they've made the choices that they have, they'll have earned your trust.
"Excellence means when a man or woman asks of himself more than others do."
Though the term is defined many other ways, this is the form of excellence that they at SmartyPants aspire to. A quality that does not seek to denigrate their peers but instead pushes them to be better by demanding something better of ourselves.
SmartyPants do not want a world where they are in the minority; making eco-friendly, sustainable products, providing nutrient grants to those in need, choosing only the best ingredients for their customers. SmartyPants make these choices because they believe they should be the norm, and they hope by setting that expectation for ourselves others might follow. SmartyPants hope that by maintaining such standards, others will see that it can be done.
SmartyPants' conflict, you see, is not with their competitors – it is with the status quo.
For us, excellence is not about who reaches the top first and holds it longest – it's about who blazes the trail and makes it possible for the rest of us to find their way. This is the excellence they admire in others and the excellence they expect of ourselves.
In the popular imagination, "transformation" as a concept seems to have become limited to personal transformation – a change from poor to wealthy, from miserable to happy. And while there is nothing necessarily wrong with these goals, they are not the types of transformation that SmartyPants is most concerned with.
SmartyPants value the transformation of a person becoming less preoccupied with themselves and more interested in those around them. This is not to say that they believe people are generally selfish or that they should neglect themselves in favor of others. SmartyPants believe the opposite – that when people are in poor health, their natural impulse to care for others becomes impaired. Pain – whether it's chronic or fleeting, searing or dull, mild or wild – is infinitely distracting. The only way out is to tend to their own health so that they can then give quality attention to others.
SmartyPants' mission at SmartyPants is to make it a heck of a lot easier for you to do both. Here's how.
For every bottle of SmartyPants sold, they make a 1-for-1 nutrient grant to Vitamin Angels. With one act, you give yourself key nutrients helpful in reaching optimum health, and give the same to someone else. You get and you give. Each bottle is a little act of transformation – helping transform not only yourself into a healthy, happy person, but also into someone who can extend that same gift to countless others.