New Chapter – Frequently
Q: I have a tendency toward Candida and yeast
infections; can I still take Probiotic Nutrients™ or fermented foods?
A: There is a misunderstanding about bacteria and Saccharomyces. The
truth is that positive bacteria and Saccharomyces compete against
pathogenic microbial overgrowth. Saccharomyces and Lactobacillus have
evolved to produce natural anti-fungal and antibiotic bacteriocins,
which they secrete into their environment. Bacteriocins and other
anti-fungal ferment metabolites suppress pathogenic micro-organisms,
like Candida albicans and E.coli. It would be highly beneficial for
anyone concerned about fungal overgrowth to include New Chapter’s
Organic Probiotic Nutrients™ in their daily regimen to optimize their
defenses against these conditions.
Q: I don’t do well with soy foods. Since New Chapter’s Probiotic
Nutrients™ are cultured in a soy media, will they agree with me?
A: Although true soy allergies are very rare, many people have
difficulty digesting unfermented soy. Whole, unprocessed soy contains
nutrient blocking factors, such as phytate, which interfere with its
potential benefits. Fermented soy, on the other hand, agrees with
almost everyone, even people with soy sensitivities. Probiosis of soy
also changes isoflavones from inert forms into their activated
aglycone genestein, dadzein, and glycitein forms.
Q: Why are New Chapter’s potencies lower than conventional
A: Short answer: they are not. We reject the theory that
supplementation must be taken in huge doses of inert or bi-phasic
isolated vitamins. It is a common misunderstanding that milligrams
measure potency. They do not! Milligrams measure only weight and do
not reflect cellular activity. New Chapter’s Organic Probiotic
Nutrients™ deliver biotransformed vitamins and minerals in their
finest cultured form, much in the same way as miso, kefir, tempeh, and
yogurt. Research consistently demonstrates that New Chapter’s Organic
Probiotic Nutrients are more active than conventional isolated or
Q: Vitamins upset my stomach; will I have this difficulty with New
Chapter’s vitamins and minerals?
A: New Chapter’s Probiotic Nutrients are food. Better yet, they are
pre-digested, organic cultured food. So when you take New Chapter
vitamins your stomach is NOT empty: it has inside it a good friend –
cultured organic food – waiting to be comfortably digested. New
Chapter’s Organic Probiotic Nutrients are also rich in ferment
metabolites, bacteriocins and plant enzymes, and they are thus
soothing to the entire gastrointestinal tract and promote digestion,
detoxification and elimination.
Q: My doctor and nutritionist have suggested that I supplement 1000
mg of calcium. My New Chapter EveryWoman® II and Cal Mag Bone Health™
supplements provide a combined total of 150 mg. Should I be concerned
about the 850 mg difference?
A: We reject the idea that more is better, especially in the case of
calcium where it has been shown that the more calcium (both from
supplements and from dairy) people consume, the more susceptible they
may be to bone fractures, kidney stones and calcium deposits in the
blood vessels. Like all vitamins and minerals, calcium is best
obtained in biologically reasonable amounts from food sources. New
Chapter’s dual-stage culturing process converts inorganic calcium
salts found in most conventional supplements into a glycoprotein food
complex. So while it may look like you are getting less of this
essential mineral, you are actually getting a biologically reasonable
amount of this important mineral in its ideal supplement form. In
addition, our Probiotic Cal Mag also provides bone-strengthening
minerals and herbs — a perfect combination to promote normal bone
Q: Why do you recommend taking New Chapter’s Supercritical Herbal
Therapies in the middle of a meal?
A: These herbal extracts, formulated by Paul Schulick, contain
medicinal spices like those grown at our Costa Rican certified organic
farm. These healing herbs are extracted using a dense, superfluid form
of carbon dioxide and are concentrated up to 300 times. Although it is
safe to take our Supercritical Extracts on an empty stomach, we
recommend taking them with meals, as they may create a slightly
warming feeling in the stomach for some individuals who are not used
to such concentrated healing spices. When taken with a meal, that
healing heat will work to activate phytonutrients in the herbs while
facilitating optimal digestion.
Q: Why have you removed Retinol, a form of vitamin A, from your
Organic Probiotic Nutrients?
A: While vitamin A plays an important role in maintaining the health
of skin, hair, and nails in addition to preventing blindness and
regulating immune function, actual vitamin A deficiencies are
extremely rare in the United States and other developed countries. It
is abundant in dairy, beef, chicken liver and a host of fortified
foods. Scientific studies have indicated that long term
supplementation with vitamin A in its synthetic retinol form
contributes to birth defects, osteoporosis and subsequently bone
fractures. New Chapter’s Organic Probiotic Nutrients contain mixed
carotenoids, such as beta carotene and lycopene, from food sources
that are non-toxic and easily converted in the body to vitamin A as
needed. We believe this is a safer and more desirable way to
supplement the body’s vitamin A requirements.
