Frequently Asked Questions
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We have based serving size on mainly age even for those children or teens that are failure to thrive and in low percentile. Nutriiveda appears to be highly serving size dependent and as each ingredient is just food and it’s being approved by the child’s doctor, most do use as much or more than what is suggested here on this website. NutriiVeda is 100% water soluble, however we can only provide you with the serving sizes that have been used with success and approved by doctors so far. We advice that you also check with your child’s doctor as well as FDA’s website for further information regarding the daily nutritional requirements for children. NV is being served as a food, or a drink. It's also being used with feeding tubes and surgical central lines
13 months old to three - one heaping scoop a day (can be split into half scoop twice a day)
Four to Eight -two heaping scoops a day (can be split into 1 scoop twice a day)
Nine and up to adult -can take four to six heaping scoops a day -recommended to split 2-3 scoops per serving.
Most start at the above serving size and increase up. Some doctors have brought 2 year old children up to 2 scoops, children between 3 and 8 up to 5 scoops, and 9 and above between 4 to 6 scoops with knowledge that NV is water soluble. Increased dosages are being attributed to increase in surges. Increase a half a scoop up at a time and with each increase there should be more noted surges. After maintaining the goals some parents have found decreasing to a scoop a day and increasing as needed is better than stopping.
One great example is 3 year old Colton who was started on 2 scoops and within a few months raised up to 4 scoops with even more dramatic surges reported by both parental and professional anecdotal. You can view video tapes of Colton's progress as documented by his mother Tanya as well as read reports from his school professionals and see before and after videos here
Because of Tanya's son Colton other parents also started raising their child's dosage with the same remarkable increased results. Here are just a few examples from this website:
Cathy's son Mason is 5 years old and has a rare chromosomal disorder and like Colton once raised started reading and writing, in addition to increased surges in numerous other areas which are documented with videos.
Shannon has two children with autism, one with a rare chromosomal disorder who is 5 years old. Both had great results on two scoops of NV original a day, but a year later once raised up to 4 scoops her son Finley who was previous nonverbal amazingly started talking after previous being dependent on augmentative devices as his sole means of communication. (see before and after videos) Both boys are also reading and writing.
Wendy's son Taine who at 4 years old was wearing 1 year old clothing due to severe feeding issues in addition to his diagnosis of apraxia and global developmental delays for basic skills. He too at 4 years old had great results on 2 scoops of NV original a day but once raised up to4 and then 5 scoops of NV original, he is fully ready for kindergarten, has made remarkable gains and has just started reading and can't get enough of books!
Again typically NV original is highly serving size dependent and you may not note any surges unless on at least the minimum suggested serving amount.
Please again consult with your child’s doctor.
If you are looking for information regarding Nutriveda for use in adults for health, energy, weight maintenance and to support the metabolic system click here, or here, and or here, or look at the Nutriiveda program guide developed by the Chopra Center for Wellbeing. Some more frequently asked questions about Nutriiveda
Use a butter knife and you'll find the scoop in the Nutriiveda. Some people tap the canister upside down before opening to bring the scoop up to the top.
There is no special amount of hydration needed just for Nutriiveda. The amount of liquid recommended daily is for healthy hydration whether consuming Nutriiveda or not. The reason normal hydration is recommended however is for regular elimination as whey will naturally rid the body of toxins. To figure that amount out one of the suggestions is to multiply your child's weight by 0.6 to get a rough estimate of how much liquid your child should consume per day. A simpler method is to take body weight, divide in half and that is the approximate amount of ounces of liquid one should consume a day. Please note: liquid is not just water, and is found in many foods as well.
