Why I don't like Plexus products

My Facebook feed has been flooded these past few years with comments about how “wonderful” Plexus is! I have been asked to give my opinion of their products several times by various people. This prompted me to look into it and what I found upset me for numerous reasons. I strongly dislike Plexus products for the same reasons I don’t recommend the products offered by many other companies. The following information is based on my careful research of the ingredients, conversations I have had with previous users of Plexus products and my previous personal experience with individual ingredients.

Plexus Worldwide claims that their supplements are solely made from natural ingredients and allude to the idea that testing is not required, however the ingredients have been tested. People assume that, since the ingredients are "natural," they don't have any harmful chemical additives, and because Plexus and many customer reviews maintain that they have yet to experience any ill effects from the use of these products, then any dangers must be minimal. I have zero confidence in any claims about the safety of any product that has used after just for a few weeks, months or even years?

Plexus Slim

Garcinia cambogia, also known as Citrin K. People in Asian countries, such as Pakistan and India were the first to use this fruit for culinary purposes as a condiment and flavoring agent.
  • The extraction of hydroxycitric acid (a harsh corrosive) from the dried rind is used to make a drug that suppresses appetite and general food cravings, resulting in weight loss. Supposedly, the best quality product contains 95% HCA (hydroxycitric acid), but this concentration is rare to come across in supplements. The majority of products contain 50-80% and some less, which are low-grade and not sufficient to get real weight loss results. Plexus Slim doesn’t indicate anything about this on its label. Taking calcium with G. cambogia can work against your body being able to fully absorb the HCA.
  • Caution is advised for patients being treated for pain, or any psychiatric condition due to a potential serotonergic effect (pertaining to or affecting serotonin).
  • G. cambogia may lower blood sugar levels.
  • It contains iron, which may adversely react with medications for anemia. Patients taking medications for heart disease, high blood pressure or arrhythmia should use caution while supplementing with any product containing this herb. Fatal liver failure has been documented in patients taking Singulair and a supplement containing G. cambogia.
  • Rhabdomyolysisis (a condition of damaged skeletal muscle rapid break down) is documented in patients taking a Statin drug while taking a combination herbal medicine containing G. cambogia.
  • Clinical studies on HCA documented adverse reactions including dizziness, dry mouth, nausea, GI complaints, and headache.
  • Toxicology studies indicate that severe or even fatal hepatotoxicity may occur in patients taking supplements containing G. cambogia. So this supplement may be closely associated with liver problems, which could probably be one of Plexus Slim’s dangers.

It is one thing to eat a natural whole food, with its cofactors and synergy intact, as a condiment, and another thing entirely to isolate one chemical component from that food and consume it in a concentrated amount, not to mention adding it to other concentrated chemical extracts forming combinations that don’t occur together the same way in nature. I must also mention that the chemicals used to extract these compounds end up as residues in the final product.

Alpha lipoic
  • May lower blood sugar, and taking it when there is a shortage of Thiamine may cause serious health problems.
  • Taking Alpha-lipoic acid might interfere with treatments for under-active or over-active thyroid.

Chromium (200 mcg) is used for body conditioning, to increase muscle and decrease body fat, improve athletic performance, increase energy, and to prevent age-related mental decline.
  • The major concern with chromium is that it is very reactive, especially with people who have low levels of blood sugars.
  • A lower blood sugar level often translates to an increased rate of metabolism, which also means a less energetic person. While the people who take this product may attribute reduced energy to consuming smaller portions of food, it is actually caused by the accumulation of chromium.
  • May lower blood sugar levels too much if taken along with diabetic medications.
  • Kidney and liver damage have been linked to chromium supplements.
  • Some individuals may develop chronic conditions such as diabetes and low blood pressure after taking Chromium for a while.
  • May affect brain chemistry and make behavioral or psychiatric conditions worse.
  • Some people experience side effects such as skin irritation, headaches, dizziness, nausea, mood changes and impaired thinking, judgment, and coordination.
  • High doses have been linked to more serious side effects including blood disorders, liver or kidney damage, and other problems.

So, follow my train of thought here. Plexus Slim contains Alpha lipoid acid, G. cambogia, and Chromium, all of which can lower blood sugar levels, plus Chromium is very reactive in people who have low blood sugar. Does that sound like a good combination?

