Striction BP is said to be able to lower your blood pressure safely and naturally... as well as lower your cholesterol, balance blood sugar and more.
But is this just another over-hyped health product? Or perhaps Striction BP is a scam?
Or is this the real deal?
Upon first glance everything seems to look good. Striction BP...
I would say the most positive sign is the fact that it is available at GNC, which means a lot. After all, a trusted and reputable major brand like GNC isn't going to let some crap product onto their shelves... or at least I would hope not.
About 1 out of every 3 people in the USA have high BP, aka hypertension, (according to the CDC), which is a huge problem.
Blood pressure is the amount of force that a person's blood exerts on their blood vessels, and if you have hypertension this means that the amount of pressure is too much.
Hypertension is often referred to as the "silent killer" because it is a sneaky problem that often doesn't show any symptoms until something big happens, such as having a stroke, heart attack, etc. Even if the pressure is dangerously high, there still may be no noticeable symptoms.
An increased pressure on your blood vessels can cause all sorts of complications. After all, blood is what feeds your entire body and all of its organs.
Having high blood pressure used to be when your readings were 140/90 or higher, but now the diagnosis is if you are 130/80 or higher (source: patient.info).
But you maybe already knew all of this... and if so, I'm sorry to have bore you.
Anyways... let's get into this review and see if this really is the miracle supplement it is promoted as being.
Striction BP is a natural supplement by the company Optimal XT that is mainly for lowering blood pressure, but is also said to be able to help your heart and cardiovascular system out in a number of other ways, including...
This supplement is formulated with only "3 key ingredients", but unfortunately there isn't all that much evidence backing their effectiveness.
As mentioned, Striction BP has "3 key ingredients", as you can see here...
Let's go over each and see what evidence there is, if any, that they actually work.
In the promotional material for Striction BP we are told that there are many varieties of cinnamon and that Ceylon is considered to be the "true cinnamon". It is one of the rarest and most expensive, but has been shown to have great health benefits.
A 2013 article published in Nutrition that I came across looked into the short-term effect that cinnamon has on BP in patients with diabetes and prediabetes... and found pretty good results. In this article they looked at multiple studies that had been conducted and estimated that the use of cinnamon decreased SBP and DBP by 5.39 mm Hg and 2.6 mm Hg respectively.
If you've looked for studies on this matter you've likely came across this same finding before, since it is mentioned in just about every article online that has to do with cinnamon's effects on blood pressure--the reason being that there are a very limited number of studies available.
How It Works:
While the mechanism behind cinnamon's ability to lower BP and whether or not it is very effective overall are still very under-researched, according to at least one animal study on dogs and guinea pigs cinnamon works by causing peripheral vasodilation (source: Pharmacognosy Research). What this means is that it helps relax the blood vessels, causing them to expand and blood pressure to drop.
But this study is very old and, again, this area is very understudied.
Striction BP contains 1000 mg of Ceylon Cinnamon, or 1 g. According to a study mentioned on WebMD, this seems to be around the minimum you want to take to see results--although the study mentioned wasn't focused on blood pressure.
Magnesium supplements are commonly taken to lower BP. They are cheap, safe, and there is a fair amount of research suggesting they are indeed effective.
A large meta-analysis from The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition of various randomized trials on the effectiveness of magnesium for lowering BP found that supplementation "significantly lowers BP in individuals with insulin resistance, prediabetes, or other noncommunicable chronic diseases." This meta-analysis included 543 participants taking anywhere from 365 mg to 450 mg per day.
An even larger meta-analysis aptly titled Effects of Magnesium Supplementation on Blood Pressure , this one involving 34 trials with 2028 participants, found magnesium to have significant effects on lowering BP. The median dose of magnesium in these trials was 368 mg per day for 3 months--and the results were reductions of systolic BP by 2.00 mm Hg and reduction in diastolic BP by 1.78 mm Hg.
A dose of 300 mg per day for 1 month was found to be enough to raise serum MG and reduce BP.
And lastly, a 2018 study in Nutrients was performed on 48 patients with hypertension and found that magnesium supplementation "significantly decreased" both systolic and diastolic BP's. In this study patients supplemented 300 mg for at least 1 month. It is believed that this is likely due to the decrease in systemic vascular resistance and left cardiac work.
Striction BP only contains 32 mg of magnesium, which is much lower than any study I've come across that has proven it to be effective for such. This is disappointing, but I guess some is better than none.
This water-soluble vitamin is very important for a number of reasons, some of the most notable being it's involvement in the creation of red blood cells, neurotransmitters, and white blood cells that are essential for a strong immune system.
While the effects of this vitamin on BP is yet another area that is very understudied, there are a few studies I came across that have found it to be effective. For example, one study in Journal of Hypertension found that high doses of vitamin B6 (about 5x the normal amount) resulted in "complete attenuation of hypertension" in obese rats--and that after stopping supplementation the hypertension returned within 2 weeks.
Ya, I know the study is on rats, but the evidence to go off of here is limited.
This supplement contains 5 mg per serving, which is 250% of the daily value you need to get... a decent dose.
While this supplement definitely has potential, it isn't the sure-cure that it is promoted as.
Overall, with every ingredient, there is limited evidence proving effectiveness in the area of reducing blood pressure.
The cost varies a bit depending on where you buy it. On the official website they are for sale in 3 different packages. The more you purchase the bigger discount you get per bottle, as expected.
And at GNC it is actually selling for quite a bit more,... $59.99 per bottle, which I guess should be expected.
They also have an offer going on where you can get a free bottle of Striction BP. It's not a free trial, but if you purchase 2 bottles you get one free.
You may have come across this type of offer on a sales page like this...
Another piece of good news is that they do offer a money-back guarantee, which is on the table for 60 days after purchase.
They state that there are "no questions or explanation required" and that if you do not see or feel the results you expected you can simply call their support team at 844-248-3717 to get a refund.
But... of course it's never as good as it sounds at first!
The catch is that there is a $9.95 restocking fee per bottle!
Yes... $9.95 'restocking fee' per bottle. How ridiculous is that?
And I'm fairly certain you will have to pay for return shipping as well, which pretty much makes this refund policy useless in some cases.
Upon first looking briefly at the customer reviews I could find online things looked pretty good. However, after digging around a little more and seeing more complaints, things don't look quite as positive.
Amazon is a great source of independent customer reviews (although you can't trust all of them) and as I'm writing this Striction BP has 83 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7 out of 5 stars... which is okay but not 'good'.
I want to make this review as unbiased as possible, so the customer reviews I'll be going over below are in chronological order, starting from the latest I found on Amazon. The only reviews I left out are those that either don't make any sense or don't provide any value... such as a 5 star rating for fast shipping... which has nothing to do with the actual product.
The latest review at the time of me writing this is from someone who experienced some pretty bad side effects from Striction BP, which she believes are a result of the vitamin B6 content...
And then there is this guy who "noticed no difference"...
The next review claims the product is working, from a woman who purchased it for her husband, but it doesn't give any details...
And then this person claim it did absolutely nothing for their BP after taking it for 2 weeks...
The same goes for this person.. it "did nothing"...
But to leave off on a good note... and to show that some people really do swear by this stuff, here is a review from someone claiming that Striction BP worked better than the prescription meds he was on...
There are definitely some very positive reviews out there, but there are a lot of negative ones as well, from people who simply did not experience any positive results or even had bad side effects.
*Note: There was the review mentioned above from the woman who had bad side effects, but this seems to be an outlier. Overall I haven't heard from many people experiencing side effects and I wouldn't expect to based on the ingredients.
On the optimal-health.com website this supplement has an overall rating of 4 out of 5 stars...
While I don't particularly like reviews from official websites like this, due to concerns of bias, these do seem to be authentic... and overall positive.
While I was a bit more disappointed than I was expecting to be after digging deeper into this supplement, there is no reason for me to call it a scam by any means.
Striction BP isn't going to work for everyone, but it is not some scammy supplement that is a load of crap, like some similar health products I've reviewed, including Blood Pressure Protocol and Vedda Blood Sugar Remedy for example.
Just like everything, people's bodies react differently to different supplements.
The main ingredient, cinnamon, has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries and there is some evidence suggesting it's effectiveness, yet some people claim it doesn't do a thing for them.
Even the best prescription drugs don't work for everyone.
To make it even more complicated, often times the cause of high blood pressure isn't known.
In my opinion Striction BP could very well be worth the try, especially if you want to avoid synthetic medications and take the natural route.
Just don't expect it to be a guaranteed success like some of the marketing pitches lead you to believe it will be.
Again, if interested here is the discount offer I mentioned earlier.
I hope it works for you and I hope you found this review helpful. Please leave any comments or questions below and let me know what you think of Striction BP 🙂
Does Fungus Eliminator really have the "secret" to curing your toenail fungus? Or is this just another scam that is going to get your hopes up for nothing?
With all the scammy supplements out there you can never be too sure, which is why I decided to do my own research and write this review.
In this review I'll be going over what exactly Fungus Eliminator is, some of the lies we are told about it, whether or not the ingredients will actually work, concerns and more.
Fungus Eliminator is an antifungal supplement by Pure Health for fighting toenail fungus, which is a bigger problem than most people probably realize.
This supplement takes a different approach than most to getting rid of this problem, which I like. However, overall there are some downsides and I will not be recommending this to my readers, for good reason.
