This is my detailed run through.
Let’s go over this product in detail.
Disclaimer: I am not affiliated in any way with the company that makes this product. I write these reviews to provide insight and clarity. In general I think all of the products I review provide remarkable health benefits, and if I point out a particular feature of a product it’s not to villify or idolize a particular company, but allow curious consumers to make the best choices. If I state an opinion I make it clear that it’s just that, and your experience may differ.
When talking about this superfood powder it’s best to discuss what it’s meant to be. Many greens formulas attempt to contain all sorts of ingredients in one bottle while others put more of a focus on providing a smaller number of foods but with higher quality. This describes the Dr. Schultze mix.
What’s Awesome About Dr. Schulze’s Superfood
- The ingredients are fantastic! Every one is high quality and super nutritious. Every single one. Sometimes when I look at the list of ingredients of a superfood powder I’ll research one of the ingredients only to find that there’s very little research on its health effects….but this is not the case with Superfood Plus.
- The price is unbeatable. As of 07/18/2012 the price for a 14oz bottle is $38.00. On a per ounce basis this makes the Superfood Plus the most affordable superfood powder out there. You could say it’s “Superfood……for the people.” Given the price differences of other superfood powders it’s clear that it’s made by somebody who cares about making people healthy first and profits second, as he could easily charge much more for the product.
- High concentration of vitamins and minerals. Greens powders typically have varying amounts of vitamin and mineral concentrations due to the large variety of ingredients contained in them. However due to the high amounts of quality ingredients and minimal manufacturing processes used by Dr. Schulze his superfoods formula has a high concentration of vitamins and minerals from real foods. I’ve written previously about the drawbacks of synthetic nutrients, so the importance of this detail is not lost on me. What I like best about the nutrient profile is the copious amounts of vitamin B12 in the mixture, which is important for vegans and vegetarians.
- High Quality Manufacturing Process. Going from a food to a powder can destroy some of the nutrients in a mixture, so small details in how a product is made can be very important with regards to how nutritious it is. Dr Schultz owns his own facility where he uses minimally invasive techniques to turn the green foods into his mixture. He doesn’t heat treat the ingredients, which is important for nutrient preservation. (These details were brought to my attention by Leanna from the comments…..thank you).
About The Company: Dr. Schulze is a well known herbologist and outspoken supporter of the powers of natural healing. He owns the StarWest Botanical Pharmacy and has been helping different patients treat various diseases through improvements in their lifestyle.
As far as I know, he’s been doing this type of work from the 1970′s (perhaps more), and has created a large following for himself through his writing, clinical practice, and public speaking.
So he talks the talk and walks the walk. If you’re looking for a good description of him and his life story, I’d recommend you read his blog.
If you can’t read the label above, the list of ingredients in Dr. Schulze’s Superfood Plus looks like this:
- Blue-green Algae
- Barley Grass
- Alfalfa Grass
- Acerola Cherry
- Rose Hips
- Palm Fruit
- Lemon Peel
- Orange Peel
- Beet Root
- Spinach Leaf
The ingredients that go from spirulina – acerola cherry are all fantastic. So are beet root and spinach leaf. Concerning the ingredients, here are some important points to consider:
- The first three listed are spirulina, blue-green algae, and chlorella, all of which are freshwater sea algae. They’re remarkably healthy, and I don’t know of another superfood powder that has them as their primary ingredients.
- Every ingredient is organic and wildcrafted, which is a big plus for people who are concerned about pesticides and industrial farming techniques
- Some people dislike the use of fibrous ingredients in their greens powders such as lecithin or flaxseed. If that’s the case, then there’s a lot to like about the Superfood Plus since it doesn’t have them.
Overall, the ingredients used in the mixture are excellent. It’s unusual (and healthy!) for a formula to rely so much on aquatic organisms.
To get a mixture with similar quality of ingredients you’ll probably have to pay a lot more money.
For example VitaMineral Green and Pure Synergy are other powders that also don’t have any fibrous ingredients but also contain digestive enzymes, probiotics (for Health Force), and have 38 and 60 different ingredients, respectively.
However, if you go to their websites you’ll find that 30 day supplies cost $59.99 and $54.95 respectively. They’re worth every penny, but neither is quite as “recession friendly” as the Dr. Schulze mix.
As I stated before, the Superfood Plus rules them all when it comes to delivering value. The jar is big, and $38 is a great price for a mix that’s comprised entirely of very high quality ingredients. No qualms there.
In fact, to give you an idea of the cost-effectiveness of the mixture here’s the cost per ounce of similar products**:
Dr. Schulze: $2.71
VitaMineral Green: $3.39
Green Vibrance: $3.93
Macro Greens: $4.29
Amazing Grass: $3.29
So as you can see, it’s pretty darn affordable.
When I tried the Superfood Plus I put it in smoothies, juices, and even cooked it with a few foods and did not notice it at all. At times a little bit of the yeast flavor came through, but I didn’t find this troublesome.
For most people I would recommend taking a superfood powder mixed with some other juice or food. It makes them easier to digest and if you’re not one who takes well to raw foods it’ll increase the chances of you taking one on a daily basis.
I eat them with water regularly, but some people might need to work up to that point.
To my tongue you can also detect some of the spirulina and chlorella. People have different opinions about the taste of these two ingredients, but I’m never one to skimp on green superfoods.
The particle size of the mix is fairly large, and compared to other mixtures like Macro Greens, Greens Plus, or Vitamineral Green the texture is fairly coarse. If you’re mixing it in water you may find that it makes the mixture harder to stir/mix. If you use the Superfood mix in smoothies or other dishes it won’t be noticeable.
Should You Buy It?
The best selling points of this superfood are its use of expensive, high quality ingredients and awesome price. For this reason the Dr. Schulze’s Superfood is a great buy!
Like most other superfood powders its best used with juices and other healthy drinks that can add a little bit of sweetness. I know taste is in the eye of the beholder, but if you’re new to one of these drinks and are thinking to yourself “what if I don’t like the taste?” then this will ensure you can take it and enjoy it and benefit from its nutrients.
If you’re a seasoned green drink veteran then I’d say you have nothing to worry about. You know what spirulina and wheatgrass taste like.
Overall I liked this product, and I especially like the Herbdoc himself. He’s carried himself with a lot of integrity over the years and has won a lot of people over with his charisma and consistent message.
So if you’re thinking about trying out the Superfood Plus…..I say go for it!
Where To Buy
As far as I know the Superfood Plus isn’t distributed to other online retailers and can only be purchased on the company website.
**To determine the price/oz I used the prices off the company websites. If grams were given and not ounces I converted grams to ounces at a 28.32 to 1 ratio.**