Read this honest Le-vel Thrive Review by a holistic nutritionist before you invest in weight loss patches, capsules and shakes!

What is Le-Vel Thrive?

Out of all the review requests I’ve received recently, Le-Vel Thrive has been at the top of the list.

I get more requests to review this company than any other, and I can see why. They’re exploding.

The company started in 2012 and has made a billion dollars in the past five years. That’s pretty impressive. But I have to be honest, something about this company rings really dishonest to me.

Le-Vel is a direct selling company offering a so-called “health and wellness experience”. Thrive is a three-step regimen consisting of Thrive capsules, Thrive Lifestyle Mix and Thrive DFT.

The whole thing is meant as a premium lifestyle plan to help individuals reach peak physical and mental levels.

My Le-Vel Thrive Review – Is this legit or one big scam?

Let’s take a closer look. Starting with the customer service experience.

You have to comment on their Facebook page, be contacted by a rep, and only then can you be invited to create an account – and only after that can you reach out to customer service to ask any questions.

I would have just looked at the information provided by the company on the ingredients they use, their practices, the benefits of their products – but there is next to none. Which is incredibly bizarre.

I first asked if the products were certified GMO-free and was told not that they were certified but that they were “GMO-free.”

First impression of Le-Vel Thrive – something is fishy!

This is a huge difference.

I’m not saying the products contain GMOs. But I am saying I do have legitimate doubts about this claim without a certification. Because ingredients contained within these products are some of the highest genetically modified foods, upward of 90% of soy and corn are GMO and both are contained in these products.

The customer service rep went on to tell me,

We source all our ingredients from fruit and vegetable farms from around the country. Some of these are 
farms certified organic and some are not. (emphasis mine)

Wait, hold on a minute. You source all ingredients from fruit and vegetable farms? That is a flat out lie.

First, not every ingredient, in fact I’d say majority of the ingredients in Le-Vel Thrive products – are not from fruit and vegetable farms.

I mean, last I checked, synthetic vitamins, MSG and artificial sweeteners don’t grow on trees.

I probed further, asking the following:

  • Are you certified GMO-free?
  • What about the ingredients you don’t obtain from farms because they simply don’t come from farms, like caramel color, maltodextrin, sucralose, natural flavors, etc? These are not made in farms. They’re made in labs.
  • Is the hydrolyzed collagen from grass-fed, organic animals?

The information I received about the ingredients didn’t seem accurate at all.

I was again told that Le-Vel Thrive products are GMO-free but no mention of certification. And without a certification – I don’t blindly trust that anything is GMO-free, whether it’s Thrive products or a bag of chips.

I was told that the whey is non-GMO and therefore organic and grass-fed. Clearly, this person had no idea what they were talking about.

Just because whey is non-GMO does not mean that it’s grass-fed and/or organic. In fact, the majority of non-GMO whey in the US comes from cows in concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) being fed non-GMO soy and corn.

Just because something is non-GMO (which I question the validity of in the first place) does not mean it’s grass-fed. There’s a HUGE difference. Again, it’s possible that it’s grass-fed, but this person didn’t seem to have any actual idea what grass-fed means.

I was also told that nothing synthetic is used in these products. Word for word, that is what I was told.

meme for le-vel thrive review

So in the same breath, you’re telling me that the products are non-GMO, that the whey is grass-fed and organic just because it’s non-GMO, that you can’t disclose where the corn is sourced from and that not a single ingredient is synthetic?

That’s simply false and it makes it extremely difficult to believe anything I was told during my research for this Le-Vel Thrive review.

Splenda is synthetic. Folic acid is synthetic. Caramel color is synthetic. Natural flavors are synthetic. Potassium sorbate is synthetic. Modified starch is synthetic. The list goes on and on.

These products weren’t made in nature. They’re man-made in a lab.

Last time I checked, nature doesn’t make patches that help you lose weight or foam that delivers vitamins.

capsules and pills on a table

What’s really in Le-Vel Thrive capsules and patches?

If you take away one thing from this Le-Vel Thrive review, let it be this:

You’re consuming these products, you’re consuming carcinogens, preservatives, additives, artificial sweeteners and MSG (among other things).

