A: Our EcoFresh Nutrient Lock™ packaging system (glass bottle, airtight metal lid with rubber seal, and oxygen absorber in the bottle) effectively creates a vacuum inside the bottle, preventing oxidation of fragile nutrients. In addition, amber glass is UV resistant and can withstand heat much more than plastic. We work hard to source the highest quality products with the highest nutritional density. It is important to us that we deliver the product to YOU, the consumer, in its highest integral form.
Note that all plastic bottles and metal/foil pouches (and plastic lids on glass bottles) allow oxygen to pass through and come into contact with the product inside the bottle, slowly oxidizing valuable nutrients as the product sits on the shelf waiting to be purchased. In addition, plastic bottles and metal/foil pouches (worst and not recyclable) offgas volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that negatively affect our health, and are highly toxic to melt down. In contrast, our bottles do not offgas and can be easily recycled (non-toxic to melt down), or better, reused for dry or liquid food storage!
A: TruGanic™ is a purist, hard-core, quality standard for sourcing and production that takes standards significantly beyond those dictated by USDA Organic. Our TruGanic™ products must pass tests to verify that they are 100% free of GMOs, irradiation, pesticides, and herbicides. The TruGanic™ standard was created by Dr. Jameth Sheridan of HealthForce Nutritionals to verify absolute purity. This came in response to a significant erosion and widespread dissatisfaction with organic standards as defined by the USDA.
Dr. Sheridan and the HealthForce team take the utmost care in selecting ingredients for use in our TruGanically™-grown products. We have a general three-step process:
You can read more about this process on our TruGanic™ page.
We intend to offer as many TruGanic™ products as possible, which currently includes the following: Vitamineral™ Green™, Earth™, Greener Grasses™, Spirulina Manna™, Spirulina Azteca™, Elixir of the Lake™, Chlorella Manna™, MacaForce™ Vanilla Spice™, MacaForce™ Dark Mint™, Warrior Food™, ZeoForce™, Nopal Blood Sugar™, Elite Green Protein™, Friendly Fats™, Friendly Force™, Fruits of the Earth™, Intestinal Drawing Formula™, and Intestinal Movement Formula™.
A: Yes. HealthForce is a 100% gluten-free facility, and we guarantee all of our products to be gluten free. As an added measure of assurance, we have all raw materials tested for gluten contamination, before they enter our facility.
Myth: wheatgrass juice/fiber contains gluten.
Fact: HealthForce Greener Grasses™ blend (containing wheat and barley grass fibers/juices) is guaranteed 100% gluten free, verified by regular testing. We use mature grasses, which are gluten free, and also offer the benefit of being more bioavailable and nutrient dense. Young, tray-grown grasses can potentially have gluten contamination, by way of the actual berries being juiced with the grass. It is possible that even small amounts of gluten can affect someone with Celiac’s disease, so it is best to only consume mature grown grasses to be on the safe side.
A: Yes, all HealthForce products are 100% guaranteed Vegan. Our entire production facility is 100% Vegan, with no animal products used (or consumed) anywhere on site. Jameth and Kim Sheridan (HealthForce founders and owners) have eaten a whole food Vegan diet for over 25 years and HealthForce is strongly infused with these values and principles. HealthForce also never uses labs that do animal testing, or purchases any products where animal testing was involved. We are proud to be a 100% Vegan/cruelty-free company, and our products are phenomenal for supporting a healthy and balanced Vegan and/or vegetarian diet.
A: You don’t have to be Vegan to use HealthForce products and get health benefits. Our products offer nutrient density and therapeutic concentration that is usable to anyone on any diet. Though we recommend a diet with emphasis on high-water-content, raw, Vegan foods, we are not a “Vegans-only” company, and we are not in the business of telling you what you “should” eat. Our passion is simply making high-quality products that are Vegan and therefore suitable for everyone. We want you to be empowered to do what works best for you. If you are not Vegan, and aren’t interested in Veganism, or have tried Veganism and decided it doesn’t work for you, and/or thrive on any other diet other than strict Veganism, don’t let “Vegan” turn you away. Ultimately, HealthForce products can be beneficial to anyone on any diet.
