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VitaFive Gummy Vitamins Review

This is a review of VitaFive gummy vitamins.

VitaFive Gummy Vitamins

Overall Rating: 3-stars

About the Vitafive “Sleep” gummies:

Melatonin gummy: Melatonin is a hormone our body naturally produces to regulate sleep. Unfortunately, there are many environmental and lifestyle factors that can disturb the release of melatonin and consequently, our sleep pattern. Melatonin is not known to be addictive and researchers believe it to be one of the safest sleep-aids. Supplementing with melatonin may help you fall asleep faster, wake less frequently during the night and get your circadian rhythm (wake and sleep cycle) back on track.

Vitamin D gummy: The Vitamin D provided in our gummies is in the D3 form, also known as cholecalciferol, due to the body’s ability to absorb D3 better than any other form. When our skin synthesizes Vitamin D from UV light, it is produced in the D3 form as well. Despite our body’s ability to synthesize Vitamin D, deficiencies in this vitamin are common. Vitamin D is naturally present in very few foods and becomes increasingly difficult to synthesize during times of limited sun exposure. This fat-soluble vitamin is crucial for bone health, calcium absorption, serum phosphorous concentration, immunity and brain functions (like memory, mood and neurotransmitter synthesis).

Multivitamin gummy: The multivitamin provides a variety of vitamins and minerals to help provide the nutrients our body requires on a daily basis. A multivitamin is NOT intended to replace a healthy diet. The purpose of a multivitamin is to supplement your healthy diet with additional vitamins and minerals that you may not be consuming on a daily basis and in the amounts required by the body. Even for those following the most healthful diet, it is nearly impossible to meet your vitamin and mineral nutritional needs every day, and increasingly so for those who restrict calories for weight loss, are picky eaters, are recovering from an injury or illness, who skip meals, have food allergies, regularly drink alcohol, take certain medications (like antacids), have limited food variety, have a poor appetite and follow a restrictive diet (i.e. vegetarian, gluten-free, paleo, etc.).

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My Thoughts:

I’m a huge advocate for getting your nutritional needs met through whole foods like fresh vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds and lean proteins. That said, I’m pretty open minded in regards to trying new ways to improve my overall well being.

Lately, getting enough high quality, uninterrupted sleep has been a struggle. I work out pretty hard on top of full work days and know I need the sleep–I just don’t always get it.

I was intrigued to try this sleep gummy pack and so far so good. Be it placebo effect or actual effectiveness, I found that I slept really hard and soundly the very first night I took these before bed. I woke up and felt like I had really rested my body.

I don’t particularly like that I’m eating a dose of sugar right before bed, especially since limiting the extra sugar in my diet is a focus of mine. I do understand that sort of comes with the territory of it being a gummy, though. In regards to taste, they are pretty dang delicious–you can’t really tell that they’re loaded with vitamins.

I see these gummies as a fun way to change up my every day routine and improve my sleep. It was a thoughtful little touch to put my name on every single packet, too. The idea of customizing a packet of vitamins to help you meet your goals is something I really love.

They’re not entirely organic (though they are gluten free), but they have helped me so far and that’s been nice!

Use Code “run30” to get 30% off of your first month of Vitafive!

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Buddha’s Herbs Supplements & Tea Review

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Buddha’s Herbs & Supplements

Overall Rating: 3 Stars

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Natural Slim Herbal Tea

Buddha’s Herbs Description:

“Buddha’s Herbs Premium Herbal Tea for Weight loss presents a natural, safe and healthy way to burn fat. The Proprietary Blend combines four of the most effective, potent and well documented herbs to help you loose weight. Researchers say the results indicate that substances found in green tea known as catechins trigger weight loss by stimulating the body to burn calories and decreasing body fat. These substances have also been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties. However this product is not meant to cure, treat or prevent any related conditions and all information is presented for educational purposes only. Rosemary has been used for centuries as a spice and medicinal plant; it has been approved in Germany for digestive disorders. Rosemary has the ability to inhibit lipase activity. Lipase is an enzyme that the body uses to break down fats. Rosemary consumption may make you feel fuller by delaying the digestion of fats. Oregano is among the highest in antioxidants of the dried herbs and is a great antiseptic. Lemons contain the highest level of citric acid of all fruits. The citric acid reacts with other acids and enzymes in your digestive system to promote healthy digestion and weight loss. As with all weight loss products, this refreshing and aromatic tea should also be used along with healthy diet and regular exercise.