Green coffee bean extract (containing an unknown, unlisted amount of chlorogenic acid and less than 2 percent natural caffeine). This derivative of chlorogenic acid from green coffee extract is Plexus Slim’s primary active ingredient.
  • The chemicals used in the process of removing the nutrient from its natural form and manufacturing processes have been known to add contaminants, which in turn can cause liver problems.
  • Randomized clinical trials examined the efficacy of green coffee extract supplements for weight loss, but green coffee extract was used for short periods of time (less than 16 weeks) and the studies did not look comprehensively at the subjects’ blood and urine for signs of adverse effects, such as kidney or liver damage, or elevated biomarkers for cardiovascular disease.
  • While we don’t know exactly how much Chlorogenic acid (a harsh corrosive) is in Plexus Slim, because the company chooses not to disclose that information, we do know that an earlier study found that a daily dose of 2,000 mg Chlorogenic acid caused significant increases in subjects’ homocysteine levels. Elevated homocysteine levels increase the risk of heart disease. However, it is possible that even lower levels of Chlorogenic acid could have negative effects on homocysteine levels and thus potentially raise the risk of heart disease in some individuals.
  • It is important to understand that green coffee contains caffeine, similar to regular coffee, even though the maker of Plexus slim claims it has no caffeine. Therefore, green coffee can cause caffeine-related side effects just like coffee including insomnia, nervousness and restlessness, stomach upset, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, increased heart rate and respiration, adrenal exhaustion, long term stress related physical issues, headache, anxiety, agitation, bleeding disorders, ringing in the ears, increased pressure inside the eye increasing the risk of Glaucoma, irregular heartbeats, changes the way people with diabetes process sugar and other side effects. Caffeine allows for the spread of bacteria in the body by making tissues more permeable. Caffeine increases insulin and cortisol. insulin lowers blood sugar. Cortisol is a stress hormone. Sustained or chronically elevated cortisol levels are associated with suppressed immunity, hypertension, high blood sugar, insulin resistance, carbohydrate cravings, metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes, reduced libido, bone loss due to calcium excretion and non-caloric weight gain with fat deposits on the face, neck, and belly. If Caffeine had to get FDA approval today, it would be classified as a ‘drug’.

Guar Gum causes gas, diarrhea, gastrointestinal distress, narrowing or blockage of the esophagus or intestine, lower blood sugar levels, low blood pressure.

So, you’ve got Alpha lipoid acid, G. cambogia, Chromium and Guar Gum pulling blood sugar down while Cortisol is shoving it back up. That sounds like an internal struggle to me, not healing or homeostasis. Add caffeine and I picture someone who’s wired and tired. Has anyone ever studied the combined effects of all these substances? Not that I am aware of.

Polydextrose is a synthetic sugar made in a lab. It passes undigested into the colon where it promotes the growth of pathogenic bacteria. May cause intestinal gas, bloating, stomach cramps and diarrhea as the bad bacteria digest the sugar.

Citric acid may be corn based, and GMO.

Natural flavors can be another dangerous ingredient. The FDA permits MSG to be called "natural flavor". Mono Sodium Glutimate is a neurotoxin.

Plexus Slim contains some ingredients that may be extremely dangerous in the long term. This is a DRUG! Like so many drugs, it may have side effects.
  • Side effects include stomach pain, increase blood pressure, shakiness, elevated heart rate, intestinal and digestive problems such as severe constipation, nausea, vomiting and issues ranging from problems digesting specific foods to a complete shutdown of the digestive tract have occurred. An increasing number of users have reported chronic diarrhea with excess gas and dehydration.
  • Continued use of Plexus slim, may cause the development of liver problems. While some of the problems can be treated, their have also been cases of permanent damage. When a new client tells me they have been using plexus slim, I am immediately concerned about their liver function.
  • This product is extremely addictive and some users have reported being unable to stop the use of this drug. Those who do succeed in stopping the use of Plexus Slim, discovered the results experienced while they were taking the drug were than nullified. Weight gain is predictable, and even greater and much harder to manage once the drug is stopped. You have to keep taking it if you want to “stay slim” and they are addictive, so isn’t that a clever way to create life long customers and a consistent revenue stream!
  • Although many of the symptoms may not seem “serious” to most people, continued use may lead to serious health problems and chronic illness.
  • If you drink two shakes every day for one month is will cost $160. If you want Plexus Accelerator, add another $30 to that.

