When it comes to vitamins, there is no shortage of companies offering everything from products that just contain vitamins, to those that have vitamins with minerals, and all the way to “kitchen-sink” formulations that include vitamins and minerals with “value-added” ingredients. As if the formulations aren’t enough to intimidate, confuse, and frustrate even the most savvy supplement shopper, the lack of consensus among manufacturers in the definition and usage of marketing terms like “food-based,” “farm-fresh,” “food-state,” “real food,” “raw,” “natural,” or “whole-food” to describe multivitamin products makes finding the multivitamin supplement that’s right for your family’s needs more challenging than finding the proverbial needle in the haystack.

Vitamin Forms: Synthetic, Fermented, Food-Sourced, and Whole-Food

Vitamin Guide - Different forms of Vitamins - Synthetic, Cultured, Food-Sourced, Whole-Food

At NutriGold, we recognize that you deserve to have all of the information you need to make an informed purchasing decision, especially when that decision has the potential to impact the health and overall wellness of loved ones. So, although we cannot control how other companies choose to formulate, label, or market their multivitamin products, what we can do is provide clarification on how we define the terms that we use to describe and market our multivitamin products.

It is our hope that the clarification provided below will not only help you understand and appreciate our products, but will empower you with the knowledge you need to evaluate multivitamin products by other brands as well. Most multivitamin formulations contain vitamins and minerals in one or more of these forms:

  • Synthetic vitamins:

    These are vitamins that are synthesized in labs from industrial chemicals and solvents.
  • Fermented/cultured vitamins:

    These are synthetic vitamins that are fermented in yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae), probiotics, and other nutrients to help transform the synthetic, isolated vitamins to a more bioavailable form.
  • Food-sourced/food-derived vitamins:

    These are vitamins that are extracted/standardized from food.
  • Whole-food vitamins:

    These are vitamins that are full-spectrum concentrates of foods naturally rich in those vitamins. A simple way to think of whole-food nutrients is to think of them as sources where “nothing is taken out (except maybe water) and nothing is added.”

NutriGold Whole-Food Vitamins

A key principle that guides multivitamin formulation at NutriGold is, “let thy food be thy medicine, let thy medicine be thy food.” This is the reason NutriGold multivitamin products do NOT contain any vitamins in synthetic, isolated, fractionated forms; the vitamins (and minerals) are either in fermented, food-sourced, or whole-food forms.

  • At NutriGold, our first preference always is to use vitamins and minerals from whole-foods because they are more bioavailable than vitamins from other sources and contain all of the co-factors/co-nutrients required for optimal assimilation.
  • If a whole-food source is not available, we choose food-sourced vitamins that have the benefit of being from a traditional food source, but may not have all the co-factors required for absorption.
  • We include fermented vitamins to complete/round-out our multivitamin formulation to ensure that it delivers therapeutic amounts of the micro and macro nutrients in a form that may not be as bioavailable as whole-food and food-sourced nutrients, but represents an improvement over synthetic, isolated vitamins.

Composition of Vitamin C GOLD

Vitamin C GOLD is a proprietary, gentle, nourishing blend of antioxidant-rich fruits and berries that provide an organic and completely natural source of whole-food vitamin C. Please find below the list of nutrients in our Vitamin C GOLD and clarification on the source/form of vitamin C in the product.

Nutrient Synthetic Form Fermented Form Organic, Whole-Food Form
Vitamin C 0% 0% 100%
Bioflavanoids 0% 0% 100%

Composition of Folate GOLD

Folate GOLD is an organic, whole-food form of vitamin B9 (as folate) concentrated from lemon peel. Please find below the list of nutrients in our Folate GOLD and clarification on the source/form of vitamin B9 in the product.

Nutrient Synthetic Form Fermented Form Organic, Whole-Food Form
Folate 0% 0% 100%

Composition of B-Complex GOLD

B-Complex GOLD is a gentle, nourishing blend of fermented and whole-food vitamins in a highly bioavailable form. Please find below the list of nutrients in our B-Complex GOLD and clarification on their source/form:

Nutrient Synthetic Form Fermented Form Organic, Whole-Food Form
Vitamin B1 - Thiamin 0% 0% 100%
Vitamin B2 - Riboflavin 0% 0% 100%
Vitamin B3 - Niacin 0% 78% 22%
Vitamin B5 - Pantothenic Acid 0% 0% 100%
Vitamin B6 - Pyridoxine 0% 0% 100%
Vitamin B9 - Folate 0% 0% 100%
Biotin 0% 100% 0%
B-12 (as Methylcobalamin) 0% 100% 0%
Choline 0% 100% 0%
PABA 0% 100% 0%
Inositol 0% 100% 0%

The vitamins in the B-Complex GOLD are partly from whole-food AND partly from fermented sources. This is because our proprietary, organic, whole-food blend provides 100% or greater of 5 nutrients, smaller amounts (<25%) of 1 nutrient, and virtually none of the remaining 5 nutrients. Where the organic blend provides less than 100% of the micro/macro nutrients, we use fermented nutrients to round out the potencies and ensure that the recommended daily dosage provides 100% DV of all micro and macro nutrients.