But before we get into all of that, let's take a look at the sales pitch and some of the lies and misleading information we are told...
There are 2 different versions of the sales pitch that I came across, but there might be more floating around the internet that I don't know about.
There is the video version about how a "Toenail Fungus Discovery Is Leaving Doctors Speechless"...
... and then there is the written text copy, which is the same thing just in text format...
Starts Off With The Typical Near-Death Experience
Like most over-the-top and scammy sounding sales pitches for health supplements, this one starts off with a near-death experience--where the spokesman's wife had a heart attack which all stemmed from her bad case of toenail fungus.
And of course his "miracle antifungal breakthrough" was what cured her and saved here live.
Fear Mongering... As Expected
Right on que... You are told that problems like this are more common than you think and that even a small case of toenail fungus can be life-threatening.
And while this isn't a lie... it is misleading and is worded in a way to make us fear for our lives... and of course buy into the supplement that is being promoted.
A Far-Away "Secret Remedy"
And as always... the remedy is some "secret" that comes from a far-away land and has been used for ages...
And it can work in JUST 12 DAYS... with NO SIDE EFFECTS... so we are told anyhow.
As the story goes... farmers in Bangladesh who spend hours each day walking through the marshland in bare feet should be covered in toenail fungus, but they aren't thanks to a "secret" mixture of ingredients that they consume.
"Joseph Owens" Is Likely a Fake
There is a good chance that the entire story about "Joseph Owens" and his wife almost dying is completely made-up.
What I do know for certain is that the images shown of him are fake, and I'll prove it to you.
Here is the one image from the written sales copy...
And after doing a quick reverse Google image search I was able to find that this is actually a stock photo available on Shutterstock...
And the same goes for the image of Joseph shown in the video presentation.
Above is what we are shown, and below is what I found after doing another reverse Google image search... another stock photo available for anyone to purchase...
*I know that second photo isn't exactly identical, but it is of the same person, whom there are lots of stock photos of online.
Lots of Red Flags
The entire sales pitch is over-the-top, the backstory might be completely made-up along with this "Joseph Owens" character... not looking good right off the bat.
They tell us that the pharmaceutical companies know this real cure to Fungus but want to keep it a secret so that they can continue to sell their overpriced products... and while I don't trust the big pharmaceutical companies all that much, what I trust EVEN LESS is misleading promotions like this.
But anyways... let's take a look at the actual supplement here. Let's look at the ingredients and see if they can actually help.
Probiotics are something you see promoted quite a bit from alternative medicine sites when it comes to fighting toenail fungus and a variety of other problems.
There are many different kinds of probiotics, as you can see included in this blend, and they are bacteria that is considered "good" and beneficial in our guts.
While the connection that probiotics have with fungal infections is very understudied, one likely way in which they work is by overpowering the bad bacteria that help feed fungal infections... and by strengthening the immune system.
The big selling point that Pure Health really pushes is how probiotics can help strengthen your immune system, which then gives you body a better chance of fighting off fungal infections.
This has been found to be true in some studies, such as a 2018 study published in the journal Synthetic and Systems Biotechnology that found probiotics to be "safe and effective for fighting the common cold and influenza-like respiratory infections by boosting the immune system".
Boosting the immune system can, in theory, help fight off any sort of infection.
The Downside - The big downside is that there is nothing included in this supplement that is going to neutralize your stomach acid to help the probiotics reach your GI tract unharmed, which is a major problem.
The reason probiotics are often sold mixed in with yogurt is because of this exact reason... the yogurt helps neutralize the stomach acid.
According to Science Daily, probiotic numbers are "dramatically diminished by the stomach's acidity", which is less that a pH of 3.
It's also worth mentioning that this supplement only contains 250 mg of probiotics, which isn't all that much.
Turmeric is called the "special ingredient" in the sales pitch.
One of turmeric's most notable properties is its ability to reduce inflammation. It is a pretty well known powerful anti-inflammatory, largely due to a compound it contains called curcumin.
Inflammation is a natural immune response, and is a good thing, but often times is prolonged and gets out of control, and this is when it gets "bad".
On WebMD I also found that studies suggest curcumin changes the responses our immune systems have, such as by blocking arthritis causing enzymes.
The Downside - This supplement contains 450 mg of 'turmeric'... the problem with this is that there is no indication this turmeric is an extract in concentrated form.
From the sounds if it this is just regular old turmeric that you can purchase at the grocery store for cooking.
A good turmeric supplement will be concentrated to about 95% curcuminoids... which is what you want.
Bioperine's purpose here is to increase the absorption of turmeric, which is not easily absorbed by the body naturally... which is the reason you often see turmeric with bioperine in supplements.
There is a lot of evidence that bioperine (which is peperine) can do this, however the information they present to us is misleading.
In the sales pitch we are told it can increase turmeric's absorption by 2,000%...!!...
And while I am familiar with the study that shows this being true... it is just one study and others have not even come close to replicating the results.
That said, bioperine definitely is a good ingredient that helps.
The cost per bottle varies... the more you buy the bigger discount you get, as expected.
If you just buy one bottle it is $67, but they also have a 3 and 6 bottle deal for discounts as you can see here...
They state that they offer a 365 day money-back guarantee where you can get a full refund if you don't see results...
However, after reading their return policy it seems that it might be harder to get a refund than it appears at first.
You will have to call in to get a RMA# and for the return address. Now I'm definitely not saying that it is going to be difficult for certain, but why not just provide the return address and is a RMA# really necessary?
This seems like just an extra unnecessary step to drag out and complicate the return process.
And I also find it hard to believe that they can offer such a return policy with the ingredients included here and the likelihood of them not working that great.
The biggest concern I have when it comes to a supplement like this and the misleading way in which it is promoted is whether or not you can trust the company.
The quality of the ingredients can make all the difference in the world and if you buy cheap supplements from an untrustworthy company you might be getting poor quality ingredients.
The company behind Fungus Eliminator is PureHealth Research and their address is listed as:
5501 Merchants View Square
#804 Haymarket, VA 20169
I was not able to find any company listing with the BBB and, all-in-all, not much information on this company at all.
If you go to purehealthresearch.com you can read about them on their "about us" page, but they basically just say everything that a potential customer wants to hear... that all the ingredients are scientifically tested and are included in the right amounts, that they only use the "purest" natural ingredients that come with a certificate of analysis, etc.
I don't see anything alarming, yet I don't really see anything that proves this to be the top-notch trustworthy company they claim to be.
I wouldn't call this a scam, but I can understand why some people might be calling it such.
Yes, the marketing is definitely over-the-top and even a bit 'shady' with all of the lies we are told... but I'm not going to be calling it a scam by any means.
I'm not going to be recommending Fungus Eliminator mainly because I have concerns about the ingredients' potential effectiveness.
If the turmeric was concentrated and they included some sort of protectant ingredient for the probiotics to make their way into your GI tract then I might recommend it... but they don't.
I like how this supplement takes a completely different approach to fighting toenail fungus compared to most, but it is still lacking in my opinion.
That said, the choice is yours, and if you still want to you can purchase Fungus Eliminator on the official website here.
I hope you enjoyed this review and found it helpful. Please leave any comments or questions below. I like to hear feedback from my readers 🙂
Is BPS-5 really going to be the blood pressure lowering supplement that helps you increase blood-flow and feel younger again with plenty of energy to do the things you love?
Or is BPS-5 a scam that you would be better off avoiding altogether? With the other blood pressure lowering scams out there, like Blood Pressure Protocol for example, it's a question that needs to be asked.
The purpose of this review of BPS-5 is to help answer these questions. Here I will be going over what exactly this supplement is and what it does, whether or not you can trust the company behind it, ingredients, concerns and more.
BPS-5 is a natural supplement by FAI Health that is formulated to lower blood pressure. It is promoted in a number of different ways and many of the promotional pitches are over-hyped and sound scammy.
Overall this supplement seems like it could be good but I will not be promoting it, mainly because of lack of transparency, as I will be going over.
The sales pitch is quite ridiculous and likely the reason you are reading my review right now... because it sounds pretty scammy.
There are several sales pitches floating around on the internet. You may have come across this video that starts off talking about "this silent killer could fill over 750,000 coffins by end of the year" (which we learn is hypertension)...
.. or you may have seen another one I came across about how a "small nameless building has the potential to turn the pharmaceutical industry, and billion dollar drug companies upside down".
Typical Fear Mongering
Here you have the typical fear mongering approach where they try to strike fear into the minds of viewers. They talk about how hypertension causes heart attacks, strokes, etc... and sometimes it's too late to fix... you die.
While this is true what they say, the way the way they go about explaining this is intended to scare. When watching it you pretty much feel you are going to die if you have hypertension... unless of course you buy BPS-5.
This Video "Might Save Your Life"
Of course you have to watch carefully, the video might save your life. And you have to watch it right now because it could be taken down at any time... typical for these types of promotions.
Right on que... we are told that the medical establishment has known about the root cause of hypertension for years, yet continues to overlook it...
As they tell us, the medical industry doesn't want people to be cured... because they want to continue to suck every penny out of the population.
While I definitely do not trust the medical establishment completely, what I trust even less is scammy promotions like this that take misleading and deceptive approaches to sell their supplements.
I'm also a big fan of natural cures, but the truth is that prescription medications aren't always the bad guys... and while they do often have some pretty bad side effects, they also help a lot of people.
