Plant Collagen Builder by mykind Organics
I was recently invited to test some of Garden of Life’s new products, including their Plant Collagen Builder. Please note that I received one bottle of this product for free, but was not compelled or asked to share a positive review, nor was I paid for this review. Those of you who know me can rest assured I will always be brutally honest in my reviews. Please also note that some, although not all, of the links in this article are affiliate links. If you purchase product after clicking these links, I receive a very small amount of compensation (less than 5%) of the purchase price. I never share links to products I do not believe in, nor do I ever share links to products I have not used and tested. The small amount of money I receive from affiliate sales are used to pay for the upkeep of this website.
This is an historic day, as it is the first time ever that I have shared a negative review of a Garden of Life product. I LOVE this product, but its labeling is deceptive, and every online description I have read of it is incorrect. More on that later.
The product I’m reviewing is the mykind Organics Plant Collagen Builder. mykind Organics is an amazing sub-brand of the Garden of Life company. Everything the company produces is organic, vegan and non-GMO verified. That is a huge accomplishment.
As I said previously, the product is amazing. It’s the marketing associated with it that I have issues with.
In a nutshell, the name of this product is important, as it says it’s a collagen builder, not a collagen supplement. The product contains nutrients known to support the body’s production of collagen. The product does not contain ample amounts of true collagen. I’m concerned the name of the product may be misleading to those who aren’t familiar with collagen.
There is currently a big focus in the natural health arena on the use of collagen as a means of improving digestion and addressing leaky gut syndrome. In fairness, mykind Organics makes no claims that this product is a collagen product, nor does it claim it is suitable for use in supporting digestive health. But … having worked in the natural health arena for many years, I can pretty much guarantee that many people will see “collagen” on the label and make huge assumptions. That concerns me.
My other big issue with this product is that the label, shown at right, clearly states it contains 2500 MICROGRAMS of Biotin, yet every marketing piece associated with the product claims it contains 2500 MILLIGRAMS. I found this apparent error on two pages of the company’s website, and on every instance where the product could be purchased on Amazon. I can only assume this is a widespread issue.
There are 1000 micrograms in a milligram. That means that 2500 micrograms only equals 2.5 milligrams. That’s a huge difference that concerns me. A lot.
I contacted Garden of Life to check on this. I will edit this post or delete it as soon as I receive a response.
Moving beyond that, Plant Collagen Builder is a great product that contains ample amounts of nutrients known to support the health of skin, hair and nails. Had it been marketed as such and given a name that reflected that, I’d be singing its praises.
I’m a stickler when it comes to accuracy in product names and labeling. My opinion of this product reflects that. I will humbly apologize to the company if I am proven to be wrong.
Have you tried this product? What did you think?
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