What You Should Know
Garden of Life produces natural dietary supplements derived from whole foods. They promote health within the areas of digestion, immune system support, multivitamin and mineral supplementation and probiotics. There is also a weight management line of products that consists of fücoTHIN®, fücoPROTEIN™ Bars, Perfect Meal™ and Diet 360™. The füco products derive their name from their main ingredient of fucoxanthin, an antioxidant found naturally in edible brown seaweed such as wakame, and described on the website as a natural, non-stimulant thermogenic. Perfect Meal™ is a high protein, high fiber meal supplement meant to curb the appetite and Diet 360™ is holistic weight loss formula.
Garden of Life was founded by Jordan Rubin, author of “The Maker’s Diet.” It is based in West Palm Beach, Florida. In 2006, Mr. Rubin and Garden of Life, Inc. were barred by the FTC from making unsubstantiated claims for a number of their products, although none were the ones listed above. They were also “prohibited from misrepresenting the results of any test or study when marketing such products and programs.”
Protein bars can be purchased for about $3 each or a case of 12 for about $31. Diet 360™ is about $40 for 90 caplets. The Perfect Meal™ shake mix is about $25 for 658 grams of powder. The Garden of Life website provides a search to find retailers in any given area. The website does not give any kind of guarantee for the products. The website also does not provide any testimonials or before and after pictures. There is an advisory board of doctors with their credentials and a bit of background information.
List of Ingredients
The füco™ bars: fucoxanthin, punicic acid, pomegranate seed oil, undaria pinnaltifida and laminaria japonica concentrates, gelatin, glycerin, purified water, palm oil, and naturally occurring iodine.
Perfect Meal™: Fibertrol with organic oat beta glucan, native whey protein, Proprietary Probiotic Blend, Glycemic Balance Blend, xylitol, chromium, calcium, natural flavors, and salt.
Diet 360™: Slim Pure™, a decaffeinated green coffee extract and thermgenic, Ashwangandha extract, fucoxanthin, blueberry leaf and bayberry bark extracts.
Garden of Life products contain natural foods and supplements, free from the common allergens of wheat and dairy and high in fiber. The company’s mission is to empower people to achieve good health, ideal weight, prevent disease and improve their quality of life.
- There are many places to purchase Garden of Life products, both online and locally.
- The ingredients are free of chemicals and common allergens and claim to produce a natural thermogenic effect.
- The FTC in the past has barred Garden of Life from making some of its health claims.
- There are no testimonials on the website.
- Some of the products are manufactured on equipment that may process soy, wheat, and/or fish.
While none of the ingredients appear to be harmful in and of themselves, it would be wise to consult your physician to make sure they will not interact with other medications or supplements you may be taking. As with any supplements, you should do your homework to make sure these are the best products for you. There are a variety of thermogenic products out these, and some are better than others.