Pharmaton® - Vitality Capsules

Vitality Capsules

Why not try the original Pharmaton® Vitality Capsules?

  • The original – used to help optimal physical and mental performance for over 40 years
  • Help the body cope with exhaustion and fatigue caused by stress
  • Comes in a compact handy pack format - ideal size for taking out

Usage & Dosage

Pharmaton® Vitality combats symptoms caused by fatigue, tiredness, exhaustion, ageing and convalescence associated with decreased mental capacity, alertness, concentration and memory.

It is also appropriate when stress, poor diet and illness impose additional demands on nutrition and when vitamins and mineral supplementation is needed.

Ginseng G115® influences your body’s use of energy - thus reducing daily fatigue - mainly as a consequence of the increased capacity for oxygen uptake. The extract also acts on the central nervous system and helps minimise stress, physical and mental tension. Furthermore, Ginseng G115® positively influences and strengthens the immune system.

Dosage: The recommended daily dosage is 1 capsule taken with food, preferably at breakfast.


Pharmaton® Vitality active ingredients (please check the composition according to the formulation available in your country):

Standardised ginseng extract G115®

Intensive analytical-, preclinical- and clinical- research has been carried out during the last 30 years to study the quality, efficacy and safety of the standardised Ginseng extract G115®. 54 preclinical studies have been published on G115® and 46 clinical studies have been published on Pharmaton® Vitality.

The standardised Ginseng extract G115® influences positively the body resistance against infections, stress and fatigue, mainly as a consequence of an increased immune response, enhanced utilization of the energy in brain and muscles, and body cells protection against free radicals damages. Several species and qualities of Ginseng exist. In Pharmaton® Vitality the standardised Panax ginseng, C.A. Meyer extract G115® is used. The manufacturing method of the standardised Ginseng extract G115® is proprietary of Pharmaton SA and grants that every batch of capsules of Pharmaton® Vitality has the same level of active principles. The pharmacological, clinical effects and the safety of the standardised Ginseng extract G115® can not be extrapolated to other Ginseng extracts or Ginseng products.

  • Ginseng G115® in Pharmaton® Vitality

    The standardisation for the G115® Ginseng extract used in Pharmaton® Vitality Capsules to provide you with an identical effectiveness of each capsule includes:


    • The use of Panax ginseng C.A. Meyer
    • Partnership with farmers to help ensure the best growing conditions
    • Training of farmers in the correct use of natural fertilizers and fungicides and for the application of other good agricultural practices
    • Analysis of botanical and physical characteristics of the ginseng roots, as well as quantification of ginsenosides and control of potential impurities
    • Quality of the roots. As a crop, the quality of ginseng roots can vary from one farm to another, and even from one harvest to another. Without proper quality-assurance guidelines, contamination with toxic chemicals and pesticides is also possible. Today, due to extensive efforts in working with farmers and supervising the cultivation and harvesting processes, almost 90% of incoming Ginseng batches meet our high Pharmaton® standards.
    • Standardisation. Every batch of G115® Ginseng extract has the same known and consistent level of the main active constituents. While many other Ginseng products have been shown to vary greatly in ginsenosides content (and a few to have no ginsenosides at all), G115® always contains 4% ginsenosides.
    • Analytical controls. Validated analytical methods by high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) are used to control the standardisation of the G115® Ginseng extract. The microbiological quality and the possible presence of impurities are always controlled.


    Pharmaton® Vitality is the only product that combines the benefits of the standardised Ginseng G115® with other essential ingredients such as vitamins, minerals and trace elements.

  • The secret of Ginseng

    Ginseng contains several unique active ingredients not found in any other plant. The most important substances with medicinal properties are called ginsenosides, referring to the name of the plant. Chemically several ginsenosides exist and are classified in different groups, all of which contain an "R" in their name. Each ginsenoside has its own special property and effect. The ginsenosides Rg1 and Rb1 are considered the most important to explain the general mode of action of Ginseng.


    According to traditional Chinese medicine, the interplay of the two ginsenosides creates the harmonic balance between Yin (passivity, darkness, slowness) and Yang (activity, light, quickness). Rb1 has the ability to calm the human organism at times of stress and agitation. Rg1, on the other hand, increases performance, speeds up reactions and has a positive effect in cases of physical exhaustion and illness.

  • The combination makes the difference

    While the ginsenosides play an extremely important role in the medicinal action of Ginseng, several other compounds, particularly some types of sugars, work together with the ginsenosides to provide an optimal activity. Therefore the whole extract has an activity that is superior to that of the individual components. In addition, the Ginseng root contains other essential ingredients such as vitamins, minerals and trace elements which have additional important effects on the human body.

  • The history of Ginseng

    For more than 2,000 years, Ginseng has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine as a cure-all. Today, the stimulating effect of Ginseng is still believed to restore inner strength. In ancient times it was thought to be a royal plant and was used only by kings. It was literally worth its weight in gold.

  • The popularity of Ginseng

    The origin of the word Ginseng is Chinese: "Jen Shen" means "The power of earth in human shape".


    Ginseng has been the source of a number of myths and legends. In China the plant is still known as the "man root", in Korea as the "root of life" or "human root", and in Japan it is held in such high regard that it is called "wonder of the universe".

  • Ginseng goes west

    The Ginseng root turned up several times in the West only to be forgotten again.


    The first time, Moorish sailors brought it to Spain during the 1st century. In 1642, it was re-discovered by the explorer Alvaro Samedo and then later by 17th-century Dutch sailors. It was only in the 20th century, however, that Ginseng was finally acknowledged as a medicinal plant, when its effects could be tested and documented by scientific methods.

  • Species of Ginseng

    Ginseng is not all the same. Within the plant genus Panax there are several species, all of which have different properties. Known species related to Panax Ginseng C.A. Meyer are Panax quinquefolius (the American Ginseng), Panax notoginseng, Panax japonicus, Panax trifolius and Panax vietnamensis. The most studied with pharmacological trials is the specie Panax Ginseng, contained in Pharmaton® Vitality. Eleutherococcus senticosus (also called Siberian Ginseng) belongs to the same family (the Araliaceae) and shares some common traits with Panax Ginseng, the Asian Ginseng.

  • Important components in Ginseng

    The main active ingredients of the Ginseng root are the so-called "ginsenosides" (belonging to the chemical class of triterpene saponins), but other substances (e.g. some sugars and polysaccharides) are also active. The active substances enter the blood stream and are distributed throughout the body and are thus able to exert a beneficial action on our total health system. The cultivation, processing and storage of the Ginseng roots have to fulfil many criteria. To supply an effective product, it has to contain an appropriate concentration of ginsenosides. Various factors affect the ginsenoside content in the roots: the state of the soil, the age of the plant, the time of harvesting and the conditions of storage.

  • Read more about the standardisation of Ginseng

    Why standardisation is so important

    Standardisation ensures that the extract always contains exactly the same amount of pharmacological active substances - a basic requirement for a constant effect of the finished product and for clinical studies. 


    The extraction method is a crucial factor for the composition of the extract. In extracts produced by different extraction methods different compounds may be present in varying concentrations. Thus, the pharmacological activity of an extract mainly depends on the extraction method used. 


    When choosing a herbal supplement brand, remember that you are buying an extract, not a plant. A common misperception is that all products containing the same plant must be the same. 


    Consider, for example, the winemaking process. A wine produced by a company on the east side of a hill might taste dramatically different from one produced by another company on the west side of the same hill. The same potential holds true for herbal medicinal products. Many variables can change according to growing conditions, harvesting and manufacturing differences. In order to control for these variables, the extract contained in Pharmaton® Vitality is standardised according to a high quality process. 


    What can we do to avoid the problems of inconsistent extracts? Simple. Buy a brand such as Pharmaton® Vitality, which is manufactured using the standardised Ginseng extract G115®, prepared according to strict guidelines to ensure exact standardisation. You can be assured that the product you take is the same as the one tested in several clinical studies. Pharmaton® Vitality contains the most clinically tested Ginseng extract in the world and has proven safety and efficacy - do not accept substitutes!

    Standardisation begins with cultivation

    To ensure that Pharmaton® Vitality’s high quality standards are always maintained, the cultivation of Ginseng is regularly controlled by Pharmaton® Vitality’s experts.

    Selection of the raw material

    The Ginseng roots of appropriate age are carefully cleaned and dried in a natural way, and undergo physical and organoleptic controls. The individual ginsenosides in the roots are identified and measured by high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC).


    The roots undergo complete physical, chemical and microbiological analysis before they are released for extraction and standardisation.

