doesn't dissolve easiliy like NuNaturals
Posted by Reviewer1078080 on Apr 21, 2013
This is how stevia works - in large amounts its real taste is bitter, in small concentrations it tricks your taste buds and it seems 'sweet'. Every pure concentrated stevia brand will produce a bitter taste if you put too much of it or it's not dissolved well. KAL stevia has a pleasant mild taste with green grassy undertones. It's less concentrated than NuNaturals and correspondingly less probable to pass the bitter threshold - that's why people claim it has less bitter aftertaste. The major disadvantage of KAL stevia is that it does not dissolve easily in water - it lumps and just floats on the surface untill I stirr it vigorously. I prefer NuNaturals pure stevia (not the one with maltodextrin) which dissolves easily, is more concentrated, and is a better bang for your buck than KAL.
flares up seborrheic dermatitis
Posted by Reviewer1078080 on Feb 03, 2014
I've read the reviews of people using Nettle Leaf for allergies. I have seborrheic dermatitis (rash, itching, scaling around mouth, eyebrows, scalp) that flares up when I eat fast carbs. I suppress it with anti-histamines. I was hoping Nettle Leaf will have similar effect but the moment I took two capsules, my dermatitis instantly flared up leading to new rash which takes 1.5 weeks to heal. That is no surprise since Nettle Leaf contains Histamine which is the trigger body chemical for my rashes. It may work for other allergies by making the body less responsive to Histamine but definitely avoid for dermatitis, psoriasis, or eczema. Nettle root had similar negative effect on my dermatitis.
helps achieve orgasm if you are on anti-depressant like Prozac
Posted by Reviewer1078080 on Oct 29, 2011
I take Prozac which is a fantastic antidepressant but the side effect is that although I get erection, I cannot achieve orgasm, probably due to low levels of histamine. I take one tablet of L-Histidine 30 mins before sex and the problem is resolved. For boost in the erection department, I combine it with a few capsules of ginkgo biloba which seems to help slightly with erection and somehow mitigate the anorgasmia side effect of prozac. The main help for achieving orgasm is L-Histidine though not the ginkgo.
a staple in my cabinet for gums, bad breath and cold sores
I have problems with my gums due to bacteria. Whenever a gum feels swallen, I rub this oil on it and it de-puffs over night. Tea tree oil is the BEST natural killer of bad breath bacteria I know. I just rub it on my gums and then gargle with water. For half an hour your mouth smells like camphor but after that it goes away and no more bad breath. I also use the tea trea oil to burn cold sores in two days. I apply it over the cold sore about 3 times /day for the 1st and 2nd day when the sore appears on my lips and its burned out on the third day. It works much faster and effective to burn the cold sore and stop it from expanding and propagating, much more effective than the standard meds like Abreva or Valtrex.
typical depressant - a good sleeping pill
Posted by Reviewer1078080 on Mar 26, 2011
I started taking it before bed because it makes me too sleepy and unmotivated if I take it in the morning. It is very easy to fall asleep again on it after waking up in the night. I don't think this herb has any antidepressant properties, quite the opposite it makes me feel depressed and lacking energy. I take a mild stimulant during the day to counteract that - welbutrin. The alleged bacopa effect on memory is not pronounced - I noticed I find words to express myself easier but it could well be just a placebo effect.
doesn't cause digestive problems; part of it water insoluble
Posted by Reviewer1078080 on Mar 26, 2011
Unlike whey protein, this rice protein does not create digestive problems, even calms your digestive tract. Don't rely on the 'berry flavor', it is nonexistent. I flavor it with powder lemonade with artificial sweetener and then it's all good. I mix it in shaking cup and the protein homogenizes well especially with the lemonade powder in but part of it is apparently water insoluble which is why some people commented it is 'gritty'. That's not a problem to me. As protein it perfoms as expected - the muscles are pumped.
glorified synthetic multivitamin
Posted by Reviewer1078080 on Jan 09, 2012
I mix it only with water in my blender and I like the smooth texture and even the green taste. Unfortunately, this is nothing more than a synthetic multivitamin blended with probably dead vegetable powders. This is obvious from the contents, many of the vitamins are at 100% level; it also makes your urine yellow from the synthetic B vitamins. The blend is acceptable at half the price, otherwise just buy a good synthetic multivitamin to do the same job. The powder gives a slight energy boost but it may well be from the protein content. I have not observed any effect on my skin that even remotely resembles the positive effect of eating fresh fruits and vegetables.
comedogenic and does nothing for reducing redness
Posted by Reviewer1078080 on Jan 06, 2010
I was hoping I could use this oil instead of avocado oil which is too shiny for daily use. It's not gonna happen. Jason's oil is not matte enough to wear during the day, it caused pimples here and there and does absolutely nothing for my skin. Purified avocado oil beats the hell out of Jason's, it is truly non-comedogenic and really calms and smooths your skin.
zero biological effect: no effect on skin or appetite or energy level
Posted by Reviewer1078080 on Apr 11, 2011
The grassy-gritty taste doesn't bother me, I sprinkle several teaspoons on food or add 1-2 heaped tablespoons to my protein shake. I was hoping it will make my skin calmer (less reddish) and smoother the way eating kiwis and blueberries does, this didn't happen. I also did not observe this powder curbing my apetite or 'giving me more energy' as some reviews here are claiming. Basically it's overpriced dead fiber that doesn't come close, even remotely, to the beneficial effect of eating fresh fruits and vegetables on my skin and health.
cannot keep odor away and is sticky
This is simply alcohol fragranced with a lemon smell. If that can 'keep the body smells away', so will every body spray since they are the same alcohol+fragrance composition. I personally do not find it effective as a lasting deodorant. If your underarms are hairy, it is hard to get it everywhere because it's a spray not a stick that you can rub in. I also found out that it is sticky if you apply too much.
works for anxiety and depression but deactivates other drugs
It really works and the anti-anxiety anti-depression effects are noticeable right away after a few days, not after several weeks like with commersial antidepressants. A problem is that it deactivates other drugs like stimulants (coffee, ephedra) or viagra/cialis. In order for those to work, you should not take St. John's wort the same day.
seems to keep odor away at gym but the smell is not exactly bamboo
It seems to work really well at keeping my gym clothes from getting smelly. It is a wax stick so it will leave a slight residue on your clothes. The smell is not what I was hoping for, not really bamboo but has some pine smell in it which is not unpleasant but not my preference. The stick cannot be closed if the was is too protruding so I constantly have to move the wax up to apply and then down to close it. Kind of inconvenient.