When I first came across the Superstar superfood supplement from MIJA it did bring a smile to my face.
The name immediately rang the cliché bell in my head, but I reserved judgment until I took an in-depth look at the ingredient profile. At the end of the day, the effectiveness of any supplement is down to the ingredients and their amounts.
Read on to see if this self-acclaimed superfood multivitamin supplement can deliver the goods, here is my MIJA Superstar superfood review.
This supplement is marketed as a complete superfood solution that in just two teaspoons per day can fill the universal nutritional gaps in your diet.
How this superfood supplement is marketed did remind me of a similar brand called Lyma Life. This follows a similar approach, positioning themselves almost as a beauty supplement for wellness inside and out, although The Superstar is much cheaper than Lyma.
Looking at the branding I am not blown away and in my opinion, it’s not anything spectacular.
Background on MIJA Naturals LLC
MIJA is a California-based wellness company that was started in January 2018 and founded by Sarah Koszyk a registered dietitian, who lives in the Bay Area.
The company name, MIJA, is based on the Spanish term “daughter” and the fact it is a female-founded business.
The Superstar was the first supplement and developed to combat nutrients she found lacking in busy professionals and athletes in her silicon valley practice.
After seeing common dietary deficiencies in their diets as a result of the modern-day lifestyle, she put together the Superstar formula.
MIJA Superstar Superfood Ingredients
Each serving delivers the ideal daily ratio of vitamins, minerals, micronutrients, antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, alkaline greens, and phytonutrients.
Each scoop of “The Superstar” contains 17 organic ingredients (see the full list below).
As I am finding with most superfood supplements none of the ingredient amounts are disclosed on the label, so we are kept in the dark as to the dosage of each ingredient in the formula.
I like the fact that all the ingredients are organic although it doesn’t seem to be USDA organic certified.
How to take MIJA Superstar and how does it taste?
It’s recommended to take Superstar daily and although it doesn’t necessarily matter when the founder suggests first thing in the morning. This may have to reduce the afternoon slump that many of us suffer.
Preparation is easy and you just need to add 2 teaspoons of powder to a glass of water, juice, smoothie, tea, or any of your favorite refreshments.
You can also sprinkle the powder onto food such as yogurt, bowls of smoothie, oatmeal, etc.
Any Side Effects
Most superfood supplements are unlikely to cause side effects unless you have an allergy to a particular ingredient.
This is the case here with The Superstar, although there is a green tea powder in the formula, although the daily serving of Superstar contains only 24mg of caffeine.
Does MIJA Superstar Superfood work?
Any readers of my blog will know that I assess the effectiveness of all supplements by researching the dosage of each ingredient in the formula.
This is incredibly difficult when presented with a proprietary blend as is the case here with The Superstar formula.
I try to work out the approximate serving size consumed in each daily portion. As each jar weighs 99 grams with two scoops equating to one serving, then each daily serving is approximately 5 grams.
For 17 ingredients in the formula, this serving size is really small for a superfood supplement and raises concerns over whether the minimum effective dosage is present.
Let’s take a closer look at some of the ingredients in the formula.
We know that the ingredients listed first are going to make up the majority of the formula as they are legally required to be listed in descending order of weight.
This means that Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder is the biggest ingredient in the blend followed by Organic Moringa Leaf Powder, etc.
In terms of dosages, Heathline is quoting 2-4 grams serving sizes when prepared as a tea, it’s unclear how much is in the Superstar formula, but it’s unlikely to be in this amount considering there needs to be room for the remaining 16 ingredients.
And so on to Moringa Leaf powder, or as it’s also known as moringa oleifera. Research on this highly nutritious antioxidant has shown some health benefits from as little as 500mg serving (see Examine) and so possibly we have the right dosage here.
Ultimately Superstar superfood supplement is going to beneficial to anyone with poor nutrition, under the notion of something is better than nothing.
MIJA Superstar Superfood Reviews
There are 41 customer reviews at the time of writing this post on the official website that spans from July 2019 until today.
As to be expected, those posted on the website are all glowing reviews.
Was afraid it would taste “healthy” given all the green superfood ingredients but it really tastes like a nice drink I’d buy just to enjoy anyway, especially with a few ice cubes thrown in!Adaline 5 star review
This has become a daily go-to. The flavor is naturally delicious and the drink is easy to make. I feel energized and even my nails look healthier!MK 5 star review
It would be nice to see some middle of the road or poor reviews to get a more balanced review, but I was unable to find any because only positive reviews are posted on the official website.
Money Back Guarantee / Returns Policy
MIJA has a rather stingy refund policy where they accept returns for any product within 10 days of delivery provided they remain unused and sealed.
This is well below the returns policy seen by other brands who offer a 30-day, or in the case of Yuri Greens and SuperGreen TONIK, a very long 365-day money-back guarantee.
Where to Buy MIJA Superstar?
You can buy The Superstar supplement from the official website.
A few other online stores also stock the brand but I couldn’t find this on Amazon.
Is It Worth The Price?
You can buy MIJA superstar for the one-time purchase of $78 or subscribe with recurring billing to save 10%, with the option of having the tub delivered either monthly or every two or three months.
I was very surprised to discover that one jar will not last a full month. In fact, each jar only contains 18 servings.
If you want to take this every day for one month then you will need to buy two jars per month, making this a VERY EXPENSIVE supplement.
The daily or per serving cost works out to be $3.80 – $4.30 – this supplement is going to hurt your wallet.
The Bottom Line
In my opinion, The Superstar is not offering anything more than the recommended super greens powders I have reviewed. In fact, the cost is most cases double the cost of other superfood brands.
The relatively small serving size and use of a proprietary blend I am 90% sure that the ingredients will be underdosed.
This means the formula may not work as well as advertised.
This is what I see in the majority of supplements that I research, and the motivating factor for why I started to develop my own brand.
For me, I would want more superfood bang for my buck, by knowing exactly what’s inside by using full-disclosure labeling, especially if I am paying over $100 per month for a supplement.
LifeHacker Guy Greens Recommendation
Please give me a few moments to shamelessly introduce my brand, SuperGreen TONIK.
I have researched a lot (and I mean a lot) of super greens out there but was disappointed with most of the ones I tried.
So, I went out and created my own with the help of a USA manufacturer because I wanted to ensure I got all my veggie goodness in the right amounts, and of course within a no-fuss single serving each day.
None of the other brands offered that.
Its the best out there (of course I would say that about my own), but let me tell you why...
- No hidden ingredient amounts - we have full disclosure labelling, so you know EXACTLY whats inside
- Sufficient ingredient amounts to make a difference - we include at least (if not more of) the minimum effective amounts supported by research
- Ingredients that also could boost mental clarity and shake off brain fog - to boost my at work and home
After many months I finally got a greens formula that fuels my body and mind for the day ahead.
But please dont JUST take my word for it, make up your own decision by checking out my review. (I TRY BE BE AS UNBIASED AS POSSIBLE )