Monday, September 4, 2017

Visionary Vitamin: Ritual Multivitamin Review

(Disclaimer: I'm an affiliate of Ritual Vitamins and they kindly sent me a month's supply of vitamins to try, but all opinions are my own. There are affiliate links in this post!)

As a busy mother of three I'm not always good at self-care. Sure, I have a whole cupboard in my kitchen full of herbal, homeopathic, and natural supplements and remedies. And I use them often for my kids and husband. But not very often for me!

Last year I saw an N.D. for serious fatigue and depression that was still lingering after seeking intensive care for my brain injury. I slept 10+ hours per night and had scary depressive thoughts during certain times in my cycle. I could almost time them by looking at the calendar. It was really frustrating! I did a saliva adrenal test and some blood testing and found out that my adrenals were tanked and I had symptoms of PCOS. Rather than going for a full on "diagnosis," the doctor and decided to pursue natural treatments to see if we could resolve my symptoms.

Besides taking adrenal support supplementation and finding ways to incorporate healthier habits into my day, I also was on the hunt for a really great multivitamin - and I am a multivitamin skeptic. Then I promptly forgot. Funny how that happens.

In comes Ritual. I really liked their list of ingredients and intrigued by their company (see: This Mom-Owned Vitamin Company Just Raised 10.5 Million in Funding). Ritual was kind enough to send me a month's supply to see for myself and to share the love (if I do indeed love them!)

photo: Ritual

The verdict so far?

I really like this vitamin.

I like:

- Low dosages. I'm not scared of the amount, thinking "should I be taking this much?" I also have major tummy sensitivity with any high-dosage vitamins. Zinc flu, anyone? I have not had one upset stomach on Ritual and I have been taking them in the morning.

- Cost. At $30 per month, this is comparable - or even less - to what I would pay getting a random multi at Whole Foods or Natural Grocers. Plus, they ship it to me!

- Simple ingredients and transparency. Vegan, non-GMO, gluten-free, soy-free, sugar-free, and dairy-free. Yes! These vitamins are literally transparent. You can see exactly what's inside, their supply chain is traceable, and their website is incredibly informative.

- The scent/taste! Ok, so it is a vitamin you swallow (and it goes down easily), but it's special because it has a scent and hint of peppermint due to the peppermint essential oil. I love this! The bottle also says it contains natural vanilla flavor, which I haven't tasted, but I appreciate this little "touch".

I'll report back in a few weeks. Meanwhile, check out Ritual for yourselves!

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