This post is written by Jennifer Loewen (Emerald Ambassador for Plexus Worldwide)
Jennifer has done her homework here and clears up the the misinformation you’re going to find and knocks it all out of the park. I hope you appreciate this as much as I have. Thank you Jennifer ❤
Plexus Fact vs Fiction:
LONG READ ALERT!!!!!!!!!!
Yes, it’s a long read, but it covers every controversial thing I’ve ever heard about Plexus. I doubt theres a topic I didnt cover. It’s JAM-PACKED with info I pass onto my personal team, and decided to let everyone else benefit from this as well:)
Plexus FACT vs. FICTION
Here’s something that will really help you out…..whether you are asking these questions yourself during your initial research stage on whether you want to jump in and try Plexus for yourself, OR if you are being asked these questions by the friends you’ve told about Plexus. Either way, there’s some great answers here and believe it or not, it’s quite easy dispel any rumors & bad reviews once you understand what Plexus is all about. This will help you separate all the FICTION from the FACTS:)
First of all, let me point out one very important thing: if you are running into bad reviews about Plexus, you have to remember that we have at least 95% or more HAPPY customers & ambassadors. Did you know that all Plexus customers have a 60 day money back guarantee if they are not happy with their products, but there is LESS THAN a 1% refund rate?!? Yup. I really am serious if I say that bad reviews & unsatisfied customers are in the minority group with Plexus! But hey, it’s not a perfect world, and you might have run across them occasionally. Once you’ve talked to 100s of people like I have, you’ve probably answered (over and over and over) all the questions I’m addressing here. So let’s put it on paper for easy access:) I know what it’s like to want to be reassured and truly understand Plexus ingredients before diving in. I’ve been there, we all started there. You know what I tell skeptical people?!? I tell them “I’ts OK!” Hahaha!!! It’s totally OK to be skeptical. All you need is solid facts & answers. You have a right to them. And you’ll get them today:)
So I’m going to go over some of the concerns I’ve calmed over the time I’ve been with Plexus:) But before I do that, I have one request for everyone: make sure you understand & question the motives behind all reviews when reading them. For example, we often see people question a GOOD review with something like: “They are making money with this and promoting the products, that’s why they wrote a good review.” But how often do we scrutinize the motives of a BAD review with the same questions? Do you know how often I’ve seen INCORRECT, misleading information about Plexus in a bad review…..and I can tell they understood ZERO about detoxing and what that can feel like……and they end up promoting their OWN products in the end, using “Plexus research” as a platform to promote something totally different? These are not genuine, trustworthy reviews at all. So I encourage you, look at every bad review you stumble across and ask yourself these 3 questions:
#1. Is the information correct and up to date? So many times it’s not. It’s written by someone who does not even use Plexus and knows very little about our formulas. I could laugh out loud at some things I’ve read! Seriously.
#2. Do they understand detoxification? So many times what they describe as “side effects” is actually Plexus WORKING for them!!! And exceptionally well. They may however not know anything about correct doses, easing into it, drinking water, etc. And probably had no real support system educating them.
#3. Are they selling their own products? So many times I’m finding the negative have ulterior motives. Even if they are not selling their own products, they may have friends or family that use Plexus and they are deliberately trying to pick on them, prove them wrong or destroy their business. Unfortunately I’ve seen this very thing happen several times. It’s very sad.
OK, here we go:)
Fiction vs. Fact. Here’s the topics that have come up. Let’s get you some solid answers today.
Perhaps misunderstood….but very beneficial. Polydextrose has shown benefits in the control of blood-sugar levels when used in the diets of those with type 2 diabetes. According to a study published in the 2009 “Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences,” the use of Polydextrose significantly reduced blood-glucose levels in subjects with type 2 diabetes , as well as lowering LDL cholesterol, triglyceride, lipoprotein and blood-pressure levels. Polydextrose is made up of 90% soluble fiber. It is digested in the upper GI tract, and partially ferments in the lower GI tract, making Polydextrose beneficial to digestive health in much the same way as natural fibers. It is a prebiotic (prebiotics are very important) and promotes the growth of beneficial bacteria in the intestine. Since Polydextrose travels through the system largely undigested (like fibers), it adds bulk to low-calorie or low-fat foods, adding a feeling of fullness when such foods are consumed, aiding in portion control. It increases fecal bulk, among other benefits, improving GI function. Polydextrose also helps act as a carrier bringing the “good ingredients” like Chromium, and Alpha Lipoic Acid deep into the digestive tract so it can be utilized by the body.
