ActivatedYou Morning Complete Review - Is It Safe and Effective?

By Anthony Dugarte, M.D., C.S.C.S
Updated on: Jun 22, 2020

Morning Complete by ActivatedYou is a green apple-flavored dietary supplement drink allegedly helps provide you with more energy as well as the digestive benefits commonly accomplished by probiotics and probiotics.

To use, add one scoop of Morning Complete’s in eight ounces of your choice of liquid (ActivatedYou recommends water or green tea) and consume

This article reviews the available medical literature to examine the effectiveness and safety of the ingredients found in this supplement. Learn if it’s right for you.

Ingredients

Overall, Morning Complete’s easy-dissolve formula is comprised of eight different proprietary blends, each of which contains anywhere between two and nine ingredients.

Because of the sheer number of ingredients here, we’ll divide each blend into its own section. We’ll then discuss any related clinical evidence that we discovered in our review of the available literature.

Prebiotic and High Fiber Blend, 4.05g

Compared to probiotics (more in a second), prebiotics are non-digestible fibers that may support overall health by serving as food for the friendly bacteria found in your digestive tract.

Morning Complete contains chicory root fructooligosaccharides and cinnamon bark, which are common prebiotic ingredients.

Fructooligosaccharides are thought to reduce hunger by making you feel full. This benefit was seen at 16g doses over 3-4 months, though doses less than 10g did not affect appetite.

Probiotic-boosting effects seem to be possible even at lower doses; 4-15g/day improved constipation and increased friendly gut bacteria in healthy subjects.

Unfortunately, as ActivatedYou only offers the total for the blend, we do not have information for the amounts of each ingredient.

The amount of fructooligosaccharides is likely much smaller than doses that were proven successful in both curbing appetites and boosting probiotics.

Green Superfoods Blend, 735mg

A mix of vegetables ActivatedYou claims can help optimize nutrient intake and overall wellness, including spinach, broccoli, kale, mulberry leaf extract, alfalfa leaf, barley grass, and berberine HCl (from Berberis aristata root).

These plants contain many essential vitamins, nutrients, and other substances. A few examples include:

  • Spinach – High levels of calcium, phosphorus, potassium, vitamins A and C, and riboflavin.
  • Broccoli – Strong antioxidant abilities due to the presence of ingredients like ferulic acid, vitamin C, sulforaphane, and indole-3-carbinol.
  • Kale – Lutein, beta-carotene, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, vitamin C, vitamin A, iron, folate, protein, and fiber.

The berberine included in this blend is an ammonium salt from plants found in Europe, Asia, and Africa. They may offer anti-inflammatory, neuroprotective, and diabetes fighting effects.

A randomized trial, demonstrated that 500mg of berberine three times daily over a 3-month span improved insulin sensitivity, waist circumference, and insulin secretion in subjects with metabolic disease.

As this particular blend totals 735mg and includes 5 other ingredients, it’s safe to say that the berberine content does not come close to the 1500mg doses found to be successful in the study.

Metabolic Enhancing Blend, 390mg

This Morning Complete blend promises to help support a healthy body weight using a mix of green tea leaf extract, ginger root, white tea leaf extract, turmeric root extract, bitter melon fruit extract, and black pepper.

Green tea is a common ingredient in products that claim to have metabolism-boosting effects, though this ingredient is thought to offer many other effects.

Caffeine and catechin, an antioxidant, are likely responsible for many of green tea’s effects.

Green tea doses ranging from 90-400mg up to 3x daily all seemed to boost energy expenditure to the same degree when combined with 200mg of caffeine.

The combination of 500mg of green tea and exercise improved body weight, BMI, waist to hip ratio, and body fat percentage to a higher degree than accomplished with exercise alone.

Antioxidant Blend, 100mg

This blend contains the following food extracts that could help your body as it ages: Lyceum berry, pomegranate fruit extract, and Polygonum cuspidatum (50% resveratrol).

These antioxidants are thought to fight off free radicals. Molecules thought to be associated with a wide variety of negative effects ranging from aging to cancer.

