Frequently Asked Questions
Caps & Caps Plus Usage
2. What is the proper use of SaltStick Capsules? When should I take SaltStick Caps?
3. Can I mix SaltStick Caps & SaltStick Caps Plus together?
4. Is it ok to take the capsules with a sport drink? How should I take SaltStick Caps?
5. Is it ok to swallow the capsules without any liquid?
6. Can I open the capsules and pour the powder into water or a sports drink?
7. How long does it take for the capsules to open in my stomach?
8. How should I store the capsules?
1. What is Vitassium?
2. My doctor told me to take salt tablets. Does that mean just salt?
3. Why use Vitassium rather than SaltStick Caps or Fastchews?
4. Is it standard for “salt tablets” to contain other electrolytes?
5. My doctor suggested I take x grams of salt per day. How many Vitassium capsules should I consume?
6. Can Vitassium be consumed on an ongoing daily basis?
7. Does Vitassium upset the stomach?
8. Why is there potassium in Vitassium capsules?
9. What is the difference between Vitassium and other SaltStick products?
10. Does Vitassium contain caffeine?
11. What are the ingredients in Vitassium?
12. How many Vitassium capsules should I take?
13. How should Vitassium capsules be stored?
14. What does Vitassium have to do with Dysautonomia International?
1. Can Fastchews be dissolved in water to create a sports drink?
2. How many Fastchews equals one SaltStick capsule? Why is the concentration lower?
3. Why isn’t there vitamin D in Fastchews as there is in SaltStick Caps and Caps Plus?
4. Are Fastchews vegan or vegetarian?
5. Are Fastchews steroid and banned substance free?
6. Can Fastchews be used to help a hangover?
7. What is the recommended dose?
8. What is the maximum dose per day?
9. Why is there lactose in Orange Fastchews?
Do SaltStick products contain any prohibited substances?
No. Every lot of SaltStick Caps is tested by an independent lab for prohibited substances. None of our competitors can say that. This is one of the reasons that countless professional athletes use SaltStick.
Can I take more than 10 SaltStick Caps or 15 SaltStick Caps Plus per day?
The suggested limit for SaltStick Caps intake is ten (10) per day and SaltStick Caps Plus, 15 per day. However, the intensity, duration, and/or heat associated with a particular activity may warrant the intake of additional SaltStick caps. Moreover, each athlete possesses unique personal and biological requirements for optimum electrolyte replacement. These factors, among others, should be carefully considered by the individual athlete in consultation with his/her physician to determine whether it is appropriate to exceed the suggested SaltStick cap intake.
Is this product safe to use by pregnant women?
SaltStick Caps and Caps Plus should be used by pregnant women only under the advice or supervision of their physician, as part of their exercise program.
Can children use SaltStick Caps?
The suggested usage of SaltStick is for adults over the age of 18. However, the intensity, duration, and/or heat associated with a particular activity may warrant the intake of SaltStick Caps by other athletic populations. Each athlete possesses unique personal and biological requirements for optimum electrolyte replacement. These factors, among others, should be carefully considered by the individual athlete in consultation with his/her physician to determine whether it is appropriate to use SaltStick Caps.
Are SaltStick products vegetarian? Vegan?
SaltStick Caps are vegetarian in that they do not contain any meat or meat products. The magnesium stearate and stearic acid used in small amounts in SaltStick Caps for the encapsulation process are derived from vegetable sources. The L-leucine in SaltStick Caps Plus is a purified amino acid originally derived from duck feathers. The vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) used in both products is a pure ingredient, originally derived from an animal source, and is the same material that our bodies synthesise in sunlight. Therefore both products are vegetarian in that they do not contain meat or processed animal parts but do contain ingredients of animal origin and are therefore not considered strictly vegan.
Is there any sugar in SaltStick products?
No sugar, no high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), no sweeteners of any kind. SaltStick Caps and SaltStick Caps Plus contain zero calories.
How will SaltStick Capsules help me as an athlete?
Five electrolytes in particular play a pivotal role in maintaining normal human muscle function: sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium, and chloride. A shortage of any of these electrolytes will affect athletic performance through a range a subtle to serious side effects. Sweat typically has about 1000 mg sodium/liter, a typical sports drink has 440 mg sodium/liter. If, during the course of training, you ingest nothing but sports drinks (or worse, water), you will become hyponatremic (low sodium) at some point. Many sports drinks also do not address any form of supplementation of the other key electrolytes, potentially causing yet further cramping and muscle issues. It is in the athlete’s best interest to ensure that replacement of the full spectrum of electrolytes is replaced, and in a form and quantity the body can absorb, such as that provided conveniently in a SaltStick Capsule.