A Near-Death Experience
It seems that most sales pitches start off with some near-death experience... and then the person fully recovers thanks to some magical cure later on.
The story here is that some retired military veteran named Jerry almost died from high BP... but is now completely symptom free thanks to FAI and their natural cure.
But I have no evidence that any of this is true.
The claim is that fructose is the root cause of hypertension. It causes uric acid production which slows nitric oxide production and leads to tightening blood vessels.
There are a bunch of research studies cited and whatnot, but the presentation is misleading.
While research implies that fructose does play a big role in hypertension, how much of a role it plays is still now well known and it certainly isn't the only cause of high BP.
As expected, the information provided is very vague.
Phrases like "this extract", "this compound", "this special formula", etc. are often used.
We know this supplement consists of 5 herbs/spices, but what they are we do not know.
Overall the sales pitch isn't something I care for too much. I would rather watch a shorter video that gets to the point faster and that is more straightforward.
The company behind BPS-5 is called FAI, which stands for Functional Aging Institute (website: fai-health.com). The company was founded in 2013 by Dr Dan Ritchie and Dr Cody Sipe (both or whom hold Ph.D's and are personal trainers) with the goal of helping older clients achieve better health naturally.
One of their biggest achievements has been the development of a "senior fitness" certification program composed of knowledge, theory, skill and practical application... which personal trainers can take to add to their credentials.
Dan, the head guy, has helped relieve thousands of hypertension completely naturally, has spoke at large events, helped people in over 16 countries, and has even been featured on the news... among many other things.
Both guys have quite a long list of qualifications and achievements.
While the sales pitch may lead one to believe that these people are a bunch of scammers, they are not in any way and do seem to be the kind of people you can trust.
However, there are some concerns I still have that I will go over shortly.
Well, I hate to leave my readers wanting more, but unfortunately I don't know the ingredients.
In the information provided all they tell us is that it is a "proprietary formula", which is a term that I hate to hear.
Even on the main product page of the fai-health.com website there is no information as you can see here...
A bit concerning to say the least.
*If anyone knows the ingredients please let me know in the comment section so that I can update this review!
Natural ingredients like those said to be contained in this supplement are usually less likely to cause side effects, but that's about all I can say since I don't know the actual ingredients.
Synthetic drugs on the other hand, according to a report in the Journal of Nephropharmacology, are responsible for about 8% of hospital admissions in the US--from side effects of the drugs. That is a heck of a lot.
That said, natural remedies aren't always as safe as you might think.
As it's being promoted right now, you can get BPS-5 and their Healthy Blood Pressure Protocol ebook for $69.
The ebook is basically a bunch of information on how to naturally lower your BP. It discusses why some diets don't work, what does work, some simple tricks you can do daily to lower BP (like breathing techniques for example), and so on.
In the video presentation that I watched I was told that this price is "for today and today only", but this is far from being the truth. This video presentation has already been running for days saying the same thing.
The claim is that they offer a "rock solid 365-day guarantee" where you can get a full refund if your high BP is not reduced.
They make it sound so simple... just contact their support at firstname.lastname@example.org and you will be able to mail in the opened bottles and get a full refund.
However, I've been reviewing products marketed like this for too long to fall for this kind of statement.
What more than likely will happen is you will somehow have to prove that you followed the protocol exactly as you are supposed to, that you didn't skip any days of taking BPS-5, and you will likely need some blood-work to show before & after results... and maybe more.
There is almost always a way out of money-back guarantees like this when they are incredibly vague... as this one is.
But this is just my two cents on it all... I don't know for sure if it will be difficult to get a refund.
My main concern here is about the ingredients and the lack of transparency about them.
How can they expect us to trust them and to buy this product if we don't even know what's in it?
The marketing tactics are also a bit concerning... The company itself and the founders seem to be stand-up guys who you can trust, but then the misleading marketing tactics make you question their integrity.
While there are definitely some things I don't like about how this supplement is marketed and some concerns I have, I certainly don't have any reason to call it a scam.
I also would highly doubt that a company with a good reputation like FAI would be willing to damage their image selling a scam product.
I wish I could have been more thorough in this review but unfortunately there is limited information for me to go off of.
Is this worth a try? Well, it seems that it could be, but there are too many unknowns for me to recommend it to my readers.
That said, if you want you can purchase BPS-5 on the official website here.
I hope that you found this review helpful. Please leave any comments or questions below and I will get back to you soon 🙂
Will this finally be the cure to your joint pain? Or is Heal-N-Soothe a scam that is just going to get your hopes up for nothing... only to leave you with less money than when you started and the same joint pain?
If you look up reviews on Heal-N-Soothe you will find tons of positive testimonials all over Google, Youtube, etc... but the problem is that a lot of people are just promoting the product to make money selling it, which is why I decided to write my own review here.
In this review I'll be going over what exactly Heal-N-Soothe is, whether or not the ingredients will do anything, complaints, why I don't trust the company too much and more.
Enjoy & be sure to share this review if you find it helpful!
Heal-N-Soothe (I'll be referring to it as HNS at times) is a joint pain supplement by the company LivingWell Nutraceuticals the attacks joint pain from various angles with an array of natural herbs and proteolytic enzymes.
It's a fairly pricey supplement and the marketing behind it is a bit over-the-top, which is the reason many people are hesitant to purchase it.
While it does have potential to work, the main reason I'm not recommending this supplement to my readers is because the company is a bit on the 'shady' side, as you will see shortly.
In the promotional material there was a video I watched on how Heal-N-Soothe works that talked about your body's immune response to infection and how inflammation is a key part of this--but when you are eating foods that have gluten your immune system is basically "on" all the time and never "shuts off".
They also tell us that this increased and continuous inflammation going on from the continuous immune response causes an overproduction of fibrin--and this then makes it harder for nutrients and oxygen to reach cells in need.
So in a nutshell, eating foods with gluten, which is a toxin, causes increased inflammation in the body and leads to lack of nutrients and oxygen getting to your cells, which causes joint pain among other problems.
The reason join pain isn't a problem for people when they are young (in this case) is possibly because there are more proteolytic enzymes produced in the body which have the role of dissolving fibrin after it does its job.
Is there any truth to this?
Yes there is. Gluten isn't just bad for those with celiac disease. You can also have gluten sensitivity without having the disease. There is still a lot unknown about gluten sensitivity but it has been shown that people without celiac disease's health can improve when eating a gluten-free diet.
Inflammation that goes beyond your digestive system is very likely to affect joints and according to Dr Rochelle Rosian, a rheumatologist at Cleveland Clinic, people with RA and gluten sensitivity experience less joint pain when they don't eat gluten (source: arthritis.org).
It is also true what they tell us about fibrin causing (or leading to) joint pain. Fibrin engages with inflammatory cells and "plays an important role in the inflammatory process and the development of rheumatoid arthritis" according to the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.
However, the misleading part of the whole sales pitch is how they make it seem that everyone's joint pain is stemming from gluten, which is far from being the truth.
While taking gluten out of your diet could very well do the trick, this is not a cure-all solution.
This is what they call this treatment.
Heal-N-Soothe contains proteolytic enzymes. So the goal is to increase the number of proteolytic enzymes in the body by supplementing more--and this will help get rid of the fibrin faster.
But this is just one way that it could help with joint pain. It also includes a handful of herbs that can help reduce inflammation among other things.
Let's take a look at the supplement label here and then I'll go over each of the ingredients individually.
These are enzymes that are produced by the stomach and pancreas. If you haven't heard of them before, maybe you have heard of them called by other names, such as peptidases, proteases or proteinases... which all refer to the same thing.
They are well known for their ability to digest proteins... which is what gluten is (gluten is a mixture of 2 proteins).
Our bodies produce these enzymes but, as mentioned, sometimes we don't produce enough and production normally will decrease with age.
You can get these enzymes naturally from foods like..
.. or you can take supplements like Heal N Soothe, which contains a 750 mg blend of different proteolytic enzymes.
This is a good amount if you compare it to natural sources. For example, about 0.3% of kiwi's weight is comprised of the proteolytic enzyme actinidin (source: Advances in Food and Nutrition Research). An average kiwi weights about 76 g, so if you do the math you are getting about 22.8 mg of the proteolytic enzyme per kiwi... a heck of a lot less than a serving of HNS.
This traditional medicine has been used for years and is very common in traditional Indian medicine.
It is traditionally used for a number of different problems, including arthritis and bursitis. Treating inflammation and pain is something that it is being more closely looked at in recent years.
A 2014 study in the Indian Journal of Pharmacology found that an oral dose of the extract (125 mg) can increase pain tolerance and pain threshold... meaning that pain didn't bother patients as much.
However, the true anti-inflammatory potential of this herb is not well known and largely understudied.
Heal N Soothe contains 150 mg, which is a good amount and even more than many supplements on the market.
Turmeric is one of the most popular natural supplements for treating inflammation on the market right now. If you have spent any period of time looking into natural remedies for joint pain then I'm sure you've come across this. For example, Joint Pain Hack and Instaflex Advanced (other joint supplements I've reviewed) contain this too.
While it is just recently gaining a lot of mainstream popularity, it has been used for centuries. According to PBS it emerged in Ayurveda medicine in as early as 500 BC.
The compound found in turmeric that is largely responsible for its anti-inflammatory properties is called curcumin.
In a study published in Arthritis Research & Therapy curcumin was found to suppress the expression of pro-inflammatory mediators and "significantly" reduce osteoarthritis progression. However, strangely it didn't show any effect on pain relief.
