What are the active ingredients in Multiforce?

Two sources of calcium (calcium citrate and calcium phosphate), two sources of magnesium (magnesium citrate and magnesium phosphate) and two sources of potassium (potassium citrate and potassium bicarbonate). Also included is an ingredient which yields some vitamin C for absorption. We have included organic calcium to aid calcium absorption.

How can an alkaline supplement benefit your health?

A balanced acid-base ratio as well as optimum vitamin and nutrition are the main pillars of a healthy metabolism. Due to our modern diets and lifestyles we tend to form too much acid since much of what we eat is acid-forming in the body. Stress and lack of sleep are also culprits in raising our internal acid levels, as is dehydration. In addition, weight loss diets and fasting also tend to facilitate the formation of acids. Stress and exercise also affect your body’s pH. When you start exercising your body can keep up with the oxygen demands from your muscles. But if you continue long and hard enough you will go into an anaerobic state and your muscles form lactic acid that builds up, affecting the pH of the bloodstream.

This excess acidity has a negative impact on our health, both in the short term and long term. Symptoms such as aching muscles and joints, headaches, dry and itchy skin, heartburn and can occur.

By including an alkaline mineral supplement in your daily regime you are giving your body the alkaline minerals it needs to be able to remove excess acidity from the body and helping it to maintain its optimum acid/alkaline balance.

How does Multiforce assist the body in balancing its pH?

Acid-alkaline balance is necessary for normal metabolic processes. Blood pH is maintained between 7.35 to 7.45. This is a continual moving equilibrium. All metabolic processes are run in specific pH ranges. The body has different mechanisms to balance the body pH namely respiration (breathing rate increases to exhale more CO2), kidneys excrete acid directly into the urine (pH becomes more acidic) and buffers in the blood neutralize excess acids.

If the body cannot compensate, alkaline forming minerals are leached from the bones or alternatively acid is displaced into the connective tissue. Both of these do irreparable damage to your skeletal system.

How can you counteract this? By a daily supply of basic minerals to protect the base deposits in the bones and to prevent the further depositing of excess acids in the connective tissue and even joints.

What is the mechanism of action of Multiforce relating to the acid-alkaline balance?

Everyday processes such as walking, talking, thinking, digesting food and our overall metabolism creates acid as a by-product. In addition, our current diets which lean towards a high intake of proteins, sugar, refined carbohydrates and alcohol, and low intake of fruits and vegetables create additional acidity in the body. If there are insufficient buffering actions taking place, especially by the bicarbonates in the blood, the excess acid will be deposited in the connective tissues or valuable minerals will be leached from the bones to neutralize the acids. Multiforce supplies the minerals as well as the citrate forms of them which are systemic alkalizing agents.

When must I take Multiforce?

It’s good to get into a routine, so it’s recommended you take it before a meal, but absorption of this great tasting supplement and all the good things it contains does not depend on whether you have eaten or not.

If you’re enjoying your Multiforce once a day, we recommend you take it at night simply because while you sleep your body is doing its best repair and rebuilding work and the minerals in Multiforce are very helpful then.

Alternatively, you can enjoy Multiforce before or after your main meal of the day. Note that while absorption is not dependent on food, it could however be beneficial for some of the constituents to be taken on an empty stomach (such as the organic calcium).

How must I take Multiforce?

Multiforce can be taken in some water, a hot drink or even a smoothie - it is incredibly versatile! The minerals in Multiforce need the fluid in order to be absorbed by the body. We recommend drinking 60 fl. oz. (or half a gallon) of fluid during the day.

The effect of Multiforce is independent of the medium and fruit juice or other fluid would be fine (we believe there is no interaction between Multiforce and bodily fluids or ingested foods or liquids). Multiforce is absorbed out of the stomach and converted by the liver to bicarbonate which then causes the systemic alkalinizing effect.

What is the difference between Multiforce and other alkalizing products (antacids)?

Multiforce is a multi-mineral supplement with many important minerals present (Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium) that are essential for you to obtain a healthy natural acid-base balance in your body.

Multiforce is better long term due to the minerals and the beneficial effect they have, especially in the citrate form (as we consume too few vegetables and fruit).

Multiforce is indicated more for long term use due to it being a multi-mineral and a systemic alkalizing agent.

