By June 2, 2009

Vitamineral Green by Healthforce Nutritionals review

The results of my health assessment came back right before I left for my trip to Georgia. The results were mostly encouraging. My blood pressure was higher than I am used to (hello stressful life), but my glucose and other things I really care about were in acceptable ranges. There was one major problem: my HDL cholesterol was low. Like, really low. Dangerously low according to my results summary. So I made an appointment to see my doctor for a second opinion and test, and started researching ways to raise my “good” cholesterol.

There were a few things mentioned to increase HDL levels, but I was already doing most of them. Exercise, maintain a low weight, don’t smoke or drink, etc. One thing I wasn’t doing, however, was eating more vegetables. Green, leafy, non-meat product vegetables.

See, I like spinach and broccoli and Brussels sprouts and lettuce. The problem is I don’t like taking the time to eat them, especially when I could be eating something else, like a hamburger. I resolved to eat more salad, and started thinking about ways to increase my daily green leafy vegetable intake.

I remembered (fondly, actually) drinking wheat grass juice when I lived in Oregon. I would walk from work to one of the local grocery stores and they’d cut some grass out of a little tray and run it through a big ass juicing machine. It tasted how a freshly-cut lawn smells. Unfortunately there isn’t anything close like that to me, so I started poking around for an in-home alternative.

The concept of cultivating and producing wheat grass juice seemed like a big mess to me, so that led me to pre-juiced bottled product or powders. The bottled stuff was expensive and the potency questionable, so I asked about and heard good things about Vitamineral Green by Healthforce Nutritionals. Luckily, it was available via Amazon Prime and I was able to get it delivered for $45.50 second day air.

Well, here’s the no-bullshit story on this stuff. It tasted awful, especially at first. I did adjust to the taste after about two weeks, but it is ROUGH at first. The powder is a pain to mix down. If you’re going to try the Vitamineral Green I recommend putting a little bit of cold water in the bottom of a glass first, then the powder, then the rest of the way with water. Mix for twenty seconds with a spoon, and hold your breath when you drink it. You won’t notice the taste as much.

I didn’t notice any difference in my health until the third day. I had followed the instructions and started with one teaspoon of mix per day, trying to work my way up to a tablespoon. I was at work when I had a sudden urge to have “a sit down.” I excused myself and took a very loose and rapidly-deployed dump. I thought it might be the Vitamineral Green (there was a warning about this on the label, actually), but it could have been the bacon I had for lunch the day before. Before I flushed I noticed my, uh, bank deposits were green.

In the days that followed I determined it was the Vitamineral Green. My stomach would hurt for about half of the day until I released the hostages. My stool hardened up a bit, but everything was still green like St. Patrick’s Day.

By the second week something else started happening. I was having a hard time dropping a load. I drink about 64 ounces of water a day normally, so I increased my intake by another two to three twelve ounce glasses. No dice. I was caught in a vicious gastrointestinal combo: the Vitamineral Green hurt my crapfactory until I pooped, but I couldn’t poop due to the Vitamineral Green. I kept drinking more and more water, and I swear the last time I shat while on the VG it was a full on plant. I had to pee every thirty minutes, and it became difficult to sit through an entire one hour meeting at work without excusing myself. The final straw was when my manager was pissed at me last week and I had to get up in the middle of a meeting because I was afraid to miss my drop window.

After all of that, the Vitamineral Green didn’t make me feel better at all. I stopped drinking it last Saturday, and I haven’t noticed a difference at all. Well, except that I am back to shitting three times a day and things are back to their usual color.

Not recommended.

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  1. Starbuck says:

    St. Patrick’s Day green. WOW!!! I am sorry you were having poop problems 🙂 With regard to green vegetables, I have been trying to get you to eat more of them. You are doing a really good job 🙂

    • ROBERT says:

      I have found,mixing pureed apple with water an excellent combo. It helps move bowels with vitamineral green products.

      • ROBERT says:

        Try soaking,flax,chia, sunflower and pumpkin seeds. Blending them in 8 to 12 oz. Water Vitamineral green apple and kale. It will cleanse like a miracle.

