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SaltStick Vitassium

Key Features

  • SaltStick® Vitassium is a medical food specifically formulated to provide sodium and potassium for the clinical 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, so that you can Get Your Life BackTM.
  • Vitassium helps to maintain electrolyte levels, to support healthy blood pressure, and to reduce fatigue and dizziness due to low blood pressure.
  • Contains potassium to assist in regulating the balance of water between plasma (blood) and within the cell. In general, excess potassium would be excreted in the urine.
  • Made in the USA at cGMP facility. Learn more about our manufacturing and safety.
  • Each serving (2 capsules) contains: 500 mg sodium (22 mmol sodium, 1270 mg sodium chloride), 100 mg potassium.
  • Tasteless capsules are small (size 0) and easy on the stomach.
  • Vitassium is non-GMO, vegan, gluten free, preservative free, allergen free, starch free.
  • Ingredients: Sodium chloride, potassium citrate, vegetarian stearic acid, vegetable capsule. Learn more about our ingredient list.
  • Suggested use: As a medical food, take one to two (1-2) capsules with water, three to four (3-4) times a day, for up to ten (10) capsules daily. View our Vitassium Usage Guide.
  • Available in 8ct daily-use packets and 100ct bottles.
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Why Choose Vitassium?

SaltStick® Vitassium is specifically formulated to provide sodium and potassium for the clinical 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.

Clean & Simple Ingredients

SaltStick Electrolytes made in the USA at an FDA-inspected cGMP (current Good Manufacturing Practices) facility.  Learn more about our manufacturing and safety standards. All ingredients in SaltStick Vitassium are clearly labeled on the bottle. Click on the label below to view a larger image.

Detailed Usage Guide

Vitassium is intended for use under medical supervision. If you are an individual whose physician has recommended additional intake of salt (sodium), SaltStick Vitassium may be helpful to increase your electrolyte intake in a simple capsule format. With easily-quantified dosing of 250mg sodium (635mg salt, 11 mmol) per capsule, it makes it easy to take just the right amount for the desired intake. Vitassium also contains potassium in a 5:1 ratio that provides a balanced intake of both major blood electrolytes. Potassium citrate also acts as a buffering agent to minimize pH changes in the blood, and can help soothe the stomach.

Vitassium comes in smaller, size “0” vegetarian capsules that are easy to eat and easy on the stomach, especially as compared with salt (sodium chloride) tablets. Capsules should be consumed with water.

What Vitassium doesn’t have also matters. Vitassium is made from non-GMO ingredients, and is vegan, gluten free, preservative free, allergen free, and starch free.

It is often recommended to increase both fluid and salt intake in order to increase blood volume, which is typically low in POTS patients. This has been shown to be particularly helpful in patients with blood pooling, hypovolemia, or hypotension.1 Except for the hyperadrenergic subtype of POTS, a fluid intake of approximately two liters and an intake of three to five grams of salt is often recommended per day2.

Every individual will have a different “ideal” usage and dosage. We strongly encourage you to consult with your physician on what may work best for you. To assist with making the association between salt intake and Vitassium intake easier, we have prepared the following table:

For example, if your doctor suggests taking 4g (4000mg) salt per day, that would equal 6-7 Vitassium capsules. To reduce the chance of stomach irritation, we suggest spreading out the dosage in 3-4 smaller doses throughout the day. For example, 2 capsules per serving, taken 4x per day would provide 5g of salt, or 2000mg sodium.

If you are using other products containing sodium, be sure to compare sodium values or sodium chloride values against each other, and remember that the two values are not equal. It is also worth noting that 1 Vitassium capsule (250mg Na) equals 11mmol sodium, which is another unit of measure sometimes seen on products containing sodium.

SaltStick Vitassium is designated as a medical food, as defined in 21 U.S.C. 360ee (b) (3) as a food which is formulated to be consumed under the supervision of a physician and which is intended for the specific dietary management of a disease or condition for which distinctive nutritional requirements, based on recognized scientific principles, are established by medical evaluation.

1) Abed, Howraa, Patrick A. Ball, and Le-Xin Wang. “Diagnosis and Management of Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome: A Brief Review.” Journal of Geriatric Cardiology 9 (2012): 61-67.

2) Grubb, Blair P. “Postural Tachycardia Syndrome.” Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association 117 (2008): 2814-817.

Backed by Research

Toker Engineering has been a leading supplier and expert on electrolytes for over 10 years. SaltStick products have been trusted by some of the top professional athletes in the world and have been present on many of the top competitive world stages over the years. SaltStick has been to the top of Mt. Everest, and around the globe. Rigorous and self-imposed testing standards for SaltStick products exceed government requirements. Manufacturing occurs at a fully-certified site in the USA, from local ingredients whenever possible, all of the highest pharmaceutical quality. SaltStick has been trusted by doctors who feel their patients would benefit from additional intake of electrolytes.

Vitassium is SaltStick’s improved solution to ongoing demand for a potent sodium source that is easy on the stomach, in a compact vegetarian capsule. To help more people, we have partnered with Dysautonomia International, the non-profit dedicated to funding research and information on autonomic diseases, including POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachacardia Syndrome) and EDS (Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome).

Based on extensive research (some of the links appear below) and discussions with physicians who specialize in cardiology and pediatric medicine, Vitassium was formulated with just a few simple ingredients: sodium chloride and potassium citrate in a vegetarian capsule, with a tiny amount of stearic acid (*naturally present in many foods) added as a processing agent. Feedback from patients using SaltStick Caps reinforced the capsule format as stomach-friendly. Reducing the capsule size allows smaller individuals to consume the capsule, with fluid, more easily than the larger SaltStick Caps product.

Additional Reference & Reading Links:

  • Lifestyle adaptations for people with POTS.
  • Abed, Howraa, Patrick A. Ball, and Le-Xin Wang. “Diagnosis and Management of Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome: A Brief Review.” Journal of Geriatric Cardiology 9 (2012): 61-67.
  • Grubb, Blair P. “Postural Tachycardia Syndrome.” Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association 117 (2008): 2814-817.
  • Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) (Koichi Mizumaki MD PhD)—PDF Link
  • Salt Supplementation Improves Orthostatic Cerebral and Peripheral Vascular Control in Patients With Syncope (Victoria E. Claydon, Roger Hainsworth)—PDF Link
  • Orthostatic Hypotension in the Elderly: Diagnosis and Treatment (Vishal Gupta, MD, PhD, Lewis A. Lipsitz, MD)—Summary; PDF Link
  • Treatment of Neurally Mediated Reflex Syncope (Juan C. Guzman, MD, Luciana V. Armaganijan, MD, Carlos A. Morillo, MD)—Summary; PDF Link
  • Take a Stand: A neurologic disorder known as POTS causes dizziness and fainting—and frustration, due to lack of awareness and inadequate treatment (Amy Paturel)—Summary; PDF Link
  • Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome: The Mayo Clinic Experience (Mark J. Thieben, MD et al)—Summary; PDF Link
  • Postural Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) (Phillip A. Low, M.D. et al)—Summary; PDF Link
  • Low-sodium diet might not lower blood pressure—Summary; PDF Link
  • Mild dehydration impairs cognitive performance and mood of men (Matthew S. Ganio, MD)—Summary; PDF Link
  • Strategies for Ensuring Good Hydration in the Elderly (Monique Ferry, MD)—Summary; PDF Link
  • Cardiac Origins of the Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (Qi Fu, MD, et al)—Summary; PDF Link
  • Sodium and potassium intake and blood pressure change in childhood (Johanna M Geleijnse, Diederick E Grobbee, Albert Hofman)—Summary; PDF Link
  • Dizziness and syncope in adolescence (Karen A McLeod)—Summary; PDF Link
  • Salt supplement increases plasma volume and orthostatic tolerance in patients with unexplained syncope (H El-Sayed, R Hainsworth)—Summary; PDF Link
  • Salt Supplementation Improves Orthostatic Cerebral and Peripheral Vascular Control in Patients With Syncope (Victoria E. Claydon, Roger Hainsworth)—Summary; PDF Link
  • Hydration and Cognitive Function in Children (Kristen E. D’Anci et al)—Summary; PDF Link

