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United Naturals Synbiotic 365 Review – Scam or Does It Work?

Synbiotic 365 is receiving some heavy promotion but will it actually do anything for you? Will it cure your digestion issues or is Synbiotic 365 a scam that is just going to end up being a waste of your money?

Unfortunately there are so many supplement scams out there these days that this is a question you need to ask... which I will be investigating in this review.

In this Synbiotic 365 review I'll be going over exactly what this supplement is and the company behind it, the ingredients and whether or not they have any hope of working, side effects, complaints and more.

What Is Synbiotic 365?

  • Name: Synbiotic 365
  • Manufacturer: United Naturals
  • Cost: $45/box (price decreases the more you buy)
  • Recommended?: Yes
Synbiotic 365

Overview

Synbiotic 365 is supplement created by United Naturals that consists of B vitamins, probiotics and prebiotics to support a healthy gut flora. As the company name implies, all of the ingredients are natural, which is usually a good thing. 

United Naturals is not accredited with the BBB, which may raise some concern, but based on my research they do seem to be a trustworthy and credible company, one that you can count on to honor their refund policy if you are not satisfied with your purchase (well, maybe not all the time--more on this!).

While the science behind the effectiveness of such probiotics is still lacking in some areas, overall the supplement definitely has potential and is one of the better probiotic supplements I have reviewed to-date. Just be aware that this is NOT guaranteed to work for everyone.

Claims Made

When you find promotional material for different supplements it is always hard to know what you should believe as absolute truth and what you should consider nothing more than hype.

As far as Synbiotic 365 goes things don't seem too bad. It isn't being promoted as some miracle supplement that is going to magically cure all of your digestive issues, or at least not to the extent of some other rather ridiculously marketed supplements I've reviewed, such as Digestive Freedom Plus for example.

The main claim is that, by improving gut health by improving the microbiota of the gut, you can possibly eliminate all sorts of digestive problems.

And the man behind it all is Dr. Vincent Pedre...

Who Is Dr. Vincent Pedre?

Dr Vincent Pedre Synbiotic 365

Dr Pedre is the man behind Synbiotic 365, and is the Chief Wellness Officer at United Naturals.

Pedre is a Cornell graduate who received his M.D. from University of Miami School of Medicine, later going on to found Pedre Integrative Health.

His approach to medicine is holistic, combining aspects of Eastern and Western medicine to come up with a solution to better gut health and better digestion. This is why he often promotes the use of yoga and meditation to relieve digestive problems, which may sound bizarre but can help by relieving stress... a known culprit of digestive issues.

But don't worry, with Synbiotic 365 you won't have to get into crazy yoga poses or meditate... and he isn't just a doctor teaching people what he learned from his education. He actually suffered from IBS himself for years and this is what led him in the direction of becoming a "gut doctor". 

Pedre has even went as far as to author a book called Happy Gut, which outlines his holistic approach to restoring gut health and living an overall better life, rather than just treating symptoms.

Overall I'm very pleased with the information I've found on Dr. Vincent Pedre. He seems to be the real deal and is the type of person you want standing behind a product like Synbiotic 365.

Ingredients

Symbiotic 365 Ingredients
1) B Vitamins

The B vitamin blend consists of thiamin (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), vitamin B6, folate (B9), vitamin B12, biotin (B7) and pantotheric acid (B5)... all of which are dosed at 200% of the recommended daily value except for vitamin B12 which is provided at a 1,000% RDA dosage.

B vitamins are important for digestion and overall well being. They each serve different functions and I'll give a quick rundown of each included here:

  • Thiamin (vitamin B1) is active in the process of turning carbs into energy, which is their main function. It also plays important roles in the brain and nervous system. When it comes to digestion thiamin assists in the production of hydrochloric acid, which is the acid in your stomach that breaks down food, and helps regulate appetite.
  • Riboflavin (vitamin B2) is active in the metabolism of fats, proteins and carbs. It is also important in the process of turning carbs into energy, just as thiamin is.
  • Niacin (vitamin B3) is needed in the conversion of carbs to energy and is also needed for the proper function of sugars and fats in the body, and helps support healthy mucous membranes in the digestive system. Besides that it is active in the production of sex hormones, improves circulation, and more. A deficiency of it can lead to vomiting and diarrhea.
  • Vitamin B6 is important for digestion and particularly during the process of processing proteins. It also is active in the conversion of carbs to glucose as well as the creation of both red-blood cells and neurotransmitters.
  • Folate (vitamin B9) is, yet again, active in the conversion of carbs to energy. It is also thought to help increase low digestive acid levels and help with constipation--and help form new red-blood cells.
  • Vitamin B12 helps make DNA and is very important for healthy blood cells and nerve function... and of course it is active in the conversion of carbs to energy. Digestive problems are one of many symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency.
  • Biotin (vitamin B7) isn't just great for your hair, skin and nails. It is also involved in the conversion of carbs to energy and important for digestive tract health.
  • Pantotheric Acid (vitamin B5) also helps convert carbs to energy and is needed for producing blood cells... in addition to being important for a healthy digestive tract.

