I use this product in replacement of Reliv Classic. I had to because I couldn't afford Reliv any longer. I also was concerned about the large amounts of soy and fructose in the Reliv products. Soy can cause problems if you are hypothyroid. My thyroid levels were not very good the last time I got checked. This spurred me to find a powdered vitamin supplement that wasn't soy-based but that would still help me with my fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue symptoms. The good: The Fatigued to Fantastic Energy Infusion powder (FF) is about a third less than Reliv Classic. It also tastes great! It's whey protein-based and is sweetened with stevia. I think it has just the right amount of sweetness, but you could adjust the level of sweetness by either using less liquid(for more sweetness) or more liquid (less sweet). I usually use water or milk, but you could use juice if you want it more sweet. Dr. Teitlebaum has added betaine and malic acid to help muscle pain; inulin, a prebiotic fiber to help the good bacteria in your gut; and extra amino acids that help and support fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue symptoms. He also used a whey protein base. There are studies that have found that whey protein helps the symptoms of fibromyalgia and there are doctors who now use whey protein as part of the treatment they administer to their fibromyalgia patients. While there is only 7 grams of whey protein, a little helps a lot over time. For extra support you may want to try a whey protein drink that has a higher protein content in conjunction to FF. I don't but it may be of benefit to some. The cons and caveats: FF can be clumpy. The best way to dissolve it is to use a very small amount of water at first and stir it with a fork until it's smooth. Then I add more water, stirring constantly, until I've added all the water I'm going to. It works very well that way. Dr. Teitlebaum formulated FF without calcium or iron so people who are on thyroid medications (like me) can take it right away in the morning without it interfering with their medication. This is a great idea because I don't have to wait 4+ hours in the morning to take my vitamins. But if you need calcium you may want to consider purchasing some inexpensive calcium to take later in the day or evening. That's what I do and it works well for me. There are no B vitamins in the powder. You need to take the B vitamin capsule included in the system, or substitute FF's B complex with another B vitamin complex of your choice. Personally, I use brewer's yeast daily and occasionally Country Life's coenzyme B Complex (if I'm really stressed) instead of FF's included capsule because I find FF's B complex capsule bothers me and gives me gas. Other information: I use FF just like Reliv: I take one-third scoop of FF three times daily. You could, of course, just take one full scoop once daily, or even half a scoop once or twice daily. I chose to continue the same routine I was accustomed to. But I think how and when a you takes FF is whatever would be most convenient for you. Twice a day I also add d-ribose powder, Enzymatic Therapy's Fiber Fusion, calcium capsules or powder, and brewer's yeast to my FF shake. My third shake I usually take the FF by itself unless I really need any of the extra supplements that day. I am hypothyroid, and I also have fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome, probably caused by a West Nile virus infection a few years ago. I've never been the same since, so I have to take supplements to help me with my mental and physical energy. The FF (and the other supplements I listed) really help me. I know it sounds like a lot, but it is saving me money and I feel just as good as I did on the Reliv without the worries of fructose, soy, or multi-level-marketing. I hope this helps all of you. Give it a try!
The lemon flavor tastes like lemonade! It's great without being sugary-sweet. This is definitely not your grandmother's fiber drink. Fiber Fusion is actually enjoyable to drink. It is sweetened with stevia. It can get a little thick but it's not gloppy or gritty. Just add it to a very small amount of water or juice and use a fork to stir it into a paste. Then, add additional liquid while stirring with a fork; you can take it in as much liquid as you like. I add Fiber Fusion to my vitamin shake and it works well that way too. My sister has a terrible case of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). If she doesn't take fiber, she is in excruciating pain. We use FF instead of Reliv's Fibrestore, which worked but was very expensive. My sister likes FF better for both flavor and results; she's had no IBS symptoms reoccur while taking Fiber Fusion. I also like it. I'm regular and it's enjoyable to take; it's not harsh but it definitely works. And it's also a good price. We each use about two containers a month. Give it a try!
Posted by iHerb Customer on Feb 17, 2008 | Verified Purchase
I found out I am allergic to either cocoa butter or jojoba oil (or both). I was using this on my face as an oil cleanser and it gave me a terrible, terrible rash (not acne or pimples)and some hives. I wish I could have used it because I loved the rich, buttery texture. It was wonderful and soothing. I think it's a good product for those who are not allergic to cocoa butter or jojoba oil. One issue: when I got this, the jojoba had separated from the cocoa butter, leaving hard round balls of butter covered in thick oil; this might have been caused by the cold winter temperatures. I simply reheated the mass very gently over a double-boiler and poured it back into the jar to get back to a normal, blended consistency.
I use this in my Fatigued to Fantastic vitamin shakes (instead of the supplied B vitamin capsule) to supply B vitamins and to get a little extra protein. I haven't tried a lot of different brands, but I find Lewis Labs' flavor to be palatable enough. It has not bitterness and I'm even starting to like the flavor of it. I use about 1 rounded teaspoon two or three times daily. I have gotten used to it so now it doesn't taste very strong. I think their brewer's yeast is a great super food to add into your daily diet. Give it a try!
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