What is Vitamineral Green?
Vitamineral Green is one of our top super supplements created by the brand HealthForce Nutritionals, one of the leading superfood and alternative supplement companies in the superhealth movement.
As the name implies, it is a "vitamin and mineral" supplement and one that is truly unique among the world of green powders. Blending whole, raw ingredients, enzymes and probiotics together into one single formula, this powder is about as potent as they come. We think of it as a kind of insurance policy to guarantee we're getting all the dietary basics.
Many of us these days prefer a quick and easy way to get more high quality nutrient-dense plant foods into our daily diet.
Rather than consume the vegetables, seaweeds and leafy greens it would require to get a sufficient amount of these essential life supporting nutrients, some of us find that a scoop of green powder in a shake or smoothie is a much more convenient option.
Although there are many green powders out there, most are packed with fillers and other bad stuff that would actually hinder your health not improve it. There are essentially three green superfood powder brands we promote and Vitamineral is at the top of this list.
The second runner up's would be Sunwarrior Ormus Supergreens and Body Ecology Vitality Super Green.
The product is the creatively formulated invention of Dr. Jameth Sheridan, Naturopath and Doctor of Holistic Medicine. Jameth is the author of "Uncooking with Jameth & Kim", one of the first books that came out in the early 90's promoting a raw food diet and included many unique recipes that are now the basic foundations for some of the raw gourmet foods we know today.
Here is what he has to say in regards to Vitamineral:
"Green foods are perhaps the most healing foods on the planet, and the single most important addition to a diet you can make. They are foundational. For over 20 years, I have deeply and passionately immersed myself full time into providing the best possible foundation."
"My deepest passion is for the Earth and all of its inhabitants to be healed on a core level. Mother Nature gave us the substances we need for healing. It is my life path duty and my great honor to assemble them for you." Dr. Sheridan
Vitamineral was one of the very first products developed by HealthForce Nutritionals. The original forms of this green powder supplement have been around since the early 1990's. This is one of the things we personally love about HealthForce, their dedication to continually improving their products year after year, using the advancements of science to further increase the quality of their supplements. The version is always stated right on the front label. (See pic.)
In addition, they use 100% raw vegan, gluten free ingredients that are not diluted with grains, seeds, fibers, beans or fruits. So, you are getting the highest full-spectrum nutrition for your money. Because of this, you don't need to use as much in your drinks or smoothies as you would other green powders. Also, the powder is made from whole foods not isolated nutrients which makes it more readily available to us when we consume it.
Vitamineral Green is not officially labeled as an "organic" product, but is 100% TruGanic™. This is a standard created by the company to ensure optimal integrity of the ingredients they use.
"TruGanic™ is a purist, hard-core, quality standard for sourcing and production significantly beyond organic. TruGanic™ products must pass tests to verify they are 100% free of pesticides, insecticides, herbicides, irradiation, and GMO free (ZERO detectable)." HealthForce Nutritionals
It is definitely one of the most respected whole food powders in natural health community for the previously mentioned reasons. Moreover, it serves as a convenient and easily digested adjunct to a health promoting diet that can help to promote further benefits we will discuss below.
The high chlorophyll content of VG is cleansing to the body and bloodstream, purifying and enlivening the blood, liver, colon and kidneys to further enhance overall health. It also contains significant amounts of micro-algaes like spirulina and chlorella which are high in chlorophyll as well as protein.
VG has all the essential amino acids needed for energizing and building muscle. Green leafy vegetables and green superfood powders, like Vitamineral Green, are great protein-rich foods to add to protein shakes, homemade protein bars and green smoothie recipes. They are some of the most highly praised foods among raw vegan body builders for increasing muscle mass. (See this article.)
Vitamineral encompasses the full array of easily digestible minerals and vitamins for building healthy bones, joints and skeletal structure as well as adds an increased vitality to the skin, hair and nails. Moreover, it supports regular bowel movements, with its extensive list of soil based organisms and seaweeds.
