In Theory, This Should Be An Excellent Product—But, Unfortunately, I Am Not Impressed
Posted on Mar 26, 2012
The Short Story:
Vitamineral Green is a seemingly good product that’s held back by some crucial factors: There’s no nutrition label, no way to know its macro-nutrient breakdown, and no way to know something as trivial as how many servings of vegetables it contains per recommended dosage (and so on). Lastly: I simply did not feel any different after taking it every day for three months.
The Long Story:
I wanted to like this product, I really did. As a vegan, it's hard to come by a supplement company that is as concerned about its ethics as it is about its profits. Healthforce is a rare exception in this case. Two big thumbs-up for that.
And Vitamineral Green looks to be an amazing product; after all, it's Healthforce’s “golden boy” to use Seinfeld-speak. Not to mention that it’s gotten rave reviews all over the net (including here).
So I bought it. Yet, despite the hype (and my enthusiasm), I have come to be majorly disappointed. Simply put: I feel no different after three months of use. Given the cost of the product, I definitely want to “feel” something.
Some more cons: There’s no nutrition label, so I cannot tell how much of whatever ingredient it is that I’m getting. And it seems rather odd that Dr. Sheridan—the owner of Healthforce—would claim that the product could be used in place of a multivitamin, which is how I have been using it (clearly an act of good faith on my part). But, given my subpar results, I'm no longer convinced. And I wouldn't recommend anyone to follow in my footsteps. Cover your bases. Take a multi (preferably vegan, thank you).
Conclusion: In theory, this product should be excellent. But in practice, it fails to live up to the hype. I’m not sure how others are able to overlook the shortcomings I’ve discussed above, but perhaps it works better for them. As for me, I will be happy to support Healthforce once they decide to let me know what I’m putting in my body so I can know where I’m coming up short.
In the mean time, I have come across Garden of Life’s “Raw Organic Green Superfood” and will be giving it a go once I get through the few bottles of Vitamineral Green that I have left. At the very least, it has a nutrition label.
UPDATE (7/21/11): 7/21/11: A few months after this review was posted I had given Garden of Life’s “Raw Organic Green Superfood” (as called “Perfect Food RAW”) a fair shot. I used it consistently and as directed. But as with Vitamineral Green the results were the same: I felt no difference in my “state of being.” Now, Perfect Food RAW does have a nutrition label and I suggested that this was an improvement over Vitamineral Green’s lack of nutritional information. However, an e-mail exchange with Garden of Life representative (Jenna) revealed that it is impossible to know how many servings of veggies are in a serving of Perfect Food RAW. She writes: “Thank you for your email and interest in Garden of Life's products. We do not currently have an ORAC value for Perfect Food RAW, therefore we cannot tell you how many servings of fruit & vegetables are in one serving of Perfect Food RAW.” This is very disappointing. And one wonders how it is possible for a product that touts the benefits of “green super foods” (as does Vitamineral Green) to not have the means to answer a very simple question. With that said, I have recently been using “The Ultimate Meal” and will post my results in a month or so. I hope this information has been helpful.