A: Yes, all of our superfood products are dried at low temperatures to preserve the integrity of the fragile nutrients, lifeforce energy, and enzymes. Vitamineral Green™, Earth™, Spirulina Manna™, Spirulina Azteca™, Chlorella Manna™, Elixir of the Lake™, Friendly Fats™, Greener Grasses™, Truly Natural™ Vitamin C, MacaForce™, Fruits of the Earth™, Warrior Food™, Nopal Blood Sugar™, and Elite Green Protein™ are all guaranteed 100% raw food.
A: No, you don’t have to be raw to use HealthForce products and get health benefits. Our products offer nutrient density and therapeutic concentration tha is highly beneficial for anyone on any diet. Dr. Jameth Sheridan passionately recommends a Vegan, high-water-content, whole food diet with an emphasis on raw foods, 50% and higher, as suitable for the individual/climate. Jameth has found that an emphasis on raw foods is generally healthier than adhering to a 100% strict raw food diet. Jameth believes that there are some cooked foods which are healthier than some raw foods, and although this may vary person to person, based upon his experience and research, following a vegan, whole food diet with an emphasis on raw and living foods, offers the healthiest long-term dietary approach.
A: We source from the highest quality growers/harvesters/processors that use HealthForce approved processing methods (only low-heat drying and grinding processes). This is of paramount importance in selecting our suppliers. We choose low heat drying over freeze drying, because we feel that one processing method damages fragile nutrients less than two. In other words, we feel that freezing AND drying degrades fragile nutrients more than just low temperature drying.
Our formulas are designed to deliver maximum bioavailability, so we go for the finest grinds possible with every superfood and herb we work with. Finer grinding yields much higher therapeutic potency, as the body is able to assimilate so many more nutrients, compared to with similar products with coarser grinds. Fewer cells per particle is our goal. Because HealthForce superfoods are so finely ground, they mix easily, go down smooth, and challenge the belief (based on common experience) that green/superfood powders have to be “chalky” and/or unpleasant and gritty to consume. We frequently hear from our customers that our products are not only massively therapeutic, but also taste great. The purity and freshness of our ingredients, combined with the highest known quality processing, results in the highest therapeutic value we can deliver to YOU, the end consumer.
A: No! Vitamineral Green™ is NOT diluted with inexpensive apple pectin, flax meal, fiber, rice bran, barley malt, F.O.S., oat bran, rice solids, lecithin, or anything else! Vitamineral Green™ is designed to be the most mineral and vitamin-rich product we could make that is still 100% food. As a result, Vitamineral Green™ is almost all green foods, as green foods are by far the most micronutrient-rich foods on the planet.
A: Cereal grasses have been used as human food supplements since the 1930s, oftentimes dramatically improving people’s health. They contain excellent sources of beta-carotene, vitamin K, folic acid, calcium, iron, protein, fiber, vitamin C, and many of the B vitamins. Micronutrient content in grasses is much higher than that found in other green vegetables, and grasses are particularly rich in the highly beneficial alkalizing minerals (e.g., calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium).
A: Whole leaf grasses provide high levels of valuable micronutrients, as well as beneficial fiber. This fiber provides an important food source (prebiotic) for the probiotics in our products, and also serves to promote bowel regularity and detoxification.
Note that the cell walls of whole leaf grasses are made of cellulose, which humans cannot digest. Thus, whole leaf grasses must be ground finely enough to have their cell walls broken in order to make the nutrients found inside the cell bioavailable. Dr. Sheridan worked for years to develop a grinding process that breaks virtually 100% of the cell walls in our whole leaf grasses without any heat generation. Unlike many other whole leaf grass products on the market that are ground coarsely, the micronutrients in our whole leaf grass powders are totally bioavailable.
We also use dehydrated grass juice powders in our products, because grass juice powders provide highly concentrated levels of bioavailable micronutrients.
A: There are two strains of spirulina currently being cultivated in algae farms around the world – Arthrospira platensis (Spirulina Manna™), which is indigenous to Lake Chenghai in China and Lake Chad in Africa, and Arthrospira maxima (Spirulina Azteca™), which is indigenous to Lake Texcoco in Mexico.
We grow the spirulina for our Spirulina Manna™ in the California desert, using quadruple filtered water in man-made ponds that are sheltered from outside contamination. When harvested, the spirulina is tested extensively for all known contaminants, including other toxic algae strains and bacteria. It has a mild flavor and smell, and mixes smoothly.
