Tested: Pro Vitamin Complete (Liquid Vitamin)

provitamin complete bottle

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.

provitamin complete bottle

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.)

And…

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 Results

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 Review Details
Company: ProImage
Product: Pro Vitamin Complete Liquid Vitamin
Reviewed by: Coach Levi
My Rating: 2.5 out of 5
Date last updated: 2009-01-25
Obtained Product: Purchased from salesperson.
CoachLevi.com Advertiser: No.

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9 Comments so far

  1. greg nichols on February 24th, 2009

    I do not have any affiliation with this site or product, but I have used it and have given it to friends and they think it’s great. It’s called intramax and there is a lesser formula that is easier to get called pana-c. I’m hoping you could try it and give a review. I’m hoping you are a legitimate source and not selling this other product. I’m also interested in how it effects a very healthy person. i figure if you actually feel the effects it must be really good. It is twice as expensive as the one you are taking. It is organic and vegetarian.

  2. Levi on February 24th, 2009

    Thanks for the tip Greg, IntraMax looks very interesting (very expensive as well, but still interesting.)

    I see Amazon.com has it. I’ll do some more research and maybe review it.

  3. Dr Elias Khoury on August 17th, 2009

    I have been searching for vitamin supplements that are natural and do not make the person feel nausious after taking them. After years of trial and error a patient of mine stated that she was taking a liquid vitamin called Herbally Pure liquid vitamins. She said that her family no longer feels nausious after taking this liquid vitamin and that her grand children like the flavor. I ordered a bottle to try and am impressed. It has a concentrated orange flavor and no nausia. I have been offering this supplement to my patients with great success. Many of my patients do not eat properly or eat very little due to illness that dampens their appiteite to where they do not get enough sustanance to maintain their body enough to combat their particular illness. This Herbally Pure liquid vitamin seems to be filling that void very well. I have to say I recommend people try the Herbally Pure brand.
    Thank You
    Dr Elias Khoury

  4. william saal on September 27th, 2009

    I would like to also comment on Herbally Pure liquid vitamins. I saw the on The View talk show and tried them. They taste very good for a liquid vitamin and I believe that I am feeling better. I have stomach ulsars and can not take pills well. Vitamins in pill form seem to really upset my stomach. Liquid vitamins Herbally Pure is a very good product that I recommend to my family and neighbors.
    Thank You
    William Saal
    Napa Valley
    Calif.

  5. neattie goranga on October 22nd, 2009

    Is pro vitamin complete vegetarian (no animal

    products …no eggs, no fish…?????

  6. Marcd on March 30th, 2010

    What a great article. I have been researching natural based Vitamins, minerals and herbs for a few months. I am a firm believer that Mother Nature provides us with an extraordinary bounty of beneficial herbs and fruits. There is anecdotal evidence dating back thousands of years that shows man has used these natural goodies for their nutritional and medicinal properties.

    I have started looking into some recent studies on “superfruits” like the Mangosteen and the Seabuckthorn. Laboratory tests show very some very promising results.

    The link below is a a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial was conducted with generally healthy male and female subjects between 20 and 23 years of age. It concluded that “Our results suggest that Mangosteen… is an excellent source to increase the blood level of antioxidants, thus possibly offering protection against chronic diseases caused by the aging process.” They did say that further studies needed to be done, but it looked very promising.

    Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry – Mangosteen

    Have you looked into these at any point?
    Keep up the good work Levi. It is appreciated.

    Marc

    PS – LOVE YOUR SITE. So much information.

  7. Mary Thomas on April 13th, 2010

    I have used the Pro Vitamin Complete for 2 years and it has made a tremendous difference in my entire family’s life. We also use it to promote healthy hair growth. It is very delicious and the kids love it.

  8. Levi on May 12th, 2010

    @Marcd

    Thanks for the comment. I haven’t paid much attention to studies about “superfruits” because the term is just getting so common these days. I don’t doubt that these fruits have great health benefits, though.

  9. Harry Turner on March 3rd, 2011

    I recommend Herbally Pure vitamins. They taste very good and my wife with stomach issues is able to digest it without any trouble. Sometimes when I push my wife around the development in her wheelchair I put some in my water bottle and it seems to give me a lot of energy. I think others should try it. we like it and my doctor looked at the vitamin before I took it and said he thinks it is good.

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