  • Helps Loose Weight naturally and safely with Super Antioxidant Support
  • Formulated by Master Blenders of Europe and contains blend of four highly effective and safe herbs including Green Tea, Rosemary Leaves, Oregano Herb and Lemon Peels
  • Each Box contains 22 double Chamber Tea Bags packed in ecologically friendly filter bags
  • Contains no Artificial Flavors, Ingredients or Preservatives
  • Prepared and Packaged at GMP Certified Facility.”

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My Description & Thoughts:

I am a big advocate of making daily “elixirs” that boost health in various regards. Making this tea fits right into that daily routine. The tea itself tastes nice, light, and herbaceous. I sweeten with organic stevia, though I imagine any organic sweetener would taste good, too.

The fact that the herbs this tea is comprised of help in weight loss is, of course, great because I believe we all want to maximize our daily health. I wouldn’t feel good about that “effect” of the tea if it was done with artificial ingredients. Because Buddha’s herbs takes the plant-based route, I am a fan of the idea behind this tea.

My scrutiny is that the ingredients in this specific tea are not organic. While they are derived from plants and said to be processed in trusted facilities, I aways strive for organic ingredients, always.

I would recommend this product to someone who already drinks tea and is looking to shed a few pounds the healthy way. This tea is above average, however, I do not see myself buying more of this particular tea again because I would seek a tea with all organic herbs.

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Green Tea with Herbs

Buddha’s Herbs Description:

“Buddha’s Herbs Premium blend of Green Tea with Herbs is purposefully formulated to wash away fatigue, enhance vitality and supply antioxidants. Green Tea ingredients provide super antioxidant support. Chamomile Flowers imparts comfort and relaxation and also relieve minor stomach discomfort. Thyme is a powerful herbal antiseptic and supports upper respiratory system. This unique formulation is unbelievably refreshing and is prepared from 100 percent natural ingredients. It contains no artificial colors, preservatives etc. Teas are packed in ecologically friendly filter bags with no glue or metal used. Airtight envelopes help retain the natural flavor and aroma of the herbs. So sit back and enjoy a cup of Buddha’s Herbs Green Tea with Herbs for a refreshing treat or an after-meal delight. We believe our humble contribution will make the society become healthier and wealthier in body and soul

  • Contains Green Tea 60 %, Organic Chamomile Flowers 16%, Organic Thyme Herbs 16 %, Organic Peppermint Leaves 16 %
  • Purposefully Formulated to wash away Fatigue, enhance Vitality and supply Antioxidants
  • Twin Pack provides 40 Double Filter Tea Bags sealed in Airtight Envelopes to Preserve Freshness and Aroma
  • Ecologically Friendly Tea Bags with no Glue or Metal used
  • 100 Percent Natural with no Artificial Color, Flavors or Preservatives.”

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My Description & Thoughts:

This tea is a great blend, especially being made up of organic herbs. Taste-wise, I especially love the zip of peppermint, it makes the tea minty & refreshing.

I have been steeping a bag of this tea along with a bag of the Buddha’s Herbs Slim Herbal tea and together they taste great. To sweeten, I love adding organic stevia.

I find that having a product like this around can help tide you over in between meals or when you’re hoping to curb your appetite. Of course, it also provides the health benefits of the herbs it’s made of.

I recommend this organic tea to an avid tea drinker or health seeker. This blend is certainly above average, it would rate the highest with me if the green tea was organic like the other herbs in it. I do not believe I would purchase more of this blend simply because I normally reach for coffee over tea.

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Vitamin D3

Buddha’s Herbs Description:

“Vitamin D is one of the most important vitamins required by the body. There are many reasons to make sure you are getting sufficient Vitamin D which include improved bone health, support for cardiovascular system and may be reduced risk of catching asthma related allergies. However consumers should keep in mind that this particular supplement is not meant to prevent, cure or treat any disease or body condition. Buddha’s Herbs Vitamin D3 1000 IU tablets are made of Vitamin D3, the body’s preferred form of Vitamin D. Buddha’s Herbs Vitamin D3 1000 IU tablet is perfect for the healthy adult looking for a supplement to meet the commonly recommended daily Vitamin D dosage. The product is manufactured under strict GMP guidelines and is tested regularly at an Independent laboratory for efficacy, purity and disintegration. COA is available on request and one of the very few Vitamin D 3 supplement purified for Lead. For best results take Vitamin D Supplement with your biggest meal of the day as this can increase absorption by as much as 50 %.

