Disappointed, Seemed to Cause Skin Breakouts
Posted by wholefoods on Jan 13, 2013
I have been reading more about probiotics and their role in digestive health and immunity and wanted to try this product as I have had good experiences with other Healthforce products in the past. I have especially liked Vitamineral Green and Vitamin C powder and found them to be of exceptional quality. Unfortunately, I didn't have such a great experience with this product. After taking 2-4 capsules per day for about a week, I began to notice small cystic acne developing on my cheeks. I haven't had that problem for many years and wasn't sure what the cause was at first. My diet and other factors in my life were basically the same as they had been and I couldn't identify what the cause was. I continued to take this product for another 2 weeks and found increasing skin breakouts all over my cheeks. It was very unexpected and troubling for that to happen. I began to have an intuition that these may be playing some role in my skin problems. I did some research online and discovered several articles and responses by others who had also experienced probiotics leading to skin breakouts and other problems. After reading these articles and responses, I stopped using this product entirely. Since I stopped taking this product, my skin has gone back to the way it was before and my previous breakouts are healing. I can't say there is a definite cause and effect relationship between my skin problems and this product, but I also think there may have been an issue with one of the types of probiotics or other ingredients. Perhaps I was intolerant to some of the ingredients or the level or probiotics disrupted something in my digestive track. I've also read that some probiotics might enter the bloodstream if a person has a problem with absorption and the body may develop an immune response. I've also considered that this may have been a healing reaction to a deeper problem, but ultimately I didn't notice enough of a positive result from taking these for a few weeks to make me feel it was worth it to go through increasingly severe skin reactions. Regardless, I won't purchase these again. I still think Healthforce is a great company and this product will probably work fine for others. They just weren't the best for me.
Excellent Quality; Similar to or Better than New Chapter's Wholemega at Lower Price
Posted by wholefoods on Dec 17, 2012
I purchased this brand of salmon oil due to some concerns with New Chapter's Wholemega brand. In comparing the two products side by side, it is my opinion that these products are of the same quality or higher quality than the Wholemega products. Both brands have a dark orange tinted capsules, much richer looking than many other fish oil capsules. Both brands are derived from salmon oil (in the case of Solgar sockeye salmon oil) as opposed to smaller fish or krill. Both brands have a wide array of Omega oils (3, 5, 6, 7, 9) as well as Astaxanthin and Vitamin D3 (in fact, Solgar is higher in many of these categories). On top of all this, this product is offered at a lower price per capsule than the Wholemega brand ($ .19 per capsule for Solgar vs. $ .27 per capsule for Wholemega). In comparing all of these factors, it seems to me this product is a better value. Also, no fish burps or problems for me with digestion. I will purchase this product often and use this brand as my primary fish oil from now on. Excellent product!
Great for Marathon Training
Posted by wholefoods on Aug 13, 2012
I use a few spoonfuls of this honey before long runs and during marathon races in place of energy gels. Honey is quickly broken down by the body and easily digested, providing fast energy to be used by the muscles. It has a smooth texture and sweet taste. Besides using this during races, I also enjoy this product in tea or simply straight from the jar. It's also a great bargain for the amount you get. One of the biggest challenges is keeping other people from taking spoonfuls when I'm not looking. I'll be reordering this often and using during races and long training runs.
Dark as a Cup of Coffee Raw Chocolate
Posted by wholefoods on Aug 13, 2012
I bought a bag of this product intending to use it as a sweet chocolate cocoa mix, like the kind grandma used to make. When I put the powder into a coffee mug and stirred it, it ended up tasting more like a cup of dark coffee. Not that that is a bad thing. There isn't anything sweet about this product. It is very dark tasting and bitter. At first I couldn't get used to the taste. Now, I drink a cup or two a day at work in place of coffee. I appreciate that this product is filled with iron, magnesium, protein, fiber, healthy fats, and a host of antioxidants. It also makes me feel calm after drinking a cup, probably a combination of the caffeine and other components of the raw cacoa. Also, because Navitas specializes in whole foods products, including cacoa in all its manifestations, I trust the quality. Highly recommended!
Potential Dream Enhancer
I purchased this product out of curiosity. I had done some research on Red Reishi and found it to be a potentially fine addition to my daily supplement routine. Since taking this product, I haven't noticed much in the way of enhanced energy or calm. The one area I have noticed a huge difference in is the clarity of my dreams. Since starting to take this product, I have had intense, vivid dreams almost every night. Prior to taking this product, I hardly ever remembered my dreams. I don't know what the significant of this is or the relationship between the increased dream recall and this product, but I do think there is some relationship. I would be curious to know if other people experience this, as well. For now, I'll continue to take this product and see how long my dreams continue.