Plexus TriPlex = Plexus Slim, ProBio 5 & Bio Cleanse
The FDA has sent a warning letter to the owners of Plexus dated July 30, 2014, stating their concerns, “Your Fast Relief, ProBio5 and BioCleanse are not generally recognized as safe and effective…”

BioCleanse

Formulated to empty the gastrointestinal tract, which is supposed to relieve occasional constipation, gas, bloating and discomfort, and remove harmful microbes and substances.
Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) May not be all natural vitamin C, but a cheaply made synthetic made from GMO corn added to stretch more expensive natural vitamin C from citrus ingredients.
Magnesium hydroxide (380 mg)
Sodium bicarbonate (baking soda)

There is nothing special about this product. If you take enough Magnesium Oxide and/or vitamin C, it will do the exact same thing and cost a lot less.

ProBio 5

Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) See above.
Protease breaks down carbohydrates
Cellulase breaks down cellulose
Serrapeptase (from the silkworm) breaks down protein.
  • It may interfere with blood clotting and make bleeding disorders worse. It seems to be safe when taken up to 4 weeks, but long-term safety is unknown.
Chitosanase is a genetically-engineered enzyme designed to degrade key structural polymers, known as ‘Chitin,” which is found in the cell walls of fungus.
  • This causes Candida to mutate, because it is able to manipulate the Chitin content of its cell wall.
Lactobacillus acidophilus helps to ease occasional digestive discomfort, providing relief from occasional diarrhea, cramping and gas.
Lactobacillus plantarum is known for its ability to produce hydrogen peroxide. The body uses hydrogen peroxide as a defense against bacteria consumed in food, as well as other microorganisms.
Bacillus coagulans like other lactic acid–producing bacteria, produces enzymes that assist in the digestion of lactose. It also improves the body’s ability to use calcium, phosphorus, and iron, and stimulates both gastric juices and gastric motility.
B. long is one of the more common strains of Bifidobacteria found in the GI tract. Its digestive benefits stem from its ability to break down carbohydrates, and to scavenge and neutralize natural toxins found in the gut. The antioxidant properties of this probiotic strain include the chelation of metal ions—especially copper—and the scavenging of free radicals.
Saccharomyces boulardii is a strain of Saccharomyces cerevisiae (baker's yeast). It is used as a medicine to treat diarrhea caused by bad bacteria and general digestive problems.
Grape seed extract is a very weak anti-fungal.

Combining digestive enzymes with probiotic is ridiculous, in my opinion. Probiotic are "plants" and the enzymes break down the cell walls of plants. A “shelf stable” and “formulated to deliver 2 billion CFU per capsule + at time of manufacture” and to be "taken with a meal,” can not be effective, because heat from being on a shelf at room temperature and hydrochloric acid kills beneficial bacteria so they are not able to deliver live beneficial bacteria to the intestines in tact. My opinion, based on 30 years of repeated trial and error with similar products, is that this is a waste of money, at best.

Plexus Accelerator

Yerba mate leaf extract contains caffeine and is an appetite suppressant.
Higenamine hydrochloride has recently shown up in products promoted for weight loss. Higenamine is a stimulant found in several plants including aconite, Annona squamosa, Nandina domestica (sacred bamboo), and others.
  • The purified or extracted chemical Higenamine has not been studied in people.
  • Officially, its safety is not clear and it is labeled “possibly unsafe,” but it is important to note that Higenamine is one of the main chemicals in a plant called Aconite. Aconite has been shown to cause serious heart-related side effects including arrhythmias and even death. These side effects from aconite ingestions may very likely be caused by the Higenamine.
  • Higenamine works like a stimulant. In some parts of the body it relaxes tissues and in other parts of the body, such as the heart, it causes tissues to contract. It increases heart contractions, speeding up heart rate, working the heart harder and harder, which ages the body faster.
Chromium (150 mg) (see above)
Titanium dioxide is on the label of many supplements on the market today.
  • A toxic substance that collects in the brain, especially the inflamed seizure control center of people with a convulsive disorder.
  • It has been classified as possibly carcinogenic.
The University of British Columbia published a paper in 1999 stating “We found that ultra-fine particles of the anatase form of titanium dioxide, which are less than 0.1 microns, are disease causing.” Titanium is known to cause lung cancer in the workers who breathe in the dust, so is it an acceptable thing to keep supporting the demand for products that necessitate the workers, who are at some point involved in processing this ingredient, to face this risk? I don’t think so.