You can see that all of the eight B vitamins are active in the conversion of carbs to energy. This is why a common symptom of vitamin B deficiency if fatigue and being overly tired all the time--and why there are all sorts of vitamin B energy drinks on the market.

Many of their functions overlap to some extent but it is important that you get the enough of each in your diet, which many people don't.

Vitamin B12 deficiency alone is pretty common, which some studies estimating that up to 39% of US adults are at risk of being deficient.

2) Probiotic Blend

The probiotic blend is the core of what this supplement provides.

What we have here is a 20 billion CFU blend of different bacteria, mainly consisting of lactobacilli types.

What are probiotics?

Probiotics are often referred to as "good" bacteria. They are simply bacteria that live in our guts and are beneficial to our health, mainly for our digestion and immune health.

Taking probiotics has become more popular recently with the movement towards more natural health approaches and is a common alternative to conventional therapies when it comes to gastrointestinal problems.

Is there proof that they work?

  • An analysis by researchers at Chochrane Collaboration looked at 63 different studies on the effectiveness of probiotics on acute diarrhea. With probiotics about 55% people were free from diarrhea after 3 days. Without probiotics only about 34% were diarrhea free.
  • Article from Harvard Health  - There were 14 clinical trials of people with constipation who were given either probiotics or a placebo. On average probiotics were found to slow the gut transit time by 12.4 hours, increase the weekly frequency of bowel movements by 1.3, soften stool and make it easier to pass.
  • A study of 214 IBS patients took probiotics for 4 weeks and 78% of them, or 167 of the patients, found them to reduce pain and bloating. The probiotic used here was L. plantarum, which is also included in Synbiotic 365.
  • A large meta-analysis of 1793 patients looked at the benefits of probiotics vs placebos on patients with IBS. The concluded results were that probiotics reduce pain and severity of symptoms.

Constipation, diarrhea, IBS, acid reflux... probiotics have been found to be beneficial for many gastrointestinal problems.

The studies and analyses mentioned above are just a small sample of what exists out there.

Probiotics are definitely important for proper digestion. This is something we can all agree on. However, this alone doesn't mean that Synbiotic 365 is going to work.

Concerns about effectiveness

One of the big concerns when it comes to probiotics is that they will be killed by stomach acid before ever reaching the intestines, and will thus be useless. 

This is why you often see probiotics included in dairy products like milk and yogurt--the reason being that milk and yogurt help neutralize the stomach acid so that the probiotics can make their way into your intestines while still living.

This exact reason is why many probiotic supplements do not work. They fail to address this problem.

Synbiotic 365 does not have any dairy in it to neutralize stomach acid, but what it does have are capsules made from hypromellose. This is a fairly new type of capsule being used that delays disintegration. I haven't really found much information at how effective it actually is when it comes to delivering probiotics, but it's nice to see that United Naturals is working to address the problem.

*This means it's good for people who are lactose intolerant.

Dosage

The dosage you get per serving here is 20 billion CFU.

A CFU is a "colony forming unit" and this refers to the number of live bacteria strains in each dose. This may seem a bit weird but this is how probiotics are measured.

There is a lack or research as to what the best dosage is, but 20 billion CFU looks pretty good when compared to most other supplements and studies.

You will find many supplements with only 10 billion CFU and then a few that go as high as 50 billion CFU. However, more isn't always better.

3) Chicory Root Inulin

This is what you call a pre-biotic and its purpose being included in this supplement is to provide food for the probiotics. Prebiotics are not bacteria... they are just food for bacteria.

Chicory root inulin is soluble fiber and this is what you want. It is not broken down by our body's stomach acid and makes its way unchanged into the colon, where it is then fermented by our gut bacteria... and in this case hopefully by all of the probiotics this supplement has provided that made it's way beyond the stomach acid.

All this said, the 315mg of this fiber that Synbiotic 365 provides really isn't much at all... but I suppose it is better than nothing and if you have a healthy/balanced diet you should be getting enough soluble fiber to provide food for the probiotics anyhow.

Ingredient Quality

One thing I want to point out about this supplement, which is a good thing, is that they don't cut corners just to make money.

The quality of ingredients included here is better than most. I already went over how their capsules are made from hypromellose, which is certainly better than some of the other choices out there--but they also provide other better ingredient choices, such as methylcobalamin for vitamin B12 instead of the synthetic form of cyanocobalamin.

Ingredient quality is a huge concern when it comes to probiotics because of how fragile the bacteria is. Bacteria in probiotic supplements needs to survive the manufacturing process, storage, and then of course it needs to make it past your stomach acid to be of any benefit to you. So there is a lot it has to go through and a company that doesn't put in the effort to deliver a quality product is likely leaving you with a bunch of useless pills that won't do anything.

Luckily this doesn't seem to be the case here... although there aren't any studies I have come across as to Synbiotic 365's effectiveness in particular.

Any Side Effects?

You are unlikely to experience any negative side effects from taking Synbiotic 365.

Some people experience a temporary increase in gas and bloating from the increased fermentation going on by the new bacteria, and some people have reported constipation and increased thirst, but occurrences seem to be rare.

