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Buyer Beware! Not all sizes of bottles have the same ingredients.
on December 8, 2016
Amazon sells these with options of 30 capsules, 90 capsules, and 180 capsules (listed under the same product name). If you look closely, you'll see that that they all have different ingredients, so basically, they are slightly different products.
Specifically, the 90 capsule bottle (which is the one I ordered most recently, prior to that I was using the 180 capsule bottle), has the information written in English and French. The package is slightly different, and I couldn't find that same product on the Garden of Life's website. What I did find on their site was a 90 capsule size bottle that is completely different than the one Amazon sells. The one sold on Amazon is obviously produced for export, and is not the same as the product Garden of Life sells in the US. Most vitamin content is the same, with the exception of Protein which is not listed on the list of ingredients on the 90 capsule bottle. The 90 capsule doesn't contain probiotics or vitex. It doesn't have the Raw Organic Sprout Blend either (which I guess is where the protein comes from in the 30 and 180 capsule pills). Worst of all, it contains fillers (silicon dioxide, hypromellose) which I bet is the reason why so many people get nauseous if they are using the 90 capsule size bottle that they bought on Amazon.
The 30 capsule bottle doesn't list Vitex either, and it has a slightly different list of ingredients as well.
The different size capsules are in reality different products, but they are listed as the same product that only differs in the number of capsules per container; which is not only very misleading, it also means that the product reviews or answers to questions written for those various products are listed all together on Amazon, and it's impossible to tell whether people were describing their experience with the 30 capsule, 90 capsule or 180 capsule bottle. For example, how do you know if the person writing a review was using the 90 capsule bottle with the fillers and without vitex or protein or the 180 capsule bottle that has vitex, protein and no fillers or the 30 capsule bottle that doesn't have vitex, but has brewer's yeast that the others don't have (they have regular yeast), and which can be a problem to people with gluten allergies.
I first purchased the 180 capsule bottle. I studied the list of ingredients, I liked the product and felt good after taking it, so I went back to re-order it, but this time I decided to buy the smaller bottle. Since I had already used this product, and I clicked on the link that was listed for it under my Order History, I thought I was getting the same thing but smaller. I had no idea that what I was buying was essentially a different product. After taking just one pill I started feeling sick (nausea, headache, overall brain fog and tiredness). I pretty much felt like I was experiencing "morning sickness" typical for the first trimester of pregnancy (I'm not pregnant). I started being suspicious of those vitamins when I once took two pills at night, and I woke up feeling awful. I came back to the Amazon page just to discover that the bottle I bought (90 capsules), had fillers and binders, and was missing protein, probiotics and vitex (although I'm not crazy about vitex) that the 180 capsule bottle has. I felt very misled and angry.
If I were to write a review for the 180 capsule bottle, it would've been a five star review. The 90 capsule bottle gets only one star. They way I see it, those are two completely different products, and the product in the 90 capsule bottle is significantly inferior to the product in the 180 capsule bottle.
I know that many women who purchase this product like it because it claims to be all natural. Well the 90 capsule bottle isn't all natural, and it made me really sick because of the fillers and binders in it.
Someone asked a question about this product regarding its gluten status, and the answer was that it doesn't contain gluten. Well, the 90 and 180 capsule product doesn't, but the 30 capsule bottle contains brewers yeast which is a gluten containing substance. I just don't see why they all can be listed as the same product...
Just read carefully the description of the bottle size you are buying and take the reviews with the grain of salt. They are not all for the the same product.