Usage FAQ’s for Vega One?
Q: Who can use Vega One?
A: Most adults can benefit from taking Vega One, from busy students, to active professionals, to on-the-go Moms to seniors. Basically anyone looking to add more plant-based nutrients to their diet in an all-in-one, just-add-water format will enjoy the convenience of Vega One nutritional shake.
Q: Can I give Vega One to my child?
A: Consult your pediatrician before giving Vega One—or any dietary supplement/natural health product—to your child. The percent of Daily Values for the vitamins and minerals expressed on the labels for Vega One are based on adult dosages/serving sizes. Children’s nutritional requirements vary by age and weight; your pediatrician can recommend the appropriate serving/dosage for your child.
Q: Can I take Vega One while pregnant or nursing?
A: Consult your doctor, obstetrician or midwife prior to taking Vega One—or any dietary supplement/natural health product—while you are pregnant or nursing.
Q: Can Vega One interfere with prescription drugs, medications or supplements?
A: Consult your doctor and/or natural healthcare practitioner prior to taking Vega One—or any dietary supplement/natural health product—while you are taking prescription medications or other dietary supplement/natural health products.
Vega One contains Vitamin K, which can interact with blood thinning medications. Vega One also contains niacin, which may cause flushing of the skin in people sensitive to niacin.
Q: Do I have to be vegetarian or vegan to take Vega One?
A: While all ingredients in Vega One—and all Vega products—are 100% plant-based, you don’t have to be vegetarian or vegan to enjoy the benefits of Vega One. It’s an ideal supplement for convenience-seeking omnivores wanting to increase the percentage of plant-based nutrients in their diet, too.
Q: Can I mix Vega One with something other than water?
A: Absolutely! Although Vega One was formulated to taste good and provide all-in-one nutrition when mixed only with water, you can mix Vega One with juice, rice/hemp milk or blend it with your favorite smoothie or healthy shake.
Q: Can I add Vega One to my blended shake/smoothie?
A: Yes. Vega One tastes great on its own just mixed with water or in a blended fruit smoothie. Natural flavor Vega One is excellent if you’re blending it with fruit, as it has a neutral flavor that goes well with just about any smoothie ingredient. That being said, the chocolate flavor blended with a banana, berries, rice milk and nut/seed butter is pretty tough to beat!
Q: Is it possible to take too much Vega One?
A: Each serving of Vega One provides 50% of the daily value of vitamins and minerals. It is advisable to talk to your health care practitioner if you want to take more than 2 servings of Vega One a day.
Q: I am taking a multivitamin. Will I get too high of a dose of vitamins and minerals (like Iron or Vitamin A) if I take Vega One as well?
A: As each serving of Vega One provides 50% of the daily value of vitamins and minerals, it may not be necessary to take another multivitamin in conjunction with taking Vega One. Consult your doctor or health care practitioner to determine a diet and supplement routine that best support your individual health circumstances and lifestyle.
Q: Do I need to take a multivitamin or any other supplements while taking Vega One?
A: Vega One contains 50% of your daily intake of vitamins and minerals, 15 g protein, 6 g fiber, 1.5 g Omega-3, antioxidants, probiotics, greens, plus 500 mg of chlorella and 1000 mg of maca in every serving. Consult your doctor or natural healthcare practitioner to determine a diet and supplement routine that best.
Q: Do I have to take the full recommended serving size of Vega One each time?
A: Vega One is formulated to have a one-scoop complete-serving. However, many people start out with less than a full serving to let their bodies adjust to increased levels of some nutrients, including fiber, and slowly work their way up to a full, one-scoop serving. You should take whatever portion of a serving that works best for your needs, body and activity level.
Q: Is Vega One helpful for weight loss?
A: In combination with healthy eating and regular exercise, Vega One can contribute to a healthy weight management program. With 123 calories and 11 g of carbs per serving (Natural flavor, prepared with water), Vega One can be an excellent choice for those on a calorie-reduced diet. With 6 g of fiber, 15 g of protein and 1.5 g Omega-3, Vega One is naturally filling and satisfying. Vega One is 100% plant-based, contains no trans fats or cholesterol, and because it includes digestive enzymes to facilitate the breakdown of nutrients during digestion, Vega One offers effective nutritional absorption and higher net gain nutrition.
Q: Can I use Vega One as a meal replacement?
A: Vega One is a dietary supplement that includes 50% of your daily intake of vitamins and minerals, 15 g protein, 6 g fiber, 1.5 g Omega-3, antioxidants, probiotics and greens. The plant-based ingredients that make up the Green and Protein Blend in a serving of Vega One provide the equivalent of 3 servings of vegetables. Depending on the flavor, a serving of Vega One contains between 123 and 141 calories. When mixed with fruit, juice, rice/hemp milk, or blended with your favorite smoothie or healthy shake, Vega One can provide an effective nutrient boost to start your day.