Plexus Edge

Will likely put you on the edge with an amount of caffeine equivalent to one cup of coffee.

Plexus Ease

New Zealand green lipped mussel powder is POSSIBLY SAFE.
  • Can cause diarrhea, nausea, and intestinal gas.
  • May cause liver problems.
  • There is not enough reliable information about its safety.
  • Possible reaction for people allergic to shellfish and certain blood types (A) who should avoid mussels.
  • May contain lectins that are harmful to people with type A blood. Lectins agglutinate and cause inflammation in the body.

Plexus Blocker

Contains ingredients to block the absorption of up to 48% of carbs and sugars from your meal.
Chromium (200 mcg) (see above)
White kidney bean - Phaseolus vulgaris extract blocks the digestion of long-chain carbohydrates by inhibiting amylase, interfering with the breakdown of simple to complex carbs and absorbable sugars by limiting their immediate gastrointestinal absorption. It also suppresses appetite similar to chlorogenic acid.
  • This puts the body into a dangerous state of ketosis. Read more.
  • Contains lectins that are harmful to people with type O, A, & AB blood. Lectins agglutinate and cause inflammation in the body.
Ascophyllum nodosum contains compounds called Phlorotannins, which may inhibit starch and lipid absorption, but this effect is very unreliable, as two human studies reported opposite effects. It also contains a compound called Ascophyllan, which may stimulate the immune system.
  • It may contain concentrated toxic heavy metals, such as arsenic, from the water in which is grows.
  • There is no evidence to support its usefulness and more research is needed to determine the practical significance of this ingredient in supplements.
Commercial harvesting of this seaweed negatively impacts intertidal zone communities and the over 100 marine species that live there, including commercially important fish, benthic invertebrates and wild shore and sea birds.
Fucus vesiculosus - Bladderwrack
  • Is POSSIBLY SAFE when applied to the skin, but it is not safe to take by mouth.
  • Its high iodine concentrations may cause or worsen some thyroid problems, cause goiter and increase the risk of thyroid cancer.
  • It may contain concentrated toxic heavy metals, such as arsenic, from the water in which is grows.
  • It may slow blood clotting, increase bruising or bleeding, cause infertility in women, cause an allergic reaction in people who are iodine sensitive.

Plexus X Factor

Aloe vera
  • Contains a substance called anthraquinone which can cause diarrhea, pain, cramps and dehydration.
  • May cause adverse reactions when consumed with medicines or inhibit the absorption of some drugs.
  • Can lower blood sugar levels by decreasing insulin resistance in the body and potassium levels in the body, cause irregular heartbeats, weakness and soft muscles.
  • Side effects include skin rash, hives, swollen skin, difficulty breathing, chest pain and throat irritation.
  • Aloe contains latex and may be problematic for people with a latex allergy.
  • It may aggravate health problems like colitis, IBS, IBD, Crohn’s, appendicitis, diverticulosis, intestinal obstruction, hemorrhoids, stomach ulcers, can cause hepatitis in people with liver problems.
  • May cause the body to produce excess adrenaline, which can harm people with heart conditions.
  • Consuming Aloe vera for more than one year may cause pseodomelanosis coli, a condition which increases the risk of colorectal cancer.
  • Its purgative and irritant qualities can stimulate contractions, leading to miscarriage and birth defects.
  • It is considered unsafe for some people, the elderly and children under 12 years of age.
New Zealand black current extract
  • May lower blood pressure, slow blood clotting and increase the risk of bruising and bleeding.
Guar Gum (see above)