The spirulina for our Spirulina Azteca™ is certified organic from Chile, South America. It is also grown in a man-made environment, and is certified contaminant free as well. It has a bit stronger taste and smell than the Spirulina Manna™ has, and mixes well, but isn’t always as smooth as the Spirulina Manna™.
Both of these spirulinas are comparable in potency and consistency of nutrient content. However, Spirulina Manna™ has six times more beta carotene than Spirulina Azteca™, while Spirulina Azteca™ has two times more total mineral content than Spirulina Manna™. We suggest alternating bottles of Spirulina Azteca™ and Spirulina Manna™ in order to get more variety in your diet.
Spirulina is generally comprised of approximately 65% protein, 10% fat and 25% complex carbohydrate. One tablespoon contains 9.8 grams protein, 1.5 grams fat and 3.8 grams complex carbohydrate. Spirulina contains up to 13% essential minerals like calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, iron, and zinc as well as the complete vitamin B complex and many important antioxidants (which protect cells).
A: Most mineral supplements contain minerals in the form of inorganic mineral salts. These types of minerals are effectively ground up rocks, or ground up rocks that have been chemically altered and/or processed with some kind of acid (chelated). You can recognize these kinds of minerals easily, because they are always listed in a phrase with two words – calcium carbonate, magnesium citrate, zinc picolinate, etc. Unfortunately, these kinds of minerals are not in an ideal form for us humans, because they are isolated (instead of being part of a food matrix) and therefore lacking many important co-factors required for proper mineral metabolization. While it is true that humans can, and do, utilize minerals from mineral salts or chelated minerals, minerals in this form are not as safe (can create toxic build-up in the body) or normally as effective, as those found in foods.
In Earth™, we add minerals often deficient in modern humans (Chromium, Manganese, Molybdenum, Selenium) that are in the form of Actual Food™ Nutrients. In this case, we feed the inorganic salts containing these minerals to a yeast culture. As the yeast consumes these minerals, they are incorporated into the food matrix of the yeast in an organically-bound state. As a result, these minerals are in a form that our bodies recognize and can utilize effectively. HealthForce Actual Food™ Nutrients are significantly safer (do not contribute to toxic mineral build-up) and effective in the body than isolated inorganic or chelated minerals. As a great side-benefit of Actual Food™ Nutrients, the yeast culture is also rich in highly beneficial B vitamins and immune-boosting beta-glucans.
A: HealthForce probiotics have been freeze-dried and are thus in a state of suspended animation. These probiotics are shelf-stable at room temperature as long as they do not come into contact with heat, oxygen and moisture. HealthForce EcoFresh Nutrient Lock™ packaging system effectively protects our probiotics so that they do not degrade. Our probiotics are guaranteed to retain their potency, and have listed amounts of CFUs at the time of opening the bottle (no “at the time of manufacture” deception). Once our shelf-stable probiotics come into contact with a liquid (e.g., you mix Vitamineral Green™ with coconut water), the majority of them come back to life and are then “live cultures”.
Some probiotic supplements are already in the live culture state. In this case, the probiotics are alive and actively consuming the medium in which they reside. These probiotics must be stored in a refrigerator, as cold temps slow down their metabolism so they do not eat up all their food source and die. This is why things like yogurt, kefir, kombucha, etc. (all live culture products) must be refrigerated.
A: Our VeganCaps™ are made from tapioca which is naturally fermented into a water-soluble polysaccharide known as pullulan. This material provides the best oxygen barrier properties of any vegetarian capsule, and dissolves just as easily as a gelatin capsule. In addition, HealthForce VeganCaps™ are starch-free, preservative-free, gluten-free and GMO-free. Our VeganCaps™ are also certified Halal and Kosher.
Unfortunately, most vegetarian capsules on the market are made from genetically modified corn. They also usually contain sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), a synthesized surfactant used in many cleaning and personal care products, as a binding agent in the capsules.