    • LINDA says:

      I was reviewing Vitamineral for a friend and can honestly say that I have never laughed so hard in my life! I don’t like potty humor but the serious lead-in and genuine content of the message just sucks you in and keeps you reading! It goes down hill quickly but you are so locked in that it’s impossible to stop reading and laughing! What was this product anyway? If I need a laugh, I just read about our poor bloggers experiences again and when I catch my breath, I thank them for sharing!

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  3. Jerry says:

    What you experienced was a cleansing reaction. It was cleaning you out and during that process it probably caused gas to form, that combined with your body was throwing off toxins caused you felt bad. What you experienced was normal. All you should have done was cut back to 1 teaspoon each day. If you felt sick after increasing, you should have backed off to where you weren’t being bothered by the cleansing process. You can take a tablespoon per day after 3 months. I take this product myself and feel it’s the best out there. No way organic vegetables can hurt a person. What an easy way to get our veggies. :o)

  4. don says:

    Dude, you have low stomach acid so you are having problems with green foods. You need to heal your digestive system.

  5. drfaulken says:

    Hi Don,

    Thanks for the suggestion, but I seem to do fine eating other green foods. I eat spinach daily and a lot of broccoli. I also digest brussel sprouts, asparagus, and many types of leafy greens without problem.

    I never encountered the types of issues I had while eating Vitamineral Green.

    However, I want to stay open minded about your comment. Did you have anything specific I might look for as an indicator of low stomach acid or having “problems” with green foods?

  6. Frilleon says:

    So, first of all, cold water should not be mixed with Vitamineral Green, or any powdered supplement for that matter, as it will clump. Another reason to use room temperature water would be that our bodies have to use enzymes to warm that water up, which can cause other digestive issues. I mix my Vitamineral Green with Apple Juice daily and have no trouble with the taste, there are many other ways to enjoy the taste of this product.

    I did have the same trouble you experienced with a different greens supplement however, which goes to show you that all of our digestive needs are different and we all react in various ways to the many products available, that is why there are many choices on the market shelves.

    While I applaud you for trying to improve your health and there are many ways to go about it. One thing that is not healthy however, is bashing a supplement just because it didn’t work for you. You may be directing people away from something that would truly help them just because it didn’t work for you, which from your summary it sounds like your usage of the product wasn’t even proper. Please find a better outlet for your frustrations, this is not helpful to ANYONE. Good luck with healthier choices in your life. Also, anyone who dares to buy a supplement off the internet just to save a few dollars is shorting themselves, unless you get it from the manufacturer you are chancing the possibility of purchasing a false product that has been resealed into the original packaging as anyone can purchase a machine that seals a bottle.

  7. drfaulken says:

    Hi Frilleon,

    Thank you for your comments. Interesting idea about not mixing cold water with the Vitamineral Green. The instructions from HealthForce don’t mention room temperature water, just purified water.

    I don’t think this would have made a difference with the bowel movements, but may have helped the mixing … which isn’t nearly as big as an issue.

    I am not sure what you meant by “daring” to buy a supplement off of the internet to save a few dollars. Are you suggesting that Amazon is repackaging the product?

  8. Scott says:

    My comments are a year off, but just in case anyone reads, I figured it would be helpful to understand my experience. First, mixing 1 heaping teaspoon in a small jar of apple juice works well and tastes great. The trick is shaking the jar for a few seconds, drinking and cleaning the jar right away. In my experience, a bowel movement occurs within 1 hour to cleanse my body of toxins. Since taking the product 3.5 years ago, my immune system has been rock solid. I run 40 to 50 miles a week and have enormous energy levels. I am dissapointed that Healthforce doesn’t have official benefits of the product (i.e. calories, carbohydrates, proteins, etc.), however, I will continue to consume the product and live a healthier life.

  9. Jerry says:

    My wife and I been using Vitamineral Green for over two years now, with no problems. I usually mix 2 heaping tablespoons in about 12 oz of room temp. water and have it on an empty stomach first thing in the morning, or sometimes blend it with half a banana and some whey protein. The product was recommended by a nutritionist my wife consulted for specific health issues. I can’t report any noticeable health changes, although I do seem to have more energy in general than I do when I have stopped taking the green mix (e.g., when on vacation).

  10. Brian says:

    I’ve been using Vitamineral Green and Vitamineral Earth for 1 month. I also take 21 Supreme Green Barley tablets everyday and I do notice considerable differences in overall health/energy. I started this routine right after Christmas of 2009 along with a 90% raw food diet. When I started I was about 200 lbs at 5’7 (definitely obese). Only one month later I am 10 lbs lighter and feel awesome. By the way, I haven’t even started exercising yet and I’m an office worker. For me, the key is staying away from dairy, meat products, and all processed food. Keep in mind that I’m no environmentalist or animal rights activist but these people know what it takes to keep your health at peak. Long story short, stay away from the processed foods, eat meat very sparingly, eat tons of fruits and veggies and use Vitamineral green to unsure nutrition gaps are met and you will transform yourself in no time.

  11. Greg says:

    I have been using Vitamineral Green for about 6 months, never had any of the problems mentioned. I can honestly say that I have felt better and have energy throughout the day. I started to use Vitamineral Earth about 2 weeks ago and love it. I highly recommend these 2 products.

  12. Vince says:

    Love this stuff. I can drink it in water, but prefer mixing it in smoothies, so much better!

  13. Sheryl says:

    I’ve drank barley greens and wheat grass for about 5 years on and off. This product was recommended to me and I have had about the same issues as this person on here. My stomach hurt and I have a problem going the rest room… I’m on my second bottle and I’m hoping the problems will resolve themselves. Oh by the way I don’t think I have laughed so hard at a post as I have this one!!! You are hilarious with your words. I agree with you but I think sometimes it takes time and if it doesn’t work then find something that does, but thanks for the post I’m glad I’m not the only one out there having the same issues…

  14. Ella says:

    I just start Health Force ”Cleanse step 2” Can you guys share your experience Please? Ella

  15. DrFaulken says:

    Hi Ella,

    After my experience with the Vitamineral Green I stopped using Health Force products. However, maybe someone else who commented on this post has used the Cleanse Step 2.

  16. Ella says:

    Thank you Dr Faulken, Im on my 2nd day, I feel bloated,My Eyes bloodshot.And not good bowel movement, I hope this product not harmful.I called the Company,They said ”Its normal”

  17. Nat says:

    OMG Drfaulken your damn blog made me laugh out loud while in the library, I shouldve known when you said you “took a very loose and rapidly-deployed dump” that there might be an equally or funnier phrase to come,it was the “releasing of the hostages” though that was too much. Thanks for bringing comedy to a usually dull and humorless subject.

  18. franklin says:

    probably a huge reason your body acted this way is because of the food combing you were doing with the VG.. they even give a clear statement that all health force products are meant to be added in a mostly raw food diet of fruits and vegetables.. u were eating hamburgers and who knows what else.. VG has heavy cleansing propertys, if youre eating super heavy waste like hamburgers etc, its going to be trying to get that stuff out in any way it can..

  19. Christa says:

    They key is to purchase a shaker cup that has a little ball in it. It helps to completely dissolve any powder in seconds. I know that you can purcahse one at Super and I imagine other places as well. For me, I squeeze fresh lemon with my Vitamineral Green and water. This makes it much more palatable. Otherwise there is no way I could down it. But Vitamineral Green is an excellent product, super nutritionally dense. In fact, all of the Healthforce Nutritonals products are top of the line!

  20. She says:

    I also never laughed so hard that I was choking for air and had tears streaming down my neck! You are just hilarious in your honest descriptions. Honestly, you were killing me! Thanks for adding such entertainment to my evening. Now that I have caught my breath…I am just about to finish my first 5 oz. bottle of it. I think it tastes real yukky=blech! I put it in smoothies, with a heaping teaspoon now a couple of times/week, and in a vinegar, molasses, and OJ drink. I probably stomach it about five days/week. You my man went all out waaaaay too fast in your invigorating quest for fast health! Slow down and do so gradually, keep it up (and your hilarity too). Please take the time to cook those vegies for yourself… your body will thank you in time… not kidding. You’ll crave them eventually. I will laugh big every time I think of your letter! Whew.

