Alive Women's Energy Vitamins - A review
Promoted as Natural
For some time now I have been feeling tired. After some thought, I concluded that it might be due to many factors, but certainly my diet and exercise, or lack of exercise had something to do with it. I decided to do better and started eating healthier food, more fruits and vegetables, making more food at home using fresh ingredients and less processed food and eating out. This, by the way, is also a less expensive path. Since I knew this might take some time to work, I decided to take a vitamin as well. I bought a well known brand that the bottle said would increase energy. In a week I began to feel more energetic. It seemed to be working!
Since I believe all vitamins and many products for that matter are basically the same and all you pay for is the brand name, I switched to Alive Women's Energy by Nature's Way when the first bottle ran out. This product is promoted as "natural" and as good as other brands and it was less expensive than what I had been taking. After about two weeks, I noticed I felt less energetic than I had before. My diet was essentially the same as it was when I started the first bottle of vitamins, but I could tell a difference. My energy level was better than before I started any vitamins but it was definitely less than on the other product.
I began an exercise program, which I had intended to do anyway. I thought that might boost my energy, which it did. I continued on the same diet. There are fifty (50) pills in the Alive bottle. I am down to the last tablet which means I have taken it for forty-nine (49) days. That is seven weeks which I believe is an adequate trial of this vitamin.
Are all vitamins the same?
My theory was obviously wrong
While Alive Women's Energy is promoted as a natural substance, with pictures of vegetables and fruits on the label, I found it to be less effective than the more commercial vitamin I started out with. I could tell a definite difference in how I felt on the first vitamin and the change when starting the second one. After seven weeks there is not much change other than what I found when I started exercising. The other product was definitely more effective and I intend to go back to taking it. If I see a definite increase in energy, than I will conclude it is the vitamin and not some other factor and I will plan to review that product at a later date.
Alive Women's Energy by Nature's Way does boost energy to a small extent, but not as well as some vitamins made by other companies. Is "natural" always the best? That depends on what you want. Even with the addition of exercise, my energy level did not come all the way up to where it was before. The vitamin was not ineffective because it did help somewhat, but the results were less than I expected. Sometimes you get what you pay for.
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