Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Have you ever heard of the Bulu Box? The Bulu Box is a monthly subscription sample box containing 4 to 5 premium vitamin and supplement nutrition samples delivered to your door. You can choose between Bulu Box or Bulu Box Weight Loss. Once you're signed up, you can earn an easy 50 points (that's $5!) or more each month by reviewing, sharing and completing short surveys about your products and samples. Use your Reward Points to purchase full-size versions of the products you like best. The goal is to introduce people to the benefits of vitamins and supplements by giving them the opportunity to discover and try new products before they buy them in full size.
For this review I received the March Bulu Box! Some of the items I thought were great, but some of them I would never use. Here's what was in my March Bulu Box:
- One 2.5 Fl. oz of Pineapple PM Dream Water
- One Capsule of Redd Remedies atEase PM
- Two Fast Melt Tablets of QSpeed CoQ10 100MG
- One single serve packet of Prolab Quick Fire
- One Aerodynamic Energy Shot
- One $50.00 Gift Card for iTRAIN
I have tried Dream Water before and I loved it! It taste great and it really does work! I drank it about 30 minutes before bedtime and I slept like a baby! The natural sleep ingredients should help relax you, lull you to sleep and should allow you to feel refreshed in the morning. I would highly recommend Dream Water!
Redd Remedies atEase PM
This product has a lot of awesome ingredients in it, but it has microcrystalline cellulose, which is a virgin wood pulp that is cooked and chemically processed into a powder to separate the cellulose from the pulp, so no I wouldn't recommend it! Wood cellulose is not toxic, but it's not food either. Our enzymes cannot digest cellulose. Minimal processing allows the powder to be classified as organic and can be used in USDA organic packaged foods or labeled with "containing organic ingredients." More chemically modified cellulose is used in junk or Standard American Diet foods. The Redd Remedies atEase Pm also has magnesium stearate in it, which is a flow agent additive that, over time, can actually block the absorption of nutrients into your body. Regular consumption of it is linked to the development of a harmful "biofilm" in the intestines that may cause digestive problems. It also has silicon dioxide, which is a synthetic binding and anti-caking agent.
QSpeed CoQ10 100MG
CoQ10 is very healthy for you, but this supplement has sorbitol and mannitol, which are alcohol-derived sugars that may cause serious gastric distress, gas cramps and flatulence. Each sugar alcohol occupies a different place on a scale of tolerable to intolerable. For example, mannitol and sorbitol are known to be the worst offenders when it comes to gastric distress. They should be consumed with caution. I would not recommend the QSpeed CoQ10!
Prolab Quick Fire
I wouldn't even consider using the Prolab Quick Fire! It has maltodextrin and chances are very high that the maltodextrin in the product is derived from Monsanto's GM corn. Another ingredient is modified corn starch, if something is 'modified', then it has been chemically or genetically altered, which thereby makes it harmful to the body. Then, there is sucralose, which is simply chlorinated sugar. Sucralose has been shown to damage the thymus gland and inflame the liver and kidneys. I also read that it had FD&C Red #40, which has been linked to behavioral disorders in children. Nearly all artificial food colors are derived from petroleum, and many are contaminated with aluminum. On the label it has artificial flavors, what is it? Nobody seems to know. More ingredients are dicalcium phosphate, which is is an inorganic phosphate compound and the primary ingredient of this particular multivitamin. Dicalcium phosphate is also found as a common mineral supplement in many breakfast cereals and enriched flours, thereby adding to the potential for calcium overdose, yet the only warning against potential overdose concerns iron and Vitamin A. There`s also no warning against taking Dicalcium phosphate if certain pre-existing health conditions are present, such as diarrhea, parathyroid disease, sarcoidosis and other conditions, all of which may be aggravated by this mineral. The list goes on! It also has cyanocobalamin, which is a cheap synthetic form of B-12, that's actually bound to a cyanide molecule (yes, cyanide, the poison). Yet another ingredient, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, which is a chemical forms of B vitamins that companies add to their products to be able to claim higher RDA values of vitamins. But these are synthetic, chemical forms of vitamins, not real vitamins from foods or plants. Nutritionally, they are near-useless and may actually be bad for you. As you can see the Prolab Quick Fire has plenty of bad ingredients in it, so I would not recommend it!
Aerodynamic Energy Shot
The only really bad ingredient in the Aerodynamic Energy shot is the sucralose. Too bad they don't use stevia in it!
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These are audio files when justified. Each workout has the trainer’s voice providing step by step instructions with music in the background guiding and motivating throughout your workout session. The exercise instructions are available via video and PDF format when justified. The PDF format instructions can be downloaded to your computer and display the positions and directions on how to perform the movements. I would highly recommend iTRAIN!
Bulu Box has great intentions, but I would like them to look a little more closely at the ingredients of the samples they send out. As a consumer I prefer to buy only products that are organic and natural. The only two samples I would recommend is iTRAIN and Dream Water out of the March Bulu Box!
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