I started taking this to help with insulin resistance and visceral fat. I also suffer from rather severe depression. After taking this for about two weeks, I started noticing an improvement in my depression. A drastic improvement, my husband noticed it, and so did my family and friends! It was gradual. Everyday it kept getting better, and better. I had been so deeply depressed, and blamed it on everyone and everything around me., and I could literally feel that lifting off of my shoulders. The negativity that weighed me down just started dissipating. I started researching it, and berberine does indeed possess antidepressant effects similar to MAO inhibitors without the scary side effects. Well, after taking berberine I realized that I was suffering from a chemical imbalance that was causing the depression, which was great news for me because at least it is treatable, and at least there is hope for me. I had tried various antidepressants throughout my life, all of which have a host of side effects - and nothing has helped me in the way that berberine did. At the same time I was using berberine I was also having terrible issues with constipation, and was not sure why. I persisted with the berberine until my doctor suggested that I eliminate one supplement at a time to identify the cause of the constipation. I went off the berberine for a few days, and my bowels movements returned. So did the depression. That came back with a vengeance. I want so badly to return to the berberine, but the constipation was so severe that I simply cannot. I am working with my doctor to find an antidepressant that has a similar effect to berberine. Unfortunately they all seem to have one side effect or another, which I hate. Some make you sleepy, some make you nervous - berberine did none of that. Anyway, if you are more prone to diarrhea, I am sure this is would be great for you! If you suffer from constipation, and slow digestion this will only make it worse.
Posted by iHerb Customer on September 16 2017 | Verified Purchase
A lot of people here are complaining and gagging about the taste. Guys, this is bone broth. It isn't supposed to taste like strawberries or chocolate. This tastes exactly as you would think - like bone broth. I drink it every night before going to bed dissolved in hot water with a pinch of high quality sea salt. It is great. I ran out for a couple of weeks, and didn't know what do with myself in the evenings. I started to crave it. So I reordered. I don't think I'll be without this. It helps me sleep. I work out a lot. Cardio and weight training, and really have to make a point to get enough protein in my diet or I cannot sleep through the night. This does the trick. I drink whey isolate after workouts and this for bed.
Posted by iHerb Customer on April 30 2017 | Verified Purchase
This product has been a godsend! I suffer from what I believe to be methane dominate SIBO after taking a very strong course or probiotics with prebiotics, which has been causing very slow motility and constipation. I have tried a number of different laxatives, and have found that I would need to take nearly double the recommended dose to see any results, and they didn't seem to do much to speed up my very slow digestion. Since trying Triphala my digestion has returned to normal, and I am able to have normal bowel movements again. It isn't harsh, doesn't cause cramping or diarrhea - it just gives you normal bowel movements. If you suffer from slow motility and digestion with constipation, I highly recommend this gentle yet effective product. I also noticed that it has a type of expectorant effect on the lungs. On my second day of taking this, I woke up with a congested chest, I coughed twice and cleared a lot of phlegm out of my lungs that I didn't even know that I had. I feel fabulous after taking this. Constipation gone. Digestion back to normal. Great for chest congestion.
Posted by iHerb Customer on July 9 2017 | Verified Purchase
WOW, this stuff works. In January of this year I developed as severe case of methane SIBO (methane SIBO causes constipation that is worsened by fiber, and pretty much paralyzes your intestines, the involuntary muscle actions that that push everything out just stops) after taking a strong probiotic supplement with prebiotic (anyone with SIBO, or an overgrowth situation needs to AVOID prebiotics at all costs - FOS, inulin, etc. because it will cause the bacteria that you do have to proliferate). I was constipated, and looked like I was five months pregnant. Six months later I finally got a positive diagnosis of SIBO and went on a strong course of Rifaxamin and Flagyl. The symptoms went away, bowel movement normalized for about a week and then the bloating started again, and I noticed my bowel movements beginning to slow down. I was scared to death that the SIBO had returned. Then read that this particular strain of probiotic has been helpful for people with methane dominate sibo, and that it helps with constipation. So I thought I'd give it a try. I tried taking one capsule with a meal twice a day, and noticed an improvement in bloating. Then I tried taking two, twice a day. WOW!!!! The bloating is gone, bowel movements are normal. I have tried many probiotics, and this is one of the few that really made a difference. For me it is that missing link. I love it, and I just ordered two more so that I won't run out. I never want to be without this. No prebiotics either, so it is safe for SIBO patients!
Posted by iHerb Customer on February 27 2017 | Verified Purchase
I suffer from insulin resistance and PCOS and so I thought that it wouldn't hurt to provide my liver with a little extra support. I usually take one a day, but one day I forgot and accidentally took it twice. I became very nauseated, and tired. So i have no doubt that it DOES work on your liver, just make sure that you don't take more than one a day!
Posted by iHerb Customer on June 8 2017 | Verified Purchase
I began taking this product and developed SEVERE bloating and constipation immediately afterward - constipation so bad that I literally could not have a bowel movement without taking high doses of laxatives, and I became so bloated that I looked pregnant. This went on for months, and began immediately after I started taking this. After much research, I believed that I had the symptoms of SIBO (small intestine bacterial overgrowth). Basically this occurs when bacteria colonize in your small intestine, rather than your colon. It leads to bloating and IBS symptoms (either constipation, diarrhea or both - an absolute nightmare!). I finally went to a doctor who tested me, and confirmed that it was SIBO. To get rid of it I am currently on two very strong antibiotics for 14 days. The problem with this product is that it contains prebiotics (FOS), prebiotics can cause the bacteria that you already have will cause it to proliferate and this is what the doctor believes happened to me. It is especially bad to take if you are prone to constipation/slow digestion as this will cause the "good" bacteria to colonize where it doesn't belong, and the prebiotic causes bacteria to proliferate. So beware. This might be helpful for people with fast digestion, and diarrhea, but stay away from anything with prebiotics in it (FOS, inulin, etc.). SIBO is a nightmare to get rid of. After the antibiotics, I now need to take a probitioc that does NOT contain FOS or inulin or any type of prebiotic.
I recently discovered that I have an MTHFR mutation and that I have a long standing folate and B12 deficiency, which have been causing me a lot of health issues. I recently started with regular methylcobalamin injections, along with these. I love this stuff. It has everything that you need if you suffer from this genetic mutation. I think that I am even noticing an improvement in my grey hair. It has certainly helped with depression, and anxiety.
Okay, you MUST take this with food otherwise you will get a nasty stomach ache/ulcer/acidic stomach.
Posted by iHerb Customer on February 27 2017 | Verified Purchase
So this looks great. Has all of your greens, plus protein, plus a lot of other great ingredients. I just went to mix it into my smoothie, and read the fine print: it can cause birth defects, and apparently lead has been detected in some of the plants used to make this. I won't be drinking this as I am trying to have a baby. And lead? Well, I don't think anyone needs any additional lead in their system. There are other greens formulas out there, look for something with a bit less of a risk.
I don't believe that I suffer from candida issues, or at least I didn't as I don't really get yeast infections or fungal infections. I get sick quite often though, and easily come down with sinus infections for which I have taken a lot of antibiotics for. They work but the minute that I stop them, the sinus infection returns. Enter Candida Balance. I started supplementing with these because I felt that with all of the antibiotic use I could use some beneficial bacteria in my gut, and so I started taking these. They cured the chronic sinus infections, and my immune system has improved dramatically!!! The minute that I start feeling ill, I take these and it keeps the sinus infection at bay. I have loads of energy, and have noticed a marked improvement in my brain fog!! These make me feel like a new person. So, I must have had an issue with candida and didn't know it.