Hey everyone, and welcome back (after a little hiatus) for another keto product review! Today I’m covering a product that’s supposed to help boost your immune system. Hey, well-timed, right? It’s officially flu season here (and I know that because Publix announced they’re giving out $10 gift cards for those who get the vaccine) so it’s prime time for monitoring health and wellness.
Oh, and you know……. coronavirus. While something like this won’t change your susceptibility to something like COVID-19, it’s always important to keep your health in good shape just in case you come in contact with someone who can get you sick. An empty gas tank can’t fuel a road trip, you know?
Anyways, I received a message from OroLine Nutrition on Instagram which asked me if I’d be interested in testing one of their products for a review. To be honest, unless the company seems straight-up like something I advise against, I usually oblige and say “sure.” That’s what happened here.
I took a look at their product line (which includes some ketones, ACV capsules, Zinc capsules, and Immune Support. If you know me, you know I’m not into ketones. Unless I’m in an incredibly active season of my life, I don’t care to have them. If you’re trying to lose weight on keto, you don’t need them (and here’s why). I don’t care for Apple Cider Vinegar as a supplement and I passed on the zinc tablets. Immunity just sounded like the best option, so that’s what I’ll be reviewing today!
Full disclosure: though OroLine covered the cost of the product for today’s review, I am in no way sponsored by, or affiliated with this company. All opinions expressed here (as always) are my own.
Let’s get into it!
Who is OroLine Nutrition?
Honestly, I would love to tell you, but I have no idea! They don’t have a website!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHAT???????????
This is something I haven’t encountered before, and to be honest, I’m not sure why this company doesn’t have a website. It could be because they don’t want to pay for the hosting of an online shop, or maybe they just don’t want to pay for web hosting, but that’s kind of a barrier to entry in retail land. I really don’t like that they don’t have a website for a few reasons. I don’t know who is making these. They’ve lost the opportunity to tell us about their story and their (hopefully) ethical business decisions or provide any sort of content to their consumers. All I can find about OroLine is that they’ve ranked #42,790 in the Health & Household category on Amazon. Not good.
As a consumer, this is a head-scratcher. As a marketer, this is……… not recommended. Please, make a website. Tell us who you are. Teach us why your products are important. Link to your social channels. Provide contact information. I’m begging you.
As far as social media presence goes, OroLine seems to be pretty new. They have 210 Instagram followers. I got excited to the the “Team” highlight. Maybe I’d see some founders, some employees, something? Nope. The “team” is their network of influencers and people who have purchased.
I don’t pretend to be an expert on this stuff, but this is just a big one for me and my community. I need transparency from the companies I support. Where I put my money matters a lot to me, and for people with less of it, it matters even more.
My Experience With OroLine Immunity
These Immunity capsules come in a 30-day supply on Amazon for about $15, or $0.50/day. Not too bad, especially if immunity is something important to you. If you purchase a 2-pack, your cost goes down to $20 for a 60-day supply, or about $0.34/day. Even better!
Each capsule is made of gelatin and the ingredients include Ascorbic Acid (Vit C), Zinc Citrate (Zinc), Immune Defense Blend (elderberry fruit extract, garlic bulb extract, echinacea purpurea plant extract), rice flour, and magnesium stearate. These ingredients are pretty harmless, except I don’t understand why rice flour makes any appearance at all on this list. Rice flour is generally a thickener. If this is really made for keto dieters, the goal would be to keep it clean. Rice flour is not a clean ingredient in my books, so if you’re trying to cut out some crap in your diet, you should steer clear of these.
As far as the taste of these goes, I fully did not expect a flavor, but there’s definitely a little something there. I’m not sure if it’s the garlic bulb or what, but it’s there. It’s like a strong smell that translates into taste, if you know what I mean. And it will stay in your mouth unless you wash these down with a little water.
I tried these for a solid 2 weeks so I could get a grasp on whether or not they made me feel any different. While I’ve felt ok, I don’t feel spectacularly better than usual. I also don’t feel worse. Honestly, the outcome has me wondering if the effect of these is supposed to feel like anything or if it’s supposed to be all in my head. I understand you can’t put a price on health, and prevention is most of the battle when it comes to common colds, but……… I’m just not convinced these did anything for me.
Also, if you take these on an empty stomach in the mornings (I only have coffee until lunch, typically) then you will experience some nausea, FYI.
If you work with children or in another position where you’re exposed to a lot of random illnesses throughout the year, I’d love to know in the comments if you take an immune support supplement, and if you think it helps. Maybe I just don’t have enough exposure for something like this to be life-changing.
What I know is this: I’m on a budget and I’m looking to buy things that are great tasting, affordable, and for a good cause and this was an all-around miss for me.
So with that being said, here’s my final rating.
RKF Product Score
Not bad, but not great. There was definitely a taste to these before I drank a little water to wash them down.
I found these on Amazon and on several online vitamin stores. Docked a few points because we don’t have any near me, and no physical presence means that it’s less accessible for people to buy these if they can’t afford an Amazon membership and don’t want to pay for costly shipping.
You definitely don’t need these to start or maintain keto, but if you’re immunocompromised, you might find value in these, especially during flu season.
While it’s not that expensive for a 30 day supply of these, you could totally get the same (or more) nutrients from a lower-priced drink tablet.
Docked a few points for the rice flour, which I just don’t understand. Could have done without.
While the packaging was easy to read and pretty cute, I have to dock a lot of points because I couldn’t find a website for this company! Y’all know that the brand story and corporate responsibility are huge factors in my decision to purchase, so to improve this score, the business definitely needs to address this issue.
NEW CATEGORY: Did it knock me out of ketosis? NO
Bottom line: 5/10 Don’t really recommend, but…
If you really want to give these a shot, go for it! I don’t typically have a problem with my immune system (ahem, knock on wood) so this isn’t something I’m likely to go out and buy. I’m more likely to choose something a little more fun, like those fizzy nuun tablets. You may like to supplement with an immune defender, and if so, these are worth a shot for you! These definitely aren’t a need for me, so I probably won’t purchase more.
Want to try for yourself?
Here’s an affiliate link to this supplement on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2GPxn7L
I’m sad this was a miss, but I’m excited about some upcoming reviews I’m working on now!
Ready for another product review, but don’t see it listed on my blog? Drop a comment below and let me know what I should try next!
Until next time,