Of course it is always best to consult with your doctor, but they might not be a big fan of alternative medicinal approaches like this.

*Note: There was a review I read recently from someone who experienced severe itchiness of their skin. I'm not sure why this would be but it seems very rare.

Price

As I'm writing this there are 3 available purchase options:

  • 1 Box - $45
  • 3 Boxes - $119
  • 6 Boxes - $229
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Buying more gives you a discount, but it's also a lot of money to spend without knowing how it might work for you, which is why I'd probably start out with just 1 box for $45.

Refunds

You can read their refund policy on the Terms of Service page if you want to, but I'll give you the breakdown of what's going on here.

What they offer is a 60 day money-back guarantee in which you have 60 days to return Synbiotic 365 for a refund.

What's really nice about the policy is that you can even return for a refund with up to 2 empty/opened containers--returning more than 2 empty/opened containers will result in a prorated refund.

You will have to pay for shipping however and you might have to go through the process of contacting customers support to get a RMA # before sending your unwanted product back, which you can contact at:

  • 1-844-794-7728
  • support@unitednaturals.com

FAQ's

When should you take Synbiotic 365?

There are different opinions on when the best time to take probiotics is, but many experts agree that about 20 minutes after you eat first thing in the morning is best.

There are also proponents for taking them on an empty stomach first thing in the morning.

Is Synbiotic 365 a Scam?

I know this may sound like a bit of a silly question, but it is one that people are asking and so I'll address it.

No, Synbiotic 365 is not a scam. It is actually one of the better probiotic supplements I've come across, although the promotions for it may make it sound a tad better than it really is.

Where is Synbiotic 365 manufactured?

The good news is that this is made in the USA, which means it is subject to more regulation than many other countries... which is a good thing in this particular situation.

How long do you have to take Synbiotic 365?

There is no timeline for how long you should take this. If you want to it would be safe to take continuously, after all... it is completely natural.

Will Synbiotic 365 work for everyone?

No, it won't. If you already eat healthy and balanced then you may already have a healthy gut flora, which means you might not notice any difference. There are a lot of other factors at play here as well.

That said, it's difficult to know whether or not your gut flora is balanced so it could be worth a try. 

Customer Reviews/Complaints

They have over 100 reviews from customers on the United Naturals website, but all of them are 4-5 stars out of 5 stars and of course there is the concern of bias since they are published on the official company website.

HighYa is a good source of reviews and right now as I'm writing this Synbiotic 365 has around 1,000 reviews from customers with an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars...

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By far most of the reviews are very good, however, there are some complaints. Not everyone loves this supplement and/or the company. So let's take a look at few...

Lack of Customer Support & Refund Trouble

The person below was apparently trying to get a refund but had no luck of getting in touch with customer support until AFTER the 30-day return window was up...

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*Note: The return window is now 60 days. This has been extended.

More Trouble With Refunds

The customer below had been trying to get a refund for over a month and claims to have been given excuse after excuse...

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Return Trouble

And yet another complaint left below is from someone who wasn't able to get a refund--but this time because it took too long to ship and they would not have the needed time to return it within the 30 day window...and they also claim it didn't work at all.

But again, the 30 day return policy is now 60 days, so this shouldn't be a problem.

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I think it's important to show that there are some people complaining and very disappointed here. But maybe these people's problems stem from issues that have nothing to do with a healthy gut microbiota, which would mean even the best probiotic wounldn't work for them... who knows..

What you also have to realize is that the number of people leaving negative reviews is very low.

Overall most people are pleased with their purchase.

Pros v Cons

Pros
  • Seems to be a trustworthy brand
  • Made in the USA
  • Good dosages of probiotics and B vitamins
  • Lots of scientific proof showing probiotics effectiveness
  • No side effects (or at least very unlikely)
  • 100% natural​​​​
  • Good for overall health, not just digestive health
Cons
  • Limited information on effectiveness of capsule delivery system
  • Somewhat expensive
  • Isn't going to work for everyone

Conclusion - Worth Buying or Not?

As mentioned, Synbiotic 365 is one of the better probiotic supplements that I have came across. Not only does it contain a good dose of a variety of different probiotics, but it also contains prebiotics to support the probiotics supplied along with B vitamins for better digestion and better overall health.

Will Synbiotic 365 work for you? This is a question that will only be able to be answered after trying it.

Overall I think it is a good product and would recommend it. However, don't by any means think that your choice of good probiotic supplements is limited. There are plenty of good quality probiotics on Amazon, many of which are less expensive too.

Anyways, I hope you enjoyed this review and found it helpful. Please leave any comments and/or questions below and I'll get back to you as soon as I can 🙂

Keto T-911 Scam

Is Keto T-911 a Scam? – A Review You Shouldn’t Miss

Is Keto T-911 really the amazing ketosis supplement that it is claimed to be? 

Can it really help you lose weight, improve mental clarity, increase your energy, boost your mood and so on? 

Or is this all a lie? Is it possible that Keto T-911 is a scam that you would be better off avoiding?