Plexus Nerve

Horse chestnut extract
  • Contains a substance that thins the blood.
  • Not for long term use.
  • May cause dizziness, headache, stomach upset, slow blood clotting, bruising, bleeding, low blood sugar, GI tract irritation, liver injury, kidney problems, inflammation, and itching.
  • Not enough is known about the safety of using horse chestnut seed extract from which the poisonous esculin has been removed. Best to avoid if you have a latex allergy.
  • Lithium interacts with horse chestnut, as does medications for diabetes and anticoagulant medications.
  • Some medications that slow blood clotting include aspirin, clopidogrel (Plavix), diclofenac (Voltaren, Cataflam, others), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others), naproxen (Anaprox, Naprosyn, others), dalteparin (Fragmin), enoxaparin (Lovenox), heparin, warfarin (Coumadin), and others.
Butchers broom is a laxative and diuretic that increases urine output.
  • May blood vessels to narrow or constrict, stomach upset and nausea.
  • May speed up the nervous system, increase blood pressure, increase heart rate.
  • Do not use for more than 3 months.
  • Not enough reliable information is known about the safety of butcher’s broom when used long term.
  • Interactions with medications for high blood pressure and stimulant medications including pseudoephedrine (Sudafed, others), ephedrine, phenylpropanolamine, and others.
Quercetin has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects
  • Possibly safe taken by mouth short-term, less than 12 weeks. The safety of long-term use or larger amounts are unknown.
  • May cause headache, tingling of arms and legs.
  • May cause kidney damage at high doses.
  • May decrease the effectiveness of antibiotics by preventing the medication from killing bacteria. This raises concern for me, because it may also sabotage the efforts of parasite cleansing herbs and homeopathic remedies.
  • May decrease how quickly Cyclosporin (Neoral, Sandimmune) are broken down by the liver, increasing the effects and side effects of this medication.
Alpha lipoid acid See above.
Titanium dioxide See above.

Plexus MegaX

Buglossoides arvensis seed oil (Ahiflower) is a refined, edible oil obtained from this herbaceous plant. The use of this “novel food ingredient” was blocked by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) until 2013 because the plant itself contains active substances such as pyrrolizidine alkaloids, which have been linked to antigonadotrophic activity; affecting hormones. Refining processed reduce these below the maximum limits set by the EU. Also Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and eruct acid, came within safe limits for this carcinogen. The other undesirable substances in this oil were not mentioned.
Avocado oil

  • Contains lectins that are harmful to people with type O, B, & AB blood. Lectins agglutinate and cause inflammation in the body.
Sea buckthorn berry oil
  • Research shows it does not reduce body weight.
  • Not enough reliable information about safety.
  • May slow blood clotting.
  • May increase the risk of bruising and bleeding.
  • May lower blood pressure.
Pomegranate seed oil
  • Contains lectins that are harmful to people with type B & AB blood. Lectins agglutinate and cause inflammation in the body.
  • May lower blood pressure slightly.
  • Some people are allergic to pomegranate.

Plexus Family Multi

Dextrose is corn based, GMO. Causes weight gain for people with type O blood.
Xylitol is an alcohol sugar.
  • May feed Candida and other pathogenic microorganisms in the gut.
  • May cause diarrhea and intestinal gas.
Malic acid is an alfa hydroxy acid that is highly corrosive.
  • May cause GI tract distress, including inflammation of the epithelial layer of the intestines.
Maltodextrin is an artificial sweetener made from corn (GMO). It is used in supplements designed to boost energy.
  • May spike blood sugar.
  • May promote the growth of unhealthy bacteria.
  • May damage beneficial bacteria populations that live in the intestine.
  • May contribute to leaky gut.
  • May increase the risk of inflammatory disease.
  • May cause unexplained weight gain.
  • Other symptoms may include bloating, flatulence, allergic reactions - rash, asthma, itching, difficulty breathing.
Beta cyclodextrin is a synthetic sugar.
  • Long term use may cause kidney and liver problems with obstruction of renal tubules and single cell necrosis in the liver.
Dicalcium phosphate is a synthetic calcium supplement.
  • When taken in conjunction with other medications, can have negative consequences.
  • Calcium decreases the absorption and effectiveness of the anti-epileptic drug Phenytion, and the antibiotics Quinolone and Tetracycline. Taken with Verapamil may cause symptoms similar to calcium overdose, which can include kidney stones, fatigue, muscle weakness, nausea and vomiting, frequent urination, changes in heart rate, confusion, constipation or diarrhea, headaches and coma.
  • Symptoms of gastrointestinal problems including nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, constipation, stomach pain, thirst, dry mouth and increased urination have been reported.
  • May increase the severity of symptoms in people who are already experiencing diarrhea, parathyroid disease, lung disease, kidney stones or other stomach-related problems.
  • Prolonged use of phosphate salts may upset the balance of phosphates and other chemicals in the body.
  • Can interact with anti-epileptic medication and antibiotics, by decreasing the absorption of the drugs. Taking with Verapamil may cause calcium overdose, which can include kidney stones, fatigue, muscle weakness, nausea and vomiting, frequent urination, changes in heart rate, confusion, constipation or diarrhea, headaches and coma.
  • Topically, it may cause skin irritation (dermatitis, redness, swelling, itching), so it can damage the internal skin (GI tract) when taken internally. Prolonged use may lead to dry or chapped skin. This reaction may spread to areas that have not been in contact with it.
  • Pain can be caused by deposits of uric acid and various phosphates (mono calcium phosphate, tricalcium phosphate and dicalcium phosphate), which become a breeding ground for bacteria. Phosphates give the deposits a rigid structure that is difficult to dissolve (like heel spurs). Other phosphate sources include carbonated beverages, processed meats and grain products. The body neutralizes and eliminates phosphate by combining it with calcium and magnesium. Magnesium is often in very short supply since it comes from green vegetables and is not stored by the body. The body pulls calcium from teeth and bones to accomplish this, which dissolves bone structure and washes out with the urine. So, if you are deficient, unneutralized phosphate is very acidic and will burn the delicate kidneys.
Cyanocobalamin (B12) is a cheap, synthetic version of B12 vitamin made in a laboratory.
  • This vitamin in bound to a toxic, poisonous cyanide. The body converts Cyanocobalamin into the physiological forms, Methylcobalamin and Adenosylcobalamin, leaving behind the cyanide. The Cyanide molecule must be removed from the body by the liver. To do this, the liver must steal methyl groups from your body, which uses up Glutathione, which is in short supply anyway, potentially worsening your overall health rather than helping it.
Guar Gum See above.

