|Summary||Garden Of Life Vitamin Code Women Review|
|Claimed Benefits||Optimal health and energy, meeting the needs of active women, nourishment for body, maintaining of optimal well-being | Likely will to some extent deliver|
|Ingredients||Focused on 100% Daily Values | Amounts are really good | The Saccharomyces cerevisiae choice I do not like | It lacks preformed vitamin A which is an easy fix | It doesn’t add Copper, Calcium or Magnesium|
|Additions||3 blends & 1 other substance | A pretty good combination | Potential gains for digestive health, immune function, detoxification, weight loss, antioxidant action, better nutrient absorption, growth and maintenance of cells|
|Additives||Very good choices | All bound to be harmless, potentially even slightly beneficial|
|Quality||Best there is approach | Third-party testing on finished stuff | NSF certification for Gluten-Free, Non-GMO Project Verified certification | But being Nestle ruins it all|
|Success Rate||Above 89.5% | Based on 3002 reviews|
|Price||Generally, could be considered pretty average | I would say it’s expensive|
|Recommendation||Preferably avoid for the time being|
|Better Alternatives?||Overall | Mercola Whole Food Multivitamin For Women
Other Great Multivitamins For Women | Best Unconventional Multivitamins
| Marketing | Nutrients | Additions | Additives | Reviews | Pricing | Overall |
In this Garden Of Life Vitamin Code Women review, we will immerse ourselves in everything there is that this supplement has to offer.
Namely, we’ll start out by looking at the claims that the manufacturer provides about the supplement. Which we will later assess how true they hold. Furthermore, we’ll examine the vitamin and mineral forms, find out how much of them are there, dissect the additional beneficial substances, as well as we’ll look at the additives, customer reviews, pricing, and more.
Product Page Is Extremely Brief, Zero Marketing, Basically
According to the manufacturer, Garden Of Life Vitamin Code Women is “a comprehensive whole food multi-nutrient formula, specifically designed to meet the unique needs of active women during their reproductive years, providing the nourishment the body craves to maintain optimal health and well-being.” So, the perfect thing, eh [R]?
They continue with emphasizing this idea of “over 20 fruits and vegetables add supporting antioxidants, vitamins and nutrient cofactors.” Which is wonderful, of course [R].
And finally, per their words, “Raw means no high heat, synthetic binders, fillers, artificial flavors, sweeteners, colors or additives commonly used in tablets.” Which kind of rounds of the entire page [R].
I mean, there isn’t much there anymore. They’ve got a new look for the product page (Garden Of Life Vitamin Code Women supplements still look the same though). And this one is even more concise than the previous one.
The only marketing tool they do use is an overwhelmingly positive review section. And then, a somewhat companion to that are the various certifications. We’ve got Non-GMO Project Verified, NSF Gluten-Free, Kosher, as well as it is claimed to be vegetarian, Dairy-Free, and Soy-Free.
So, the Vitamin Code Women sounds nice. But is it good enough to get it?
Prefer Not To Be Too Hyped About Vitamin Code Women’s Nutrients
This Garden Of Life supplement brings plenty of vitamin and mineral diversity. The amounts it provides are sufficient most of the time. But it’s highly unconventional in all the other aspects. But first, let us start with the simpler things.
So, per serving (4 capsules), we get vitamin A, C, D, E, K1, K2, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9, B12, Iron, Iodine, Zinc, Selenium, Manganese, Chromium, Molybdenum, Boron, and Vanadium. So, basically, the only nutrients missing are Copper, Calcium, and Magnesium. But that’s not the only drawback to find.
Being considered vegetarian-friendly the Garden of Life Women multivitamin does not offer any amounts of preformed vitamin A, it only offers Beta-Carotene. To which end, although we tend to be taught in school that Beta-Carotene is the precursor of vitamin A and thus, it gets converted into preformed vitamin A by the body, not everyone knows the following.
Our bodies generally struggle with converting Beta-Carotene to usable vitamin A form. This is not to say that this is the case for everyone, however, it is estimated that far too many people do suffer from this. Furthermore, to say that the rate at which Beta-Carotene is converted to vitamin A is miserable, would be an understatement [R, R, R, R, R, R].
I mean, with this, there is a good chance we’ll probably be missing out on a very crucial ingredient for long-term health. On that note, it is, however, a rather easily fixable issue through a decent standalone preformed vitamin A supplement (there are also vegan and vegetarian options of this).
The next important thing to discuss is the amounts of nutrients that we will be able to get by taking the Garden of Life Vitamin Code Women supplement. Or to put it in other words (or a question rather), how much of certain vitamins and minerals will we get?
But speaking of these amounts, there are at least two different approaches we can take. There are the conventional approach and the unconventional one (for a lack of a better word). The unconventional approach focuses on what is regarded as the best practices when it comes to vitamin and mineral amounts. And it is a little untraditional, not everyone will agree with it.
Whereas the conventional one is all about making sure that we get all those nutrients in amounts that are no less than or reasonably above 100% of the Daily Values (where it is appropriate). And this is exactly in which regard this Women Vitamin Code supplement shines.
Almost everything it has lives up to those 100%. But not everything. The way I see it, it kind of begs the question, what about Calcium, Magnesium, Iron, Iodine, Zinc, and Copper?
Well, the story with Calcium and Magnesium is that manufacturers 99% of the time avoid putting these in amounts that correspond with 100% Daily Values. This is for two reasons.
First, they tend to take up very much space. So, if we really want them there we’ll have to put up with a daily dosage of 8-10 capsules. Which most people are very reluctant to take (for, basically, no justifiable reason at all). And second, we would actually overdose on Calcium.
This is because the current Daily Values set that amount at 1300 mg. But high-profile doctors highly recommend never exceeding 600-800 mg through supplements as more will lead to side effects and thus, be detrimental. So, whatever additional Magnesium or Calcium we want to take, it will 99% of the time have to come from a separate mineral supplement.
As for the Iron, you’ll never need more than that what the Vitamin Code Women provides. This is more than enough. Whereas going with 18 milligrams daily (100% Daily Value) can actually lead to overdose and can be extremely detrimental, even lethal.
As for the Iodine, Zinc, and Copper, yes, these are also below 100%. And that is a drawback, for sure. I mean, not so much Iodine (because of what the best practices define) as the other two but still.
Lastly, there is one other aspect to cover. The idea of most vitamins and minerals being derived from culture of S. cerevisiae.
Saccharomyces cerevisiae is a species of yeast. It’s also commonly the main source of nutritional yeast. It’s something that there is a ton of interesting facts and research on. But one thing that it is marketed as but it is not is whole foods. A Grand-Canyon-like difference between the two. Even beyond that. Not only it is a hugely controversial source for deriving our vitamins and minerals from, but also it turns out possibly a dangerous one. [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
Hence, while others may disagree, personally, I don’t feel good about recommending or using myself such an approach. Or going for any supplements using Saccharomyces cerevisiae for their primary source of nutrients for that matter.
To Review The Additions, They Are Still As Superb As They’ve Been
In regards to the additions (the additional beneficial substances and other stuff alike), the Garden of Life Vitamin Code of Women is very much like the Men’s edition of the supplement (review). Meaning, it certainly has a few things to offer.
In essence, the supplement provides 3 different blends of beneficial substances, as well as one additional substance that is not considered to be a part of any of the blends.
The first one of the blends is the Raw Organic Fruit and Vegetable Blend. This is something I mentioned with the citations at the beginning of the article. Namely, a combination of 23 different organically grown fruits and vegetables. The biggest advantage of this are probably the natural co-nutrients and co-nutrients it will provide [R].
Additionally, this blend will be a great source for dietary fiber, which has the potential of benefiting us in various ways, like reducing the risk of cancer, eliminating toxins from the body, promoting weight loss, improving gut health among other various benefits [R, R, R, R, R, R].
The second of the blends is the RAW Probiotic & Enzyme Blend. As the name suggests, it is a blend of various probiotics and enzymes, which have a number of benefits.
To be more precise, they are all about improving our gut health. Which translates into improving the digestion and absorption of all the nutrients, not only found in the supplement itself, but also in the foods you’re eating. That is if you’re taking the supplement before, during, or after a meal [R, R, R, R, R, R].
