If I were a hippy (which I’m not!), I’d definitely be looking for some new-age super greens and I think I might just have found the pick of the crop with Vitamineral Green!
Not content with just blending some potent plants and veggies, these guys have gone the whole hog and included some seriously Ayurvedic numbers.
I was fairly certain this super greens supplement wouldn’t be a contender for my daily greens but as it seemed to be popular amongst some people, I wanted to check it out and decided to review Vitamineral Greens.
So let’s see if there’s anything even I could like about these products.
Vitamineral Green First Impressions
Vitamineral Green comes from a brand called HealthForce SuperFoods, which (to be cynical for a moment) uses a font and logo for their branding which would appeal to the inner nonconformist in you.
Naturopathy is not really my bag, although I do agree with some principles around healthy eating and clean living.
The quote on the HealthForce website from the founder, Naturopath Dr. Jameth Sheridan, is a broad statement which introduces their vision:
Mother Nature has put miraculous healing plants on this earth for us to benefit from. I am honored and deeply driven to uncover the greatest potential benefits from these elements and to assemble these gifts from Nature into products that help people to heal and to realize their full potential.
Although the website looks very outdated and the branding could certainly use an upgrade if it wants to compete in the market with some of the big-hitters, HealthForce obviously caters to a different customer (i.e. not me!).
Perhaps the more old-fashioned supplement-takers out there will like the look of this product and their branding, although it looks as though it hasn’t been changed since about 1990!
Background on HealthForce Superfoods Inc
Unfortunately, the About Us page is still under construction, but there is more detail about the founders and their vision on the About the Founders page (they could really use more links on their own site!).
The company is ‘hardcore’ about health and healing, the environment, compassion, and ethics. The founders seem to have been on a long journey through studying various different health interventions and modalities (Iridology, anyone?) and looking at being customer-advocates for other products, before settling on creating and producing mass-market supplements with integrity.
Despite the look and feel being so outdated, I actually really like the intentional vision. I feel this company has real integrity and ethics, which is important when it comes to health foods and supplements.
Suffering from health problems himself, Dr. Jameth dedicated himself to optimal nutrition and sourcing products that would improve and enhance body and soul. Sadly the founder passed away in 2016, and the company has been taken forward by his wife, Kim.
Their pledge is to offer ‘the purest, most potent, and deeply beneficial plant-based products possible’, which does actually appeal to me. So without further ado (and cynicism) let’s have a look at exactly what goes into their Vitamineral Green supplement.
Vitamineral Green Ingredients
Quoted as an ‘extremely potent, hard-core, green superfood complex, combining 25 of the most nutrient-dense superfoods on the planet in an easy-to-use powder’ Vitamineral Green contains some unusual ingredients I’ve not yet heard of on my super greens search:
- From the land (5‚570mg) – Nettle Leaf‚ Carob Pod‚ Alfalfa Leaf‚ Horsetail Leaf‚ Ginger Root‚ Barley Grass‚ Parsley Leaf‚ Wheat Grass‚ Basil Leaf‚ Barley Grass Juice‚ Oat Grass Juice‚ Chickweed Leaf‚ Dandelion Leaf‚ Holy Basil Leaf‚ Moringa Leaf‚ Yacon Leaf‚ Amla Berry‚ Shilajit
- From the waters (3‚754mg) – Spirulina‚ Chlorella
- From the ocean (591mg) – Kelp‚ Dulse‚ Bladderwrack‚ Alaria‚ Laver (Wild Atlantic Nori)
- Enzyme Concentrate (85mg) – Protease‚ Alpha-Galactosidase‚ Amylase‚ Cellulase‚ Lipase‚ Bromelain‚ Papain
As with most super greens blend, Vitamineral Green has a whole heap of nutritionally-potent ingredients to wade through, so I’ll take a look a bit further on in this review at what some of them do. I will point out however that, once again, this is a company that is choosing to not put the exact amounts of each ingredient on the label.
This being said, there are no binders or fillers, so I am certain that what I would be taking are pure, nutritionally-powered all-natural ingredients.
Here is the full label you see on the outside of the tub.
How Does Vitamineral Green Taste?
As there’s no sweetener, it seems the powder will most likely taste like other super green blends, which is to say very ‘green’, possibly powdery, but definitely a bit grassy. Some reviewers who are used to drinking green blends are happy with the taste:
I feel healthier and enjoy the taste
Taste is not overpowering
With super greens powders, it is also sometimes recommended that you mix with a smoothie or blend with other fruits to mask the flavor, so it may be worthwhile doing so with this product as there are no flavorings added.