Many people have noticed an uplifted mood and energy when consuming Vitamineral on a regular basis, which could be in part due to its cleansing, yet nourishing effects on the body and brain.
Vitamineral Green can be a great adjunct for those wanting to loose weight as it offers comprehensive nutritional components that help to provide a feeling of fullest, which tends to prevent cravings for carbohydrate-type foods.
Vitamineral can be used in cases of severe malnutrition and mineral depletion for weak, fragile individuals needing immediate nourishment.
There is no product
better for this, in our opinion. The complete range of energizing elements in this formulation can bring depleted cells back to life in a hurry. In fact, at some point in the not so distant future it would be great to see the powder being using in IV drips for certain medical conditions.
VG contains naturally occurring, absorbable, nontoxic vitamins, minerals, and trace minerals, immune building antioxidants, soluble and insoluble fiber, hundreds of carotenoids and a whole lot of other phytonutrients that are perfect for feeding undernourished cells.
You can get it in capsule form for convenience, but we like to use the straight-up powder. This is a better option if you want to take larger doses of it. For one tablespoon of powder you would have to take 10 capsules, which can be kind of hard to swallow down. Plus, we try to limit the amount of gel capsules we consume as they can be harder to digest for some people.
HealthForce sells the powder in quantities of up to 500 grams. This size jar lasts for two and half months or more at the recommended dosage.
What does Vitamineral Green taste like? Well, it can have a strong vegetable brothy-type flavor that is not tolerant by all. It is best for most of us to consume it in blended drinks or foods that camouflage the taste a bit.
Using the Powder with Water:
Because we don't mind the taste so much, we sometimes like to shake it up with water in a small spice jar that we use for this purpose.
This method works nice because, by shaking it with the lid on,
you can really mix it up and blend in the powder for a concentrated dose.
We find that we prefer to take it in the morning before we eat anything. This is a great time to boost up on micro-nutrient rich supplements and powders. For us, this usually consists of a combination of different superfoods like camu, milk thistle, acerola cherry, iodine, msm, kelp, Vitamineral Green or chlorella.
Add to Smoothies and Shakes
Adding it to smoothies seems to be the most popular way to consume it. It mixes well with the sweeteness of fruits, bee pollen, nut, seeds, green leafy vegetables and protein powders.
Mix Into Raw Juices
A teaspoon or tablespoon of powder can be added to a quart of green juice or other juiced blends. It is particular tasty when blended with coconut juice and juiced sweet fruits, like apple.
Because the powder has a kind of savory herbal taste, it blends really well into raw soup recipes. We use it as a natural raw superfood soup broth!
Great for Protein Bars
The supplement is a combination of greens, juiced grasses, micro-alaes, seaweeds, enzymes, probiotics and misc superfoods.
Doug Walsh: Mountaineer & Health Advocate
"In 2005, I walked the 3,000 mile Continental Divide Trail on a diet of 100% raw food. During this 5 month walk, in which I averaged a marathon each day while hiking over rugged and high altitude terrain, I consumed large quantities of Healthforce Spirulina and Vitamineral Green. These two products were the foundation of my trail nutritional program. I finished the CDT with style – in a good time and feeling strong the whole way. I noticed that I consumed significantly less food than other hikers I met on the CDT. The superior micronutrient content of Healthforce Spirulina and Vitamineral Green kept me well nourished so that I didn’t feel the need to gorge on low quality, high calorie foods like the other hikers. These products also kept my body alkaline so that my athletic performance was at its peak.
Alex Tellez, Runner
I began having a Vitamineral Green smoothie daily and just felt outstanding. I began taking 1 tbsp with coconut water prior to my morning workout and felt as if I could go for hours. Even now, before my competitive races, this is my pre-race drink and I think I fly on the racecourse. The reason I believe is simple: Premium food = premium performance. And with Vitamineral Green, I'm giving my body a supercharged boost of premium performance.