And thirdly, the supplement also offers what they call the RAW Antioxidant & Immune Support Complex. This one consists of RAW Food-Created Glutathione and Superoxide Dismutase. And the last singular ingredient is the CoQ10. So, here’s in essence what they can do for us.
Glutathione is the most effective antioxidant there is. Period. It’s considered the “Mother of All Antioxidants” and it is so not without a reason. Whereas Superoxide Dismutase is a great substance for dealing with oxidative stress and free radicals in the body [R, R, R, R].
Lastly, the CoQ10 is an antioxidant that is vitally important for the growth and maintenance of cells. Thus, it goes without saying that it is an absolutely crucial substance for the whole body (as everything starts with a cell) [R, R].
Thus, to conclude, I hope you’ll agree, the Garden Of Life Vitamin Code Women looks pretty great, at least as far as the ingredients this section was about. What about the “glue” ones?
Additives May Be Changed To Lesser Ones But They Are Still Harmless
Additives, generally, are a very important aspect to consider when it comes to any consumable product. And while they are what most multivitamins struggle with even going to the lengths of having 18 or 19 different ones in each capsule or tablet, this supplement is nothing like that. But I feel it’s not as good as it used to be either.
The Garden of Life Vitamin Code Women used to have just two inactive ingredients (Vegetable Cellulose and Organic Rice Hull). Both I was a huge fan of. Neither of them posed any harm to health whatsoever.
Whereas the ones it uses now… Well, let’s just say that I don’t think they are as ideal.
The product still takes advantage of Vegetable Cellulose. But now, instead of Organic Rice Hull, it uses Organic Potato Starch and Organic Gum Arabic.
While the Gum Arabic I would certainly put in the group of absolutely harmless, there is inherently nothing wrong with Potato Starch either, especially since it’s organic. It’s just that it does seem like the lower quality, cheaper approach this way [R, R, R, R].
Please don’t get me wrong, the current ones are not bad additive choices. I would absolutely prefer these over what we get with so many other multivitamins. It’s just what I said. They don’t feel as quality as it used to be.
More & More Bad Customer Reviews, It Used To Be At About 91%
In the past, I have always seen the Garden of Life Vitamin Code brand as a really successful one. I’ve also read a ton of reviews of people absolutely swearing by the women’s version of the supplements. But is it actually so great as far as customer feedback?
Based on what we can find on its product page, it certainly seems so. I mean, 34 Garden of Life Vitamin Code Women reviews and not a single 1-star, 2-star, and even 3-star review.
It’s either mesmerizingly good, or they have probably just adjusted those reviews because no product ever gets such a great response.
And, lucky for us, there is a way to test this. Research of feedback on all other sellers and retailers. If it really holds true what we find on third-party sites should at least be somewhat similar to the clear 100% success rate obtainable from the product page.
But as expected, as we have seen it with supplements like Rainbow Light Men’s One (review) or potentially Optimum Nutrition Opti-Men (review) too, it did not hold up to that.
Out of the total of 3002 Garden of Life Vitamin Code Women reviews, I managed to come across, only 2686 were positive (4-star, 5-star). Hence, 316 were negative (1-star, 2-star, 3-star). Consequently, a global success rate of 89.5%. Which is certainly decent but doesn’t really hit the mark of wonderful or awesome.
Garden Of Life Isn’t Pricing This One Cheap Or Even Affordably, Sadly
The pricing of the supplement of this review hasn’t changed much over time. The product itself has changed and experiences tweaks from time to time (most of which I wouldn’t consider for the better). But the price certainly hasn’t.
Per container of 120 capsules, the Women’s Vitamin Code typically costs $32.19. For that, we get a month’s worth of nutrition. In other words, that’s about $1.07 per day aka $1.07 per serving (which is four capsules). Which some may say is terribly expensive. But I feel it really depends.
Meaning, do we see the deriving of nutrients through Saccharomyces cerevisiae as something real quality or do we not?
Generally, it’s viewed as the former but I would dare each and every one of you to just blindly accept the majority’s opinion. To that end, the former would mean it’s okay, pretty about average. Whereas the latter would suggest expensive, for sure.