Pomegranate may offer anti-inflammatory effects. In diabetic patients, those that consumed 250mL of pomegranate juice daily for 3-months had reduced levels of blood tests that indicate inflammation.

Sugar Balancing Support, 100mg

A three-ingredient blend that promises to help maintain healthy blood sugar levels using gymnema sylvestre leaf, fennel seed, and pine bark extract.

Pine bark contains a chemical called pycnogenol, an extract obtained from trees found in France. In a review of 5 trials with over 300 participants in total, 150 mg/d of pycnogenol or greater seem to reduce levels of blood tests associated with inflammation.

Again, this blend consists of multiple extracts that total 100mg. Clearly, the pycnogenol content will not exceed the 150mg dose found to be effective.

Cellular Function and Liver Support, 55mg

This blend contains algal oil DHA powder, organic aloe vera leaf, and milk thistle seed extract.

Silybin is the active ingredient in milk thistle and is thought to safeguard the liver from toxic substances.

In 87 patients with liver cirrhosis, those randomized to receive140mg of milk thistle 3x daily for an average of 41 months lived longer than those that received a placebo. Another study found this same dosing regimen to be associated with few deaths from liver-related diseases.

The milk thistle content of the Cellular Function and Liver Support Blend is much smaller than the doses tested in the current literature.

Adaptogens, 55mg

This Morning Complete blend contains astragalus root extract, rhodiola rosea root extract, and diindolylmethane.

Astragalus is an herb found all across Asia and thought to offer a number of effects like boosting immune function or regulating blood sugar.

While astragalus improved sugar and fat metabolism in diabetic mice, support for these effects in human studies are lacking.

More research is needed to determine the safety and effectiveness in human subjects.

Probiotic Blend, 10 billion CFU

Beneficial bacteria strains play a huge role in our digestive health, as well as our body’s immune response.

So, by balancing the digestive tract using supplements that contain these strains, common benefits include reduced gassiness and bloating, increased energy, improved digestion, and decrease irritable bowel syndrome symptoms.

Morning Complete contains many popular bacteria strains found in standalone supplements, including B. coagulans, L. gasseri, L. plantarum, L. fermentum, L. casei, L. acidophilus, B. bifidum, B. longum, L. rhamnosus, and S. thermophilus.

Lactobacillus acidophilus is commonly included in probiotic blends and is thought to offer relief for diarrhea and stomach discomfort, while also supporting immune function.

A review of 34 randomized studies found that daily doses of L. acidophilus ranging from 2 hundred million to 2 hundred billion were effective at reducing the risk for diarrhea.

It’s important to keep in mind that there are over 20 L. acidophilus strains, and they all behave differently.

As these effects are strain-specific, you can’t predict how Morning Complete’s blend will behave as they do not offer information for the specific strains of each probiotic.

Potential Side Effects

It is challenging to provide details regarding safety as ActivatedYou provides only total amounts for each blend, but not the amounts for each individual ingredient. Additionally, studies detailing long-term use for these products are lacking.

Nonetheless, the available studies we’ve reviewed can offer some takeaways for this product.

Pre and probiotics blends are generally safe, though mild side effects can include stomach pain, gas, bloating, and diarrhea have been reported.

As Morning Complete offers many strains that comprise the 10 Billion CFU total, the individual strains are probably included at safe doses.

Ingredients in the Super Foods blend, like berberine, were tested safely at much higher doses than what is found in Morning Complete. This blend may offer doses that are safe but not effective.

Green Tea’s safe intake level is 338mg; Morning Complete’s total metabolic blend includes multiple ingredients and totals 390mg. The other blends contain ingredients that have been similarly safe in human subjects.

Astragalus has not been extensively tested in humans, however. This ingredient and many of the others included in Morning Complete lack long-term studies.

As the safety of these blends has yet to be characterized over long durations of time, it is best to include your physician in the decision to use this or any dietary supplement.

The Cost

ActivatedYou priced Morning Complete as follows:

  • 1 Bottle: $79
  • 3 Bottles: $213 ($71 per bottle)
  • 6 Bottles: $403 ($67.17 per bottle)

All orders come with a 90-day satisfaction guarantee, less S&H, which you can request by contacting customer support at 800-720-8403.