Answers to Your FAQ

Below is a list of the most frequently asked questions specifically about SaltStick Vitassium.
Please note: for a full list of frequently asked questions, please visit our FAQ page.

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. Should I take Vitassium alone without balancing other electrolytes?
8. Will taking this product long term cause other electrolyte imbalances?
9. Does Vitassium upset the stomach?
10. Why is there potassium in Vitassium capsules?
11. Do we disclose label and all ingredients?
12. Do you offer free samples?
13. Vitassium is expensive. Are there cheaper options?
14. Is Vitassium for athletes? What is the difference between Vitassium and other SaltStick products?
15. Are Vitassium capsules the same size as SaltStick Caps?
16. What type of allergens are present in Vitassium? Is there corn, soy, etc?
17. Does Vitassium contain caffeine?
18. What are the ingredients in Vitassium?
19. Why is there vegetarian stearic acid? Is that safe?
20. Are the vegetable capsules really made from vegetables?
21. How many Vitassium capsules should I take?
22. How should Vitassium capsules be stored?
23. Do Vitassium capsules expire?
24. What if I have further questions or comments?
25. What does Vitassium have to do with Dysautonomia International?
26. Is Vitassium a drug? Do I need a prescription to purchase Vitassium?
27. Is Vitassium purchase allowable under my insurance or FSA account?
28. Is Vitassium cGMP? What kind of facility produces Vitassium?
29. Can you send samples to my doctor for other patients to try?
30. Is Vitassium vegan?


1. 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.


2. 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.


3. 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.


4. 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.


5. 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. See Vitassium FAQ #2 for more details.


6. 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.


7. Should I take Vitassium alone without balancing other electrolytes?
Vitassium contains a concentrated balance of buffered sodium and potassium. Other electrolyte intake through a normal and varied diet are necessary for proper mineral intake. For the purpose of electrolyte supplementation, the Vitassium composition is ideal. For athletes, we recommend SaltStick Caps or Caps Plus that contain magnesium and calcium in addition, in line with electrolyte losses by sweating.


8. Will taking this product long term cause other electrolyte imbalances?
Vitassium contains a balanced mixture of sodium and potassium. If you have any specific individualized concerns on electrolyte balance, please consult with your physician.


9. 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.


10. 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.


11. Do we disclose label and all ingredients?
Of course. Ingredients are only and exactly: sodium chloride, potassium citrate, vegetarian stearic acid, vegetable capsule. Learn more about our ingredients here.


12. Do you offer free samples?
Sorry, but we currently do not offer free samples. We suggest you try a bottle, and you won’t be disappointed. Customer feedback has been overwhelmingly positive and we are confident you’ll agree. We do have a Physician Program that may be of interest. See Vitassium FAQ #29 for more details.


13. Vitassium is expensive. Are there cheaper options?
Join the Vitassium Club for exclusive discounts and pricing for those using Vitassium for medical conditions on a regular basis.


14. Is Vitassium for athletes? 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. Our other products, SaltStick Caps, SaltStick Caps Plus and SaltStick Fastchews are better options for athletes or those in hot conditions who lose a significant amount of sweat.


15. Are Vitassium capsules the same size as SaltStick Caps?
No. Vitassium capsules are smaller size “0” that are easier to consume than the larger SaltStick Caps size “00” capsules. Both products should be consumed with water.


16. What type of allergens are present in Vitassium? Is there corn, soy, etc?
Vitassium is non-GMO, vegan, gluten free, preservative free, allergen free, starch free.