My guess is that you probably came across some promotional material for this supplement that made it sound like some miracle product... which sounded too good to be true. And now you, being the logical person that you are, decided to do a little extra research before possibly buying.

Luckily for you, in this review I'll be going over exactly what this supplement is, the ingredients it has and why they might not work like we are told, complaints about the product and the company behind it, and more.

What Is Keto T-911?

  • Product: Keto T-911 (aka Keto Trim 911)
  • Manufacturer: Phytage Labs
  • Price: Varies ($49.95 - $59.95/bottle)
  • Recommended?: Not really
  • Where to Buy: Click Here
keto t911

Keto T-911, which used to be called Keto Trim 911 but for some reason they changed the name, is a supplement made by Phytage Labs that supplies your body with ketones to help induce a state of ketosis without actually having to change your diet or lifestyle.

Why Try to Get Into Ketosis?

While it is still a very new subject and the effects are not that well known, there are many said benefits to getting your body into ketosis.

  • It helps with weight loss
  • It may reduce the risk of cancer
  • It may reduce chances of seizures
  • It improves heart health
  • It can improve cognitive function

... and more.

And there is also the benefit that so many people claim to experience which is having a steadier and overall better supply of energy, which can lead to an overall better life.

Why Take Supplements?

Achieving ketosis on your own is hard, very hard. In order to do it naturally you have to follow a strict diet of very little carbs and high amounts of fat, the reason being that your body will only start producing the needed ketones when it shifts from burning carbs as the main source of energy to burning fat.

Carbs are the first choice of energy by your body. So if you are eating carbs your body will use them up first, because it's an easier process. So what you have to do is simply not provide the carbs... and this way it is forced to burn fat for energy.

The idea behind ketone supplements is that they simply supply your body with ketones so that it can be in a state of ketosis without actually being forced to create ketones itself. So you can still eat all the breads and pastas you want to and still be in ketosis.

But I'll get more into whether or not this particular supplement is able to achieve these results in a bit. Let's first go over some of the backstory about how Keto T-911 came to be...

Backstory

The sales pitch, as expected, starts off in one of the most ridiculous ways possible.

*Note: There may be different promotional materials out there. I came across both a video presentation and a written sales page 

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It starts off with a story about how the spokesman's 350 pound wife was unconscious  and her swollen, rotting ankle was being chewed on by their dogs.

Apparently the guy's wife, who was once in good shape, started gaining weight and developed such a severe case of type 2 diabetes that she lost feeling in her feet.

However, I am hesitant to believe any of this story because it sounds a bit ridiculous and is similar to a lot of other stories I've heard from other scammy supplemement promotions.

  • Unbacked Claims 
    • There are plenty of things said in the promotional material that sounded amazing, yet left me wondering where on earth the proof of such claims were. 
    • For example, they claim that the 3 ingredients this supplement has "has been proven to literally dissolve your excess fat" and this has been shown in "more than 8,500 scientific studies"... but where is the proof of this? They don't offer any.
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  • The Typical 'Evil Medical Establishment' Claims
    • We are told that David Coleman is "hated by pretty much every pharmaceutical executive and weight loss "expert" on the planet" and that his presentation is costing them billions of dollars.
    • He claims that the food companies and the medical establishment are in an evil alliance to keep us unhealthy so that we continue to spend tons of money on their scam health products.
    • I've heard this same claim before from many of the scammy sounding supplement promotions I've come across... Joint Pain Hack, BPS-5, Tinnitec... there are plenty of examples.
    • I highly doubt that any large pharmaceutical company is concerned at all with this presentation. This, in my opinion, is just a form of false scarcity to make you think that you better buy the supplement right away before it is taken off the market.
    • Also, the ingredients in this supplement are NO SECRET by any means.

*Note: I'm definitely not one to trust everything the medical establishment says or does, but I'm even less willing to trust a scammy promotion like this.

  • No Verifiable Information on the Backstory
    • The entire story about Donald Coleman and his wife being chewed on by their dogs is likely made-up for promotional purposes. There is no proof that any of it is real, and I think we can all agree that it sounds quite ridiculous.
    • "Donald Coleman" might also be made-up... a fictitious character also created for promotional purposes. There are no images of the guy nor is there any verifiable information given.
  • Fake Testimonials
    • Do you remember being shown people like "Kevin in Arizona" who have supposedly lost a bunch of weight with this supplement?...
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Ya, well don't believe a word of this. I was suspicious from the start so I decided to do a reverse Google image search for the pictures shown above and found that they are all over the internet.

The original photos are actually a different color... I'm guessing they changed the color to try to make it more difficult to look up and prove to be fake like I just did.

The original photo is on a bunch of different websites, mostly foreign websites...

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The sales pitch is ridiculous, it is filled with misleading information and lies, but let's forget about all of this for a second and take a look at the ingredients and whether or not they have the potential to work... because when it comes down to it this is what matters most.

Ingredients

keto T-911 ingredients

As you can see there are only 3 ingredients. Keto T-911 has an 800 mg blend of the following per serving...

  • Magnesium Beta Hydroxybutyrate
  • Calcium Beta Hydroxybutyrate
  • Sodium Beta Hydroxybutyrate

You can see that each ingredient has Hydroxybutyrate in it.