    Extraction method

    The extraction process developed by Pharmaton® Vitality is known only to the company and is ideal for extracting all medicinally relevant components from the plant. The extraction is performed using a hydroalcoholic solvent (ethanol/water).

    Concentration and sterilisation

    The liquid extract is concentrated and sterilised (UHT treatment), then the dry native extract is prepared by spray-drying.

    Quality Controls

    Before the dry native extract is released for standardisation, the individual ginsenoside content is measured and checked for quality. Furthermore, the extract undergoes through physical, chemical and microbiological controls.


    Standardisation: the total content of ginsenosides is adjusted to 4%. The standardised G115® Ginseng extract is born!

    Final Controls

    Complete quality controls of the standardised G115® Ginseng extract. Release for production. Quality controls of the finished products containing G115®.

Blend of vitamins

A healthy and vital body needs a proper supply of all essential vitamins. Pharmaton® Vitality contains a broad set of vitamins important for our body’s health. The vitamins are vital for cell growth, blood formation, proper functioning of the nervous system, and to assist with the prevention of illnesses.

  • Vitamin A (Retinol)

    Properties: essential for normal growth and development of the body, especially for healthy bones and teeth, for the proper functioning of the immune system and for normal vision.


    Sources: liver, milk or egg yolk.

  • Vitamin B1 (Thiamine)

    Properties: it helps the body cells to convert carbohydrates into energy and is important for the correct functioning of the heart, muscles and nervous system.


    Sources: potatoes, cereals, whole grain, lean meat, liver, fish, dried beans and peas.

  • Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)

    Properties: important for the breakdown of carbohydrates, fats and proteins, for the normal release of energy from food. It is essential for growth and helps maintain healthy skin and mucous membranes, the cornea of the eye and nerve function.


    Sources: meat, eggs, nuts, green leafy vegetables and dairy products.

  • Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)

    Properties: it plays an important role for building red blood cells, muscles and skin tissues, for normal brain development and function, and for growth.


    Sources: meat, liver, fish, potatoes, dairy products, whole meal products, bananas and yeast.

  • Vitamin B12 (Cyanocobalamin)

    Properties: important for maintaining a healthy immune system, for a normal mental function and good mood balance.


    Sources: eggs, meat, poultry, shellfish, milk and dairy products.

  • Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)

    Properties: it supports the immune system and it is needed for the growth and repair of tissues in all parts of the body. It is necessary to form collagen, an important protein that forms skin, scar tissue, cartilage, tendons, ligaments, bones, teeth and blood vessels. Vitamin C contributes also to iron absorption from food and it has strong antioxidant properties to protect body cells.


    Sources: citrus fruits, black currants, parsley, and paprika.

  • Vitamin D

    Properties: the body converts Vitamin D from food sources or is able to produce it upon exposure of the skin to sun ultraviolet light to its active form. It is essential for building and maintaining healthy bones and teeth, because it helps the body maintain correct levels of Calcium and Phosphorus.


    Sources: cheese, butter, margarine, cream, fortified milk, fish, and fortified cereals.

  • Vitamin E

    Properties: Vitamin E is essential for proper growth and development of the muscles, proper functioning of the body's circulatory, nervous, digestive and immune systems. Like Vitamin C, it is an antioxidant. This means that it protects the cells from damage by free radicals in the body.


    Sources: vegetable oils, nuts, whole grains, and green vegetables.

  • Vitamin B3 (Niacin, Nicotinamide, Vitamin PP)

    Properties: it helps to produce energy for all our body cells from the food we eat. In addition, Vitamin B3 promotes a healthy nervous system and normal mental function. It is needed for the proper function of the circulatory system, and helps to keep the skin and mucous membranes healthy.


    Sources: dairy products, poultry, fish, lean meats, nuts, and eggs.

  • Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid)

    Properties: it promotes wound healing and building of tissues and hormones in the body. It also plays a role in the breakdown of fats and carbohydrates for energy.


    Sources: eggs, fish, milk and dairy products, whole-grain cereals, vegetables of the cabbage family.

  • Vitamin H (Biotin)

    Properties: it is necessary for the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats, and amino acids (the building blocks of protein). It supports healthy bone growth, and is often recommended for strengthening hair and nails and for a healthy skin.


    Sources: egg yolk, liver, bananas, milk, soy and barley.

