We’ve heard the talk about Herbalife, so we surrounded ourselves with ingredients, side effects, scientific research and customer service. We also broke-down hundreds of consumer comments and reviews. Then, we detailed and summarized to give you the info you need.
What You Need to Know
First off, Herbalife meal-replacement has a vitamin complex, protein and minerals. When combined with the Formula 3 Cell Activator and Formula 2 Multivitamin, the supplements supposedly help increase weight-loss. Ease of mixing and portability are a couple benefits.
The product was created in 1980 as an MLM opportunity. The company doesn’t use artificial ingredients in the formula, a good choice. You can buy supplements at the official Herbalife store or through a distributor. We like that this brand has been around for more than 30 years and it has a favorable BBB rating, but read on…
Side Effects – Cramps, Nausea and Headaches
The first concern we had was Herbalife side effects. “When starting a weight-loss program, there are growing pains,” said our Research Editor. “What dieters don’t want is discomfort.”
“The extreme side effect of it is that of lightheaded and dizziness. I just feel I will faint any moment now. I am not taking this anymore,” commented one dieter.
“From day 5 she felt bad gradually and we found [a] lot of side effects regarding those products like itching, loss hair and constipation,” voiced another.
FDA Judgements – A Concern?
In December of 2014, the Food and Drug Administration contacted the makers of Herbalife because a video claimed the FDA supported dietary formulas sold on Herbalife.com. According to the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994, the department doesn’t review these products for effectiveness. The information has been removed from the website.
Cost – Too High?
According to several dieter comments, Herbalife is expensive. In fact, consumers stated they felt the price list was higher than comparable products. “[Herbalife] is expensive compared to the competition with better ingredients,” said a user.
“The business model is a pyramid scheme and utter scam. Herbalife is expensive,” commented a customer.
“The products are more expensive than if you were to just buy protein shakes from the store. Each shake container is probably about $10 more than your average health food store shake,” said another.
Our research has shown that when supplements have a negative element, like a high price, you may not have long-term success. If Herbalife does cost more than other products, this could be problematicfor customers.
When visiting the official Herbalife website, the company claims the products are “scientifically proven,” yet we can’t locate published clinical studies supporting the weight-loss statements. At Vital Health Partners, finding science is important. If there is no scientific backing, that’s cause for.
The Bottom Line
After reviewing Herbalife, we’ve reached a strong conclusion. There are some positives, like longevity and availability on the official website, but we can’t recommend it because of the lack of
published studies supporting weight-loss claims. We also have concerns about the significant number ofcustomer complaints on consumeraffairs.com and the MLM opportunity, which could make it more difficult to buy smaller amounts.
If you’d like to drop the weight, we recommend you go with a formula that gives you ingredients supported by published scientific research, dedicated customer service and a great price.
Among the best products we’ve found in 2015 is Leptigen. The supplement is a proprietary blend of four ingredients, which have been shown in published scientific studies to help accelerate fat loss and boost metabolism. We can’t find mention of any side effects and reviews around the internet speak of consumers seeing great results.
Also, the makers of Leptigen are confident enough in the supplement to offer a special trial offer, which is quite impressive.