Tested: Pro Vitamin Complete (Liquid Vitamin)
Just about every physician, dietitian, and nutritionist will agree with the statement, “Take a daily multivitamin for better health.”
With various debates over the loss of vitamins and minerals in our soil, plus the possibility of losing important nutrients by cooking our food, it’s no wonder the multivitamin is so popular.
I’ve even heard Michael Phelps call the multivitamin a “must” in his diet, and once I read Lose Fat, Not Faith, I was determined to pick out a good multivitamin.
I had to find a great one, though. I didn’t want a rock solid pill that might not fully dissolve in my stomach (plus I hate swallowing pills if I can avoid it,) and I didn’t want a liquid that tastes like garbage.
In my research, I made sure to check Dr. Mercola’s website, and the only recommendation I could glean from there is that you should skip multivitamins and find a liquid whole food supplement. I’ve actually had those before, and always liked them, so I figured I’d go that route.
This one I like best is called Pro Vitamin Complete.
Unfortunately, it suffers from the downfall that a lot of these drinks do – it comes from a (gag!) network marketing company. So you have to put up with the MLM and network marketing crap, at least for a little bit. (It’s not terrible, since you can order in bulk for yourself without having to be a salesman, but just be warned.)
But if you can get past that and any related trust issues (is the company legit??), this might be a good vitamin.
The Taste Test
Unlike traditional medicines and supplements that taste and smell nasty, this is one of the best tasting drinks I’ve ever had. It’s like a wild berry smoothie but with a tiny hint of “vitamin” bitterness.
The texture is nice and thick, like an actual smoothie. I like it! I like it a lot actually.
I’ve taken this over four or five months now, at 1-2oz per day. I still enjoy it and I’d love to drink an entire 8oz glass of it!
If they were to sell a cheaper version of this without the vitamins but just as a wild berry fruit smoothie drink, I’d buy it for sure!
Nutrition Facts and Ingredients
The ingredients list here is amazing.
Pro Vitamin Complete is full of vitamins and minerals, but also amino acids and healthy fats. That’s cool because healthy fats are very important to consume with your vitamins because they really help your body absorb the nutrients. And typically you’d have to supplement with amino acids and healthy fats (like Omega-3) separate from a typical multivitamin pill.
Here are ingredients that bring in all the vitamins and nutrients:
Proprietary MultiFiber Blend: Fibersol-2® (soluble fiber glucose polymer complex). apple pectin, beet fiber, carrot fiber, oat fiber, soy fiber
Proprietary Herbal Complex: Aloe Vera leaf gel, alfalfa leaf, American ginseng root extract, Bioperine® standardized black pepper extract, buchu leaf, citrus bioflavonoids, corn silk stylus, cranberry, dong quai root, eleuthero root, goldenrod leaf, grape seed extract, juniper berry, kelp, pau d’ arco bark, parsley, shavegrass (aerial parts), uva ursi leaf, watermelon
Proprietary Fruit and Vegetable Phytonutrient Enzyme Blend: Plant Enzyme concentrate: (bromelain, papain, amylase, cellulase, lactase, lipase, protease) pineapple, broccoli, carrots, apple, orange, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, beet, blueberry, celery, grape, grapefruit, kale, plum, raspberry, spinach, strawberry, radish, watermelon, lemon, lime, leek or yellow pepper, cantaloupe, cherry, onion, papaya, peach, pear
Proprietary Essential Fatty Acid Blend: Borage seed oil (GLA), evening primrose oil (GLA), flaxseed, omega-III fish body oil complex (7.5% EPA/DHA)
Proprietary Ionic Trace Mineral Blend from Natural Organic Sea Vegetation & AquaMin™: Aluminum, antimony, barium, beryllium, bismuth, boron, bromine, cadmium, calcium, cerium, cesium, chloride, chromium, cobalt, copper, dysprosium, erbium, europium, gadolinium, gallium, germanium, gold, hafnium, holmium, indium, iodine, iridium, iron, lanthanum, lithium, lutetium, magnesium, manganese, molybdenum, neodymium, nickel, niobium, osmium, palladium, phosphorus, platinum, potassium, praseodymium, rhenium, rhodium, rubidium, ruthenium, samarium, scandium, selenium, silicon, silver, sodium, strontium, sulfur, tellurium, terbium, thallium, thulium, tin, titanium, tungsten, vanadium, and zinc
Proprietary Whole Food Greens Blend: Barley greens, buckwheat kamut, red beet, wheat grass, chlorella, Phenalgin™, dulse, kombu, wakame nori, Dunaliella salina algae, barley malt, mung bean, soybean, wheat berry, apple pectin, carrot fiber, bee pollen, acerola 4:1 extract, licorice root extract, astragulus root, bilberry 50:1 extract
Liquid Protein Amino Acid Blend: L-alanine, L-arginine, L-aspartic acid, L-cystine, L-glutamic acid, L-glycine, L-histidine, L-hydroxylysine, L-hydroxyproline, L-isoleucine, L-leucine, L-lysine, L-methionine, L-phenylalanine, L-proline, L-serine, L-tyrosine, L-valine
Plus… Ellagic Acid (from pomegranate extract and red raspberry leaf extract.)
Other ingredients: Purified water, fructose, natural flavors, cochineal extract (color), citric acid, sodium benzoate, xanthan gum, potassium sorbate and cellulose gum.
Holy crap, that’s a lot!
Unfortunately, since I don’t have an independent laboratory at my disposal, all I can do is take their word that all these ingredients are included.
It would be nice to see a United States Pharmacopoeia (USP), NSF International (NSF), or ConsumerLab.com (CL) seal (nonprofit groups that verify whether companies offer contamination-free products and use good manufacturing practices,) but not every company gets tested, so I’ll hope for the best until I can get more details.
The big question that remains is, “Did I notice any difference when taking this vitamin?”
And the answer would be No. Since I have a generally healthy diet, I don’t really notice any difference in my health or well-being when I take vitamins and supplements. I just have to hope that the vitamins are doing their job!
My final verdict is…
I’ve been taking Pro Vitamin Complete for quite a few months and nothing has changed. I feel exactly the same whether I am taking this or not, and unfortunately I haven’t gained any super powers.
But I’m just hoping that it does contain all these ingredients and that it is supplementing my healthy diet enough to justify $30 per bottle. If it didn’t taste so darn good, I wouldn’t bother with it, but man I love the taste.
What it comes down to is that the price of this is lower than the value I place on my health and well-being. So I’ll keep taking it until I can find a better liquid vitamin.
Official website: www.ProImageTeam.com
Product: Pro Vitamin Complete Liquid Vitamin
Reviewed by: Coach Levi
My Rating: out of 5
Date last updated: 2009-01-25
Obtained Product: Purchased from salesperson.
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