  21. caroline says:

    I think this stuff is worth choking down. Nasty nasty tasting but I just mix it with room temp filtered water. I don’t mess around with blending it with fruit or juicing. I also highly recommend a product called exfuze seven+ PROformance. My family swears by it. Not a sniffle in this household for almost two years. Attacks inflammation like crazy.

  22. This Guy says:

    I just tried this product about an hour ago, I just started to feel a little short of breath and my pulse started racing too. Not to scary, just was looking online for any answers about side effects on this product and I found this forum. I got to go now I really have to drop off some Hostages.

  23. mona says:

    I drink it the mostly painless way: Mix it in just a little water to make a paste that takes all the lumps out first, then fill with water and mix…hold my nose and down the hatch, followed by a fresh gulp of water so I won’t gag when I release my pinched nose! haha~ ’tis true! And I put a big spoonful in there…. I’ve only been using it for about 4 days now so I can’t really comment on improvements. I do have some weird twitching stuff going on in my legs and I’m wondering if that’s part of the detoxifying process. It’s like short bursts of electricity under the skin. ? I’m taking the poo helper stuff along with it.

  24. Rachel says:

    Try mixing it with chocolate milk (or chocolate almond milk). It is amazing at masking the taste of this stuff. I sneak it in my kid’s chocolate milk and they’ve yet to notice it. Granted, chocolate milk isn’t the healthiest option, but if you need to add the greens and can’t deal with the taste, then trust me – chocolate milk is your answer.

  25. daveph says:


    1 bunch of spinach (or more)
    1 pineapple
    1 coconut
    3 limes
    1 lemon
    1 T HealthForce Vitamineral Green

    by rawsanghajuicefeast of youtube

    i think this is the best mix i used to drink everyday. =)

  26. Elle says:

    Hilariously written post. I just started taking the capsules of Vitamineral Green this evening and hope this lives up to the hype. Has anyone tried Sunwarrior Ormus supergreens? That’s what I’m hoping to try after I finish this bottle..just hoping to compare the two.

  27. Jacob Crim says:

    I am buying some of this after Christmas, my local health food store finally got it in stock. I have always been interested to see if I feel any difference as I do not eat many vegetables other than spinach, broccoli etc etc. There is not much variety one can buy in the city.

  28. Wikkiam says:

    This stuff is crap

  29. Tara says:

    I have been taking VMG and Earth for a month now and am hooked. I started drinking it with cold purified water for the first few weeks; it tastes a lot like very strong green tea. The key to making it palatable is to shake the powder and liquid in a bottle or a cup with a lid so that the powder in VMG and the granules in Earth get completely mixed in; you will not accomplish this with a glass and spoon.

    My favorite way to make this drink every morning is:
    -about 1/3C of a pre-made 100% juice smoothie (e.g. Odwalla or Naked–I like “Green Machine”; I would make my own but I don’t have the time!)
    -a splash of OJ, apple juice, or pineapple juice (fresh if possible, if not, make sure its 100% juice)
    -add VMG & Earth
    -fill the rest of your cup/bottle with cold water
    Then seal it, shake well and enjoy. The smoothie gives it a smoother consistency while the juice adds a touch more sweetness to greatly improve the flavor. I like to use at least half water in the mixture to cut down on the sugar. I usually will add 1 heaping tablespoon of each VMG & Earth to the smoothie and drink two smoothies every morning. From the first day of taking 1 teaspoon of each, I gradually increased to the recommended 2 tablespoons (each) of VMG & Earth per day over 2 weeks as instructed on the label and had no problems with the transition.

    As for the effects:
    The first week was definitely a detoxification period complete with an inconvenient increase in bm regularity and had several blemish breakouts. I noticed an increase in energy after about three days and mental clarity during the second week. During the second week I also noticed a radiant glow in my skin (others noticed it too!) 5 weeks into it, I feel great and plan on taking it for a long time. Try this stuff and give it a fair chance.

