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{"id":555838767177,"title":"Morning Complete Review: Why We Recommend Cheaper Options","created_at":"2021-09-11T11:19:43-04:00","body_html":"\u003cscript type=\"application\/ld+json\"\u003e\/\/ \u003c![CDATA[\n{\n \"@context\": \"https:\/\/schema.org\",\n \"@type\": \"Article\",\n \"headline\": \"Morning Complete Review: Why We Recommend Cheaper Options\",\n \"keywords\": \"morning complete, morning complete reviews, activated you morning complete, activated you morning complete reviews, morning complete ingredients\",\n \"description\": \"Our MD breaks down the formulation of probiotic supplement Morning Complete based on medical research to determine if it’s likely to be effective. 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It costs about $80 for only 30 servings, so consumers are going to want to make sure they’re getting their money’s worth when buying this product.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIn this review we’ll analyze the formulation of Morning Complete based on medical research to determine if it’s likely to be effective. We’ll offer some cheaper alternatives we believe are likely to be just as effective if not more.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eDo Supplemental Probiotics Work?\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eBefore we get into the ingredient review, we want to discuss some of the issues with probiotic supplements generally. As we discussed in our recent \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/probiotics-dead-on-arrival\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eprobiotic review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, many strains of probiotics are very sensitive to environmental conditions because probiotics are living organisms.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe high temperatures experienced during supplement processing and transit, along with the time decay of storage, can lead to probiotics being dead on arrival. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThis isn’t an issue at all with probiotics derived from fermented food sources like kimchi or yogurt, which is why we tend to recommend getting probiotics from food instead of supplements unless the supplement manufacturer has published significant research proving their supplements are still effective off-the-shelf (which they haven’t in this case).\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eIngredient Review - Prebiotic Blend\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/MorningCompletePrebioticIngredients.png?v=1631374201\" alt=\"Morning Complete Prebiotic blend ingredients list\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eMorning Complete contains a prebiotic blend at a dosage of 4.05 grams (g). This does appear to be an effective dose \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/20119826\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003ebased on medical research\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, though higher levels appear to have improved effects on gut function. Most people get prebiotics from food too, so we don’t see a problem with this dose.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003ePrebiotics are important for overall health, because they optimize gut function by feeding the healthy strains of bacteria. This is just as important, if not more, than introducing new strains of healthy bacteria to the gut via probiotic consumption.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eIngredient Review - Probiotic Blend \u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/MorningCompleteProbioticIngredients.png?v=1631374264\" alt=\"Morning Complete Probiotic blend ingredients list\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe probiotic blend contains 9 individual species of probiotics at a total dosage of 10 billion colony-forming units (CFU). This appears to be an effective dose based on \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.aafp.org\/afp\/2008\/1101\/p1073.html\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003ea review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e by the American Family Physician Journal, which recommended at least 10 billion CFU daily for adults.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe optimal dosage of probiotics will vary a lot based on patient need. Someone necessitating a therapeutic dose of probiotics to treat a specific medical condition like Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) may require much more than 10 billion CFU, but it seems to be a good maintenance dose for healthy adults.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe species used in Morning Complete are generally well-studied and safe. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eB. coagulans\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, the predominant species in this supplement, \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/33545934\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003esignificantly improved IBS\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e in a clinical trial.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe second probiotic species, \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eL. gasseri\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, improved weight management \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/21046354\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003ein an animal study\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e. The rats fed this probiotic had significantly decreased weight compared with a control group that didn’t take the probiotic.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe’ve reviewed the safety data of all of the included probiotics and believe this to be a safe and well-formulated probiotic. We would not necessarily recommend it because we favor probiotics from food sources, but for those willing to pay the price for the convenience we believe Morning Complete to be a good option.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eIngredient Review - Botanical Blends\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/MorningCompleteBotanicalIngredients.png?v=1631374364\" alt=\"Morning Complete Botanical ingredients list\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eMorning Complete contains several blends of botanical ingredients: “Green Superfoods Blend”, “Metabolic Enhancing Blend”, “Antioxidant Blend”, “Super Balancing Support”, “Adaptogens” and “Cellular Function and Liver Support”.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe don’t believe it’s worth reviewing every single ingredient included in these secondary blends because, for the most part, we believe them to exist in dosages so small as to be pointless. The “Cellular Function and Liver Support” blend, for example, contains 30 milligrams (mg) of aloe vera and milk thistle combined, or about 15 mg each.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e15 mg is an incredibly small amount. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC3586829\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eMedical research\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e has found the effective dose of milk thistle for liver protection to be 1,260 mg\/day, or 84 times the amount in Morning Complete.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eSupplement companies often include minuscule doses of exotic botanical ingredients to make their Supplement Facts label look more impressive and justify the high price of their products. We’ve seen this trend in other products we’ve reviewed like \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/skinnyfit-review\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eSkinnyFit\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eMorning Complete contains 1,410 mg total of these botanical ingredients which is a decent overall dose, but we wouldn’t expect these ingredients to have any specific health benefit. We’d recommend that consumers of this product focus on the probiotic\/prebiotic benefits and see the greens as a small and relatively inconsequential addition of micronutrients to the diet.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eLack of Third-Party Testing\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eLike nearly every supplement brand we’ve reviewed, ActivatedYou publishes no testing, in-house or third-party, proving that Morning Complete is accurately labeled and low in toxins.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThis is a huge problem in the U.S. dietary supplement industry, because \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.fda.gov\/safety\/recalls-market-withdrawals-safety-alerts\/abh-natures-products-inc-abh-pharma-inc-and-stocknutracom-inc-issues-nationwide-recall-all-lots\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emany supplement brands\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e aren’t doing proper quality control and are selling potentially harmful products to consumers. We generally don’t recommend supplement brands that fail to publish any testing of their products for this reason.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eBetter Probiotic and Prebiotic Sources\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe believe that getting probiotics and prebiotics from food is a cheaper and more effective method than getting them from supplements. There’s a much greater likelihood that the food product will contain significant amounts of probiotics at the time of consumption, because naturally fermented foods \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC6723656\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emaintain an environment\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e conducive to probiotic growth, unlike a powdered supplement sitting in a warehouse.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eYogurt, sauerkraut and pickles are some examples of naturally fermented foods you can find in a regular grocery store which can have significant health benefits at a fraction of the cost of an expensive dietary supplement.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe believe that probiotic supplements can be superior for targeted therapy, because specific strains have specific health effects, but for general maintenance for healthy adults we recommend just getting probiotics from food sources.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eConclusion\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eMorning Complete is a generally well-formulated probiotic supplement containing effective doses of both prebiotics and probiotics. The product also contains about 1 g of dried botanical ingredients which we don’t believe will have much specific health effect, but shouldn't hurt.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThis brand doesn’t make any exaggerated health claims or contain harmful additive ingredients, and we find them to be one of the better supplement products we’ve reviewed. For consumers with disposable income who want the convenience of a probiotic in pill form or who dislike all fermented foods, Morning Complete may be a good option for general health maintenance.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe recommend getting probiotics from food sources because we believe it to be more cost-effective and also better for health in most cases, and don’t specifically recommend the brand for this reason. However we don’t recommend avoiding the brand either, which we often do due to poor science or harmful additives.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e","blog_id":49281925193,"author":"Calloway Cook","user_id":26601750601,"published_at":"2021-11-12T00:30:00-05:00","updated_at":"2022-01-17T17:13:26-05:00","summary_html":"\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003eWe analyze the formulation of probiotic supplement Morning Complete based on medical research to determine if it’s likely to be effective. We offer some cheaper alternatives we believe are likely to be just as effective if not more.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e","template_suffix":"","handle":"morning-complete-review","tags":"_related:prebiotics, _related:probiotics"}

