Vitamins and I identify best as fair-weather friends. I typically have a stash of multivitamins at home that I forget about until I feel a cold coming on, and I pop a B-complex (I'm tired a lot) and some biotin (I'm vain and like shiny hair and nails) from time to time. But I guess I could be more on top of figuring out what vitamins and supplements I need for my specific health concerns — and, you know, actually taking them. So last month I decided to try Care/of, a service that does all the legwork for you and provides a personalized vitamin regimen based on your lifestyle.
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 (e.g., I chose brain, energy, digestion, and skin). Then 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 — and a list of recommended vitamins, supplements, minerals, herbs, and/or probiotics 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).
After doing the math and comparing my order to the price of the cheapest similar vitamins I could find 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. 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. Have I felt a difference with respect to all my aforementioned goals? It’s only been a month, 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. —Emmy Favilla
Get Care/of products from Takecareof.com starting at $5/month (and free shipping over $20).