Ever since my Plexus Review video went semi-viral, I’ve been getting a ton of questions to review other supplements or MLM products. I’ve done plenty and even swallowed my pride on a few like Shakeology (which seems to be an OK option), but for every OK option, I found ten, not OK options. Speaking of, the supplement below, Thrive from Le-Vel, caught my attention with its $169 price tag for a 30-day supply. That’s a lot of dough – so I put on my research hat and dug in.
You are supposed to take the vitamin pack 1st thing in the morning on an empty stomach, wait 30 minutes or so, then drink the shake mix and put on the patch, wait another 30 minutes then eat a small meal. It was $169 with a $40 discount for a 30-day supply.
I’ve been looking at the images you sent me and have to admit, it would take me forever to analyze each product’s efficacy in terms of ingredients. I CAN say that it looks like there are some useful ingredients sprinkled throughout – green coffee bean extract, chromium, white willow, probiotics, etc. My question would be how much do you really need those things? It looks like you could get a lot of the ingredients from a simple multivitamin or greens shake and the others you could cherry pick what’s the most useful. If you’re not having digestion issues, there’s probably not a huge need for all the probiotics and digestive enzymes. Even if you did have digestive issues, I think I’d rather have you get your probiotics from foods like yogurt, fermented foods, or even resistant starches. Another thing I noticed was the size of the dose in the second product. Saying there is a BCAA blend in 527mg is a moot point. Normally you would want 5-10g not mg of BCAAs for an effective dose. And when combined with everything else they mention, who knows if you’re getting 500mg of BCAAs and 27mg of everything else. (The downsides of a proprietary blend.) Overall, I can’t comfortably say if it’s a great product or not, but I do feel comfortable in saying that you could save a lot of money and supplement with only the ingredients your body needs.
- The “Lifestyle Mix” is formulated with subpar protein sources (pea, soy, and whey concentrate) – For this price, you could buy the highest quality whey isolate and have money left over
- The “Lifestyle Capsule” contains glutamine in addition to the BCAAs mentioned above. Glutamine is normally dosed above 5g/serving – 10x the amount of one capsule. Not to mention, it’s been shown to be ineffective by in large.
- My biggest takeaway is like many other bath-tub (throw ’em in the tub and stir) style supplements, the promising herbs/nutrients found inside are included with dosages so low that it is highly unlikely to have a noticeable effect.
- Another concern of mine is the massive ingredient list as a whole.
- How will you have any idea of what is working and what is a waste?
- With fat soluble vitamins and minerals like chromium/selenium, it’s possible to reach toxic levels when supplementing without knowledge of dietary composition. (Supplementing with selenium and eating handfuls of nuts could lead to an issue or two.)
Disclaimer: I’m not a doctor, nor a pharmacist. I have not evaluated these supplements in a lab, and I’m sure they are “clinical” grade (whatever that means) as opposed to your dollar store multivitamin. So take my opinions with a grain of triple-organic, virgin Pink Himalayan salt. 😉
Overall, I’d say you could spend $10-$20 to get everything worthwhile in this supplement and spend the rest on better food or a beach-front vacation home savings fund – your choice.
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