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ActivatedYou Morning Complete Review

On my adventures in researching greens supplements, I have read a number of product reviews that mention prebiotics and probiotics so I thought I would take a look at some of the more complete wellness products on the market.

ActivatedYou may be a bit of a mouthful for a brand (personally to me it sounds a little like an alarm clock – but perhaps that’s the point!) but they are certainly gaining a following.

I want to know a little more about whether adding prebiotics or probiotics to a super green powder is as beneficial as it sounds. Do people taking a ‘whole’ nutritional product feel it is giving them everything they need in their diet?

Let’s take a look at the company ActivatedYou, their holistic approach to creating wellness products, and more specifically the whole-person wellness blend: ActivatedYou Morning Complete.

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Morning Complete First Impressions

The three ‘promises’ on the landing page of ActivatedYou are that everything they do is: Plant-Based, Scientifically Proven, Environmentally Sustainable. I like that they have put their values up-front and that their branding is simple and the navigation of their site clear and clean.

They are pitching Activated You at a contemporary, successful audience who are time-pressured and need to have their nutritional needs met quickly and efficiently.

The four blends on their landing page, Advanced Restorative Probiotic, Morning Complete, GI Prime (is this a comic character??!), and AdrenaLife, tell us that these products are more than just a simple, proprietary supplement.

Rather than naming their blends after a generic blend of ingredients (such as ‘probiotics’) they give a sciencey-twist, placing their brand firmly in the 21st Century.

Other Greens powders I have reviewed you may be interested in:

Background on ActivatedYou

The founder of ActivatedYou is an Actress and Wellness advocate. Their About Us page tells us that the vision of the brand is rooted in holistic, whole-person approaches, and echoes an Eastern (traditional medicine) approach to treating health problems. But they don’t bamboozle customers with science-speak, with a section offering more information for those who may be new to the areas of holistic health or supplements.

There is very little information about the enigmatic actress and founder (I am very much a fan of hers since seeing her in early Hong Kong cinema!), in fact beyond the homepage their ‘Learn More’ tabs just click through to product pages.

So that’s all I can pass on to you about their brand, except to mention that they support a charity (the Unstoppable Foundation) which strives to secure access to education for children around the globe.

So, back to Morning Complete, their one-stop nutrient blend. What is inside it, and what are people saying about it?

ActivatedYou Morning Complete Ingredients

Apple and cinnamon flavorSo, taking a look at the measurements alone I’m already disappointed for a number of reasons. Firstly the serving size.

I’m not sure that 7.6g (about a teaspoon and a half) of anything is really going to be a big enough serving for a day worth of anything unless it was a single supplement.

I’ll explain further below in my section ‘Does Morning Complete actually work?’.

Unfortunately, ActivatedYou has fallen into the common trap of wanting to include too many individual ingredients, but not including a meaningful enough amount of anything to actually make a daily difference.

There is another issue too.

The individual ingredient amounts are not disclosed as they are wrapped up in proprietary blends!

What does this mean? Well, you won’t know how much ingredient is actually inside – so, is the minimum effective dose actually present?

The 7.6g serving comprises the below:

  • Prebiotic and High Fiber blend (4.05g): Chicory root fructooligosaccharides, cinnamon bark
  • Green Superfoods blend (735mg): Spinach, broccoli, kale, mulberry leaf extract, alfalfa leaf, barley grass, berberine HCl (from Berberis aristata root)
  • Metabolic Enhancing blend (390mg): Green tea leaf extract, ginger root, white tea leaf extract, turmeric root extract, bitter melon fruit extract, black pepper
  • Antioxidant blend (100mg): Lycium berry, pomegranate fruit extract, Polygonum cuspidatum root extract (50% resveratrol)
  • Sugar Balancing support (100mg): Gymnema sylvestre leaf, fennel seed, pine bark extract
  • Adaptogens (55mg): Astragalus root extract, Rhodiola rosea root extract, DIM (diindolylmethane)
  • Cellular Function and Liver support (30mg): Organic aloe vera leaf, milk thistle seed extract
  • Probiotic blend (10 billion CFU): B. coagulans, L. gasseri, L. plantarum, L. rhamnosus, B. bifidum, B. longum, L. acidophilus, L. casei, S. thermophilus

It also included: natural flavors, guar gum, citric acid, rice hull concentrate, and monk fruit extract.

How Does Morning Complete Taste?

I’ll have to rely on some reviews to tell me how this product actually tastes, although ActivatedYou tells us that it is Apple-Cinnamon flavored. I’d like to try this one as it’s not a flavor I would normally associate with a Super Greens blend.

Side Effects

If I were new to taking super greens, supplement blends, or any new product for that matter I would pay close attention to the ingredients and think carefully about any existing sensitivities or known side-effects to any of the ingredients.

You may find that on taking ActivatedYou Morning Complete you experience a little digestive discomfort due to the high (in percentage terms) fiber content.

Interestingly there is a note on the product page warning about the potential side effects of aloe vera.

Does Morning Complete Actually Work?

This is a complicated area. ActivatedYou suggest that Morning Complete has the following advantages for health:

Designed to help support total-person wellness, including supporting healthy digestion, sugar levels, liver function, energy, and more.
Loaded with vital nutrients derived from healthy green vegetables, as well as fiber, probiotics, and wellness-boosting antioxidants

These are generally pretty big health claims, so I’m just going to look at a few examples of the ingredients included and how they might support these claims.

As I’ve previously researched, prebiotics act as food for probiotic cultures (source) and the research is ongoing in terms of whether there is a tangible and evidenced effect on digestion (or, specifically on digestive disorders).

Dietary fiberMorning Complete contains its highest percentage of ingredients in dietary fiber (4.05g) so it stands to reason that this might be considered to be its strongest selling-point.

Added to this, Morning Complete also contains 10 billion CFU of probiotic strains. So you can really boost your probiotic (‘good bacteria’) in your gut by taking this product.

But what I struggle with is the addition of other superfood-type ingredients and the attempt at making this product a ‘catch-all’ for our dietary needs. The general aim of the product is to be a starter for your day, with a metabolism-boosting blend also included (390mg). So I took a look at some of the ingredients included in this proprietary blend.

Green tea and White tea leaf: both have been studied for their properties for weight loss and this may be due to the compound EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate) which in test tube sampling has been found to stimulate fat breakdown and prohibit new fat cells from being formed (source).

So far so good, but why not just drink a cup of tea? Funnily enough, ActivatedYou suggests you mix their powder with green tea!

Other ingredients in this particular blend are included for similar properties, such as Black pepper, ginger, and turmeric. But my main concern, as with the other proprietary blends is how much of each ingredient can be included in such a percentage of the whole portion.

For example, Examine.com recommends that a serving of 1-3g Ginger root can be seen to have effects on digestive health.

Morning Complete Customer Reviews

Some reviewers can’t seem to decide if they are taking ActivatedYou Morning Complete for weight loss, digestive reasons, or as a superfood blend. I’ve taken a look at some reviews I found on the web, but ActivatedYou hasn’t chosen to share customer reviews of this product on their product page (unlike some of their other products).

Reviewers on HighYa say the following:

After using 6 months, I found that the product, although very good, did not fit into my lifestyle. People should give it a try’. 5 stars

This product is truly phenomenal and has changed my life. For years and years, I had bathroom issues and this stabilized everything in a week’s time’. 5 stars

I feel like my waist got larger from so much gas, lol. If this problem stops and never comes back I will recommend it. If this is a side effect that will last forever, I will not recommend it’. 2 stars

This product is not for everyone. For myself, these two products caused a lot of digestive problems, including serious abdominal pain along with bloating that would not stop’. 1 star.

Money Back Guarantee / Returns Policy

ActivatedYou has a 100% money-back guarantee, which entitles you to just that (100% money back, excluding shipping) if you are not satisfied with your purchase. They do, however, require you to call their refund line and to return products within 90 days of purchase.

Where to Buy Morning Complete?

You can buy ActivatedYou Morning Complete from the official website. I actually couldn’t find any merchants selling this product on Amazon.

Is It Worth the Price?

The serving size is not too large considering other brands at a similar price-point.

If I see instead a proprietary blend which doesn’t break down the amount of each ingredient included then I get a bit grumpy.

ActivatedYou Morning Complete retails (on their website) at $79 (USD) for one jar (30 servings – so one months’ supply). There is saving for buying 3 jars at $213 (10% saving over three months), or save 15% when you buy 6 jars (but for $403 this represents a huge investment in this one product!!).

