Concerned about the increasing rates of diseases spreading, Dr. Douglas Howard, created a health supplement to introduce the concept of personal accountability in one’s personal healthcare. The chiro-practitioner, who also studies medicine and nutrition, hence founded Balance of Nature, his health supplement company,
One of his products is the Balance of Nature Fruit & Veggies which is a package of two separate bottles of supplements — one of fruit and one of vegetables aimed at meeting our nutritional needs.
However, Balance of Nature has a rather negative reputation, with people questioning its poor customer services, whether its products are just hoaxes and the severe lack of product information available on both the nutrition label and the website.
So, does Balance of Nature really deserve the bad reputation it has? Let’s take a closer look.
Ingredients in Balance of Nature
Upon first look at the nutrition label, what’s jarring is the sheer lack of information regarding the ingredients included in the product. What’s included are only the main fruit and vegetables in each bottle. However, there are no details on any vitamin and mineral, carbohydrates, amino acids, antioxidants content and the like listed. Nonetheless, let’s dive into the main ingredients of each bottle.
Ingredients: Aloe Vera, Apple, Banana, Blueberry, Cherry, Cranberry, Grapefruit, Lemon, Mango, Orange, Papaya, Pineapple, Raspberry, Strawberry, Tomato
Many of these fruits are highly nutritious. Here are the benefits of some of the more potent additions.
Grapefruit could promote weight loss. It is rich in fiber which reduces the rate of digestion and absorption of food. Thus, you feel fuller more quickly during meals and are more inclined to eat less during the day. Grapefruit also helps to prevent insulin resistance and consequently, diabetes.
Blueberries are often marketed as a superfood. Rich in fiber and antioxidants, blueberries are excellent for regulating blood sugar levels and strengthening the heart and brain function. Another helpful benefit is the reduction of oxidative damage to one’s DNA. DNA damage is part and parcel of growing older, increasing the likelihood of cancers and diseases developing. By providing a high concentration of antioxidants, blueberries can neutralize the free radicals that damage our DNA.
Pineapples are rich in vitamin C which is essential for building and maintaining a strong immune system. Vitamin C is also crucial in growth, development, and boosting the absorption of iron from food. Manganese helps to regulate one’s metabolism and has strong antioxidant properties.
Additionally, pineapples contain a group of enzymes known as bromelain. These enzymes aid with digestion by breaking down protein molecules into amino acids. This is beneficial for people who suffer from pancreatic insufficiency where the production of digestive enzymes is lower than what’s healthy.
Aloe Vera creates an alkaline balance to the acidic environment our internal system develops as a result of all the processed food we eat every day. The chances of falling ill are significantly lowered. You also get a good liver detox because aloe vera is hydrating and rich in phytonutrients, thus flushing out all the toxins in the body. For skincare enthusiasts, you may already be familiar with the benefits that aloe vera provides to the skin. Some compounds in aloe vera are also able to counter the effects of UV radiation, preventing wrinkles and skin damage.
Ingredients: Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrot, Cauliflower, Cayenne Pepper, Celery Stalk, Garlic, Kale, Onion, Shiitake Mushroom, Soybean, Spinach, Wheatgrass, Yam, Zucchini
Shiitake mushrooms aid in strengthening the heart. Being rich in eritadenine, sterol, and beta-glucans, our cholesterol level is significantly lowered and regulated. We also experience a decrease in blood pressure. It’s also rich in vitamin D, an essential component to building bone strength.
Wheatgrass is rich in chlorophyll, a pigment with strong anti-inflammatory properties. In a test conducted on 23 people, wheatgrass was found to be able to alleviate ulcerative colitis, an inflammation in the large intestine. Wheatgrass also aids in weight loss. This is because of the thylakoids it contains that causes us to feel fuller during meals by slowing down the digestion and absorption of food.
Kale is one of the most nutritious vegetables you can eat. According to Healthline, a single cup of raw kale contains 684% of the daily value (DV) of vitamin K, 206% of the DV of vitamin A, and 134% of the DV of vitamin C. This is an incredible amount of nutrients packed into one vegetable and is a fast way to boost your nutrient intake. Kale also contains antioxidants quercetin and kaempferol which have anti-inflammatory, anti-depressant, and anti-cancer effects.
Garlic is known for being able to boost our immune system. If you’re susceptible to the common cold, garlic might be able to help you here. It also contains antioxidants that, coupled with its other cholesterol- and blood-pressure-reducing effects, collectively reduce the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
Additionally, garlic has also been found to eliminate heavy metals from the body. According to healthline, a four-week study of employees working in a car battery plant (high exposure to lead) revealed that garlic had reduced lead levels by 19%. It also alleviated several symptoms of toxicity, such as headaches and high blood pressure.
I’d like to draw your attention to soybean—an addition that has raised a lot of issues. Soybean is an estrogenic ingredient with several health issues. For instance, a high intake of soybean may hinder thyroid function and eventually cause hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism also comes with a slew of symptoms such as discomfort, constipation, and thyroid enlargement. It also contains harmful substances like allergy-causing phytic acid.
There is one issue—the ingredients on the nutrition label are listed according to alphabetical order. Normally, they are listed according to the weight which indicates its quantity in the product. By listing the ingredients alphabetically, it’s impossible to know how much of each ingredient is added in the mix.
