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51 comments

  1. jing300 says:

    I’m going to start drinking the GC50 and just wondering if I have to eat something after 20 minutes of drinking the GC50? I’m use on not eating anything in the morning and sometimes lunch. What do you advise.

    • Geek3 says:

      Hi Jing300. Since the green coffee bean extract we mostly recommend is a solid pill and not a liquid, I’m leery about a recommendation. If you meant that it’s a supplement, then yes the manufacturer recommends that the supplement be taken 20-30 minutes before each meal. The meal should be eaten (or something should be, because the way it is said to work is to block the glucose of the food eaten. To be healthy, I would never recommend not eating. Best of luck to you!

  2. IOU1LORD says:

    I am already taking Red Whale Krill Oil Blend. LOVE IT! My knees feel like I am in my 20′s again! Are there any supplements for Tendonitis?

    • Geek 15 says:

      Hey IOU1LORD! That’s just fantastic! I’m so glad to hear you’re seeing great benefits with the krill oil.

      Tendinitis, as I’m sure you might already know if you suffer from it, is a painful inflammation of a tendon and its ligaments. There are different reasons this can occur, but there are some techniques and supplements that can assist in easing the pain and promote faster healing. Vitamin C may aid in healing tendinitis, improving immune function and reducing painful inflammation caused by the condition. Calcium and magnesium can be a helpful tool towards repairing connective tissues and muscles. Omega-3 fatty acids are known to reduce inflammation associated with tendinitis, and since you’re already taking a fantastic supplement for that, you’re already well on your way. Now, it is also believed by some that an overgrowth of candida albicans can cause chronic joint pain, including tendonitis. In that case, a good probiotic or candida supplement can be beneficial in reducing the inflammation.

      I hope this was helpful!

  3. bfincher517 says:

    Can you give me a comparison difference between the krill oil you guys recommend and Dr. Mercola’s Astaxanthin? Can you also tell me your opinion on his Ubiquinol CoQ10 and the CoQ10 you guys recommend? I am running low and need to reorder

    Thanks in advance!!

  4. ggamache says:

    Have been taking Standard Process supplements for several years now with no issues. a little over a year ago I ended up with thrush in my mouth from an antibiotic. Now the “Candida” does not want to go away. It was just about gone this winter and I was eating more and more foods. Was off a couple one of my supplements for allergies (Antronex) and when allergies got real bad and needed quite a few of these the candida erupted in my mouth once again…..stopped it of course.
    Would like to try your Pinnacle Probiotic and the CandidaEnd. Need to take both? or try the Probiotic first. (A am taking Culturelle currently.)

    • Geek 15 says:

      Hey GG. We received your email, but I thought I would re-post the reply here for you as well just in case you did not receive our reply via email.

      The Pinnacle Probiotic and CandidaEnd, offered by the folks over at http://www.aPP-aPProved.com , are both great products with top quality ingredients that are proven to be effective in helping maintain a healthy system, primarily in the gut. Now, since Oral Thrush is an infection caused by the candida fungus, it is safe to assume that the CandidaEnd has a good chance to help your body rid itself of the infection.

      Pinnacle Probiotic vs. CandidaEnd
      Both products contain only 5 similar strains of good bacteria, making them only similar, but certainly not the same. Taking them both together shouldn’t harm you since all of the products manufactured for aProvenProduct are formulated to be taken safely together. They will also provide you different benefits. The primary function of CandidaEnd is, well, ending the strain of candida in your body. The Pinnacle Probiotic provides your system with all the bacteria it needs to thrive, which in turn allows for a stronger immune system and better all around health. A stronger immune system will most certainly help with the infection, but the probiotic wont specifically target it where the CandidaEnd will.

      I hope that helps!

  5. eman abdelwahid says:

    I WANT TO KNOW IF THERE IS ANY SIDE EFFECT OF THIS PRODUCT ??? OR IF IT CAUSING SLEEP DISTURBANCES ? I WANT HELP IN ANSWERING THESE ISSUES

    • Geek 15 says:

      Hey there Eman! We’d be more than happy to help you by answering your questions. However, I’m not entirely sure which product you’re referring to. If you’ll let us know, we’ll get right on the research and let you know as soon as we find out.