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Morning Complete costs $78.52 for one jar, with free shipping. ActivatedYou suggests you take one scoop each day, so one jar is equal to a 30-day supply.

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Bottom Line: Is Morning Complete Right for You?

Morning Complete’s blends contain numerous ingredients that seem to offer a wide variety of benefits.

It’s important to balance this information by pointing out that all of the supplement’s ingredients are part of proprietary blends, so there’s no way to know if it contains the same amounts found in supporting clinical studies.

While the amounts included are likely safe, they may be too small to offer many of the proposed benefits, however.

Furthermore, at between $67 and $79 per bottle depending on quantity ordered, it certainly isn’t the least expensive whole-health powdered supplement we’ve researched, either.

Unless you’re deficient in the ingredients it contains, most of us don’t need to take a dietary supplement.

Speak with your primary physician to help determine whether or not you’re deficient in any nutrients.


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  • Quite satisfied with Morning Complete

    • By Brent B.,
    • South Bend, IN,
    • Apr 29, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer
    Overall Experience:

    Mixed with water it is almost undrinkable. With orange juice or grapefruit juice is better but funky. The way to drink this is with apple juice or cider, then it is delicious. Hot or cold. I also tried it with green tea and was not impressed. I lost 15 lbs in a month without changing anything else I did. This replaced breakfast and it made me feel less hungry all day long. I drove by McDonald's with impunity. The only issue I have with the product is its price, which will keep me from purchasing it in the future. I had no gas and no bloating and it made me as regular as a Seth Thomas clock with 7 days a week movement. When they figure out how to sell it for less I'll be back as a customer.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend


  • So far, working well

    • By Veronica G.,
    • North Carolina,
    • Dec 28, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer
    Overall Experience:

    I am a Gulf War Vet and a recurrent breast cancer defeater. I have had problems from almost 16 years of different forms of chemo and other GW toxins. I was looking for natural ways to battle all of the side effects since the Gulf War and subsequent problems, one being IBS; the reason I ordered Morning Complete with its pre and probiotics, plus super greens.

    After about a week or two of daily use, I noticed I am having daily bowel movements (emphasis on daily), without any constipation or diarrhea. To be honest, I can’t remember the last time I had a near normal bowel movement. I have also noticed less acid in my stomach. I am going to continue with ActivatedYou Morning Complete in hopes of gaining normal control of my excretory system. I am also looking for increased energy and less depressed days. I believe the earth has many natural healing plants and believe this company is on to a way to a better me. I look forward to hearing about and trying more of ActivatedYou products.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend


  • Great product

    • By Christine L.,
    • Pennsylvania,
    • Jan 7, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer
    Overall Experience:

    I used Morning Complete for three months now and have it first thing in the morning before anything else. Before I started ActivatedYou, I would have one or two BMs a week. After taking a scoop of ActivatedYou in 8 oz water, I always have a BM within half an hour of drinking it. The taste is bearable, I usually mix it in my shaker bottle and drink it down fast. I'm on my last bag so today I am going to order more...afraid to run out and feel constipated again.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend


  • Can't stomach the taste

    • By Monika B.,
    • Michigan,
    • Jan 18, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer
    Overall Experience:

    I ordered this product a couple of weeks ago, and was very excited to try it. I watched the video about all the benefits of taking this product, and even though it is a little pricey, I thought, what have I got to lose?

    The problem is, I cannot stomach the taste. It is terrible. Having said that, I have noticed how much better I feel. I am noticeably less irritable, and just in a better mood. I will not be ordering this powder again, unless they can improve the taste. I will continue searching for something similar in a pill form.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Jan 22, 2019

      Company Response from Chloe Lee

      Hi Monika, I'm Chloe from ActivatedYou. I'm really happy to hear that you have experienced many improvements since trying Morning Complete. But I am really sorry to hear that you do not enjoy the taste of it. I've taken note of your feedback and we'll do our best to improve our formula. Many of our customers enjoy Morning Complete in their favorite smoothie. If you haven't tried it this way yet, I would give it a go! Nevertheless, I can issue you a full refund right away. Please e-mail me at Chloe@Activatedyou.com and I can begin the refund process right away.