Plexus Ease Cream

Alcohol (SDA 40) - Isopropyl Alcohol
  • Is associated in 100% of cancer cases with reproduction of intestinal fluke parasite stages in a variety of organs, causing cancer in these organs.
  • It strips away the skin's natural acid layer which protects it from bacteria, molds and viruses. It is made from a petroleum bi-product called Propylene, which may promote brown spots and age the skin prematurely.
  • May act as a central nervous system depressant. Poisoning can occur from skin absorption causing flushing, headache, dizziness, nausea, CNS depression, vomiting, anesthesia, hypothermia, hypotension, shock, respiratory depression, and coma.
  • This solvent may cause intestinal flukes (flatworm) and other parasite eggs to hatch before being evacuated. The larvae pass through the intestinal wall and into the blood stream where they travel to the weakest parts of the body and cause disease.
New Zealand green lipped mussel (see above)
Polysorbate 80 can be found in just about everything from chewing gum, food shortening, gelatin, ice cream and continents to vitamins, soap, shampoo, skin creams, medicine and cosmetics. On ingredient lists, it is also called Alkest, Cancel and Tween. It is also an ingredient in some vaccines.
  • The material safety data sheet states this potentially toxic substance is highly irritating to the skin, reproductive effects, cause cancer and has a mutagenic effect.
  • Cosmetic grade is more likely to contain impurities, like ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane, which pose a high hazard (8/10 and 10/10). Half of products containing ethoxylated surfactants also contain 1,4-dioxane, which is listed as a carcinogen and causes cancer. Effects include skin irritant, central nervous system depressant, kidney and liver damage. It may aggravate existing blood, liver, kidney, central nervous system and skin conditions.
  • Food grade may cause gastrointestinal distress.
  • It may induce low grade inflammation, and obesity/metabolic syndrome and robust colitis.
  • It has been linked to Crohn’s, increased risk of blood clots, stroke, heart attack, hear failure, tumor growth and recurrence in patients with certain types of cancer.
Your skin is the largest organ of the body and is as absorbent as a sponge, taking in everything you put on it, as if eaten. That’s why medication patches work.
Potassium sorbate
  • Can cause skin and eye irritation, including contact urticaria.
  • It is used to prevent the growth of mold, fungi and yeast. In foods, it can also kill beneficial bacteria in the intestines.
  • When consumed regularly, it may cause long-term side effects which can be harmful, like diarrhea which can cause depletion of the nutrient value in their system.
  • Potassium overwhelming the system can cause nausea.
  • In skin care and cosmetic products, it can cause rashes and irritation with overexposure. In extreme cases, can lead to kidney problems and serious damage over time. To avoid overexposure, opt out of using canned and preprocessed foods, fruits and vegetables that are coated in a wax that contains Potassium sorbate to protect them from contaminants in the store, hygiene products and makeup listing this ingredient.
Phenoxyethanole is created by treating phenol with ethylene oxide in an alkaline medium. It fights bacteria, which can easily grow in the natural oils and botanical ingredients in the product.
  • It is an Ethoxylated compound that may be contaminated with carcinogenic toxin 1,4-Dioxane.
  • Animal studies show it affects the brain and nervous system, caused DNA mutations, and an endocrine disruptor that also caused damage to bladder and acute pulmonary edema. It has not been tested on humans.
  • It causes skin irritation, is classified as an irritant in the EU and its use is restricted in Japan. Deemed ‘perfectly safe’ in the US and UK, it is permitted in cosmetics as a preservative in concentrations up to 1% (a 200 ml bottle contains 1 teaspoon).
Ethylhexylglycerin
  • May cause skin irritation, possibly damage and is known to cause dermatitis.
Titanium dioxide See above.
Aloe vera See above.