For a brief overview without getting into the studies, scientific literature and my getting pissed off about people applying patches to their arms thinking it’s a healthy and effective way to lose weight:

  • these products are not certified GMO-free – if you’ve grossed a billion dollars in five years, you can afford the certification
  • these products contain probable carcinogens, aka ingredients that have been shown to cause cancer
  • these ingredients contain processed food-like products (potassium sorbate, caramel colors, maltodextrin, natural flavors, etc)
  • these products contain artificial sweeteners (sucralose aka Splenda!)
  • these products contain MSG (modified starch, natural flavors, modified food starch and potentially corn starch)
  • these products contain synthetic vitamins that have been linked to cancer (folic acid)

As part of my Le-Vel Thrive review, I will share a few of the ingredient labels and then delve into the specifically harmful ingredients contained within these products.

Ingredients of Le-Vel Thrive Lifestyle Mix:

The Lifestyle Mix

Lifestyle Mix Ingredients List for Le-Vel Thrive review

Ingredients of Le-Vel Premium Lifestyle Shot:

The Premium Lifestyle Shot

Lifestyle shot ingredient list for le-vel thrive review

Ingredients of Le-Vel Thrive Boost Premium Greens Beverage:

Boost Premium Greens Beverage

Le-Vel Thrive beverage Ingredients List

Wtf is gluten-free wheat?

Ingredients of Le-Vel Thrive Collagen Protein Gel:

Collagen Protein Gel

Le-Vel Thrive Collagen ingredients list

Ingredients of Le-Vel Thrive The women’s multivitamin:

Le-Vel Thrive Multivitamin Ingredient list

Ingredients of Le-Vel Thrive The men’s multivitamin:

Le-Vel Thrive Mens Multivitamin ingredients list

My honest opinion about Le-Vel Thrive Multivitamins :

A quick note about these multivitamins before we delve into the horrible ingredients in these products: the vitamin and mineral makeup of these multis isn’t even good.

There are SO many better multivitamins on the market that contain more vitamins and minerals and are made of organic food!

Compare the above multivitamins to the one I take, which is an organic, food based multi. It has a ton more vitamins, minerals, enzymes and herbs!

Also – the Thrive vitamins are $60 for a month-long supply – that’s insane. They’re incredibly overpriced – especially considering how few vitamins and minerals you get – and not to mention the one I use is made up of organic food which provides vitamins and minerals that are actually bioavailable and easy to digest!

The multivitamin I personally use, seen below, is $32.89 for a three month supply! You can see it here.

multivitamin ingredient list

7 Reasons why I DO NOT recommend Le-Vel Thrive Products:

Folic Acid

Folic acid is the synthetic form of folate, which has proven to be particularly problematic.

Folate is a naturally occurring water soluble B vitamin. Folic acid, however, is a synthesized form of folate that the body is unable to properly absorb or utilize.

In fact, folic acid supplementation has even been linked to cancer.

…in the Journal of the American Medical Association — suggesting that all the extra folic acid might increase your odds of developing cancer. “The more we learn about folic acid, the more it’s clear that giving it to everyone has very real risks,” says folic acid researcher David Smith, PhD, a professor of pharmacology at the University of Oxford in England.

Another study out of Chile linked folic acid supplementation with an increased risk of colon cancer.

And yet another study out of Norway linked folic acid supplementation with a 21% increase in lung cancer.

Folic acid and B12 supplementation was associated with a 21% increased risk for cancer, a 38% increased risk for dying from the disease, and an 18% increase in deaths from all causes.

While folate is a necessary part of a balanced diet, folic acid has actually been linked to increased rates of cancer (another source for ya).

It’s been estimated that 40% of the population has an MTHFR gene mutation which makes people completely inept at absorbing folic acid! Dr. Will Cole has a great article on MTHFR you can check out here.

Sucralose

These products contain the artificial sweetener, sucralose, also known as Splenda.

From the mouth of the beast,

Sucralose is made through a  patented, multi-step process that starts with sugar and selectively replaces  three hydrogen-oxygen groups on the sugar molecule with three chlorine  atoms.  The result is an exceptionally  stable sweetener that tastes like sugar, but without sugar’s calories.

That’s right, it’s chlorinatedSucralose destroys beneficial gut flora, thus impairing immune function and promoting obesity.

No. Sucralose is not a natural product – it is not found in nature.  Although sucralose is made from sugar, the sugar molecule is chemically modified to make sucralose which is classified as an artificial sweetener.

Soy

This study from Harvard found that men consuming the equivalent of one cup of soy milk per day had 50% lower sperm count than men who did not consume soy (even accounting for other factors like age, caffeine and alcohol intake, etc.).