What is Beta Hydroxybutyrate?

Beta Hydroxybutyrate, or BHB for short, is a type of ketone that is produced naturally by the body.

As you can see here, BHB is the only type of ketone found in this supplement. The mineral in front of Beta Hydroxybutyrate is different (magnesium, calcium, sodium), but the ketone is the same.

No matter what keto supplement you look at there is probably BHB. In fact, I have never seen any without it. There are 2 other forms of ketones that the body produces, but it is always BHB that is being sold in supplements. The reason for this is because BHB is is the most widely bio-available of the 3 different forms and it doesn't degrade so easily or rapidly, which makes it good for storing in supplements.

Proof That Ingesting BHB Works

Ketosis is the state our bodies enter when the level of ketones in our blood reaches a certain level. It makes perfect sense that ingesting ketones could lead to elevated blood ketone levels, doesn't it?

Well, this was the theory when ketone supplements were first being created and there is some proof that it works.

One heavily referenced study was published in Frontiers of Physiology in 2017. This study measured the blood ketone levels of 15 participants after consuming 12g or 24g of either ketone salts or ketone esters (I'll talk more about the difference between these 2 shortly). The results, simply put, were that ketone supplementation is a "practical, efficacious way to achieve ketosis".

There is an overall lack of evidence showing BHB supplementation's benefits, but this is to be expected in such a new field. After all, this whole ketosis as a health benefit thing is a rather new practice... or at least a rather new mainstream practice.

The Bottom Line:

The bottom line is that there is at least some evidence showing that they work and, what even might be better, is that there are a lot of people who take ketone supplements and swear by them... along with there being massive amounts of people following a natural ketogenic diet and claiming to have noticed all sorts of benefits.

But... these ingredients might not be quite as good as you think.

Why This Might Not Work As Good As They Say

In the sales pitch they really hype up these 3 ingredients. They make it sound as if this is the only supplement on the market that contains these ingredients in such pure forms and that no other product out there is going to work nearly as good.

They even go as far as to say that "the absorption rate in your body is up to 97% higher than with other supplements"... but I have absolutely no idea where this statement comes from and what other supplements they are comparing it to--as far as I know this is just a fluffed up statement that really tells us nothing significant or important... and the sales pitch is full of these.

The 2 Different Types of Ketone Supplements

There are 2 different types of ketone supplements that you will find out there, ketone salts and ketone esters.

The difference isn't in the ketones themselves, but rather what they are attached to.

Ketone salts are exactly what they sound like... ketones bound to some type of salt, usually potassium, calcium, etc. In the case of Keto T-911, we have ketones bound to sodium, calcium, and magnesium.

While there is some limited evidence that has found ketone salts to be effective at elevating blood ketone levels and inducing ketosis, the evidence... as stated... is limited.

The possible problem with ketone salts is that they are not like anything naturally produced by the body. So the concern is that your body will not react to them as it would normally and they may not be effective.

Ketone esters on the other hand are identical to what your body produces naturally if you were to try to achieve ketosis without the aid of supplements. So there is no argument here... you are simply supplementing what your body is going to produce if you were to abide by the strict diet necessary to get your body into ketosis.

These are ketones, as you can imagine, that are attached to an ester group rather than a salt. The reason you don't see them too often included in supplements is because they are more expensive. Usually supplements that do have these kinds of ketones are in liquid form.

Low Doses

The entire dose for this supplement is 800mg, which includes a mixture of the 3 ingredients. 

While there is some evidence that shows taking BHB supplements can put your body into a state of ketosis, there aren't any studies I can find that shows it can be done with such low doses... not even close to such low doses.

Low Quality?

The quality of the ingredients can make all the difference in the world and unfortunately this is a concern when it comes to this particular supplement.

I'll talk more about this in a bit!

Side Effects

According to the company Keto T-911 is "safe as a daily multi-vitamin" but who knows how true this is.

Just about every keto supplement company will tell you this, but the truth is that ketone salts are not all that well studied and understood... especially when it comes to long-term effects.

That said, I don't want to scare you and there is no proof I have that they are harmful. But it is a point worth bringing up.

The Cost

You have the choice to order 2 bottles at a price of $59.95/bottle, or you can order 4 bottles at a price of $49.95/bottle... either way it is pretty expensive.

On the checkout page they say that the "regular price for 1 bottle of Keto-T911 is $120", but who knows how true this is. And if it is true, well, then that sounds like the biggest ripoff ever.

90-Day Money-Back Guarantee

They do sell this product with a 90 day money-back guarantee...

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However, it seems to be a hassle if you want to get your money back.

I read over the Terms of Service and they make you go through the process of getting a RMA (Return Merchandise Authorization) # and all of that before being able to return it.

This is a common step used by companies who, without saying it, want to make it as difficult as possible for customers to return their products so that they don't have to give out many refunds.

Complaints

With a C level rating with the BBB, not being accredited, and less than a 3 out of 5 star rating on SiteJabber, it seems reasonable and fitting that I have quite a few number of complaints to go over.