Recently the AAP has approved ADHD diagnosis and ADHD drugs for a child as young as 4 years old -and the AAP has also just stated that all children between 9 and 11 years old will be tested for cholesterol; some will be put on a statin drug. All drugs have side effects. Sadly -outside of infant formula -from 1 to 5 years old - fish oils which contain essential fatty acids, essential to human life, and validated in research to help with numerous area of human health including attention and cholesterol are not approved by the FDA
Each ingredient in NutriiVeda is a food. Here is page that explains more about the types of food most don't question. In addition the FDA does not pre-approve nutritional or dietary supplements because they are regulated as foods (not drugs) under the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) of 1994. The FDA does monitor manufacturing practices and labeling for compliance. Zrii does use manufacturing facilities that follow and are certified GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice). Nutriveda original is currently in preclinical research due to overwhelming positive professional anecdotal reports
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* If you would like to order extra NV original to add to your regular order or because you had canceled autoship, please be very specific that you would like the "original Nutriiveda not the new Achieve Nutriiveda" as many are sent the new Achieve instead. The original Nutriiveda is not on the main company website and is in high demand so more difficult to get for these reasons.
While Nutriiveda is optional, essential nutrients are needed daily. Nutriiveda is easily digestible and contains per serving both ALL of the essential amino acids, as well as nutrients from food which is the purest form of supplementation. An essential nutrient is one that is needed by the body daily, but your body can't produce it, so you need to consume it. Nutriiveda is a 100% natural GFCF food source that is tested free of heavy metals, herbicides, pesticides, herbicides, hormones, and any synthetic contaminants and is easily digestible. This is important to note because it's not just what is consumed, but what the body can break down and utilize.
It appears from the overwhelming number of positive anecdotal reports that there may be a nutrient or nutrients that were either missing in the diet prior, or one that was unable to be utilized, perhaps due to poor metabolic functioning. If you are able to maintain the same positive results from foods outside of Nutriiveda, and would prefer a vitamin supplement that is not from food, then iNutriiveda may be discontinued. There is no side effect from stopping Nutriiveda other than possible regression in acquired skills In the past year it's been reported that if Nutriiveda is stopped within the first few months there is a regression, however the longer the child is on it, within 6 months to a year, it's being reported that some children can stop Nutriiveda and maintain the surges and with no regression It would be the personal decision of the parents and the child's doctor and therapist at this point whether to continue on a maintenance dosage of Nutriiveda, or to discontinue use. Again many of the nutrients in Nutriiveda are essential nutrients from food sources. Essential nutrients are required by the body daily at every age.
In one case a 10 year old who previous to Nutriiveda was on 2 medications for seizures and was medication resistant and still had seizures stopped having seizures once on Nutriiveda. The medications were reduced and eliminated and a few months after one year seizure free the mom took the child off the Nutriiveda for 2 weeks to give him a break and 3 days after that he had his first seizure in over a year. So with seizures we don’t know.
While some stop serving Nutriiveda, some continue to serve Nutriiveda just to provide nutrients instead of a vitamin capsule. We are hoping to keep track of the differences between those that stop and those that continue from similar original diagnosis. Here’s information for those who have found normalization in children where they can stop serving Nutriiveda if they wanted
You will find a 4 page printable PDF document here including the nutritional panels for NutriiVeda here
Nutriiveda comes in either a chocolate or vanilla flavored powder. If your child likes chocolate you may want to start with that as you can mix it into chocolate milk or chocolate pudding…even peanut butter. If your child doesn’t like chocolate, the vanilla may be a better option as it can be mixed into apple sauce or made into fruit smoothies or mixed into oatmeal. Either flavor can be mixed into any drink or food, it’s just a matter of taste!
NutriiVeda used therapeutically appears through anecdotal feedback to be highly dosage dependent. This means do the best you can to get the full dosage in daily, but if you have to start with a lower amount and work up that's OK. You can serve Nutriiveda as a drink with a small meal, or you can mix it into food. For older children, teens and adults that need to lose weight NutriiVeda can be used to support weight as well as therapeutic goals.
As a drink: NutriiVeda can be mixed with any type of milk, juice, or water. While you can add Nutriiveda to lukewarm foods, you do not want to add Nutriiveda to any liquid or food that is too hot or boiling however as that may compromise one or more of the essential nutrients. Some parents blend Nutriiveda with ice or ice cream and make it into a smoothie. You can also mix the Nutriiveda with any type or juice and make a smoothie this way as well.
