Superfood MD Vs Balance of Nature: Is This Knock Off Any Good?
Balance of Nature and Superfood MD are two popular and very similar fruit and vegetable supplements. What are the differences between them though and which one is the better product in 2023?
Ahead in this comparison, I’ll cover the full ingredient lists, pros and cons, where to get them and how much they cost, side effects and precautions, customer reviews and feedback, and my final verdict on which one of these fruits and veggies capsules is worth taking.
What is Superfood MD?
Made from over 30 different fruits and vegetables, Superfood MD capsules are sold in 2 tubs of 90 each. You take 3 of the fruit and 3 of the veggie capsules daily for a 30-day supply.
The produce that goes into this supplement is grown and made in the USA. The company also says this product is certified free of soy, dairy, gluten, hormones, artificial sweeteners, colors and GMOs.
Superfood MD is clearly a knock off of Balance of Nature. Its packaging is very similar and the ingredients list is almost identical. In fact, the biggest difference with Superfood MD is the price – as you can see here on Amazon, it’s currently around half the retail cost of Balance of Nature. That’s surprising given the many similarities I’ll cover ahead in this review.
What Is Balance of Nature?
Balance of Nature is a blend of 31 powdered fruits and vegetables, also sold in 2 different tubs of 90 capsules each.
The company says all of their produce is freeze-dried at the peak of ripeness and their products are third-party tested, non-GMO, gluten-free and free of synthetic additives and chemicals.
Comparison of Ingredients
Both Superfood MD and Balance of Nature state that their products are made from powdered fruit and vegetables with no additives or fillers. Side-by-side, how do their different ingredient lists compare though?
Superfood MD Supplement Facts
Here is the full ingredients list for Superfood MD in 2023:
Whole Fruits Blend 2010 mg
Strawberry, Tomato, Banana, Apple, Grape, Raspberry, Papaya, Aloe Vera, Orange, Tart Cherry, Cranberry, Lemon, Wild Blueberry, Grapefruit, Pineapple, Mango, Sweet Cherry.
Whole Veggies Blend 2010 mg
Broccoli, Spinach, Green Cabbage, Wheatgrass, Kale, Cauliflower, Celery, White Onion, Zucchini, Garlic, Red Cabbage, Red Onion, Carrot, Cayenne Pepper, Shiitake Mushroom, Sweet Potato, Green Onion, Olive Leaf.
Balance of Nature Supplement Facts
This is the 2023 list of Fruits and Veggies ingredients from the Balance of Nature website.
Proprietary Whole Fruit Maintain Blend: Aloe Vera, Apple, Banana, Blueberry, Cherry, Cranberry, Grape, Grapefruit, Lemon, Mango, Orange, Papaya, Pineapple, Raspberry, Strawberry and Tomato.
Proprietary Whole Veggie Maintain Blend: Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrot, Cauliflower, Cayenne Pepper, Celery Stalk, Garlic, Kale, Onion, Shiitake Mushroom, Soybean, Spinach, Sweet Potato, Wheatgrass and Zucchini.
Which Ingredients List is Superior?
As you can see, even with creative names like ‘Wild Blueberry’ and ‘Red Onion’, Superfood MD is clearly duplicating Balance of Nature’s formula. The vast majority of the ingredients are exactly the same, though there are some important differences.
The first one that strikes me is that Balance of Nature contains raw soybean, while Superfood MD left that out and is soy-free. It’s a strange decision by Dr. Howard, the creator of this product, to include soybean and one that I’ve covered in detail in this Balance of Nature review.
The second important point is that Superfood MD appears to list the ingredients in the conventional format of by weight first. Given this, customers should expect this product to contain much more of the earlier ingredients listed on the whole fruits and whole veggies blends, than those that appear near the end.
Balance of Nature, by comparison, lists all of their ingredients alphabetically. This may help to get aloe vera, broccoli and other high-nutrient ingredients displayed early in the list, but it doesn’t help a customer to understand whether particular vegetables or fruits are used in any significant amounts.
As for actual different ingredients, the only 2 are olive leaf in the Superfood MD veggies product and tart cherry in their fruit capsules. To be honest, it’s pretty shameless copying and I’m a bit surprised there’s not a lawsuit involved. But if Superfood MD is significantly cheaper than Balance of Nature, with almost identical ingredients, I know which one I’d choose.
Pros and Cons of Superfood MD
- A good range of nutritious fruits and vegetables that Superfood MD states are both grown and manufactured in the USA. Balance of Nature says their products are made in America but doesn’t specifically state that all ingredients are grown there.
- Focus on safety. The company states: “All our products are blended in our FDA-registered facility. Superfood MD 3rd party tests all its products from start to finish, when sourcing, blending and bottling.”
- Near identical ingredients to Balance of Nature, yet around half the price for the same 30-day supply.