From the study,

There was an inverse association between soy food intake and sperm concentration that remained significant after accounting for age, abstinence time, body mass index, caffeine and alcohol intake and smoking. In the multivariate-adjusted analyses, men in the highest category of soy food intake had 41 million sperm/ml less than men who did not consume soy foods.

Several studies have also linked soy to cancer.

…this pilot study indicates that prolonged consumption of soy protein isolate has a stimulatory effect on the premenopausal female breast, characterized by increased secretion of breast fluid, the appearance of hyperplastic epithelial cells, and elevated levels of plasma estradiol. Source

as well as,

We have demonstrated that the isoflavone, genistein, stimulates growth of estrogen-dependent human breast cancer (MCF-7) cells in vivo…Here we present new information that soy protein isolates containing increasing concentrations of genistein stimulate the growth of estrogen-dependent breast cancer cells in vivo in a dose-dependent manner. Source

Maltodextrin

I reached out to Thrive (or Level? what do I call them? the branding is NOT clear at all) about their maltodextrin and was told it’s made from rice, which is better than corn but is still an overly processed additive that should be avoided by those with high blood sugar, insulin resistance, obesity and/or diabetes.

There is evidence that maltodextrin can alter gut flora and suppress beneficial bacteria in the gut.

Corn Starch and Modified Starch aka Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)

Corn starch and modified starch are two names that MSG masquerades under. There is no legal reason to disclose this information as the FDA does not require companies to do so.

Glutamic acid is found in foods like tomatoes, beef, walnuts, peas, etc. Monosodium glutamate, however, is manufactured glutamic acid that takes on an entirely different chemical composition and reacts differently in the body.

Studies have linked MSG to nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) as well as type 2 diabetes, inflammation and obesity. From this study,

We previously reported that injection of monosodium glutamate (MSG) in ICR mice leads to the development of significant inflammation, central obesity, and type 2 diabetes. To directly address the long-term consequences of MSG on inflammation, we have performed serial analysis of MSG-injected mice and focused in particular on liver pathology. By 6 and 12 months of age, all MSG-treated mice developed NAFLD and NASH-like histology, respectively. In particular, the murine steatohepatitis at 12 months was virtually undistinguishable from human NASH.

Meanwhile, this study linked MSG to cognitive decline, learning disability and impaired memory function. This study linked MSG to headaches. This study linked MSG to pancreatic dysfunction and diabetes.

Caramel Color

Caramel color, not to be confused with actual caramel (made of cream and sugar), is made using ammonia and sulfites under high pressure.

Caramel color is most notably added to soft drinks, like Coke or Pepsi.

Johns Hopkins did a study on the caramel color found in these drinks and determined that it is indeed a carcinogen.

“Soft drink consumers are being exposed to an avoidable and unnecessary cancer risk from an ingredient that is being added to these beverages simply for aesthetic purposes,” says Keeve Nachman, PhD, senior author of the study and director of the Food Production and Public Health Program at the CLF and an assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health “This unnecessary exposure poses a threat to public health and raises questions about the continued use of caramel coloring in soda.”  Source

Potassium Sorbate

PS is a common chemical made in a lab that serves as a preservative, to extend the shelf-life of food. Because why shouldn’t food sit out for months, even years at a time without going bad?

From Fooducate,

However, two studies have shown that potassium sorbate has the potential to mess with our DNA. In one study, PS is clearly seen to be genotoxic to the human peripheral blood lymphocytes (white blood cells). In another study, potassium sorbate mixed with ascorbic acid (vitamin C, which is present in many foods), caused mutagenicity and DNA-damaging activity. the risk demonstrated in the studies is very low, but it is statistically significant.

THE CONCLUSION OF MY LE-VEL THRIVE REVIEW:

So let me sum up my Le-Vel Thrive review:

This scammy company has made a billion dollars in five years by selling carcinogens, additives, preservatives, synthetic vitamins and overall unhealthy, overly processed, trendy products to unsuspecting people who don’t know what they’re actually consuming.

To people who want to get healthy. To people who want to make an income and put their kids through college.

This is not okay with me and this is why I wrote this Le-Vel Thrive review.

People need to know what they’re selling and what they’re buying – because

I’m willing to bet the majority of the people who sell and consume these products are good people who are completely unaware that folic acid and caramel color have been directly linked to cancer.