Plexus Body Cream
Cetearyl Alcohol is a skin irritant
Glyceryl Stearate SE is a mild irritant that may cause allergic reactions.
Sodium Stearyl Lactylate is a mild irritant
Guar Gum See above.
Potassium Sorbate See above.
Aloe vera See above.

My conclusion

Plexus Worldwide started out making products for people with type 2 diabetes, but when they found out that their customers were using their products to lose weight, they shifted their entire product line to make much more profit marketing to the weight conscious consumer. Now, they don't talk about diabetes! That tells me they care more about profits than helping people. This makes me suspicious in other areas and question everything about their products.

I feel the company is manipulative. The Plexus Ambassador (merchant) program is multi level marketing scheme that gives its participants money in exchange for raving about their products. This creates biased reviews about the products, when in reality it is all about getting some free products, a price break for themselves or making a little income. Maybe these ambassadors are misguided, haven’t been thorough in their research and want to believe the hype? The majority of Plexus Worldwide reviews online label it a "scam". To find true reviews, you have to search. My focus is on the health and safety of people, not exposing fraud. I consider the use of these products as just another dangerous fad, but I believe it’s worse than that. The ingredients in these supplements can be addictive and may be harmful or extremely dangerous long term, and I view the ambassadors as ‘drug pushers.’

Have there been any animal or laboratory toxicity studies done on Plexus Slim? Has Plexus Slim been tested in human studies for safety? This level of research does not exist for Plexus Slim, even though the company website makes the claim, “Its effectiveness has been clinically proven.” However, the company does not reference this claim and does not provide any additional information on its website to support it. Ideally, it would be best for Plexus products to undergo testing in humans, which includes a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial in which both safety and efficacy are evaluated over several consecutive years, not weeks, and the results published in a peer-reviewed medical journal.

Supplement companies, who take quality assurance and manufacturing practices very seriously, test all raw materials and finished products for purity and potency using scientifically valid test methods. Their supplements are manufactured in FDA-inspected facilities and/or in facilities that exceed the FDA’s good manufacturing practices. They also disclose the amounts of each ingredient or the total amount of a propriety blend. Even with all of that, keep this in mind.

‘Natural’ substances cannot be patented. Without a patented product, companies can’t make a profit. So, the ingredients in supplements have been fractionated, at best, or synthetically manufactured in a lab, but are not usable by the body because the synergy and cofactors have been removed or the body doesn’t identify the synthetic chemical copy as the real thing, which nature in its wisdom has provided. To survive, the body will try to utilize the closest approximate thing, but in doing so, it consumes itself by stealing nutrients from itself to make a processed, man-made product of any use whatsoever. Ultimately, what you end up with is more deficiency than if you didn’t supplement, and faster aging.