Some of the complaints worth mentioning (some I've went over already) are as follows...

1) Low Dosages - As mentioned, the doses here are low... too low in my opinion. There isn't any good evidence I can find that such low doses will be able to put ones body into ketosis.

It's also worth mentioning that, to make matters worse, the amount of BHB supplementation needed to achieve ketosis will vary between people, with larger people needing to supplement more.

2) Misleading Sales-Pitch - The sales pitch leads one to believe that this is the absolute holy grail of keto supplements. It leads us to think that there is not a chance it WON'T work and that anyone who supplements this is pretty much guaranteed to lose weight, improve cognitive skills, etc... but much of what is told is misleading hype.

... and of course much of what is told is a lie. The entire background story is likely made up as I went over, there are unproven claims made, and let's not forget the fake images they show us.

3) Lack of Company Information - The company behind this product is called Phytage Labs, which I am somewhat familiar with because I've reviewed other supplements by them such as Gluco Type 2 and Internal 911.

But I'm not familiar with this place in a good way. Their other supplements are promoted in the same scammy ways and the company itself isn't one that I trust all that much.

The big problem I have here is that there is a severe lack of company information.

If you go to the phytagelaboratories.com website you will find an 'About Us' page but it doesn't really say much. It's just a bunch of fluff without talking about when the company started, who runs the company, or anything important really.

This brings me back to the question of whether or not the ingredients are good quality. If you don't know much about the company how can you trust that you are getting the best quality ingredients?

Ingredient quality can make all the difference and unfortunately this company doesn't give me any good reason to believe their supplements are as good as they say.

4) Difficulty With Returns - A good company makes it easy for customers to return items, whereas a bad company tries to use every trick in the book to make the process as difficult as possible. Phytage Labs seems to be making it more difficult than it should be, such as by making the customer go through the process of getting a RMA #.

When you have complaints like that shown below... it's not a good sign...

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5) Spam - If you end up giving this place your email you will likely soon regret it. Your email inbox is pretty much guaranteed to be bombarded with email promotions.

I know this personally and I have also seen a few complaints from others about it.

6) Being Overcharged - The last complaint I want to go over here is that some people have been overcharged by the company. There are multiple people who have filed complaints with the BBB about this.

Pros v Cons

Pros
  • Can potentially achieve ketosis without all the hard work
  • Health benefits include weight loss, improved cognitive skills, more steady energy, and more
  • They claim people are losing tons of weight with this supplement
Cons
  • Misleading sales pitch
  • Not all that much science proving the effectiveness of keto supplements
  • Not that trustworthy of a company producing Keto T-911

Conclusion - Scam or Not?

So is Keto-T911 a scam?

I definitely would NOT call this supplement a scam by any means. It is marketed in a deceptive and misleading fashion, but the supplement itself is no scam. And if we were to call it a scam then we would have to call just about every keto supplement a scam (well, some people actually do!).

That said, if you really do want to buy a keto supplement there are probably better and more trustworthy choices out there. But if you want to purchase KetoT-911 you can buy it on the official website here.

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 🙂

Is Striction BP a Scam

Is Striction BP a Scam? – What You Should Know

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...

  • is made in the USA in a FDA registered facility
  • has pretty good customer reviews overall 
  • and is for sale at GNC

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.

Hypertension Explained:

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. 

  • Heart attacks
  • Strokes
  • And even things like metabolic syndrome and memory problems like dementia can be caused by hypertension.

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 Review

  • Name: Striction BP
  • Manufacturer: Optimal XT
  • Price: Varies depending on quantity bought (starts at ~$50/bottle)
  • Recommended?: Somewhat
  • Where to Buy: Discount offer here
striction bp

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...

  • Lowering BP
  • Improving circulation
  • Lowering cholesterol
  • Balancing blood sugar levels
  • and providing antioxidants for overall health

This supplement is formulated with only "3 key ingredients", but unfortunately there isn't all that much evidence backing their effectiveness.

Ingredients

As mentioned, Striction BP has "3 key ingredients", as you can see here...

Striction BP Ingredients

Let's go over each and see what evidence there is, if any, that they actually work.

- Ceylon Cinnamon -

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.

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.

Dosage:

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 -

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.

Dosage:

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.

- Vitamin B6 -

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.

Dosage:

This supplement contains 5 mg per serving, which is 250% of the daily value you need to get... a decent dose.

Problem: Limited Evidence

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.

Cost

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.

  • 1 bottle = $49.90/bottle
  • 3 bottles = $32.93/bottle
  • 6 bottles = $29.64/bottle

And at GNC it is actually selling for quite a bit more,... $59.99 per bottle, which I guess should be expected.

Free Bottle Offer

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...

Striction BP

> You can get this free bottle offer here if interested <

Money-Back Guarantee

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!

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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.

Customer Reviews/Complaints

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'.

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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...

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And then there is this guy who "noticed no difference"...

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The next review claims the product is working, from a woman who purchased it for her husband, but it doesn't give any details...

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And then this person claim it did absolutely nothing for their BP after taking it for 2 weeks...

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The same goes for this person.. it "did nothing"...