Morning Complete Review: Why We Recommend Cheaper Options

Morning Complete Review: Why We Recommend Cheaper Options


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Morning Complete is a wellness powder supplement sold by a brand called ActivatedYou, which contains prebiotics, probiotics and various other botanical ingredients. It costs about $80 for only 30 servings, so consumers are going to want to make sure they’re getting their money’s worth when buying this product.

In this review we’ll analyze the formulation of Morning Complete based on medical research to determine if it’s likely to be effective. We’ll offer some cheaper alternatives we believe are likely to be just as effective if not more.

Do Supplemental Probiotics Work?

Before we get into the ingredient review, we want to discuss some of the issues with probiotic supplements generally. As we discussed in our recent probiotic review, many strains of probiotics are very sensitive to environmental conditions because probiotics are living organisms.

The high temperatures experienced during supplement processing and transit, along with the time decay of storage, can lead to probiotics being dead on arrival. 

This isn’t an issue at all with probiotics derived from fermented food sources like kimchi or yogurt, which is why we tend to recommend getting probiotics from food instead of supplements unless the supplement manufacturer has published significant research proving their supplements are still effective off-the-shelf (which they haven’t in this case).

Ingredient Review - Prebiotic Blend

Morning Complete Prebiotic blend ingredients list

Morning Complete contains a prebiotic blend at a dosage of 4.05 grams (g). This does appear to be an effective dose based on medical research, though higher levels appear to have improved effects on gut function. Most people get prebiotics from food too, so we don’t see a problem with this dose.