      Can’t wait to hear back from you!

      • eman abdelwahid says:

        I’m so glad by your concern i mean

        GC50(tm) Green Coffee Bean is there is any side effect of it or causing any sleep disturbances cause i have kids and sleep disturbance is a problem for me many thanks

        • Geek 16 says:

          Hello Eman! You’ll be glad to hear this: one capsule of GC50 has about 25mg of caffeine. By comparison, an average cup of coffee has about 500mg! So, unless you are VERY sensitive to caffeine, I wouldn’t think that GC50 would have much impact in this regard.

          I hope you found this helpful! Let us know if you have more questions!

          • eman abdelwahid says:

            Well , thanks a lot but i want to know if green coffee bean effective in decreasing weight or not ??? or cup of coffee do the same effect many thanks for your concern :)

          • Geek 15 says:

            Hey there Eman. When you couple the studies done with the green coffee bean, and the results from several people who have taken it, the product can be a very effect enemy to unwanted fat. However, as with everything natural, it wont work the same for everyone. Although the green coffee bean has been shown to assist in weight loss without the individual having to change their lifestyle, your chances at greater loss increase when you add a healthy diet and exercise. The active ingredient in the green coffee bean is chlorogenic acid. That’s the key to your potential weight loss. The reason you wont get the same effects of weight loss by drinking your morning coffee is because the chlorogenic acid gets broken down in the roasting process, therefor rendering the amount left completely useless in burning fat.

            I hope this was helpful!

  6. walter raulerson says:

    I lost 30lb using raspberry ketones.Then I started cheating inbetween meals. I took /take 1000-1250 each dose but now I’ve lost 15 lbs.What do you think may have happened? Too much in between snacks? Seems I remember to take before meals and no snacking.Do9 you think I have reached a tolerance? I buy from NutroB

    • Geek14 says:

      Hey, it’s possible that you’ve developed a tolerance to the raspberry ketones, but I think avoiding snacks- especially ones that are high in carbs or sugar can really make a difference in the kind of results you see. Ketones seem to cause the body to prefer to burn fatty acids instead of blood sugar for energy, but if you’re eating many carbs between meals then you may be burning fat but having enough carbs coming in that it’s getting stored as new fat.

      • eman abdelwahid says:

        well i know i bothered you a lot but this is my last question , i have now green coffee bean and starting use it few days ago but i did.t observe any change in my appetite i,m still crave for food but the good thing is i observed i have lot of energy , do you think its matter of time then my appetite will be decreased for food or what i,m concerned about that , many thanks

  7. judwing says:

    I was told I needed to take vitamin K2 in order for the D3 to work properly. Is this accurate? Does your product have both??
    Thanks,

    • Geek10 says:

      Hi Judwing! Her at APY, we don’t have products. I presume, though, that you asking about D3Fusion, by aPP, does not contained Vitamin K, and the reason for that is simple; vitamin K is only necessary for some of D3 functions, and is easy supplemented with a multivitamin. D3 of good quality and in a sufficient amount, is hard to come by. Also, the Vesisorb technology used in D3Fusion aids in the absorption process (one of the areas K2 plays a role).

      I hope that helps!

  8. KRNICE says:

    HAVE YOU HEARD OF “ANATABLOC” FOR JOINT PAIN? DOES IT WORK?

    • Geek3 says:

      That’s a great question, KRNICE, Anatabloc is a fairly new product, if you check “The Science” page of the Anatabloc website (Anatabloc.com) you see that the product is undergoing “pre-clinical tests”, meaning that they don’t currently have any peer-reviewed studies demonstrating the effectiveness of the product. The active ingredient in the product is natabine, which is a tobacco alkaloid that is also present in plants of the Solanacea family; the substance has a chemical structural similar to nicotine.

      The Anatabloc website says that the product is created by a company called “Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals,” but if you attempt to find a website for this company you’ll find that it doesn’t exist.