These people don’t know that they’re consuming preservatives linked to altered and damaged DNA.

They don’t know they’re consuming artificial sweeteners that damage gut health. You deserve to know the truth.

three girls having fun at the gym

Health does not come in a patch. It doesn’t come in a meal replacement shake.

We have overcomplicated the key to health which is real, organic, unprocessed food, good sleep, low stress, exercise and a fun lifestyle.

Think about it. You’re applying a patch to your arm to lose weight. That’s nuts.

(Side note: I asked how these work and was told directly from the company “Support is not able to explain the science behind DFT Duo.”).

I mean, we’ve come so far away from the simple truth: real food is the key to health.

Not shakes, not patches, not gel foam derma technology.

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61 Comments

  1. The Boost Premium Greens Beveragecontains gluten-free WHEAT??? Is that possible? Great analysis. Thank you!

    • dani Reply

      I literally have no idea. It makes absolutely no sense to me.

      Thank you!!

  2. Thank you so much for your review. I have been “Thriving” for a week and 1/2 and have felt nothing good at all since starting. Apparently, I’m detoxing and my body is getting used to all the high quality ingredients. I do not have a good feeling about these products which is why I started looking online for reviews. This was super helpful…Thanks again!

    • I’ve been Thriving for over 1 year. Most of what you put in here is just not true. They call it an 8 week experience because we all feel things differently. I started feeling immense amounts of energy after 5 days! My mom full 8 weeks. My cholesterol has been a struggle for 2 years prior to starting Thrive. For the first time my numbers were down! I have changed nothing except taking these 3 simple steps every morning. So for whatever it’s worth it totally has changed my life! I think there are a lot of companies out there not happy because Le-Vel has come up with amazing products that have taken nutrition and made it easy for us. Not taking 20 plus vitamins, enzymes, pro-biotics etc. everyday. You should really give it a try.

      • dani Reply

        All of the information I provided is backed up by legitimate scientific sources. You’re clearly unwilling to accept that, which is fine, but it is in fact, true.

        Your entire story is anecdotal, but I’d recommend not relying on supplements for your health and overall wellness. The best option is a healthy diet.

      • I’m sure some people might have immense amounts of energy due to all the caffeine. You would get the same effect from exercise and eating healthy, but unfortunately they both don’t come in convenient patch form and don’t make you feel like your part of some exclusive “club”.

  3. Is it possible these products can actually make you GAIN weight and feel SLUGGISH….and if your allergic to MSG what are the signs to look for? I been on this for one month and DO NOT feel the GREAT effects I was told would happen

    • dani Reply

      That’s probably a good indication they’re not working for you.

    • Angelena Riggs Reply

      Rita, I think YES! I felt terrible after taking this crap. I was duped into thinking this was good stuff. The more I took them the worse I felt. I believe they caused me to gain weight and have anxiety issues which I NEVER had before.
      Horrible stuff!! I’m sad I ever Tried it and wanted my time and money. Thankfully it was less than a month and I feel Like I’m detoxing from it now.

  4. This review is one reason I would NEVER follow you or anything you say.

  5. I have a “queen” of a saleswoman of the scam at work. Funny thing, she does 20k in sales monthly and everyone including herself has gained substantial weight over the past six months!

  6. You are wrong! Reply

    Listen, first and formost I can GUARANTEE that this person is getting a kick back from the vitamin company they use and posted the link in this review secretively. Nice trick. Second, not a single thing he posted here is factual. He looked up and googled ingredients that are not listed. There are natural and synthetic versions of everything. Thrive uses only natural versions. If you create an account you can go and ask support your questions yourself. They are cloud based, so everything done is online. The CEO’s care more about people than any person out there. It is NOT a weight loss program. I have been Thriving for over 4 years. My doctor and everyone in their office thrives. Please if you are considering Thrive, listen to the millions of people that are loving it and your friends over some person that has a hidden agenda to try to get you to think something is bad. The company is 6 years old. They have done almost 2 billion dollars in sales and paid out over 1 billion in commissions. Even the promoters that do not have huge businesses or even the ones that stopped promoting, still swear by the product! You can FEEL your vitamins work. By the way, I have an extensive health and wellness and fitness background. So to the CEO’s of the company. So you can either listen to someone who is posting a link to a different vitamin while trashing one without actual factual information or you can listen to the millions of people who have had their lives changed by this product and company!

