Updated: 06/13/2017

Garden Of Life Review- Do These Health Supplements Really Work?

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By Summer Banks May 11, 2017
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In the diet industry, don’t mistake marketing for effectiveness. We took the time to come up with an in-depth review of Garden Of Life supplements, examining the ingredients, side effects, clinical studies and overall customer care. Plus we read hundreds of user comments and customer remarks that are posted online. At last, we summarized and compacted all of the facts and specifics to give you the info you really need.

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What is Garden of Life?

To begin, Garden Of Life is a natural supplement brand that offers all sorts of probiotics, protein shakes, multivitamins, and greens powders. These products are intended to help with weight management, digestive health, meal replacement and overall wellness. Their supplements are USDA organic and free of GMOs. Some of the ingredients used in these formulas include plant proteins, fruits and vegetables, seed sprouts, digestive enzymes, vitamins and minerals.

Garden Of Life, Inc. was founded back in 2000. This business is located in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. All of their supplements are available directly through the official website. There are some helpful health articles and videos presented on the main site. Also, a 30-day 100% satisfaction guarantee is provided, but read on…

Unpleasant Taste – “Something To Consider?”

One issue we have is with the actual flavor of the Garden of Life products. According to our Research Editor, “Numerous customers have complained about the unpleasant taste. Naturally this is concerning, because if you can’t handle consuming it regularly, it will not benefit you.”

One customer commented, “This is quite possibly the most unpleasant shake I’ve ever had in my life. Raw Meal tastes like dirt, grass, vitamins and cocoa powder.”

However, a different user of Garden of Life Raw Protein said, “Not the best tasting. But, I like the Garden Of Life ingredients used. Natural often does not taste very good.”

“Tried the Garden Of Life Raw Fit. Other protein supplements are definitely more pleasing to my palate. But I like that this is organic,” mentioned another.

Side Effects – “Proceed With Caution”

We are also concerned with Garden Of Life products side effects. We noticed that some customers have complained of upset stomach, nausea, diarrhea, gas, headache, bloating and constipation. In fact, one user reported, “This meal replacement powder gives me bad gas and bloating. Sometimes even a headache. Not sure if I’m allergic or what.”

On the other hand, a different customer said, “Taste is really bad, but I will keep using it. After all, it’s one of the healthier options out there.”

Another commented, “Upsets my tummy a bit, but I like the results.”

Our research has revealed if there is a particular facet of a diet supplement or weight-loss program that is especially problematic or difficult (unpleasant taste, side effects, negative user reviews) the likelihood of long-term success is slim. This means if Garden Of Life products do in fact taste bad to a lot of customers, this could be a serious dilemma.

The Science – “Any?”

Sadly, we didn’t find any actual science addressed on the company website for Garden Of Life supplements. This is unfortunate, because we at DietSpotlight like to see some published research regarding the diet products we’re checking out. On the bright side, these formulas are USDA organic, low in sugar, and free of genetically modified organisms.

The Bottom Line – Does Garden Of Life Work?

So, should you race out to the store and buy a supplement? Well, first off, we like that all of these products are easy to find online, and there are plenty of user reviews posted as well. It’s also nice to see a satisfaction guarantee on the company website. On the other hand, we have some reservations about these diet shakes and Garden of Life probiotics because some people have experienced unpleasant side effects. Also, we’re concerned about the less-than-savory taste numerous users have mentioned.

If your main goal is to drop more weight, then we encourage you to find a supplement that is backed by solid science, does not have an unpleasant taste and will not lead to harsh or harmful side effects.

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Previous Garden Of Life Review (Updated August 19, 2013):

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.

Product Features

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.

Advantages

  • 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.

Disadvantages

  • 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.

Conclusion

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.
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Summer Banks, a content strategist at Dietspotlight, has researched over 5000 products in the past 10 years. She has years of nursing training, experience as a manager responsible for 15 supplement brands, and completed coursework on Food and Nutrition from Stanford University. full bio.

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Ann

My husband noted that he had severe headaches after starting taking Garden of Life Probiotics. Has anyone else had this side effect?

Victoria (Editor)

Hi Ann. All users are different and can experience different side effects; please make sure he consults with his physician before continuing to take this product and he lets them know about the side effects he was experiencing.

David

My experience with them over the years; Taste is like everyone else said, not the best tasting. The reason for this I believe is, there is no flavor enhancers or SUGARS except the ones that occur naturally. The reason so many may have health concerns is that their body is not used to the purity of “real” food. This reason and the “probiotic” quality could lead to a die off effect of CANDIDA and parasites. 97% of the bodies that hit the coroners table are riddled and infested with parasites and candida. Many address the candida but not the parasites.

Corinne Christopher

I have never known anyone to use this product as a stand-alone “shake” so I wouldn’t judge it by it’s flavor. I eat it every day with a blend of fruits, peanut butter, coconut oil, chocolate, etc. and feel that it provides me added health benefits that make me feel better. I buy it in bulk so that it is cheaper. This seems to have the best ingredients on the market.

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