Q: Why do you use stevia extract in the formula for Vega One?
A: We have yet to find another no-calorie, natural sweetener that does not add sugars to the nutritional profile and is not a sugar alcohol or chemical derivative. We believe stevia is the best choice in line with the Guiding Principles of Vega. Customers sensitive to stevia can continue to choose Natural and Chocolate for lower stevia content.
Q: Why do you use inulin in the formula for Vega One?
A: Inulin is an effective prebiotic fibre source that ensures probiotics flourish. Inulin also increases the absorption of calcium and magnesium.
Q: Are the ingredients in Vega One non-GMO?
A: As always, we work with our suppliers to source ingredients that are not genetically modified. As the non-GMO certification process is still relatively new—and cost prohibitive, especially to smaller scale, cooperative farmers of crops like SaviSeed (Sacha inchi)—very few ingredient suppliers have officially certified non-GMO status. Without the official certification of ingredient suppliers—even if the ingredients they produce are actually non-GMO—we cannot list the non-GMO status of each ingredient on the label. Our long-term goal is to work toward 100% certification so that we can communicate this on-pack.
Q: Are the ingredients in Vega One organic?
A: To certify all ingredients can be cost prohibitive to some of the smaller famers we work with, however we choose ingredients that are organic, non-GMO and pesticide-free where we can.
Q: How much of Vega One is certified organic?
A: The only certified organic ingredients in Vega One are maca and the kale in the green blend.
Q: How much of Vega One is raw?
A: The only ingredients in Vega One that can be considered raw are the green blend, the hemp and the chlorella.
Q: Are the probiotics in Vega One dairy-free?
A: Yes, the probiotics in Vega One are dairy-free. The Probiotic Blend in Vega One includes Lactobacillus acidophilus La-14 and Bifidobacterium bifidum Bb-02.
Q: How do you keep the flax seed in Vega One from going bad?
A: Our flax seed goes through a proprietary flash pasteurization process that inactivates the enzymes that cause rancidity while preserving the nutrient content.
Q: How does Vega One taste?
A: It tastes great! We use only the finest natural flavorings and highest quality stevia for minimal aftertaste and a nice round sweetness. Compared to Vega Whole Food Health Optimizer, Vega One has much improved taste and mouthfeel. With Vega One, you may not get as much flavor as non-plant-based whey protein shakes may offer, but you also won’t get any artificial colors, flavors or sweeteners either. Even our Natural flavor tastes good on its own, as it has a bit of vanilla flavor and stevia also.
“Vega is the best meal replacement I’ve ever taken. It works! Because it is high in fiber it suppresses my hunger for a long time and I have no cravings for junk food. Now that I feel satisfied for a long period of time it gives me time to prepare a nutritious meal that I can sit down and enjoy. The best part for me; drinking Vega was a great incentive, as I would finally get my greens, plus all the extra benefits that came with it.” -Angie
“Hi, just wanted to let you know that I’m a new convert to Vega. Not only do I get my protein but it is also a meal replacement. I’ve developed a lot of sensitivities and avoid anything unnatural these days so I was doubly pleased to be able to enjoy and tolerate this great new drink. What is neat is that I’ve tried hemp based and other green supplements and have just not liked them so bravo to you!” -Maureen
“I have been taking Vega for about 5 months now as a part of my diet and fitness program. I thought it might help curb my cravings for junk food and sugar. Did it ever! I went from a soft 215 lbs down to a rock hard 190lbs! It’s been months and no attacks. Lots of people have seen the dramatic effects Vega has had for me and I have family and friends all trying it now as well.” -Jason
“Vega has brought about some major changes, which have improved my health and mind. I have since recommended your product to family, friends, and colleagues and will continue to do so, as my results speak for themselves.” -John
“I just wanted you to know how much I appreciate your Vega product! I am now on my second container of it and it is the first time that I have consumed a meal replacement that actually kept me feeling satisfied. I love the flavor and the consistency of the product. It is really nice to see a product so unique and with such a wide spectrum of healthy ingredients!” -Valerie
“As long as I have Vega around I will always have a sound and smart choice for a meal. I don’t feel guilty or like I am missing anything and have to play the guessing game with supplements. With Vega it is a simple morning: Wake up, work out, take Vega. Thank you for creating such a great product that has become a staple in my diet. Not only does my Vega now have a permanent counter spot beside the blender I really feel like I have the tools to create the body I desire.” -Phil
“I’m a new user of Vega and was skeptical at first as I have tried so many meal replacements during my life and I am also a meat lover. But after having it for the first time, I knew I was going to be a regular! Vega sits easy on the stomach and you are actually “naturally” not hungry. In other words, it’s not like your stomach is “forced” into comfortableness. The overall feeling after consumption is excellent and I haven’t found anything else like it on the market." -William
