I’ve been feeling very low on energy recently, so am attempting to do something about it. I wake up tired and generally continue that way throughout the day.
My back injury is meaning that I can’t be as active as I would like, and I believe that this is one of the main reasons for my lethargy. While I can’t do much exercise, I’m doing what I can. I’ve also been improving my diet but have felt no real benefit. It’s important, here, to stress that this isn’t a controlled experiment. I’m doing all I can to get more energy and I don’t want to just rely on these supplements.
However, I found a special offer on social media for the VITL Nutrition Pack. They offered a two week trial for £1.95 postage, and that sounded like a good deal for two weeks’ worth of this sort of thing.
So what is it?
According to VITL’s website, VITL Nutrition Packs contain convenient daily strips consisting of a Multivitamin, Omega3, CoQ10 and Supergreens capsule to promote energy release, immune health and heart health. I won’t list all the ingredients – you can find them on VITL’s website.
These packs are one of the latest things to be delivered on a subscription basis. You sign up to a plan and your stuff arrives through the post when you need it. I didn’t have much success with Pact Coffee that follows a similar model because I couldn’t find a delivery schedule that worked for me, meaning that I either had loads of coffee or none. However, daily strips of these nutrition packs make me think that this won’t be a problem here.
The biggest issue I always see with most of these services is price. VITL offer three plans, with a single 28 day supply costing £39.95. A monthly rolling subscription offers a 10% discount. The cheapest way is to pay for three months at a time at £33.95 for a 28 day supply. This feels expensive to me. A price point at less than £1 a day might have made me feel differently.
Getting as like for like as I can, on myvitamins.com, I can buy 60 days’ supply of multivitamins for £12.49, 60 days of Krill Oil for £11.99 (£4.00 on offer), 60 days of CoQ10 for £11.98 (£4.00 on offer) and 60 days of nutri-greens from myprotein.com would cost £23.98. So that’s 60 days for £60.44 at full price. Therefore, you’re probably (at full price) paying around 20p a day for the convenience of having your supply sent to your door when you need it. Offers included, VITL is a 40% markup and that amounts to nearly £38 over a three month supply.
Would I pay an extra £5 a month for this product at first glance? Yes, probably. It’s all divided up for me and, if I was on the go, this would be ideal. The limitation would be when I go on a 2 week business trip over the end of one of the 28 day periods. At this stage I don’t know the delivery schedule but this could mean I would be without for a while. First world problems and all that.
Delivery and Presentation
This is worth pointing out on its own. The packaging and marketing is great. The box lying on my floor when I got in quickly set expectations. All the packaging is clean and simple with bright accent colours. There’s a welcome leaflet and all the blister packs are labelled with the day on which they are supposed to be taken. As simple as all this sounds, it’s the sort of thing I like! Even the having the days on the blister packs means that if I forget whether I’ve taken my supplements I can check.
It feels like a premium product that you would like to keep on the counter top to show friends rather than put in a cupboard with the rest of your health foods. Yes, this is the sort of thing I do!
I would happily pay less for slightly cheaper packaging, mind you.
VITL’s multivitamin nutritional profile looks, let’s say, comprehensive. It has lots of ingredients, most of which are at or well over your 100% recommended daily dose. That’s the issue I have with multivitamins and the like – as part of a healthy diet they are excessive.
Therefore, the test was not a comparison of this product against another similar product, but against itself. I went from taking no such supplements to taking the full 14 day trial course of these. I took these supplements alongside my five a day, around 2.5 litres of water a day, a healthy diet with the occasional junk food, moderate exercise and 7-8 hours sleep a night.
I’ve been taking these supplements in the morning at around 7.30am, with breakfast, a pint of water and a cup of coffee.
The first thing you will notice when you open the first blister pack is the smell. The second thing you will notice is the taste, which is as bad as that smell! I can’t work out which of the supplements it is that smells so bad because they’re all packaged together. So a top tip is to take them as quickly as possible, all at once! The taste is something I got used to, but this still doesn’t mean it is pleasant.
I can’t verify all my findings because this isn’t necessarily a controlled test. This is just my experience with the product. On the first morning after taking these supplements I felt terrible. I felt groggy and unwell. I did, though, brighten up for the afternoon and it’s this afternoon that appears to be indicative of how I’ve been feeling since I started taking these supplements.
A possible side effect I noticed at the start of the 2 week course was a diuretic effect. Without putting too fine a detail on it, I needed to pee all the time! I hadn’t upped my water intake and the only thing I could really attribute this to was the supplements. Sian at VITL customer care backed up what I thought that there is no diuretic there. However, CoQ10 can lower blood pressure, and this can be accompanied by the need to pee.
I did feel a little more energetic and I noticed a generally improved attention span. I don’t think these supplements are a miracle cure. I can’t say that I was on top of the world, but I noticed a far more even feeling of energy than I was expecting; I didn’t seem to get the mid-afternoon crash I had been getting and a few mornings I positively bounced out of bed. I seemed to spend the day at a consistent energy level, which has been a nice feeling.
Interestingly it’s been five days since finishing my two week trial and me posting review. Since I stopped taking them, I have felt a little bit of a come down. Again, I’m not sure if I can entirely attribute it to the supplements, but it’s been an interesting coincidence.
Have I noticed anything else? No, not really. I’m not the most observant chap when it comes to things like this so I can’t say that my skin is better or that my hair is glossier.
I think that the VITL Nutrition Pack is a great product. I love the presentation, I love the convenience. I love the effect it appears to have had on my health.
I don’t love the cost though! I know I’ve done a comparison and I know that came out pretty similar, but the experience of ordering these things hurts because the figures just feel expensive. 28 days’ supply for £40 sounds a lot. Even at the cheapest way to buy, nearly £34 for 28 days’ supply sounds a lot, especially when billed quarterly. Don’t forget that you aren’t getting a month supply – it’s 28 days. You’ll need 13 packs a year, not 12.
If I saw the product on the high street for that amount, I wouldn’t be impulse buying it because it feels like a high initial outlay. It’s a meal out, a couple of trips to the cinema or, more appropriately, around the same price as my average weekly food shop.
If the 4 tablets packaged together in a single pack for around £1.20 each, I’m still not sure I would buy it. I can prepare a meal for a similar price, and these are supplements, not a meal replacement.
Because they are supplements, I wonder if there is a way for VITL to break down the pack so that one could buy just the multivitamin, just the CoQ10 etc, to reduce that perceived high initial outlay. I realise that somewhat defeats the object of a pack, but the product feels aimed at those who work stupid hours and don’t eat properly, or those who just prefer to eat rubbish food and get decent nutrition elsewhere.
These people, I think, can balance the benefit of this product with the cost trade off. When I worked 95 hours a week and lived off takeaway in the office, this would have been great. People taking similar supplements from other suppliers will like this product. The little extra cost would be worth it to them. What I still haven’t decided yet, after two weeks, is if the VITL Nutrition Pack is a product for me at the price I would need to pay.