    • dani Reply

      And yet, I’m the only one who provided numerous studies and scientific information to back up the information I provided. Also, you’re the one selling Thrive. Pot, meet kettle.

  7. Anyone that truly is backed by science or whatever crap you mentioned doesnt bash another company and throw in oh by the way since these ones suck have a look at the one I take….sale tactic…I’m sure I’ll get a defensive reply like everyone else. Not someone I would want to follow,you should learn to relay info without trying to bash someone else.

    • dani Reply

      Not bashing, I’m providing scientific information. You don’t have to agree or follow me. The science I provided speaks for itself.

    • Hi there, thought I would add my story to these.
      I purchased a month’s worth of the 3 step product to help my cousin get hers for free. Dumb, but that is what I do.
      Tried the drink mix for 2 days. BLEH! Plus it had milk proteins and whey in it, which I cannot (should not, but I love a good bowl of ice cream or a grilled cheese. I digress) do due to allergies. Gave up on that. Tried to post to the FB page to sell at or below cost to someone that actually likes the stuff. 3 times. My posts were never approved and my cousin was contacted by Le-Vel to “speak to me” about the issues and convince me to continue the product. Not gonna happen and now she is embarrassed.
      Took the capsules with some mixed results. More energy, yeah, a little. No jitters, but expensive for what they were and I have a multi vitamin supplement to fall back on when they are gone. No harm, no foul for me there.
      Now on to the patches. Try your inner arm they said. Okay, left some sticky icky residue and a red spot. Eh, I’m sensitive they said. It will stop after a few days. Try a different spot. Okay, tried a different spot. Each day for 5 days. Same results, only now all of the red spots have developed painful blisters. Well shit! I tried to post photos to the FB website, and again none of my posts were approved and my cousin was again contacted to tell me to try someplace else, like the bottom of my feet, since that skin was tougher and would not blister. What?? She contacted me and apologized profusely for getting me into this mess and promised to refund my money. She doesn’t have it to refund, so I am not going to let her do that. But yeah, lesson learned. Don’t try to help someone out, then try to be honest with others using the product. I have posted on my own FB page about it but not named the cousin. STAY AWAY from this stuff!

  8. Thank you for this! I was looking for this sort of breakdown. It’s crazy what people claim ‘healthy.’ I’m just now learning about the dangers of these ingredients and it’s scary. The first day I took this I felt like CRAP. My blood pressure shot up and my heart felt like it was going to jump out of my chest. This is absolutely not for everyone and people need to be careful.

    • I applause you for this review thank you this product is crap. I used it my first day and almost rushed to my nearest emergency room I can’t even imagine one of my kids accidentally grabbing one of my patches and using it as a sticker. I grabbed the whole thrive box all $300 worth of it and it’s sitting in the trash!!! I live in Colorado where the whole Chris watts murders happen I saw a picture of Chris wearing the double duo patches. I wouldn’t be surprised if this product pushed him to the edge of doing what he did!

  9. I was honestly believing this article until I read the comment section. An author who cannot handle a different opinion without being rude or snarky is not someone that I will ever trust.

    • dani Reply

      You don’t have to trust me. The science I provided speaks for itself.

  10. Hello Dani.

    Thank you for writing this review. I tried “Thriving” for a week….it was horrible! I am a very active person and I try to take care of myself as much as possible. 1st thing I noticed, so much energy! But it wasn’t the type of energy I was expecting. I was told it was natural caffeine, and it might be but wow!! I was completely jacked up and wired for almost the whole day at work…to the point where I noticed I couldn’t focus and concentrate on a single task. At one point, my heart rate was reaching about 150BPM. Then, by 9 PM, I couldn’t keep my eyes open. I was told to keep using it and I will eventually level out. I couldn’t and didn’t want to keep using it…I hated the way it made me feel. In my opinion, one week was too long.

    • dani Reply

      Wow, that’s incredibly dangerous! Glad you’re okay and off of the stuff!

  11. Lukasz Zieba Reply

    I wanted a review as in if it works, I do MDMA sometimes smoke weed and try to stay healthy I wanted to know if it works not a dissertation on the components of this product, continue reading if you want to fall asleep through this nerdy ass review, goodnight ?

    • dani Reply

      Haha. Fair.

      But I’d encourage you to not do drugs and instead eat a healthy diet.