“I chose Vega for my protein, fatty acids, fiber, antioxidant, vitamin and mineral supplement. I must say, it is the best tasting, most complete whole food meal replacement out on the market that is alkalizing. The best thing about Vega is that it’s a fast, easy and practical solution anyone can incorporate in his or her lifestyle and achieve great health benefits.” -Mark
“Running on empty has got to be one of my worst feelings when I’m immersed in juggling work, workouts, and a workload. It gives me an inner confidence to know that I can readily grab a Vega shake and go forth with vitality! I can assure the swimmers who I work with that this is a live food that will give their bodies the conviction of sustenance needed for optimal performance before practice, after practice and at swim meets.” -Pam
- A complete multi-source, alkaline-forming, plant-based protein blend, featuring 5,500mg of BCAAs and 5,000mg of glutamine per serving, Vega Sport Performance Protein is formulated to:
- Improve strength and exercise performance
- Repair and build muscles
- Reduce recovery time between training
The recent innovation to Vega Sport Performance Protein comes from the addition of SaviSeed (sacha inchi) protein, a rich, plant-based source of the amino acid tryptophan. Tryptophan is a key component of serotonin production(1). Serotonin—the feel good hormone—helps with the mental aspect of recovery, so you’ll keep the drive alive and be motivated to train again. Take Vega Sport Performance Protein within 30 to 90 minutes of your workout or throughout the day to meet your individual protein needs to recharge and repair so you can do it all again, sooner.
As a professional endurance athlete, my number one job is to create stress" then deal with it. That’s it. I stress my body, allow it to recover, and then do it again.
Simply put, stress is anything that causes strain on the body, regardless of its origin. An important fact to be cognizant of is this: The body’s response to stress is the same, whether it be the physical demands of sport, the environmental strains of breathing impure air, poor diet or the hectic pace at which most of us now live.
Commonly accepted as one of the leading causes of illness, stress has been shown to precipitate many forms of diseases. It’s easy to say, “Reduce the amount of stress in your life and you’ll be healthier”. While this is generally a true statement, it’s advantageous to “select” your stressors; cultivate the beneficial ones and eliminate the unbeneficial.
A full, productive life will undoubtedly be a catalyst for an elevated stress level. Stress slows progress and therefore it must be minimized for us to reach full potential. Success at anything starts with the ability to effectively cope with stress. However, our bodies are not equipped to deal with many of the modern day requirements placed on them; they simply have not evolved to effectively cope with our increased demands.
As most of us know all too well, our lives are a non-stop dance from one task to another. The average North American works more now than ever before, and that amount continues to increase as we “progress.” But work is just one stressor. Others include the demands of social life and family obligations, diminishing air and water quality, and most significantly, less nutritious food and lower quality diets, resulting in a society that is chronically stressed.
How significant is our diet as a source of stress? It is estimated that as much as 40% of overall stress can be classified as nutritional. Nutritional stress is an epidemic, our modern day plague. Yet it exists in relative obscurity, underestimated and unseen by most, and growing constantly.
Factors contributing to nutritional stress include the consumption of overly processed foods, foods grown with chemical pesticides and herbicides, inadequate supply of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, high quality protein, fiber, essential fatty acids and good bacteria (probiotics). It also includes the overeating of “empty” foods and the under-consumption of nutrient dense whole foods that support biological function, activity level and regeneration. Consistently eating acid-forming foods is also a culprit.
- The following are some of the key benefits of reducing nutritional stress:
- Reduced biological age
- Longer life expectancy
- Less body fat, more lean muscle
- More energy, strength and endurance
- Improved productivity and mental clarity
- Higher quality, deeper sleep
- Improved resistance to illness
- Quicker recovery from exercise
- Fewer cravings and less hunger
- Elevated mood and desire to excel
When I first started searching for ways to enhance my athletic performance, nutrition was one of the most important areas that I investigated. I have found proper nutrition to have the greatest impact on my ability to maintain a busy, full and rewarding life. The ability to curtail stress and its debilitating attributes at its origin is invaluable. Without a cause, there can be no symptom; with no symptom, there is no need for synthetic drugs.