This is where quality plays into this…..Plexus Slim’s Polydextrose is sourced from non-GMO plants, unlike much of the Polydextrose on the market today. If you “over-dose”, the worst that can happen is what would happen with all other heavy fiber consumption….gas & diarrhea:) The FDA has classified Polydextrose as soluble dietary fiber and completely safe for human consumption. A safety review has stated that there are no toxic issues associated with polydextrose, and that it has been approved for use in over 50 countries for over 15 years.
Citric Acid and Natural Flavoring:
While “citric acid” and “natural flavors” can often be code words for hidden MSG and other undesirable ingredients, in Plexus products they are not. There is NO hidden MSG in any Plexus products. The citric acid and natural flavor in Slim are truly derived from fruit.
From Plexus headquarters: “The natural flavors in Slim are Natural flavors from mulberry, blueberry, stevia, and monk fruit. While the Green Coffee Bean is not used as a flavor it does contribute to the flavor. ”
While it is true that some citric acid is made from mold grown atop GMO corn, it can also be made from citrus fruits. However, making it from citrus fruits is a more tedious, expensive process. Thankfully, it MATTERED to Dave Brown, creator of Plexus Slim, that the Slim ingredients all be non-GMO and from excellent sources; which is why the citric acid in Slim is ONLY from this expensive, healthful process of making it from citrus fruits–NOT from the process of growing mold on GMO corn! Our citric acid is made from lemon & orange peel, grown according to organic practices.
“The citric acid is derived from NON GMO lemon and orange. Yay for Dave Brown!!! Keeping the ingredients top notch. He also told me at convention that although the supplier of both the rice and orange and lemon are not certified organic they do not use pesticides and are of an organic mindset. They just do not believe in needing to pay for the certification. He knows and has relationships with his suppliers. He has also gone out and physically inspected many of them. He tests everything that comes in for certain compounds and has rejected entire deliveries before.” Lori Welch
Caffeine is not 2% of the Slim formula as a whole, rather it is 2% of the chlorogenic acid (it comes from green coffee beans). So it is a very, very small amount of caffeine! In fact, we can legally say that Plexus Slim is caffeine-free since the FDA says that a product can be labeled as “caffeine-free” if it contains less then 2%. So the only reason you even see “less then 2% caffeine” on the label beside the chlorogenic acid is because Plexus is trying to be as transparent with us as possible. They do testing on the Slim for the caffeine amount using a third party independent lab and so far no caffeine has even been present in the results.
All of the Plexus products are caffeine-free except for the Boost & Accelerator, which are weight loss aids, designed to stimulate the metabolism. We do not recommend those two supplements if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, have high blood pressure, heart issues, or have adrenal fatigue & impaired thyroid function. Do not tax your endocrine system unnecessarily with caffeine if you are trying to balance hormones of any kind.
NO GMO ingredients in any Plexus products. This can be verified in your back office under “Resources”.
Garcinia cambogia (Citrin K):
Citrin K comes from the natural Garcinia Cambogia fruit extract in our Slim. Garcinia Cambogia is a naturally growing plant that can be found in Asia, Australia, Africa and Polynesia. This plant grows a fruit used to make a variety of different medicines. Citrin K can act as an appetite suppressant, may improve mood, aid in sleep, and help with emotional eating. Garcinia Cambogia also helps to block fat absorption…..by preventing liver processes associated with the conversion of energy into fat cells; basically, Citrin K doesn’t allow liver enzymes to metabolize energy and turn it into fat. Rather, it helps channel these calories to be used for developing lean muscle mass and energy to be used up by the body. Garcinia Cambogia also balances serotonin levels.
