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This Personalized Service Actually Makes Taking Your Vitamins A Fun Thing

Care/of makes taking daily vitamins easy, customizable, worry-free, and — dare I say it — kinda fun.

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Vitamins and I identify best as fair-weather friends.

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I typically have a stash of multivitamins at home that I forget about until they’re nearing the expiration date or until I feel a cold coming on, and at my work desk sits a bottle of B-complex vitamins (because 10 years ago a doctor told me I was B12-deficient) and biotin (because I am vain and I like having shiny hair and nails) that I try to take regularly. But I guess I could be more on top of figuring out what vitamins and supplements I actually need for my specific health concerns — and, you know, taking them every day.

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So two months ago I decided to give Care/of a shot, a service that does all the legwork for you and provides a personalized vitamin regimen based on your lifestyle.

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When you first sign up on Care/of's website, you'll be asked some basic questions (age, gender, etc.), as well as what goals you have in mind (I chose brain, energy, digestion, and skin, for example). From there, you'll answer between three to five questions for each "goal" — everything from your sleeping, eating, and drinking habits to questions about your mood and energy levels — so put some time aside to answer them honestly and thoughtfully.

And after that, poof! A list of your recommended vitamins, supplements, minerals, herbs, and/or probiotics are will appear before your very eyes. Once ordered, they’re sent to you monthly as a box with 30 packs each containing your daily dosages (and each printed with a fun challenge, inspirational quote, fact, or question — which, cute. Did you know that none of the Beatles could read music?).

They also detail why specific vitamins and supplements have been recommended for you and what function(s) they serve, as well as provide links to the studies that support their claims.

So. The question that's probably on your mind right now: Is it *actually* worth it?

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After doing the math and comparing my order (one each of vitamin B12, astaxanthin, digestive enzymes, B-complex, and a probiotic blend, and three calcium-plus vitamins per day) to the price of the cheapest similar vitamins sold on Amazon, Care/of's price tag wound up being about $10 more a month — but for me, the convenience factor more than makes up for that difference. I don't eat a full meal until I'm at work, and I have dinner at home maybe half the time; quite frankly, I don't have the patience or dedication to plan out my weekly vitamins in a pill box or plastic baggie. It just won't happen.

More importantly, I trust the high production standards that Care/of is committed to: Its products are made ethically, sustainably, and without harsh solvents or processing materials. (Jury's still out on whether the same can be said for the cheap alternatives I used for price comparison.)

Have I felt a difference with respect to all my aforementioned goals?

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It’s only been two months, but my brain, energy levels, digestion, and skin all seem to be faring quite well. I’m not saying that’s all thanks to my new comprehensive vitamin regimen, but I’m not saying it’s not, either. And if you've got a looming resolution for a healthier 2018, hey — it might be worth a shot to jump-start it with a month's worth of vitamins tailored to your unique needs.

One month of Care/of products was provided to BuzzFeed free of charge, but we were not obligated to positively review it.

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