Persona Vitamins Review
What Is Persona Nutrition?
Persona is a vitamin subscription that provides a 28-day supply of vitamins and supplements that are recommended for your unique needs. Members get access to expert nutritionists and an app with tools to help support their new regimen. Persona currently offers 84 different vitamins (including vegan options) that start at just $0.06 per day.
I like Persona because their nutritionists help me assess my supplement needs, instead of me blindly guessing what I should take on my own. Their custom packs help me feel confident that I’m getting the right doses of the right supplements at the right time. Plus, I can just toss the packs in my bag instead of schlepping around bottles or taking the time to make my own packs.
About this Vitamin Subscription
The Subscription: Persona
The Cost: Varies based on what’s included in your personalized packs, but supplements start at just $0.06/day.
What You Get: A 28-day supply of personalized vitamin packs, plus access to nutritionists.
Ships to: US only
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Pros & Cons
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Why did I try Persona?
There have been many times throughout my life when I’ve tried to start taking vitamins, but it rarely sticks. Within the last six months though, my body has been starting to finally show its age. In addition to various aches and pains, I have entered a fun pre-arthritic phase at 39 years old. (Darn the 20-year-old version of me for straining my knees riding fixed-gear bikes!) My orthopedic doctor basically said to me, “This is your life now. Get acquainted with Advil and ice packs.” On top of that, being an adult brings all sorts of wonderful stressors, as well as changes in skin and hair.
I was lucky enough to have someone suggest that I begin taking anti-inflammatory supplements to help with my knee troubles. And I thought while I’m at it, why not explore supplements that could thicken my hair, help with my memory issues, or support my body with nutrients I’m missing in my diet? (Hey, I have a lot to tackle!) Before trying Persona, I was already taking glucosamine and chondroitin for joint health, turmeric for inflammation, biotin for my hair and nails, and gingko leaf for memory*. I wondered whether Persona’s suggestions would mirror what I was already doing, or offer some totally different insights.
I hopped on Persona’s website to get an assessment of my supplement needs and to see which products they suggested for me.
Persona had me enter a bunch of basic information like my gender, age, whether I was pregnant or breastfeeding, and if I followed any special diets. They also asked about allergies, how many servings of certain types of food I eat each day, and about topics like drinking, smoking, and how active I am. There were also more in-depth health questions about specific conditions. The whole thing took me less than 10 minutes.
While the algorithm processed my results, the wait page introduced Persona’s medical advisory board.
What Persona Recommended for Me
Whoa, boy. I was only taking four supplements at the time I took my assessment, but Persona suggested eight different products (and a total of ten pills, since there are two in each dose of the multivitamin and spirulina supplement) to address all of my concerns. Of course, I don’t have to commit to this list. There’s a “Remove” button for every item and an “Add Supplements to Your Pack” button at the bottom of the page that lets you shop their whole inventory a la carte. I liked that Persona split my results into categories to give context for why they suggested each one. (I need help with my memory, don’t eat enough greens, and my energy tends to slump*.)
While I am ready to take whatever I need to help my body feel its best, I admittedly had some hangups about my results. First and foremost, I wasn’t seeing some of the key supplements I was already taking on Persona’s recommended regimen. Luckily, Persona offers nutritionists to help with concerns like mine.
Utilizing Persona’s Nutritionists
I opened the chat feature on Persona’s site and was connected with Erica, who has a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics. I felt assured that I was in good hands.
I was concerned with why turmeric, which I’d been taking, wasn’t in Persona’s suggestions for me (although they do offer it) and why I didn’t see glucosamine offered at all for joint health. Erica let me know that turmeric wasn’t suggested since it can sometimes conflict with the Advil I often take. After I explained that the Advil wasn’t an everyday thing, Erica made a note in my account and added turmeric back into my order for me. She ended up making a few other changes to my list as we chatted, including adding UC-II (their joint mobility support supplement) to my regimen. I appreciated that, as we talked, Erica sent me links to more information about each supplement, so that I could understand exactly why she made the changes she did. I think I had her attention for a full 20 minutes or so answering all my questions—our conversation really made me confident that I was getting the exact supplements for my needs.
Here’s what my recommended regimen looked like by the end of my chat with Erica. It includes 11 supplements in all, including calcium/magnesium with vitamin D3 for bone health, PMS, and blood pressure, vegan Vitamin D (because of my limited sun exposure), Culturelle daily probiotic for gut health, turmeric as an anti-inflammatory, two foundational vitamins to fill in my nutritional gaps, green tea extract for energy, spirulina as an anti-inflammatory, a “Hair, Skin, & Nails” formula for obvious reasons, UC-II for joint health, and “Brain Elevate” for memory. I was really satisfied with all the info Erica had given me on each supplement, as well as how thoroughly she addressed all of my worries.
My First Persona Delivery
Once I settled on my personal pack, I completed my order and patiently awaited my new vitamin regimen to arrive. (If you’re signing up for Persona, remember that you can get 50% off with our link!)
