Vitafive Subscription Box Review + Coupon – September 2016
Vitafive is a personalized gummy vitamin subscription service. (All the gummies are made with pectin and starch instead of gelatin, so they’re vegetarian. Many are also vegan, kosher, and halal, and they are free of the 8 major allergens. You can check individual vitamins on the VitaFive site.
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: Vitafive
The Cost: $34.99 to $49.99 depending on which pack you select
COUPON: Use code msa30 to save 30% off your first month.
The Products: A selection of gummy vitamins formulated to address particular health concerns (so, there is a beauty pack, a brain pack, a heart pack, an immune pack, etc.; there are also some kids’ packs). You can log in and change what pack you’ll receive next, or get the same one from month to month.
Ships to: US (free)
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!
Included was a brochure with nutritional information for all the supplements VitaFive sells. Each box you get will have a combination of these. Check what you received by looking at the back panel of the brochure (middle of the first picture). (This should not come as a surprise to you since you select the pack you will be getting.)
Here’s a look at the packets you get in the box. You will receive 28 of them, but they are all identical so I didn’t show every single one. If you have multiple people in the household getting vitamins, you can easily tell the packets apart by whose name is on them. (These accidently ended up with Sara‘s name instead of mine, but Customer Service corrected the mistake for next month)
This is a review of the “sleep pack,” which contains two melatonin gummies and two multivitamin gummies. I am not sure why multivitamins are in the sleep pack (the site says “support body restoration while asleep” so I guess that’s it). But let’s talk about melatonin for a little bit.
Melatonin is secreted by the pineal gland when it is dark, telling the body that it’s time for sleep now. As you get older, you produce less melatonin, so supplementing it can help you maintain normal circadian rhythms. Melatonin is safe to take for a few weeks or months, although the long-term effects of these supplements are not well-studied.
Anyway, here’s the thing about melatonin. It causes you to have more (and better) REM sleep. Which, for some people, means DREAMS. In my case, really weird, vivid dreams. So weird that my sleep was not necessarily restful, although I understand from poking around online that non-restful sleep is not typical.
As for the vitamins, they have a pleasant, fruity flavor, though they are not calorie-free. You can see the full nutrition information, including ingredients, in the brochure that comes with the pack. And, they are vegan/vegetarian, which is great, since most gummies are not.
Verdict: I did not calculate a value for the September Vitafive box because you can only buy these gummies directly from VitaFive. The sleep pack (what I reviewed here) is $24 per month, which works out to a little less than $1 per packet. I definitely appreciate that the vitamins are vegetarian, too.
Although I did not see added minerals in any of the packs I checked, you may not want to take a regular multivitamin with the sleep pack. There is already a multivitamin included here, and it has 80% of your daily vitamin A in retinyl palmitate form. You *can* overdose on this form of vitamin A (food and many other multis contain the beta carotene form instead, which your body converts as needed) since it is fat soluble. But, overall, Vitafive is a fun way to supplement your dietary intake of certain vitamins and may be useful in addressing or preventing some common health conditions, especially if you are willing to do some research on your own.
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