Plexus Slim Reviews: The Truth Exposed

plexus slim reviewsIf you spend anytime on Facebook or other social media sites there’s a chance you’ve seen someone  (probably one of their distributors) promoting a product called Plexus Slim.

Plexus Slim was the first weight-loss product released by Plexus Worldwide in 2008. Today it remains the company’s number one product, often referred to as the “Pink Drink”.

After a number of our readers contacted us, we decided to take a closer look and see if this product could live up to its hype…

What is Plexus Slim and How Does it Work?

plexus slim packagingPlexus promotes the product as a natural, healthy solution to losing weight for the long term, keeping blood sugar levels stable and cholesterol at a healthy level. It’s also said to help reduce binge eating and provide more willpower over food.

Plexus Slim and Accelerator+

Plexus Slim is a powdered drink mix. The powder is mixed with water and then consumed about 30 minutes before a meal. It is sold together with a pill called Accelerator+.

The company claims that the combination of these products will ensure rapid weight loss by burning fat and not muscle, increasing will power over food, and helping dieters overcome weight plateaus.

The company claims that it works by balancing blood sugar, and that by doing so the weight will naturally come off. It states the “proven ingredients” that make the product work include Alpha Lipoic Acid, Chlorogenic Acid and Garcinia Cambogia.

Plexus Slim Reviews Written by Company Distributors

In a world filled with a practically endless amount of weight loss products, it’s hard to know what really works, what may be harmful to your health, and what may be more of a scam than anything else.

dangerous claimsBenefits Don’t Live up to the Claims

A search of Plexus Slim reviews will bring up a number of posts touting its benefits, but when you take a closer look you’ll often find that those reviews were written by people selling the products and trying to make a buck.

Keep in mind that Plexus Slim is sold through multi-level marketing, or MLM. There is nothing inherently wrong with that, provided the product is reputable. If it is, MLM is a great way for people to make a potentially significant income in addition to being a very effective method of distribution when done correctly, and when strictly controlled by the parent company. If not, it’s a completely different ball game.

Distributors Making Big Claims – Without Any Supporting Evidence

Unfortunately, there are unqualified distributors claiming that these products can do more than they actually can.

This is a real issue because it makes it extremely difficult to find a factual, independent answer as to how well the products work. In fact, one woman claims that her stepmother was sold a Plexus product from a distributor who told her it was a diabetic medication. Obviously such misinformation could have some serious implications.

Mis-information Could Be Dangerous

A quick look around the Internet will reveal numerous Plexus customers who have been given advice by distributors, or “Ambassadors” as they’re called, that should only be given by a qualified, licensed healthcare professional. Most are unaware of the potential dangers of mixing some prescription medications with the product, which can be potentially quite dangerous.

Pros and Cons of Plexus Slim

If you’re trying to make a decision as to whether or not this product can help you to achieve the weight loss results you’re looking for, it’s important to consider the facts when it comes to the pros and the cons of this product.

The Pros

Some of the ingredients may be beneficial for weight loss, including:

Chlorogenic Acid

  • This is a substance derived from green coffee beans.
  • A 2010 study did find that it helped with weight loss and increased fat burning in rats that were fed a high fat diet. A very small study involving 16 overweight people was also conducted in 2012, and found that participants saw significant reductions in body weight, body mass and percent body fat compared to those taking a placebo.
  • Chlorogenic acid may also have a laxative effect.

Chromium

  • Chromium is an important nutrient known to help regulate blood sugar levels which may also reduce cravings for simple carbs.
  • It’s known as an “essential trace element” because only a very small amount is necessary for health.
  • Some studies have shown that it may have a small amount effect on weight loss, but many others have found it has no effect.

Garcina Cambogia Extract

  • This fruit native to Indonesia may be effective in making meals more filling so that one eats less.
  • It’s also believed to help curb the appetite.
  • There have been some studies that have shown that it is effective for weight loss; however, these studies were conducted on mice. Human studies have found no real difference between people taking a placebo and those who took Garcina Cambogia.
  • While it’s safe for most people, it could interact with diabetes treatments and it may be a problem for those with Alzheimer’s or dementia.

A quick look at a FAQ on a distributor website states that “extensive clinical research has demonstrated no ill side effects with any medications or other supplements,” which reiterates the issue discussed above in regard to false claims by unqualified “ambassadors.”

Alpha Lipoic Acid

  • Alpha Lipoic Acid is an antioxidant known to help prevent cell damage in the body.
  • It is also used to help break down carbohydrates and increase energy levels.
  • One study found that it may increase the metabolic rate which can boost weight loss; however, this study also involved mice and not humans.
  • While it isn’t known to be harmful, it may interfere with diabetes treatment.
The Cons

UPDATED: One major concern with Plexus is that the Plexus Accelerator product was banned in Australia with the Australian Department of Health warning consumers that it posed a serious health risk due to the ingredient DMAA.

The substance has been linked to high blood pressure, psychiatric disorders, bleeding in the brain and stroke.

Despite clams by company ambassadors that the products are totally safe, without side effects and have no interactions with medications, the company has issued a warning on its website related to the Accelerator product, which can be viewed here.

Other issues include:

The use of two natural sweeteners: stevia and luo han guo.

  • Although stevia is added to many low-calorie foods and beverages and is not necessarily harmful in itself, there has been some research that shows it may actually hinder weight loss because the brain doesn’t receive a signal that the stomach is full.
  • The sweet flavor can actually trick the body into thinking it’s going to be receiving calories – and when it doesn’t, metabolism is lowered.
  • Keep in mind, that there are lots of low and no-cal products on the shelves and Americans are certainly no slimmer than they were back in the ‘70s or ‘80s. In fact, obesity is more rampant than ever.

Higenamine.

  • This plant-derived chemical is an ingredient in the Accelerator product. It works like a stimulant, causing tissues to contract. It speeds the heart rate and increases heart contractions. This is likely at least part of the reason for the warning.

Was there ever any “extensive clinical research?”

  • Although Plexus has made claims of extensive clinical research on its products, it doesn’t ever seem to have been tested in published studies to see if it interacts with certain health conditions or medications.
  • The only specific study on Plexus Slim is a summary of one shown on the company website. This 2008 study was not published or peer reviewed.
  • It did reveal that eight people with type 2 diabetes who were given the product saw some improvement in blood sugar and body weight, but there is no information as to how it was conducted, which means it can’t be duplicated by other scientists – or used to seriously backup the claims.

Plexus Slim – A Scam?

We’ve heard some people claim Plexus Slim is a scam, and whilst we wouldn’t go that far, it’s definitely not a product we will be taking ourselves or recommending to others.

What about you?

Research into weight-loss product claims is essential when it comes to your good health and well-being, and whether or not you really want to spend your hard earned money on something that may or may not be effective.

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