How much is safe? Dr. Oz recommends 500mg of Garcinia Cambogia 3x a day as a supplement (safe doses for a non-pregnant/breastfeeding person). That would be 1,500mg per day, which is much, MUCH more then Slim contains. I’ve found some online vendors of Garcinia Cambogia who recommended up to 3,000mg per day! The Slim contains the “Plexus Slim Blend”, which is a combination of 3 things: Green coffee bean extract, Garcinia Cambogia fruit extract, plus Alpha lipoic acid……those three COMBINED only equal 530mg, so we know there can’t be large quantities of Garcinia Cambogia present…..again, safety is all in the DOSES.
Surprisingly, this wonderful mineral has been the subject of some bad reviews I’ve seen. However, quite unnecessarily so. Will it really cause liver damage? Well, lets talk about Chromium for a minute.
Without Chromium, perfect human health would be impossible. Chromium is called an essential trace element because small amounts of it are absolutely necessary for human health. Chromium is used for blood sugar control for people with Types 1 and 2 diabetes, pre-diabetes, and high blood sugar due to steroids. Chromium helps move glucose into the bloodstream to be used as energy and to turn fats, carbs and proteins into energy. It is also helpful in building muscle and burning fat; it improves athletic performance and increases energy. Chromium is also used for depression, lowering bad cholesterol, and raising good cholesterol. It lowers risk of glaucoma and calcium deficiency.
In the United States, dietary deficiency of chromium is widespread, resulting from the food processing methods that remove most of the naturally occurring chromium from foods. This is unfortunate, as chromium deficiency leads to many health issues. Supplementing with high-quality chromium is indeed a wise idea for everyone, young and old.
Symptoms of Chromium deficiency include:
Fatigue, Anxiety, Depression, Hyperactivity, Glucose intolerance, Irritability, Bipolar disease, Elevated blood cholesterol, Mood swings, Coronary blood vessel disease, Hypoglycemia, Stunted growth, Infertility, Learning disabilities, Obesity, Neuropathy, Increased triglycerides in blood, Decreased sperm count, and Diabetes.
Sources of Chromium? There is a wide variety of food sources that have naturally-occurring chromium….primarily meat, including seafood, many different vegetables, some dairy and some whole grains. Also, there are roughly around 10 different herbs that also contain chromium. The chromium used in the Slim has an added benefit over consuming regular chromium all by itself……let me explain: we have a version called “chromium polynicotinate” which consists of chromium bound to niacin (vitamin B3). This is very important, because this bond between these two gives the chromium a much higher absorption rate. Chromium polynicotinate also has higher biological activity then other forms of chromium.
Did you know Chromium absorption is typically less then 2% efficient, depending on it’s chemical form? Studies have demonstrated that tissues retained anywhere from 2-8 times more chromium when it was in the form of chromium polynicotinate versus other forms such as chromium picolinate or chromium chloride. Chromium Polynicotinate has been recommended by the U.S. Government National Research Council as the superior and preferred form of chromium for bioavailability and biological activity. It contains pure niacin-bound chromium, identified by United States Government researchers as the active component of true GTF (Glucose Tolerance Factor; GTF is responsible for binding insulin to cell membrane receptor sites). You may see chromium polynicotinate labeled as GFT chromium.
So as you can see, not all forms of chromium are equal…..it’s very important to note that Plexus choose the form of chromium that is the very BEST and most easy to assimilate. Good choice Plexus!!! We thank you:)
Yes, you will find people wary of chromium because they’ve “heard” it can cause liver damage……what they have never researched is the doses it would take to do the damage they fear. And the answer to that is VERY HIGH doses indeed!!! As with all things, “if a little is good, more is not always better”. Meaning, that there is not anything that cannot become damaging when taken in quantities too large…..including herbs, essential oils, and even harmless WATER!