  12. I have someone trying to convince me to try Thrive. I have been reading for hours tonight to learn about it. I wasn’t considering on taking it knowing it was a MLM. I have read it causes one’s blood pressure to elevate and heart palpatations. The scary thing is, I have had a stroke and I’m not old. I have treated Afib and high blood pressure. I could have had another stroke if I had been stupid and taken this crap. Thank you so much and keep up the good work!!

    • dani Reply

      Thank goodness you researched! Definitely unsafe for someone with high blood pressure.

  13. … thrive made me feel like I was on a amphetamine… It was a horrible feeling.. ..I ended up. In bed as it made me feel that bad… Does it have amphetamine type drugs In the product?I wonder?

  14. I have been on Thrive since February 1st. I am down 20lbs, my blood sugars have decreased immensely, my overall cholesterol (checked last week) has gone from 180 to 126. I am 45 years old and work 2 jobs (65 to 70 hrs a week). I have never had more sustained energy. I’ve tried other diet programs. Paid the money. None worked for me like Thrive has.
    As for your “scientific proof”, anyone can Google. But unless you are a well known scientist that actually knows what they’re talking about, you really shouldn’t bash it.

    • dani Reply

      I’ve been a practicing nutritionist for ten years. I don’t have to be a scientist to be able to decipher unhealthy ingredients. This is literally my job.

  15. Thank you so much for this review. I was thinking about trying it, but not now! After reading some of the comments, especially the one and how it made her feel very amped up with all the caffeine, no way. I can’t have a lot of caffeine because of my heart, so it could have hurt me. Glad I found your site!!

    • dani Reply

      These products can definitely be a huge issue for those who can’t have caffeine for medical reasons. I’m glad you found it too!

  16. Thank you for this. I keep seeing people posts on facebook, how everyone claims they get so much energy from it. But I don’t trust multi-level pyramid schemes like these from the get go. They claim so many things, that the science refutes.

  17. I hope you could get in contact with a rep who actually could discuss the ingredients with you on an informed level. I’m very sceptical of these types of companies.
    I’m looking for info because My wife after 1 week of thrive feels amazing… We are skeptical and don’t know why she feels so good.
    I’d like to know what’s in it, because from the from the label it appears to look just like a cheap multi-vitamin with added forms of caffeine.
    Thanks for reviewing though

    • dani Reply

      Stimulants give people energy. A lot of people feel good on them. Kind of like my husband after three cups of coffee. Is it good for you though? No.

    • dani Reply

      Unfortunately there’s no way to definitively determine that.

  18. Thank you for your work. I do not thrive or anything else. I have no hidden agenda.
    My mother passed away 4 years ago due to gall bladder cancer. When she was diagnosed I started researching and yes, some of the things that are in these thrive products are linked to cancer. Sugar and processed foods (man made foods, which are nothing but carbs, which is nothing but sugars, real and artificial) is the number one feeder of cancer.
    I’m a no body, not rich at all, but have tried to educate myself in a healthy lifestyle. From my research, I have learned to stay away from anything containing soy, sucralos, aspartame, refined sugars, a lot of gluten, msg, and I limit my dairy. I have also learned that it is important to keep my body in an alkaline state.
    I would encourage anyone to research the ingredients in anything. I truly believe God has given us what we need in nature. The best way to help yourself is to exercise and eat a true healthy diet, free from those things I have mentioned above. Cancer and diseases can not live in an alkalined body. If you remove those things from your diet you will starve the cancer. It won’t have a food source.
    I just simply want to live a healthy life and have researched things on my own. My only cost pure month is the cost of my healthy food.
    If you add exercise, just walking will do, to your true healthy eating, you will have the energy your wanting. You will feel amazing. It does work. You just have to have self control to avoid the Coke’s and Big Macs and sugary sweet teas. (There’s a lot of other foods I could add there, but those are just the ones my poor sweet momma just couldn’t let go of.)

    • dani Reply

      Linda, you are NOT a nobody. You’ve educated yourself to the point where it seems like you know a lot more than professionals who have been trained in this field. That’s amazing and quite a feat. You should be incredibly proud of yourself and your own tenacity! I’m truly impressed. I’m so sorry about your mother.

  19. Thank you so much. I sure miss my momma but I will say I believe it has saved my life. Through her death I have learned how to take care of my body. Like I said above, I have to have self control, but I feel so proud of myself when I do. I try hard every day. In today’s world with everyone being so opinionated (and I believe deceived) it’s nice to have someone like you speak truth. Again, thank you.