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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...

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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...

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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.

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Pros v Cons

Pros

  • Fairly trusted brand (sold in GNC)
  • Made in the USA
  • All natural
  • Little chance of side effects
  • Free bottle offer
  • Generally good reviews from customers
  • Money-back guarantee

Cons

  • Pricey
  • Limited evidence suggesting its effectiveness
  • Won't work for everyone

Is Striction BP a Scam?

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.

Why It Doesn't Work for Everyone

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.

Conclusion - Worth a Try or Not?

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 🙂

Fungus Eliminator Review

Is Fungus Eliminator a Scam? – What You Should Know

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.

Enjoy...

What Is Fungus Eliminator?

  • Name: Fungus Eliminator
  • Type: Anti-fungal supplement
  • Manufacturer: Pure Health
  • Price: Varies depending on quantity bought
  • Recommended?: Not really
Fungus Eliminator

Overview

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...

The Sales Pitch

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"...

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... and then there is the written text copy, which is the same thing just in text format...

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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.

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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.

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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...

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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...

fungus eliminator joseph owens

And after doing a quick reverse Google image search I was able to find that this is actually a stock photo available on Shutterstock...

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And the same goes for the image of Joseph shown in the video presentation.

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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...

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*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.

Ingredients

Fungus Eliminator Ingredients
Probiotic Blend

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

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

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%...!!...

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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.

Price

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...

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Refunds

They state that they offer a 365 day money-back guarantee where you can get a full refund if you don't see results...

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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.

Concerns

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.

Pros v Cons

Pros

  • Natural ingredients
  • No harsh side effects

Cons

  • Misleading promotions
  • Small company lacks credibility
  • Pricey
  • Probiotics will likely be killed by stomach acid

Is Fungus Eliminator a Scam?

I wouldn't call this a scam, but I can understand why some people might be calling it such.

As far as I see, what we have here is another over-hyped supplement that isn't going to be nearly as good as it is promoted as being... similar to Fungus Hack and Fungus Clear.

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.

Conclusion - Worth a Try?

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 🙂

BPS-5 Review

BPS-5 Review – Scam or Will This Lower Your Blood Pressure?

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. 

What Is BPS-5?

  • Name: BPS-5
  • Type: Hypertension supplement
  • Manufacturer: FAI Health ('Functional Aging Institute' Health)
  • Price: $47/bottle or $69 with Healthy Blood Pressure Protocol ebook included
  • Recommended?: Not really (more on why)
  • Where to Buy: Website Here

Overview

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

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)...

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.. 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".

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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.

Conspiracy Theories

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...

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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.

Misleading Info

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.

Vague Information

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 - Can You Trust Them?

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.

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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.

Ingredients

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.

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Even on the main product page of the fai-health.com website there is no information as you can see here...

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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!

Side Effects

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.

Price

As it's being promoted right now, you can get BPS-5 and their Healthy Blood Pressure Protocol ebook for $69.

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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.

"Rock Solid 365-Day Guarantee"

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 support@healthybloodpressureprotocol.com and you will be able to mail in the opened bottles and get a full refund.

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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.

Concerns

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.

Pros v Cons

Pros

  • Created by professionals in the industry
  • Good company behind it
  • Natural ingredients, no harsh chemicals
  • 365 day money-back guarantee

Cons

  • No list of ingredients
  • Questionable trustworthiness

Is BPS-5 a Scam?

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.

Conclusion - Worth a Try or Not?

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 🙂

Heal-N-Sooth scam

Heal-N-Soothe – Scam or Joint Pain Fix? [Review]

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!

What Is Heal-N-Soothe?

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  • Product: Heal-N-Soothe
  • Type: Joint pain supplement
  • Company: LivingWell Nutraceuticals
  • Cost: $59/bottle and they have a free trial 
  • Recommended?: Not Really

Overview

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.

How It Works

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.

Systemic Enzyme Therapy

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.

Ingredients

Let's take a look at the supplement label here and then I'll go over each of the ingredients individually.

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- Proteolytic Enzymes -

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..

  • Kiwis
  • Ginger root
  • Pineapple
  • Papaya
  • Yogurt
  • Kefir and more..

.. 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.

- Boswellia Extract - 

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 Rhizome -

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.

- Citrus Bioflavonoids Complex -

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 Root Extract -

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.

- Yucca Root - 

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.

- Alpha Lipoic Acid - 

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.

- Rutin - 

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.

- Devil's Claw Root Extract -

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.

Will These Ingredients Work?

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. 

Side Effects

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:

  1. Stomach pain
  2. Sick feeling
  3. Bloating and burps
  4. Worsened joint pain

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!

Price & Free Trial

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:

  • 1 (888) 231-9901

Or you can cancel online.

Customer Reviews/Complaints

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.

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Complaints

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.

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Source: BBB

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Source: BBB

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...

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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...

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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...

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HOWEVER, I also found on another part of their website that you have a 90-day money-back guarantee... (or so they say)

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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...

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... and there were also a several like that below where it supposedly made their joint pain worse...

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Company Background - Can They Be Trusted?

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.