NutriiVeda has also been mixed into any food such as yogurt, pudding, apple sauce, ketchup, ranch dressing and even frosting! Some parents have sprinkled it over pancakes or cereal including oatmeal. You can also mix Nutriiveda with your favorite drink and freeze them into Popsicles!
For more suggestions on how to serve Nutriiveda, as well as a few NV recipes visit our Serving Suggestions page or our Recipes page (the cookies have been very popular!)
If your child is low percentile in weight and growth for any reason including he's a picky or fussy eater or has feeding issues, please read an update about a child with extreme feeding problems on the page The Miracle Of Nutrition’s Effect On Speech, Skills, Cognition And Growth For A Picky Eater
I had read on another websites that Nutriiveda is used for weight management. Why is it being used for children and teens with special needs? And what if my child is low percentile already and needs to gain not lose weight?
NutriiVeda Original contains no supplements, drugs or stimulants. All ingredinets are foods that contain just about all the essential nutrients our bodies require daily that help support and strengthen the metabolic system so it does what is healthy for the body, and that includes to lose or gain weight. In our group we have individuals of all ages currently younger than 2 to over 89 years old using NutriiVeda for therapeutic reasons with zero reports of weight loss for those that do not need to lose. Those that did need to lose weight again will naturally, however those that need to gain weight, height, or increase muscle mass, including those that had previously been low percentile in growth, are being reported to sudden increases in weight and growth. We have reports as well of dramatic increase in height in just about all the children, again including in those that previously had been in the low percentile. NutriiVeda is 100 percent pure whey isolate protein of the highest quality and contains all the essential amino acids and nutrients needed daily through 100% FOOD SOURCES which is the purest most easily digestible form of nutrition.
NutriiVeda is a "clean" food source that is 100 percent GLUTEN AND CASEIN FREE, as well as stimulant, drug, caffeine, preservative, and synthetic free. In addition each food ingredient that comprises Nutriiveda is tested to be free of any heavy metals, herbicides, pesticides, or hormones. Because NutriiVeda is also fat and sodium free which are nutrients that are important for growing bodies we suggest for children serving the product when using therapeutically for children with some food as well. Here are some serving suggestions. Many report sudden growth spurts on NutriiVeda. For those children, teens and adults that do need to lose weight NutriiVeda will naturally rid the body of excess fat and “ama” (toxins) again by supporting the metabolic system. If you check the testimony page we have numerous reports where if a child and mother are both on Nutriiveda, the mother loses weight while her child has had growth and weight gains.
If your child is low percentile in weight and growth for any reason including he's a picky or fussy eater or has feeding issues Nutriiveda can also be an easy way to supply their bodies with all the essential amino acids and other essential nutrients from food. Here's a one year update for one child with severe growth and developmental delays before and after one year on NV original in his mother's words.
"My son Taine is tiny. He will be 4 next month in November but he still wears a lot of 1 yr old clothing and nothing over 2 years. Prior to me serving him NV Original as part of his diet Taine was unable to button or zip his own clothes and couldn’t hold things like a pencil or a fork correctly. I would feed and dress him even though he was again soon to be 4 year old."
One year later “He’s GROWN so much in the past year!! When Taine started about a month before his 4th birthday he was 26.45 pounds and that is when he was wearing mostly size one clothing. Now he is 32.5 pounds- so OMG he gained about 6 pounds in the one year!!! And height -just want to check conversion -he went from around 3 feet one inch tall and he is now 3 feet 5 inches tall – he’s grown 4 inches taller in this past year!! And when you increased his dosage up a scoop last month – he grew about ANOTHER inch -so FIVE inches in about a year!! I read the average growth for most kids his age is only 2 inches a year!!!!"