This supplement contains 60 mg of "turmeric rhizome". We have no idea how concentrated this extract is and the potency can make all the difference in the world.
That said, even if this were standardized to 95% curcuminoids (which is what you want), it still wouldn't be very much.
These bioflavonoids are commonly used for immune support and can help increase vitamin C absorption, which can help with arthritis and other inflammatory problems.
In an 8-week study with patients suffering from osteoarthritis in the knees, citrus bioflavonoids were found to have anti-inflammatory effects.
This supplement contains 90 mg of this complex, which is a decent amount if you compare it to other supplements.
Now you might be wondering... if these bioflavonoids are being consumed to enhance the effects of vitamin C, then why doesn't this supplement contain vitamin C?
Well... what I can say is that vitamin C is easy to come across and if you consider yourself to eat healthy amounts for fruits and vegetables then you likely are getting enough of it. But it would be nice if they had included some here.
Ginger is yet another traditional medicine that has been around for ages... thousands of years.
The bioactive compound called gingerol is what gives ginger much of it's anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits. It has been shown to reduce certain substances in the body that promote inflammation in the joints, which is why concentrated extract from ginger is sometimes used for arthritis treatment and similar ailments.
In a 2001 study published in Arthritis and Rheumatism 261 patients with osteoarthritis received either ginger extract or a placebo and were evaluated on their knee pain. The results--ginger extract had a "statistically significant" effect on reducing symptoms of OA...with a reduction in knee pain of 63% vs 50% in the placebo group-- maybe not all that significant though.
There are 90 mg per serving contained in HNS.
Native to the dry coastal canyon regions of California, yucca has long been used as a traditional medicine by Native Americans--to treat inflammation, improve digestion, increase circulation and relieve pain.
The plant is rich in phenols that are well known for their anti-inflammatory effects. Resveratrol is the most famous of them--which is also found in high amounts in grapes and grape products.
There are 90 mg of yucca root included here and no indication that this is a concentrated extract.
This organic compound is found in many different foods such as spinach, broccoli, yams, potatoes and more... but in low amounts. It is also produced by the body inside the mitochondria of our cells where it actually helps in the production of energy.
This compound has been found to lower markers of inflammation in a number of different studies, which is why it has gained so much attention in recent years.
HNS contains 50 mg of such, which is a pretty low amount but still better than nothing.
A flavonoid known to reduce inflammation, rutin is also thought to treat a number of others conditions and be good for blood vessels.
A 2014 study in Inflammation Research found rutin to inhibit HMGB1 release, which is a mediator of vascular inflammatory conditions.
30 mg are included here per serving.
The last on the list is Devil's Claw Root Extract, which is another traditionally used medicine--this one from South Africa originally.
According to the website Versus Arthritis, Devil's Claw has been proven to improve osteoarthritis pain when compared to placebo in at least 3 studies.
In one study Devil's Claw's pain relief effects were compared to that of phenylbutazone (NSAID) and participants reported more pain relief and less side effects with it.
Altogether it would seem so... there is a lot of research proving such, however none of these ingredients have been very heavily studied and much of the claims are still somewhat based on traditional medicine.
Additionally, clinical trials proving their effectiveness on humans are severely lacking. It's one thing to test on animals and a good sign if there are positive results, but the results don't always transfer over to humans.
And another problem I see with these ingredients is that some of them are not concentrated enough. The turmeric for example doesn't seem to be a concentrated extract... and even if it were it would be nice if they would have included a complimentary ingredient like piperine to increase the absorption of such by the body.
That said, yes there is definitely a lot of potential here and it is likely that you will benefit from this concoction.
There are always some potential side effects. While looking into the individual ingredients I found some claims of nausea, upset stomach, headache, diarrhea, etc. from users.
Upon reading over reviews from people who have actually taken Heal N Soothe itself I found some side effects to be:
The pills are said to be 'spicy' so you might not want to take them on an empty stomach.
Note: It is always a good idea to consult with your doctor before taking any sort of supplement just to be on the safe side--especially if you are taking other medications!
The normal price per bottle is $59. These include 90 capsules and will last you one month.
They also offer a free trial bottle where you just have to pay shipping, which is $9.95 for US orders and $19.95 for international orders.
Now you may be thinking... this is one heck of a high cost of shipping for a small supplement bottle... and you would be correct to think this.
In my opinion this is NOT a "free" trial and I wouldn't be surprised if they are making money from it.
Cancelling Your Subscription
When you sign up to get a free bottle you are enrolling yourself in a monthly auto-ship program as well. It clearly states this on the website.
So a month from signing up to get your free bottle, you will be shipped another bottle, this one at $49.95, which is a 33% discount from the regular price. And this will be shipped to you every month.
The number to call to cancel your subscription is:
Or you can cancel online.
When it comes to customer reviews and complaints things aren't looking all too well. It does have an average rating of 3.7 out of 5 stars on Amazon, which really isn't too bad, but there are a lot of pretty nasty complaints both in the Amazon reviews and on other review sites.
But let's start off on a good note. Let's start off with the positive reviews. There are people who swear by this supplement when nothing else seemed to work... and I don't want to make it look worse than it really is in this review.
In the review below this customer claims Heal-N-Soothe was "the only thing" that worked for their chronic pain...
Here is another good review I found from someone claiming that it worked better for lowering triglycerides in the blood than the prescriptiomedication they were taking...
And here is another very positive review from someone who was at a dead-end and the doctors were of no help, but HNS worked with no side-effects...
Some of the top complaints that I think are worth mentioning are as follows...
Aggressive Emails - One thing that is for certain is that this product is marketed in an overly-aggressive manner. You might have noticed this if you've been receiving emails from them... and you may have even marked some of these emails as spam or junk... because they can be annoying.
Unauthorized Charges & Trouble Cancelling Account - One major complaint that I have come across quite a bit, and that is pretty concerning, is that people have been getting their credit cards charged without knowing it or even after canceling their subscriptions.
Those two complaints shown above I found on the BBB's website--and after looking around some more I came across other complaints on ComplaintsBoard about this too...
Lots of complaints about this from multiple sources... not a good sign.
Problems Getting Refunds - And as you can probably imagine after reading all of that, getting refunds from this company isn't exactly as easy as it may seem at first...
They won't refund it if opened?? How ridiculous is that?
On healnsoothe.com they mention that "you may return this package unopened for a full refund" in their Terms of Service, but there isn't really any refund policy that I can find.
They do however say that you can return it for a refund within 2 weeks if it doesn't work for you...
HOWEVER, I also found on another part of their website that you have a 90-day money-back guarantee... (or so they say)
So which is it?
I wish they would make it clear with a refund policy of some kind, but I can't really find what the real answer is to this.
Side Effects - As mentioned, there are some people complaining about side effects from taking this, although I will say that there aren't too many.
Several I found that were about the pills causing upset stomach and being spicy, like this one...
... and there were also a several like that below where it supposedly made their joint pain worse...
Upon all of the complaints about the company and how they give people trouble getting refunds and whatnot, I decided to look into them a bit more.
Not only do you want to be able to trust that they will hold up their end of the bargain if you do end up requesting a refund, but you also definitely want to be able to trust the company behind products you are putting in your body.
The company behind Heal-N-Soothe is Livingwell Nutraceuticals, and one of the first red-flags I noticed is that they can't even seem to spell their name right.
They spelled it right at the top of the page but as of this review the name is spelled incorrectly at the bottom of the page... It's missing an 'L'.
Going off of their profile on the BBB's website they are pretty much a ghost. They have been in business for a while but are not accredited, don't have a rating, and don't have any customer reviews or complaints.
The good sign is that they are based in the USA, which is much better than dealing with some company in some other country with less strict laws, and they provide their phone support number (800-248-1068).
That said, their address on the BBB's website is listed in Nevada and when you go to the 'Contact Us' page on the Heal-N-Soothe website it is listed in California.
But I guess companies often have more than one address for HQ's, return centers, etc... so this might be nothing to worry about.
The manager listed as a contact for the company is Jesse Cannone, who is actually the founder and CEO of the Healthy Back Institute (as mentioned in the complaints)--as well as a personal trainer and post-rehab specialist.
Things were looking better after seeing some qualifications this guy has... until I took a look on the BBB's website and found that The Healthy Back Institute's accredation was revoked and they have a F rating... not looking too good.
Overall the company doesn't seem to be all that trustworthy based on what I see here. I don't know about you, but this isn't the type of business I like dealing with.
I would not consider this a scam, although I know a lot of people are calling it such.
It's true that they do use some sneaky and 'shady' marketing tricks to sucker people into subscribing to monthly orders, which is pretty scammy I guess, but overall I wouldn't consider the product a scam.
While Heal-N-Soothe definitely does have some potential to help with joint pain, I'm not really recommending it to my readers due to the company not being all that trustworthy as well as the price being fairly high.
That said, it is your choice and if you are still interested you can purchase Heal-N-Soothe here.
Just don't expect it to be the miracle worker that it is often portrayed as being in the marketing material. Also, you have to give it a couple of weeks before giving up. Sometimes supplements like this take a while to show positive results.
I hope you enjoyed my review and found it helpful (and if you did please share!). Leave any comments or questions below and I'll get back to you as soon as I can 🙂
Hearing Hero is a low-price hearing aid that is marketed as being some amazing product, but is it really? Or is it just another scam product that is going to be a waste of your money?