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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'.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Pros v Cons

Pros

  • Natural ingredients
  • Unlikely to have side effects
  • Free trial offer
  • Free shipping (excluding free trial offer)

Cons

  • Limited evidence supporting the ingredients' effectiveness
  • Some ingredients are not concentrated enough to really do much for you
  • Free trial signs you up for monthly subscription with recurring payments
  • Doesn't seem to be made by the most trustworthy company
  • Pretty expensive

Is Heal-N-Soothe a Scam?

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.

Conclusion

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 Review

Hearing Hero Review – Scam or Worth The Price?

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...

What Is Hearing Hero?

  • Product Name: Hearing Hero
  • Type: Hearing aid
  • Brand: TrekFirst LLC (the company behind it)
  • Price: Starts off at $149.99 per device
  • Recommended?: Not really
  • Where to Buy: Click Here
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    Overview

    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.

    Claims Made

    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...

    • It is "super comfortable"
    • The sound is loud and clear
    • The battery lasts a long time--supposedly over 500 hours
    • Doesn't interfere with phone calls

    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.

    How They Work

    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.

    Features & Specifications

    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.

    Controls

    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.

    Cost

    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.

    • 1 Hearing Hero = 35% discount = $149.99
    • 2 Hearing Heros = 40% discount = $276.99 ($138.50/unit)
    • 3 Hearing Heros = 50% discount = $346.99 ($115.66/unit)
    • 4 Hearing Heros = 52% discount = $443.99 ($111/unit)
    • 5 Hearing Heros = 55% discount = $519.99 ($104/unit)
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    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.

    Lifetime Protection Offer

    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.

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    FAQ's

    Who Is Hearing Hero Best Suited For?

    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.

    Do you need a prescription?

    No, there is no need for a prescription from your doctor. Anyone can purchase Hearing Hero on their own.

    Will you hear better right away?

    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.

    Will insurance cover the cost?

    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.

    Concerns

    Shipping Time

    On the website they state that "delivery will take up to 30 days", as you can see here...

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    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).

    Return Policy

    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...

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    If you return the Hearing Hero in 21 days or less you are hit with a 10% "early return fee"... how absurd is that?

    Lack of Company Info

    Hearing Hero is sold by a company called TrekFirst, LLC which is headquartered at the address:

    56 West 45th Street
    Suite 1001
    New York, NY 10036

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    They can be contacted via phone or emails at:

    • +1-800-405-8934
    • custsupport@buyhearinghero.com

    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.

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    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.

    Lack of Proof Backing Claims

    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.

    Customer Reviews/Complaints

    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...

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    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.

    Most of the reviews are negative..

    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.

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    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...

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    *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.

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    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.

    Is Hearing Hero a Scam?

    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.

    Pros v Cons

    Pros

    • Very affordable
    • Has all the necessary features
    • Money-back guarantee

    Cons

    • Not discrete
    • Lack of color choices
    • Will not fit everyone perfectly
    • Long shipping times 
    • Little info about company
    • Strange return policy
    • Refunds may be hard to obtain

    Hearing Hero vs Alternatives

    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...

    • Is from an unreputable brand that has almost no information about them
    • Is likely being shipped from China or another far away country
    • Comes with a shady return policy that seems to be geared to not let people get a good refund
    • Is not going to be form-fitted to your earn
    • And that will be painfully obvious for onlookers

    Conclusion - Worth The Money?

    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.

    Is Keto Hack a Scam

    Is Keto Hack a Scam by Nutrition Hacks? – Review

    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...

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    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.

    What Is Keto Hack?

    Keto Hack
    • Name: Keto Hack
    • Product Type: Ketosis supplement
    • Manufacturer: Nutrition Hacks
    • Price: Varies depending on quantity bought
    • Recommended?: Not really
    • Where to Buy: Click Here

    Overview

    Keto Hack is a ketosis inducing supplement manufactured by Nutrition Hacks, which also makes Memory Hack and Fungus Hack (other products I've reviewed).

    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.

    Claims Made

    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.

    Ingredients

    Below is the full label to Keto Hack...

    keto hack ingredients label

    And here is a closeup of the ingredients...

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    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.

    Will These Ingredients Work?

    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.

    Side Effects

    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. 

    Cost

    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:

    • 1 bottle for $49.95
    • 3 bottles for $117.95 (about $39/bottle)
    • 6 bottles for $174.95 (about $29/bottle)

    And this is all with a discount as you can see here...

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    ... 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. 

    Overpriced maybe?

    Money Back Guarantee

    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.

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    Complaints/Concerns

    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.

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    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.

    Pros v Cons

    Pros

    • Some science backing their effectiveness
    • Could make entering ketosis as easy as swallowing a pill
    • Lots of benefits from ketosis
    • 90 day money back guarantee
    • More trusted than a lot of other keto supplements

    Cons

    • Some misleading claims
    • Unproven to some extent
    • Lack of scientific evidence on the effectiveness of ketone salts
    • Costs a good bit
    • We don't know ingredient amounts.

    Is Keto Hack a Scam?

    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.

    Conclusion - Worth a Try or Not?

    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 🙂