Q: Can I take New Chapter products if I am also taking prescription
A: New Chapter® cannot provide information about combining
prescription medicines with herbal or nutritional supplements. We
suggest you always advise your prescribing physician or pharmacist
about the use of dietary or herbal supplements. Only he or she can
determine the risk for herb-drug interactions and supervise your
response to the prescribed therapy*. You may also want to consider
consulting with a qualified expert in herbal and nutritional therapy
on this matter. For a referral database of licensed Naturopathic
Physicians and Holistic Medical Doctors in your area, please visit:
www.naturopathic.org or www.holisticmedicine.org.
* Herb-drug interactions have been identified with respect to a
handful of herbs and vitamins, however the vast majority of this
information remains unknown. While herbal medicine has experienced a
long history of safe use, this history has not included many of the
modern pharmaceutical medications that are frequently used today. By
making your health care provider aware of your supplement regimen, you
are protecting yourself from any known potential interactions and
allowing for any future information on this topic to come to light.
Q: Is there a way to get relief from hormonal imbalances without
taking HRT (hormone replacement therapy) or phytoestrogen supplements?
A: Estrotone® supports both pre- and post-menopausal hormone
imbalances. Estrotone contains full spectrum, whole-herb extracts of
schizandra, ginger, black cohosh, chastetree and rosemary. The
phytonutrients in these herbs safely promote hormone balance,
inactivate free radicals associated with aging, and modulate
5-lipoxygenase, thereby promoting normal bone growth and breast
health. Supercritically extracted Evening Primrose oil, providing a
rich source of the Omega 6 fatty acid GLA, is also added to Estrotone
to support hormonal health.
If you are seeking to support hormone balance in the body, your doctor
might also want to consider suggesting New Chapter’s Organic Every
Woman® II for a balanced broad spectrum multi-vitamin supplement and
Broccolive® Plus to support the liver’s role in maintaining hormone
Q: Can I take New Chapter products if I am pregnant or nursing?
A: Perfect Prenatal™, Ginger Honey Tonic and All-Flora® are the only
products New Chapter recommends specifically to support a healthy
pregnancy. Although many herbs and nourishing whole foods have long
been used to promote health and comfort during pregnancy, the majority
have simply not been thoroughly evaluated in clinical studies for
safety during this cherished phase in a woman's life. Therefore, we
suggest that pregnant or nursing women use any of our other products
only under the direction of their health care provider or qualified
expert in herbal and nutritional medicine.
Q: Do I need to refrigerate New Chapter’s products containing live
probiotics: Perfect Prenatal™, Berry Green™, Probiotics with a
Purpose™, All-Flora® and Smooth Food 2™?
A: No, New Chapter’s “live active culture” probiotics are designed to
be shelf-stable in their growth medium and deliver the labeled potency
of probiotic species for the life of the product. Given that the
viability of probiotics is most influenced by light and moisture, for
best results you may wish to store opened products in the refrigerator
or another dark, dry place.
Q: Are New Chapter’s products vegan?
A: All of the following New Chapter products are considered vegan: all
of the MycoMedicinals®, and Daily Ginger®, Baikal Skullcap, Broccolive®
Plus, Berry Green™, Supercritical Diet & Energy™, Green & White Tea,
Aloe Vera 200™, All-Flora®, Chlorella Regularis, Immortal Mushrooms™,
Rhodiolaforce 100 & 300™, Holy Basil, Smooth Food 2™, CoffeeBerry™,
Anti-Aging Formula, and Sensitive Colon Support.
New Chapter’s Probiotic Nutrients™ Made with Organic Ingredients do
not meet strict vegan standards. The Lactobacilli acidophilus culture
used in the second stage of our unique food culturing process is
originally grown in its favorite environment, milk. However, the
organisms are separated from the dairy growth medium prior to their
addition to the Probiotic Nutrients culturing medium. Additionally,
the vitamin D* utilized for culturing with organic whole food
ingredients in our vitamin D-containing products is derived from wool
* The following Probiotic Nutrient formulas contain vitamin D: Every
Man®, Every Man® II, Every Man®’s One Daily, Every Woman®, Every
Woman® II, Every Woman®’s One Daily, Every Woman®’s Inner Beauty, Only
One™, Perfect Prenatal™, and Tiny Tabs Multi™.
Please note: With the exception of SC Diet and Energy which is
delivered as a vegetarian tablet, and Oreganoforce™ which is
encapsulated in fish gelatin, New Chapter’s Supercritical Therapy®
products are encapsulated in bovine gelatin.