What is the proper use of SaltStick Capsules? When should I take SaltStick Caps?
The basic idea is to keep your supplementation simple and effective, so you have one less thing to worry about on race day, and you can focus on the athletic event rather than on surviving your nutrition plan. As a general guideline, athletes should consume one SaltStick capsule every 30-60 minutes or one SaltStick Caps Plus every 20-60 minutes during any land-based activity (bike/run) for the duration of the activity. Pre-loading with the product can be helpful as well, and including electrolytes in recovery nutrition can be important as well.
Can I mix SaltStick Caps & SaltStick Caps Plus together?
Yes. This can be helpful if you choose to moderate your caffeine intake, for example switching to the caffeine-containing Caps Plus towards the end of an event or for overnight events. It is worth reminding you of the importance of testing one’s electrolyte replacement strategy in training, prior to race day.
Is it ok to take the capsules with a sport drink? How should I take SaltStick Caps?
SaltStick can be consumed in the most convenient method for you. You many take a capsule with water or a sports drink, or open the capsule up into your water or sports drink. Your body will still need re-hydration over time, so water or a sports drink should be a part of your overall nutrition plan. If you don’t re-hydrate and just take SaltStick Caps, you will then have excess electrolytes and be dehydrated, which can be a dangerous situation if taken to extremes. The key is to balance out your loss of both fluid and electrolytes and some combination of products will likely serve you best, and you’ll have to figure out what works for you personally.
Is it ok to swallow the capsules without any liquid?
Yes, provided you feel comfortable doing so without introducing a choking hazard. Most people find it helpful to wash the capsule down with some fluid.
Can I open the capsules and pour the powder into water or a sports drink?
Sure thing, you can mix the regular SaltStick caps with water or a sports drink.
How long does it take for the capsules to open in my stomach?
The capsules are tested to open within the stomach acidic environment within 15 minutes, but most users indicate that symptoms like cramping can disappear within about 5 minutes of taking the capsule.
How should I store the capsules?
Capsules must be kept dry, and are best stored in a cool environment to ensure the contents remain as described on the product label.
What is Vitassium?
SaltStick Vitassium is specifically formulated to provide sodium and potassium as part of the dietary management for patients with autonomic dysfunction including Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS), Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS), Cystic Fibrosis (CF), and Vasovagal Syncope, when increased plasma volume has been shown to be beneficial. Vitassium helps to maintain electrolyte levels, to support healthy blood pressure, and to reduce fatigue and dizziness due to low blood pressure.
My doctor told me to take salt tablets. Does that mean just salt?
“Salt” is usually considered to be Table Salt, which is chemically known as Sodium Chloride. By weight, sodium chloride contains about 40% sodium. Nutrition information on foods is always indicated as the mineral sodium. For example, 1 gram of salt (1000 milligrams) contains 400 mg of sodium. If your physician suggests taking 1g of salt, then you can consume either 1g of table salt, or 400mg of sodium as indicated on food labels. Vitassium contains 250mg of sodium per capsule, or 500mg sodium per 2 capsule serving. This equals 635mg salt per capsule or 1270mg salt per 2 capsule serving. Consult our chart below for more information.
Why use Vitassium rather than SaltStick Caps or Fastchews?
Vitassium was formulated specifically as a medical food for individuals seeking to increase sodium intake under physician supervision. SaltStick Caps and Fastchews were formulated for athletes seeking to replace electrolytes lost in sweat, which includes significant amounts of sodium and potassium. However, we recommend using the product that was engineered for the specific purpose, although both products can be used together if desired. Vitassium capsules are also more concentrated and smaller, making them easier to consume than SaltStick Caps, especially for smaller individuals.
Is it standard for “salt tablets” to contain other electrolytes?
“Salt” tablets usually contain only sodium chloride, common table salt. The salt is commonly mined or harvested from salt water, and then purified. Trace quantities of other minerals, such as potassium, manganese, zinc and others can be found in natural sources of salt, but the quantities are so small that in the context of a normal diet, are not necessarily helpful. Vitassium contains purified sodium chloride (salt) that is 99.9% pure. Vitassium also contains significant potassium, that helps balance the electrolyte content in the body, between plasma and inside cells. Most salt tablets do not contain potassium.
My doctor suggested I take x grams of salt per day. How many Vitassium capsules should I consume?
1 gram of salt (1000 milligrams) contains 400 mg of sodium. Vitassium contains 250mg of sodium per capsule, or 500mg sodium per 2 capsule serving. This equals 635mg salt per capsule or 1270mg salt per 2 capsule serving.