With all the hearing related scams out there, such as all the tinnitus cure scams that I've reviewed like Tonaki Tinnitus Protocol and shady products like Tinnitus 911... it's no wonder why people are suspicious of this being a waste of money as well.
I first came across the product after receiving an email about it and then decided to look into things further... and I'm glad I did.
There are some reviews you can easily find on Google but the problem is that it seems most of these reviews are just trying to make money promoting the product... which is why I felt the need to write this review of Hearing Hero.
If you are looking for an unbiased opinion of Hearing Hero then keep reading. Enjoy...
Hearing Hero is an affordable hearing aid that offers all the basic features and necessities that you absolutely need in a hearing aid, but lacks in certain areas.
If you are looking for something cheap and basic, this could be for you... although there are some serious concerns I have after conducting my research which is why I'm not recommending it to my readers.
Hearing Hero was supposedly designed and engineered by engineers who worked in the space and aircraft industries. They say that these engineers worked with companies that dealt with "super-high-quality miniature electronics"... making the transition to designing hearing aids an easy choice.
Some of the claims made about this product in the promotional material are that...
BUT, as I'll go over in the complaint section... these aren't all entirely true and you have to take what you hear in the sales pitches with a grain of salt.
Hearing Hero works like a lot of hearing aids you will find on the market.
First there is a microphone that picks up sounds. Then an amplifier makes these sounds louder and the sounds are processed digitally based on settings that you have adjusted. During this process there is also noise cancellation going on to reduce background noise that you don't want to hear. Lastly the sound is transmitted to the ear piece where you will hear it.
Hearing Hero is what you call an 'over the ear' hearing aid... because... well, it sits over your ear. The unit sits behind your ear and then there is a clear tube that runs over-top of the ear and into your ear canal... so if you are looking for something discreet you are looking in the wrong place.
DSP - This stands for 'digital signal processing'. Basically what this means is that the sounds entering the microphone are converted into digital codes and then amplified based on settings made to the hearing aid.
Noise Cancelling - This is a must. They pick up all noise but do not amplify "junk noise", which would consist of wind blowing on the microphone, rubbing, etc.
Adjustable Amp - As is absolutely necessary, you can adjust the volume of these hearing aids.
N & T Options - These are 2 options you have where you can adjust the base and treble sounds. Adjusting this can be good for certain situations. You will likely want to switch between settings if you are in a quite library speaking to someone vs being at a rock concert.
The only adjustable controls you have are the volume and the N & T options discussed above. These you can change to your liking manually. As for noise cancellation and such, this is all out of reach to the user.
At the time of this review they offer a discount starting off at 35% if you order one Hearing Hero. This discount then increases to up to 55% off the more you order.
Obviously buying more gives you the best deal... but who on earth is going to need 5 of these?
This "discount" could just be a marketing stunt. They might never actually sell at "full-price".
*All orders are available with free shipping.
You also have the option of paying an extra $15 for lifetime protection, which means you product is covered under warranty for life. However, I'm a bit hesitant to believe they will hold up their end of the bargain with this offer... and you will see why when I go over the complaints.
While not every hearing problem can be remedied with a hearing aid, a lot can.
Sensorineural hearing loss is the first kind of hearing loss and this is when the hair cells of the inner ear that are responsible for detecting sound are damaged, when the nerve is damaged that runs from the inner ear to the brain, or when there is a combination of both going on. There is no pill or surgery that can fix this kind of hearing loss, but if you still have some hearing then a hearing aid can often remedy this by amplifying the sound.
For those with mild to moderate sensorineural hearing loss a standard hearing aid like Hearing Hero may do the trick. But if your hearing loss is severe then a more powerful hearing aid may be needed.
The other type of hearing loss is called conductive hearing loss. This kind comes from fluid, tissue, or bone that is creating a blockage and isn't letting sound in as it should. This can happen in any part of the ear, not just the ear canal.
This kind of hearing loss can often be treated by surgery but often times hearing aids can still do the trick.
The first thing that you might want to do is check in with a doctor and try to find out what type of hearing loss you have in the first place and ask if hearing aids can help.
*Here is a great article on the types of hearing loss if you are interested in learning more.
No, there is no need for a prescription from your doctor. Anyone can purchase Hearing Hero on their own.
Yes. As soon as you turn Hearing Hero on it will begin to amplify sounds so that you can more easily hear.
However, it will take some time to get used to, as it will with any hearing aid.
This is dependent on what insurance provider you have and your plan, but most times hearing aids are not covered, especially if your hearing loss is not severe.
You are always able to give them a call and find out however, which is what I'd recommend if you are looking to buy.
On the website they state that "delivery will take up to 30 days", as you can see here...
Now they could just be stating that it will take "up to" this long to cover their butts in case something would delay shipment, while normally it could ship much faster, but I'm a bit unsure.
The company is based in New York but there is always the chance they are shipping from some country far away (they more than likely are--I'll go over this).
The return policy (which can be found on the TOS page) is a bit strange. You are able to get at least a partial refund within 45 days whether you have a RMA or not, but the strange thing is that the only way to get a full 100% refund is to have a RMA and return the item between 22-45 days after purchase...
If you return the Hearing Hero in 21 days or less you are hit with a 10% "early return fee"... how absurd is that?
Hearing Hero is sold by a company called TrekFirst, LLC which is headquartered at the address:
56 West 45th Street
New York, NY 10036
They can be contacted via phone or emails at:
All seems good right? They are located in the USA and provide both email and phone support.
The problem is that there is almost no information on this company. They are not registered with the BBB or anything like that and even on their "About" page
they really don't tell us much of anything. Correction: they don't tell us anything.
One thing that is obvious to me is that the company is very small. As listed above, their address is a single suite in a building in New York.
Upon digging a little deeper I found that they are registered in New York and the initial filing date was just towards the end of 2018. So they haven't been around long either.
You can see above that the address they are registered at is different from the address they list on their website. I'm not sure the reason for this but it could be that they changed addresses after registration, which happens all the time.
There is absolutely no proof that I can find of these hearing aids having aircraft-grade electronic parts nor of them being made by a team of engineers who used to work in the aircraft and space industries.
These claims seem like they could be made up... but I have no proof of this being true either.
Finding real, genuine customers reviews proved to be more difficult than I had anticipated. Of course on the website they show a bunch of reviews from people who are praising the product, but I like to look for reviews from more unbiased sources.
I couldn't find all that much, but there were some reviews on HighYa that I came across, and altogether things aren't looking too good.
At the time of me writing this there are only 4 reviews total... and out of these 4 only 1 is positive. To make matters even worse, this positive review (shown below) seems like it could very well be fake. It just seems overly positive and unrealistic...
I've reviewed many products in the past and always look at customer reviews. There is always the problem where you can't trust every review you read... because reviews can be fake. And based on my better judgement this seems like a fake review to me.
It also doesn't even make much sense. The person is basically claiming it's a fix for tinnitus sufferers, but the reality is that hearing aids will not help with tinnitus.
The review shown below comes from a person who received their Hearing Hero hearing aid NEARLY 1 MONTH AFTER BUYING... which didn't give them much time before the trial period ran out.
I guess this answers my concern about shipping times. It seems that the shipping time really can take up to 30 days, which brings up the question... where the heck are they shipping these from?
There also seems to be a bit of trouble trying to get the company to honor their refund policy. The complaint shown below is from someone who attempted a return and it seems that the company kept delaying the process...
*Note: You can also see that the person above claims they are "very large and uncomfortable", which contradicts the claims made of it being comfortable and small. That said, this is expected since not everyone's ears are shaped the same nor are they the same size.
And then the last review was from yet another customer who was experiencing long shipment times.
Overall the customer reviews (the ones that actually seem to be real) don't paint a very pretty picture of this company.
As for the hearing aids themselves I haven't found much negativity. Most of the negativity comes from the company and how they treat their customers.
I do not see any reason to call this a scam, although there are others calling it such.
What seems to me to be going on here is there is a very small no-name company trying to make as much money as possible and they can't really keep up with business. There is a lack of customer support, shipments seem to be coming from oversees instead of the company storing in the US and shipping from here, and so on.
While it may be somewhat of a shady operation and the product isn't as good as it is said to be, I wouldn't call it a scam.
There is no proof that Hearing Hero is as amazing as it is claimed to be. There are no studies proving its effectiveness and no tests comparing it to other more reputable hearing aids.
And... the company lacks reputation.
The main reason to purchase such a hearing aid is because of price. It is cheap and affordable... but... as the saying goes... you get what you pay for.
If you buy Hearing Hero you are getting a hearing aid that...
I will not be recommending this product to my readers due to unbacked claims, over-hyped marketing and the fact that the company doesn't seem very trustworthy.
Don't fall for the hype that these hearing aids are as good as those that cost thousands of dollars. As I've said, you get what you pay for.
My Suggestion: If you are looking for low cost hearing aids then look on Amazon. There are plenty of them that are even lower cost and look more trustworthy.
I hope you enjoyed this review and found it helpful. Hopefully it gave you a better idea of whether or not Hearing Hero is a good choice for you.
Keto Hack is promoted as an easy way to get into the state of ketosis without all the hard work, which can help you lose weight, stay focused, provide you with steady energy and is said to have a number of other health benefits.
But is this supplement really as good as they say? Or is Keto Hack a scam supplement you would be better of avoiding?