Q: Are New Chapter’s products gluten-free?
A: Probiotic Nutrients™, Supercritical Therapies™, MycoMedicinals® ,
Probiotics with a Purpose™ and Specialty Formulas do not contain
ingredients considered by the Celiac Sprue Association to pose harm to
individuals with gluten intolerance. Berry Green™ and Perfect
Prenatal™ both contain oats, a food that may or may not elicit an
immune response in individuals with gluten intolerance.
Q: Is New Chapter certified by a third-party?
A: New Chapter is currently under limited certification by
International Certification Services (ICS), a third-party certifying
body. Our organic operations in Costa Rica are certified by Eco-Logica.
New chapter and it’s co-processors are certified to the standards of
the USDA’a National Organic Program (NOP), as well as, in certain
instances, the International Federation of Organic Agricultural
Movements (IFOAM) and the European Organic Standard (EEC 2092/91). As
the GMP’s (Good Manufacturing Practices) are not final for the Dietary
Supplement Industry, we are holding on third party Certification for
GMP compliance. We are currently operating under the FDA’s guidelines
as mandated in 21 CFR for the food industry Parts 100 – 169. The FDA
audited New Chapter in 2003.
Q: How does New Chapter ensure the quality, purity and potency of
A: New Chapter’s Quality Assurance, Quality Control and Regulatory
Compliance team have over 47 years combined experience divided equally
between New Chapter and related industry experience. From Paul
Schulick, New Chapter’s founder, down through the organization, all
New Chapter Associates share in our commitment to quality.
New Chapter requires that all lots of raw materials used for the
manufacture of our products are tested for potency markers, heavy
metal contamination and/or microbiological content. Our co-processors
forward this information on a Certificate of Analysis for our approval
prior to use or shipping. We randomly verify information contained on
C of A’s through third-party laboratory analysis.
New Chapter does finished product testing on weights, potency, marker
assays, micro and heavy metals. We also do expiration date testing on
a random basis for the duration of declared shelf life: 18 months to 3
Q: What is the difference between Supercritical Holy Basil™ and
Holy Basil Vcaps?
A: New Chapter offers two holy basil products. Both provide the
healing benefits of this traditional Ayurvedic herb, but because
different methods of herbal extraction are utilized in the processing
of the herb, each provides slightly different ratios of the plant’s
active constituents. Our original Holy Basil product is extracted
using water and alcohol and delivered in a veggie capsule, making it
suitable for vegetarians. It is Potency Assured™ for ursolic acid, one
the plant’s key constituents. Supercritical Holy Basil offers the
advantage of supercritical extraction, a process that is especially
good at extracting the oily plant constituents (concentrating them 50
times), which are often difficult to extract using conventional
methods or without resorting to the use of chemical solvents. We
combine the supercritical extract with a water and alcohol extract to
provide the most complete representation of all the plant compounds
present in the whole herb. Supercritical Holy Basil is Potency
Assured™ for ursolic acid, oleanolic acid, rosmarinic acid, eugenol
and caryophyllenes. It is delivered in a gelcap.
Q: What is the difference between St. John’s SC27™ and Serofin™?
A: St. John’s Wort is widely recognized for its ability to safely and
naturally support positive emotional health. St. John’s SC27, New
Chapter’s original St John’s Wort formula, contains a supercritical
extract of the herb, and is Potency Assured™ for hyperforins, a
fat-soluble constituent considered to be central to the herb’s
positive effect on emotional health. Cutting-edge research has
revealed that multiple classes of both fat-soluble and water-soluble
phytonutrients, including hyperforins and hypericins, are
independently capable of producing beneficial effects, but all of the
phytonutrients working in synergy will produce optimum benefit.
Following this discovery, New Chapter formulated Serofin, a St. John’s
Wort product containing both the supercritical extract found in SC27
and separate hydroethanolic extract of the herb Potency Assured™ for
the water-soluble constituent hypericin. While most people consider
Serofin to be a superior formulation providing the broadest-spectrum
of active constituents, we continue to offer St. John’s SC27 for
thousands of individuals who have used this product with great success
to safely promote balanced brain chemistry.
Q: Should I be concerned about products containing maltodextrin if
I have a food allergy or sensitivity to corn?
A: Generally, corn allergies or sensitivities are a response to the
protein portion of the grain, and since maltodextrin is derived from
corn starch, it rarely creates immune responses in individuals
sensitive to corn protein. However, trace amounts of the protein may
be present and we recommend that individuals speak with their health
care practitioners about their personal experience with products
containing maltodextrin to determine if they are appropriate.