To illustrate, let’s take something like Rainbow Light Men’s One (review). It has similar drawbacks and pitfalls. It has similar advantages. Whereas avoiding the whole fake whole foods with Saccharomyces cerevisiae, it costs $0.37 per serving (and it’s just one tablet).
Furthermore, I myself would prefer it over this one and even without that price difference.
If we look at something within the Garden of Life’s Women price range, there’s Nature’s Plus Source of Life Garden Women’s Once Daily Multi as an example. It’s $30.92 per month or $1.03 per serving. So, they’re about even in terms of price. But that’s about it.
I mean, the Nature’s Plus is a real whole food. Plus, it’s USDA Organic certified and vegan. Granted, it does not feel nearly as great when additives or just the nutrient variety is considered. But if I had to choose between the two, I would probably choose the Nature’s Plus still. And that’s even without the extra consideration we’re about to discuss.
I Have Recommended This Multivitamin In The Past But No More
While there is a lot we have discussed, there is one thing we haven’t yet. And that’s something that I believe is kind of an overarching thing that influences everything.
Garden of Life has been sold out to Nestle, a company known as an international bully not only for their crimes against humanity, but also the quality of its products. The way I see it, it’s a purely revenue-driven company (more on this article) [R, R, R, R, R].
And that’s something I don’t think we should support, especially because many have reported that they feel there is a drop in quality since the buy-out. And that’s not okay, even more so because they claimed that it won’t be the case [R].
Hence, for the time being, (out of avoid it, consider it, shortlist it, buy it) I believe we should absolutely avoid the Garden of Life Vitamin Code Women. It just isn’t worth it. Sure, there are some great aspects to it. But all in all, it just doesn’t feel to be worthy of our time.
Plus, there are better options out there. Here’s a list of those.
Above all, I hope this Garden Of Life Vitamin Code Women review helped you find the information you were looking for. Would you still buy it despite it being owned by Nestle? What do you think of its pricing? What do you believe is its best bit? Let me know below.
26 thoughts on “Garden Of Life Vitamin Code Women Review – Worth A Grab?”
Just wondering if you have any thoughts on Garden of Life being bought by Nestle? I absolutely love their whole food commitment but I’m a bit skeptical if they can keep that up as part of Nestle.
While I initially thought that it doesn’t matter as long as they do not change anything about their quality and just the approach to making supplements (plus, to me, it didn’t make sense that they would in any way undermine it), I have since had a change of heart.
I don’t think we should be embracing the Garden of Life anymore. For the time being, we should avoid it. All updates on this soon to come, including those for the best-of lists. But for now, you can read what I wrote in the very last section of the Garden of Life Collagen review. It’s something that’s applicable to all Garden of Life products.
And sorry for not managing to get back to you sooner, Stef! I hope you’re doing great!
Cheers, and have a Fantastic Day!
This is an awesome review! Super informative and helped me solidify my choice. It’s awesome to find an unbiased look at something and be able to make an informed decision. Thank you!
I’m really happy to hear this worked well for you. And that it was helpful. Truly happy about that. <3
And I sincerely appreciate the kind words. :)
Cheers, and have a Great One!
Carpe minutam/Seize the moment,
Awesome review! I really learned a lot from this article. Thank you so much for sharing and posting!
I truly appreciate the kind words!
And thank you for letting me know. <3
Cheers, and have a Great Day!
Carpe minutam/Seize the moment,
Thanks for sharing this wonderful article! I love it!
I’m absolutely delighted you enjoyed the article!
Totally made my Day! <3
Cheers, and have an Amazing Day!
I must tell you that I found all the information I’m looking for within the post and it was highly relevant and helpful. I love the way you outlined the post and explained in details. Moreover, there are enough multivitamins drug and products in the market but the Garden of love seems to look special after considering its Contents. Thanks
I’m ecstatic you enjoyed and found the article, means a lot to me.
And the kind words are appreciated! :)
Cheers, and have a Great One, Salim!
Great post and good info.
It seems to be a good supplement, some vitamins are quite high considered the daily intake you can have, and maybe that is wasted money.