In this review I'll be going over all you need to know including the ingredients it has and whether or not they will work, side effects, complaints, pros v cons, and more.
But first I want to make clear that this review is for the Keto Hack supplement by Nutrition Hacks. The reason I say this is because there are more than one supplement called "Keto Hack", such as this one pictured here...
Many of them are pretty scammy and sold by completely unreputable companies. The 'Keto Hack' that I'm reviewing here is one of the better ones, although you will see that I still definitely have some complaints.
It provides a supply of BHB ketones so that you can simply put yourself into ketosis by supplementing these and don't have to worry about going on a stressful and long low-carb diet.
Ketosis Explained: Ketosis is a state that the body enters when there are not enough carbohydrates to use as energy and it must start burning fats, which causes the liver to produce ketones.
Burning fat as energy and being in ketosis is said to have many health benefits and people who have maintained this state say it is preferable due to the long amounts of steady energy provided.
BUT, getting into ketosis through good old fashion diet and exercise isn't very easy. It can take weeks of strict dieting to achieve the blood ketone levels necessary to officially be in the range of ketosis... which is why there are ketosis inducing supplements like Keto Hack here.
Some of the claims made about Keto Hack include that it can provide rapid results and kickstart ketosis by increasing ketones in the body, optimize performance so that you can get better workouts and have higher energy levels, and it is said to sharpen brain function.
While all of these claims are likely true for ketosis to some extent, it is important to know that there haven't been any studies proving these for Keto Hack in particular.
Below is the full label to Keto Hack...
And here is a closeup of the ingredients...
One of the claims is that Keto Hack contains a "unique blend of BHB and minerals to maintain constant ketosis".
However, I don't really see anything "unique" about this blend. I have looked at plenty of other keto supplements on the market and there isn't anything special here.
But of course they don't list the amounts of each ingredient... so I suppose the doses could be what makes this blend "unique" if this is indeed true.
The Keto Blend contains a 800mg mixture of the following...
Calcium BHB, Magnesium BHB, & Sodium BHB - These are all what you call "ketone salts", because they consist of a ketone (BHB) bound to a salt (calcium, magnesium and sodium).
There are also what you call 'ketone esters', but these are not as commonly included in supplements and are more expensive... although they do likely work better as I'll go over shortly.
Ingesting ketones elevates the ketone levels in the blood stream and inhibits the burning of carbohydrates for energy, which is exactly what you want to happen... so that fat is burned instead.
MCT Powder - MCT stands for Medium Chain Triglyceride, meaning this is a powder form of fats you will find naturally in things like coconut oil.
The idea behind including this ingredient is that MCTs can easily be converted into ketones by the body, and can help you stay in a keto state for longer periods of time.
Calcium Citrate - Calcium is a mineral that is important for strong bones, muscle contractions, is necessary for a lot of enzyme activity going on and more. Keto dieters often supplement calcium because the idea is that circulating ketone bodies make your blood more acidic, which causes the body to draw calcium from the bones to counter the effects.
To be honest, I'm a bit disappointed here. This supplement definitely has some potential but there are some downsides and complaints I have when it comes to the ingredients included here.
Limited Evidence - As discussed in a recent post about keto pills I wrote, the big concern with these ketone salts comes from them being an alien-like substance for the body. The body does not produce anything like them naturally and because of this they might not be used that efficiently.
There have been little studies performed on them to-date, most have been performed on 'ketone esters' which the body does produce, but I was able to find at least one study that found they likely decrease athletic performance in some cases... contrary to how they are often marketed (source: Medical News Today).
Can they lead to a state of ketosis where you have a steady surplus of energy and a clear mind? Some people swear they do... but there just isn't enough science backing up the claims yet.
Including MCTs Doesn't Make Much Sense - While MCTs can be beneficial, it doesn't seem they will be in this case.
As mentioned, MCTs can easily be converted into ketones by the body... BUT... this is when the body is going into ketosis naturally from being starved of carbohydrates.
Most people taking Keto Hack probably aren't going to be doing strict low-carb dieting to get into ketosis naturally, which is the whole point of taking this supplement in the first place. So this would mean that MCTs would be worthless from this point of view since most supplementers will still be consuming carbs and the body won't be producing its own ketones anyhow.
Amounts Unknown - All of these ingredients are listed as a "Keto Blend" that is 800mg per serving. But unfortunately we have no idea how much of each ingredient there is, and I really dislike this kind of thing.
We want the amounts of the BHB ingredients to be as high as possible, but there is no way for us to know this. Maybe the calcium citrate accounts for much of the 800mg blend, which would be a big waste of money.
That said, assuming that much of the blend consists of BHB, this would be right around what the 'standard' is for keto supplements.
However, it seems that a lot of studies that have shown BHB supplements can induce ketosis have used much higher dosages. For example, a 2017 study that concluded "exogenous ketone drinks are a practical, efficacious way to achieve ketosis" used daily doses of 12 - 24g of BHB ketones... a heck of a lot more than this and pretty much every other keto supplement.
As you can imagine, due to the fact that ketone salts are not produced by the body naturally, there are more reported side effects from people taking them.
These include things like nausea, diarrhea, stomach aches, etc. No very serious side effects have been reported however.
Just as the benefits of ketone salts are largely understudied, so are their side effects. There is still a lot of unknown here.
MCT oil is generally consumed without any problem, but some people experience an upset digestive system while taking this too. That said, the amount included in this supplement is likely very small and there is little chance it will give you any problems.
Overall the side effects don't seem to be anything to worry about.
The cost varies depending on the quantity that you purchase. You can choose to purchase either 1 bottle, 3 bottles, or 6 bottles (each bottle lasts for 1 month) and the prices are as follows:
And this is all with a discount as you can see here...
... but who knows if this discount is real or not. It could be that these are never sold at the 'full price' and it's all just a little marketing stunt.
The 6 bottle deal is obviously the best. You are getting each bottle for about $29 vs the $49 you would pay for just 1 bottle. That seems like a great deal, but it makes you wonder if they really need the price to be $49 per bottle in the first place.
It's nice to see that they do have a 90 day money back guarantee in place... or at least that is what they tell us.
Lack of Evidence - I don't like how any of the keto supplements are marketed. It seems that just about all of them are over-hyped and marketed with loosely proven claims.
Yes, ketone esters are pretty well proven... but the ketone salts that this supplement contains aren't the same thing.
Lack of Transparency - No dosages are provided... I just don't like when companies do this. I would rather see some transparency.
That said, I get why they do it... they don't want other companies copying their products.
Company Location - One thing you may want to be aware of is that the company is registered in the Barbados, which definitely doesn't mean there is anything suspicious going on, but it does raise some concerns.
There are some good signs however, such as how they have live phone support and provide an email address to get in contact with them.
*You can also get in contact with them via their Facebook page.
Seems Overpriced - To me the price seems like it could easily be lower. I get it that most places will offer a discount when you purchase higher quantities... but a $20 discount per bottle!!!?? If they are able to do this then the price is too high in the first place.
I don't consider Keto Hack a scam at all. If you were to consider this product a scam then you would have to consider half of the supplement market a scam.
While much of the said benefits aren't proven all that well, it still has potential and is actually a lot better than many of the other much more scammy keto supplements I've reviewed in the past.
Due to the lack of evidence backing these types of supplements I'm not going to be recommending Keto Hack.
However, you are more than welcome to give it a try and can order Keto Hack on the official website here.
If you are going to buy a ketone salt supplement like this, which consists of most keto supplements on the market, then this is one of the better and more trustworthy ones I've come across, although I still do have some complaints as mentioned.
Anyhow, I hope you enjoyed this review and found it helpful. Please leave any comments or questions below and I'll get back to you soon 🙂
Keto diet pills are being marketed like crazy, and unfortunately a lot of people are losing money over it.
Do they work at all? Is this whole thing a scam?
You asked and now I'm answering.
The question of this whole keto-craze and whether or not keto-inducing pills are a scam is something that needs to be address... after all, these are new types of products that are often marketed in ways that make them appear "too good to be true".
Of course everyone wants to take the easiest route possible, but actually achieving ketosis on your own can be quite a challenge. In order to do so you have to starve your body of carbs so that it has no choice but to use fat as a fuel source and to produce ketones.
Ketosis Explained: Ketosis is the state your body is in when ketone levels in the bloodstream are greater than 0.5mM.
In order to achieve this state naturally you have to cut carbs out of your diet, which forces your body to use fat for energy and causes it to produce ketones.
The said benefits of achieving this fat-burning state include...
... and more.
However, achieving this state is easier said than done and can take weeks of strict dieting to reach, which is a challenge that many people aren't up for.
Keto diet pills are designed to help put your body into a state of ketosis without all the work.
Ketones can be produced by your body or can come from external sources, like the pills we are talking about here. The ketones coming from pills are called exogenous while those produced by the body are endogenous.
What keto diet pills supposedly allow you to do is eat the same but still enjoy ketosis because you are elevating ketone levels in your blood by simply ingesting ketones. So this means you can still eat that pasta, or make your morning cup of coffee as sugary as possible.
The main ingredientsin these pills is BHB, or Beta-hydroxybutyrate..
..which is what helps induce a state of ketosis without you jumping on the treadmill, cutting out carbs, or doing anything differently in your daily life.