Please read more about a child with extreme feeding and previous growth and developmental problems on the page The Miracle Of Nutrition’s Effect On Speech, Skills, Cognition And Growth For A Picky Eater
As a parent of a child with apraxia, Lisa Geng discovered the therapeutic aspects of Nutriiveda by accident in her own son Tanner in the Fall of 2009. It’s since been used by thousands of families from all over the globe including those diagnosed failure to thrive who gained both weight and height once on Nutriiveda while previous they had not. More on the history of how Nutriiveda first started to be used for children and teens
I know that Nutriiveda original was originally developed however for weight management, but this website only talks about therapeutic use and everywhere else on the internet now I read about something called Achieve. So is the original formula of Nutriiveda still effective if I still want to lose a few pounds as well as for health, energy, weight maintenance and to support my metabolic system?
Yes the original formula of Nutriiveda was formulated by Dr. Deepak Chopra to support the metabolic system and was marketed while promoted by Zrii as a "weight loss" product with numerous examples.
Zrii has since changed the formula of Nutriiveda to Achieve which we have reports from professionals and parental anecdotal feedback isn't working for therapeutic gains as the original formula is which is currently in preclinical research for therapeutic use which is why this website focuses on the original formula of Nutriiveda. Original Nutriiveda is being used for both therapeutic gains as well as weight management.
There are two main temporary changes changes sometimes reported in the first week or two of supplementation of essential nutrients. The most common temporary change reported is increased "hyperness" While some may view this increase in hyper activity as a negative, some theories are that it's a sign that neurons that were previously dormant starting firing. It could due to changes in production of neurotransmitters as well. Regardless the reason, this stage typically lasts only about a week or two. Your options during this stage are to wait it out, or lower the dosage a bit and trade improvements for a more docile child. Most choose to wait it out.
There is much more about this on our "The Worst Side Effects May Be From…" page
More common questions and answers can be found on our "Getting Started" page.
Yes, along with eating normal healthy meals and exercise, this product will help build muscle mass.
NutriiVeda is lacto-vegetarian friendly, as well as 100% casein free and gluten free/ GFCF
To protect our formulas from becoming competitor “knockoffs,” we generally keep specific amounts and sources of ingredients used in our products as proprietary information. Zrii prides itself on providing the best product formulations available anywhere with some of the best doctors behind the Zrii formulations
The 5 puncture holes do not let air in, they are there to create a vacuum so the canister does not collapse during shipping. There might be some powder that leaks out but it is not contaminated. The product in the canister is top quality. The seals are checked with a sophisticated x-ray which show that they are sealed.
As with any nutritional supplement, results will vary by user. However, it is common to begin seeing results in as little as a few days .
While most through the Pursuit of Research website are looking at Nutriiveda for reported therapeutic reasons due to good easily digestible nutrition for autism, apraxia, seizures, traumatic brain injury, and even Alzheimer's, there are those parents or professionals who may want to use it to get to a healthy weight naturally through food as well by supporting their metabolic system. Many have found incredible success. As we don't have much on the weight loss program up on our Pursuit of Research website if you are interested email us at email@example.com
There are none known. However, individuals taking prescription medication should consult their physician before taking. There are various reports of individuals who were on seizure medications that were both reduced or eliminated after starting NutriiVeda.
The product is not recommended for pregnant or lactating women because NutriiVeda naturally releases excess fat and toxins from the body. Until there is research, they don't know if any of the toxins being released will go to the developing fetus or to the breast milk. Once the mother is finished breast feeding, she can resume with NutriiVeda.
NutriiVeda is 100 percent whole food. There are not nutrients added, all nutrients are from whole food sources. In addition NutriiVeda is 100 percent water soluble. There are no known side effects of this product, even at large doses. In general, however, the Scientific Advisory Board recommend limiting product consumption to 3 times a day.
Currently, the product is undergoing preliminary scientific research with human clinical studies that began Fall 2009.
There are no known disease related contraindications. However, patients on blood thinning medications, diabetic medications, or MAOI antidepressants should consult their physicians before using.
Yes, both individual ingredients and the finished product are tested and found to be heavy metal, herbicide, and pesticide -free.
The product is 100% natural and made with several organic food ingredients, but it is not certified USDA organic at this time. However, each 100% natural food ingredient as well as the finished product is thoroughly tested to insure it is free of heavy metals. pesticides, herbicides, hormones and other synthetic contaminants.
