Q. Do I really need to take a multivitamin?

A. Research suggests that most Americans are not receiving the recommended amounts of key vitamins and minerals in their diet. In fact, according to the USDA, only 10% of Americans are eating a good diet. For this reason, some health authorities recommend that all adults take a multivitamin supplement every day.**

Q. How is TeloVite different from other multivitamins?

A. TeloVite is a comprehensive high potency multivitamin/mineral, but unlike other premium multi products, TeloVite contains particular nutrients, antioxidants, and phytonutrients that promote healthy telomere length. TeloVite provides antioxidant protection against premature cellular aging and contains clinically tested nutrients that may help maintain telomere length, which in turn helps to protect DNA and chromosomes.**

Q. How Does TeloVite Work?

A. TeloVite contains 14 ingredients, and combination of ingredients, shown in human clinical studies to maintain telomere length by promoting telomerase expression. Telomeres are regions of DNA at the ends of our chromosomes. These telomeres protect the genetic data, which enable our cells to divide. Telomeres have been compared to the plastic tips on shoelaces because they prevent chromosome ends from fraying. Each time a cell divides our telomeres get shorter, which makes maintaining telomere length important to help protect DNA. Maintaining the proper functioning of our DNA is important to support overall health and well-being.**

Q. Can TeloVite be taken with other supplements and/or medications?

A. TeloVite has no known interactions with any supplements or medications, but it’s always important to talk with your health care provider before beginning any new supplement or medicinal program.**

Q. How do I take TeloVite?

A. Take one tablet, three times daily with breakfast, lunch and dinner. If you prefer, you may take two tablets with breakfast and one with lunch or two tablets with lunch and one with dinner. No matter what combination fits with your eating pattern, it’s best to take your TeloVite with food.**

Q. Why is TeloVite in Tablets not Capsules?

A. Some supplements are better suited for capsules, while others are better suited for tablets. Complex products with multiple ingredients, such as TeloVite, are better suited for tablets for two reasons:**

First, less total pills are required to provide the full daily dose. In the case of TeloVite, only three tablets are required, instead of four to five capsules.**

Second, individual nutrients in TeloVite can be protected against any undesirable interactions with one another when in the tablet matrix; this would not be the case in a capsule.

Finally, any concerns about TeloVite tablets breaking down adequately during digestion can be put to rest. Every batch of TeloVite is tested to verify that it will break down within 45 minutes in water, so they will certainly break down in the digestive system.**

Q. What is the quality control for TeloVite?

A. TeloVite is manufactured under GMP (good manufacturing practices) standards. Every TeloVite raw material is tested prior to production for ID (accurate identification), potency, purity, strength, heavy metals and micros (living organisms such as e. coli, salmonella etc.).

We also send out monthly a random sampling of products (based on statistical analyses) for third party testing to confirm the results we have received from prior testing. If any OOS (Out of Specification)* is discovered, it is immediately retested by both us and sent out to a third party lab. If the OOS is confirmed, an investigation is initiated.

*OOS = did not test out properly based on the laboratory documentation we received.

Q. What is the absorption rate of TeloVite or any dietary supplements?

A. It’s a function of:

1. Individual biochemistry and absorptive ability, and

2. The form of the nutrients used in the products.

TeloVite utilizes the forms of nutrients shown to be effective in human clinical research, which is a reflection of the fact that good absorption is taking place. If there wasn’t good absorption, there wouldn’t be good results in the research.**

It isn’t really possible, however to give a total “absorption rate” for a multi-nutrient formula like TeloVite since there would be individual differences from person to person. Nevertheless, given the forms of nutrients utilized, we would expect optimal absorption.**

Q.  Is Vitamin K2 safe to take with prescription blood thinners?

A.Warfarin (Coumadin) is a medicine prescribed for people at increased risk of forming blood clots too easily and quickly which, in turn, could block the flow of blood to the heart or brain. Blood clots are formed through a series of chemical reactions in your body. Vitamin K is essential for those reactions. Warfarin (Coumadin) works by decreasing the activity of vitamin K; lengthening the time it takes for a clot to form. Does this mean that vitamin K should be avoided either through food or supplement sources? Not necessarily. The fact is that vitamin K is an essential nutrient that your body still needs.**

According to the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, Drug-Nutrient Interaction Task Force, what is important is to:

“Keep your vitamin K intake consistent from day to day.”

