After learning with a Naturopath for a number of years, I worked as Nutrition Department Manger and Buyer at two health food stores in New England from 2003-2007. I've helped hundreds of people over the years, What I have to share comes from my experience. My reviews of products are not influenced or affiliated with any manufacturers.
Posted by Specialist on Nov 14, 2009 | Verified Purchase
MK-4 only lasts a few hours in the body while MK-7 lasts about a day. I switched back to Jarrow MK-7 and Healthy Origins Vitamin D3 (5000IU) Now that I know better, 1000IU of D3 in the winter is not enough for me. I've moved up to 5000 IU/day in the winter since I live north of 35 degrees latitude in the US, and that's what the current research suggests. I'd rather take 2 pills(D and K2) and get an effective dose vs. having to take 4-5 of these.
Posted by Specialist on Sep 22, 2011 | Verified Purchase
I ordered beet powder from another company in Florida (they claimed the powder was organic). The color and taste of this beet powder is far superior. For the few extra dollars and and an unquestionable organic label, I'll buy this one again. The price went up a bit so that's why I only gave it 4 stars
Posted by Specialist on Dec 25, 2013 | Verified Purchase
I found out that Beta-Alanine is the limiting factor in the body's own production of Carnosine, so I use that now. There's nothing wrong with this product except that it's 3 times more expensive than going with Beta-Alanine. See http://www.iherb.com/Now-Foods-Sports-Beta-Alanine-100-Pure-Powder-17-6-oz-500-g/10940
Posted by Specialist on Apr 23, 2009 | Verified Purchase
I always liked this formula and Jarrow's non-vegetarian Bone-Up because of their use of MK-7 (even though it is a small amount). Not many manufacturers are aware of Vit. K's importance in keeping calcium out of soft tissue and in the bones. This formula used to have Glucosamine HCL in it, but now it has potassium (which is a lot cheaper and so ubiquitous in nature that I consider it to be a worthless addition). So they took something valuable out and basically gave us nothing back. They also use magnesium oxide which is poorly absorbed. It's convenient taking a calcium "formula" but there are compromises. So, after using a few bottles of this formula, I've decide to move on. I'm willing to take a few more pills to get what I really want in a supplement. I'll be using Now Foods- Red Mineral Algae, Healthy Origins Vitamin D3 5000, Jarrow- MK7, Thorne Research- Magnesium CitraMate, Zinc Glycinate, and Solgar- Multi Chelated 3mg Boron. I already take a B-Vitamin, Vit C, and chlorophyll (for copper), so everything is covered.
Posted by Specialist on Feb 09, 2009 | Verified Purchase
I've been using D-Ribose to help prevent delayed onset muscle soreness. If my muscles really feel tight after a workout, and I take 5- 10 grams within an hour of the workout it helps. If I workout till muscle exhaustion, I'd need 15 grams. I wouldn't take 15 grams all at once though: I'd take some before the workout. This is the most economical D-Ribose I've found so far. Sometimes the powder clumps up a little, but it's no big deal: I just crush it back up.
Posted by Specialist on Feb 18, 2014 | Verified Purchase
I read that a person would feel it in 6 days and the label said to watch for blood sugar effects, so I opted to take it at night. It took 7 days for me to be clear about the difference my body was feeling. Maybe it builds up as you take it... I had to stop for a day to get my bearings. I took it again the next day and within about 20 hours the feeling was very noticeable again. It certainly is potent. I could not imagine wanting to take more than 100mg in a day. If anything, the dose should be smaller. I'm 140lbs. I started taking this along with 1 tablespoon of MCT Oil so my experience may be the combined effect. The first thing I noticed was that my thinking had changed; similar to being on caffeine. Then after eating a large meal, I noticed I was not fatigued like I normally would be. But it went further than that: I felt like my blood sugar did not rise from the meal. My stomach felt full but I still felt hungry. I took the next day off from taking it, but the day after I went back on Benegene, I felt like I couldn't eat enough: My blood sugar felt low and no matter how much I ate, it would dip back down within the hour and I'd need to eat again. This went on for hours. It seems that my body doesn't want me to take a pill every day. 3 days on with 2 skipped days in between seems to work best for me. Update 10/2014: I've switched to taking it in the morning without the MCT Oil and am tolerating it much better. The MCT Oil was definitely playing a role. 1 tablespoon was too much to start with. I've decreased it to 1 teaspoon and I no longer feel abdominal discomfort.
Posted by Specialist on Aug 14, 2009 | Verified Purchase
Whole herb turmeric concentrate vs. curcumin extract only. No gelatin! I'm not sure if the lecithin is GMO free??? In an effort to get away from gelatin, I switched from New Chapter's Turmeric Force to Gaia. Potency is practically the same (10mg difference).
Posted by Specialist on Aug 14, 2009 | Verified Purchase
No reason to pay extra for Bronner's... Ounce per ounce it's even better than buying Bronner's in the Gallon size! Almond scent is not overpowering.
Posted by Specialist on Mar 21, 2010 | Verified Purchase
I like this one is better than the cinnamon flavor because the cinnamon flavor burned my mouth if I used it undiluted. It tastes like the periobrite toothpaste. It's strong and can still be overwhelming when gargling with it. I have found that some batches are overwhelmingly strong and some are just right. I'm not sure why there is such a difference. I'll by it again because I can't find anything better. I just wish they'd get their quality control together so the product is consistant.
Posted by Specialist on Nov 15, 2011 | Verified Purchase
With concerns over BPA I emailed them. They told me their sealant for the inside of the can is water based. I don't know what it is, but it's not Bisphenol-A. They also didn't say the amount of potassium in each serving, but told me that if they listed it on the label, they would have to keep the potassium strictly calibrated and might have to add some here or there due to the natural variations from batch to batch. They didn't want to have to add any ingredients to their product. They sent me a list of the average potassium per serving, and this one (with added lime) has the most. That's why I'll keep buying this particular one.