  • Morning Complete

    • By Ann M.,
    • Arizona,
    • Dec 29, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer
    Overall Experience:

    I would highly recommend Morning Complete, and here's why.

    "It does what it claims," it's that simple!

    My stomach has flattened and my hair and skin are glowing. I am going on my second bag. I have bought several for gifts at the holidays to spread the love.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend


  • Life Changer

    • By Laurie G.,
    • New Jersey,
    • Apr 17, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer
    Overall Experience:

    This product is truly phenomenal and has changed my life. For years and years I had bathroom issues and this stabilized everything in a week's time. The first few weeks, I experienced some gas, but that's how the product works to get your body clean and used to it. Please don't ever take this off the market. Bloating went away, flat stomach back, and regularity plus lots of energy.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend


  • My morning is COMPLETE!

    • By Kristen L.,
    • NY,
    • Jan 30, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer
    Overall Experience:

    I’ve just finished my first bag of Morning Complete.

    I never used to have a healthy digestive system and would only have a BM once every 3 days. Now I have one every day! My stomach has shrunk (with the help of working out) and I have an energy boost every morning I take this. I don’t know if it’s a mental thing or if I actually feel more energy. But knowing I am trying something healthy every morning gives me a push to want to continue on a health kick throughout the day. Only side effect for me is having more gas. Other than that I would highly recommend this product.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend


  • 100% truth about Morning Complete!

    • By Denise B.,
    • California,
    • Apr 19, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer
    Overall Experience:

    I have tried many products over the years and have never been satisfied with any of them. I was very skeptical about this one when I watched the video with Maggie Q, but decided to try it out anyway. For myself, I am absolutely 99.9% satisfied. It has been everything it says it is. The only reason I did not say 100% is because the taste is not the best. However, it’s not the worse either. You have to remember you’re only drinking Morning Complete once a day, in the morning. I plan on buying at least two more bags to help with my diet plan and after that, I might stay on it. It’s a little pricy but I have just cut out other things that aren’t that important. After all, my health is the most important thing as far as I’m concerned. Keep in mind everyone’s body is different and you might try it and it may not be right for you, but it definitely is worth a try.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend


  • It works

    • By Ben N.,
    • Palm Beach, FL,
    • Dec 29, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer
    Overall Experience:

    Yes, the difference in your body functions is excellent...However, the apple cinnamon taste is horrible. The aftertaste lingers enough for you to skip a day...or two...

    I look forward to the body performance, but God the taste is terrible.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend


  • More energy

    • By Cheryl W.,
    • Ridgecrest, CA,
    • Dec 29, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer
    Overall Experience:

    I have been taking Morning Complete almost every morning for about a month. After about three weeks, I noticed a feeling of well-being and more energy.

    I started giving it to my husband and am hoping the same will happen for him.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend


  • Give it a try and decide for yourself!

    • By T R.,
    • Texas,
    • Jun 24, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer
    Overall Experience:

    I read the reviews but I wanted to try it anyway because everything she talks about is exactly what I have been doing my own research on and have been dealing with. I have been searching for a product that includes everything Morning Complete has to offer and did not find anything I was happy with. The taste is not as bad as the reviews make it seems! Actually it’s not bad at all! I’ve had way worse, but you can always add some juice if you need to, which is how I started my first day, but I take it with just water after that because it’s not bad at all!

    I love that it gives me energy without any glitters and it keeps me full for the most part! I’m on my 3rd day and have not had stomach issues, if anything, it has helped A LOT! For those who are having issues, you might want to consider your diet. Just adding this product and eating like crap is not going to help, especially if you have any food sensitivities. I have been diagnosed with pcos, I’m pre-diabetic type 2, insulin resistant, gluten sensitive and was diagnosed with fibro. The best way to heal your body is through diet (eating healthy foods) and supplementing with anything you might be deficient in. It has taken years for your body to get this bad, it will take time of doing all the right things for it to get better! I’ve been in my journey for over 7 years and have learned a lot over that time, don’t give up on yourself! I am very hopeful for this product! I will update after my first month. So far, so good!

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend


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