Morning Complete is definitely on the upper end of the spectrum when it comes to similar products.

So, if you are looking for a product that is high in fiber, and may – or may not – have benefits due to the amount of pre-and probiotics, then this might be a product you’d like to take.

But if you would like to search for a whole-food product that represents slightly better value for money you might find there are other brands that are more transparent about their ingredients (such as Supergreen Tonik or Green Vibrance), and perhaps more generous with the portions!

The Bottom Line

On the one hand, I am impressed by the brand, ActivatedYou, as they are intensely pro-holistic in their approach to wellness. Added to which their products are researched, well-sourced, and tested.

But as with many other brands I struggle to see what really sets them apart in terms of value-adding ingredients.

The whole issue around pre-and probiotics is a real head-scratcher as we know so little about how much needs to be taken in order to have a real and tangible effect on our health.

Added to this, if I were to be looking for a specific product to assist my digestive health, I probably wouldn’t opt for one which included so many other ingredients and claimed so many things.

I probably need to look at products with more nutrition in terms of a higher quantity of more potent ingredients. And so, sorry but I will be checking out other brands on my journey for my daily supplements.

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52 comments

  1. I am new to the Activated You supplement and like all of us we are forever searching for the “one thing” that makes our lives better, gives fast and positive results and is some kind of miracle in a jar or pill. Human nature. I drank my first glass this morning and although the taste was not “nose plugging chugging” it was not tasty, but not horrible. Can I chug a glass every morning? I don’t know. I had no distress (so far) and it’s probably too soon for any miracles to happen. I will give it the 30 day and if I am not convinced it enhanced my overall well being I will ask for the refund. Hope that helps.

  2. I had the exact concerns (too little amounts to be effective). Instead of spending a ton of time researching every ingredient and their suggested amounts, I read this review and completely agree! Thank you!

  3. It seems unfair to reviewThis product and then at the end unveil one of your own that you would profit from.

    1. Hi Laurie,
      I have addressed this point a number of times, but basically, the review is based on the information you can find public on the brand and in most cases me personally consuming it. I have researched this field for a few years from a personal interest to find a supplement that could work for me. Many fall short, unfortunately.
      In terms of the recommendation, this is not unique but you will see this on most websites. Take a look at any comparison website that are leading brands, you can even see this on Amazon 😉
      That said, I do recommend definitely reading the information and reviews in full and understanding the issues – this goes for ANY product, even my own!
      In any case, I hope the information was useful, if so, great. If not, then that’s okay too and I wish you all the best.
      Adam

  4. Why waste everyone’s time if you haven’t actually tried the product? It’s the same info we would find on their website, seriously

    1. Hey,
      You can review a product without trying. Whilst I would like to try every single product on the site it’s not feasible (both physically and not to mention financially – I have spent $2k plus on products so far). I only try the products I believe look really promising.
      I delve into the ingredients, the dosages used in the formula, whether you can actually see the individual ingredient weights, other aspects like the money-back guarantee, and the likelihood of experiencing side effects.
      Many visitors do find the information I provide useful in their research process.
      If you didn’t find the review useful then that’s okay, please check out the product yourself or alternatively check another website 🙂
      Adam

    2. If indeed you are serious, then you know that one individual’s physical response is not valid “research”. LifeHackerGuy cites his sources and summarizes them to save you time. Go read them if you like, he has saved you the time finding them. Your comment reflects undue influence from celebrity endorsement. LHG does research, analysis and summation, all beneficial to the rest of us.

    1. Hi,
      Thank you for your comment. I have physically tried many supplement brands reviewed on my site, and in the process spent over $2,000 buying them. Sometimes I ran into difficulty ordering some of the brands from the USA, in some cases, they went missing or were held up in customs (I am still waiting for two brands to be delivered!). The brands that I believed looked really impressive and could be on my list to take I ordered and tried. Morning Complete didn’t make this list but I wanted to take a look because of the popularity.
      Have you given this a try? If so, I would love to get your feedback.
      Adam

      1. I have been on morning complete for a year. I tried it because it covered more areas so I could reduce supplements I was needing. I tried Whal’s protocol but I could not digest that many greens as my gut was too unhealthy due to medical problems. It may not be perfect as a probiotic or a complete coverage for the other supplements but it did help me tremendously. I might be changing and moving on but it did improve my over all healing. I like the convenience of an all in one.

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