Let me calm any fears remaining: most every source I can find (and I read many, many, many sources) agree that an “overdose” of chromium does not occur before roughly 1,000 mcg per day, and ONLY when this dose is continued for an extended time such as 6 months. One serving of Plexus Slim contains 200 mcg of chromium, so you would have to take 5 Slims per day, every day for half a year before there would be cause for concern of “overdosing/damage”!!! Many websites and articles, including webmd.com, say that 200-1,000 mcg of chromium have been used to treat diabetes.
Almost everyone suggests 200 mcg as the perfect dose of chromium, unless you are dealing with diabetes in which case you would need more. Also, for pregnant/nursing moms, not only is chromium SAFE, most practitioners/health experts actually recommend MORE when baby is involved! In the words of Tamyra Comeaux, an OB/Gyn, “A pregnant or lactating woman will require MORE chromium”. She also recommends the 200 mcg dose, and specifically our type of chromium (GFT/chromium polynicotinate) found in Plexus Slim.
Conculsion: please don’t fear this wonderful, helpful, essential mineral your body craves. Your liver is safe with Plexus:)
This is an ingredient most people are not familiar with, but may raise an eyebrow about, unless they get a good explanation for it. All though I’ve never heard anyone freak out about it, I’ve received questions on it’s purpose. Here it is:
“Guar Gum & Silicon Dioxiode are natural ingredients used as excipients in the product. They are flow agents that help the product “flow” over the machinery. They are used in very small amounts.” This is a direct quote from my interaction with Plexus.
We know that both are used in very small amounts, and that indeed, they are both totally safe & natural without any adverse effects.
Silicon dioxide in food is very important for normal development of bones. Silicon dioxide, also referred to as silica, is necessary to maintain healthy skin, hair, and nails. Did You Know?…silicon is found naturally in foods in the form of silicon dioxide (SiO2). Silicon is never present in its original or free form, and always occurs as silicon dioxide in food. Food safety is of prime concern especially when silicon dioxide is used as an additive. SiO2, added as an anti-caking agent to a food product is not safe when the SiO2 quantity is more than 2 percent of the food’s weight. Silicon dioxide, when added externally to food in the right amount, can produce the intended health effects.
The “yeast” in Probio5:
This “yeast” is actually Saccharomyces boulardii, which is a friendly yeast…here’s a brief explanation: just like there are both harmful & beneficial bacteria, there are also harmful & beneficial “yeast” cells. At first glance, all we see it the word “yeast”…..but I assure you, Saccharomyces boulardii is your best friend! It is nothing like the candida/yeast/fungus cells we are trying to rid our guts of. Saccharomyces boulardii is completely unrelated to Candida albicans, C. tropicalas, C. kruise and other Candida species. In fact, did you know that Saccharomyces boulardii exerts the exact opposite effect of Candida? It actually EATS Candida for lunch! Yes, you heard me right! It’s favorite menu item is indeed Candida and it also produces lactic and other acids know to inhibit the growth of Candida yeast species. Animal studies have confirmed that S boulardii plays a role in preventing the Candida yeast from reproducing in the gut. We love our SB strain:)
ProBio5 is also special because it has special enzymes to “eat” the hard biofilm off the outside of Candida cells, which is called “chitin”. I’ve never seen another probiotic that came with good strains of these particular enzymes, PLUS S. Boulardii, PLUS the other great probiotic strains the Probio5 has, PLUS an anti-fungal all in one package!!! That’s what makes ours SO special!
So to answer the “yeast” question about our Probio5, there’s absolutely NO WAY it can give you a yeast infection in the way you originally thought of “yeast”, although it CAN cause a “Candida die-off” (which can look like a “yeast infection”) IF it is started in too large & quick of a dose.
Why doesn’t Probio5 Need to be refrigerated?
Refrigerated probiotics…….stop and think about it. These kind of probiotic strains requires low temperatures for them to live and exist. Meaning they’re fragile. OK, let me ask you a question: is your gut refrigerated? Hmmmm.
So in higher temperatures, such as our bodies, these bacteria will simply die and no longer provide any benefits at all. This makes them next to useless for human ingestion, as they will undoubtedly die from the heat. This isn’t even considering the stomach acid and bile before the intestines. To counteract this problem, non-refrigerated probiotics have been developed.