Composition of Men’s Multi GOLD

Men’s Multi GOLD is a gentle, nourishing blend of fermented and whole-food vitamins in a highly bioavailable form. Please find below the list of nutrients in our Men’s Multi GOLD and clarification on their source/form:

Nutrient Synthetic Form Fermented Form Organic, Whole-Food Form
Vitamin C 0% 0% 100%
Vitamin E 0% 0% 100%
Vitamin B1 - Thiamin 0% 0% 100%
Vitamin B2 - Riboflavin 0% 0% 100%
Vitamin B5 - Pantothenic Acid 0% 0% 100%
Vitamin B6 - Pyridoxine 0% 0% 100%
Vitamin B9 - Folate 0% 0% 100%
Vitamin B3 - Niacin 0% 24% 76%
Biotin 0% 8% 92%
Zinc 0% 88% 12%
Selenium 0% 75% 25%
Copper 0% 62% 38%
Manganese 0% 75% 25%
Vitamin D3 0% 100% 0%
Vitamin K2 0% 100% 0%
Vitamin B12 0% 100% 0%
Iodine 0% 100% 0%
Magnesium 0% 100% 0%
Chromium 0% 100% 0%
Molybdenum 0% 100% 0%
Vanadium 0% 100% 0%
PABA 0% 100% 0%
Choline 0% 100% 0%
Inositol 0% 100% 0%

Our Men’s Multi GOLD contains vitamins and minerals from whole-food AND fermented sources. This is because our proprietary, organic, whole-food blend provides 100% or greater of 7 nutrients, smaller amounts (<25%) of 7 nutrients, and virtually none of the remaining 11 nutrients. Where the organic blend provides less than 100% of the micro/macro nutrients, we use fermented nutrients to round out the potencies and ensure that the recommended daily dosage of 4 capsules provides 100% DV of all micro and macro nutrients (the only exception is copper, which is at 50% DV).


Composition of Prenatal Multi GOLD

Prenatal Multi GOLD is a gentle, nourishing blend of fermented and whole-food vitamins in a highly bioavailable form. Please find below the list of nutrients in our Prenatal Multi GOLD and clarification on their source/form:

Nutrient Synthetic Form Fermented Form Organic, Whole-Food Form
Vitamin C 0% 0% 100%
Vitamin E 0% 0% 100%
Vitamin B1 - Thiamin 0% 0% 100%
Vitamin B2 - Riboflavin 0% 0% 100%
Vitamin B5 - Pantothenic Acid 0% 0% 100%
Vitamin B6 - Pyridoxine 0% 0% 100%
Vitamin B9 - Folate 0% 0% 100%
Vitamin B3 - Niacin 0% 24% 76%
Biotin 0% 8% 92%
Iron 0% 50% 50%
Zinc 0% 88% 12%
Selenium 0% 75% 25%
Copper 0% 62% 38%
Manganese 0% 75% 25%
Vitamin D3 0% 100% 0%
Vitamin K2 0% 100% 0%
Vitamin B12 0% 100% 0%
Iodine 0% 100% 0%
Magnesium 0% 100% 0%
Chromium 0% 100% 0%
Molybdenum 0% 100% 0%
Vanadium 0% 100% 0%
PABA 0% 100% 0%
Choline 0% 100% 0%
Inositol 0% 100% 0%

Composition of Women’s Multi GOLD

Women’s Multi GOLD is a gentle, nourishing blend of fermented and whole-food vitamins in a highly bioavailable form. Please find below the list of nutrients in our Women’s Multi GOLD and clarification on their source/form:

Nutrient Synthetic Form Fermented Form Organic, Whole-Food Form
Vitamin C 0% 0% 100%
Vitamin E 0% 0% 100%
Vitamin B1 - Thiamin 0% 0% 100%
Vitamin B2 - Riboflavin 0% 0% 100%
Vitamin B5 - Pantothenic Acid 0% 0% 100%
Vitamin B6 - Pyridoxine 0% 0% 100%
Vitamin B9 - Folate 0% 0% 100%
Vitamin B3 - Niacin 0% 24% 76%
Biotin 0% 8% 92%
Iron 0% 50% 50%
Zinc 0% 88% 12%
Selenium 0% 75% 25%
Copper 0% 62% 38%
Manganese 0% 75% 25%
Vitamin D3 0% 100% 0%
Vitamin K2 0% 100% 0%
Vitamin B12 0% 100% 0%
Iodine 0% 100% 0%
Magnesium 0% 100% 0%
Chromium 0% 100% 0%
Molybdenum 0% 100% 0%
Vanadium 0% 100% 0%
PABA 0% 100% 0%
Choline 0% 100% 0%
Inositol 0% 100% 0%

Our Women’s Multi GOLD contains vitamins and minerals from whole-food AND fermented sources. This is because our proprietary, organic, whole-food blend provides 100% or greater of 7 nutrients, smaller amounts (<25%) of 7 nutrients, and virtually none of the remaining 11 nutrients. Where the organic blend provides less than 100% of the micro/macro nutrients, we use fermented nutrients to round out the potencies and ensure that the recommended daily dosage of 4 capsules provides 100% DV of all micro and macro nutrients (the only exception is copper, which is at 50% DV).