- Soy-free, unlike Balance of Nature.
- Contains commonly eaten and less nutritious foods like banana, orange, grape and apple. The formula would be better with those removed and more true superfoods included, especially given the product name.
- Capsules are convenient but less value for money versus green powders, such as Field of Greens compared here with Balance of Nature.
- While much better value than Balance of Nature, there are even cheaper options, like Nature’s Way Garden Veggies.
Pros and Cons of Balance of Nature
- Contains nutritious berries and fruits like cranberry, blueberry, papaya and strawberry. Alongside mineral-rich veggies, such as kale, wheatgrass, broccoli and spinach.
- Balance of Nature says on their website that all their produce is harvested at the peak of ripeness and freeze-dried to retain the most nutrition.
- The veggie formula contains raw soybean, a low-nutrient ingredient that some people are allergic to and that most supplement companies go out of their way to avoid.
- Balance of Nature Fruits and Veggies costs $89.95 for a 30-day supply. There are many similar yet superior formulas, like Simply Nature’s Promise, available at a lower price.
Superfood MD Fruits and Veggies supplement can be found here on this popular Amazon listing. The price varies so it’s best to check but I’ve usually seen it for around half the price of Balance of Nature. There is also an option to subscribe and get it delivered every month or two for $5 less.
Superfood MD is also sometimes available on Ebay, however I can’t see it listed on Walmart, Costco, Sam’s Club, CVS, GNC, Wholefoods, Walgreens or other traditional retailers.
Balance of Nature currently costs $89.95, on both the company’s website and here on Amazon with free delivery.
You can get it for a lower price if you ‘Subscribe & Save’ on balanceofnature.com. This does sign you up for ongoing monthly deliveries though and many customers have complained about difficulties canceling their subscription once signed up.
Side Effects and Precautions
Usually, when comparing nutritional supplements I would list the different potential side effects of the individual products. In this case, because Superfood MD is basically a dupe of Balance of Nature, I can list them together.
Potential precautions and side effects of both products:
- People with a rare latex allergy shouldn’t take the fruit capsules in either Superfood MD or Balance of Nature due to the papaya and pineapple they contain.
- Occasionally customer reviews complain about an upset stomach, or garlic and onion burps, from taking these whole food capsules. This is usually avoided by taking them with a meal as recommended.
- Specifically to the Balance of Nature Veggies product, people with a soy allergy should avoid it due to the added raw soybean.
Customer Reviews for Superfood MD
There is a rating of 4.3 stars out of 5 on Amazon from over 3400 customers at the time of writing this Superfood MD review. 80% are 4 and 5 stars, while the remaining 20% are 3, 2 and 1 star ratings.
- Common positive customer feedback includes statements like: “I’m starting to get some energy back”; “I feel like I have better energy”; and “Increased energy and was able to focus more clearly when reading. Highly recommend!”
- Common themes in negative consumer feedback included: “I have not noticed a difference since I have been using these”; “I do not feel any different, am considering stopping”; “Funky smell. Veggie capsules smelled bad”
Consumer Feedback for Balance of Nature
There are currently over 2500 customer reviews for Balance of Nature on Amazon with an overall rating of 4.4 stars. 83% of these are 4 and 5 star recommendations, while the remaining 17% are 3, 2 and 1 stars.
- Positive feedback themes include statements like: “Since I started taking this, I’m sleeping better and I have a lot more energy. I also feel better overall”; “Both myself and my husband started taking these and have noticed an increase in energy”; and “I don’t know if I’m having a placebo effect or they’re actually making me feel more alert and energetic”.
- Negative themes usually involve customers feeling no effects or complaining about the retail price of Balance of Nature: “So far I am not impressed with this product – probably won’t buy again”; “After using for 2 months I have not noticed any difference in my energy levels or sleep so does not seem to work”; and “While we like the product these supplements are very expensive”.
Balance of Nature Versus Superfood MD: The Verdict
Superfood MD is a direct copy of the popular Balance of Nature Fruit and Veggies supplement. The ingredients list is almost identical, the dosage is the same and even the Superfood MD brand packaging is designed to mimic the more established Balance of Nature product.
I have no problem with this personally. At around half the retail price point and almost exactly the same ingredients, Superfood MD is clearly the better value fruit and vegetable supplement compared to Balance of Nature.
If you were choosing just between the two products it would seem a simple decision to pick up Superfood MD here on Amazon and save a significant amount of money.
If you’re happy to mix up a green powder instead of capsules then Brickhouse Nutrition Field of Greens is a far superior superfood supplement for around the same monthly cost.
So while Superfood MD is better than Balance of Nature, this is primarily due to its much lower price point. Neither of them is particularly impressive in a direct comparison versus the current competition in 2023. I hope this article has been helpful. Thanks for reading.