On my adventures in Super Greens 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.
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.
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
So, 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 have 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.
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:
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).
Morning 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 but ActivatedYou Morning Complete from the official website. I actually couldn’t find any merchants selling this product on Amazon.
Is It Worth the Price?
I have an immediate response to seeing a portion size of 7.6 grams on a packet, and that is to look at how this breaks down into individual ingredients. I always look at the amounts of each ingredient as this is critical to know how effective it could be.
ActivatedYou Morning Complete retails (on their website) at $79 (USD) for one jar (30 servings – so one months’ supply). There is a 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 which 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 which represents slightly better value for money you might find there are other brands which 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.
LifeHacker Guy Greens Recommendation
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