Prebiotics are important for overall health, because they optimize gut function by feeding the healthy strains of bacteria. This is just as important, if not more, than introducing new strains of healthy bacteria to the gut via probiotic consumption.

Ingredient Review - Probiotic Blend 

Morning Complete Probiotic blend ingredients list

The probiotic blend contains 9 individual species of probiotics at a total dosage of 10 billion colony-forming units (CFU). This appears to be an effective dose based on a review by the American Family Physician Journal, which recommended at least 10 billion CFU daily for adults.

The optimal dosage of probiotics will vary a lot based on patient need. Someone necessitating a therapeutic dose of probiotics to treat a specific medical condition like Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) may require much more than 10 billion CFU, but it seems to be a good maintenance dose for healthy adults.

The species used in Morning Complete are generally well-studied and safe. B. coagulans, the predominant species in this supplement, significantly improved IBS in a clinical trial.

The second probiotic species, L. gasseri, improved weight management in an animal study. The rats fed this probiotic had significantly decreased weight compared with a control group that didn’t take the probiotic.

We’ve reviewed the safety data of all of the included probiotics and believe this to be a safe and well-formulated probiotic. We would not necessarily recommend it because we favor probiotics from food sources, but for those willing to pay the price for the convenience we believe Morning Complete to be a good option.

Ingredient Review - Botanical Blends

Morning Complete Botanical ingredients list

Morning Complete contains several blends of botanical ingredients: “Green Superfoods Blend”, “Metabolic Enhancing Blend”, “Antioxidant Blend”, “Super Balancing Support”, “Adaptogens” and “Cellular Function and Liver Support”.

We don’t believe it’s worth reviewing every single ingredient included in these secondary blends because, for the most part, we believe them to exist in dosages so small as to be pointless. The “Cellular Function and Liver Support” blend, for example, contains 30 milligrams (mg) of aloe vera and milk thistle combined, or about 15 mg each.

15 mg is an incredibly small amount. Medical research has found the effective dose of milk thistle for liver protection to be 1,260 mg/day, or 84 times the amount in Morning Complete.

Supplement companies often include minuscule doses of exotic botanical ingredients to make their Supplement Facts label look more impressive and justify the high price of their products. We’ve seen this trend in other products we’ve reviewed like SkinnyFit

Morning Complete contains 1,410 mg total of these botanical ingredients which is a decent overall dose, but we wouldn’t expect these ingredients to have any specific health benefit. We’d recommend that consumers of this product focus on the probiotic/prebiotic benefits and see the greens as a small and relatively inconsequential addition of micronutrients to the diet.

Lack of Third-Party Testing

Like nearly every supplement brand we’ve reviewed, ActivatedYou publishes no testing, in-house or third-party, proving that Morning Complete is accurately labeled and low in toxins.

This is a huge problem in the U.S. dietary supplement industry, because many supplement brands aren’t doing proper quality control and are selling potentially harmful products to consumers. We generally don’t recommend supplement brands that fail to publish any testing of their products for this reason.

Better Probiotic and Prebiotic Sources

We believe that getting probiotics and prebiotics from food is a cheaper and more effective method than getting them from supplements. There’s a much greater likelihood that the food product will contain significant amounts of probiotics at the time of consumption, because naturally fermented foods maintain an environment conducive to probiotic growth, unlike a powdered supplement sitting in a warehouse.

Yogurt, sauerkraut and pickles are some examples of naturally fermented foods you can find in a regular grocery store which can have significant health benefits at a fraction of the cost of an expensive dietary supplement.

We believe that probiotic supplements can be superior for targeted therapy, because specific strains have specific health effects, but for general maintenance for healthy adults we recommend just getting probiotics from food sources.

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Conclusion

Morning Complete is a generally well-formulated probiotic supplement containing effective doses of both prebiotics and probiotics. The product also contains about 1 g of dried botanical ingredients which we don’t believe will have much specific health effect, but shouldn't hurt.

This brand doesn’t make any exaggerated health claims or contain harmful additive ingredients, and we find them to be one of the better supplement products we’ve reviewed. For consumers with disposable income who want the convenience of a probiotic in pill form or who dislike all fermented foods, Morning Complete may be a good option for general health maintenance.

We recommend getting probiotics from food sources because we believe it to be more cost-effective and also better for health in most cases, and don’t specifically recommend the brand for this reason. However we don’t recommend avoiding the brand either, which we often do due to poor science or harmful additives.





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