  • Vitamin B9 (Folic Acid)

    Properties: it is crucial for proper brain function and for a healthy brain development. It aids in the production of DNA, the body's genetic material, and is especially important during periods of growth. Folic Acid is necessary for the normal development of the baby in the maternal womb.


    Sources: beans and green vegetables such as spinach and cabbage, citrus fruits and juices, wheat bran and other whole grains, dark green leafy vegetables, poultry, pork, shellfish, and liver.


Minerals have different functions for the human body. Without these elements, the metabolism - the function that allows cells, among other things, to produce energy - simply would not work. Our food contains minerals that plants and animals assimilate from the soil. Pharmaton® Vitality contains some key minerals which can contribute to your overall healthy balance and well being.

  • Magnesium

    Properties: it is present in nearly all cells of the human body and is needed to build healthy bones and teeth, as well as for a proper functioning of the nervous system and for the regular muscles function, including the function of the heart muscle.


    Sources: nuts, cereal grains, meat, bananas, green, and leafy vegetables.

  • Calcium

    Properties: it is essential for the development and maintenance of strong healthy bones and teeth. It also helps nerves, muscles (including the heart), and other body systems work properly.


    Sources: milk and dairy products, including cheese.

  • Phosphorus

    Properties: together with Calcium, Phosphorus helps ensure that growing bones, as well as teeth, are strong and healthy. It also helps filter out waste in the kidneys and contributes to energy production in the body by aiding in digestion.


    Sources: meat, fish, milk, whole-grain bread and cereals.

  • Fluoride

    Properties: Fluoride helps to protect the teeth and strengthens them.


    Sources: fish, seafood, mineral water, tea and fluorided salt.

  • Potassium

    Properties: Potassium is necessary for water and electrolyte balance throughout the body and is essential for keeping a healthy blood pressure. It is moreover needed for muscle function including the heart muscle.


    Sources: potatoes, fruits and vegetables, as well as eggs and dairy products.

Trace elements

The human body does not need large amounts of those minerals called "trace elements". They are, however, extremely important for our organism and a correct supplementation may be needed to prevent deficiency. Pharmaton® Vitality contains the following trace elements:

  • Iron

    Properties: red blood cells need iron to help transport oxygen throughout the body and it is also important for an adequate functioning of the nervous and immune system.


    Sources: meat, eggs, nuts, cereals and seeds.

  • Copper

    Properties: Copper is a mineral found in very small amounts in all tissues in the body and it is involved as part of enzymes in many processes of the metabolism.


    Sources: animal flesh (especially liver), oysters, fish, whole grains, nuts, and legumes.

  • Manganese

    Properties: it enables the body to metabolize fats and protein. It maintains the immune system and the nervous systems. It is important for bone growth and a healthy reproductive system.


    Sources: whole grains, fruits and vegetables.

  • Zinc

    Properties: it plays an important role in the immune defense system. It is needed for a healthy skin and to build and maintain strong bones.


    Sources: oysters, liver, meat, fish, seeds and whole grain cereals.

  • Selenium

    Properties: it is necessary for cells protection, thanks to its strong antioxidant properties. It further supports the function of the immune system.

    Sources: nuts, eggs, legumes, fish and cereals.


In numerous clinical studies the efficacy of Pharmaton® Vitality containing the Ginseng extract G115® extract has been proven.

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All studies demonstrate that a regular intake of Pharmaton® helps to maintain and increase mental and physical performance. If taken at the recommended dosage, the product is safe and does not cause any significant side effects.


The G115® Ginseng extract does not lead to intolerance or addiction.

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  • What are the main advantages of taking Pharmaton® Vitality?

    It has an optimally balanced formulation
    Pharmaton® Vitality combines vitamins, minerals, trace elements and ginseng in proportions that improve well-being and restore vital energy. The unique standardised G115® Ginseng extract contained is of very high quality and purity.


    It is clinically proven
    For Pharmaton® Vitality many clinical trials have been conducted and all indicate that the product is helpful in enhancing cognitive function and improving psychological conditions and physical performance. A recent clinical trial has shown that the combination of vitamins, minerals and trace elements and the standardised G115® Ginseng extract contained in Pharmaton® Vitality improves quality of life more effectively than the same combination without Ginseng.


    It is safe
    The safety of Pharmaton® Vitality has been demonstrated conclusively in several clinical trials, and has been confirmed by the extensive use of the product in the last few decades. A recent observational study has shown that Pharmaton® Vitality is almost devoid of side effects and does not influence blood pressure parameters, nor does it cause any weight gain.