  • Supports Teeth, Bone, Immune and also Heart Health
  • Vitamin D3 is more effective for maintaining adequate levels of Vitamin D in the body
  • Formulated for Easy Absorption with no Artificial Color, Flavor, Ingredients and is GMO Free (Expiry : August 2015)
  • Tested for Efficacy, Purity ( Lead Free- less than 0.1 ppm) and Disintegration and COA Verified by Independent Testing
  • Manufactured at a GMP Certified Facility by American Natural Products Association

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Vitamin A

Buddha’s Herbs Description:

“Vitamin A is a fat soluble vitamin necessary to maintain good vision and skin. It is directly involved in photo-chemical reactions in your retina. It is vital to the growth and maintenance of epithelial tissue and red blood cell production and is essential for proper immune function. Vitamin A deficiency can occur when there is liver disease, malabsorption or severe malnutrition. Increased Vitamin A in the diet has been associated with reduced risk of cataracts. Buddha’s Herbs Vitamin A 8000 IU is manufactured under strict GMP guidelines and is Independently tested for efficacy, purity and proper disintegration. It is purified for Lead and provides Best overall value among similar products in the market.

  • Necessary to maintain Good Vision and Skin
  • Only Vitamin A Supplement purified for lead and Tested Independently for Heavy Metals
  • Each Softgel Delivers 8000 IU of Vitamin A with no Artificial Colors, Flavors or Preservatives
  • Independently Tested for Efficacy, Purity and Disintegration and COA Verified
  • Manufactured at Facility Certified GMP by American Natural Products Association.”

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Mega Omega-3

Buddha’s Herbs Description:

“Buddha’s Herbs Mega Omega-3 is a great way to maintain healthy levels of omega-3s (EPA+DHA), two Omega-3, fatty acids essential for heart and cardiovascular health. Each Softgel delivers 400 mg EPA and 300 mg DHA, thus surpassing the international daily recommended intake of 500 mg EPA+DHA, supporting cardiovascular, cognitive, ocular, immune, and nervous system health. And, like Buddha’s Herbs other products, Mega Omega-3 surpasses all international quality standards. Buddha’s Herbs Fish Oil is molecularly distilled and is regularly tested for freshness, efficacy and purity by a FDA registered Independent Laboratory. It has TOTOX Value between 6 and 9 and ANISDINE Value below 2. The product is manufactured under strict GMP guidelines to ensure quality. And to top it all, it offers the Best Price for Omega 3 among all the competing products in the market.

  • Highly concentrated and Purified Fish Oil with each Softgel delivering 400 mg EPA and 300 mg DHA
  • Supports Cardiovascular, Cognitive, Ocular, Immune, and Nervous System Health
  • Certificate of Analysis Independently Verified with TOTOX Value between 6 and 9
  • Manufactured at GMP Certified Facility and Purified for Heavy Metals, PCB’s and Dioxins
  • Provides Best Overall Value for Quantity of Omega 3 per Softgel.”

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My Description & Thoughts on Vitamin A, Vitamin D3, & Mega-Omega 3:

I don’t have a major interest, nor do I normally seek out each of these vitamins/supplements regularly. I was more interested in trying Buddha’s herbs products and these three appealed to me simply because of the prior knowledge I had about them, being that:

-Vitamin A for eye health

-Vitamin D for heart health

-Omega 3 for overall health

The standards I hold for the supplements I put into my body are especially high. This is the case because, to me, these supplements are supposed to be pure boosts to our health. If they are not pure and high quality, then how are you boosting your health?

Buddha’s Herbs appears to have above average standards for their supplements. A lot of their ingredients are not organic and some are. All in all,  these products are a great choice for someone looking to improve upon their current drug-store bought supplements without spending much more.

*These complimentary products have been generously provided to me for the purpose of trying them in order to write a review on my experience.

OMG Organic Meets Good Protein & Superfood Supplement Review

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“OMG” Organic Meets Good Supplements

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

I’m always intrigued and immensely interested in trying new, organic supplements. I learned of this brand, “OMG”, after searching on Twitter for new, high quality options. I was immediately impressed with all of the literature I had found on these products. Here is a bit of information about this company and what their mission:

“Who We Are:

It all started with a group of passionate globe trekkers who traveled around the world in search of the finest organic superfood ingredients. We developed uniquely formulated blends, creating some of the healthiest and tastiest products on the planet. All of our items are made with passion, a strong sense of social-consciousness, and nutrients that are beneficial to your well-being. We strive to make living organically and actively much simpler. We invite you to try some of our products and superfood your day!

Our Three Principles:

1. Provide healthy and tasty products
Ready to create some change in your diet? We make it easy. We create organic products with powerful nutritional value and great taste that you can add to simple, everyday recipes for an extra boost. While we work with expert formulators to create products of the highest quality, we understand that there’s always room for new and exciting ideas. This is why we welcome and appreciate your suggestions. We aim to make our products the best they can possibly be because we know that organic should always meet good.