A: With herbal extracts, we can offer higher potency and therapeutic value in capsule, rather than liquid form. All herbal extracts start in liquid form with a liquid solvent, usually alcohol. With the exception of alcohol sensitivity for some people, there is nothing inherently wrong with consuming the solvent along with the herb (many well-respected herbalists use extracts in liquid/alcohol form). However, higher potency and concentration can be obtained by evaporating the alcohol, so all that’s left is the herbal extract itself. This is the process by which all HealthForce herbal extract products undergo before encapsulation, to enable the highest potency. Products that include herbal extracts are Liver Rescue™, CircuForce Brain Power™, Acai Resveratrol Antioxidant Extreme™, SCRAM™ and Intestinal Movement Formula™.
A: The HealthForce Energenesis™ Process is part of an ever-evolving quest to offer the highest possible therapeutic value in our products. Leading-edge science, now becoming widely accepted by many people, suggests that all things exist in an energy realm that precedes the physical dimension. With this understanding, we know that all things can be affected on energetic, as well as physical levels. In addition to ensuring the highest levels of physical purity and potency possible, we work to optimize our products in the energetic realms as well.
Please see our HealthForce Energenesis™ Process White Paper for more information on this process.
A: No, our EcoFresh Nutrient Lock™ packaging system is the best in the industry, and protects the integrity of the fragile nutrients in our products quite well. The amber glass prevents the most damaging wavelengths of light from destroying fragile nutrients. In addition, the glass bottle, air tight metal lid with rubber seal, and oxygen absorber in the bottle effectively creates a vacuum inside the bottle, preventing oxidation of fragile nutrients. Once opened, putting our products in the refrigerator is fine if you have the space, but it is totally adequate to just store in a dry, dark, cool place (e.g., kitchen cupboard).
A: Yes, Dr. Jameth Sheridan formulated Vitamineral Green™ to be the most mineral and vitamin-rich product possible that is made from 100% whole foods. Since the micronutrients in Vitamineral Green™ are from whole food, the body recognizes and absorbs them way more effectively than conventional multi-vitamin supplements which are full of isolated, synthetic vitamins and inorganic mineral salts. Less is more in this case. Even though Vitamineral Green™ does not contain as many minerals and vitamins in terms of % RDA as a traditional multi-vitamin pill or liquid, Vitamineral Green™ is so much more absorbable that you end up getting way more utilizable nutrition into your body this way. In addition, Vitamineral Green™ does NOT rob your body of vital nutrients required for metabolizing vitamins, or deposit toxic inorganic mineral salts in your tissues, as do traditional multi-vitamin supplements.
For the Ultimate HealthForce Healing Experience we recommend combining Vitamineral Green™ (“VMG™”) with Vitamineral Earth™ (“Earth™”). Earth™ is the ultimate grounding superfood. It has a unique array of deeply nutritive and phyto-nutritive healing roots, barks, herbs and seeds. The Greens provide an all-around neutral energy (but yin by comparison) and Earth the yang. In combination we have a unique balance of superfoods where one plus one equals far more than two. VMG™ combined with Earth™ provides an unparalleled nutritional synergy that allows you to take charge of your health and feel amazing! No smoke, no mirrors, just hard core complete nutrition.
The combination of these superfood blends provide all the nutrients your require for sustained cellular energy and phenomenal health, including nutrients (vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, chlorophyll, essential fatty acids, probiotics and enzymes) often missing from diets. This full spectrum of essential nutrients allows our bodies to get healthy and stay healthy for life. The combination of Vitamineral Green™ and Vitamineral Earth™ is so complete that (other than calories) you could nutritionally live off of them!*
* Not a meal replacement. Does not provide sufficient calories.
A: Add these products to anything that is healthy and easy to digest. Most people prefer these products in something with a touch of sweetness. They can be mixed in purified water, fresh fruit and/or vegetable juices, smoothies, coconut water, almond milk, etc. Do NOT place these products in anything that is heated, as heat will destroy the enzymes, probiotics and many other fragile nutrients.
A: Greener Grasses™ is made from 5 different highly alkalizing foods (Wheat Grass, Oat Grass, Barley Grass, Dandelion, Alfalfa). While Vitamineral Green™ is a very alkalizing product, it is relatively high in protein (36%), which somewhat lowers its net alkalizing effects on the body, as all protein generates acidity in the body when metabolized. Greener Grasses™ is much lower in protein, and the grasses are exceptionally rich in alkalizing minerals, making Greener Grasses™ the most alkalizing product we make. In addition, Greener Grasses™ has a slightly sweet malty flavor that many find enjoyable. Many people enjoy boosting the alkalizing potential of their Vitamineral Green™ smoothies/drinks even further by adding in extra Greener Grasses™.