Throughout the last 14 years, I have been researching and experimenting with a plant-based whole foods diet and I believe that the most effective way to reduce nutritional stress is to eat a plant-based whole foods diet; one which contains sources of easily digestible protein, fiber, whole grains and vegetables as a low glycemic form of carbohydrate, essential fatty acids from nuts and seeds, along with vitamins and minerals.
As a professional Ironman triathlete, I have learned to perform at a high level in one of the world’s most demanding sports, while exclusively on a plant-based diet. I know that a strict vegan way of life is not for everyone but believe me, incorporating more plant-based whole foods into your current diet will make a substantial difference to your overall health and well-being.
Vega Guiding Principles
Quite often the simplest solution is the best one. Over the past 50 years, however, Western culture has managed to complicate our approach to diet and its relation to health. Obesity and malnourishment exist simultaneously, while the over-consumption of calorie-rich but nutrient-poor foods drains our energy. To make matters worse, we treat obesity with drugs and fad diets, and combat fatigue with refined carbohydrates, sugar and caffeine. These are short-term solutions that eventually render us energy depleted, over-stimulated, chronically stressed and vulnerable to illness and premature aging.
What can we do to address this problem? Many health experts now believe the solution is to consume primarily plant-based, whole foods—pure and simple as nature intended. Whole foods support all the requirements of a healthy body system, from absorption to elimination.
The challenge with whole foods has always been their relative inconvenience to prepare, compared to the gamut of fast food offerings so readily available to us. Born of the belief that one should not have to compromise between whole food goodness and fast food convenience, Vega products are developed with the following principles in mind:
Plant-based whole foods are the true future of optimal health
“Eat your fruits and vegetables” is one of the most tried and true recommendations for a healthy diet. Plant-based foods are rich in antioxidants, essential vitamins and minerals, enzymes, fiber and phytonutrients. Countless studies support their many health benefits.
Vega products are made exclusively from plant-based, whole food ingredients.
Alkaline-forming, plant based whole foods help build a platform for optimal health
Studies have shown a linkage between an alkaline-forming diet and accelerated growth, development and metabolism1, helping to provide a platform upon which optimal health can be built. In stark contrast to processed food, alkaline-forming foods are nearly exclusively found in the vegetable and fruit groups2 (research has also shown that it is possible to efficiently modify urine pH by diet alone3).
Vega products are alkaline-forming2 and 100% plant-based.
What you eat should provide energy, not drain it
Ease of nutrient assimilation is a key benefit of wholesome, natural food. The less energy the body must spend on digestion and assimilation, the more energy it will retain.
Enzyme-rich to help with efficient digestion, Vega products offer superior net energy gain.
What you eat should energize through nourishment, not stimulation
Refined foods, refined sugar and caffeine lend temporary energy by stimulating the adrenal glands, creating a brief increase in energy levels but eventually resulting in fatigue.
On a day-to-day basis, Vega One, Energizing Smoothie and Vibrancy bars offer a balance of Omega-3, fiber and low-glycemic carbohydrates to provide a constant, enduring supply of energy through nourishment, not stimulation.
For athletes, the Vega Sport system features products with a judicious balance of minimally-refined carbohydrates and gentler sources of caffeine to provide targeted stimulation to fuel activity, while being mindful of post-workout recovery and long-term wellness.
Minimize exposure to sensitivity-aggravating ingredients
Many people—whether they know it or not—have sensitivities to ingredients that are abundant in the modern, processed food diet. These sensitivities can manifest as headaches, mild flu-like symptoms, low energy, and difficulty shedding body fat.
Vega products are dairy, gluten and soy free, and contain no artificial flavours, colours or sweeteners.
It is possible to rebuild a younger-feeling body
People who exercise regularly break down cellular tissue during every workout. What you eat serves as the building blocks for cellular restoration. Poor-quality construction materials result in poor-quality structures, and the converse is also true. You literally are what you eat!
If regular exercise puts your body in perpetual regeneration mode, you want to give it the highest quality building materials available so your body can rebuild a stronger, younger-feeling version of you.
The nutrient-dense, high net-gain, alkaline-forming nutrition found in plant-based whole foods and superior natural health products like those offered by Vega is truly the best building material available for your body.
1. Samuel, E.L., & Kugelmass, I.N. (1930). Comparative Studies of the Influence of Acid-Forming and Base-Forming Diets on the Metabolism of Rats. American Journal of Diseases of Children, 39(4), 687-700
2. Remer, T., & Manz, F. (1995). Potential renal acid load of foods and its influence on urine pH. Journal of the American Dietetic Association, 95(7), 791-797.
3. Wynn, E. Et al. (2010). Positive influence of nutritional alkalinity on bone health. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society, 69, 166-173.