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 9 years and older. But you can give children between the ages of 1 and 9 years a dose equaling 50% of the adult serving (i.e. 3 sprays). 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.