Q: Do I need to take vitamins?
A: Ideally, we should be getting all the nutrients our body requires for optimum health from a well-balanced diet. In reality, however, it is unlikely that people actually eat healthy enough to get all the nutrients the body needs. If you are concerned that you are not getting an adequate amount of essential vitamins and minerals from your diet, it is sensible to take dietary supplements. Dietary supplements are available to enhance one’s diet and to help achieve the daily requirements for certain nutrients. Take Hercules Vitamins™ to support proper nutrition to maintain good health.*
Q: How many vitamins are there?
A: There are thirteen (13) identified vitamins: A, C, D, E, K, and the B-complex vitamins. There are (8) in the B group, namely: thiamin (B1), riboflavin (B2), pantothenic acid (B5), pyridoxine (B6), cyanocobalamin (B12), niacin (B3), folic acid (folate) and biotin (H). Each vitamin plays a different role in promoting vital health and well-being.
Q: Should I talk to my doctor about taking vitamin/mineral supplements?
A: Doctors are a great source of knowledge and information and can provide guidance on your diet, vitamin regimen and lifestyle choices. You should always check with your doctor before introducing vitamins or supplements to your diet to determine which may be right for you.
Q: Can I take vitamins if I have a medical condition?
A: Vitamin supplements can play a critical role in helping people with various medical issues.* Some medications may interact with certain dietary supplements.* Anyone taking medications should always check with a doctor or health care professional before taking any vitamins or dietary supplement.
Q: When should I take my vitamins?
A: We recommend taking vitamins with meals to increase absorption and bioavailability, ideally at the same time each day to establish a routine.
Q: How many vitamins should I take?
A: Hercules™ provides recommended dosage on all of our vitamin labels. Your personal physician can help you customize your dosage should you have specific vitamin deficiencies or health requirements.
Q: Can you overdose on vitamins?
A: As with the consumption of food, more is not always better. The most serious risk comes from too much iron, calcium, vitamin A, Vitamin C, and niacin. The risk of developing vitamin toxicity is increased when one exceeds what is considered a generally safe intake of supplements. Please follow daily recommended dietary allowance and adequate intakes or consult your doctor for more information.
Q: Are vitamins safe for everyone?
A: Multivitamins and other over-the-counter vitamins are generally safe to consume at recommended dosages. It is always important to make sure that the dosage is appropriate for one’s age group. Moreover, there are some people whose bodies may have a negative reaction to certain vitamins. Although unlikely, if you develop any negative reaction after beginning a vitamin regimen, discontinue use and consult your doctor or health care professional.
Q: Can children take Hercules Vitamins™?
A: Hercules Vitamins™ are formulated for the 18 and over age group. Adult vitamins and other dietary supplements should be kept out of the reach of children. These dietary supplements may be harmful depending on the child’s age, especially if they contain a certain amount of iron which can cause toxicity in children. Vitamins that are specially formulated for children must be administered by an adult to prevent accidental swallowing over the prescribed dosage. We are excited to announce the introduction of Hercules Vitamins™ for children, appropriate for children 2 and above, coming out soon!
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Q: Why did my urine turn bright yellow after taking vitamins?
A: This occurrence is completely normal. The B vitamins and carotene in your dietary supplement give the urine a brighter yellow color. It simply means that the excess vitamins are being excreted. The body only absorbs what it needs and the excess is consequently flushed out.
Q: Can vitamins affect appetite?
A: Vitamin supplements do not generally have an impact on appetite. However, if a person is deficient in a vitamin that contributes to a loss of appetite, restoring that vitamin balance may cause an improvement to the appetite.
Q: Can I rely on my vitamins when I feel weak and lethargic?
A: Vitamins may improve one's condition if fatigue is caused by vitamin deficiency. There are various Hercules Vitamins™ that promote energy production.* Please refer to our Formula Finder to determine which one is best for you. However, we recommend seeing your doctor to rule out other causes of weakness and lethargy. Vitamins are a part of a healthy lifestyle, but a nutritious diet, exercise and proper sleep all contribute to energy and well-being.
Q: What is the difference between natural and synthetic vitamins? Are Hercules Vitamins™ natural
A: Vitamins are found in food and some are naturally produced in the body and travel through the body under escort by proteins.The proteins act as carriers.Not all vitamins, however, can be produced naturally in the body, such as vitamin B12, for example, which must be delivered through food or dietary supplements.
Q: How should I store my vitamins?
A: Vitamins are sensitive to light, air, moisture and heat. They should be stored in a cool, dry place, but with the exception of probiotics, not in the refrigerator, because they will collect moisture. Keep them out of the reach of children.
Q: Do vitamins lose their potency over time?
A: All vitamins lose their potency over time. However, if they are properly stored, they will be potent and ready to use up until the expiration date. Always check for the expiration date on the packaging and dispose of expired products as is appropriate.
Q: Is the calcium in Hercules™ Multi sourced from shellfish?
A: No, the calcium in Hercules™ Multi is not sourced from shellfish.
Q: Is there any pork in any of the Hercules Vitamins™?
A: No, Hercules Vitamins™ do not contain any pork products.
Q: Does Hercules Vitamins™ contain peanut oil?
A: No, Hercules Vitamins™ do not contain peanut oil.
Q: What is the gelatin source of your soft gels?
A: The gelatin in Hercules Vitamins™, Krill Oil and Fish Oil soft gels is derived from bovine.
Q: Do Hercules Vitamins™ contain eggs?
A: No, Hercules Vitamins™ does not contain eggs, and are lactose free.
Q: Does Hercules Multi contain Lutein and what does it do to the body?
A: Yes, Hercules™ Multi with energizing Ribose contains Lutein. Lutein is a carotenoid that research has found to benefit the eyes and skin.* Recent studies indicate that a diet rich in lutein is able to promote eye health and to support healthy vision.*
Q: Are Hercules Vitamins™ safe for pregnant women and breast feeding mothers?
A: There is no evidence of any adverse effects in taking any of the Hercules Vitamins™, however, we highly recommend that pregnant and lactating women consult their doctor or healthcare practitioner before taking any kind of vitamin or dietary supplement.
Q: What are the benefits of B-complex combined with Vitamin C?
A: Hercules™ B-complex with vitamin C has eight (8) interacting B vitamins, also known as "Stress B". B vitamins help the body obtain energy from food, enhance immune response, enhance the nervous system and red blood cell formation.*
Q: What is ribose? What does it do for the body?
A: D-ribose is a natural monosaccharide added in the Hercules™ Multi for energy production in cells.*
Q: What is resveratrol and what does it do for the body?
A: Resveratrol is a powerful antioxidant derived from grape skins and Japanese knotweed.* It fights free radicals, and promotes mitochondria function.*
Q: Is there Gluten in any of the Hercules Vitamins™?
A: All Hercules Vitamins, with the exception of Hercules Vertox™, are gluten-free. Hercules Vertox™ contains wheat grass and wheat sprout powder which are known to promote general well-being*.
Q: Are Hercules Vitamins™ suitable for vegetarians?
A: With the exception of Hercules™ Krill Oil, Fish Oil and Joint Health, all other vitamins and supplements in the Hercules Vitamins™ product line are suitable for vegetarians.