I woke up this morning to emails from Robb Wolf and Chris Kresser advertising their new “Paleologix” product line. $130 ($160 retail) buys you what looks like 30-45 days of 4 products. I was pretty excited to be the first to get a post up about it over at PaleoHacks just sharing the ingredients.
Quick Ingredients breakdown
AdaptaClear detoxification support containing:
B6, Folate, B12, Molybdenum, Trimethylglycine, Milk Thisle Seed Extract, Broccili seed Extract, Gotu Kola Extract, N-Acetyl L-Cysteine, Cordyceps sinensis, L-Glutamine, L-Glycine, Kale, Acerola fruit Extract, Collard Greens, Acai berry, Blueberry, Dulse, Kelp, Red Algae
AdaptaGest Core digestive support: Pancreatin, Ox Bile, Pirotease, Lipase, Amylase, Acid Stable Protein, Bromelain, Ginger (root), Beet (root), Dandelion leaf, Milk Thistle Seed Extract, Kale, Acerola fruit Extract, Collard Greens, Acai berry, Blueberry, Dulse, Kelp, Red Algae
AdaptaGest Flex digestive support: Betaine HCL (400mg/serving)
AdaptaBoost energy support: Biotin, Mangesium (glycinate), Manganese (sulfate), Chromium (chelate), Alpha Lipoic Acid, Banaba, L-Carnitine, Acetyl L-Carnitine, Choline (Choline Bitartrate), Taurine, ECGC, Vanadium, Gymema sylvestre, Kale, Acerola fruit Extract, Collard Greens, Acai berry, Blueberry, Dulse, Kelp, Red Algae
In general the supplements seem fine to me, I can’t really comment on each of them. I definitely encourage the digestive support though for anyone making the switch from a low-fat to a high-fat diet.
I’m a little confused by the 45-day supply count. Maybe this is to make it harder to compare to other products! I just threw together a quick comparison list and I bet you could build this basic supplement set from around $50/month. That leaves another $35/month to add in some special ingredients found in Paleologix not found in the Now Foods stuff.
Comparison Products (shameless amazon affiliate links included)
Each product include some kind of greens component which we see in each such as “Paleo Blend” and “Seaweed Blend”
Compare to Vibrant Health Green Vibrance Family Size Power – 60 Day Supply, 25.4-Ounce, $50 for 60 days
Add in some Now Foods Kelp powder ($3 for 8oz)
Paleologix Adaptaclear (Detox) 45 servings
Compare to Now Foods Liver Detoxifier & Regenerator, 100caps for $10
Paleologix Adaptagest (Digestive Core)
Compares to NOW Foods Super Enzymes, $15.99 for 180 caps
Paleologix Adaptagest (Digestive Flex)
Compares to Now Foods 500mg BetaineHCL+Peptide $10.73 for 120 caps
Paleologix AdaptaBoost (Energy), 45 servings
Compares to Now Foods Energy, 180 caps for $20.97
Updated Thoughts 1/26/2013:
I think this blog post at 180DegreeHealth is an interesting rebuttal to the need for these supplements by Danny Roddy, I find it really amusing that contrarians have spawned to oppose other contrarians. However, I don’t agree. I’ve had the digestion, liver, and energy problems that these products are designed to address since long before I attempted to eat a whole foods Paleo diet.
Personally I take a version of most of these supplements and I’ve recently started taking some adaptogenic versions of herbal components. I’m not sure my original price/product comparisons hold any water when considering the costs of the herbal components. $35/month certainly would not be enough to buy them. I’d be more comfortable recommending this PaleoLogix line to a friend then having them buy all the things I’m taking individually.
Also, it’s great to see a blog response from Chris Kresser that the product is made by manufacturers Alcrea / Douglas Labs who are at least based in North America. If you’re shelling out this kind of cash for supplements then you deserve the best.