We all agree that to thrive, you need lots of whole plants.
After all, a diverse diet of whole plants provides almost every vitamin and mineral required.
The fact is, even the most diverse plant-based diets may not adequately provide a few critical micronutrients: Vitamin B12, Vitamin D3, and DHA/EPA. (That's because these nutrients come from bacteria, the sun's rays, and algae — things we do not always consume a lot of.)
At the same time, you don't need a whole multivitamin — plants are packed with nutrients! There's simply no reason to supplement with the vitamins and minerals that, if you're eating a reasonably diverse, whole food, plant-based diet, you're already getting in abundance.
In fact, with all the fillers and unnecessary mega-doses most multivitamins contain, it's quite possible they do more harm than good. It's time to stop thinking about supplementing.
Instead, you only need to complement your plant-based diet... with the three essential nutrients you might be missing, and nothing else.
So we put those nutrients in a bottle — nothing more, nothing less — to ensure the health and happiness of every member in our tribe.
Finally - a simple, clean, pleasant way to complement a whole foods, plant-powered diet and get the nutrients you need to thrive! I take Complement every day, and so do my twin sons. My kids don’t like swallowing pills, and the truth is, neither do I. But because it’s a spray, we all enjoy Complement. It’s simple, clean, and effective. No GMOS, and no junk. Just critical nutrients, all combined perfectly, in one place.
Attaining adequate sources of B12, D3, and DHA/EPA is critical to ensuring your plant-based diet is protecting your health for the long run. I'm excited that Complement finally provides a way to get all three of these essential nutrients that's as easy as a few sprays on your favorite vegan dish!"
Dr. Joel Kahn, MD - Preventative Cardiologist, Professor of Medicine, and Best-Selling Author
As practicing plant-based dietician and a busy vegan mom, I love that Complement is an all-in-one solution that meets our family's needs. I feel confident that it is safe, and I love that it is designed by vegans, for vegans, with everything we need and nothing we don't. Plus, the spray makes it so easy to fortify my family's food!
Dr. Pamela Fergusson, RD, PhD - Plant-based dietitian, wellness expert, and Director of Science and Education at Lightdrop
Introducing the world's first plant-based Complement™
1. a thing that completes or brings to perfection.
Complement™ brings together, in one place, the three essential nutrients that are missing from a reasonably diverse, whole food plant-based diet — it's everything you need to complement your diet, and nothing you don't.
Our liquid formula is the purest possible form of these nutrients — without the fillers, additives, and excipients found in many pills. Even better, because it's a spray, you can "fortify your own food" with Complement™ in order to maximize absorption: just add your daily serving of Complement™ to salad, a smoothie, or any other food you wish to fortify.
Just four all-natural ingredients. And no gluten, artificial fillers, additives, or preservatives!
Complement is sustainably crafted in small batches in California!
We're 100% vegan, and so is our product!
Made with organic, non-GMO ingredients, and tested for purity.
... Can your supplement brand say all that?
What does our tribe think?
I didn't know I wasn't getting EPA and DHA by eating ground flax seed. Also I could not find any products with EPA/DHA that wasn't derived from fish oil... Thank you so much for putting this product together. You will make it much easier to help vegans get these important supplements without the unnecessary ingredients.
I have a great doctor who is vegan as well. She had directed me a year ago to take those very things that are in Complement. So I've been buying them (very pricey)! Very excited to get all of them together now in Complement! :)
This is so worth it because I trust you, it's a spray which makes it easier to take, and it contains 3 things I know I need to supplement (Complement) on a vegan diet. So thank you for bringing this awesome product to market.