Nice Berry Flavor, Mild Detox
I have purchased several of Yogi's detox brands, including Detox, Skin Detox, and this product, Berry Detox. After trying all three, I would say this and the Skin Detox are quite similar in taste. This product has a strong berry taste that, when taken alone, is somewhat overpowering. I enjoy the regular detox tea the most out of the three and feel that it has the strongest detoxifying effect. I think this tea is fine for taste, but I'm not sure how much of detox effect you are getting from this product.
Blends Well; Great Taste and Nutrition
Posted by wholefoods on Aug 30, 2012
I purchased this product to supplement my diet as I make the transition to a vegan diet. I use 1 scoop of this product along with 15g of Hawaiian Spirulina, 10g of Chlorella, and some Vitamin-C powder twice a day in the morning and evening. That combination makes a great overall health drink with an excellent amino acid profile, loads of vitamins and minerals, and allows me to completely do away with multivitamins and other supplements. You could certainly use this product alone. It offers a great amino acid profile itself, equal or superior to many animal products, and a nice combination of proteins from pea, cranberry, and hemp. I find the taste of this product to be much better than some other vanilla soy and rice based protein powders I have tried. The product has a slightly sweet taste, but certainly not overpowering. The powder blends well in juice and water, dissolving quickly and evenly. You also get quite a bit of product for your money. This is a 1kg bag, probably enough to last most people a month and a half to two months per bag. I really enjoy this product and it seems to me like one of the top vegan protein products on the market. I will reorder often!
Rich, Dark Chocolate; For the Connoisseur
Posted by wholefoods on Dec 04, 2012
I purchased this product because I enjoy very dark chocolate bars (80% or more cocoa content). I really like these bars. The taste is strong with subtle notes of vanilla. I can also tell that this chocolate is sourced from different cocoa trees than mass produced chocolates as there is quite a bit more complexity in the taste. A little bit of chocolate goes a long way. I also appreciate that the company, Alter Eco, seems committed to purchasing from smaller cocoa plantations. That said, this chocolate is not for everyone. If you enjoy a very sweet tasting chocolate like Dove Bars or milk chocolate, this bar will probably be much too bitter for you. However, if you like extreme dark chocolates with high cocoa content as I do, I think this is one of the best! I will purchase often.
Supports Bone Growth; Helped my Stress Fracture Heal
I took this product, along with another bone building product, to recover from a stress fracture in one of my feet caused by too my running and lack of recovery time. I found this product to be of high quality. The type of calcium used in this product, MCHC, has been shown in research to be of more value in bone building and bone density than calcium carbonate or citrate. After several months of using this product and another bone building product, my stress fracture healed completely and I haven't had any problems since.
Solid Quinoa from Good Company
I have ordered this product several times. This product is a good tasting quinoa at a decent price. The quinoa always tastes fresh and cooks up well. I also trust the brand, Equal Exchange. I appreciate that they source products from community co-ops and offer their products at good prices. I will order this product again.
More Powerful than Regular Tyrosine, Sometimes Too Much
I purchased this product after having used Jarrow Formulas regular L-Tyrosine. I noticed a significant difference when using this product compared to the original. This product produces a much stronger effect and it sometimes felt a bit unpleasant, like I was a bit wired. I will probably use the rest of this bottle and switch back to the regular L-Tyrosine in the future.
Seems to be Improving Mood
Posted by wholefoods on Dec 17, 2012
I purchased this product to help with my digestion and energy levels. I have been taking this produce twice a day (in the morning and evening) 15 minutes before meals with cold water. Since starting on this product, I have noticed significantly better digestion and generally feel much "lighter" and as though I have more energy during the day. One unexpected benefit is that I have also noticed an improvement in my mood since starting on this product. Generally during the winter months I experience depression and low energy. Since I have been taking this product I have felt positive and noticed no signs of depression despite the cold and darker days. As the rest of my schedule and supplements have remained the same, I attribute these changes, at least in part, to this product. I have also done some research regarding probiotics and am very interested in the potential role of probiotics on neurotransmitter activity ("The brain in your gut") as has been demonstrated in recent research studies. I will continue to take these and enjoy the benefits. Highly recommended!