    **I am not a vegetarian or a vegan. I am a health conscious, poor college student and try to eat mostly organic foods but still have processed foods and pesticide laced gmo produce in my diet because they are more affordable. I have still noticed positive differences. Do not make the mistake of thinking this is only for hardcore health people. It’s very good and safe for everyone and has provided a way for me to get the nutrition I need–at a price that I can afford and am willing to pay for the sake of my health.

  30. Suzanne says:

    I am experiencing a similar after effect but without the loose stool. However, if you read the ingredients, it makes sense that it makes you pee a lot. It has dandelion, parsley and horsetail, they are know to be diuretics (makes you pee a lot) and they cleanse your kidney and bladder. I remember having constipation and loose stool when i went on the green smoothie diet to cleanse my system. What it means is that, for couple of days i ate nothing but green smoothies and then progressively added some solid food (veggies) back into my diet. I would say that the loose stool is totally normal, so is the peeing; but if it bothers you maybe it is just too cleansing for your system ^____^

  31. ann says:

    This exact same review was posted on amazon! Was interested, now a lil concerned…

  32. Tara says:

    Ann, I posted my review on both sites. I am a real person and it is my opinion of the healthforce nutritionals products on this site and on Amazon.

  33. Saraya says:

    I really like the way it cleanses. No loose stools for me but I do have a major headache, almost like a sinus ache with a little bit of vertigo since Ive been using it. I only take one teaspoon in a shake in the morning, as I just started two days ago. Is anyone else experiencing allergy or sinus headache with this? Other than that, I did notice the energy boost but it dies down if you sit down. At least for me it did. I also noticed I cant eat as much which is a good thing… we will see how it works in a few more days. Im hoping im not allergic to any herbs in it, as my headaches are not light. Any suggestions???

    • Mike says:

      I also have headaches from taking Vitamineral green. I do notice a reduced appetite and more energy but the headaches are debilitating to say the least. I was taking 2-3 spoon fulls a day and I’ve cut back to one. Still getting the headaches but I have a feeling it’s related to my body detoxing.

      • Lisa says:

        Saraya and Mike,

        I’m glad to see your comments. I just started taking this product yesterday. I took less than 1 full tsp and both yesterday and this morning I experienced a headache. Do you still use Vitamineral green? Did the headaches stop, and when? Did you finally get good side effects? I can not continue this product if it gives me a headache for hours each time! I hope its a VERY TEMPORARY side effect and that the good effects are true, as I hope to experience them. But so far, all I have is head pressure.

        • DrFaulken says:

          Hi there, I stopped using Vitamineral Green shortly after posting my article. There have been others who mentioned headaches, but some who have not. In my opinion there are other options out there and if your body doesn’t like Vitamineral Green I wouldn’t fight it.

          It seems to do fine with other people, but I would say listen to your body and not my experience or someone else’s.

          Good luck, and sorry about the headaches.

  34. Hristo says:

    This was the funniest article I’ve read in a while…thanks for the review 🙂

  35. Chip says:

    Best I’ve felt in years. My mind is s clear, no anxiety, no heartburn, bowels normal again, total life changing already, in just 5 days. I began using Vitamineral Green 5 days ago, I take a deep breath, so as to not inhale it accidentally. Put a teaspoonful on my tongue and chase it down with room temp bottled water. Ahhh, nice. Don’t tell no one, I like it THAT much!! 😉

  36. Kas says:

    I can’t find ANYWHERE the actual vitamin and mineral content, as I would on any other vitamin bottle. Is it because no one would buy it if they knew how little vitamins and minerals they contain? Just wondering. Is there a website out there somewhere?

  37. DebraAnn says:

    Hard to find? The manufacturers website, HealthForce, has the information directly on the product page.

    Click the “Ingredients/Nutritional Facts” tab below the photo of the bottle.

  38. LOL! I’m just in the midst of doing a bit of research on greens powders for one of my clients (I don’t use them often myself because I eat more fruits and vegetables than you can probably imagine) and I’ve heard a lot about HealthForce. Thanks for the review – and the giggles! 🙂