source of life

edited July 2012 in Food Preparation

I have source of life energy shake powder available to me for free at work and it's delicious but i know it's not exactly the best option for me. here are it's claims and ingredients. please tell me why i should refrain from consuming this!

Source of Life® Energy Shake is a nutritionally complete, highly concentrated blend of complete protein, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, lipids, bioflavonoids, plant pigments, nucleic acids, herbs and energy-producing nutrients. This broad spectrum is then synergistically fortified with highly nutritious whole food concentrates, such as brown rice, spirulina, bee pollen, sunflower oil, black currant seeds, young barley leaves, citrus and other tropical fruits, to form the most powerful and delicious multi-vitamin and mineral protein shake ever developed – for a guaranteed “Burst of Energy!†Source of Life® Energy Shake now features our pioneering, patent-pending Tri-Part Protein Blend of non-GMO rice protein, pea protein, and both non-fermented and fermented soy.

Nutrition Facts

Ingredient Amount % Daily Value

Calories 120

Calories From Fat 0

Total Fat 0 g 0 %*

Saturated Fat 0 g 0 %*

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 0 mg 0 %*

Sodium 70 mg 3 %*

Potassium 50 mg 1 %*

Total Carbohydrate 16 mg 5 %*

Dietary Fiber 1 g 4 %*

Sugars 10 g

Sugar Alcohol

Other Carbohydrate 5 g

Protein 13 g 26 %*

Vitamin A 10000 IU 200 %

Vitamin C 1000 mg %

Calcium 200 mg 20 %

Iron 4.5 mg 25 %

Vitamin D 400 IU 100 %

Vitamin E 200 IU 670 %

Thiamin 25 mg %

Riboflavin 25 mg %

Niacin 40 mg 200 %

Vitamin B6 25 mg %

Folic Acid 400 mcg 100 %

Vitamin B12 200 mcg %

Biotin 105 mcg 35 %

Pantothenic Acid 60 mg 600 %

Iodine 150 mcg 100 %

Magnesium 100 mg 25 %

Zinc 15 mg 100 %

Selenium 24.5 mcg 35 %

Copper 0.5 mg 25 %

Manganese 4 mg 200 %

Chromium 18 mcg 15 %

Each Serving Of Source of Life® Energy Shake Also Contains:


Lemon Bioflavonoid Complex (citrus) (active flavonols, flavonones, flavones & naringen - 44%) 60 mg

Quercetin (Sophora japonica) 30 mg

Rutin (Sophora japonica) 25 mg

Hesperidin (citrus) 10 mg

Eriocitrin (citrus) 3 mg

NUCLEIC ACIDS (source: spirulina)

RNA (ribonucleic acid) 21 mg

DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) 6 mg


Bromelain (pineapple) (24 gelatin digesting units) 40 mg

Papain (papaya) 30 mg

Betaine HCl (beet molasses) 25 mg

Apple Pectin 25 mg

Amylase (brown rice fermentation) 5 mg

Lipase (brown rice fermentation) 5 mg


Black Currant Seed (with GLA) 50 mg

Sunflower Oil, supplying

Linoleic Acid

54.1 mg

Oleic Acid

9.3 mg

Palmitic Acid

4.4 mg

Stearic Acid

2.2 mg


Chlorophyll 7.5 mg

Carotenoids 4 mg


Spirulina (rich in naturally occurring amino acids) 1000 mg

Bee Pollen (Spanish) 100 mg

Ginseng (Korean) 50 mg

Choline (bitartrate) 30 mg

Inositol 30 mg

PABA (para-aminobenzoic acid) 15 mg

Octacosanol (wheat-free) 200 mcg


Astragalus Root, Ligustrum Berry, Schisandra Fruit, Young Barley Leaf, Echinacea Root, Irish Moss and Thyme Leaf.

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.


Non-GMO isolated soy protein, 100% pure crystalline fructose, vitamin C, spirulina, natural vanilla flavor, natural graham flavor, calcium aminoate, magnesium aminoate, vitamin E acetate, guar gum, folic acid, psyllium, potassium amino acid chelate, zinc aminoate complex/picolinate, Spanish bee pollen, sunflower oil, choline bitartrate, calcium pantothenate, lemon bioflavonoid complex, beta carotene, rice bran, black currant seed, Korean ginseng, iron aminoate/ascorbate, niacinamide, bromelain, quercetin, inositol, papaya, rutin, pyridoxine HCl, betaine HCl, thiamine HCl, riboflavin, vitamin B-12, apple pectin, manganese aminoate complex, PABA (para-aminobenzoic acid), selenium aminoate complex, biotin, hesperidin complex, Irish moss, thyme, astragalus, echinacea, schisandra, young barley leaf, ligustrum, chlorophyll, copper aminoate complex, amylase, lipase, eriocitrin, vitamin D, octacosanol, chromium aminoate complex, kelp


  • You get this for free? It looks more like you are trying to sell us on it. I know a REAL source of life! Try eating raw foods. The ingredient list looks like indigestion and DEAD foods. There is only one source of life and it doesn't come in a package. Did I already mention RAW foods?

  • Well, it has a lot of synthetic/isolated nutrients, which aren't great for you. It also has isolated soy protein, which may cause hormone imbalances. In addition, fructose is a refined sugar.

    But it's ultimately up to you as to whether this is something that is suitable for you right now. If you're still transitioning, this may be a good food for you.

    I used to drink this stuff (many, many years ago), and I liked it. I was a vegetarian leaning towards veganism at the time. After many years of eating a whole-foods vegan diet and a few years of eating a raw vegan diet, I wouldn't drink it now.

  • i've been vegan for years and years and about 80% raw for the past two. I don't need it for transitioning, I just think it's delicious, I just basically want everyone on here to tell me specific ingredients/reasons as to why I should refrain, because I know I should. I'm definitely not trying to sell anyone on it!!!

    I guess before adding it to my smoothies I need to remind myself of exactly how processed and "dead" it is, and I could most likely blame some of my indigestion on it as well.

    Today for example while working I made a smoothie consisting of Braggs Apple Cinnamon Health Drink (water, apple juice, acv, cinnamon, & stevia) with an apple, strawberries, and bananas. Then I ruined it by adding source of life but it tasted so good!

    That was at 6 PM, and I'm having really bad gas (both ends! ew) and I can taste it, 4 hours later.

  • I just re-read it, and it doesn't say non-GMO soy. Which is to be expected, since almost all soy in the US is GMO. Then if you scroll down to the ingredient list, you see the #1 ingredient is the soy.

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