The solution? Well, did you know certain strains are much, much hardier then others? Some strains are able to withstand such factors as body heat and digestive bile, and they are active and alive up to the intestine, where they can begin their beneficial goodness. If this were not the case, then cultured foods, such as kefir for example, would have zero benefits to our gut health either. Much of the good bacteria we obtain actually comes directly from the earth-which is not refrigerated.
So, although we were very well-meaning in going the EXTRA MILE to purchase the “best” and “highest-quality” brands of refrigerated probiotics, we have unknowingly been purchasing some of the most fragile strains, that need constant cool temperatures to even survive. So many satisfied consumers of our Plexus Probio5, myself included, agree that it is by far the most effective brand of probiotics they’ve ever tried! We even have naturopathic doctors who say the Probio5 works much, MUCH better then the “therapeutic grades” that they could only purchase with a license. Incredible!
If you want to do a really cool experiment at home to test the effectiveness of the Probio5 against your current brand of probiotics, here’s what you can do: get several bowls of room-temperature/semi-warm milk. (You can test as many brands at the same time as you want, just make one bowl of milk for each brand) Then empty the capsules into the milk (or crush the tablets) and mix, each probiotic brand into it’s own bowl of milk. If your probiotic is ALIVE and well, it will begin to curdle the milk and develop clumps. If your milk stays thin and liquid, your probiotics are pretty much dead…..very ineffective to say the least. I dare you, see what the Probio5 will accomplish in it’s bowl of milk if you like to see tangible, visible evidence:) We have videos of this experiment on Facebook too if you just want to watch it done by others.
DMAA or Dimethylamylamine :
This may actually be one of the more common rumors about Plexus Slim. Believe it or not, it’s also the rumor to be least concerned about, as it thankfully contains ZERO truth.
You know how most rumors have been started with a SMALL truth. Maybe only 1% truth, but just enough truth to start a rumor. Well, here’s the low-down on DMAA in Plexus Slim. This is where all the fuss comes from: in the past, Geranium Extract was part of the Accelerator formula. (No not even the Slim, an entirely different Plexus supplement altogether, lol) Geranium Extract has been under scrutiny for containing a trace amount of naturally-occurring DMAA. To this day, it has still never been confirmed that Geranium Extract actually contains DMAA, not is it taken into account that if it really does, it would be naturally-occurring.
DMAA is banned in some countries, including Canada, so when Plexus went international and started shipping to Canada, they simply removed the Geranium Extract altogether from the Accelerator and re-formulated it, rather then spend time fighting about whether Geranium Extract actually contains any DMAA (even though it would be a naturally-occurring source if it did). Easier then spend time fighting about it.
So there you have it. That’s where the DMAA rumor came from. The concern this completely false rumor about Plexus Slim has caused is nearly humorous:)
Plexus is banned on Amazon:
If it ever was, it would be referring to the original formula of Accelerator, because Amazon forbids the sales of DMAA, which is actually a popular supplement in the fitness world. We just covered that topic above, and as you already know, we have absolutely no DMAA in any of our supplements anywhere, Slim or otherwise.
That being said, if you are purchasing any Plexus products on Amazon or Ebay, you are doing so illegally, as Plexus Worldwide strictly prohibits it’s ambassadors from selling their products on sites such as these. If they found out an ambassador was selling on Amazon or Ebay, they would trace that batch of supplements down to the ambassador who purchased it with the lot # located on each bottle and package, and then they would terminate their account for breaking the rules. Despite the fact that it’s completely illegal, a couple ambassadors are still attempting to sell on these sites with total disregard to policy. Don’t ever support this kind of disrespectful behaviour.
You will test positive on a drug test if you are on Plexus:
This rumor is still stemming from the DMAA discussion. Both Dimethylamylamine (DMAA) and Amphetamines are commonly used by athletes to enhance their fitness levels, or even by individuals wishing to enhance mental sharpness, etc. These two are chemically similar, but not the same. That being said, this is why you will hear crazy things such as: “Plexus will give you a positive drug test” or “You will become dependent on Plexus”. This is completely inaccurate……can you believe all this hype still stems from the fact that once upon a time, our Accelerator contained Geranium Extract?!? Yes, that’s what this is all about.