Furthermore, the specific quantities of ingredients are not stated anywhere on the label. It’s hard not to be skeptical about this product and it’s easy to wonder if the ingredients are listed alphabetically so that the brand can get away with only including a minimum amount of more expensive ingredients.
There are also no details on the vitamins and minerals included in the product anywhere on the nutrition label or their website. With many other supplements providing detailed and thorough nutritional labels, Balance of Nature has only reduced its credibility by failing to do the same.
Balance of Nature Health Benefits
It’s difficult to determine exactly the benefits you get from this product. The website itself doesn’t say much about what the product aims to do besides the generic meet your daily nutritional needs in a convenient manner that is easily incorporated into your daily life. Most of Balance of Nature’s competitors go in-depth into the different areas of health their products aim to target, but Balance of Nature itself does not.
Furthermore, there is a limited amount of product information regarding the ingredients and its quantity on both the nutrition label and website. Not even the carbohydrate, fat, sugar, protein, mineral and vitamin content is listed. There’s very little to go off on.
There are only a small number of reviews of the product found online as well. Most of the reviews are found on the Balance of Nature website, and that doesn’t do much for the brand’s credibility. It certainly doesn’t help that many of these reviews are negative, and the only positive reviews are found on the brand’s website.
If you’re considering purchasing this product and are looking for its health benefits, you’d literally have to google the ingredients individually and look at the benefits each ingredient offers. But that’s about the most you can do. We don’t even know how much of each ingredient is used in the mix, so our conclusions can only remain as assumptions.
How Does Balance of Nature Taste?
There’s nothing significant to note about the taste here. The fruit capsules are chewable and it seems like people do chew it because it’s palatable.
The vegetable capsules, according to the brand, can be swallowed or opened up and spread over a salad or a meal.
However, this begets the question: why capsules? If the product does taste good, wouldn’t producing it in the form of powder be a better alternative? We know that capsules are limited in the nutritional value they can offer as compared to powders.
So if the product does taste good, why not produce it in powder form instead? They would be saving costs on encapsulation and packaging and they’d even be able to lower the price for customers. Just some food for thought.
How Much is Balance of Nature?
The product is available for purchase through ordering on their website. For USD 90, you may purchase a bottle of Fruit and Veggies each as a retail customer. Each bottle comes with 90 capsules. One serving consists of three capsules, so you’ll be getting 30 servings a month for USD 90. That’s about USD 3 per serving.
There’s also the option to purchase as a preferred customer. What this entails is, for a one-time fee of USD 25, you get to purchase the product in a monthly subscription service at USD 70. This also gets you free personal health coaching.
On the surface, it seems like a good deal. However, there have been many customer complaints online that talk about the difficulties they faced canceling their subscriptions. Also, I’m not too sure about the legitimacy of this health coaching they speak of. Again, there is barely any substantial information regarding this on their website. There are no profiles of the health coaches working in Balance of Nature, no outline of the coaching process, no details on how long you can be coached for, whether it is a one-time coaching session or an ongoing one, nothing.
A section of the health coaching page speaks of getting results and collecting success stories from customers. Yet, there is none of this displayed anywhere on their website. No testimonials, no stories, nothing. It is infuriating to read the empty words that Balance of Nature puts on their website as if words without evidence are all customers need to be convinced.
I’d like to compare this to the superior Texas Superfood which comes with a much, much broader range of fruit, vegetables, and nutrients. For USD 67 a bottle, you get 30 servings as well, a serving costing about USD 2.30.
Even better still are greens supplements like Supergreen TONIK that fully reveal the ingredients inside and ensure you get effective dosages.
Competition aside, I’d say that the company’s poor credibility should be a deterrent itself against paying such a high fee.
It is important to note that Balance of Nature has been the subject of controversy with concerns about their products being a hoax or scam. There have also been numerous complaints about the poor customer service the brand offers, with customers not being able to cancel their monthly subscription or customers receiving monthly orders despite having made a one-time purchase.
Nonetheless, except for the soybean, the Fruit & Veggies supplements seem pretty nutritious on the surface. However, you’d really be going off on nothing more than trust in the brand since there’s so little information available about the product from its development to the formulation and yet so much controversy surrounding it.
Seeing as how this product was created by a phytonutrient expert, it’s rather disappointing and much of a let down to see how little effort was put into making product information readily available and accessible. Seeing as how one of Dr. Douglas’ philosophies towards health is personal accountability, isn’t it ironic how he doesn’t seem to take any accountability for the products he puts out?
Additionally, the Balance of Nature website is severely underwhelming and lacking in information and detail. What little information provided is too generic and seems perfunctory, achieving nothing more than filling up the spaces in the website. It neither reassures customers nor informs them of anything objectively helpful.
While the supplements do look healthy, they don’t seem to be able to justify the high cost they come with, especially when you look at the competition they’re up against. Texas Superfood, for one, is a great alternative, and we highly recommend giving that a shot instead.
- Hi, my name is Sandra! I am the main author and reviewer of Super Greens Expert. I am a keen juicer as I was want to get all my daily veggies. Having found super greens I now use one such supplement daily.