“For example, if you typically have a spinach salad daily, do not stop eating it entirely.”

With regard to dietary supplements containing vitamin K, the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center gives this advice:

“If they are taken regularly on a daily basis, they pose less of a problem than if taken off and on.”

The Daily Value for vitamin K1, derived from leafy greens, is 80 mcg. It is important to note that Vitamin K2 is found in few plant foods. Vitamin K2 is found in meat and animal derived foods. Natto, a fermented soybean product, is the only vegetarian source.

TeloVite provides 45 mcg of vitamin K2, which has many valuable functions not associated with the more common vitamin K (K1).

The following is a list of common foods providing significant amounts of vitamin K1, not the multi-benefit vitamin K2:


In any case, it is always good to check with your doctor to verify any concerns about supplementation while taking medications.

Q. Is magnesium stearate toxic?

A. No. Magnesium stearate is safe, not toxic. We have extensively investigated the safety of magnesium stearate. Allegations of toxicity have been circulating for over 20 years. We have found the “evidence” to be misleading because it is either largely circumstantial based on test tube studies that don’t accurately represent the data observed in human clinical trials or based on theoretical dangers (such as a type of processing that is not commonly used to make stearic acid from unsaturated fats). Either way, the reality of dietary fats in the human body is quite different than what these theories present.

For more detailed magnesium stearate information:


Q. Why is magnesium stearate used in some products?

A. Natural ingredients don’t always smoothly flow through processing equipment and manufacturers need to utilize excipients like stearates to fill capsules or form tablets. Magnesium stearate is the most desirable natural flow agent. Pharmaceutical companies and non-natural manufacturers use synthetic flow agents, such as di-calcium phosphate.

Q. What are the TeloVite “Other Ingredients?”

A. The “other ingredients” in TeloVite are harmless, and Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) by the FDA. Very small amounts are used in manufacturing the tablets. Here is a brief explanation of each ingredient:

  • Stearic Acid – A natural fatty acid found in foods. In the body converts to oleic acid, the fatty acid found in olive oil that is good for your heart.
  • Microcrystalline Cellulose – A plant-based form of fiber that helps the tablet to breakdown and release its nutrients once in the body.
  • Dicalcium Phosphate – A naturally-occuring mineral providing a source of the essential nutrients calcium and phosphorus.
  • Croscarmellose Sodium – A plant-based form of fiber that helps the tablet to breakdown and release its nutrients once in the body.
  • Magnesium Stearate – A combination of the mineral magnesium, and the fatty acid stearic acid.
  • Silicon Dioxide – A natural mineral commonly known as silica
  • Shellac – A natural resin used to coat tablets.
  • Povidone – An inert (harmless) water-soluble polymer used as part of the tablet coating.
  • ** These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult your physician before using this product.

Expiration and Manufactured Dates

NOTICE: The date on your supplement is not an expiration date!

Due to the rules within FDA’s Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) regulations, dietary supplement products (products labeled with supplement facts) labeled on or after July 21, 2010, will display a “manufacture date” rather than the “expiration.” This date represents the day on which the product in the bottle was manufactured.

All West~Martin Longevity products are pharmaceutical grade and produced by GMP-compliant manufacturers that meet specific standards for quality and potency. Our products are considered stable at full potency for at least two years from the manufacture date. Furthermore, our ingredients are shelf stable for 3 years after the date based on stability testing information related to the ingredients we use.

West~Martin Longevity products are tested and manufactured to meet and exceed the most stringent quality standards.