I have been taking superfood for about 6 months and just with in the last 2 months I drank some superfood and started to get hot and my ears and skin broke out with red blotches and they were very hot and slightly itched..
It doesn't happen all the time.. I called their line and was told that this is a common reaction from too much Niacin (vitamin B).. That I should cut back on my intake and drink some more water. I was told that the formula is more potent and to skip a day or two or just use 1 table spoon instead of 2...
Has this happen to anyone? I don't want to stop taking it but could it be something other then the Niacin?
I never had an allergic reaction like this from anything before..
Yeah this is like an allergic reaction- The first time was the scariest thing..
I swallowed more then 2 tbsp and all of a sudden my ears were burning up, and red rash was spreading and as it developed it was burning...then it started to spread to my arms and legs.. All over blotchy red and I was on fire..
My husband was laughing at me-it was pretty funny how I was wiggin out...
I was like, "WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME?!! IT"S NOT FUNNY!!"
I AM BURNING, OMG OMG!!! I am on fire, ah ah, what is wrong with me??? very scary..
I was seriously freaking out- Then about an hour later it was all gone...
Then it happen again last week... It was way milder..
Just want to know if this is common and normal? If it is too much Niacin well there is proof that this super food is potent- Cuz I must have seriously over dosed on SuperFood...
Yeah, I can relate, I know what it's like to be wiggin out on something while others are laughing. Many a time I've been on both sides of that.
I cannot say what it was you were experiencing. Who knows? It may even have been an actual allergic reaction, but I have some doubts. What you describe is not unlike how other people wig out after taking some sort of natural or herbal formula. In fact, using a formula that is about as simple as can be, I've witnessed people reacting just like you described. Actually, over a period of time, I've witnessed various people sort of work themselves up into a panic upon experimenting with the same simple formula. First there was myself. Like you, I stuck with it over a period of time. Unlike you, I noticed the effects soon got to a point where they did not seem to be as severe as the first time around. It was at this point that I got the idea that part of the effects that may have been the most severe was that part of the reaction made worse by what I had allowed to build up in my mind. Eventually I came to laugh at myself. Since I'm a bachelor, well, maybe you can imagine how i sorta have to fulfill the role of husband and wife at the same time :) In the beginning, I was the wigging out spouse, but within a few weeks I had become the other spouse laughing at the former. Eventually I got comfortable enough with this simple formula that I began branching out on two fronts: 1) I started offering this same formula to other people to try; 2) I started getting interested in more complex formulas made of more than just one simple herb.
Guess what? The #1 phase above allowed me to witness this wigging out phenom several times over. In particular, my one cousin had a major wig out reaction after having tried just the teeniest, tiniest drop of this formula; cayenne tincture.
Somehow, some way, this reaction you've experienced is trying to tell you something important, and it may not be what you suspect it is. This seems to ring true with how it is that we've been taught to think of "allergy" in the first place; they are not what we've been led to believe.
Hang in there. Good luck in the process. It might help to ease your mind that many people, Richard Schulze among them, is a firm believer that herbs and formulas made of herbs and other natural ingredients and taken in proper amounts, while they might cause people to experience reactions, even ones that some people perceive as severe, these will not ever truly harm a person.
I have not had the reaction that you describe, but I'm really sensitive to all vitamins/herbs and can only take a portion of the recommended dosages. I normally take 1 teaspoon of the Superfood in the morning and that's enough for me! Hope this helps! Sandy :)
Hey there. Something to realize is that the body goes through what are called "Healing and Cleansing Crises" When you make health-minded changes in your life from a state of ill health, over time your body starts to clean and repair slowly and build up its strength. When the body reaches a point of strength and stability, often it will make the decision to gather these resources and perform an 'all-out' cleanse or healing session, in which you may experience many ill effects, such as fever, diarrhea, skin rashes, and many more.. This is very normal for most persons making a changeover to a healthy lifestyle. You may experience these crises for many years, as the body has 20-40-50+ yrs of accumulation it needs to clean and repair. These types of crises should also be expected when making sudden radical changes, such as suddenly changing from your normal diet to the superfood diet and adding some of his other herbs such as the cayenne. This is likely to cause a crisis. A crisis is your body utilizing what your giving it, and performing a powerful cleaning.. something you should embrace!
I was doing a search for "allergic to superfood" and it brought up this forum and it sounds like the same thing that happened to me.My face got very red and so did my arms & chest and I had white, raised bumps(hives) and was itchy all over. It also felt like sunburn. My husband thought I looked funny and thought I was overreacting, but I thought that it seemed like a typical allergic reaction and was scared that I may have a bad reaction and stop breathing(like how people do when they are allergic to peanuts or bee stings).
This happened right as I finished the glass of superfood that my daughter made for me(I told her to put 2 heaping spoonfuls and was referring to our small spoons and she gave me 2 heaping spoonfuls using one of our very BIG spoons). There must have been a half cup in there. I didn't want it to go to waste and thought that it wouldn't hurt to drink it.
