Hum Nutrition Review: Pros, Cons, and How It Works
Hum Nutrition is a supplement company that utilizes a quiz to make personalized recommendations. The product recommendations are made with the assistance of registered dietitians to help guide your decisions.
Hum Nutrition is a Los Angeles-based supplement company. It was one of the first brands to develop an online quiz designed to recommend tailored nutrition products to customers.
Hum’s products are focused on women’s health and beauty. The products have catchy names, like Red Carpet or Hair Sweet Hair, and are designed to help you look your best.
With the focus on beauty, the products are also sold at Sephora.
I worked for Hum Nutrition as their original registered dietitian. I helped develop the first iteration of their online quiz. It has since been modified to include their expanding line of products.
The online quiz is 13 questions and asks you about your diet, lifestyle, and other general health concerns.
Based on your answers from the quiz, your “personal” Hum dietitian recommends products for you. You can then communicate with the dietitian directly to answer any questions you might have.
I took the quiz and was recommended three products based on my answers.
A day later, I received a more detailed “Nutritionist Report” that provided some lifestyle recommendations and addressed some of my health concerns on the quiz.
It also explained why each product was chosen for me.
Once you receive your results, you can choose to purchase the products recommended for you or purchase other Hum products.
This enrolls you in a monthly subscription that is shipped every 30 days.
The sales page also allows you to message your personalized dietitian with any questions.
It states you will receive a response in 1–2 business days. All of the communication with the dietitians is via email.
Hum Nutrition works with registered dietitians that help guide customers to select the right product for them. They also display the evidence to support product claims directly on their website.
Most of their products are vegan and non-GMO or are clearly labeled if that is not the case.
Popular products include:
Flatter Me is a collection of digestive enzymes to promote better digestion and a “flatter stomach.”
Digestive enzymes are usually recommended for people with specific digestive conditions but not generally for healthy people.
There is no evidence they will flatten your stomach.
Private Party is a supplement for vaginal/urinary health that contains probiotics and cranberry.
Daily Cleanse is a collection of algae, herbs, and minerals to help “detoxify.”
The blend includes many nutrient-rich ingredients, including spirulina which has been called the most nutrient-dense food on earth.
Milk thistle, found in this product, is protective of the liver and may help with natural detoxification.
Hair Sweet Hair
Hum’s hair product is a collection of nutrients that play a role in maintaining healthy hair and hair color.
It contains huge doses of B12 and biotin, which I am not sure provide any additional benefit if you are not deficient in these nutrients (most people are not).
Skinny Bird is Hum’s weight loss product that contains a blend of plant extracts, green tea, and chromium.
As with any weight loss supplement, don’t expect miracles; you still need to follow a healthy eating pattern.
Knowing a bit about the company from the inside, the founders of Hum Nutrition are dedicated to providing quality products to help customers look and feel their best.
I appreciate their ongoing commitment to working with registered dietitians to help customers select products that are best for them.
However, I will say their true skill lies in the marketing of Hum, as they have been able to become a leader in the “beauty” supplement arena with cleverly named products and lots of influencer and celebrity support.
Hum Nutrition has such a vast line of products that a blanket statement cannot be made about the safety or side effects.
Even with products being “recommended” by their dietitian, a 13-question quiz is not enough to determine if the products are safe for you.
The dietitians who work for Hum can only answer general health and wellness questions over email; it is impossible for them to evaluate every customer’s health history.
It is always best to speak to your doctor before taking any dietary supplements.
The cost of the Hum Nutrition products varies from $10 to $50 for a 30-day supply.
There is a discount on products for your first order.
If I had ordered all three recommended products, the cost would be $48.01 a month for three months. Then the “normal” price would go up to $91 a month.
If you remain on the Hum subscription service, you get a discount month to month.
Taking the lead from Hum, which I believe was the first company to do a “quiz,” there are now many that have followed suit.
Care/of and Persona Nutrition are the brands most similar to Hum that offer a quiz and a monthly supplement subscription.
Care/of doesn’t advertise that their product recommendations are made with the help of dietitians or other healthcare professionals.
Based on this alone, Hum Nutrition is probably a better option for “personalized” vitamins.
Persona Nutrition has a whole team of dietitians and other healthcare providers available to answer your questions via phone.
They also check for drug-nutrient interactions, and their quiz is much more detailed compared to Hum’s.
If you are looking for supplements to address more serious health concerns, I would choose Persona over Hum, which is more focused on beauty and general wellness.
Hum Nutrition is a leader in the beauty supplement space. They do a great job with their marketing and engaging with their ideal customer.
Using registered dietitians to assist their customers increases their credibility as a brand.
I would recommend anyone who is curious about Hum reach out to their dietitians once you take the online quiz, so you can feel confident that you are buying the right product for you.
That being said, as with any company that is basing supplement recommendations on an online quiz, it is impossible for them to assess every detail of your health history.
If you have significant health concerns, it is best to work directly with your healthcare provider, who can make tailored recommendations for you that a quiz cannot.
If you are interested in “beauty from within,” which is Hum’s tagline, a supplement will only take you so far.
The best way to optimize your health and wellness is to work directly with a registered dietitian who can help guide you on the best foods to eat and supplements to take.
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- Pilot study: a randomised, double blind, placebo controlled trial of pancrealipase for the treatment of postprandial irritable bowel syndrome-diarrhoea:
- Probiotic Lactobacillus dose required to restore and maintain a normal vaginal flora:
- Cranberry-containing products for prevention of urinary tract infections in susceptible populations: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials:
- Potential health benefits of spirulina microalgae:
- Milk thistle (Silybum marianum) for the therapy of liver disease:
- Prospective Analytical Controlled Study Evaluating Serum Biotin, Vitamin B12, and Folic Acid in Patients with Premature Canities:
- Effect of Caralluma fimbriata extract on appetite, food intake and anthropometry in adult Indian men and women:
- Beneficial Effects of Tea and the Green Tea Catechin Epigallocatechin-3-gallate on Obesity: