Although the majority of health supplements available on the market today are a total waste of money don’t live up to their claims (some don’t even contain the ingredients of the actual supplement that’s supposed to be in the bottle), there are a few I take based on sound research, my doctor’s recommendations and my own personal experience.
Aside from vegan protein powder and spirulina in smoothies on occasion when I’m training and not eating very balanced, the only other supplements I take are a DIM-blend for my skin (It was my last resort to clear up my skin aside from taking Accutane… and it actually frickin’ worked.) and probiotics for my temperamental stomach. Since probiotics were already a part of my health regimen, I agreed to test a new raw, organic liquid probiotic from LiviaOne.
LiviaOne is a clear, tasteless, certified organic liquid probiotic that doesn’t require refrigeration, which is a bonus. According to the company, because LiviaOne Probiotics are “USDA Certified Organic, raw, living and active, they are more effective than any other product at breaking through stomach acids and getting into your intestinal tract.”
The dropper was definitely quicker and easier to use than taking a pill, but at $50 for a month’s supply, I’m not sure it’s entirely worth the cost. I took the product for three weeks and didn’t notice any difference or improvements in digestion… so that’s a good thing, I guess? Perhaps if I hadn’t been taking probiotics before I would have noticed a difference. In all honesty, I’d rather spend $15 on my month’s supply of pills than spend $50 on a liquid formula. It might be worth it if you don’t like taking pills, or perhaps if you are giving it to a child. The company says you can add a few drops to a cold drink, but not to add it to a hot beverage as the heat could damage the living organisms.
I was also given a bottle of their Enzyme Energy Blend to try as a pre-workout or afternoon pick-me-up. Again, I’m probably not the best person to try this on as I need real food for energy (I’ve tried pre-workouts and usually end up cranky because I’m hangry) and eat a nutrient-rich diet already. The Enzyme Energy Blend has some vitamins, minerals, fatty acids and enzymes in it that is supposed to “increase energy, help with muscle development and promote health”. I tried a little scoop in some water after work before a workout and felt energized once I got into my workout (but hangry), and several times at work during the afternoon slump. I didn’t notice any increase in energy, just hunger as per usual. Although no supplement (besides anabolic steroids and maybe creatine) can actually help you burn fat or help with muscle development as this supplement claims to do, you may feel “healthier” after taking it if your normal diet doesn’t include whole food, plant-based meals.
If you’re interested in trying LiviaOne for yourself, you’ll have to go through a rep to purchase it. You can find one near you by visiting www.liviaone.com.
Product Rating for LiviaOne Daily Liquid Probiotics (out of four stars)
Taste: ★★★★ (it had none, so that’s a good thing)
Texture: ★★★★ (liquid is always easier than a pill)
Does what it’s supposed to: ★★★★ (as far as I can tell)
Product Rating for LiviaOne Enzyme Energy Blend (out of four stars)
Taste: ★★ (it smelled like grass but had no taste, so that’s good, I guess)
Texture: ★★★ (It dissolved okay in water)
Does what it’s supposed to: ★ (It did nothing for me)
Disclaimer: I was given a bottle of the LiviaOne Daily Liquid Probiotics and LiviaOne Energy Blend to test in compensation for a review. All opinions are my own.