Also, no Hoodia. Any info that you find online about this being in our products will be old and very uninformed, as hoodia was removed from the Slim’s formula a long while back. Whether hoodia is even unsafe or not is entirely controversial, but regardless, it’s been removed as well.
I had bad “side effects” on Plexus:
OK….as previously stated, all the negative “side effects” I’ve ever heard about Plexus were in reality just detox symptoms. Let me guess: Headaches? Nausea? Tiredness? Bad breath or coated white tongue? Acne?
Hate to rain on your parade, but these are the signs right there that Plexus WORKS like few other things!!! Hooray!!!
But what you do need to do is start slower. Drink more water. Give it time. Get those toxins out ASAP, but thank God, Plexus WORKS:)
Plexus is not FDA-approved:
This one is finally the TRUTH! And I’ll tell you why: Plexus is classified as a “food supplement”, being that we are plant-based and all-natural. No natural supplements, vitamins or minerals have the ability to be FDA-approved for this very reason. Not even your wonderful Vitamin C is FDA-approved, lol!!! However, Plexus is as close as a natural health supplement company can get to “approved”, which is FDA-compliant. We are in good standing with the FDA.
Plexus has no third party testing:
This claim is false. Plexus DOES indeed have third party testing. But no, they will not release all the records to the general public, rightfully so. This gets way too close to giving away their formulas, and you will probably find very few companies willing to pass out these private forms for this very reason. They want to protect their patented formulas.
That being said, I can let you in on a secret if you are still concerned about this. There’s actually something far, FAR better then third party testing if you want to be reassured about a company’s integrity: are they allowed to distribute/ship internationally or not? If so, (and depending on which countries they have been granted distribution into) you will know they have undergone some testing that is MUCH stricter then regular American third party testing will ever be. How is that? Well, take Canada for example. They have MUCH stricter regulations then the USA does. Even for harmless things, such as the many different vitamins and supplements you will never find for sale in Canada, but that abound in the USA. When Plexus was granted distribution into Canada, they did so after they thoroughly proved that EVERYTHING on the labels was actually in the products, and NOTHING more. Companies have to undergo rigorous testing in order to distribute and ship internationally, and I can assure you, the labels on the Plexus supplements are CORRECT. Canada will have made sure of that, hahaha!!!
Here’s a few more facts on the manufacturing of our Plexus Slim and how the process all works:
Plexus does not play any label games in hiding red-flag ingredients…..Slim does not contain any MSG, it’s gluten-free, it’s non-GMO, no artificial sweetners and is free of all controversial or artificial ingredients. The ingredients are sourced globally but the Slim is manufactured only in the USA, under strict CGMP protocol.
Each raw material is sourced from an appropriate supplier and then the raw materials must undergo a variety of tests for purity, potency, CFU’s (if applicable), and identity. Plexus also tests for any type of containment such as heavy metals.
Plexus then does third party testing to ensure that the label is accurate with what’s in the bottles. Like I already mentioned, Plexus had to undergo all of it’s regular American testing PLUS all the testing required by each of the other countries it operates in as well, which is Canada, New Zealand & Australia. Anyone who tries to convince you that the ingredient label is not accurate in any way (or that there are hidden substances in the Slim formula) simply does not understand all the many requirements & testing done for a health supplement company to get permits to distribute internationally. This fact alone can give us 100% peace of mind if all else is questioned. Permission & permits for International distribution is a high standard of quality and “label-honesty & transparency” that far surpasses even American third party testing.
I hope this article helps you as you research and study Plexus yourself, and I’m confident you will dive in and be one of our next AMAZING health testimonies!!! Proof is in the pudding my friends, and results speak louder then all our discussion on individual ingredients. Analyzing everything is great, but seeing actual RESULTS is better! And thankfully, those results ABOUND!!!
Written by Jennifer Loewen.
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Neither this information nor our Plexus products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Consult your physician or health care provider.