I have been afraid to drink it ever since(just in case I am allergic to something in it) and only just now decided to experiment with a small teaspoon of it in my orange juice. My face is very hot and my chest feels hot but there are not any raised bumps this time.
I wonder what they have put in the NEW and improved superfood because it has never done this to me before?
I have been drinking my superfood since the post and honestly believe it was too much of a good thing.. From what I have read these symptoms are all common of Niacin over dose.. Too much B Vitamins.. The formula is now more potent-so i assume the amount of Bs has increased..
If you received the news letter magazines from Dr. Shultze there is a long list of what is in the superfood.. If you believe you have an allergic reaction to some of those ingredients then stop using it all together..
I was using superfood long before the reaction and since the reaction I just used less in my juice and have been fine..
I also breast feed so I take a lot less and drink it every other or every two days just so I don't get too much vitamins and give too much to the baby.
I think that if our bodies haven't had Bs in a while maybe our bodies store it up and we don't use it fast enough so when we take the super food faithfully and our bodies get over loaded..
Since this post I just limited my intake.. Start slow and then as your body gets used to finally getting the right nutrition it will balance it out..
Glad that I posted this so others who freaked out like me are rest assured...
I could of smacked my husband for laughing at me though LOL!!!!!
I started taking a super food and was fine for the first week but the next week I took my normal amount and got violently ill. I first got a headache, then I got super hot. I spent over an hour on the bathroom floor, threw up multiple times. My husband had to come and get me from work.
I quit taking the product afraid I would get sick again.
Today I decided to give it another try...and although my reaction was not as bad..I still got shaky, super hot, then proceeded to throw up 3 times.
I don't know what I am allergic to in the product, and there are too many ingredients to be able to run a full allergy test, but I know that for whatever reason I am one of the few that can not take a super food.
I have read that the Vit B3 does make for hot flushes temporarily.
Out of curiousity What brand did you use?
The action of greens is to cleanse your system. It does sound like you had a mega cleanse/detoxing going on there. What else are you eating? or used to eat?
I found I had something similar to begin with but after 3 weeks, but I was changing the way I eat and I was detoxing from a lot of Pharmacuetical drugs.
You may find that it is the yeast extract, I read that some people had managed to make their onw and leave this out, and everything was fine.
I did a little more searching and found an information sheet on Superfood telling it's ingredients and nutritional information and at the bottom that says this
"NIACIN FLUSH: We would like to explain to you “skin flushing” (heat tingling, rash like) which can occur occasionally. It is purely due to having adequate amounts
of Vitamin B3 (or niacin) in the body and “flushing” is the bodies reaction to having plenty of it. It is also the speed at which the body is absorbing B3.
Flushing can also feel a little like tingling or itching. It can occur over the whole body or just in certain areas e.g. face, knuckles and knees. There is usually a small amount of reddening due to the extra blood supplied to the area.
Beneficially the whole body is supplied with blood and oxygen which is useful where stagnation and congestion exists. Do not be worried! It is a positive sign and lasts on average about 20 minutes (in some cases this could be longer e.g. 1-2 hours in rare situations).
TO AVOID “FLUSHING” Drink it more slowly e.g. within one hour and/or reduce daily serving to half a tablespoon for a day or two."
I had been using Superfood Plus for about 5 years. I stopped using it when I got pregnant but started up when my son was about 2. I was doing fine until about a year ago, when one side of my face would start to feel hot, swell up and itch about 10 minutes after ingesting Superfood Plus. The itching would cause me to scratch, aggravating the situation. It disappeared in about an hour. I noticed both cheeks got red, but only the right side of my face would itch and swell. When I asked the people at herbdoc.com abut it, they said that Dr. Schulze wasn't a medical doctor, so they could not give me any advice or information.
It helped to prevent constipation, but I had semi-soft stools that look to have undigested SuperFood in them.
I developed VP so I had to get off this stuff because it is high in oxalates and I have to go on a low oxalate diet.
I just had that EXACT reaction and called 9-1-1 in a panic because I had no idea what waa happening!! THey gave me 50mg of benadryl and rushed me to the ER. I assumed it was an allergy, but maybe it was a Niacin Flush?! I had a Superfood Bar, plus E3 Live PLUS a multi-vitamin, so maybe i OD'd on Niacin???? I have no idea, but i had ALL of the same symptoms you mentioned. Even my knees were red!!!!
I just had this EXACT reaction and called 911 on Friday!!! I had a superfood-plus bar, along with a multivitamin and had intense redness and burning on my face, scalp, ears, neck, etc.... i have NEVER had this reaction before and I have taken many green drinks in my time....needless to say, i had no idea what was going on, nor did the ambulance, so they gave me 50mg of benadryl, and about a half hour later the redness went away. After intense googling and assuming I had some sort of allergicreaction to something in the bar, i actually think it was a Niacin Flush - it sounds as though this experience is common...but I had never heard of it before until now!! It's a relief to see that this experience is common with superfood.... it may be my last time having THAT!!