    • dani Reply

      How amazing that you’ve found something so positive from the passing of your mother. I think that’s a beautiful lesson we can all learn from. Thank you, Linda!

  20. I would like to have a product review about Arbonne. Everyone at the school where I work is now using it. It seems like a natural product company but I haven’t researched this one yet. They are losing weight and doing great on it. Some of them have been taken off of major medications they have been on for years. I’m just interested in your take on it.

  21. Hi Dani,
    First thank you for the research and awesome info. I was literally getting ready to buy thrive but googled reviews and found this blog. So glad I did. Thank you! Secondly, I am still looking for a vitamin regiment to go along with my diet and exercise to maximize results and improve my health and hollistic wellness. Can you please email me any recommendations. Any trusted vitamin and supplement regimens that you personally would take. Thanks again!

    • dani Reply

      Hi Justin, thanks for the comment. Unfortunately I can’t make supplement recommendations without working in depth with someone and seeing blood work. Some brands I like are Seeking Health, Pure Encapsulations, Garden of Life and Designs For Health. They have great products that I take regularly. I’m not even an affiliate, I just like these companies.

  22. Thank you so much for this review, Dani! In no way did I feel you were trying to promote the vitamins you take, as some commenters have stated. My niece told me earlier today that she is starting the “Thrive Experience” after having no luck with the Keto thing. Anyone who just wants to lose 15-20 pounds is not overweight in my eyes. Eating right and exercising would work so much better for her. I’ve heard, read, seen videos about this product even before I spoke with my niece, but I was looking for deeper information. So glad I found your site! I just don’t trust this company in the least! I’ve also read alot about Shanann Watts and seen her videos, and she always seemed like she was on speed/amphetamines, plus her husband was supposedly using 2-3 of their patches at a time. Kind of makes you wonder, doesn’t it?

    I will need to be gentle with my niece as she will be very defensive when confronted with the info I can now provide to her. I *know* she hasn’t done her research on this company, and if I don’t tell her, I don’t know who else will. Thanks again! xoxo

    • dani Reply

      Hopefully she’ll be open minded about my research. And you’re absolutely right, she’d be much better off with a healthy diet and lifestyle. You’re a good aunt!

  23. Christopher Inman Reply

    Hi, so I googled “Does Thrive really work” and came across your article. I was looking for an unbiased review. Your title says unbiased, but I think there is bias. Whether it’s against mlm’s or supplements, in general, there is bias. I also was hoping for an unbiased “I tried it and these were the effects” type of review. I can understand that you wouldn’t take anything that you thought, or was told by a review or scientific study, is harmful. Perfectly reasonable.

    The issue I have with your facts are simple: there’s always a study that is contrary to another one. I’m also quite skeptical of the studies that show certain things are linked to higher chances of cancer. What did they do, throw 50 people in a room and expose them to nothing other than the object of their study for 20 years? I think most of these studies are hogwash besides studies that link smoking to lung cancer and liver failure to over-consumption of alcohol. 😛

    So that aside getting back to the topic of thrive. I have several groups of friends that are on this or another product and I’m skeptical of them all. As you say any stimulant will have certain effects. One thing that I’m curious about is the claim that it helps with fibromyalgia. I have a friend that used to always post on his facebook “please pray for me… I’m in intense fibro pain.” After trying this product I have yet to see one of these posts from his facebook page. Is there anyway you could research or know what ingredient is causing this?

    Finally, there is an issue with your delivery. I was hoping for an unbiased professional form of review. What I got was a slight to deeply biased borderline internet troll review. This is your page and your post, I have no obligation to be here or post a comment, but thought I’d leave a review of my own. 😛 Thank you for your time. I will also be checking out the Garden of Life multivitamin and subsequent peer reviews.

    P.S. I’m not a seller or user of any of these products even if your research says contrary. I believe in natural healthy diets consisting of fruits, vegetables, meat, seafood, grains, real sugar, and low dairy intake[Like really it’s made for fattening up calves. It’s going to make you fat.] I believe common sese is a good policy and that it’s not common. Best of wishes on your blog!

  24. I liked the info ! Man you know your stuff…. people what to stay ignorant won’t ask the correct questions and even if they do they won’t like the answers…. unfortunately they don’t know any better and quite frankly don’t give a shit …???

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