There are a lot of nutrients we could have included in Complement™. But those who know the value of a whole-food, plant-based diet know that more isn't necessarily better. Our team, led by our Director of Science and Education, a Ph.D. in Nutrition and a plant-based registered dietician, ultimately decided that the original formulation of Complement™ should include only those essential nutrients not found in plants, so that you can get the rest of your nutrients from your food, the way nature intended. Here's why top doctors and researchers in the plant-based community believe it's so important to get each of the three nutrients Complement™ provides:
Life relies on soil, but the life in our soil isn't what it used to be. Soil bacteria produce Vitamin B12 — which is essential for humans in order to protect neural health and reduce inflammation. But modern agriculture and other human behaviors decimate these bacterial colonies that produce B12. On top of that, in our super-sanitized world, we thoroughly wash food, which further reduces the chances of ingesting a sufficient amount of B12 through natural sources.
Vitamin B12 deficiency is common among people following a plant-based diet. In a review including 13 studies with vegan participants, 10 studies reported at least 20% of vegan participants were B12 deficient. Vitamin B12 is required for proper red blood cell formation, neurological function, and DNA synthesis, and for avoiding pernicious anemia.
Complement™ contains 1,000 mcg of B12 (methylcobalamin) per daily serving.
We love nature and spending time outdoors. But we also wear clothing, and most of us work inside during daylight hours. That means our natural ability to soak up the sun's rays is limited, and as a result, many of us — regardless of dietary pattern — might be deficient in Vitamin D. Scientific evidence suggests that being “D-ficient” may increase the risk of various chronic diseases, from osteoporosis to heart disease, some cancers, and even multiple sclerosis.
Getting enough Vitamin D is essential to prevent diseases like rickets and osteomalacia, and recently researchers have discovered that higher levels of Vitamin D may be beneficial in preventing a host of conditions, including fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, upper respiratory tract infections, premenstrual syndrome, polycystic ovary disease, psoriasis, muscle weakness, lower back pain, diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma, and cancer.
Complement™ provides 2,000 IU of the only truly vegan D3 available (Vitashine) per daily serving.
We've all heard of the importance of Omega-3's, but vegan food sources like flax and chia seeds don't provide two essential types — namely DHA and EPA. Seeds provide ALA Omega-3's, and are an amazing addition to your plate, but vegans may not adequately intake DHA and EPA, which are critical for cardiovascular and brain health (nor do most people adequately convert ALA into DHA and EPA).
Omega-3’s play a key role in nearly every cell of your body. As such, a daily intake of these essential fatty acids is critical for optimal functioning — from regulating your cholesterol levels to powering your nervous system. Omega-3's may also help to prevent rheumatoid arthritis, ADHD, asthma, and depression. One of the most important functions, which we are just recently beginning to appreciate, is controlling the low-grade, systemic inflammation that is tied to many chronic diseases.
Complement™ includes 275 mg of DHA and 140mg of EPA, per daily serving, sourced from lab-grown algae to ensure purity.
We want you to love Complement™ as much as we do. If within 30 days of receiving your order, you're not absolutely thrilled with the degree to which Complement™ has completely simplified the process of supplementing your plant-based diet, just send us back the bottle and we'll refund 100% of your purchase price, no questions asked.
We're here to strengthen this movement that we so strongly believe in — so we're not happy until you are.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Complement™ vegan?
Yes, Complement™ is vegan and cruelty-free. (And so are we.) All of the ingredients are sourced from plants, bacteria, minerals or algae.
Is Complement™ organic?
Yes! Complement™ is made with organic, non-GMO ingredients; it is free of artificial fillers, additives, and preservatives. (And it's sustainably crafted in small-batches in California!)
What other ingredients are in Complement?
In addition to the D3, B12, and DHA/EPA, there is Deionized Water, Natural Citrus Flavor, Non-GMO Sunflower Lecithin, and Vitamin E (a natural preservative). Oh, and there's pure love! There is absolutely no coconut, palm, or MCT oil. No carrageenan and nothing artificial.
Who actually produces Complement™?
We have partnered with Health Specialties Manufacturing (HSM), a subsidiary of The GHT Companies, to manufacture Complement™. We have toured every inch of HSM’s facility, which is cGMP certified, Health Canada-licensed, and FDA-registered. One of the most important factors in our choice of HSM is their quality-assurance capabilities, which covers every step of the manufacturing process, from vetting sources of raw ingredients to testing the finished goods. HSM’s state-of-the-art methods include, but are not limited to, Infrared Scanning (FTIR) and High Pressure Liquid Chromatography (HPLC). After spending months working with the senior leadership at HSM, we could not be more excited about the level of expertise and experience that HSM brings to producing Complement™ in a way that meets our exacting standards.