While we have not had side effects reported for the children using it as of two years, Side effects reported by parents using Nutriiveda for therapeutic reasons are temporary changes in behavior, “sassy” “hyper” which typically last a few days to a week. There is much more about this on our "The Worst Side Effects May Be From…" page Positive improvements in various areas are noted typically within a day to three days, so during this detox stage as well.
Yes it is. In addition it is lighter and less expensive to ship, thus saving the consumer money and reducing unnecessary fuel pollution. HDPE #2 plastic is widely considered one of the easiest products to recycle and is first among recycling programs. Should our packaging end up in a landfill, plastic will decompose faster than glass. And since plastic is less likely to break, there is less waste in manufacturing and re-shipping packages to the consumer. *As reconfirmed in a recent Time magazine article and the scientific community, HDPE #2 does not contain bisphenol-A and is considered safe for use in food products. The biggest risks in plastic are with #7 Lexan, which is why top sports bottles have recently switched over to HDPE #2 from #7.
As with all sealed foods and products, heat and humidity may degrade and spoil the product sooner than the stated expiration date.
No, the product is 100% natural and does not contain any artificial preservatives.
No, unless medically necessary. NutriiVeda per serving contains 100% of all of the essential amino acids per serving, including the essential daily recommended vitamins and minerals. The ingredients for NutriiVeda are: here.
As we answer above, fish oils contain essential fatty acids which is one essential nutrient missing from Nutriiveda. Fish oils appear to compliment the NutriiVeda perhaps because both support the metabolic system with easily digestible essential nutrients. Outside of fish oils and any prescribed medication however most of the parents using NutriiVeda report stopping any other supplementation at least for the first month to observe as most have found that is all we need for dramatic positive results. More information about the fish oil's can be found here.
Some have found by adding back the digestive enzymes an increased improvement, however some have noticed no difference. It's best to start without them so you can see if they are needed. So again, outside of the fish oils, until we learn why NutriiVeda is having a therapeutic effect we won’t know what may compromise its effectiveness. If you are under the care of a health professional recommending a particular regimen, please discuss with your healthcare practitioner...but be prepared for "can I get some of this for me?" :) *While NutriiVeda does not have any adverse reaction to people taking prescription medications, it has been anecdotally reported that NutriiVeda is less (or even not at all) effective while taking an antibiotic regimen.*
Yes, the product is free of ingredients from these families.
NutriiVeda is easily digestible and shouldn't be hard on the kidney or liver, Amalaki has actually been know to help protect liver function. Many of the botanicals have been shown to help improve and enhance digestion. We have received many testimonials regarding improvement in many different digestive conditions with the Zrii NutriiVeda. NutriiVeda has no known side effects or drug interactions, although we always suggest individuals speak with their doctors before using NutriiVeda if they have pre-existing conditions. We do have numerous reports now of seizure prone individuals who were on medications who have had their medications either reduced or eliminated since being on NV and remarkably seizure free. Anecdotal reports about Nutriiveda’s positive affect for seizures
The chromium, molybdenum, iodine, selenium, and manganese yeast are all inactive and could be taken even by someone who has a Candida problem. They are there as a 100% natural food based way to get the nutrients chromium, molybdenum, iodine, selenium, and manganese. Nutrients through food is the purest form of supplementation.
The brown rice powder, apple fiber, and natural cocoa also contribute to the carbohydrates content in the form of complex carbohydrates.
The phenylalanine in NutriiVeda is the natural form found in proteins. Phenylalanine is an essential amino acid (a building block for proteins in the body), meaning the body needs it for health but cannot make it. You have to get it from food. Phenylalanine is found in three forms: L-phenylalanine, the natural form as found in NutriiVeda; D-phenylalanine (a mirror image of L-phenylalanine that is made in a laboratory), and DL-phenylalanine, a combination of the two forms. The only person that would not be able to consume the natural form would be someone with a condition called PKU. PKU is a rare, serious disorder that can be diagnosed at birth and one with PKU cannot consume proteins such as meat, eggs and dairy. For more information on PKU click here.