There are also Vitamineral Green capsules which of course would be flavorless, however, it is advised you take more of these (up to 8 a day!).
I can’t comment on all of the individual ingredients as there are so many I haven’t ever encountered in a greens blends before! I would caution however that Vitamineral Green contains some unusual herbs which have been found to be harmful in larger doses (for example horsetail, which is considered a pernicious weed in gardens, as are stinging nettles – another ingredient of Vitamineral Green).
See this link for further details on why long-term use of horsetail by mouth is not encouraged.
Does Vitamineral Green Actually Work?
The dosing instructions read:
Powder: Start with 1 teaspoon per day and increase gradually over two weeks to the suggested use of 1.5 tablespoons per day, or as advised by a qualified health care professional. Consume with conscious, positive intent.
VeganCaps: Start with 2 VeganCaps per day and increase gradually over two weeks to the suggested use of 8 capsules per day, or as advised by a qualified health care professional. Consume with conscious, positive intent.
Claiming to support the function of the liver, kidney, pancreas, blood, bones, muscles, brain, colon, immune system, this product also gives total detoxification. So that’s a lot going on in one scoop – or even one capsule!
Let’s take one of the ingredients included in the ‘from the land’ blend, Nettle. Looking at examine.com we find that it has been known to have anti-inflammatory properties. The dosage is recommended to be between 120-330mg. In the blend above (where it is 1/18th of 5,570mg one can assume that the effect will not be particularly great).
Similarly, taking Spirulina (from the ‘from the waters’ blend) the recommended dose of this powerful antioxidant is in the range of 1-8g per day. The total weight of the ‘from the waters’ blend is 3.7g, so really you are only getting a small dose of this in each scoop.
Some of the ingredients you may not have heard of (we’re talking chickweed herb, yacon leaf, amla berry, and shilajit) are traditionally used in Ayurvedic medicine.
This is an area I’ll fully disclose I know zero about.
So for this reason I can’t even comment about efficacy, use, or recommended dosage. I had a look at Examine.com at the broad category of Ayurveda just to see what broadly is said in terms of research and efficacy.
There is a little research which has looked at the testosterone-boosting properties of holy basil on rats. I’ll say no more on that one!
Vitamineral Green Reviews
There are 69 customer reviews on Amazon, 78% of which are 5-star. 7% give 1-star.
A small sample of reviews are below:
I have only been taking the supplement for a few weeks, but feel better and seem to have more energy. – 5 star reviewer
Best greens on the market! Highly ethical company and very pure product. Organic and top ingredients. – 5 star reviewer
Some customers are not happy with the product, stating complaints from side effects to taste, and poor pricing.
Even very small amounts are having very undesirable effects. The taste isn’t very appealing either. – 1 star
Rating is for the price. You used to be able to get 500g for $59.
Money Back Guarantee / Returns Policy
There is a ‘customer satisfaction’ guarantee, but dissatisfied customers need to call or email for a refund or replacement.
Where to Buy Vitamineral Green?
Vitamineral Green can be bought directly from the official website.
It is also available at Amazon.
Is It Worth the Price?
At a 10g scoop per day, 300g (30-days’ supply) would cost you $44.95 USD. This isn’t a hugely expensive product, but I would prefer to see more transparency about the ingredients as using a proprietary blend leaves me a little in the dark as to what I’m taking, and I prefer more information than this.
That being said, this product is at the lower price end for super greens and if you are convinced by the purity of the ingredients in the product I can’t see that it is any less value for the money than many other products on the market.
Apart from the fact that they have seemingly changed their pricing and therefore upset some once-loyal customers, I don’t see any reason not to buy Vitamineral Greens as opposed to a different product. At least their sourcing and organic certification is legit.
The Bottom Line
If you like your health foods and supplements steeped in Ayurvedic tradition, fully authentic, and bathed in the light of Gaia’s breath (I don’t know what I’m talking about!) then this might be the product for you.
It comes from the New-Age stable that originally brought to the high-street versions of homeopathy, plant-powered supplements, and medicines, and so you may feel that there is nutritionally sound research here.
For me, the product is a bit old-fashioned and there are some ingredients that I just don’t think have had enough mainstream medical research. I want to feel that my supplements recognize the most recent research and consumer marketing knowledge in their branding.
So it’s not for me, but mostly because I’m not particularly impressed with the use of a proprietary blend (and therefore a lack of integrity, I feel), albeit with clear information on how pure and impressively-sourced the ingredients are. Namaste.
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 )