Are you a “Coast” listener who keeps getting bombarded with the ads for Carnivora and Youngevity?

Which of the two is more hype? Which of the two should you choose if you could only choose one?

Carnivora advertises that it’s derived from the Venus flytrap. This may have appeal to someone who’s looking for something different.

However, Carnivora’s steady stream of ads on the “Coast to Coast” radio show feature “interviews” with alleged customers who claim to have cured an undisclosed medical condition with this product.

Since the company keeps producing these ads, they must be bringing in good business.

Carnivora’s slogan is that it “wakes up the immune system.” The ads focus on curing disease rather than supplementing one’s diet with nutrients.

There’d be no confusion about taking this product because it’s the ONLY product by Carnivora International.

Youngevity is a whole line of nutritional products including an orange juice mix.

Their ads focus on the company’s associated website (which sells products but also has articles), and then only the end of the ad mentions that the site sells products.

People who are more comfortable with familiarity will be drawn more to Youngevity, since the supplements are already the commonly researched ones such as EFA, calcium/magnesium, selenium and edibles such as a chocolate bar with probiotics.

For many listeners of “Coast to Coast,” the issue with Youngevity would be a matter of switching brands.

However, there are always those “Coast” listeners who’ve never tried any nutritional supplements and have decided to seek out a brand, or, have not had luck with conventional medicine for an ailment and have decided to try an alternative route.

They then keep hearing the ads for Carnivora and Youngevity and may be wondering which one to try. And why choose? Because both products are very pricey.

One thing is for sure: Carnivora’s ads come across as staged and as touting something too amazing to believe, whereas Youngevity’s ads are actually quite grounded. The issue is their price!

As for which is the better route for the consumer, there isn’t any scientific way to measure or quantitate this. But I DID ask Dr. Maria Vila, DO, for some feedback.

Dr. Vila is a family and integrative medicine specialist, and medical advisor for eMediHealth.

She explains, “After comparing both products I think the Youngevity products may be better.

“This is based on looking at the ingredient labels of some of their products, some of which include for example vitamin D3 which we know has proven health benefits.

“Carnivora on the other hand seems to contain amino acids, and we do know that amino acids are necessary for proper bodily function.

“However, it was not clear the amounts of individual amino acids contained and if they would be of benefit.

“We also know that you need many different types of amino acids for our cells to function properly, so I cannot say if the limited types in the product are sufficient to do what they say it can do.”

Youngevity doesn’t claim that it can cure diseases that conventional medicine can’t tackle, and there’s nothing else that’s suspicious or fishy about this line of supplements.

But at the same time, you must not get ahead of yourself and assume that taking ANY nutritional supplements will replace a health-giving diet that’s rich in raw vegetables and fruits; “good” fats; plenty of fiber; and other valuable nutrients such as antioxidants, and wild-caught and grass-fed protein sources.

In practice for 20+ years, Dr. Vila is board certified in family medicine, integrative medicine, and health care quality and management. Her holistic approach focuses on prevention and lifestyle education.
Lorra Garrick has been covering medical, fitness and cybersecurity topics for many years, having written thousands of articles for print magazines and websites, including as a ghostwriter. She’s also a former ACE-certified personal trainer.
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