  • When should Pharmaton® Vitality be taken?

    Pharmaton® Vitality combats symptoms caused by fatigue, tiredness, exhaustion, ageing and convalescence associated with decreased mental capacity, alertness, concentration and memory. It is also appropriate when stress, poor diet and illness impose additional demands on nutrition and when vitamins and mineral supplementation is needed.

  • Is the Calcium content enough to prevent osteoporosis?

    The Calcium content of Pharmaton® Vitality is not enough to prevent or to treat osteoporosis. A complementary Calcium supplementation in this case is therefore advised.

  • Does Pharmaton® Vitality stimulate appetite and cause weight gain?

    Pharmaton® Vitality regulates the appetite without causing weight gain. This has recently been shown in an observational study that confirms the experience by millions of users during more than 3 decades.

  • When should Pharmaton® Vitality be taken?

    The general recommendation is to take Pharmaton® Vitality during a meal (breakfast or lunch).

  • How stable are the components?

    The components and the capsule itself are tested for stability. The expiry date on the label shows how long the capsules are stable without any changes of the constituents.

  • Can Pharmaton® Vitality be taken by athletes?

    Pharmaton® Vitality has been tested and declared free from any doping substance, according to the guidelines of the International Olympic Committee. Pharmaton® Vitality may, therefore, be taken by athletes even during competitions when doping checks are made.

  • It is safe to use Pharmaton® Vitality after the expiry date?

    As long as the bottle has not been opened, or if opened is used within a reasonable time frame e.g. one month, microbiological purity can be guaranteed. However, do not take Pharmaton® Vitality if the expiry date on the packaging has passed. After the expiry date we cannot guarantee complete microbiological purity, given the strict testing conditions.

  • How can you be sure of no contamination?

    As a crop, the quality of Ginseng roots can vary significantly from one farm to another, and even from one harvest to another. Without proper quality-assurance guidelines, contamination with chemicals and pesticides is possible. However, today, due to our extensive efforts in working with farmers and supervising the cultivation and harvesting processes, almost 90% of incoming ginseng batches meet our high Pharmaton® Vitality standards.

  • Does Pharmaton® Vitality interact with other medication?

    If you are taking other medication before taking Pharmaton® Vitality, make sure you consult your doctor to ensure maximum safety, particularly check with your physician if you are taking or planning to take anticoagulants (blood thinning products), as ginseng might reduce their effect.

  • Can a person with hypertension take Pharmaton® Vitality?

    In an observational study in which 1800 elderly patients were treated with Pharmaton® Vitality and monitored over a period of up to 21 months no changes in blood pressure were registered. Over many years, our experience suggests that Pharmaton® Vitality is not a problem for people with hypertension. For safety reasons, however, we suggest that you consult your doctor and ensure your health is monitored when you begin to take Pharmaton® Vitality.

  • Can Pharmaton® Vitality be taken in pregnancy?

    No clinical data are available with the use of Pharmaton® Vitality in pregnant women. Using the recommended dosage, there is no evidence that Pharmaton® Vitality represents a risk for the foetus during pregnancy. As with many other medicines, an assessment of benefits versus risks should be made before Pharmaton® Vitality is administered during this time. According to general medical practice, the use of this product by pregnant or breastfeeding women should be decided by the prescribing doctor. Alternatively, Pharmaton® Matruelle, a unique combination of multivitamins and minerals with Omega-3 fatty acids is an excellent alternative and targeted choice for this group.

  • Are there any known allergies to Pharmaton® Vitality?

    Some people may have developed known allergies towards any of the components of the product. The composition of the product should therefore be studied carefully and in the case of known allergies, your doctor’s opinion should be sought before taking Pharmaton® Vitality.

  • Can Pharmaton® Vitality cause nausea?

    Very rarely, nausea after intake of Pharmaton® Vitality has sometimes been reported. We believe that this problem may be caused by a temporary or permanent hypersensitivity to the gelatine contained in the capsule shell. This, however, sets in generally after the first intake; it is often transient and subsides after a short period of treatment. If it persists, then we usually advise the consumer to stop taking the capsules.

Do you have questions about Pharmaton® Vitality?

If there are any other questions you have about Pharmaton® Vitality, feel free to e-mail us and we will do our best to answer you as fully as possible.

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