I first became interested in natural medicine at the age of 18. As a teenager, I experienced many severe health problems such as severe acne, depression, anxiety, low energy, and hypoglycemia (pre-diabetes). As a last resort, I went to see a Naturopathic physician. While skeptical at first, having been brought up on prescription drugs and a Standard American Diet (SAD), I decided to try the changes suggested by the Naturopath. I switched to a whole foods diet, cut out dairy products, started taking vitamins and other supplements, and began exercising and practicing meditation. Within a year, most of my health problems were gone. I have since studied more about natural medicine and tried hundreds of health products. My favorite book is "Healing With Whole Foods" by Paul Pitchford. I have found that a simple, whole-foods based diet, along with some key supplements, exercise, and stress reduction is a great recipe for health. May others find the key to good health, too!
I enjoyed this dark chocolate. I found the taste to be rich, although not quite up to the quality of other brands. I also noticed out of several bars I ordered, nearly all were slightly melted or broken during transit. Whether this is an issue with shipping or the product itself is uncertain. The cost is quite low and there are some drawbacks. The product is not fair-trade as are several other dark chocolates with higher prices. For this reason, and the difference in taste, I would probably go elsewhere for high cocoa content dark chocolate bars in the future.
Posted by wholefoods on Oct 28, 2012 | Verified Purchase
I recently switched from fish oil to this algae-based DHA due to some concerns over the quality and sustainability practices of major fish oil companies. I have been taking 3 capsules (600mg of DHA) for a few weeks. So far it seems like this product is working similarly to the fish oil. I do have a few concerns with this product. One concern is that there is no EPA, so I will try to get that from another source. Another concern is the price, which is quite a bit higher than with fish oil supplements. I will continue to give this product a try and re-evaluate whether to purchase again. Overall, I think if you are a vegan or vegetarian and are interested in getting DHA from an algae source, this is one of the cheaper products on the market and certainly worth a try.
Posted by wholefoods on Oct 28, 2012 | Verified Purchase
I purchased this product to mix with Green Drink Powders. I use 1 scoop of this along with Chlorella and Spirulina in some apple juice. I think the combination works well together. I appreciate that hemp is a complete protein that includes some healthy fats. The amount of E3 live is quite small (1g per serving) and I wouldn't necessarily purchase just for the E3. The addition of maca was interesting as I hadn't tried it before. It seems like a solid combination of ingredients overall. As for the taste, I found it to be quite neutral. This product doesn't contain any sweeteners and I found I needed to mix it with something like fruit juice for the best tolerance. The texture is grainy due to the hemp. If you don't mind a slightly more "natural" taste, I would recommend this product as a good protein powder to add to other drinks.
I found this product to have a very rich and creamy flavor. I like that the company works with smaller co-ops and the fact that this is a fair trade product. The chocolate itself isn't too rich and the taste is just right, not too sweet. I find all of Equal Exchange's chocolate products to be of the highest quality, this being no exception. I will certainly order this product again.
This product was used in baking items. It's a nice quality vanilla for use in cookies and other baked goods items.
Posted by wholefoods on Mar 27, 2012 | Verified Purchase
After taking this for about a month, I've noticed I don't feel as weak and run down as I did before. Having a mostly vegan diet, I find this helpful as a supplement to make sure I'm getting the iron I need. Also, I haven't noticed any problems with digestion or taste.
I have used several types of calcium to support my bone healthy being someone who doesn't use dairy products. This product offers you 47 servings for $5, which is a pretty good price as far as calcium supplements go. I will need to take this product for some time before deciding about the quality compared to others. I have heard good things about coral calcium, so I'll give it a try and see how it stacks up to MCHC and others.
I purchased this product when I was looking for a more natural sunscreen. I had previously used MyChelle's "Sun Shield" which worked quiet well, but was somewhat expensive. When I first tried this product, I found it to be very thick in consistency. I could really feel the product on my skin and especially on my face. I also noticed that my skin broke out when using the product on my face. It seems to create a thick barrier on your face which doesn't allow your skin to breathe properly. I will probably use this product on my arms and body, but I wouldn't use again on my face and I won't reorder once the product is gone.
As I noted in my review of NOW Brand's Spirulina Powder, I decided to switch to this product after learning that NOW's Spirulina Powder, which was previously "100% Natural Hawaiian Spirulina", was switched to another type of Spirulina, not of Hawaiian origin. This product is likely the same Hawaiian Spirulina previously sourced also by NOW. From all the green foods products I have tried, Hawaiian Spirulina is by far one of the best. Compared to other Spirulina powders, this product is rich, vibrant, and actually quite refreshing tasting. The level of freshness is much higher than with other, cheaper Spirulina products. I take 30 grams of this Spirulina per day, divided into two 15 gram doses at breakfast and before bed. I do think it is helpful to take significantly more than the recommended dose to really notice the effects. I take this product along with Jarrow Formula's Chlorella. Since beginning to take this product, I have noticed a dramatic change in my energy level, ability to recover from strenuous exercise, increased ability to concentrate, and an overall sense of internal strength and well-being. I don't attribute miraculous effects to this product, but I do think the high levels of easily digestible protein, iron, vitamins, chlorophyll, gamma linolenic acid, and other properties make this product truly one of the most powerful and concentrated foods you can buy. An added benefit is that I haven't needed to take multi-vitamins since using this product, which saves money. I will continue to take this product daily and enjoy all the health benefits.
I got this product for free. I'm not especially interested in lip balm flavor, but this one seems to be pretty good. The vanilla flavor is subtle and my lips stay moisturised during the day. As for whether this is "completely kissable", I'll leave review of that item to others. Solid lip balm and recommended for the price.