I'm sure they're great but they are really expensive. It saw them at the Vitamin Shoppe and the Vitamin Shoppe has a similar vitamin which I think is also raw for half the price. They're a good backup if you're unsure about what nutrients your getting, and I have a bottle stored in my cabinet of the vItamin shoppe brand which seems now to be like an iron overload for a person who eats a lot of greens. I occasionally take them though when I haven't got sunshine for Vit D. I think it's a great supplement otherwise though.
I bought a bottle of Vitamin Code a few weeks ago. I ordered it from Vitacost.com, which has the best price I've found for it - $29.96. The MAIN thing I like about the Vitamin Code line is the fact that it does not contain toxic excipients, specifically Magnesium Stearate and Stearic Acid. Magnesium Stearate is a TRANS FAT, and Stearic Acid is an INTERESTERIFIED FAT, which is equally as dangerous. One or both of these are in just about every supplement on the market, and even though they may be present in small amounts, they do add up and cause problems! I found the following at News Release Wire:
"Read your supplement labels- most contain magnesium stearate (or stearic acid or ascorbyl palmitate), hydrogenated oils added to the raw materials as lubricants to aid with the flow through production machinery. Savvy consumers can avoid the intake of trans fats in their vitamins by choosing liquid supplements and herbal extracts. Avoid trans fats all together by eating a WHOLE FOOD, PARAGRAPH FREE diet- that means eating food as it comes straight from nature, with no processing and no packaging."
"Check your vitamin labels. Do they contain Magnesium Stearate or Stearic Acid? Studies by the University of Texas Health Science Center and the East Carolina University School of Medicine reveal that these toxic excipients cause a rapid collapse of T-cell membrane function and cell death; therefore suppressing the immune system. (Immunology, 1990, Jul.)
It is estimated that 90% of the vitamin and mineral products consumed today contain stearates. Stearates are used as binders in tablets and in the processing of gelatin capsules. Consumers often take handfuls of capsules and tablets to get vitamins, minerals and other key nutrients from supplements that contain stearates, and instead, in reality, get a powerful immune suppressive treatment.
For more information on this topic and copies of the above-quoted studies as well as other studies and warnings concerning stearates, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org."
So please do check your labels if you use supplements. I've been avoiding trans fats for many many years, and was really upset when I learned I was unknowingly getting them in vitamin supplements!
I have switched to these from other vitamins and I really like them. No I am not working for the company! I have noticed a bit more energy and my pee doesn't turn yellow like it did with other vitamins I was taking. All of the vitamins in vitamin code come from raw fruits and veggies. Most seem to be from dried juices. I think it is similar to taking a green powder although more specific in what nutrients you are getting. I love that the D3 is a vegan form.
If you don't agree with taking vitamins, then so be it. But if you are taking another brand, I highly recommend this one as opposed to any others.
rawcanadian, no studies that I know of although I have heard of the company soliciting people to try certain types so I assume they conduct their own research.
I looked at Vitamin Code. I was *surprised* to see Folic Acid labelled on there... b/c, from my understanding, folic acid and folate are the 'same' thing. Except folic acid is the synthetic, man-made form. While folate is the natural form found in food. Why doesn't the nutrition label read *folate*?!?
I just submitted an inquiry to Garden of Life to find out...