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1210142 tn?1266077031

natural supplements

Has anyone heard about this web site or purchased supplements from them?
http://www.naturallydirect.net/green-food-powder.html
They seem to offer everything natural. Thanks for your response
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Avatar universal
Never tried them, never heard of them.  Went to the site.  Wouldn't personally buy anything from someone who didn't edit their website -- grammatically incorrect all over the place.  Doesn't suggest professionalism.  Second, info is inaccurate.  They claim that their vitamins are natural and others are synthetic.  All vitamins are synthetic.  There's no Vitamin C floating around loose out there, you have to isolate it from something else.  It's usually taken from corn in a chemical process.  That's obviously not how it occurs in nature, so it's to a degree synthetic.  These guys also can't possibly afford to build a manufacturing plant to specially make all their products, so they're buying from the same sources as everyone else.  They also claim that companies that feed nutrients to yeast aren't whole foods but their products are.  Well, Vitamin C isn't a whole food.  An orange is a whole food.  Vitamin C is an artificially isolated nutrient.  Feeding it to yeast theoretically turns it back into something more like a whole food, which is the whole point of using yeast or soy cultures.  This is what Rainbow Light pioneered in a couple of their vitamin formulas, and was then done more broadly by MegaFoods and New Chapter.  But they're all starting with the same source material.  My opinion?  Give this company a pass.  You can get everything they're selling elsewhere, they just copied other company's products, from more reputable and known sources.
1210142 tn?1266077031
Thank you very much for the detailed answer. What company would you recommend, particularly for the whole greens/in powder/- I have read a lot of materials that is better to take them instead of multi vitamins. What do you think about Swanson and Carlson companies?
1042487 tn?1275279899
Paxiled is right but I just want to add that if you want to buy online there's a good website you can get good prices and quality products and its called iHerb.com

If you have any question about what product you should buy there or what is good quality and what not just come back to us.

Just avoid sites that go with different products but all under the same brand name or only one product that is supposed to give you everything you need. This is most likely to be false and the doses and quality of product are often less than acceptable.

The reason for this is that there are a lot of scams on the internet and people are seeking for easy solutions and they wouldn't rely on science very much before buying.

Buy carefully and don't hesitate to come back here to ask us what we think about certain products.