Who is Lightdrop?
Learn more about our (all-vegan) team here!
Can my children take Complement™?
The full dose of Complement™ is optimized for adults and children 12 years and older. Breastfeeding mothers of children 0-12 months of age can use Complement™ to build their own nutrient stores so that their milk can contain adequate amounts of these important nutrients. If you have any questions about your child's nutritional needs, we encourage you to speak with your pediatrician and/or dietitian.
I'd prefer to take pills. Do you offer Complement™ in pill form?
We formulated Complement as a liquid spray because that’s the purest way to offer these nutrients. Most people don’t realize that capsules are full of preservatives, fillers, and excipients — many of which are unavoidable byproducts of creating a pill. But, by creating a liquid, we are able to include only the purest ingredients, and none of the extra stuff... not to mention allowing vegans to fortify their own foods by adding the spray to a smoothie, salad, or anything else! All of that said, we understand that some people prefer pills, and for that reason we plan to produce a capsule or gel cap form of Complement™ in the near future.
Can I spray directly into my mouth? Can I spray it onto my food?
Complement™ has a pleasant citrus taste and can be sprayed into your mouth. You can also fortify your own food by adding Complement™ to a smoothie, salad, or power bowl! To preserve the high quality ingredients and potency of the nutrients, it is best to spray Complement™ on to cold or warm foods (not hot) and enjoy within 20 minutes. (For the same reasons, please refrain from cooking Complement™!)
Can I take Complement™ together with my multivitamin or other supplements?
Complement™, together with a whole food, plant-based diet, will provide you with the nutrients you need to thrive. Formulated for optimal nutrient intake, Complement™ is safe and non-toxic when taken as directed. If you take another supplement that contains any of the nutrients found in Complement™, you may exceed the tolerable upper intake for that nutrient. Speak with your doctor if you have any questions about how Complement™ works with any other supplements or medications you are taking.
I have a nut allergy, can I take Complement™?
Yes, Complement™ is nut-free.
I have a gluten allergy, can I take Complement™?
Yes, Complement™ is gluten-free.
Can I take Complement™ on an empty stomach?
Complement™ is designed to be taken with food to maximize nutrient absorption.
Why doesn't Complement™ include iodine or zinc?
The philosophy behind Complement™ is simple: to provide all of the nutrients that aren’t found in a reasonably diverse plant-based diet. That’s why we call it a “complement” — it’s not about adding more of the nutrients that are already found in plants (that would be a supplement!), it’s about filling the gaps that might exist. That’s why we excluded zinc and iodine from the Complement™ formulation. It might be harder to source those nutrients through whole foods than to get them in a supplement, but it’s nonetheless very possible, and we always want to encourage folks to consume nutrients in whole food form!
The good news is that it is not too difficult to meet the RDA of 150 mcg of iodine on a plant-based diet. For example, one medium potato contains about 60 mcg of iodine, and 4 ounces of cranberries contain 400 mcg of iodine. One of the easiest ways of getting iodine in your diet is by adding a small amount of iodized salt to your food, though this will also add sodium. You might also consider sprinkling kelp flakes on your salads and power bowls to up your iodine intake.
Zinc is available from a wide range of plant-foods, including legumes, tempeh, and tofu, along with many nuts, seeds, and grains. It can also be derived from a variety of fortified products, like plant-based milks, many cereals and even certain meat-substitutes. And there are ways to maximize absorption — like soaking and sprouting beans and grains and roasting nuts; this reduces the level of phytates, which are “blocking agents” inhibiting your ability to absorb zinc. If you’re concerned about getting enough zinc, make sure you are eating zinc-rich plant foods each day, and take steps, like soaking and sprouting, to reduce phytates when preparing foods at home.
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