There are three different forms of ketones but BHB is what you find in most products, which is produced naturally by the body and is in the highest concentrations when ketosis is achieved naturally. Additionally, it is more stable which makes it a better choice for selling in supplements and it is best for energy production.
Acetoacetate and acetone are the two other ketones that your body produces from fatty acids when there aren't enough carbs to use for energy production, but BHB is the main one here.. BHB is the most abundant of the three, is the most used, and is the most stable, which is why this is a good choice for a supplement.
The two main types are ketone salts and ketone esters.
Ketone salts are ketones bound to a mineral, such as calcium, sodium or magnesium (usually sodium). They were the first to come to market but might not be all that effective because they are not bioidentical to anything produced naturally, which means your body might not use them as believed. They may be rejected or just not used as effeciently.
Ketone esters are ketone bodies bound to alcohol molecules (not alcohol like whiskey or beer). The good news about these ketones is that they are just like what your body makes naturally. So this means you can slip them into your diet and your body won't know the difference... and will use them.
Ketone Esters vs Ketone Salts
While science is still lacking in the area overall, ketone esters seem to be the much safer and more effective choice. As mentioned, they are identical to what your body produces naturally, so your body will use them without a hitch... and they won't cause and strange unwanted side-effect, which ketone salts might (side effects are not well known yet).
This is another type of ketone supplement that is claimed to be able to trigger the breakdown of fats inside cells better as well as help regulate the metabolism.
The reason they are called "raspberry" ketones is because they are a substance that occurs naturally in raspberries along with some other fruits in small amounts.
HOWEVER, the "raspberry ketones" you find in supplements is just a synthetic copycat, not the natural real thing.
Furthermore, raspberry ketones have nothing to do with ketogenic diets and there are no studies showing any weight-loss benefit for humans. Products with this synthetic ingredient in them are based on more hype than the 'normal' keto diet pills/supplements, which contain the ketone esters and salts mentioned above.
If you are willing to put forth the effort, naturally achieving ketosis is beneficial over ketosis induced by pills in a number of ways.
Besides providing no challenge and not requiring discipline that is much needed to help keep the weight off long-term (which you would get if you were to do this naturally), taking pills that put you into a state of ketosis don't last long.
Sure, they elevate ketone levels in the blood, but this is short-lived. There is no natural ketone production going on and because of this the levels of ketones in the blood won't remain very high for long.
In addition to this... It just isn't natural and the effects of this aren't all that well-known.
Naturally you have either one or the other: You either eat carbs and use them for energy or you starve your self of carbs and use fat and ketones for energy... but never can you naturally be eating a lot of carbs and be using fat for energy in a state of ketosis... it just doesn't happen.
Natural doesn't always mean good, but usually it does and pumping in ketones from an external source is something that definitely isn't natural.
When you are taking supplements like this the levels of ketone bodies in your blood are elevated, which helps suppress your appetite. This is obviously a good thing when it comes to weight-loss but the problem comes into play when you are done with the pills, which could cause you to feel hungrier than you did before starting your diet because of how it messes with your metabolism.
It isn't natural so can it really be that effective?
Well, I know I've been saying this a lot, but unfortunately there hasn't been all that much research in this area yet.
A Limited Number of Conflicting Studies
When you do research on this topic right now you will find very few studies, which is bad enough... and to make things worse their findings are often conflicting. Some say exogenous keto supplements work while others disagree.
Some say they work...
A 2017 study in Frontiers in Physiology measured the effects of supplementing ketone esters and ketone salts. In the study 15 participants consumed drinks that contained these ketones in doses of 12g or 24g and the findings were that they are a practical way to achieve ketosis, having elevated blood BHB levels a good amount... and also having lowered blood glucose levels along with free fatty acid and triglyceride concentrations.
Others have found them ineffective..
One really good study on DietDoctor.com that I was able to find took a group of people and tested out the effectiveness of 4 of the top keto diet supplements on the market.
In this study the supplements were tested against a placebo for their ability to increase:
A variety of different tests were performed such as blood tests to measure ketone levels, max push-up tests to measure physical performance, questionnaires, and so on.
The results? Not very impressive...
While there was some improvement in some areas, the placebo actually performed better in others!
And again, this was testing some of the more expensive and trusted keto-inducing supplements out there... not the scammy products that will likely perform even worse!
Now this doesn't go for every keto supplement out there, but one thing I have noticed is that many of them include very small doses of BHB... very small.
In the study mentioned above that actually showed supplementing ketone esters and ketone salts to be beneficial, the patients had large doses of 12g or 24 g while many of the supplements I have looked at contain LESS THAN 1g PER SERVING!
That is a huge difference.
The safety concerns mostly come from the ketone salt products out there, which are understudied and as mentioned the side effects aren't really all that well known.
Additionally there are safety concerns because many keto pill supplements are being sold by unreputable and unestablished brands, which I'll be going over now...
There are keto pill supplements out there that are manufactured by trusted companies. However, it seems that 90+ percent of them are made by no-name companies that have no reputation and can't be trusted all that much.
There is a long list of these products, but some that come to mind include:
... and a whole lot more.
Usually these supplements are marketed in an over-the-top ridiculous fashion, making them appear to be some sort of miracle product.
Here is an example in which you can claim a "free" bottle of Enhanced Keto...
Many of these supplements are marketed in similar ways and look almost identical, as you can see here...
.. and it is hard to say what exactly is going on.
Are they made by the same company? And if so, why is the company releasing new products under different names.
There are a number of supplements out there that are the same thing with the exception of their names being different, which just adds to the shady marketing behavior around these products.
Often times these similar products will have the same exact ingredients and dosages... shady operations to say the least.
One of the big points made in some of the marketing material surrounding such products is that they have been featured on the hit TV show Shark Tank. However, this is a complete lie and it has gotten to the point where Mark Cuban himself has felt the need to state this on Twitter...
So not only do these products likely not work as good as they are said to, but you also have to worry about unreputable brands selling you stuff that isn't what they claim it is.
You hear about it all the time... supplements being sold that have "filler" ingredients which don't do anything... this is what I worry about from products like this.
There is no doubt that getting your body to state of ketosis naturally is going to be much more beneficial for weight loss, not just because it will last longer but also because the work it takes to get to the final state will help you reach your goal--however--I understand that not everyone wants to put in the work and wait 3+ weeks to get to this state.
So are the pills worth buying? There are some people that claim they have had noticeable benefits from keto supplements but there are also a lot of people that claim to have noticed nothing... and the science backing these supplements is 'iffy' at best.
What it really comes down to is whether or not you are willing to spend some money on another weight loss supplement that might not work.
And of course you also have to remember that there is a good chance you will end up being more hungry than you were in the first place after you stop supplementing the pills--which will just lead to post weight-gain if you are not disciplined.
The bottom line is that there isn't much proof here and there are a lot of supplements out there from companies with no reputation that could be complete junk.
If you are going to buy the pills and give them a try, get something you can trust and be sure to check the amount of BHB in it first.
Drink some coffee or tea.. get some caffeine.
Did you know that a lot of keto diet pills actually contain caffeine?
This further clouds the effectiveness of such pills because we don't know how much benefit is coming from the caffeine vs coming from the induced state of ketosis... if anything.
That said, keto diet pills don't have much good proof as to their effectiveness and caffeine is a much cheaper option with an abundance of scientific evidence backing its use for dieting and weight loss... AND you don't have to worry about buying from some potential scam company because it is so abundant.
NerveRenew is said to be able to treat neuropathy without any side effects, but is it really as good as they tell us? I've reviewed far too many scammy supplements in the past to trust that something works just because that is what the company says.
Is NerveRenew a scam that you would be better of avoiding?
In this NerveRevew review I'll be going over what exactly it is, the ingredients it has and what science has to say about them, side effects, complaints and more.
NerveRenew is a neuropathy treatment supplement made by Neuropathy Treatment Group, which sometimes goes by the name of Life Renew for some reason (not sure why).
At first glance things look good. The company has been around for about a decade and they have an A+ rating with the BBB...
But of course you can't always judge a book by its cover.
The said benefits of taking this supplement are that your neuropathy will be cured, which includes feeling being returned to limbs, no more tingling and burning in your hands and feet, etc.
The sales pitch I came across talked about some man named "Michael Brady" who was a structural engineer who had suffered from neuropathy for over 10 years when he came across NerveRenew and was able to cure himself from the condition by taking it.
However, I'm a bit hesitant to believe this story. It sounds like it very well could be made-up and the fact that the image shown of this "Michael Brady" guy is a stock photo (as shown below) definitely doesn't help...
After a quick reverse Google image search I was able to find that this photo is a stock photo from ShutterStock that anyone can purchase and use online...
But anyways... this isn't the first time I have come across marketing material like this and although it might not be 100% true, the supplement could still be well worth buying, so let's take a look at what this supplement contains and whether or not it has real potential to help out with neuropathy.
Below is the label from Nerve Renew with the list and dosage of each ingredient...
Let's take a look at each of the 7 ingredients listed here and how it may or may not help with neuropathy...
1. Vitamin B2 ( Riboflavin) - Riboflavin deficiency has long been associated with neuropathy of various kinds. In an article published in the Journal of Inherited Metabolic Disease in 2016 they found that patients with riboflavin deficiencies had symptoms from cranial nerve deficits such as hearing loss, sensory ataxia, axonal neuropathy and more.