Plexus Worldwide provides very little information about its quality assurance protocols or manufacturing practices, leaving questions about whether Plexus Slim is tainted or contaminated. Can the company prove with independent lab testing that Plexus Slim does not contain contaminants or adulterants? For example, Sibutramine and Phenolphthalein. Sibutramine is a controlled substance and the active pharmaceutical ingredient in Meridia, an approved prescription drug to treat obesity. Some of the tainted products tested by the FDA recommend taking more than three times the recommended daily dosage of Sibutramine, putting consumers at risk of serious adverse effects such as increased blood pressure, tachycardia, palpitations, and seizure. Phenolphthalein is a laxative drug banned by the FDA in 1999 for potential cancer risks. FDA laboratory tests have revealed the presence of contamination and adulteration in a number of tainted weight loss products being sold over the counter, however, the FDA’s tally contains only a tiny fraction of products on the market. Plexus Slim has not been identified on the FDA’s list. Because of these issues and more, it is not easy to definitively know whether Plexus Slim is safe or not.

Supplements are intense, compact sources of information that the body has not evolved with. When taken in a food based form for a few weeks or months, they can be incredibly effective tools for health and wellness, but our organs can only handle so much, and wisdom is required. It is best not to guess or take chances on supplements without guidance from someone who is experienced in these things. Avoid supplements that do not disclose the basic information about ingredient sources, their amounts, quality control, and manufacturing practices.

The weight loss industry has grown by leaps and bounds for the past decade, because people with the exceedingly busy schedules which leave no time for proper exercise, or meal planning, shopping and preparation, force individuals to look for alternative, fast and easy ways to lose weight. The problem isn’t excess weight but EXCESS, period. I’m not talking about excess food, but a lifestyle of 'too much' that doesn’t work with the biochemistry of the body and how it was built to function.

You can reduce body fat by natural methods, which are not addictive, don’t force the body to do unnatural functions, doesn’t cost a fortune and have sustainable results. More importantly, you will understand that your external transformation needs to be more than skin deep. To have a body you can love, you must first love yourself, inside and out. Excess weight reveals the need for internal transformation, concerns deep matters of the soul and begs us to learn the life lessons we try so hard to avoid, but can’t face and resolve without help. Weight loss is no guarantee of happiness. You can have the body you like in the mirror and not be happy. Either you will continue to look at your reflection with a critical eye or you will be afraid of the gaining weight back again.

Wouldn’t you prefer to use products that you don’t have to worry about??? All choices have consequences, and even not making a choice - is a choice. Thoroughly research the important facts about all products before making a choice.

I am a Certified Eating Psychology Coach who has been trained to help people transform their emotional and physical body while addressing many common chronic symptoms and helping the body return to homeostasis. I am here for you. Please reach out to me in an
email or call 301-293-1500 and lets schedule your free introductory consultation to talk about how I can be of service to you. Johnna Wheeler

Feedback from readers:
From Terri: "I am 52 year old female, and am an RN. My curiosity got the best of me when a couple of RN friends of mine, one of which has a Dad who is a well-respected local doctor, became Plexus "Ambassadors"...I really tried to research reviews on the Plexus products but found their descriptions to be "vague." It was several years ago when I signed up to receive the "pink drink"..I think it was along with an "accelerator"..I remember that I took capsules and the pink drink. The first thing I noticed was that I dropped 7 pounds in a very short amount of time, then I became pretty tired daily..after several weeks of taking the Plexus products, I noticed my lips felt raw and peeling..I couldn't decide if I was having some allergic reaction to a food or if it was the "pink drink"...After my own trial and error, I realized it was the pink drink contents...I felt that I had some kind of electrolyte imbalance and that it couldn't be good for me...I immediately stopped it. My lips cleared, my energy returned..I am pretty physically fit, but found it alarming when I asked two representatives about others that may have reported these side effects..both replied, "No, not that they had read or heard"...After researching the contents further, it made perfect sense..it was dehydrating me...Most recently, after a good friend of mine, who was in her early 50's, suffered from a stroke, she informed me that the diet product she was taking was indeed Plexus....Now, that is a real eye-opener..Her doctor does, indeed, feel it is related. Thank you for posting your review of the Plexus products...thank you!" Terri (October 2017)

From Susan: Hi! Thank you SO much for your fair article on Plexus~ I had taken the original formula for over a year and when I ordered the new formula Plexus Slim with XOS. I immediately had lip swelling, peeling, raw lips and some facial swelling. I was so tired and recognized quickly that I was dehydrated. I cancelled my membership today, and reported my symptoms to Quality Assurance where I received a quick, friendly refund. Thanks again!! Susan (November 2017)