17. Does Vitassium contain caffeine?
No. Ingredients are only: sodium chloride, potassium citrate, vegetarian stearic acid, vegetable capsule.


18. What are the ingredients in Vitassium?
Sodium chloride, potassium citrate, vegetarian stearic acid, vegetable capsule.


19. Why is there vegetarian stearic acid? Is that safe?
Stearic acid is used as a solid lubricant that’s helpful during the encapsulation process. It is on the GRAS (Generally recognized as safe) list in the USA that has been used safely for many years in many products. In fact, chocolate contains a large amount of stearic acid naturally, as do other food products. It is present in a very small quantity in Vitassium. It is specifically sourced from a vegetarian source.


20. Are the vegetable capsules really made from vegetables?
Hypromellose is a solid, non-toxic cellulose material derived from plants (wood/cotton fiber). There is no starch or corn present. Hypromellose is suitable for those following vegan and vegetarian diets.


21. 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.

CAUTION: Do not exceed the recommended dose unless advised by your physician. Consult a physician before using this product, especially if you are a pregnant or nursing mother, a child under 18, or an individual with a known medical condition. Individuals with hypertension, chronic renal insufficiency, diabetes, or those on a low potassium or low-salt diet should not use this product without physician guidance.


22. How should Vitassium capsules be stored?
Store contents in a cool (room temperature or below) and dry environment.


23. Do Vitassium capsules expire?
Yes, the expiration date, as printed with the lot number on the bottom of the bottle or on the packet, is 3 years (bottle) or 4 years (packet) from date of manufacture, based on stability studies, we can confirm that the mineral content (label claim) is within legal requirements within the validity date period, provided the product is stored as indicated.


24. What if I have further questions or comments?
Please visit our contact page.


25. 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, and we remain proud supporters today. Dysautonomia International is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization to assist with research, patient support and public education of autoimmune diseases.


26. Is Vitassium a drug? Do I need a prescription to purchase Vitassium?

SaltStick Vitassium is designated as a medical food, as defined in 21 U.S.C. 360ee (b) (3) as a food which is formulated to be consumed under the supervision of a physician and which is intended for the specific dietary management of a disease or condition for which distinctive nutritional requirements, based on recognized scientific principles, are established by medical evaluation.

Physicians may write a prescription for Vitassium, however, no prescription is needed to purchase a medical food.


27. Is Vitassium purchase allowable under my insurance or FSA account?
Please check with your insurance or FSA administrator if medical foods are covered under your specific plan.


28. Is Vitassium cGMP? What kind of facility produces Vitassium?
Vitassium is produced in the USA at an FDA-inspected cGMP (current Good Manufacturing Practices) and food-registered facility. The highest standards that would relate to supplement, medical food, and drug production are followed. The SaltStick name is a guarantee of quality. Learn more about our manufacturing and safety standards.


29. Can you send samples to my doctor for other patients to try?
Yes, please contact us with your doctor’s information and our team will reach out to them.

Partner Products: SaltStick Fastchews

While SaltStick Vitassium was designed specifically to meet the needs of those with chronic medical conditions, we’ve heard from countless customers that SaltStick Fastchews – another member of the SaltStick product family – provide an on-the-go aid for consuming extra sodium. (Scroll down for more details.)

SaltStick Fastchews:

  • Chewable tablets provide fast absorption through buccal mucosa (tissue in mouth).
  • Each serving (2 tablets) contains: 100 mg sodium, 30 mg potassium, 10 mg calcium, 6 mg magnesium.
  • Tart Orange and Zesty Lemon-Lime natural flavours encourage consumption.
  • Ingredients are: non-GMO, gluten-free, vegetarian, fat-free.  Natural stevia as sweetener. No colour added. Bio-available active ingredients.
  • Available in 10ct zip-lock packets and 60ct bottles.
  • You can learn more about SaltStick Fastchews here.
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