A: Spirulina is a great source of high-quality, bioavailable protein (70%); beta-carotene and other carotenoids; along with B-vitamins, iron, chlorophyll and phytonutrients. Vitamineral Green™ is 40% spirulina and chlorella, two phenomenally micronutrient nutrient-rich, high protein content algaes, but many people like to boost the protein content of their smoothies/drinks even further by adding in extra spirulina.
A: With the exception of Earth™, the answer is No. The integrity of the Enzymes and other fragile nutrients would be compromised when mixed in hot liquids, so it is preferable to keep our superfood products at room temperature or slightly warm- but never hot.
A: Mix Earth™ into purified water, sun teas, fresh vegetable and/or fruit juices, nut/seed milks, smoothies, homemade or store-bought salad dressings, etc. You can also simply sprinkle Earth™ directly onto any food (e.g., green salads, quinoa salad, etc.).
Unlike the green superfoods, Earth™ may be heated. Add to hot herbal tea or soups. The heat, in this case, will help to steep out the medicinal phytonutrients in the roots, barks and herbs. You will destroy the probiotics, enzymes and some other nutrients by heating, but the medicinal aspects of the Earth™ botanicals become even more potent (bioavailable) when the energy of fire is applied. If you want to maximize amount of detoxification, immune strengthening and general healing support from these phenomenal phytonutrient-rich roots, barks and herbs, add Earth™ to a hot herbal tea or soup. Generally, people like to consume Earth™ heated in the winter, when immune and detoxification support are most needed.
In the summer, many people like to leave Earth™ raw to maximize the nutritional support provided by these micronutrient-rich roots, barks and herbs. Note that you still get significant amounts of healing medicinal phytonutrients when you consume Earth™ raw as well, as Earth™ contains large amounts of probiotics that will help to release the phytonutrients in these roots, barks and herbs when left raw.
In summary, Earth™ is an amazingly versatile superfood that goes well in both sweet and savory foods, either hot or cold. Tune into your intuition to discern the best way to take this product for your body at any given time.
A: HealthForce Nutritionals has been a leader in whole-food nutrition for two decades and beyond. We are proud to be the #1 source for high-quality, raw, vegan superfoods.™ Our Hard-Core, TruGanic™standards and practices take quality, purity, potency and therapeutic value to a new level. We know there are other high quality, high-integrity companies out there; we are happy to be one of them. Our commitment to offering the highest potency, cleanest purity, and most affordable product to YOU, the end-consumer, is what moves us and is at the heart and soul of HealthForce Nutritionals. HealthForce truly cares and is committed to providing you with the best possible product at the best possible value. We invite you to experience our Vital Healing Botanicals™, and the massive healing and therapeutic value they have to offer. “Wishing you health and happiness always.”
A: “Hard-Core” is our pledge to offer the purest, most potent and therapeutically valuable products possible. “Hard-core” stands for our dedication to real, uncorrupted quality and integrity, without compromise. HealthForce has a hard-core commitment to purity and potency, while offering the best possible value to the end-consumer. We are proud to be on the leading edge with unique production practices that take quality, nutrient density/bioavailability, and therapeautic value to a new level. HealthForce is proud to offer hard-core products, with hard-core packaging, offering hard-core healing.
A: Dr. Sheridan originally began formulating products to give to his clients as he began his practice as a Naturopathic Doctor in the 1980’s. These products quickly became so popular that Dr. Sheridan could not keep up with the demand and realized the need to start a company. HealthForce Nutritionals was officially founded in 1990 by Jameth Sheridan, Naturopath, and Kim Sheridan, Naturopath; to make highly researched and therapeutic products, designed to make a dramatic impact on people’s health, available to the public.
