Pros - My digestion system does not like Vitamin C. It reacts to all of them and I have tried so many kinds... However, I can consume this product without upsetting my stomach. 500mg daily is ok. Normally also 1g a day doesn't upset my stomach. - Even though the capsule is large, it's easy to swallow - It comes in a big container, which means it's more price efficient Cons - The product is called "Vitamin C, 1000mg", whereas each capsule is actually 500mg and the serving size is 2 capsules. I see this as misleading. It should have been called "Vitamin C, 500mg".
Pros I purchased this product since it claims to have 3 Billion Probiotics per tablet, which is more than all other products on iHerb. The taste is mint. It seems to have a slight positive impact: the throat feels better, i.e. less soar. Cons I did not notice any significant impact on the gums or any kind of significant impact whatsoever. If I wish to "sanitize' my throat, then I usually gurgle apple-vinegar water. Therefore, the main benefit which I noticed is nothing unprecedented. The tablets are too big and their texture is rough. Therefore it's not comfortable to let them dissolve between the gums and the palate. Other thoughts I believe this to be dissolving tablets rather than chewable ones. Yes, I've just validated it: if you chew it, the tablet breaks to pieces.
Posted by Yedidya on October 9 2017 | Verified Purchase
Pros: - 7 grams of fiber & 20 gr proteins! - Plant based, i.e. no whey - Organic, i.e. not artificial junk, not GMO ingredients - Taste is great! - Texture is great. easy to bite. Does not stick to the teeth; not very hard; does not require endless biting (i.e. does not tire the jaws) Cons: - iHerb.com increased cost of shipping significantly, rendering this product even more expensive prior to the price. increase This product is only for the rich. Bottom line: When I can afford it, I buy it. Otherwise I buy cheaper products of great quality and taste.
Pros: I ordered this product after making a comprehensive research and comparing numerous supplements. This product seem to offer B vitamins in their newest generation and active (enzyme?) form. I ordered this product because it came 1st in my comparison. Furthermore, it's available in a large container which makes it cost effective. Cons: After consuming those capsules, my pee gets extremely shiny yellowish; I think that a certain distinctive smell comes not only from my urine, but also from my skin. Consequentially, I tried to consume 1 capsule daily (rather than 2). It didn't really help. The smell and colors are still very dominant. Now I will try to consume 1 capsule every other day. Other thoughts: Perhaps every capsule should have had a smaller dosage?
When I opened the 1st piece, I already realized that it's not really a standard protein bar, but a gummy one. Then I tried it, and realized that I was right. I could not even try it. One bite was more than enough. Perhaps some people like bars of this texture, i.e. bars that are sticky and get stick to the teeth. However, my teeth are sensitive and therefore I cannot bite into such things. My dentist also explained that products which stick to the teeth (e.g. dried fruits) usually lead to caries as their sugars get glued to the teeth and are hard to clean. Bottom line: if you are a lover of dried fruits, then perhaps this bar is for you. Other thoughts: If there was a photo of the bar itself, rather than 3 photos of the pack, then I'd recognize that I dislike it and would not order it.
Before purchasing this product, I consumed Astaxanthin (12mg) by California Gold Nutrition. The CGN product can be consumed either on empty stomach or with food, and it is also a cheaper product (when pricing is normalized). I was happy with the CGN product, though decided to try another brand. When I consumed this BioAstin on empty stomach (against the instructions on the label), it lead to a strong negative reaction. My stomach was upset for about 1-2 hours. However, when I consume it with food, everything is good. I did not notice any significant benefit from this (or the CGN) product, though I think it promotes overall good feeling. Various articles claim that Astaxanthin is the most potent antioxidant. It does not transform into pro-oxidant; and each antioxidant can bond with up to 17 free radicals and take them out of the body. Astaxanthin achieves any spot in the body, including the eyes and sinuses, and is considered as the best antioxidant out there. Therefore I consume Asataxanthin on regular basis. I assume that I will not buy more Asataxanthin from BioAstin though. It seems to be more expensive, less flexible as far as consumption on empty stomach, and I do not see any advantage of it over competing products.
The taste of this maple is not as good as the maple I've got used to, by Great Northern (also Grade A Dark Color - Robust Taste). I give it 2 stars also due to the fact that: 1. It's expensive 2. The shipping adds more to the cost, rendering this a bad deal; 3. The label does not state where is the product is manufactured. Overall not a great deal at all. Probably you could find better product and deal at Trader Joe's or Whole Foods.
Posted by Yedidya on October 23 2017 | Verified Purchase
I believe that price increase could be legit. However, the price was nearly doubled in Oct/2017. This while in the previous month, iHerb increased the cost of shipping significantly as well. During the times the price was lower, the product could only be shipped to Israel in a slow shipping method which takes 30+ days. I could not think of any reason for the limited shipping options. I feel that iHerb is misleading us. They change prices significantly, and no notice appears to make us aware of that; Furthermore, in the cart we learn that some shipping methods are disabled (and such information is not available in advance, nor information on the cost of shipping which varies in an unclear manner). I see this as a bad pricing strategy and bad service on behalf of iHerb, leading to bad shopping experience. Considering the increased price, I'd recommend better priced Serrapeptase products such as by: Enzymedica, Doctor's Best, and Natural Factors. Those products are also non-GMO in contrast with this one. However, Doctor's best capsule is made of Modified Cellucose and therefore I recommend avoiding it.
I wish it was 40K H.U., but it is a nice spicy product and I'm happy with it. There's nothing special about it, which means that I have no complaints :)
Posted by Yedidya on October 8 2017 | Verified Purchase
Pros: - It tastes really good, simply a treat - No whey, no artificial ingredients. All Natural Biting: This requires a lot of biting. It's not as "soft" or "tender". However, it's not sticky and it's not hard. It just requires some work in order to process in the mouth before swallowing... Digestion: It digests well for me. No noticeable issues. Cons: - It's not organic - Nutritional Value: I wish it contained more fiber, e. g. 5 grams or so - iHerb significantly increase cost of shipping, which renders this product much less attractive Bottom Line: Highly recommended!