      Joe Cannon from http://supplement-geek.com did a little bit of research and found that this company is actually a subsidiary of a company called Star Tobacco Inc. This isn’t too surprising considering that Anatabine is also used in a smoking cessation supplement called CiGRX.

      Looking at the other ingredients included in the product you find a long list of synthetic ingredients like BHT, sucralose, polysorbate 80, mannitol, methylparaben, and propylparaben. Four of these substances are chemicals widely used as preservatives, the question we had is why would a product need that many chemical preservatives? Parabens have demonstrated estrogenic activity and small amounts of BHT are sometimes used in foods as a preservative, but it’s also used in hydraulic fluids, and jet fuels.

      In light of these facts I’m skeptical about the product and would definitely hold out until more research is conducted.

  9. sonia says:

    My profile states that it needs to be updated but when I do it it says I don’t have the authority to do that…. Please advise for I would like the perks of being a member, which I am but it doesn’t show it. What am I doing wrong?
    Thank you

  10. cotorrita says:

    I cannot see the discount code.

    • Geek13 says:

      Hi, cotorrita. I’m so sorry that you are having problems finding the discount code. To be able to see the code, you must first be registered on this site, as well as have a membership. Searching under your name and email address I cannot locate a membership for you. If you could please locate the PayPal transaction number as well as the email address and name used to sign up and email that to help@aProvenYou.com the folks there can help you out.

      I hope that helps.

  11. lafalittle says:

    Hi, I am currently taking the Calicology, The Foundation Multivitamin, Red Whale Krill oil and some extra V-D3. I am currently taking them all together in the morning. I was wondering if they are working together all right and getting the best absorbtion out of them, or should some be taken seperatly at a different time? Thanks for you input on this.

    • Geek10 says:

      Hi Lafalittle! For best results, Calciology and The Foundation Multivitamin should be taken at least two hours apart in order to assure proper absorption. Everything else is fine! I hope this helps!

  12. grahambot says:

    I’m super confused. You said that you research and only endorse one product per category that is not available on this site. But when I click on all the products you endorse, I’m taken to aprovenproduct.com where all the products you endorse are manufactured for and sold by aprovenproduct. So in essence it appears that your only endorsing your own products. That seems a little bit like a scam because you aren’t endorsing a variety of different products produced and sold by different vendors.

    • Geek5 says:

      Hi Grahambot. We are an independent subsidiary of the same parent company as aprovenproduct.com. They often use our research and findings to communicate with different manufacturers to create the products sold there. Their goal is to sell only the most effective supplements there. Our objective at aProvenYOU.com isn’t to sell you anything. We try to keep visitors and members well informed on health and wellness news, emerging science, and industry trends. You’re more than welcome to use us as a source of information and buy whatever brand you want elsewhere. We’re totally cool with that. We just want to ensure that you’re a more informed consumer as you shop.

      More than anything, we just want you to know what to look for, so you aren’t throwing your money away on mediocre or ineffective supplements. We will sometimes compare ingredients with other brands, or call out other popular brands if we feel they are taking shortcuts on quality or we find their labels and marketing to be misleading. But we aren’t a review site. If we find products that are better than those we endorse, or if science changes, we work to have the formulas changed, or we push them to find a new manufacturer so we can endorse a product that we truly believe is the best and most effective.

  13. BooDinger says:

    Hello,

    Have you done any research on the Raspberry Ketones and nursing mothers?

    Thanks!

    • Geek3 says:

      Although the raspberry ketones product we recommend are a completely all natural product, with nursing mothers we suggest you stay safe and always check with a doctor first.

  14. Health Freak says:

    Hello, my name is Shayla and I am very dedicated to bring the world back to a healthier place. I was wondering if you guys allow internships. I believe that what you have going here is, without a doubt, the best website I’ve seen. I would love to take part by doing more than just paying the “Premium Membership” plan. Please let me no if there is any way at all that I can join you guys. Thanks alot!
    Sincerely,
    Shayla

    • Geek3 says:

      Thank you, Shayla. We aren’t looking for anyone new right now, but will keep you in mind for the future. Thanks for your support, and your interest!