M4
1210142 tn?1266077031
Thank you. I am familiar with I-herb and have bought some things from them. In terms of whole greens it is important for me to find a good company/as well as coral calcuim and magnesium/. That's why I wanted to know your opinion about Swanson and Carlson companies?
Avatar universal
Swanson is another direct marketer, so I'd avoid them.  Carlson is a great old company, but is best known for their vitamin E and fish oils.  M4 really likes a product called Greens Plus.  It was very popular with customers in the health food stores.  The only thing I didn't like about it was I don't think the body can successfully digest so many foods eaten at one time, though I can't prove or disprove this.  Personally, I alternate Nutrex Spirulina Pacifica and Green Foods barley sprouts.  Some seaweed in the diet is also highly recommended as it contains all the minerals found in their proper balance, but some brands are farmed in highly polluted places such as the Sea of Japan, so I prefer Maine Coast.  I used to take Kyolic's greens; it only combines five foods, which the body can probably handle, and includes both fresh water algae and seaweed.  It's awfully inexpensive, though, so quality might be in question and I don't take it anymore.  On the other hand, their garlic is quite highly thought of so who knows?  
1210142 tn?1266077031
Thanks- that gives me some ideas. I also take Resveratrol, B complex, D-3, C and CoQ-10. Any suggestion to where I can find the highest quality of those supplements?
Avatar universal
Co-Q 10 needs to be taken in the liquid gel cap form, not the powder.  The powder doesn't work.  Q-Gels is a patented form of it that's sold by several companies so if it's got that name you know it's made by the same manufacturer.  I buy it from Jarrow, but there are other good companies.  Vitamin C should be buffered.  Ester-C is one form of buffered C that's patented, so anyone's Ester C is the same, but only two companies have the rights to sell it now.  Keep in mind that there are two labs in the world, I believe that make almost all the vitamin E and Vitamin C that's out there, so the only question is getting the right form.  The buffered form will be called ascorbate.  D-3 is probably the same no matter who sells it.  Like Co-Q 10, it's fat soluble, so take it with a meal that has fat in it.  Vitamin C should also be taken with food.  The resveratrol is a patented name, I believe, so it's probably the same, but that might not be true anymore.  Just avoid the mulit-levels and store brands on that one.  B-complex is a pretty basic supplement, hard to mess up, just check for fillers and binders you don't want.  Only question there is how much B you want -- 50, 100, 150, etc.  The best way to ensure high quality is to buy from a small health food store that still maintains quality.  That's harder now than it used to be.  Whole Foods is pretty reliable, actually, but won't carry any product that won't give it a huge discount, which it then doesn't pass onto you.  Good overall companies for these basic vitamins are Bluebonnet, Solaray, Nature's Plus, Pioneer, Jarrow, though Jarrow is a discounter on some things.  Don't buy from discounters such as store brands, Now Foods, and the like -- unless it's a patented product they'll use the cheapest raw materials and use the worst fillers and binders.  And never use drug store brands.  
1210142 tn?1266077031
Thank you. What do you mean when you say "And never use drug store brands."?
Avatar universal
The store brands at drug stores.  They know nothing about natural stuff, so they just buy from the cheapest distributor.  With supplements, which are hard enough to absorb, you don't want cheap, you need quality.
Avatar universal
I have Aplastic Anemia (a terrible autoimmune disease) and take Juice Plus.  I've been on it a year and a half and have only gotten sick with a sinus infection once, even though I'm at high risk for infection and am a nurse that works in a hospital around sick people.  Juice Plus is 17 different Raw fruits and vegetables, and 9 raw berries (with Co-Q10) in capsule form.  It costs me about $65 a month, and is worth every penny.  I got rid of cable and got Netflix to help me be able to afford it.  After being on it a year, I became a distributor so I could buy it wholesale.  I can't live without it!  Alot of studies are showing that isolated vitamins aren't good for your body, that you either pee or poop them out, they aren't bioavailable and absorbed by your body.  If you do take supplements, you should take whole food supplements that work how nature intended.  Good luck & hope my info helps :o), Linda
Avatar universal
Oh, I also bought a Vitamix (a $400 awesome juicer!), take sublingual B12, and Nordic Naturals Omega D3.  Also, they sell Reseveratrol juice at our grocery store now, I'm going to try it :o).
1042487 tn?1275279899
Yeah indeed food is always better and way more bioavailable as I encourage here. Isolated vitamins are good too but they are meant for a different usage eg as a tool, when not having the time to eat well, recovery. As for vitamin D3, you won't enough of it from any non-supplemented kind of food. The only way to get efficient D3 (which is not a vitamin but a steroid hormone miscalled a vitamin) is from UVB. Supplementation with enough D3 could compensate a lack of sun exposure. As with B complexes, you will always get flushing as it is not well absorbed no matter how you take it, food contains B, complexes are potent but you are most likely to absorb what you need and flush the rest. With a really healthy diet, I don't see the point of supplementing with potent B, C, A.

Resveratrol is indeed a good antioxidant but to get the full benefit of it it should be consumed in red wine. 120 ml a day can do it. The reason why is due to the phytochemical relation between the grapes, alcohol and the whole fermentation process which makes red wine an extremely healthy beverage. Supplementing with resveratrol with red wine extract might be good (again you are not getting the full benefits of red wine) but I think you prefer food and drinks too. This is why I take Green+ Daily Detox everyday due to all the phytonutrients, antioxidants, vitamins etc. I'm also a huge Japanese green tea consumer due to the polyphenols; the cathechins, especially the espigallocathechins gallate and minerals, vitamins.

M4
1210142 tn?1266077031
Where do you buy your Green+ Daily Detox ? Thanks
1042487 tn?1275279899
At your local health food store or maybe at the pharmacy. I've seen some pharmacies selling this product. It's a Canadian product so I wonder about how it is distributed in the US. If you live in Canada here's the store locator: http://www.xxxxxxxxxxxxx.xxx
Avatar universal
You can buy it at any health food store.  It's very popular in the US, a big seller.  Even Whole Foods should have it, unless they can't get a cheap enough price on it.  Also available from almost every internet provider.  
1042487 tn?1275279899
I didn't know it was also popular in the US. I'm kinda surprised here but I have no doubt is a quality product that is worth the price. I don't suggest the pills tho, Daily Detox tastes so good in water too.
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