You can check past, current, and upcoming orders in your account page and make changes to future orders. I was surprised that I didn’t get an order confirmation email nor any notification when my order shipped, but I noticed a tracking number in my account page. As you can see, I made the order on 6/24, and it arrived in Pittsburgh on 6/26, just two days later.
Here’s what my order looked like when it arrived. Everything arrived in a compactly packaged box, and there’s an information booklet sitting just under the lid.
The booklet acquainted me with the myriad of benefits that come with my new Persona subscription. There are tips on how to take your supplements (with water and food is preferred), information about their FDA Current Good Manufacturing Practices, and details about the up-to-date science Persona follows. They also promise that their nutritionists will make sure you aren’t taking anything that interacts with your current medications. Persona has an app, too, as well as a referral program, and a partnership with Vitamin Angels, which is helping to fight malnutrition.
In the back of the booklet, there was a pocket that contained a list of all of the supplements in my packs, as well as details about each specific supplement. I also received some information about Persona’s CBD Hemp Extract, which can be added to any pack. All of this information is also available online and on the Persona app, but these physical copies will come in handy for quick reference.
Starting My Regimen
Here’s something I didn’t expect. I was blessed with not just one, but two separate daily pill packs—one I am to take in the morning and another for the evening. Both the morning and night packs come clearly marked with my name, a list of the pills included in the pack, and the time of day at which I’m supposed to take them. The packs themselves are in a big roll inside of a box, which acts as a dispenser. I have the box sitting on my desk at work as a looming reminder of my new routine, but the packs are perforated so I can easily tear off my evening pack and take it with me when I leave for the day. I tend to take my morning pack after I get to work and then toss the evening pack in my purse to take later with dinner. My morning pack includes one of my two foundational multivitamins, a daily probiotic, spirulina, green tea extract, joint mobility support, and my memory support. In the evening, I take another multi, turmeric, calcium/magnesium, vitamin D, and my hair/skin/nails supplement.
While I was used to taking vitamins at my desk when I got to work every morning, I was having trouble remembering to take my evening pack home with me. My schedule differs depending on whether I have plans with friends, am eating out, or am just staying home, so I don’t have a regular routine to trigger me to take my supplements. That’s one big way in which Persona’s app can be of service. Specifically, the app has reminders that I can set to help me remember when it’s time to take that evening pack.
This is what the home screen of the app looks like—swipe to see screens from a few of my favorite features. You can do almost anything from the app that you’d want to do on the full website, like view your regimen, read supplement information, and contact nutritionists. You can also do things like refer friends to Persona to earn credit, update your shipping schedule, set reminders, retake the assessment, and fill out “check-ins” to track improvements in your wellness.
One of the big concerns I had with getting such a personalized set of vitamins was what the cost would be like. With my old regimen, I purchased full bottles of what I thought would help me in quantities of anywhere from 60 -120 capsules. I tried a varying range of brands, including Nature’s Bounty, Sports Research, and Whole Foods. It’s really hard to compare apples to apples in this scenario since Persona offers its own supplement blends for certain concerns, but I can at least do a loose comparison between the supplements I was previously taking and the supplements Persona recommended to replace them.
My old regimen consisted of turmeric, biotin, gingko leaf (for memory), and glucosamine/chondroitin (for joint mobility support). My initial calculations showed that my original regimen cost me about $0.54/day. Persona suggested taking turmeric, their Hair Skin & Nails support, Brain Elevate (for memory), and UC-II (for joint mobility support)—a regimen that costs me $1.56/day.
But wait! While I was calculating the cost per pill for my original vitamin regimen, I realized I was not taking nearly enough of two of my original vitamins. I completely glossed over the fact that the bottles recommended that I take two pills three times a day for one supplement and one pill twice a day for another. I had only been taking one of each before! If I actually took the recommended amount of pills, the daily cost of my old regimen would rise to $1.47, which is not so far off from Persona’s $1.56! To me, this another argument for using Persona. The pre-portioned pill packs make it impossible for me to make such an oversight about dosage. Also, I’d take 6 fewer pills to address those four specific concerns (joints, hair, memory, and turmeric) using Persona vs. the regimen I was using.
Of course, I ended up getting Persona-recommended vitamins for more than just those four concerns—in the end, my Persona order included 11 pills in total ($3.42/day, or $95.76 for the full 28-day supply). Remember, I have complete control to omit or add any supplements I’d like to my order, so I’m not locked-in to pay that amount moving forward.
So, what’s the verdict?
Persona took the guesswork out of which supplements I should take to address my body’s changing needs. I love that they give me easy access to real nutritionists, who can answer my specific questions. And having everything I need neatly divvied up into convenient packs is a real time saver for me (and it prevents me from spacing on how many of each supplement I need to take). Persona’s website and app made changing my regimen super easy, and I like that I can always retake the assessment when aspects of my life or health change.
My only hesitation is the price tag for all of the recommended supplements, especially given the number of supplements Persona recommended I take. But I do have full control over what I get, and I know that I can always turn to their staff for guidance. This old body may have a newer lease now that I’m filling in some of these nutritional gaps.
Tell me about the trials and tribulations you’ve experienced during your vitamin journey. Do individual, curated packs help you take supplements more regularly?
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.