Vitality Direct Subscription Review + Coupon – December 2016
Vitality Direct is a monthly delivery of supplements and superfoods. This month’s theme is “The Body Box.”
This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
The Subscription Box: Vitality Direct
The Cost: $39.95 a month or $75.90 for two months
COUPON: Use code SUBADD25 to save 25% off your first box!
The Products: 3-4 natural health supplements designed to address specific (and important) health needs. Everything is clinically tested, ethically sourced, and made in the USA, as well as being GMP certified.
Ships to: U.S. (free)
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!
Included was a brochure with more information on the supplements and why you would want to take them. The box lid also contains more information about the subscription.
New Vitality Biotin Tablets (5000 mcg) – Value $9.95
Biotin is a B vitamin that is thought to help with hair and nail growth, among other things. I actually probably need to take biotin as my nails are in bad shape (um, too much nail polish…) and my hair could use a little help as well (trying to lose weight for all of 2016 put a lot of stresses on my body). Unfortunately, these are coated with pharmaceutical glaze, which is something I’ve decided I don’t want to consume any longer. (As an aside, I don’t know why the ingredients say 5000 mcg instead of 5 mg, which is the same exact amount.)
New Vitality Coco Complete (222g) – Value $49.95
This has cocoa powder, green tea leaf extract, whole oat bran, Japanese knotweed root extract, and quercetin dihydrate. Japanese knotweed is an invasive plant but also a source of resveratrol, a powerful antioxidant. Quercetin is from apple skins, onions, and the like (it’s a flavonoid that imparts colors to plants), and is supposed to help with respiratory allergies (although I tried it once for that and it didn’t do anything, even after taking a whole bottle over the course of a few months). When I make morning smoothies, I do like to add cacao powder and matcha, so this will be useful, but I wish there weren’t any sweeteners in it (it has xylitol and stevia).
New Vitality Melatonin (30 tablets, 5 mg) – Value $5
Melatonin is a hormone that regulates sleep and wakefulness. This one also has pharmaceutical glaze, FYI. I took melatonin exactly once (drank some Dream Water that came in a subscription box) and decided never to take it again – it gave me the weirdest, most vivid dreams and thus my sleep was not at all restful. But, there are some people who swear by it. My suggestion is to try it for the first time when the amount of sleep you get is not critical and see how you do. Sleep is definitely important to health!
New Vitality Red Defense Concentrated Trans-Resveratrol (30 capsules) – Value $42.95
These are some bright red pills (the capsules have gelatin). This has pomegranate fruit powder, more Japanese knotweed root extract, and resveratrol. Resveratrol is an antioxidant found in berries, grape skins, etc., and is one of the reasons that drinking red wine is sometimes recommended for health.
Verdict: This month’s value is $107.85, which more than doubles the cost of the box. I would say this box is best for people interested in learning about nutrition but who aren’t settled into a precise supplement regimen yet. Since products vary from month to month, I’d say this is best for people with no dietary restrictions (definitely not for vegans/vegetarians). If you are generally an omnivore, everything from this box should work pretty well for you. You definitely get enough of each item to see if it will work for you.
What do you think of Vitality Direct? Do you like to try new supplements?