But, my wife doesn’t have any multivitamin for now, and I’m going to order it for her, because I want to see how good this works for her.
Thanks for sharing this post!
Glad you enjoyed the post! Really happy to hear that!
And thank you for sharing your thoughts, I appreciate it! :)
Have a Wonderful Day!
I believe the vitamin code for women is a good supplement for women to take. It’s bursting with a lot of supplements to help not just supplementing your diet but also helping in absorbing nutrients from food better.
Seeing that it doesn’t have a lot of additives, I think this is a good product for women. Garden of life vitamin code is definitely worth trying.
Thanks for sharing!
I’m really glad you enjoyed the review!
And I appreciate you sharing your thoughts. :)
Cheers, and have a Great One!
I learned a lot from this review. Although I’m not a woman, so not the target audience, there is still a lot to be gained by reading your comprehensive article. Especially about the Garden of Life brand; if they can make high-quality vitamins for women, then they probably do for men as well.
I didn’t realize, for instance, that it was difficult for the body to metabolize beta-carotene into vitamin A. It is evident that you are giving an honest review and not just trying to make a quick buck, which I sincerely appreciate! Thanks for the education today.
I’m beyond excited that you found the article truly helpful and educational.
The kind words I also deeply appreciate. :)
Cheers, Jerimy, and have a Great One!
Hi Matiss. This is Arianne. I just bought this Raw Vitamin Code today coz I did a lot of research which is the best multivitamins for women and this one always comes up. So I decided to buy this. Do you think this is good for women? I am Asian 33 years old and I don’t really eat a lot of healthy food. In short, I am not a healthy eater and I don’t eat vegetables, just sometimes. So, I am looking for the best vitamins for me that would put more vegetables and fruits in my body and also probiotics and enzymes which Vitamin Code does have; (just want everything on it) do you think this is good for me? Thank you!
Sorry that I haven’t managed to get back to you sooner. I hope you’re well.
Did I get that correctly? Did you mean you got yourself the Garden of Life Vitamin Code Raw One for Women?
I’m not a huge fan of the thing but it’s definitely better than many and overall, it can work.
Generally speaking, I’m not a big believer in the 100% or reasonably above Daily Values. Just the whole approach in general; I believe it’s archaic and generally preys on people’s ignorance of what the Daily Values actually stand for. Here’s what they actually stand for [full article]. In short, they represent the minimal daily nutrient amount that we have to intake to not develop a deficiency disease. But just because we don’t have disease doesn’t mean we are healthy. No, optimal health, I mean, the best health you can imagine goes far beyond just avoiding deficiency diseases.
Personally, my diet’s mostly based around vegetables and fruit. Also, nuts, seeds, and similar stuff like that. Not much meat, not much fish, not much grains. Almost no processed food (though I’m not infallible; I do junk out on stupid stuff from time to time). And still, I don’t think a supplement like that (be it the one you chose or its men’s equal) could take me where I want to go. To that end, I’m a huge believer and advocate for proper multivitamins that use what I refer to the best practices for nutrient amounts.
Please don’t get me wrong, I’m not condemning your current choice in any way. The truth is that it can work. However, given your eating habits and all (though sleeping, exercising, and meditating habits also matter), you might be better off looking into the very best of the very best multivitamins.
There’s also a fascinating section at the start of the article. Read that, too.
As for probiotics, multivitamins typically (and the Raw One is no exception) are pretty scarce in those. I mean, they will help to an extent but if you really want to make sure your gut’s doing fine, a separate supplement I feel is a must. Ideally, pick one that corresponds to what the best practices for nutrient amounts suggest. Or I can give you what I’m using if you’re interested, Arianne!
Let me know! And Stay Safe!
What a tremendously thorough review of this nutritional supplement. I was impressed to read that this is a whole food supplement with live probiotics, fiber, and no unnecessary additives. However, for those individuals requiring vitamin A supplementation, there might be a better choice out there. Also, I need adequate magnesium and calcium supplementation, so this might not be the best choice for me, as you noted very clearly in your article. This product is marketed towards women of reproductive age, but I was wondering if you think it is a good choice for older women as well. Thanks for a very informative article, and I look forward to reading more of your work.
