Today’s review is going to cover one of the grandaddies of greens powders: Vitamineral Green.
Vitamineral Green is one of the oldest formulations of this sort of product, and has accumulated an enthusiastic following over the last three decades.
You could say that it’s set the standard for other green powders to follow.
The formula was originally created in 1990 by Dr. Jameth Sheridan, an inspiring raw/vegan/whole foods evangelist who’s acquired a large fan base through decades of bootstrapping and elbow grease.
The popularity of himself and his company is a great example of earned success.
He owns the company Healthforce, which has developed a fairly robust line of superfood supplements that includes berries powders, algaes, superfood cocktails, and much more. The general public is largely ignorant of Dr. Sheridan’s company, but it’s considered one of the crown jewels of the holistic nutrition circuit.
Vitamineral Green has a very well established reputation, and you could even describe their fanbase as cult-like. You hear stories about the amazing health benefits of Vitamineral Green in different places around the internet, and some of the most luminary raw food evangelists have been effusive in their praise of the formulation. Most notably Michael Adams of the Natural News.
So with all that said……..what’s the superfood powder really like?
How does it really compare to similar products?
In my own opinion the quality of VitaMineral Green is second to none.
This review is going to be a detailed breakdown of all major components of the Vitamineral Green product so the curious shopper will know exactly how to evaluate its different health aspects.
Let’s get started!
Vitamineral Green is a “robust” mixture by almost any standard. It attempts to cover every base, and its ingredients can be broken down into the following categories:
- land vegetables
- sea vegetables
- lake algaes
- digestive enzymes
In my green superfood buying guide I talked about the relative merits of these different food groups.
The complete list of ingredients looks like this:
Land vegetables: Nettle Leaf, Alfalfa Grass Juice, Dandelion Leaf Juice, Barley Grass Juice, Oat Grass Juice, Horsetail/Shavegrass, Parsley Leaf, American Basil, Holy Basil/Tulsi, Chickweed, Moringa Leaf, Barley Grass, Wheat Grass, Ginger Root, Yacon Leaf, Carob Pod, Shilajit, Amla Berry
Algaes: spirulina, chlorella
Seaweeds: kelp, nori, dulse, alaria, bladderwrack, laver
Enzymes: protease, amylase, lipase, cellulase, bromelain, papain, alpha-galactosidase
Probiotics: L. Bulgaricus, L. Plantarum, L. Paracasei, L. Rhamnosus, L. Salivarius, S. Thermophilus
Overall, this is an outstanding mixture. There are no inferior ingredients, and just about everyone has unique health qualities to it. It’s also 100% raw and 100% vegan.
In terms of nutrient quality there’s really not a whole lot you can complain about. It only uses high quality ingredients and touches base on every component a greens powder can have.
The only thing you might be able to say about it is that it doesn’t have a few ingredients that similar mixtures have. For example, the BoKu Superfood contains a patented blend of mushrooms that VitaMineral doesn’t have.
When I used my bottle for this review, I noticed I had less hunger and better energy on the days I took it, and that’s unusual for me because I’ve been taking superfood powders for a long time, and my body has internalized their health effects. I’m also in very good shape.
What’s more, I find that I can usually tell a difference within an hour after digesting it. I feel lighter and more energetic.
So the guts of this product are for real.
Taste, Mixability, Texture
Vitamineral Green tastes better than you’d expect IMO. Given the nutrient density of the mixture you’d expect something bitter and foul, but I actually enjoyed its flavor. It’s very aromatic, and for a greens powder I found the taste mild and pleasing, but definitely distinct.
I would guess it’s because of the ginger and carob pod. It has a scent and after taste that almost reminds me of cinnamon, but that’s not listed as an ingredient so I know it’s something else.
The mixture contains 5 different types of seaweed and in my opinion you can detect a hint of sea vegetables as well.
Vitamineral Green mixes pretty well. It’s very fine, almost like dust, and does not clump up when added to water or juice. I was expecting a texture similar to that of Green Vibrance but was pleasantly surprised at how well it dissolves.
I can eat it raw and mix it with water without any problem at all. The taste is fine.
For newbies I always recommend taking a greens powder with a juice, yogurt, or applesauce……something with a bit of sweetness just to make sure you can handle the flavor. Over time most people get accustomed to the taste of greens powders, but I hate to see somebody miss out on the chance to improve their health by not sticking with them.
Price and Value
The retail price for VitaMineral Green on its company website is $59.99. To a newcomer this might seem like a lot of money, but there are some important details to take notice of when thinking about its price.
- The quality of ingredients. There’s no filler to VitaMineral Green, and it costs more money to make better products. Period.
- The size of the jar is huge! The $60 bottle is 17.5 ounces. That’s more than twice as much as other competitors, so you get a lot of greens for your dollar.
Good health is worth it at every price.
Where To Buy
After perusing the internet, here are the prices for a 30 day supply of Vitamineral Green in the different corners of the internet:
MyNatural Market: $51.95 (Best Price)
**These prices were updated on 07/20/2012
Like others, I really enjoy VitaMineral Green.