A: HealthForce is presently in the certification process for GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice). However, we already follow its guidelines and have been doing so on our own since our production began. For example, we already use transport logs, receiving logs, pest control logs, cleaning logs, mixing/weighing logs, batch record logs, etc. No raw materials are accepted without a Certificate of Analysis (CofA). In most every case, CofAs are provided by the material suppliers. CofAs must reflect what is claimed on the label. In addition to this, we regularly have ingredients analyzed ourselves both to verify the accuracy of the CofAs from the supplier, and to do additional tests such as pesticide residue tests and irradiation tests. We do these tests to verify the quality of wildcrafted and organic materials. Individual ingredients in products are tracked from receiving to the finished product. We maintain samples of every batch made.
GMP is only a starting point for quality for us. We adhere to it but it is not adequate to ensure the optimum quality of our products. HealthForce goes far beyond this standard. For example, our production environment’s air is purified by Hepa, HyperHepa, Ionic, Electrostatic and Ozone air purifiers. This level of purification is not required by GMP. We also maintain a “positive pressure” in production. When the doors open, air pressure rushes out due to the positive pressure, preventing outside air contamination. We also have a decontamination chamber at the entrance to productions, which employs all of the air purification technologies mentioned above, plus ultraviolet light to kill bacteria present on surfaces of people or objects entering. Periodic ozone shock treatments are performed regularly to completely (in a non-toxic way) sanitize all surfaces that air can get to. Ozone breaks down into oxygen and leaves no residues.
Electromagnetic radiation from electrical wiring is neutralized in our entire building; plus we do not use x-rays or radiation, and wireless and cell phones are not permitted in the production area. No regulations exist for this step, but we do it anyway because it makes a better product. All of our construction materials such as paint, wood products, and adhesives are non-toxic and formaldehyde free. GMP allows formaldehyde-containing and toxic products in production. We clean our equipment with ozone, hydrogen peroxide, and grapefruit seed extract. We use ultra-purified water for all cleaning water. GMP allows solvent, ammonia, and bleach cleaners that we would never use. Using the highest quality raw materials and maintaining them throughout the product’s life is of paramount importance to us. That is why most of our products are in amber glass with rubberized metal lids, and with oxygen absorbers. These are our choices for quality, and are not mandated by law.
In summary, HealthForce takes every step possible to ensure the utmost quality and effectiveness of our products, regardless as to whether or not it is required by law.
A: Jameth Sheridan is a Naturopath Herbal Medicine Researcher, the owner, co-founder, and formulator of HealthForce Nutritionals. Jameth lives a hard core, whole-food, and vegan lifestyle with yogi warrior spirit, dedicated to health, and helping people heal. Jameth’s goal is simple: produce the highest quality Raw, Vegan, Bio-Compatible Nutritional SuperFoods™ and share the health benefits these have to offer with people all over the world. Jameth Sheridan is continually at the forefront of nutritional research and education and lives 100% of what he teaches. Jameth is continually testing, researching, and evolving products to stay on the leading edge of what’s possible. HealthForce products never stay the same because Jameth is passionate about continually refining and remastering his formulas to be the best they can possibly be, based on present understanding, which is always evolving.
Jameth Sheridan shares his life with his wife Kim Sheridan. Jameth and Kim founded HealthForce Nutritionals in 1990, inspired by their shared vision for helping people obtain the best nutritional products yielding the best results. Due to the limited availability of “hard-core” products available on the market at that time, they decided they would have to go into production themselves to manifest these goals. It started with small, hand-made-in-the-kitchen, locally-distributed batches of Vitamineral Green, driven by Jameth and Kim’s passion to offer the best of the best. Now, over two decades later, Jameth Sheridan stands strong as proud formulator, operating with the same guiding principals and ethics that formed the company.
“The quality, therapeutic concentration, and affordability of a nutritional product can, and often does, mean the difference between lethargy and energy, sickness and health, and, quite literally, life and death. I don’t want anyone to be tired, sick or dead because they could not obtain or afford the best possible product. If someone does not feel this same way, they should not be in the nutritional product business. I live and breathe this philosophy in both my personal and professional life and constantly strive to evolve HealthForce products and offer them at the best possible values. I would rather die than compromise these principles”
- Dr. Jameth Sheridan
A: At this time Dr. Sheridan is focused on running HealthForce Nutritionals and doing research for upcoming books. You can find video and audio files with Dr. Sheridan on the education tab on our website.