  15. reese says:

    I was wondering if you have looked into the HCG Ultra diet?

    • Geek3 says:

      Hi reese. Yes, I have researched the hCG diet, and I am not an advocate. Sure, lots of people have lost weight with it. It goes without saying that a diet limiting you to a very unhealthy 500 calories per day will cause you to lose weight. Your body goes into starvation mode. Research has been done to prove crash diets lead to no more weight loss after a year, than if we modestly reduce calories and increase our exercise.

      It’s also not very safe. Starving ourselves isn’t good for our bodies. If you only eat 500 calories a day, there are serious health risks. The CDC has already pin-pointed over a dozen deaths linked to these very low calorie diets as far back as the 1970′s. Of course, most people won’t perish from the hCG diet, but many will develop other health problems like hair loss, constipation and gallstones.

      Here at aPY, as cliche’ as it may sound, we like to follow the old adage that, to lose weight you need a healthy diet, excersize, and, of course, don’t forget your supplements! (Click here to see the CDC’s info on low calorie diets including hCG):

      http://www.ajcn.org/content/34/4/453.full.pdf%20

      • KRNICE says:

        I personally disagree with your reply………….if used correctly a TypeII diabetic can go off their meds, someone suffering from “Hyperlipedemia” can lower there levels respectively, and someone suffering from obesity can get themselves to a healthy weight. The key is to follow the diet for no more than 40 days and take no more than the recommended dosage of HCG. In otherwords follow the diet to the T. There are by far more success stories than there are fatal ones……………….12 deaths in 40 years? How many deaths occur EVERY year due to obesity, heart disease and diabetes?

        • Geek3 says:

          I agree there are many deaths yearly from obesity and related diseases. What we’re saying is if we had to chose between eating healthy without a starvation diet, hunger, headaches, damage to the body, etc. and losing weight the healthy way, we recommend door #1. Healthy and safe will always be our choice.

  16. chlsmtt says:

    I love your site!!! I’m so glad your team is sharing all this info with us….. Thank you all!!!!:)

    • Geek3 says:

      Taking a look at this products label, I see that it contains just regular Ubiquinol with no absorption assistance. The absorbtion technology is what’s needed to increase absorption. It isn’t a bad product, you just won’t get the full benefit that you would get with a product that contains that technology.

  17. cfred says:

    I love the Red Whale krill oil! Are there any other reliable brands of krill oil out there?

  18. mrsgt1981 says:

    I have a question. I would love an actual answer if at all possible. I have started taking Krill Oil supplements but I am still a cigarette smoker. If I continue taking the supplement and smoking at the same time how does that effect me?

    • Geek1 says:

      Well, you asked for an actual answer so I’m not going to pull any punches. I watched my grandfather die from lung cancer that was a direct result of smoking for decades. It was not pretty and I wouldn’t wish that on anyone. I’ve seen no studies on how krill oil interacts with cigarette smoking, but have to wonder why you’d spend the money on krill oil and still continue such an unhealthy habit. There are no supplements that can undo the damage you’re doing to your body and your health. How does it affect you? It fills your lungs with black nastiness and cuts your life short. With or without the krill oil. My advice would be not to waste your money on both krill oil and cigarettes – pick one and drop the other.

  19. alkrause says:

    What is your assessment of Glutathione supplements? Is it true oral supplements are not absorbed, and are a waste of money? What about the composition of this product?

    http://shop.farmacia.merlonipharma.ch/product.php?productid=406&cat=26&bestseller=Y

    Thank you for your time. Al Krause

    • Geek1 says:

      We have not researched Glutathione supplements so unfortunately we can’t really comment at this time. We will however put them on our list to look into and let you know!

  20. terese49 says:

    Do you plan on researching the best Resveratrol?

  21. Flozy says:

    I’m so happy that I found your site! I want the best product possible to meet my needs, without the worry or confusion of having so many products to choose from. Thank you!!!

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