Garden Of Life
Went to a lecture tonight where the creater of the line came to speak and i purchchased some probiotics at the sale afterward. He also gave away one of his magazines and a his latest book. I know not all his products are vegan but im currious if anyone here takes them and what you think. I got the childrens powdered probiotic since im lousy with pills took it with dinner and no stomach upset which is great i hope to see some digestive and immune benefits in the long term. Anyone have any input on the garden of life products or his books?
In general I am leery of anyone who says you have to take dozens of supplements to be healthy. Even my naturopath said she will only give 4 supplements at a time maximum. That said, I tried dozens of probiotics when I had a gut infection and only 2 actually worked. Garden of Life's Primal Defense and Pharmax HLC Intensive Caps. The Garden of Life one though I had to take 12 per day for the therapeutic dosage, while the Pharmax one I only needed 2 to get the same dosage.
Jordan Rubin also is a little inconsistent. In his book on digestive disease Guts and Glory he warns against the use of FOS and inulin, which I agree with since those additives to probiotics worsened my symptoms. Then he goes and puts inulin in his children's probiotic. He also was anti-vegan in his earlier books, he told how he was raised vegetarian and his Crohn's didn't go away until he started eating pastured meats, dairy and eggs....but now is catering to vegans, especially raw vegans with his new RAW line. Kind of just capitalizing on whatever.
Again, I hate to be too critical, obviously whatever he did worked for him...and Garden of Life supplements ARE high quality...so if you REALLY need a supplement they are a good option. Just don't get duped into thinking you have to take a bunch of supplements if you are already healthy.