I’d wrap up this review with the most relevant take home points;
- It’s a very “robust” mixture with lots of goodies added into it
- The 30 day supply is more expensive than some other mixtures but very affordable when you judge it by its cost per ounce
- I’m a greens powder veteran, and even I noticed a difference after taking it….can’t give a much higher recommendation than that.
- For a greens powder with its nutrient density the taste and texture of the mixture is really superb
So there you have it.
So in case you didn’t notice…..I’m a fan.
Great product, and a great company.
30 thoughts on “Vitamineral Green Review: The Best Superfood Powder. Simply Awesome.”
[…] by trying out Amazing Grass or Dr. Schulze, or take a step up and go with a premium mixture like VitaMineral Green or someting similar.But if you’re the type of person who has to fight down a gagging reflex […]
[…] but the kitchen sink, and often sacrifice taste and mixability for the utmost nutritional purity. Vitamineral Green and Pure Synergy are examples of this sort of formulation.Green Vibrance falls into the latter […]
Check Amazon regularly for price changes. I’ve gotten it for as low as $39!
[…] In this regard I was a little let down by All Day Energy Greens. I did feel like it helped me with my energy levels during the day, but of the 20 or so greens powders I’ve tried over the years I’m not sure it stands out compared to other products. (FWIW Vitamineral Green consistently gives me the best energy boost). […]
Hi Jonathan, Nice review! i enjoy this produce too. I’m a newbie when it comes to green powders. Is this product and any green powders safe to take for a long period of time? Or should you take a break now and again like i do with regular vitamin supplements? thanks for any info!
I believe Vitamineral Green to be completely safe. However, I would always recommend talking to a doctor or licensed health professional if you have particular questions about your own condition.
I believe what Ally was asking is in general for the most beneficial results many things are good to stop for about 2-3 months after taking it for about that long because your body may become immune to the benefit. It is the same with skin care products. If you take continously the stop working as well.
I interpreted Ally’s question about long term health effects of taking the supplement, rather than whether or not they diminish over time. However if that’s the case then I’d have to agree with you.
Practically any supplement’s effect will begin to wane over time as your body gets used to it.
Hi: this product has alfalfa in it. Is it Round Up Ready alfalfa? Thanks
Hi Cheryl, no it’s not roundup ready alfalfa. It’s organic, making that impossible.
What I would like to know is vitamineral green a complete multi vitamin? Does it contain vitamins B, C, D, folic acid, etc?
Vitamineral Green doesn’t have any additional vitamins and minerals added to it as far as I know. It’s not meant to be a traditional multivitamin in that way. It’s a condensed shot of green foods.
If you want more information on this topic I’d suggest you read my article on the differences between these types of supplements:
Let me know if you have any other questions.
I think the post above wasn’t asking about “added vitamins,” but about actual vitamin content of this superfood. Does it include foods rich in A, C, E, B, folic acid, K, D, etc? Lots of us would like to know if this is a sufficient supplement for folks who do NOT get a full range of nutrients in their diet. Thanks!
In general I’d say yes, but keep in mind that I don’t work for the company so you might want to contact them directly.
Thanks. I will check with them.
I am a die hard fan of Vitamineral Green 5.2. I wonder however how its probiotic content compares to Green Vibrance.
I’ve been taking Green Vibrance for 6 months and am very pleased, but have been thinking about switching off to Vitamineral Green and Amazing Grass. What are your thoughts about this?
All three are very good. VG is my favorite among the three though. Can’t go wrong with either.
I need to order some more greens since I’m about to run out of my Vitamineral. Is the Boku better than the Vitamineral?
They are both excellent. I’ve always had a soft spot for Vitamineral though. Just my $0.02.
Hi Jonathan. I just purchased the Vitamineral Green caps and I’m waiting for them to arrive. That being said, I just saw your comment about your body eventually getting used to any supplement like this. How long should I be taking Vitamineral before I consider switching? At that time, is there anything comparable that I could take when I need to switch?
If you want to mix things up from VG then I recommend taking Vitamineral Earth in between. It’s made with different ingredients and will keep things new w/ your body. Alternating between those two would work well IMO.
I have to agree with everything you said about VG its a truly first rate greens superfood product. But there is only one other that is of even superior quality and probably the Rolls Royce of green powders, it’s called Pure Synergy at http://www.thesynergycompany.com/v/pure_synergy.html.
Kind of surprised you never make mention of it in any of your Greens powder discussions. Great blog…have a great day!
Lol I actually just saw you make mention of Pure Synergy in another post. My bad!
Very informative, thanks!
Glad you liked it!
You know how many pils per day?
I think if you take the veggie capsules it’s 8 pills per day.
I just started doing the VMG and love it. Someone suggested that I take the Earth in combo with it but you think maybe I should do the VMG for a few months and then the Earth for the next 3? I also drink Amazing Grass too. Is it not good to drink those the same day? Are there different ingredients in Amazing Grass? Should I drink that on another day? What would be your suggestion for a serving size of the VMG powder per day?
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