2. Encourage an environmentally friendly and organic lifestyle
Think organic and go green with OMG! We believe that the earth is our home and that we have a responsibility in preserving it. This is why we encourage eco-friendly and organic farming methods, as well as the consumption of organic products. We understand the valuable benefits that a truly organic product has on keeping our bodies and our world clean and alive.

3. Promote global awareness
Pack your bags and come take a virtual journey with us around the world! We want to introduce you to the magnificent regions from which our ingredients come so you can learn more about their rich cultures and realities. After all, we are all just part of one big puzzle called Mother Earth.”

I was lucky enough to sample two of OMG’s superfood powders and even their newly created quinoa based protein based powder.

Quinoa Based Protein Powder

OMG’s Description:

“The first ever quinoa based protein powder. Our formula is organic, vegan, delicious and practical to use. It’s for people who want a protein boost with superfoods like quinoa, hemp, coconut and sacha inchi. It boasts no sugar added, non-GMO, vegan, 100% organic, gluten free, allergen free and with a delicious taste. We do our best to bring the raw materials directly from the source; we import the quinoa and sacha inchi directly from the producers in Peru. There’s simply never been a product quite like this one so help us bring it to the marketplace and be among the first to try it!

The new product will have 10.5 grams of organic protein per 30g serving. It will be available both as a stand-up pouch with 15 servings per package and a box with 12 single serve pouches. It the convenient way to superfood your day with added protein at home or on-the-go.

The combination of ingredients makes it easy to digest. It is the perfect complement to the diet of vegans and vegetarians or people with intolerance to other sources of protein. The powder can be mixed into cereals, smoothies, shakes, bars, and more. But we can’t do it without you so donate and pick your pre-order today!”

My Description & Thoughts:

I feel lucky to have sampled a serving of this protein that is still being tweaked and formulated. It is excellent; it tastes earthy, delicious and satisfying. I mixed it with almond milk in a blender bottle and it was delicious. I am a huge fan of plant based proteins and am excited for OMG to generate more of this power protein concoction!

Check out and support (if you’d like) their campaign to produce more of this quinoa protein blend here.

Maqui Berry Antioxidant Powder

OMG’s Description:

“Add the Antioxidant Powder to a smoothie, dressing, or your daily granola and superfood your day! Maqui Berry has one of the highest amount of antioxidants of any fruit known. Antioxidants may help to remove free radicals from the body, that could lead to a decrease in cell damage, and ultimately assist in the anti-aging process. In addition to the antioxidants from Maqui Berries, our Antioxidant Maqui Berry superblend contains several other amazing ingredients like acai powder and a green tea extract, both of which have beneficial compounds. The green tea extract scored more than 10,000 ORAC units per gram! Together, these ingredients give you powerful and tasty boost for your daily intake of antioxidants.”

My Description & Thoughts:

I’d never heard of this berry before, but it sounds nutritionally dense and full of antioxidants that help keep our cells in tip top shape. It tastes rich and reminds me a lot of a blueberry mixed with a blackberry. I added this Maqui berry powder to my smoothie (with vanilla protein powder) and it was a nice, fruity compliment & antioxidant punch with the protein.

I loved trying this product and I love how easy it is to consume–simply mixed into my daily smoothie/drink. Berry yummy!

Pomegranate Vitamin Powder

OMG’s Description:

“Pomegranate has been consumed for centuries for its magnificent properties. With its high quantity of vitamins, it may help strengthen our bodies’ immune systems.* Our pomegranate superblend combines ingredients like Camu Camu powder, maqui berry powder, and a booster that contains Curry, Guava, Lemon, Sesbania, Amla, Holy Basil and Annato extracts,  providing substantial amounts of beneficial nutrients like Vitamin C, Vitamin B12, iron, and potassium, just to name a few. Just add the Vitamin powder to a yogurt, shake or any other food in need of vitamins and tasty boost! You won’t be disappointed.

My Description & Thoughts:

This product is similar in texture to the Maqui berry powder and has a sweet, fruit flavor. I am slightly biased to the pomegranate flavor because I am familiar with it and find it delectable.

Like the Maqui powder, this Pomegranate powder goes well in a smoothie or simply with almond/coconut milk. I see it as adding a healthy vitamin boost to my drink. Both of these products have been in the rotation when making my smoothies and I’ve been very happy with both of them.

These OMG products are a dream to individuals who are on the constant search for plant based foods to supplement the current diet.

Share*These complimentary products have been generously provided to me for the purpose of trying them in order to write a review on my experience.