Further, in a powder form, it is better absorbed by the body.

Can I use Multiforce with other medication?

Always consult your doctor before beginning a new supplement, to ensure that there can be no interactions, contraindications or side effects. If you have a serious kidney dysfunction, Multiforce is not recommended. It is also contra-indicated for people who are on a course of potassium sparing diuretics or antibiotics that require an acidic medium to function. If you are taking prescription medication, it’s recommended that you wait two hours after taking your medication before taking Multiforce. Always consult your healthcare professional if you are unsure.

Can I use Multiforce during pregnancy?

While there is no evidence to suggest it is unsafe, we always suggest that you get your doctor's advice if pregnant or breastfeeding.

Can children take Multiforce and from which age?

We have no data on children thus cannot recommend the use of Multiforce by children. We only recommend that adults and children over 12 years take Multiforce. Always consult your healthcare professional if you are unsure.

If I am osteopenic and have been told to take a calcium supplement, is taking Multiforce daily enough?

Every person is different. Our clinical data indicated that taking Multiforce daily was helpful. Always consult your healthcare professional if you are unsure.

Can calcium deposits form in the veins?

It is highly unlikely that the calcium in Multiforce would cause vascular calcification or blood pressure increases. Multiforce only contains 250 mg elemental calcium per dosage, which is far below the upper safe limit.

Can a person with kidney stones use Multiforce?

Yes – for the same reason that it would be used for gout. Multiforce inhibits the crystallization of uric acid in the urinary tract. The only time it must not be used is if a person has calcium kidney stones (which is very rare). Usually the stones are sent to a lab for analysis and 99% are uric acid stones. Always consult your healthcare professional if you are unsure.

Are there any contra indications?

Potential contra indications to be aware of include conditions such as when the potassium in your blood is higher than normal (hyperkalemia) or where the calcium in your blood is higher than normal (hypercalcemia) - Any medicine or food that has a potential effect on the body’s acid/alkaline or electrolyte balance should be used carefully by persons suffering from serious kidney dysfunctions.

Other contra indications include when people are taking potassium sparing diuretics, or those who are poorly controlled diabetics - Insulin pushes potassium into the cell and this may cause potassium overload. Usually these diabetics would present with high potassium levels. Diabetics, by definition, are usually very acidic and this, combined with too much insulin, can cause potassium to move out of cells. Additional potassium (i.e. from Multiforce) can cause an overload leading to hyperkalemia.

How would I know if I have high potassium levels?

You will experience: muscle fatigue and weakness; partial/sporadic paralysis; abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias) and nausea. Always consult your healthcare professional if you are unsure.

Is the mannitol in Multiforce a sugar?

Mannitol is not really a sugar but a low-caloric sweetener, called a ‘polyol’ and it is not an active ingredient in Multiforce. It is one of the bulking agents. It is seen as a carbohydrate and in this case it contains a sugar (mannose) with an extra chemical group (OH). The sugar alcohols are used commonly in foods to replace sugar because they are only partly absorbed, and only a small amount are broken down by the liver. The rest is excreted in the urine. According to the FDA, if a product results in a daily ingestion of 20 grams of mannitol it would need to bear the statement "Excess consumption may have a laxative effect". We use 3 grams of mannitol per serving of Multiforce.

My Multiforce has black particles in it; is this normal?

Yes. This is totally natural. The black particles are from one of the plant ingredients contained within Multiforce.

What is the shipping policy?

Shipping is managed by our warehouse partner and depending on the option you select at check-out, it will change the shipping time. Note that products will not be shipped on a weekend or an observed public holiday and this might delay shipping times.

What is the return policy?

We are very confident that our product will meet and surpass your expectations. Whilst we hope you will be pleased with your order, if for any reason you are not completely satisfied, we will be happy to offer a refund, exchange or replacement on products returned to us within 14 days of receipt.

When you return a product to us, we will issue the refund to you once the product has been received back into our warehouse. In this case, we will refund the price of the product in full, excluding the delivery charges for sending the item to you. You will be responsible for the cost of returning the item to us.

When you return a product to us for any other reason (for example: you claim that the product is defective), we will examine the returned product and will notify you of your refund via email within a reasonable period of time. We will refund any money received from you using the same method originally used by you to pay for your purchase.

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