Can Vitassium be consumed on an ongoing daily basis?
Yes, given the safety profile of the common and safe ingredients, sodium chloride and potassium citrate, as part of a normal diet and with regular hydration, ongoing use as a daily medical food should be well tolerated. If you have specific concerns, please consult with your physician.
Does Vitassium upset the stomach?
Vitassium has been shown to be easy on the stomach according to our testers and long history of use by the similar SaltStick Caps product. Unlike salt tablets that can cause point-irritation in the stomach, capsules cause less stomach distress. Of course, individual results may vary.
Why is there potassium in Vitassium capsules?
Potassium is critical in the body for a variety of biochemical processes. One important function of potassium is to regulate the balance of water between plasma (blood) and within the cell. Providing sufficient building blocks for the body to self-regulate can be important. Vitassium contains an appropriate amount of potassium to assist in that regard. In general, excess potassium would be excreted in the urine.
What is the difference between Vitassium and other SaltStick products?
Vitassium is not designed for athletes. Lacking other essential minerals commonly lost in sweat, magnesium and calcium, Vitassium was formulated for individuals who are seeking to increase their intake primarily of sodium, under the guidance of their physician.
Does Vitassium contain caffeine?
No. Ingredients are only: sodium chloride, potassium citrate, vegetarian stearic acid, vegetable capsule.
How many Vitassium capsules should I take?
As a medical food, you should follow your physician’s recommendations. In general, take one to two (1-2) capsules with water, three to four (3-4) times a day, for up to ten (10) capsules daily.
How should Vitassium capsules be stored?
Store contents in a cool (room temperature or below) and dry environment.
What does Vitassium have to do with Dysautonomia International?
We established a relationship with Dysautonomia International in 2016 to help support their research efforts towards treatment of autonomic diseases, including POTS. For every Vitassium product sold, 10% of sales are donated to Dysautonomia International towards these research efforts. Dysautonomia International is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization to assist with research, patient support and public education of autoimmune diseases.
Can Fastchews be dissolved in water to create a sports drink?
We don’t recommend it. While it’s technically acceptable, the tablet was formulated to be enjoyed by eating directly. It is not very soluble in water, unlike effervescent tablets that are designed only for dissolution in water. If that is your desired use, we suggest trying a product dedicated to that application.
How many Fastchews equals one SaltStick capsule? Why is the concentration lower?
Approximately 4 Fastchews equals 1 SaltStick Cap, and all 4 electrolytes are scaled accordingly. The amount of electrolytes is lower in Fastchews to ensure a delicious taste and the ability for athletes to customize their nutrition delivery in smaller doses.
Why isn’t there vitamin D in Fastchews as there is in SaltStick Caps and Caps Plus?
Fastchews were formulated without vitamin D as it reduced the shelf life of the product and vitamin D has found its way into many sports nutrition products so its extra addition was deemed unnecessary for most cases. If you or your physician determine that addition of vitamin D is helpful, we suggest using SaltStick Caps or Caps Plus, or adding a specific vitamin D supplement.
Are Fastchews vegan or vegetarian?
Orange Fastchews contain a tiny trace amount of lactose in the natural flavour blend, making this product suitable for vegetarians.
Lemon-Lime Fastchews do not contain any ingredients of animal origin and would be suitable for vegan diets.
Are Fastchews steroid and banned substance free?
Yes, Fastchews have been carefully formulated not to contain any banned substances. Furthermore, Fastchews are tested by an independent 3rd party to carryout testing on batches of product to further ensure athlete safety.
Can Fastchews be used to help a hangover?
In our experience, proper hydration (with water) and electrolyte intake are key to avoid the dehydrating effects of alcohol that contribute to hangover symptoms. SaltStick Fastchews and SaltStick Caps can be used to help replace the electrolytes lost. We can’t claim that Fastchews will cure hangovers, but you won’t be disappointed!
What is the recommended dose?
The suggested use of Fastchews is 2 tablets (1 serving) per 15-30 minutes. Individual usage will vary, and consumers will be best served by testing out their usage under various conditions.
What is the maximum dose per day?
The suggested maximum dose per day for adults is 50 tablets. This represents 100% of standard sodium RDA (based on a 2000 calorie diet). Individuals may find they are limited to fewer tablets than the suggested maximum.
Why is there lactose in Orange Fastchews?
Lactose is present in minute trace amounts in the natural orange flavour mix used to flavour Orange Fastchews. The quantity is tiny, but those with an allergy to lactose should refrain from using the orange flavoured product. That is why the package has an allergen warning. The lemon-lime flavour does not contain lactose.