I’m truly happy you enjoyed the article. And I sincerely appreciate the kind words, means a lot to me!
As for those requirements of vitamin A, one can still go with this one, however, then it would be best to compliment this supplement or pair it up so to say with a singular vitamin A supplement. An article on the best of those you can find here.
As for the Magnesium and Calcium, it’s very rare, almost non-existent that multivitamin supplements provide sufficient amounts of those. So, the best approach here is also to go for a separate Magnesium-Calcium or just singular mineral supplements for each.
Lastly, due to the Iron within it and the Prime Daily Values suggesting people generally not needing that stuff in their supplements, I would say that it would be best for older women to seek out other options – ideally, by choosing one of the supplements of the best multivitamins list as those will be most beneficial.
I hope this helps, Trish!
Looking forward to seeing you in another article! :)
Cheers, and have a Great One!
I like how upfront you are with the review and your mission behind it – that this review is the mother of all reviews for this specific supplement and there’s no need to find another review. I too shall use this :). Also, I like the use of images and sections throughout the article – makes it so much easier to read.
Also you get very specific into the nutrients, vitamins and minerals that are included in these women’s vitamins – but I thought CoEnzyme Q10 was an “anti oxidant” not an oxidant as stated in your article. Yeap I checked and it is indeed an antioxidant – you might want to change it – I google CoEnzyme Q10 and the first page from web md states that it’s a nutrient and an antioxidant.
Overall I like the quality of the article, very useful and helpful. Awesome website as well :) cheers.
You’ve no idea how much I appreciate the kind words. Truly made my day. :)
And thank you for being sharp-eyed and calling me out on that mistake, I appreciate it. I totally misspelled it. It is an antioxidant indeed, which is also made clear by the references I used. I corrected it also in the article.
Thank you again, Paul!
Cheers, and have a Great One!
Thank you very much for this health related post, you have really provided great insight into what right supplements and vitamins intake that is needed by the body. I will share this post with my wife and I believe she will really find it helpful. Thanks for the in depth post once again.
I’m really happy you found the article helpful.
And I truly appreciate you sharing it with your loved one! :)
Cheers, and have a Wonderful Day!
Hey there Matiss,
after reading Your review it’s safe to assume that Garden Of Life Vitamin Code Women is a pretty solid choice when it comes to vitamin supplements. I personally think that this supplement is shaping up to be a promising and beneficial health product, and I am quite impressed by it for numerous reasons. First of all, the thing which stood out for me the most was the fact that Garden Of Life Vitamin Code Women supplement contains RAW Food-Created Nutrients and are derived from whole foods, which makes this supplement very beneficial and effective for the body. The second big reason why I’ve found it to be so appealing, is because it only contains two additives which is very low compared to most multivitamin supplements out there on the market, and on top of this- these 2 additives are not harmful to Your body which further ads to the overall positive presentation of Garden Of Life Vitamin Code Women, great stuff! However, there is one con which really sticks out for me regarding this supplement, and that would be the absence of vitamin A. I am a vegetarian, although I am moving forward veganism step by step, therefore I would greatly benefit from Vitamin A, but unfourutnetaly it lacks it. I’ve also learned a lot of new things today. For example- I didn’t know that human body is capable of converting Beta-Carotene into usable form of vitamin A, that’s pretty mind-blowing! However, like You’ve said- our bodies struggle with converting, although that’s not the case for everyone, but for most people I would assume. And, the rates at which B-C is converted into vitamin A are pretty bad, but I would also assume that these rates depend of the body itself? Some would be able to produce better results and some- worse? Is there a way to do a test and see how Your body reacts to this conversion and what kind of results it can deliver? Just curious.
All in all Matiss, thanks for such helpful and descriptive article, I truly found it to be very informative and I’ve also enjoyed learning a lot of new things today ;)
I truly appreciate the sincere comment of yours. And thank you for the kind words, it means the world to me. :)
As for that conversion, you’re right, and it’s definitely possible to find out. However, I’m sorry, at this time I’m not really aware of the specifics for this.
Cheers, and have a Great One, Evald!