That said, I've come across sources stating that riboflavin deficiency is "extremely rare" in the United States and most other developed countries. However, it has also been reported that 10-15% of the global population have an inherited condition of limited riboflavin absorption and that as high as 54% of British adults (non-elderly) were borderline deficient (the statistics are all over the place and not very conclusive).
Riboflavin is found mostly in milk and dairy products, meats, dark-green vegetables. In Western diets much of peoples' intake comes from all the dairy products consumed.
Nerve Renew contains 4mg per serving, which is 235% of your daily need.
2. Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine HCl) - The weird thing about this vitamin is that you can get neuropathy if you don't have enough or if you have too much.
One interesting study I found was about people getting neuropathy from consuming too many energy drinks containing the vitamin (2017 study published in Neurology).
However, you are more likely to suffer problems from deficiency rather than excess. Some symptoms that signal a potential vitamin B6 deficiency (but definitely don't mean this is the problem) are skin rashes, cracked lips, sore tongue, moodiness, a weak immune system, low energy... and of course tingling and pain (along with others).
It is closely linked to functions of the nervous system and is involved in 150 different enzyme reactions in the body total... meaning it is very important. It is active in the process of producing serotonin and norepinephrine, 2 neurotransmitters, as well as in the formation of myelin, which is a sheath later that insulates nerves and helps keep them functioning properly.
Nerve Renew contains 4mg of this vitamin as well... 200% of your daily need.
3. Vitamin B12 (Methylcobalamin) - You probably get the point by now... B vitamins are important for a healthy nervous system--Vitamin B12 falls in with the others and is a treatment option for neuropathy at times.
Like vitamin B6, B12 is also very important when it comes to keeping your myelin sheaths in-tact. A deficiency in this vitamin can lead to damaged sheaths and this can cause neuropathy and brain malfunctioning.
Vitamin B12 is being used to treat Type 2 diabetic patients with neuropathy... and it is also being looked into more as a treatment for chemotherapy-induced neuropathy. Diabetics develop neuropathy at high rates, likely due to uncontrolled blood sugar damaging nerves.
In 1 serving of this supplement there is 2,000mcg of vitamin B12, or 33333% of what you need daily. This is a lot, but it can still be taken in this high of amounts without adverse effects.
4. Vitamin D (Cholecalciferol) - This is another important vitamin that plays a role in the health of the nervous system and is thought to affect neuron development. While there are still a lot of unknowns, studies suggest that a deficiency can lead to increased risk of central nervous system diseases.
A recent 2019 study in Diabetic Medicine looked into vitamin D levels in people with Type 2 diabetes who have peripheral neuropathy and those who don't, along with healthy volunteers. What they found was that those with peripheral neuropathy had lower levels of the vitamin, and that those with painful neuropathy had the lowest levels... lower than those with painless neuropathy.
Deficiency of vitamin D can be very high in elderly populations, some sources stating that as much as 61% of the elderly are deficient even in the United States (source: J. Steroid Biochem Mol Biol.).
50+ percent of our vitamin D intake is supposed to come from the sun and then the rest from our diet, which is why deficiencies are more common in colder months when people are indoors more.
Nerve Renew contains 500IU which is 125% of what we need daily.
5. Benfotiamine - Don't be fooled by the name... benfotiamine is a derivative of vitamin B1 or thiamine. The difference is that it is fat soluble and seems to be more easily absorbed by the body. which might be the reason it was found in a study published in Exp Clin Endocrinol Diabetes to help more with peripheral nerve function.
This supplement provides 300mg per dose.
6. R-Alpha Lipoic Acid - ALA is a natural antioxidant that has a number of benefits. Its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties have been found to be therapeutic for the central nervous system, which is why it is commonly used to treat nerve damage.
A study by the American Diabetes Association found that 5 weeks of oral ALA supplementation improved neuropathic symptoms. In this study there were 181 diabetic patients with neuropathy tested and the optimal dosage was determined to be 600mg per day.
While better than nothing, this supplement only contains 150mg per dose.
7. Proprietary Blend of Herbs - In addition to all of the vitamins, there is also a 43mg per serving blend of herbs that includes the following...
While the evidence that the herbal blend will help is limited, there is definitely potential and plenty of science showing that all the B vitamins along with vitamin D can help with neuropathy.
However, whether or not it is going to help in any one situation depends on many variables, such as how much of the particular ingredients you are already getting in your diet.
There is no guarantee that this blend of ingredients will help, but based on my findings it seems that it definitely could.
It is of course always suggested that you talk to your doctor before taking any type of supplement, however... that said, there is little chance this will cause any side effects.
It is nothing more than a blend of vitamins and natural herbs--and although some of the herbs are less studied, the dosages are small and likely safe.
NerveRenew costs $49 for a month supply. However, they offer a "free 2 week trial"... or at least they do right now as I am writing this...
But you do have to pay for shipping and this is pretty darn costly in my opinion.
So it's not really free and my guess is that they are pocketing some of the money from the "free" trials they are giving out.
Why? Well, because that seems like a high price for shipping a small supplement.
But anyways, it is what it is.
Another thing I want to point out is that when you sign up for your free 2 week trial you will have to check this box...
What you are agreeing to here is to be billed $49 on a monthly basis for more NerveRenew each month. So you might want to mark your calendar so this doesn't hit you by surprise!
*You can cancel before your 2 week trial is up so that you won't be billed.
They do offer a 1 year money-back guarantee... or at least I have seen this advertised. However, I haven't really been able to find much information on it.
The sales pitch I came across mentioned that Nerve Renew has a lot of vitamin B (which we know) and so do their competitors... "but that's where the similarity between our formula and others ends."
A Different Form of Vitamin B1
As I've went over, Nerve Renew uses the form of vitamin B1 called benfotiamine, instead of thiamine as they claim most other supplements use.
The purpose of this is to increase absorption in the body, because benfotiamine is more easily absorbed. And this is true--benfotiamine is absorbed up to 3.6 x more because it is lipid-soluble and not water-soluble.
But This Isn't Uncommon
Upon doing a little research it seems that benfotiamine isn't all that uncommon as we are lead to believe. A quick search for neuropathy supplements on Amazon brought up a handful of results that I found benfotiamine in.
As far as I see, this seems to be the norm, not the other way around.
And The Same Goes for Vitamin B12
We are also told that Nerve Renew is special becaue it contains the form of vitamin B12 called methylcobalamin that is more easily absorbed than the 'more common form'.
However, it appears to me that most neuropathy supplements that contain vitamin B12 have it in the form of methylcobalamin, just like Nerve Renew... so there is nothing special here either.
On the official website for this product they show a bunch or great reviews from people who are more than pleased with their results after taking NerveRenew, but of course it's expected to see the best of reviews on their own website.
What I'm interested in is a more unbiased source of reviews--I want to see the good and bad.
Amazon is a good source of reviews and, although you can't trust them all the time, reading through them can be helpful when looking for what real users have to say.
There are over 200 reviews at the time of this review with an average rating of 3.1 out of 5 stars... not horrible but not that great either...
There are a fair number of people who are more than happy with the results and have experienced great benefits...
But of course there are also a fair number of complaints, some of the more notable ones I'll go over...
No Expiration Date - One complaint I want to address is that about there being no expiration date...
It's true that we have no idea how old the supplements are that we order. There is no date.
That said, the good news (semi-good) is that old vitamins won't likely cause you any harm... and since the company seems to be reputable and to get a good amount of business, I doubt they are sending out old supplements.
Too Expensive - There are some complaints about it being too expensive but most of them are older. It seems that the cost used to be higher than $49 a bottle, which is the reason I'm not seeing any recent complaints about this--although I still think that $49/bottle is pretty expensive.
It Doesn't Work - Of course the main complaint that you will find comes from people who this supplement simply did not work for.
For some people it made no difference... no less pain, no less tingling... nothing...
But does this mean it doesn't work? No, not necessarily. There is never any medication supplement that works universally the same for everyone.
Spam - This isn't a complaint about Nerve Renew, but rather the company behind it. Apparently they spam quite a bit so you may want to create or use an email address you don't really care about when entering information for your free trial and so on. There are a fair number of complaints with the BBB about this...
Overall the complaints are nothing too alarming. I was expecting to find people complaining about it not working, as you will find with any supplement.
One thing I always look into when reviewing supplements is the quality of ingredients.
I like to be able to trust what I'm ingesting and being to trust the company and manufacturing process is a must.
Overall what I've found seems to be good. The company has been around for around a decade and has an A+ rating with the BBB as mentioned earlier.
Also, they state that their manufacturing facility goes through 3rd party audits twice a year and that every ingredient is tested for purity.
Now I have no proof of the independent audits that are conducted, but I'll take them at their word since they seem like they can be trusted on this.
NerveRenew is definitely not a scam. The only reason I'm addressing this question is because I know there are people asking and calling it such.
It does seem that the marketing behind this supplement can get a bit carried away, but it's no scam.
NerveRenew could very well be worth a try and there is a chance that you will see improvements with your neuropathy condition after taking it.
The people who are most likely to not notice any difference are those who have very healthy and balanced diets, who are already getting enough vitamins and whatnot--but just because you think you eat healthy doesn't mean you do!
If you are interested in giving it a try you can get NerveRenew on the official website here.
*Note: You should take it consistently for at least 3 weeks to see if it is going to work for you.
I hope you enjoyed this review and found it helpful. Please leave any comments or questions below and I'll get back to you as soon as I can 🙂